Searching for Collectibles
Little Red Riding Hood shakers are being reproduced. Original shakers by Hull Pottery in this style were made in three sizes: 3, 4 and 5 inches. The new shakers apparently intended to copy the largest original size but are in between the original sizes measuring only about 4 7/8 inches. The filling holes in the base of originals are nearly perfectly round; holes in the reproductions are very irregular. The red paint in the originals is under the glaze; the red paint in the reproductions is applied over the glaze.
Virtually all marbles found in the market today with comic characters, brand names and products have been made since the 1970s.
This new jadite rolling pin with advertising has just appeared. The new pin is 14 inches long. It is printed with black letters, Kardov, Famous Self-Rising Flour. One end is closed; the opposite end is open and plugged with a cork. The sample shown here was $20. It arrived from the wholesaler with a Made in Taiwan paper label.
A variety of new brass tags have been appearing with names of various places, events, activities and companies associated with Americas old west. All of the tags seen so far have been fantasy pieces, items created solely for the reproduction market. No old counterparts to these items ever existed.
A new ceramic cookie jar is being made in the same style as the highly collected Holt-Howard Pixieware kitchen novelties.
A 21 by 15-inch paper print advertising occupational and personalized shaving mugs is being reproduced. The color print is a reproduction of an original which first appeared in the early 1900s. It shows the various designs available from B. Stuebners Sons, Artistic China Decorators, Brooklyn, New York. The print is titled at the top, Decorated Shaving Cups for the Barber Supply Trade Co.
Animals posed in human activities were popular subjects in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This new cast iron figure imitates that style with a cat photographer. The 8-inch figure is standing in the back of an early wet plate-style view camera. It is cold painted in color to resemble brown fur, wooden camera legs, black camera body and a brass lens cap. This example offered at $49 retail.
Faux autographs superimposed onto the artwork of a baseball. Wow! A certificate of authenticity and the seal of major league baseball. These plaques with a color photo of a famous baseball player, a trading card and an autograph have to be great, right?
Theodor Geisel, better known under his pen name of Dr. Seuss, was both author and illustrator. Although his main charactersincluding the Cat in the Hat, Grinch, Horton and legions of unruly haired creatureswere originally designed to interest children in learning to read, the weird creatures make highly colorful and unusual collectibles.
Some of the most memorable commercial illustrations of the Art Deco period were based on transportation subjects. Artists turned air travel to exotic locations and streamlined locomotives into dynamic works of art.