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Look-alike Minature Ivory

Look-alike Minature Ivory

King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I are among the 2-2 figures in a new series of ivory look-alike miniature containers.

Cinnabar

Cinnabar

Mention cinnabar and different persons very often think of very different meanings. Although many loosely associate the word with Asian arts and antiques, few can offer a precise definition.

Confusing Black Figure String Holders

Confusing Black Figure String Holders

At first glance, this 9 wall string holder appears to be a vintage 1930s-1960s product. It is currently available from at least one mail order catalog for $37. Similar authentic figural black memorabilia wall string holders can sell for $175-$245.

Cast Iron Mantel Ornaments

Cast Iron Mantel Ornaments

These new small cast iron figures are copies of Victorian era counterparts. Figures like these were typically used to decorate modest fireplace cottage fireplace mantels, gardens and occasionally grave sites. Victorian cast iron garden ornaments.

Lawn Size Cast Iron Rooster

Lawn Size Cast Iron Rooster

A large cast iron rooster made in the style of 19th century lawn and garden ornaments is on the market. The piece is 25″ high by 12″ wide. It comes from the factory with a "distressed" and rusted finish that simulates age.

New Minstrel Folk Toy

New Minstrel Folk Toy

This black minstrel dancing toy is currently being offered by a large antique reproduction wholesaler. It loosely resembles vintage dancing toys of a similar design. It is made of brightly colored hand painted carved wood.

New Halloween lanterns

New Halloween lanterns

Cardboard tab and slot jack-o-lanterns from the 1930-1950s were once the latest holiday-related collectible to be reproduced. These lanterns, new and old, are made of stiff cardboard with cutouts for the eyes, nose and mouth. Those openings are backed with thin, usually colored, paper. Originals have sold for between $50-75 with extra fancy examples worth $150 and up. Old cats and pumpkins similar to the new ones shown have sold for about $60-80.

US Flag Decorated Enamelware

US Flag Decorated Enamelware

There is a new line of enamelware decorated with crossed American flags. The white enamel is chipped and distressed to appear old.

Soft toys in painted canvas

Soft toys in painted canvas

Painted canvas toys date from about 1900 up to about 1940. Most commercial painted canvas toys were made primarily in England. English toy makers even had a special name for painted canvas, rexine. A set of circus animals made of painted canvas is now being reproduced in China. New pieces known at this time include an elephant, tiger and bear.

Teddy Bear Repros Closer to Originals

Teddy Bear Repros Closer to Originals

Reproduction teddy bears are coming closer to originals. Twenty-inch originals comparable to our new sample above sell for $500-$1,500 or more depending on maker, condition, color and features. We found the new bear in Fig. 1 offered at $175 retail.