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New Sounds of the Past - Reproduction Phonographs

New Sounds of the Past - Reproduction Phonographs

Outside-horn phonographs have been manufactured in India and Pakistan since the 1980s. Only recently, however, have they become so common that they are now showing up on a regular basis in on-line auctions and at malls, shows and flea markets. Here are some simple guidelines to avoid the fakes anyone can quickly learn.

Black Americana - Reproduction Kitchen Hooks

Black Americana - Reproduction Kitchen Hooks

These 5-inch Black Americana reproduction kitchen hooks were copied from pieces first sold in the 1940-1950s. Originals are made of poured plaster. The reproductions are made of cast plastic. Reproductions are being offered for $35 a pair. That price is about the selling price of originals which is only about $30 to $40.

More on New Goat Cart

More on New Goat Cart

A new cast iron goat pulling a pressed steel cart with cast iron wheels was recently shown in a past article. At that time we couldnt located any old counterpart. Subscriber Ruth Smelser recognized the piece as a copy of a Hubley original (shown below in original catalog illustration). The original cart was available with figures in the cart which included the Yellow Kid, a 19th century comic character. The reproduction has a slot in the cart in which the original figures would be placed.

Snakes in the grass

Snakes in the grass

Faked "folk art" iron snakes have recently been offered at shows in Pennsylvania and New Hampshire. The new snakes are made of old iron files. They are painted and come in at least several sizes. All have been priced at several hundred dollars. In August, two similar snakes were withdrawn from Skinner's Americana sale because of concerns about age.

New Toy Resembles Old Parlor Games

New Toy Resembles Old Parlor Games

This new marble toy made of wood is similar to late 19th century tabletop parlor games. It resembles an old baseball field measuring 24 by 24 by 15 inches. Players at home base shoot steel marbles into various pockets.

The Latest Aladdin Reproductions

The Latest Aladdin Reproductions

Several reproductions of Aladdin lamps and accessories entered the market in fall of 2003. One piece, a brass insect screen, has not been reproduced before. Two styles of lamps which were first reproduced in 2002, Vertique and Diamond Quilt, are now being made in additional more confusing colors. The following tips will help you separate these latest reproductions from the original items.

More High Priced Lunchboxes Reproduced

More High Priced Lunchboxes Reproduced

The number of classic metal lunch boxes back in production just keeps growing. Two of the latest victims are the Lost in Space and Underdog. Thermos. Marked United States. Aladdin, Ohio Art, Rom Corbett, Lone Ranger, Roy Rogers,

More High Priced Lunch Boxes Reproduced

More High Priced Lunch Boxes Reproduced

The number of classic metal lunch boxes back in production just keeps growing. Two of the latest victims are the Lost in Space and Underdog. Also, Lone Ranger, Roy Rogers, Howdy Doody and Tom Corbett.

Pepsi sign stirs debate

Pepsi sign stirs debate

This metal 46 X 17 Pepsi sign is marked Stout Sign Co, St. Louis, MO and dated 1969. John Woods, current president of Stout Sign Co., has called these pieces a blatant fake. Woods based his judgement on a 20 step analysis. The signs in question have four holes die punched along the sides; Woods says Stout signs only have three. The paint on the sign above can be chipped with a fingernail. Paint on original Stout signs is virtually permanent. Some buyers have now come forward saying they purchased similar signs as far back as 1989. Until the issue is settled we suggest you be very careful of this sign.

Ivory Made of Fish Bone

Ivory Made of Fish Bone

Since the late 1980s, reproduction manufacturers have used fish bones as an ivory substitute. Larger bones are carved; smaller bones are ground up and cast in molds. Bones of fish and other animals water buffalo, cattle, etc. are attractive to reproduction manufacturers because all bone looks very similar to genuine ivory under black light.