Searching for Antiques
The increasing popularity of garden and lawn ornaments has created an expanded market for reproductions of those items. Shown here is a reproduction Victorian era cast iron pedestal with gazing ball. Three Art Nouveau-styled mermaids are equally spaced around a 30" tall base. Other decorations include tridents, sea weed and shells. A bronze colored paint with an artificial patina covers the metal surface. The base supports a 10″ diameter glass silver mirrored ball. Vintage stands, statues.
Anita and Bill Duff thought they had done a thorough job researching the Tiffany lamp they hoped to buy at auction. The numbers on the base and shade matched those shown in original Tiffany catalogs. The way the marks were stamped or embossed also appeared to be the same as photos of original marks in reference books on Tiffany.
The latest wave of antique look-a-likes rippling through the country is severely distressed and antiqued wooden wares. Many of these pieces include very conspicuous iron fasteners and hardware and often appear with company or brand names . Other pieces are painted in an American folk art style.
Bronzes by Frederic Remington are among the most widely reproduced of all metal sculptures. Some unauthorized copies of his work have been traced to at least 1920. But since the copyright protection expired in the 1960s, the number of reproductions in the market has exploded.
It is important to separate the original Henry-Bonnard Bronze Co. from a 1990s business of a similar name Henry Bonnard Bronze, Inc .run by convicted art racketeer, Darrell Tyrone Coker.
After an absence of several years, fake tintypes are being seen again in increasing numbers. Previously found primarily in flea markets and malls, the new generation of fakes has spread to the Internet. Subjects of the fakes are similar to before: Civil War soldiers, native Americans, and 19th century historical figures. One new category to the latest batch (reported Maine Antique Digest June 1998) is blacks with a black mammy with white children being the most frequently seen.
Reproductions of Russian 19th century advertising posters are now in the market. The full color posters are purportedly being printed in Moscow. The three known examples shown here are direct copies of turn-of-the-century originals. Paper stock is high quality coated stock with a linen-like three dimensional surface texture.
This new replica is a copy of a standard wood canteen used by Confederate troops during the American civil war. It is 7 in diameter. It is antiqued to appear old. This includes discolored linen straps and rusted metal bands. When the metal bands were attached to the canteen, however, new steel nails were used. This creates the illogical combination of shiny new nailheads on top of the rusty bands. If the nails and bands were subject to natural aging, both should look the same since they would have aged together. Even if the new nail heads do develop rust, it will probably not match the surface of the metal bands.
The success of the movie Titanic continues to inspire related reproductions and fantasies. This brass desk lamp goes so far as to have an applied oval brass label with 1st Class Only S.S. Titanic. About 16 to top of brass shade.
This new ships clock was being made in India. However, it is marked SmithLondon. The obvious implication is that it was made in London, England by the firm of Smith.