Searching for Collectibles
There are several new bell toys that resemble vintage litho paper over wood originals from the late 1920s-1950s era. The new pieces have painted wood wheels, wooden bodies covered by paper and bells that ring when the toys are pulled.
This new marble game looks like its straight from a baby boomers toy box. Look closely and youll see that the featured attractions are space toys actually sold in the 1950s-60s.
Two of the earliest and most highly sought after Fisher-Price wooden pull toys are being reproduced. They are the #795 Mickey Mouse Drummer originally issued in 1937 and the #185 Donald Duck Xylophone originally issued in 1938. Both original toys in good condition sell for $400-$600; in excellent and better conditions, prices go higher. The reproductions retail for $50-$55 each.
These cast iron bookends weigh a hefty five pounds each. But don't be fooled; they're new.
Stoneware and pottery premiums of the Sleepy Eye Millling Company, which feature the Indian chief Old Sleepy Eye, are much sought after. Among the most difficult original items to find is a 7 stein.
The owl is probably the rarest of Pairpoints blown out or puffy lamp shades. The matching figural owl metal base is also one of the rarest Pairpoint bases. A new version of the shade and base is being made in India and has been in the market since late 2000.
A new group of Disney character toys designed to look like vintage 1930s toys is currently being imported from China.
New pitchers were produced that look very similar to vintage Jadeite Anchor Hocking and Fire-King pitchers in Pillar Optic pattern, often called Melon. The new pitchers were made in China and imported by Gibson. The only marking is a white paper label.
Sculpture by almost every important artist is widely available as a reproduction complete with artist signatures. Widely offered and represented as bronze, almost all these new sculptures are cast iron or zinc. The vast majority are poor quality, low priced mass produced objects made in China for antique reproduction wholesalers and decorators worldwide. More and more often, these imitations are being mistaken as originals through online sales and absentee bidding. Knowing just a few basic facts will protect you from virtually all the mass produced copies.
Marks of genuine factories and companies have appeared on reproductions of china, pottery and reproductions for some years. Now the mark of one of the most famous makers of tin toys, Lehmann, is being found on reproductions and knockoffs. The new toys on which the marks appear are also copied from specific Lehmann originals.