Caveat Emptor Fake False and Faux Finds

Fake, Faux, False all are terms for a copy or reproduction.

With cheap import reproductions entering the collectible and antique markets daily it is important to be careful when shopping for these items.

There is a certain wholesale house in the Southern part of the united states that is bringing in huge amounts of reproduction Glass (Jadeite style they call it), Black Americana, Cast Iron and copper with fresh Faux patina, Shawnee and McCoy pottery that is labeled “Marked”  even reproduction “Antique style” Confederate Armory locks and keys! All very cheap and they make no bones about the fact that these are reproductions, I do not fault them at all on this.

It is when these items leave the dealer or shop who bought them from the warehouse that the story often goes awry. A third or fourth buyer or family member has them and now thinks they are real and/or valuable sells them as such and so it goes down the line like a game of  telephone.


I think there is a place for repro items in the market as long as they are marked as such. For decorative purposes on a vintage car or around the house a reproduction label or decal is fine if it pleases the buyer and they are aware if it. Rare and difficult to find items can be made available this way to use on a  regular  daily basis without worry over damaging an expensive antique.

I have lots of real, authentic vintage around here and I also have some repro items that either were in short supply or unaffordable in their original form.

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The first photo is of a very good reproduction water slide decal, a new product made to look old. Buyers should ask and examine this kind of thing, is the backing paper aged? thin? is it really a water slide or is there adhesive?

The second photo is of real, vintage labels that are in very good condition because they were never used, overstock from a warehouse find. The backs are slightly light brown with age but free of any glue since they were never applied to bottles. The paper is light and thin, no plastic or gloss involved.

Bottom line for Sellers is never pass off a repro or fake as original even if it is very good.

Buyers should always be aware, ask questions and feel good about the answer before you make a purchase. Buy what you love and if it calls to you bring it home to enjoy whatever the age.

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5 thoughts on “Caveat Emptor Fake False and Faux Finds

  1. Well, a nice lesson on reproduction items.

  2. Interesting information, – haven’t been exposed to markets like this, but have lots of antiques around from Charles’ family, – he held on to everything that belong to grandfather and great grandfather!!!! And his sons are the same…..

  3. Seems to be millions of FAUX Rolex watches and Louis Vuitton fashion, if my spam e-mail is any indication.
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  4. Great idea for F. I agree that buyers should know what they are getting. Carver, ABC Wed. Team

  5. Sometimes it’s hard to tell though.

    Fitness… Fashion… Family

    Playing catch up again with F entries..
    Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

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