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  • Harriet Nash
    Spotting Fake Daguerreotypes
    Do you have some very old pictures of ancestors, perhaps some that are daguerreotypes? Be careful buying from unfamiliar sources.           Do you have some very old pictures of...
  • Silver Napkin Rings
    Many holiday dinner tables will be enhanced by whimsical napkin rings for family and guests to admire. If the host is lucky, those holders will be silver heirlooms.             Many...
  • Raymond C. Yard Rabbit Pin
    We came across a recreation of a Raymond Yard "Rabbit Waiter" pin for $98,000 in a Neiman Marcus catalog. Originals are prized and sell for high prices.           Recently we were...
  • Tin Windups
    We opened a catalog recently and found a “new” vintage tin windup toy made using the original design of a Germany company. Be on the lookout for these reproductions that are far less valuable than...
  • Wedgwood Peoney Plate
    This plate is an authentic old piece of Wedgwood’s Peoney transferware pattern in brown. The original Peoney pattern was first made in the first decade of the 1810s.           Wedgwood is...
  • Penguin Cocktail Shaker
    This penguin cocktail shaker is being sold in gift catalogs. It is a copy of an Art Deco shaker made in 1936. This penguin cocktail shaker is being sold in gift catalogs. It is a copy of an...
  • Willow Platter
    Willow pattern dishes have been made in England since 1789. Buyer Beware.           Willow pattern dishes have been made in England since 1789. The pattern usually appears in blue and...
  • Repro Warnings
    Read the descriptions carefully when ordering collectibles and antiques from giftware catalogs. Usually the item they are selling is a new exact copy of an antique, plentiful, and perhaps even a...
  • Staffordshire Figurines
    English pottery figures made in Staffordshire for almost 300 years were hot collectibles from the 1970s to ʼ90s. The most popular Staffordshire figurines are dogs and important historical people. We...
  • Bottle fake
    Spotting a Bottle Fake
    There are many temporary and devious ways to improve the appearance of a bottle.           There are many temporary and devious ways to improve the appearance of a bottle. In some...

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