Roly Poly tins were first made in the early 1900s by the American Tobacco Company to hold a pound of tobacco. Six stereotypical lithographed figures were made. In the 1980s, similar but smaller tins appeared.
Traditions reign during the holiday season, as bins and boxes are pulled out of attics and family heirlooms regain a (temporary) place of honor in home decoration. But are vintage ornaments better than reproductions?
The “golden age” of Halloween collectibles is pre-1930s. Those who love vintage Halloween collectibles, however, need to be wary.
We were recently surprised to find a reproduction Springer-style console table the same shape as the vintage Karl Springer console table.
Old reproductions of Lalique vases are fooling today’s collectors. Years of wear and tear make old repros look even older.
Do you have some very old pictures of ancestors, perhaps some that are daguerreotypes? Be careful buying from unfamiliar sources.
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.
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.
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 originals.
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.