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New Coca-Cola Chalkboard Clock

This new 15 by 22-inch menu chalkboard is printed on hardboard. The artwork is copied from a vintage original. The clock is operated by a single AA battery. Corners and chalk tray are brass. The surface is distressed to resemble age and normal wear.

End of Cinnabar, Plastics Banded

Trade reports from Asia suggest that cinnabar is no longer being made in China. The situation is blamed on plastic factories from Taiwan which specialize in reproduction cinnabar. Mainland workers claim plastic has all but destroyed the trade in traditional handmade Chinese cinnabar.

Another Sewing Bird Copy

Sometimes, the easiest way to detect reproductions is to ask yourself, Could this product perform the function for which is was designed If you ask that question, you dont need to be an expert on sewing birds to know the piece in Fig. 1 is not authentic.

Unusual Railroad Items Reproduced

Most reproductions and reissues of railroad collectibles are either dinnerware, giveaways or hardware such as padlocks or watch fobs. The new posters and particularly the lampshade are quite a departure from what has previously been made.

New Sounds of the Past - Reproduction Phonographs

Outside-horn phonographs have been manufactured in India and Pakistan since the 1980s. Only recently, however, have they become so common that they are now showing up on a regular basis in on-line auctions and at malls, shows and flea markets. Here are some simple guidelines to avoid the fakes anyone can quickly learn.

More on New Goat Cart

A new cast iron goat pulling a pressed steel cart with cast iron wheels was recently shown in a past article. At that time we couldnt located any old counterpart. Subscriber Ruth Smelser recognized the piece as a copy of a Hubley original (shown below in original catalog illustration). The original cart was available with figures in the cart which included the Yellow Kid, a 19th century comic character. The reproduction has a slot in the cart in which the original figures would be placed.

Snakes in the grass

Faked "folk art" iron snakes have recently been offered at shows in Pennsylvania and New Hampshire. The new snakes are made of old iron files. They are painted and come in at least several sizes. All have been priced at several hundred dollars. In August, two similar snakes were withdrawn from Skinner's Americana sale because of concerns about age.

New Toy Resembles Old Parlor Games

This new marble toy made of wood is similar to late 19th century tabletop parlor games. It resembles an old baseball field measuring 24 by 24 by 15 inches. Players at home base shoot steel marbles into various pockets.

The Latest Aladdin Reproductions

Several reproductions of Aladdin lamps and accessories entered the market in fall of 2003. One piece, a brass insect screen, has not been reproduced before. Two styles of lamps which were first reproduced in 2002, Vertique and Diamond Quilt, are now being made in additional more confusing colors. The following tips will help you separate these latest reproductions from the original items.

More High Priced Lunchboxes Reproduced

The number of classic metal lunch boxes back in production just keeps growing. Two of the latest victims are the Lost in Space and Underdog. Thermos. Marked United States. Aladdin, Ohio Art, Rom Corbett, Lone Ranger, Roy Rogers,