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Regimental Beer Steins

Perhaps no other collectible is so shrouded in myth, misinformation and mistaken identity as German regimental steins. These pieces have been steadily reproduced since the 1960s and most experts agree reproductions far out number authentic examples. Yet few buyers other than stein specialists know how to identify the fakes.

Brush-McCoy vs. Brush McCoy: Cookie Jars

Brush-McCoy Pottery Co. expired over 75 years ago but the name is very much alive today. Despite never producing a single cookie jar while it existed, an ever growing number of new jars are marked Brush McCoy.

New tiles imitate Arts and Crafts originals

A recent batch of new tiles has been made in various Arts and Crafts styles. New tiles are similar is color and design to vintage tiles by Grueby, Newcomb College, SEG and other period studios and makers.

Little Red Riding Hood Pottery Reproductions

Reproductions of Little Red Riding Hood (LRRH) pottery have been filtering into the market for at least two to three years.

Hull Bow-Knot Cornucopia Copied

The Hull Bow-Knot 7 cornucopia is being reproduced (shown above). Original Bow-Know was only made in two color styles: 1) pink top rims with blue-green bases; 2) blue top rims with blue-green bases. Reproduction shown here has gray top rim with green base. This reproduction was marked the same as an original with molded raised lettering. Inn

New Nippon Marked Kerosene Lamp

This new 9 ceramic kerosene lamp marked Nippon is was sold by a reproduction wholesaler in the late 1990s. The new Nippon green wreath mark is virtually identical to genuine pre-1921 Nippon marks. It is a fantasy item; no lamp like this was ever produced with an authentic Nippon mark. Even though the mark is difficult to detect as new, there are several other ways to catch this recent product. For example, the font and base are glued together. Under long wave black light, the glue shows up as a yellowish white line around the joint (Fig. 2). This glue joint is also visible in most reproduction glass lamps. Authentic kerosene lamps, either glass or ceramic, were permanently joined at the time of manufacture. Glass lamps were fused together while soft; ceramic pieces were joined together with slip (liquid clay), and fired.

Fakes, Copies & Reproductions of R.S. Prussia, Germany, Suhl, Poland

For almost 100 years, 1869 to 1956, Reinhold Schlegelmilchs initials, RS, appeared in various marks on fine German porcelain. Probably today's most desired pieces are those marked RS Prussia. Rare blanks with rare decorations, such as animals or portraits, of RS Prussia can bring $3,000 - $8,000. More common floral pieces routinely sell for $75 - $350. Other sought after marks include RS Germany, RS Suhl, and RS Poland.

Many Roseville Patterns Reproduced

Well, they are here. A wide range of reproduction Roseville shapes and patterns are now being sold by many reproduction wholesalers. New pieces come in a variety of patterns including early designs like Luffa and Jonquil. There is also a wide range of shapes from a 15 ewer to sugar and creamer. Like the new 7 magnolia vase that first appeared in November 1996, all these other new pieces are also made in China.

Clarice Cliff Figurines

In 1930, Clarice Cliff made five different Art Deco figures she called Age of Jazz. Originals sell for over $5,000.

Baseball Player Shaving Mug

This new skuttle shaving mug is decorated with an early baseball player, baseballs and glove. It is white ironstone with metallic decoration. This new mug has a single drain hole in the top where the soap rests; old mugs have multiple drain holes. This example was found in a Texas department store by R. Blake Powell (author of Antique Shaving Mugs of the US and Occupational Shavings Mugs of the US).