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From Russia with Reproductions

Capitalism must be taking hold in Russia. Workshops in the Motherland are busy making reproductions of Tsarist royalty and Communist propaganda posters. It's nice to see how old political beliefs are set aside when there's a ruble to be made.

New robot push toy in painted wood

This 6 robot push toy has just appeared in the market. The base and segmented body are painted wood. Body parts are connected with elastic cords. Pressing a plunger on the bottom of the base causes the cords to loosen and the body tilt in the direction the plunger is pushed. The red and white paint on this example fluoresced brightly under long wave black light. To ACRNs knowledge, no old examples like this were ever made.

Feather golf balls

don't confuse balls from other sports with early golf balls

New Hubley racer fools experienced buyers

Reproductions of a classic 1930's Hubley cast iron race car have been fooling buyers across the nation. This model features 12 exhaust flames that move up and down in the hood as the wheels turn.

More Paper Mache Halloween Lanterns

A group of six new Halloween lanterns have just come on the market. The group includes black roundshaped cats head, an orange cat head/shoulders (shown), a devil head (shown) and three different pumpkin heads. All are handmade paper mache and have old appearing wire handles. All colors are spray painted. New retail prices are $29 - $39; seller claims only 50 of each style have been made. The items have already filtered into the Internet auction system, antique malls and shows.

Red Riding Hood Bank

An original Little Red Riding Hood standing bank can sell for $750-$900. Reproduction wholesalers are now offering a confusing look-alike for around $30. There have been new pieces found as sleepers at flea markets or estate sales and bringing $150-$300 from unsuspecting buyers. There are several key features to help you tell new from old.

Communist Red Star pin

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the West has been flooded with all sorts of odds and ends marketed as Communist Cold War era artifacts. The latest Commie trinket to hit the market is this Red Star pin. Its 2 across; made of sterling silver with red enameling. The raised inscription reads Workers of the World Unite. This is the most recent knickknack liquidated to generate some hard currency for the capitalistwannnabes now in charge in Russia. Similar items mass marketed in the U.S.A. have been clocks from submarines, various flags and banners, instruments from airplanes, pieces of uniforms, etc., etc. Many of these pieces end up at gun shows and flea markets at outrageous prices.

More new purses

New purses made with glass beads have been reproduced since 1997. Most new pieces are manufactured by hand India. Many styles of new purses are made. The one shown here is done in black glass beads. The other, not shown, is made of white silk.

1890s cap pistol copied

A 19th century cast iron cap pistol has just been copied in brass. The original, marked SCOUT was made by the J. E. Stevens Company, Cromwell, Connecticut in the late 1890s. Dont be confused by an old appearing patent date. Both old and new versions have PATD JUNE 17, 1890 on the side opposite the name. SCOUT also appears on the new version. The original can be worth 80125; the brass reproduction retails for 20.

Hatpins from Knife Handles

For years, faked hatpins have been pieced together from a wide variety of odds and ends. Buttons, broken costume jewelry, charms, and virtually anything else that could be welded, soldered or glued seemed to end up on a hatpin shank. The latest faked hatpins are being made up from sterling silver spoon and knife handles.