Sunday, July 10, 2011

Choosing Americana Memorabilia

Compare Antique vs Fake Mammy Banks:

Black Memorabilia is both a popular and, at times, costly category for collectors. Authentic antique and vintage prices have soared from published values of fifteen years ago. When prices are high, reproductions are sure to follow and cast iron toys is one category with lots of reproductions and fakes.

Authentic bank has creamy white color, very smooth feeling with a nice patina.

Authentic bank has smooth finish and tight seam.

Authentic Mammy bank has wear marks consistent with being handled and nicked over the years

Authentic bank has wear marks and smooth paint finish on the bottom.