Searching for Vintage Collectibles

Practice Parlor Putters

One of the more interesting golfrelated collectibles is a floor stand used to practice putting. Depending on make and condition, an original parlor putter can cost 8001500; original putters add 150250 each. Due to the scarcity and high price of authentic pieces, several reproductions have been made to meet the demand. Originals date from the first quarter of the 20th century. They were made in brass and cast iron with painted details. Paint can be restored and repaired so it is best to look at the construction to determine age.

Ivory : Genuine, Fake, and Confusing

Historically, genuine ivory has been difficult to obtain, highly sought after and, consequently, an expensive luxury item. In some ways ivory is very similar to precious metals and gemstones. But while gold and silver have carried purity marks and have been closely regulated by governments for centuries, ivory has never been subjected to similar trade laws regarding genuineness or quality. It has never been illegal to sell imitations of ivory. As a result, there are a tremendous number of ivory look-alike objects in the market today. These include present day fakes to 19th century ivory substitutes like celluloid.

New faces in old clock cases

There are currently previously unseen styles of reproduction clock faces entering the market. These new clock faces are high resolution images printed on paper and mounted on whats commonly called fiber board one brand name of fiber board is Masonite. Unlike normally accepted replacement faces, these new faces are heavily aged and distressed with an antique finish. All of the reproduction faces on fiberboard ACRN has seen were copied from old faces that were almost always originally on metal. The fiberboard is proof enough that the face to which it is attached is new.

Cast Iron Elephant Doorstop

This elephant doorstop just started showing up in the market. Its dull gold paint with flat black highlights looks aged. We could not find an old counterpart.

Pond Sail boats

made in China and Indonesia

Brass Stampings - Art Nouveau and Art Deco

A whole series of new brass stampings is being offered in Art Nouveau and Art Deco designs like the two shown above. All are hollow backed, finely detailed and have a dark antique patina. The pieces are sold without hardware of any kind but we suspect they will begin turning up as brooches, hatpins, stickpins etc. Wholesale price, $1 to $2 each.

New plastic resins imitate pottery

A plastic resin that can be finished to look like antique pottery is now being used to make reproductions of toy and chil-dren's dishes.

Black Americana Child Match Holder

An antiques reproduction wholesaler sold figural wall match holders made of cast iron. It is a Black male child in a floppy hat and toothy grin. This sample has a black finish but it could appear in others. It is marked with two impressed letters on the back side of the hat: a reversed "D" next to an "R"

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How to identify originals and detect fakes

Dandy kerosene jar

This new 13-inch kerosene jar is copied from a vintage original. The name Dandy is embossed in raised letters in the metal shell. Inside the shell is a glass jar. The open panels in the shell allowed the user to monitor the level of kerosene and refill as needed.