Appraising an Antique versus a Reproduction Piece

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    This video provides helpful tips on how to spot an antique or collectible reproduction while shopping. Learn the In’s and Out’s of checking the markings and  researching specific collectible product lines to ensure the authenticity of your item.

    Palmer Pekarek: Hello! I am Palmer Pekarek from rubylane.

    com and today we are talking about antiques and collectables and how to spot a reproduction.

    Let's take this Chintz piece of Fine China and a reproduction of Chintz, and let's see how you can spot a reproduction. To the trained eye they look like authentic pieces of Chintz. Delicate Bone China, this English Chintz cup and saucer made by Shelley is in the pattern called Summer Glory. The back stamp helps us identify that this piece of Chintz was produced in between 1945 and 1966. With the look of old Chintz pattern, so popular today, many new fantasy pieces are being made. Let's take this cake plate for example.

    False marks are currently being applied to a variety of brand new fake ceramics. Often, these will have no marks of their own, having been imported with a paper label, which is easily removed, or their maker's mark can be grounded away and a fake Shelley stamp mark applied in its place. Some authentic Shelley items are also being purchased, damaged, and then repaired. They are then redecorated with designs that would never have been applied originally to a particular Shelley shape; these are often offered for sale as original rare factory decorated pieces.

    Authentic patterns and shapes can be researched online of Shelley Chintz. Take a look, make sure yours is authentic. I hope we have provided some tips here for you to help make sure your collectable or antique is not a reproduction.