Antiques

New Copies of Pressed-Back Kitchen Clocks

Most reproductions are usually machine-made mass produced copies of hand made originals. In the case of new pressed-back style kitchen clocks, however, this situation is reversed. The reproductions are hand carved and the originals are machine made. World Fairs, ...


Advertising Pot Lids Reproduced

A series of new advertising pot lids has been issued in exact copies of vintage designs and shapes. ...


Black Forest Carvings Copied in Resin or Plastic

Scarce and novel examples of original 19th century Black Forest carvings are being reproduced in resin or plastic. ...


Collectibles

Cloverine Salve tins

Cloverine Salve is a patent remedy for chapped and dry skin. The product is of interest to many depression glass collector's because depression glass was one of the premiums you could receive for selling Cloverine Salve door-to-door. ...


Popeye and Felix Character Tin Wind-up Toy Boats

Two comic character toys may be mistaken for 1930s era vintage collectibles. The toys feature Popeye and Felix the Cat in colorfully lithographed metal speed boats with wind up mechanisms. Each is 7" long and comes in its own box. No matching old toys exist; both are new designs; retailed, $14 each. ...


Fake reverse painted glass depot signs

Several versions of faked reverse painted on glass railroad depot signs have appeared in large numbers from the Midwest to New England. All the signs are 34 3/4″ long by 4 3/8″ high. Some of the versions seen include: "Southern R.R.", "Baltimore & Ohio R.R.", "Baltimore & Ohio R.R.-Tickets", ...


Dolls

New Dolls from Old Molds

Molds used to make pre-1940 celluloid dolls are now back in production. The doll shown here is one of at least two styles being reproduced. The other known new doll has the same hairstyle and general body shape but with hands clasped behind the back. Each of the known reproductions is 6 tall. ...


$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. ...


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. ...


Art

Miniature Oil Paintings

In July of 1998 ACRN reported on a series of "paintings" with "labels" of European frame shops. All of those images were produced on paper by a printing press. A thick transparent sealer was then hand brushed on the paper which left prominent brush strokes suggesting the image was hand painted in ...


What about all those Russian icons?

No matter where you go, it seems everyone has Russian icons for sale. They are even offered in mail order catalogs. Can they all be old and valuable? ...


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

New Coca-Cola Bent Panel Hanging Lamp Released

This new single-bulb hanging lamp was once newly introduced to the collectibles and gift market. It has full color images of Coca-Cola calendar girls on white glass panels. The glass is trimmed and supported in bronze toned metal. Overall size is 18 dia. by 12 high. ...


Confusing "Tiffany" Mark on Leaded Lamp Shade

The three vesta boxes, or match safes, shown below are currently being sold in England. Price in U.S. dollars in England is $2225 each. All are good quality silver plate; no markings of any kind are on the pieces. The insides of the new pieces have a frosty silver appearance with no sign of use or ...


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 ...


Glass

Glass Skillet: Greentown Glass or Wright Reproduction?

The original skillet was made by the Indiana Tumbler and Goblet Company (commonly called Greentown) between 1899 and 1903. This novelty dish is shaped like an old fashioned shallow cast iron frying pan, 6″ in diameter. Two pouring lips are on either side of the handle just like a typical full size ...


Separating New and Old Three Face Pattern Glass

In late September 2002, Green Valley Auctions, sold a Three Face biscuit jar for $4,300. Reproductions of the jar have been widely available for $40-$75 for over 25 years. Will the widespread publicity of the recent record price increase the number of new jars being offered as old? ...


Durand Art glass shade

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Jewelry

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, ...


New Badges and Watch Fobs

Most articles you read on these pages include old examples side by side with reproductions. With this months subject - badges and watch fobs - we are only showing the reproductions. Why Because the vast majority of these new items have no old counterparts. They are fantasy items. ...


New Bakelite from old stock

There are more and more pieces of Bakelite being carved from blanks of old stock. Since this was first described in the February 2000 issue of ACRN, many readers have asked for more information. Shown here is a 1 wide red Bakelite bracelet recently carved from old stock. This piece is currently ...


Porcelain & Pottery

New Hull Pottery Orchid Vase

Reproduction floral patterns in Hull Pottery are now appearing. The new orchid pattern vase in Fig. 1 was purchased by ACRN from a midwestern reproduction wholesaler for $45. It is marked like an original with Hull, U.S.A. 304-10¼″ stamped into the base (see Fig. 2, next page). Colors are also like ...


Watt Pottery Policeman Cookie Jar Fakes

Original Watt Pottery cookie jars have been selling in the $1,500 price range for years. The earliest confirmed reproductions date to September 1996 but may have been available earlier. Distribution of this fake followed the pattern of earlier Watt Pottery reproductions. They showed up first in New ...


Roseville Copies Hit Market

Copies of Roseville art pottery vases marked like originals began appearing in the American market in October 1996. Two of the frist confirmed patterns reproduced were Magnolia and La Rose. ...


Silver

Confusing Marks on Sterling Silver and Silver Plate

Typical examples of new silver and silver plate reproductions with new, faked or confusing marks. Clockwise beginning at upper left corner: figural napkin ring, JM hallmark; forged Tiffany hallmark; figural teapot pill box, REO Sterling; new matchsafe virtually identical to 19th century original by ...


Tiffany Silver Water Set Faked

While browsing around antique shows. I have seen a few tea sets in the Japanesque taste that, from a distance, appeared to be in the style of Tiffany silver. On closer examination, they turned out to be recently made sets manufactured in the electroforming process. Those sets were not stamped with ...


New Sterling Figural Pin Cushions

This new shoe pin cushion has lots of details; the new chick pin cushion is about average. Shoe marked .925; chick marked Sterling. There is also part of a country name on the shoe that appears to be Mexico but is not legible. ACRN paid about $10 each wholesale. Note that the shoe has a jump ring; ...


Fashion

Cheap new hatpins

There is another wave of cheap new hatpins now being offered in mail order catalogs and import trade shows. Three of the various styles available are shown above. Retail prices range from $8-$10. ...


Hatpins from Knife Handles

For years, faked hatpins have been pieced together from a wide variety of odds and ends. Buttons, broken costume jewelry, charms, and virtually anything else that could be welded, soldered or glued seemed to end up on a hatpin shank. The latest faked hatpins are being made up from sterling silver ...


More new purses

New purses made with glass beads have been reproduced since 1997. Most new pieces are manufactured by hand India. Many styles of new purses are made. The one shown here is done in black glass beads. The other, not shown, is made of white silk. ...