Kovels Antiques And Collectibles


2015-06-26 11:08:16

Kovels Antiques And Collectibles

Kovels Antiques Inc. is an American company, founded by notable experts Ralph and Terry Kovel, which produces online and print guides to antiques and collectibles. The couple began producing guides during the 1950s, and today are famous nationwide and responsible for close to 100 titles on the subject. Along with numerous print publications, the company’s website offers a wide range of resources for collectors.


The site’s main features include:

  • a price guide featuring over 750,000 realised prices for items such as furniture, glass, silver, jewellery, memorabilia, toys, advertising and art.
  • a calendar of antiques and collectibles shows around the United States, regulary updated by site users
  • a reviews section featuring the best antique reference books on the market
  • a weekly electronic newsletter featuring insider tips, news, marks and more by national experts.

In addition there is an archive of specialist articles for members, and an online store where users can purchase the latest Kovel guide books.

Price guides

Kovels experts have compiled a unique list of more than 750,000 prices for antiques and collectibles sold in the United States, Canada and Europe. The guide has been designed to provide relevant prices in a wide variety of categories. All entries are real prices, not estimates.

Each entry gives a description, price, and year of sale so the information can be used to price items today, track trends, or for tax and estate purposes..

Main article: List of Kovels antiques and collectibles price guides


The Kovels have been producing guide books since 1953, and in addition to their annual price guides covering all areas of collectibles they have written a number of specialist titles on subjects such as advertising and ephemera.

Main article: List of Kovels Antiques and Collectibles publications


The company was founded by Ralph and Terry Kovel, two of America’s leading experts in antiques and collectibles. Their first book, ‘Dictionary of Marks: Pottery and Porcelain’ was published in 1953 after the couple began collecting porcelain from house sales and antique stores.

The book, now re-titled ‘Kovels’ Dictionary of Marks: Pottery and Porcelain, 1650-1850’, is still in print. In 1986 they updated their information about marks with a new book, ‘Kovels New Dictionary of Marks: Pottery and Porcelain, 1850 to the Present’.

In 1953 the couple started writing a regular column for The Cleveland Press. It was syndicated in 1955 and was soon running in 100 newspapers. “Kovels: Antiques and Collecting” is now the longest-running U.S. syndicated column written by the original bylined author, and appears in over 120 newspapers nationwide and online.

In 1968 they published their first price guide, ‘The Complete Antiques Price List’. Now titled ‘Kovels’ Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide’, the book has been annually updated and reprinted for 40 years and has sold over four million copies since its first edition.

The Kovels have been repeatedly consulted for their expertise and experience in court cases and in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Boardroom Reports and other newspapers. They wrote the "Collectibles" entry for the Encyclopedia Britannica and have even been featured as an answer on the TV game show, "Jeopardy."

The couple has also written articles for Forbes, Town and Country, Good Housekeeping, and a host of other magazines and other publications.

Ralph and Terry appeared on several television talk shows and starred in three television series: ‘Know Your Antiques’ for public television stations, ‘Collector's Journal with Ralph and Terry Kovel’ for the Discovery Channel, and ‘Flea Market Finds with the Kovels’ for HGTV.

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