Searching for Antiques
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 was virtually completed before we cleared the shops doorway. All that remained was a diligent examination carried out more to let the seller know he was dealing with a pro rather than find problems with this obviously prime specimen. What could possibly be wrong? Information on identifying antique furniture (dresser, vanity, bureau, table) - dovetails, chamfering, wire nails, planed, veneer, power and hand tools.
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, Spanish American war, political portrait, tropical wood or oak - design stamped or pressed
A series of new advertising pot lids has been issued in exact copies of vintage designs and shapes.
Scarce and novel examples of original 19th century Black Forest carvings are being reproduced in resin or plastic.
You can take Stevengraphs off the list of items not being reproduced. It is a reproduction of a bookmark originally issued for the American Centennial in 1876. Before we discuss how to tell new from old, lets review the background of Stevengraphs.
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.
Four more shapes have been added to the line of new Pairpoint style Puffy reverse painted shades. Wholesale prices for the shades shown here ranged from $165 to $195; price includes new pot metal base. All the new shades have been handpainted in China.
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.
Watch out for swords marked Indiana that resemble American Civil War-era swords.
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.