Antiques, Antique Dealers,
& Auction Houses in the
Beautiful Hudson Valley

Beware of the increasing number of outright fakes on the maret!

Warning signs:

  • The seller will not guarantee the authenticity of the item in writing
  • The item looks too new
  • The workmanship is poor or inconsistent

For furniture:

  • All of the wood is the same
  • Look at the back, underside, in drawers (if any). Older pieces used scrap wood where not visible.
  • Look for evidence of electric tools being used — saws, drills etc. Many fakes use old parts, wood etc. but are constructed with modern electric tools.
Above all:

  • Know the person you are buying from.
  • If you are not sure, don't buy.
  • If it looks good and you feel the price is fair for a decorative item — a non-antique.
The following are the most common examples:
  • Roseville pottery Glass from Eastern Europe — especially Galle, red overlay, and blue overlay.
  • Furniture from China — especially elm tables and cabinets.
  • Early pottery from China Almost anything from China — they don't do glass.
  • Sports collectables — especially those with autographs.
What to do for imported items:
(Primarily China, Eastern Europe, India, Egypt)

Write or call your Federal representatives and demand that they include all imported items under a permanent labeling law. Now most of the fakes that come into this country are marked with a small removable paper label.

Fakes reduce the value of original items and hurt legitimate American businesses. If people are confused by fakes they will not buy anything causing additional losses for American business.

United States Senate:

Senator Charles Schumer
One Park Place, Suite 100
Peekskill, NY 10566
Phone: 914-734-1532
Fax: 914-734-1673
Web site (for e-mail)
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
PO Box 893
Mahopac, NY 10541
Tel. (845) 875-4585
Fax (845) 875-9099
Web site (for e-mail)

United States Congress:

Congressman Richard L. Hanna
258 Genesee St.
Utica, NY 13502
Phone: 315-724-9740
Fax: 315-724-9746
Web site (for e-mail)
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