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. 

German Halloween Devil’s Head Candy Container in Original Box

This is a newer twist on an old problem - fantasy items. The seller states that this was obtained 30 years ago. This devil head fantasy item first appeared in 1995, so the seller mustn’t be very adept at math. The new twist, surely meant to fool, is the presence of the “original box.” Look carefully, vow not to be taken for a chump, laugh and walk right on by this listing.

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!


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.


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.