Terry and Kim Kovel

This iron figure representing Horatio Lord Nelson is part of an iron umbrella holder made for the front hall of a Victorian house. Few collectors today would recognize the man as a British naval hero who lived from 1758 to 1805. (Cowles Syndicate Inc.)

Figure of British naval hero adorns iron umbrella holder

Few collectors today would recognize Horatio Lord Nelson, who lived from 1758 to 1805.

 

Pottery sandwich looks good enough to eat — except for the frog

This David Gilhooly sculpture sold for $2,125. He added frogs to his artwork as a running joke.

 

Tradename and logo for Baker Furniture Co. in use since the 1930s

This Biedermeier secretaire a abattant has a “Baker” label. It sold for $1,063 at an auction in 2019.

 

Antique lobster doorstop from early 20th century sells for $1,800

While this rarity appears to have original faded paint, watch out for reproductions made since the 1980s.

Prices steadily going up on vintage ad signs in good shape

Would you believe a whopping $1,080 for this sign from the early 1900s?

Stove circa 1895 covered in tiles with Walter Crane drawings

The buyer also got the stove’s impressive provenance: a family scrapbook that identified previous owners.

Vintage glassware comes in more than a dozen shapes and sizes

Cordial glasses are popular because they are made in many colors, often with cut, engraved or painted decorations.

Is it a table or a piece of art? In any case, it didn’t sell

The unusual piece made of glass and “stone” was offered at an estimated price of $2,500 to $3,500.

Decorative matched sets once were a home decor mainstay

Boxes for cigarettes, cigars and their accoutrements were especially common. Today, they can sell for upwards of $800.

Research shows ‘sailor’s valentine’ wasn’t made by a man at sea

An Antiques Magazine reporter proved the valentines were made by women in Barbados to sell in a gift shop.

Today, ‘penny toy’ of man powering a rickshaw is worth $5,400

A toy with a driver and a lady in a small cart was made by George Fischer of Germany in the early 1900s.

Cut-glass globe for serving caviar at parties sold for over $2K

It’s part of the elaborate way caviar is properly served. Ice is held in the outer bowl, eggs in the inner.

Paul Evans furniture from the 1960s is back in popular demand

His chairs and tables are selling for higher prices each year as collectors understand his importance.

This movie clock publicized 1928 ‘Noah’s Ark’ part-talkie film

The Warner Brothers picture starred Dolores Costello and George O’Brien — long forgotten movie stars.

This round flask with a label under the glass pictures a girl

The robin’s egg blue background and good condition of the 5-inch bottle led to it selling for $468.

Belsnickel is a not-so-nice German companion of Santa Claus

According to Christmas lore, he gives candy to good children and beats bad children with a whip.

Peter Hunt painted the folk art on this dollhouse in 1941

The self-taught artist decorated old boxes, furniture, strollers, toys, buckets, trays, fabrics and more.

Harp held by swans on pedestal base an elaborate watch holder

When the pocket watch is inserted in the hole near the top, it creates a decorative “clock.”

Poster shows an early version of the Cracker Jack sailor boy

A Cracker Jack Collectors Association formed because the toys — especially the baseball cards — are very popular.

Marble busts made by Houdon were exhibited in Paris in 1789

The pair were “lost” for 10 years because an appraiser didn’t realize they were by the famous sculptor.