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Cloverine Salve tins

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.

New Figural Tea Caddies

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 fairly crude painted tropical wood made in Indonesia. The keyhole is purely decorative, there is no locking mechanism inside.

Mammy string holder with confusing date

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 piece made in the new mold will have this old appearing date as a permanent mark.

Another Variation of Classic Art Deco Shaker

Another Variation of Classic Art Deco Shaker

The list of reproductions of expensive Art Deco cocktail shakers continues to grow. Another figural penguin shaker needs to be added to the list. This version is a copy of a copy.

Brass Instrument Update

Brass Instrument Update

Additional names continue to be found on new brass scientific instruments currently being imported from India. The example shown here is marked "G. Wright, Wm. Thomson (Baron Kelvin) Clark & Kelvin & J. White, London. Levels, compasses, sextants, and telescopes.

New Spanish American War Advertising Tray

New Spanish American War Advertising Tray

The year 1998 marks the centennial of the Spanish American War. Next to Teddy Roosevelt, the wars leading hero was Admiral George Dewey who commanded the United States Naval fleet. Under Dewey, the American fleet attacked and sunk the majority of the Spanish fleet at the Battle of Manila Bay in the Philippines on May 1, 1898. Dewey became an instant hero and his image appeared on everything from whiskey flasks to demitasse spoons and was used to advertise just about every type of product from phonographs to chocolate segars on the reproduction tray shown above.

Figural Napkin Rings

Figural Napkin Rings

Silversmith James Mackie has added items to his line of reproduction Victorian silver-plated figural napkin rings. Mackies products are the highest quality reproduction figural napkin rings in the market. The detail is very fine, wheels roll smoothly on the carts and the finish is true silver plate. All of the 20 different pieces made are recreations of specific originals. Although the new rings are sold as modern collectibles, many find their way into the antiques market by way of unethical or simply misinformed secondary sellers.

Questionable Bathing Beauties

Questionable Bathing Beauties

Their looks aren't in question but their age is. All of a sudden the same 3 figure (shown at right) is showing up in multiple Internet auctions. The straps and shoes are blue, no detail in fingers and hands, too much red in the cheeks.

Trade Sign Weather Vane

Trade Sign Weather Vane

Original trade sign weather vanes advertised the work or occupation conducted in the building where they were mounted. Typical subjects were cigars for tobacco shops, an anvil for blacksmiths, a fish for seafood markets and so on. A hand saw vane is now being reproduced similar to an original made by 19th century factories like J.W. Fiske