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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

Forged Tiffany marks on clock faces

A new technique is being used to apply fraudulent markings to clock faces. The forger is using black rubon lettering. Such lettering comes in sheets sold at art supply stores. Individual letters are transferred to an object off the carrier sheet by pressing or rubbing.

Classic Tin Motorcycle Molds Back in Production

Classic Tin Motorcycle Molds Back in Production

Original dies used to make a classic tin lithographed toy are back in production. The 6 motorcycle shown above was originally made Tipp Company Tippco of Nuremberg, Germany, ca. 195060s. All originals are marked with the company monogram of the letter T intertwined with C and O see Fig. 4 below.

New Frankart Bookends

New Frankart Bookends

These new bookends are virtually exact duplicates of the 1930s originals. The new are cast aluminum; most, but not all, originals are pot metal. New paint is shiny and very thin.

Felix the Cat Toy

Felix the Cat Toy

This new 4 1/2" Felix the Cat toy first appeared late last summer. The painted jointed wood body is held together by elastic cord and moves when a disc under the base is pressed. This toy has quickly drifted into the antique and collectibles market. At a large recent Midwest show, there were 5 of the new toys priced from $75 to $145 scattered among the over 150 booths. Price new, $18.

Tiffany Belt Buckles

Tiffany Belt Buckles

Brass belt buckles marked "Tiffany" first began appearing at antique shows, auctions and outdoor markets in the early to mid-1960's. Despite warnings from experts that such buckles were never seen before 1965 and did not appear in any reference books, buyers began paying up to $400 and more to own them.

CocaCola serving table

CocaCola serving table

This 1930'ssomething looking serving table is made of painted wood. The figure is dressed like a soda jerk from the same period. Height, 32"; base 17" X 11".

Bottle cap art copied

Bottle cap art copied

One of the non-traditional materials used in American folk art is metal bottle caps. As interest in this field, or so-called "outsider art", has being growing, recently made items from new bottle caps are helping meet the demand.