Searching for Collectibles
ACRN has received over a dozen letters about this 8″ × 6″ ceramic bulldog humidor.
Reproductions of Art Nouveau lamps and lighting have been around for many years. Most have been made with inexpensive pot metal bases and sold without matching shades.
Original molds were used to reissue a classic duo from Breyer's Horse and Rider series originally made during the 1950's.
What's in a name? If it's the right name, big bucks. Perfectly ordinary tools, kitchenwares, and common household items that wouldn't normally raise an eyebrow can skyrocket blood pressures when marked "Griswold", "Winchester", "Keen Kutter", or "Old Sleepy Eye".
Mother Russia finally seems to be learning the ways of capitalism. Warehouse finds of surplus junk from the former Soviet Union are pouring into Western markets. Items available include everything from clocks out of army tanks to this Lenin banner. With the new Russian republics starved for hard currency, these items are being hawked with the enthusiasm usually seen only in Western infomercials about firm buttocks and sharp knives. Many items look older than they really are because they were shoddily made and poorly designed. Know what you're getting before plunking down your hard earned rubles.
American Indian Artifacts - Genuine or fake? Glossary of Terms: Bannerstone, Celt, flint, gorget, birdstone, chalcedony, arrowhead, knapping, steatite, soapstone
A variety of reproduction metal toys have recently been introduced into the market ranging from tinplate to cast iron. Many are direct copies of original vintage toys. If buyers rely on pictures in reference books alone, they may be fooled into confusing the fakes with authentic toys.
There are some unusual wooden knobs currently in the market causing some mistakes. Knob centers have diameter insets with either a womans portrait or a clock face. Knob bodies are turned Philippine mahogany.
This 8 inch high ceramic pitcher has just come on the market. It features a stylized face of a black child. The representation is similar to illustrations of characters in the books Little Brown Koko and Topsy Turvy.
Figural cane heads of hand-carved hardwoods are being exported from the Czech Republic. Five of the new canes are shown above. Left to right, subject followed by wood species: bearded man in hat, walnut; eagle, elm; fighting lions, walnut; old woman, cherry; ram head, pear. Heads are mounted on matching hardwood shafts, total length is 36. We found the canes shown above at $59 each.