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. ...

Mammy string holder with confusing date

This mammy string holder is another case of a reproduction carrying a mark that confuses the age. When the mold for the reproduction was taken from the original, the original copyright date of 1941 was either delibeerately or unintentionally included. Now the date is part of the new mold. Every new ...

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. ...

Dolls

New Doll Clothes in Period Fabrics & Styles

Over 400 different pieces of doll clothing in period styles are offered through Dollmasters, a mail order firm specializing in new nostalgic dolls and doll-related accessories. Clothing is designed to fit a range of doll body types from plump-bodied German and French dolls of late 19th century to ...

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. ...

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 & Rugs

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 ...

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 ...

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

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

An Update on Figural Napkin Rings

Portland, Oregon silversmith James Mackie's new figural napkin rings are so well made, they are virtually impossible to separate from antique Victorian originals. This article is an update on additional napkin rings Mackie has added since his work was first reported in 1995. ...

Another Group of New Figural Napkin Rings

Another group of new figural napkin rings has just appeared in the market. This latest batch is made in India. All are genuine silver plate over brass. The new rings are copies of specific Victorian originals but none have any permanent mark. ACRN paid $50 for the group of four new rings shown in ...

A Typical New Brides Basket Frame

Most reproduction wholesalers offer look-alike Victorian silver plate. One of the most common new items is a reproduction of a brides basket frame. In this article well compare a typical new frame to the features of typical old originals. ...