Searching for Collectibles
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.
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
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.
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 The 6 motorcycle shown above was originally made Tipp Company Tippco of Nuremberg, Germany, ca. 195060s.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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.