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