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Some of the most colorful original Victorian toys are made of wood covered with lithographed paper. Commonly referred to by collectors as litho over wood, this category of toys is highly prized for its bright colors and folk art appearance.
The rapidly escalating prices of cookie jars has brought many reproductions on the market.
Clay was the most common material for tobacco pipes from the 16th century to the early 1900s. Molded clay pipes representing historical and political figures, animals, occupations, fraternal symbols and other decorations were at the height of popularity between the mid-1800s and 1900. As cigarettes and briar pipes became more popular, the use of clay pipes declined and were rarely used after 1920.
An American lamp supply company has just brought out a line of new brass miniature oil lamps. Although the new lamps arent copies of specific old originals, they do resemble vintage miniature oil lamps in general.
There continues to be no shortage of new Russian icons to go around. Many new pieces are now copying specific well-known originals.
New figural bookends are confusing collectors of movie memorabilia and Gone with the Wind fans.
Because many of the most valuable original rings are those on wheels, they are frequently targets for forgeries and reproductions. This article will discuss the guidelines to detect most fakes with wheels.
There are many other new non-silver match safes in the market. Many of the more frequently seen are cast iron and brass stand alone safes like those shown in Figs. 3-4 A fly, turtle and frog are the most common. New pieces typically have crude casting seams and obvious grinding marks left by power tools. Originals virtually never shown grinding marks.
This 3 brass padlock appears to be a turn-of-century original. Its not; its a reproduction.
James Mackie, a modern maker of new figural napkin rings has a second style of maker's mark (touchmark).