Searching for Vintage Collectibles

Black Figure Phonograph Spindle Toy Copied

One of the accessories available for 1920s era phonographs was a phonograph dancer. A phonograph dancer was a toy or novelty item that attached to the spindle of the turntable. The turning spindle drove a mechanism making the figure rise, fall and turn as if dancing. One of the most sought after phonograph dancers is one styled as a black minstrel. A new copy of this black dancer is now in production.

Oh my, Little Red Riding Hood, what a strange bottom you have!

This Little Red Riding Hood does indeed have a strange bottom. Why Because on her bottom in raised lettering is McCoy (see Fig. 3). The problem is that Nelson McCoy Pottery, which traces its roots to 1899, never made a Red Riding Hood cookie jar.

Uncle Remus Syrup

This new can has an old appearing full color paper label with Uncle Remus Brand Syrup--Dis sho am good. The back side is a typcial ingredients list until you take a close look; it is dated 1995.

Classic 1950s Metal Lunch Boxes

A distributor of upscale gifts introduced three new copies of classic 1950s metal lunch boxes. The new boxes shown below include: Howdy Dowdy, originally released by ADCO Liberty, 1955; The Lone Ranger, originally released by ADCO Liberty, 1954; and, Tom Corbett, originally released by Aladdin, 1954.

An Update on Identifying Real Photo Postcards

There are reproductions of real photo postcards in the market. The stamp boxes on the new cards include the word Kodak as shown in the illustration below. Kodak representatives have confirmed that this mark was first used in 1941. It is the same mark Kodak continues to use on its postcard photographic paper. No postcard paper before 1941 included the word Kodak.

Reproductions of New York Stoneware

The New York State Historical Association (NYSHA) has issued reproductions of ten pieces of 19th century New England stoneware. Pieces were available for sale beginning November 1993 on a televised shopping channel and in a museum gift shop. All items are made by Rockdale Union Stoneware of Wisconsin. Rockdale claims it uses the same salt glaze and handmade techniques used to make the originals. Each piece is thrown by hand on a potters wheel and decorated with hand painted designs in deep blue. The items reproduced include several rare shapes and designs such as a water cooler decorated with a cobalt blue dog and stag. Some items are also dated the same as the originals such as a 2 quart crock (above center) dated 1833. Names of original makers such as Clark and Fox , Athens and others also appear on the pieces. When sold, pieces carry the stamp of NYSHA and Rockdale. Prices range from $159 for the water cooler to $16.50 for a small jug; a group package of 7 pieces is $459.

Copper Base Lamp with Mica Shade

Dirk Van Erp was the premier metalsmith of the Arts and Crafts Period. Van Erp, who worked mostly in copper, is best known for his holloware and lighting which he made from about 1908 until about 1930. His San Francisco, California workshop set the standard not only for quality work but for bold Arts and Craft period design as well.

Fantasy Holt-Howard Shakers

New ceramic shakers in the image of late 1950s vintage Holt Howard Pixieware. Each shaker about 4 inches tall.

Scarce Dr. Pepper token forged

Forgeries of a hard to find Dr. Pepper token originally introduced around 1910 are being offered in online auctions. Originals are valued at $200; forgeries have been offered in fixed price auctions for $50.