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Yes... bulldog humidor is new

Yes... bulldog humidor is new

ACRN has received over a dozen letters about this 8″ × 6″ ceramic bulldog humidor.

Imitations and Knock-offs of Art Nouveau Lamps

Imitations and Knock-offs of Art Nouveau Lamps

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.

Breyer horse and rider copied

Breyer horse and rider copied

Original molds were used to reissue a classic duo from Breyer's Horse and Rider series originally made during the 1950's.

Recent Fakes and Reproductions of Collectible Brand Names

Recent Fakes and Reproductions of Collectible Brand Names

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".

Comrades... it is a glorious warehouse find

Comrades... it is a glorious warehouse find

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.

Problems with American Indian Artifacts

Problems with American Indian Artifacts

American Indian Artifacts - Genuine or fake? Glossary of Terms: Bannerstone, Celt, flint, gorget, birdstone, chalcedony, arrowhead, knapping, steatite, soapstone

A Review of New Metal Toys

A Review of New Metal Toys

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.

Confusing wooden knobs

Confusing wooden knobs

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.

New Black Face Ceramic Pitcher

New Black Face Ceramic Pitcher

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.

Hand carved wood canes

Hand carved wood canes

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.