Antiques

Furniture Tool Marks and Altered Joints Confuse Age

There it was! The Federal period (Hepplewhite) dressing table of my wifes dreams. We only had about 12,000 miles, mostly by foot, invested in the search but finally we had found it. It was exactly the right size: 40 wide, 31 high, 20 deep. Color was excellent, the patina warm and glowing. The sale ...

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. ...

Vintage Collectibles

WW II Homefront Inspires New Products

The recent demand for products in patriotic themes has lead a number of manufacturers to reproduce homefront designs popular in WW II. ...

New Figural Tea Caddies

Copies of figural wooden tea caddies are now available. Three shapes are offered: a pear (shown here), a plum and a papaya. Original figural fruit tea caddies date to the 18th and early 19th centuries. Originals were mostly made of fruitwood and now sell for $1,500-$3,000 and up. The new pieces are ...

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. ...

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. ...

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. ...

Fine 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

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 ...

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

Warehouse lot of Cambridge Glass Reissues Sold Off

Mirror Images (MI), a Michigan based gift ware business, recently liquidated its remaining stock of two figural Cambridge Glass reissues. The two figures were the 8 1/2" Draped Lady flower holder and the 6 1/2" Bashful Charlotte flower holder. A combined total of 650 pieces were sold through a ...

Confusing Fruit Jars

Millville Atmospheric Fruit Jars are among the rarest and most expensive glass jars. Last summer, a cobalt blue quart-size Millville brought $24,200 at a Norman C. Heckler auction in Connecticut. Another Millville at the same auction, an amber half-gallon, sold for $11,000. New jars very similar to ...

Nuts to Boop - Christmas Tree Ornaments

If you havent already noticed, figural blown glass Christmas tree ornaments are enjoying a comeback. Originally made ca. 1870-1940, new thin walled mold blown glass ornaments are again big sellers. Many new comic character ornaments are being made including Betty Boop, Popeye, Felix the Cat and ...

Jewelry

Faked Unger Bros. Brooch

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New Watch Fobs Featuring Outrageous Subjects

A Missouri wholesale company recently expanded its line of imitation and fantasy badges, fobs and diestamped metal novelties to include the figural fobs shown here. These new pieces are actually quite well made and show remarkable detail. Most, however, like the Alcatraz electric chair and the ...

Dating Brooch Fasteners - 1850 to 1910

One of the best ways to avoid reproductions and fakes is to know and understand how originals are made. Reproductions are rarely made the same as originals due to changes in materials, labor costs and modern production techniques. When looking at brooches, you can get a good idea of the age of the ...

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 ...

New Ivy Pattern Majolica Pitcher

This new majolica pitcher is quite convincing at first glance. It has pink glazed interior and cobalt blue exterior. The ivy pattern is similar to authentic Victorian designs. It measures 5 high; no permanent mark; retail $18. ...

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 ...

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. ...

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. ...

WW II Royal Air Force (RAF) Sterling Silver Pin

A mail order catalog specializing in "historic gifts of Great Britain" offers this new Royal Air Force in sterling silver. It is the so-called "sweetheart brooch" originally worn by wives and girlfriends of wartime airmen. ...