Fakes, etc.

I'll begin populating this page with photos of reproductions, fakes and fantasy items as I see them listed on eBay, Etsy and other such sites. Hopefully, collectors will refer to this page to minimize the occasions reproductions, fakes and fantasy items are unknowingly purchased. If you see something on this page that was sold to you purporting to be a vintage item, immediately send it back for a full refund. 

New Old Stock 1950's Chalkware Halloween Cat & Moon Germany

This is not a vintage item. It was made by Radko within the last 10 years or so. It is distressing to see that somebody wasted their collecting dollars on something that has decorative value only. People: This hobby has become pricey enough that one MUST do their research before buying anything. Go to one of the tabs above this post and buy a copy of my reference, Vintage Halloween Collectibles, 3rd Edition. 

Vintage Halloween 1920's German diecut? Beistle, Dennison, Eureka.

I am really surprised that people haven't figured out that is is a newly made item based loosely on the truly vintage German fireplace screen diecut made during the 1920s. (There was recently a cache of these truly vintage screens unearthed. They have been offered so frequently that the price has decidedly turned down. It may be several years before the prices for the vintage screens regain ground.) In any event, right now this reproduction or fake is at $381 with 4+ days to go. In this hobby, research is vital to avoid being taken in by such offerings. 

10/31 Update: This screen was made by Bethany Lowe in 2006. Another one sold for several hundred dollars. In both cases, buyers figuratively poured their money down the drain. 

paper mache halloween lanterns

The seller states this was made in Germany during the 1930s. It surely was made off-shore, but not in Germany. This was almost certainly made in China in 2016 or 2107. It has zero collectible value. Don't be fooled!

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Yellow Halloween Lantern Head Back Cat Confectionery Candy Bisque/Card Box c1930

This is a fantasy item I've not seen before, so prepare to see many more of them over the year. This abomination is being sold by a dealer in England who claims to have only a pair to sell. (Trust me, if this sells to an under-informed bidder for solid dollars, this seller will surely discover some more!) The claim in the listing's headline is that this item is from the 1930s - a claim not made in the body of the listing. This is not old and has zero collectible value.

03/21 Update: Two bidders got snookered by prevailing on these two lots with the exact same bid - $127.50. Prepare to see more of this fake. 

Vintage ANTIQUE Halloween PAPER MACHE Pumpkin BLACK CAT Nut Cup Candy Container

Unfortunately, the person who bought this may not have known that it is a fairly new item made by Seasons Gone By. The seller, alerted to this fact, certainly did nothing to illuminate the questionable provenance. A long-time collector and reader of this blog contacted me recently to relate the email conversation she had with this seller. I reproduce this for you now: 

This cup was made in the 1990s by a company called Season Gone By and their mark has been removed from the underside. I suggest you correct the listing.

I know that company and am familiar with their reproductions, this is not made by seasons gone by, I bought it in a lot of Halloween antiques, some had scrapes on the bottom like this one and some did not, I just sold a vintage nut cut that was in the same lot, it was intact on the bottom and did not have any makers marks... There is no reason for me to assume this one is made by seasons gone by. I am very clear in my description about this item.

This is a dealer whose listings I'll be watching very carefully.

ANTIQUE VINTAGE HALLOWEEN WITCH NOISE MAKER. 1930's Germany MINTY RARE

These fake horns have been showing up these last few years. This model is larger than the plethora of fake horns that have plagued the hobby since the 1990s. Laughingly, each is always described as this one is - minty! (Of course they are minty - they were made as recently as yesterday!) Don't be fooled by these objects. They have very modest decorative value only.. 

Antique German Halloween Pumpkin Head Candy Container ca1920

This is a fake, patterned on the one shown on page 132. This container has been faked in several sizes, all having some issue with the nose in common. Since the only authentic one has a repaired nose, there isn't a template for the fakers to use other than the one shown on page 132. This example is more cleverly rendered than others, given its use of a cotton batting nose, but it is still an object possessing decorative value only. An authentic example would bring ~$2000. 

Vintage Halloween Nodder Candy Containers Veggie Men Germany 5 different iob

Thesefantasy items were made after 1995 and have zero collectible value. This seller, unfortunately, is impervious to learning, as she and I have had many interactions wherein she insists these kinds of things have some true age to them. There is no documentary evidence that these abominations were made prior to around 1995 when they began appearing at antiques shows. The seller bangs on about what a bargain a buyer will get purchasing these as a set, but unless you want to pour money down a drain for items that have decorative value only, steer clear of these items. Many of this seller's offerings in the Vintage Halloween category are fantasy items, so be sure to ask many questions if you choose to do business with her. 

VINTAGE HALLOWEEN CANDY CONTAINER UGLY JOL JACK O LANTERN

This is not a vintage candy container. The genuine article, which you can see on page 132, measures ~4.5" high, far more compact than this abomination. This POS was surely modeled after the one in the collection due to the nose. The genuine article has a piece of felt at the nose, attached by a prior owner to hide a chip. The reproducers either didn't know that or didn't care, blithely copying what they could see from my references. This has zero vintage value. Don't be fooled. 

WICKED WITCH ON BROOM DOORSTOP Cast Iron Pumpkins Halloween Vintage

This is a new item, almost certainly made off-shore within the past year. It is nicely detailed and would be fun to have as part of a contemporary display, but it isn't old. The detailing is too fluid and the appearance of the reverse is inconsistent with the one truly vintage Halloween doorstop I have seen in person - a haunted house. 

VINTAGE HITCHY-WITCHY COLLECTIBLE HALLOWEEN SKILL GAME

This is a poorly done fake, characteristic of so many of the items this seller offers. This seller has been on my list of those with whom I do not do business for many years. It seems that every "vintage" Halloween item this person offers is problematic. They used to sell these with no verbiage on the handle. I pointed out this deception in my references. Now I see this seller has made what looks to be a very poor copy of the verbiage and transferred it to the handle somehow. On genuine items, the wording is bold and clear, unlike the muddled mess this fake shows. Even the borders of the handle are poorly done. I'm sorry to see someone wasted $36.52 on this POS. If you're a reader, get your money returned! 

Large vintage Halloween paper mache pouncing black cat decoration 1930’s-1940’s

This is the second one of these "vintage" cats that has been listed in the last 10 days. This was made off-shore somewhere - probably China - perhaps as recently as last week. It has all the styling panache that one would expect from a poorly designed POS. Please don't make the mistake some poor soul recently made and purchase one of these for more than its decorative value - $14.99. 

Antique Germany Paper Pulp Painted Orange Pumpkin JOL Red Nose Pipe Noisemaker

This fantasy item is one of a set of at least 4 that began appearing in the mid-1990s. These are often sold with a truly vintage box, with this ersatz marriage meant to fool the unsuspecting. Don't be one of those. Run, don't walk away from any dealer selling these as anything other than what they are - products made no earlier than 1995.