Antiques

Fake Tintypes are Back in Market

After an absence of several years, fake tintypes are being seen again in increasing numbers. Previously found primarily in flea markets and malls, the new generation of fakes has spread to the Internet. Subjects of the fakes are similar to before: Civil War soldiers, native Americans, and 19th ...

New Sewing Thread Spool Cabinets with Famous J & P Clark Name

A series of small chests resembling antique spool cabinets have been sold in several holiday mail order catalogs. The new pieces are based on cabinets originally used by J P Coats a leading sewing thread manufacturer of the 19th and early 20th century. ...

Figural Trade Signs

Authentic figural trade signs are recognized and prized as American folk art. They have been collected, admired and displayed in museums since the 1930s. Because of their popularity among collectors and use in interior design, original trade signs command high prices. Low wage workshops in ...

Vintage Collectibles

Halloween Reproductions

Very few categories of fakes and reproductions have shown the growth in numbers and improved manufacturing techniques as Halloween related objects. The rather crude lanterns and candy containers first reported nearly ten years ago have evolved into very carefully planned, well-made creations which ...

Old Doorknobs with New Trademarks

Genuinely old porcelain door knobs continue to be made with newly etched trademarks of collectible companies and brands. As first reported in ACRN in December 2001, the etching is about one-sixteenth inch below the surrounding surface. Etched areas are then colored to match colors used on the ...

Old Doorknobs Etched with Collectible Names and Trademarks

Genuinely old door knobs in porcelain and glass are being etched with trademarks and logos of highly collectible companies. The etching is about one-sixteenth of an inch deep below the surrounding surface. After etching, the artwork and lettering are inked in matching colors: Coca-Cola is red, Ford ...

Dolls

Doll and Toy-Sized Furniture

Many buyers well aware of full-sized reproductions of antique furniture may not know of many new doll and toy-sized versions of period styles. ...

Wicker Toy by Furniture of Steel Wire

This new miniature vanity and stool were made of steel wire to resemble Victorian wicker. The vanity is 5 high; the stool, 1 high. A nickel is shown for size comparison. ...

$2,700 Mechanical Toy a Fake

When the auctioneer said, "Sold.", Karen Delfinos parents thought they had bought their daughter a once in a lifetime birthday gift...a Victorian mechanical doll or automaton. ...

Fine Art

Maxfield Parrish Reissued

An unusually large reproduction print of Maxfield Parrishs Hilltop is currently on the market. What makes the print significant is its size, 36 high x 22 wide. It is the only Parrish illustration ever printed the same size as the original painting. ...

Victorian Oil Paintings from Europe

Imitation oil paintings with misleading paper labels on periodlooking frames have been fooling lots of buyers recently. The paper labels prominently feature London, Amsterdam, Paris and other European cities. Thick gold finished frames are heavy and highly decorated. The mostly Victorian subjects ...

Imitation Charcoal Sketches of Black Americans

A southern antique reproduction wholesaler is offering a series of Black American images resembling original pencil or charcoal sketches. The series depicts five different pre-Civil War plantation images of slave life. ...

Furniture & Lighting

Wear and Hardware Shadows - Inspecting Drawers for Clues to Age

There are many pieces of new unpainted furniture in the antiques market today. From new Arts and Crafts oak made in America, to the flood of Indonesian mahogany in 19th century styles, many of these new pieces are virtually indistinguishable in shape from the originals. Add new hardware cast from ...

A 1940s 'Honest' Reproduction?

A recent visit to a very reputable local antiques dealer turned up what appeared to be a real gem of a Hepplewhite tambour desk. Sitting among a large collection of fine period furniture, it would be easy for the uninitiated or casual buyer to accept the desk as the real thing. Especially given the ...

Tilt Top Tables - Old, New and Alterations

Three legged, or tripod legged, tables have been one of the most popular shapes of antique furniture for years. They are relatively small and can be used in apartments as well as homes. Their size makes them easy to carry home in trunks and back seats of almost any kind of car and that means they ...

Glass

Depression Glass Cabinet Knobs and Drawer Handles

At least one restoration catalog source is offering glass door knobs closely resembling Depression-era originals. The 1 diameter knobs are sold in Jadite (opaque pale green), transparent apple green, transparent blue (peacock blue) and Delphite (opaque pale blue) and milk glass, and clear. Glass ...

Bent Glass Panel Lamp Shades

For many years, leaded shades have been the most reproduced kinds of antique shades. Now, reproductions of bent glass and panel shades are being seen more frequently. ...

Pitcher Versions of Westmoreland Steins

The so-called Lovers Stein also called Wedding Stein, and the similar Elf stein have been reproduced from the original Westmoreland Glass mold for a number of years. New pieces from the same mold are now being made with tooled spouts and sold as pitchers. No original pitchers in these patterns have ...

Jewelry

Imitation Plique-a-Jour Jewelry Pendant

The term "plique jour" describes a technique of placing transparent enameling in a design made of wire filigree or other pierced metal. Viewed against the light, the effect is similar to a miniature stained glass window with glowing enamel framed by the wire or metal. ...

Italian 14K Gold Mark Forged on Gold Jewelry

Two widely faked marks on base metals in the market are 14K Italy and 585 These forged marks commonly appear on pieces with no gold content. ...

Costume Jewelry: Confusing Fakes and Copies

The costume jewelry market has seen an increasing number of pieces made from new molds taken from vintage originals. Dozens of familiar designs are being sold by operations in California, Florida and North Carolina, using production and assembly labor from different points overseas. Eisenberg, ...

Porcelain & Pottery

Fake Roseville Pottery

This 16" vase with figural Art Nouveau nude has an incised Roseville mark. The piece is white with gold on the woman's robe and brownish gold on the raised flowers in back. Royal Dux and Teplitz. ...

Anglo-American Historical Transferware

The collector of historical transferware, made 1760-1860, is really quite fortunate that there are very few true fakes on the market. Although the ware has been popular for over a century, there have not been many attempts to recreate ceramic items in this field. True, there are a few pesky items ...

Mini Stoneware Advertising Jugs

A Kansas City potter is throwing miniature stoneware advertising jugs virtually identical to old originals. ...

Silver

Figural Match Safes Reproduced

Several figural match safe reproductions have been causing confusion in shows and online auctions. All three known as Ally Sloper, banded Havana cigars, and Japanese dragon began appearing about the middle of 2004. All three new safes are copies of vintage originals. ...

Reproduction Victorian Era Sterling Silver - Jewelry to Novelties

A U.S. west coast jewelry and gift wholesaler recently introduced an extensive line of Victorian look-alike sterling silver items at a major summer gift show. This line is being promoted as "Antique Reproductions - where the past meets the present." There are about 60 individual items ranging from ...

Sterling Baby Rattler, Whistle, and Teether

This new sterling novelty appeared in November - December, 1997 in a silver importers catalog. Its made in a loose copy of early 19th century silver originals. It has a whistle on one end, bells on either side and a mother of pearl teether; overall length, 4. Like many other new sterling items, this ...