Searching for Vintage Collectibles
Original marble tournament medals date from the early 1920s to the 1950s. The medals were awarded to winners of school, city, state and national tournaments and are primarily of interest to marble collectors. Originals are currently valued at $400- $800 depending on condition, material, and whether the original ribbon and box are present.
This metal matchsafe with a Coca-Cola advertisement is a very carefully made forgery. Original Coca-Cola match safes of this same style with similar images sell for $600+.
Exports of reproduction antique furniture from Egypt are steadily increasing. Several Egypt-based exporters are aggressively promoting sea containers for export to European and American markets.
At least two very realistic reproduction posters featuring vaudeville magicians are in the market. Each is 24″ × 36″ in size, full color on very heavy paper. Antique and vintage posters.
In 1990, the Smithsonian licensed Chinese textile mills the rights to reproduce many of the American quilts in the Smithsonian collection. Those designs began a flood of reproductions of 19th century quilt patterns including Lindbergh, Lucky Lindy, or Aeroplane.
Motion lamps are a type of novelty lighting with moving, or animated, scenes. The motion is created by a cylinder in the center of the lamp which turns powered by air rising above the warm electric bulb.
Rock and psychedelic posters from the 1960s - 70s are becoming high priced art. Prices are particularly strong for posters featuring artists before they became superstars like Jimi Hendrix and Janice Joplin. With fairly ordinary originals bringing $200-$500 and rarities selling for $1,000 and up, inexpensive reproductions are becoming widespread. New look-alike posters that copy the old style are also being made.
This new country style herb box imitates 19th century originals made of papier mach. The new boxes are made of brown cardboard with a layer of red paper applied on top. The red layer is antiqued with nicks, scratches and tears to give the appearance of age. Any where an edge of the red layer is exposed like the scratches or tears will fluoresce white under long wave black light. Retail for the new boxes is 52 a set.
This Ku Klux Klan (KKK) panoramic photo is being sold through a mail order advertisement. It is a real photograph, not produced on a printing press. It is done in a sepia tone. It is titled Dauphin County Klan Kloncave and dated 1925 within the photo itself.
Have trouble telling new from old advertising trays One of the ways to eliminate a good numnber of new trays is to be familiar with the names of new manufactures. One of those, Cheinco Housewares, has a distinctive trademark that makes detecting their new advertising trays and signs easy. Their log cabin style mark Fig. 7 is 38 high by 12 wide. It appears in the rim of the new Clysmic Water tray in Fig. 6.