Searching for Vintage Collectibles

Can't Stop Dancin' - Minnie and Mickey Mouse Windup Toy

Those famous mice are at it again, taking to the floor as a metal windup. The well known couple is part of a collection of new Disney toys sold by Schylling, an American toy distributor.

Fake Shapleigh Day & Co Miniature Plow

This miniature wood and iron plow is marked Shapleigh Day Co, but it is a new item.

Aladdin Lamp Finials Reproduced in Metal

A number of styles of Aladdin lamp finials have been reproduced in metal. All the new pieces are white metal (pot metal) with a brass finish.

Problems with American Indian Artifacts

American Indian Artifacts - Genuine or fake? Glossary of Terms: Bannerstone, Celt, flint, gorget, birdstone, chalcedony, arrowhead, knapping, steatite, soapstone

A Review of New Metal Toys

A variety of reproduction metal toys have recently been introduced into the market ranging from tinplate to cast iron. Many are direct copies of original vintage toys. If buyers rely on pictures in reference books alone, they may be fooled into confusing the fakes with authentic toys.

Pickle Castor - Mechanical Frame

A recent article on pickle castors included a small catalog photo of a mechanical castor frame (Fig. 1). After the issue went to press, an example was located for close up photography. The piece was being offered for $375.

Cheap new hatpins

There is another wave of cheap new hatpins now being offered in mail order catalogs and import trade shows. Three of the various styles available are shown above. Retail prices range from $8-$10.

Confusing wooden knobs

There are some unusual wooden knobs currently in the market causing some mistakes. Knob centers have diameter insets with either a womans portrait or a clock face. Knob bodies are turned Philippine mahogany.

Fake Civil War identification discs

Identification (ID) tagslike the so-called dog tags of later warswere never officially issued by armies of either side in the American Civil War1. Without tags, soliders killed in combat were difficult to identify and notification of family was difficult.

New Black Face Ceramic Pitcher

This 8 inch high ceramic pitcher has just come on the market. It features a stylized face of a black child. The representation is similar to illustrations of characters in the books Little Brown Koko and Topsy Turvy.