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Plaster Copies of Nipper

Plaster Copies of Nipper

There are a number of plaster reproductions of RCAs Nipper in the market mistaken by many for vintage items. These items are in fact fantasy items, pieces with no old original counterpart. They are made in the Chicago, Illinois area primarily for sale to phonograph and record collectors. Although they are first sold openly as reproductions, many pieces cross into the antiques and collectible market where they are offered as old.

Repros of 50s Classics Sold by MOMA

Repros of 50s Classics Sold by MOMA

The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) is currently selling reproductions of a wide variety of classic 1950 products by many famous mid-century designers. Items range from Ray and Charles Eames side chairs to Isamu Noguchi coffee tables.

Vintage Look Halloween Lanterns

Vintage Look Halloween Lanterns

The lanterns show here are made of brightly colored cardboard. Eyes, mouths and other details are die-cut with tissue paper backing. A battery powered light shines through the die-cuts.

All 1933 Worlds Fair Mickey Mouse Knives are Fake

All 1933 Worlds Fair Mickey Mouse Knives are Fake

Theres an old saying that if you repeat a lie often enough, people will eventually believe it. That applies not only to words but also to reproductions of antiques and collectibles. Mickey Mouse pocket knife. Walt Disney.1933 Worlds Fair Chicago. Taylor Cutlery.

From Russia with Reproductions

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

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.

New Hubley racer fools experienced buyers

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.

Salesman samples?

Salesman samples?

Store displays, salesman samples and folk art are among the favorite names under which these new boats were being sold. The new pieces shown here have sold for only $12.50 wholesale but are showing up at outdoor markets, antique malls and shows with $100 price tags. Just look at this hand work, is the usual opening sales pitch.

New Lunch Boxes Arrive

New Lunch Boxes Arrive

Copies of 1950s classic metal lunch box are being reproduced. The new boxes are copies of some of the most desirable and expensive originals. The three boxes shown here, though, don't seem to pose a serious problem.

Scrimshaw and other nautical carvings

Scrimshaw and other nautical carvings

When scrimshaw is mentioned, almost all non-scrimshaw collectors and dealers think of carving on sperm whale teeth only. But scrimshaw also includes engravings on skeletal whale bonesuch as the jaw bone, called panboneand ivory from other marine mammals such as walrus. Although scrimshaw is widely associated with nautical themes and designs of the 19th century whaling industry, vintage scrimshaw was also produced as tribal art in many cultures. Today, scrimshaw is recognized as a unique medium in which present-day artists have developed their own modern themes.