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.
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 can be sold as "impulse" items to tourists, casual shoppers and other non-collectors. This demand has made three legged tables one of the most heavily reproduced types of antique furniture. In this month's column we'll look at some typical new tables and compare them to old originals. Tilt Top Tables.
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 Indonesia, the Philippines and other Asian countries are now reproducing some of the most desirable figural designs for the decorating and gift trade. Over the years many of these new pieces have been filtering into the antiques market.
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.
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 appear to be painted in thick oils applied in a heavy texture.
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.
Although this is a legitimate new product, these nostalgic pieces almost always drift into internet auction sites and flea markets where they cause confusion. If the copyright page with the modern copyright is removed, one could mistake the new product for the 1887 original.
The Maxfield Parrish illustrated book The Arabian Nights, Their Best Known Tales was reissued by Charles Scribners Sons publishing in 1993. First printed in 1909 by Scribners, original copies of sell for $150-$250; the new reprints retailed for $25.
Gee whiz kids, The Hardy Boys Stories, The Nancy Drew Mystery Stories, and Tom Swift are back. These new hardcover editions come with the same dust jacket artwork, authors names and frontispiece illustrations found in the originals introduced in the late 1920s. Vintage books in these series average in the range of $20$45. The new editions average about $15 each. Not a huge incentive to misrepresent a new copy but it proves how many items are being reproduced in all categories.
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 are virtually exact copies of vintage originals.
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 original trademarks. Sinclair, Texaco, John Deere, Dr. Pepper,
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 is blue, etc. No old doorknobs are known that resemble these new products. Harley-Davidson, Chevrolet
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.
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.
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.
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 bridge-style door handles averaged about 4 across and were available in the same colors as the knobs but also included opaque black, ruby red and cobalt blue.
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.
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 ever been found.
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.
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.
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, Trifari, Boucher, Hobe, Weiss, Coroa and Coro Craft are only some of the popular old names being reproduced in a broad range of styles.
Most authentic hatpin holders were made during the years from 1860 to 1920. There are almost as many varieties of hatpin holders as there are hatpins: silver, gold, and other metals plus all the glass and china of the period.
One of the more common shapes found with fake Nippon marks are hatpin holders.
For almost 100 years, 1869 to 1956, Reinhold Schlegelmilchs initials, RS, appeared in various marks on fine German porcelain. Probably today's most desired pieces are those marked RS Prussia. Rare blanks with rare decorations, such as animals or portraits, of RS Prussia can bring $3,000 - $8,000. More common floral pieces routinely sell for $75 - $350. Other sought after marks include RS Germany, RS Suhl, and RS Poland.
The latest Nippon reproductions to hit the market are much more difficult to identify than previous fakes and copies. Many new pieces are now direct copies of old shapes and original patterns. The vast majority of previous reproductions carried look-alike Nippon marks that were relatively easy to identify and warned buyers of an items recent manufacture. Japan
This new 6 shaker is being sold by a reproduction wholesaler for under $10. Its shape and decoration are similar to those used on Noritake during the 1920s. The base and vertical corners are orange, the center panel is white; the top is gold. Japan.
Another copycat Nippon mark began appearing on new china in 1995. This copy is of the wreath mark with M in the center in green. A previous imitation of the wreath mark with an hourglass rather than an M in the center and the wreath was upside down was fairly obvious. Although closer to the original, there are still several differences between this new wreath mark and old original wreath marks. Japan
Van Briggle pottery has now joined Roseville as a target of widespread fakes and reproductions. Reports and examples of forgeries have been seen and purchased across the United States from Florida to California. The new pieces seem to be the most numerous in Ohio and Indiana. Artus and Anna Van Briggle
Most collectibles have some means of identification factory mark, catalog shape, reference books, specific finishes or color. Van Briggle Pottery, however, often requires a close examination of more than just one characteristic.
Copies of Roseville Pottery Landscape water pitchers have shown up in Michigan and Indiana. The new pieces have very unusual blue clouds in the center band. Blue clouds were never used in originals. New pieces also commonly have firing lines on the inside of the pitcher, usually around the handle or in the bottom. New piece are being priced as old at about $100-$145 each.
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.
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 jewelry to novelties that have been copied from or made to resemble Victorian era originals such as chatelaines, sewing items, needle cases, tape measures and novelties.
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 piece is made in Thailand (note original crude string tag). The only permanent mark is Sterling stamped into the mouthpiece of the whistle.