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AFTER AN 8 YEAR BATTLE, THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION CLOSED DOWN THE GROUP SELLING FAKE AND FRAUDULENTLY SIGNED TIFFANY LAMPS. THIS ALLOWED THOSE WHO PURCHASED THESE FAKES TO GET THEIR MONEY BACK. LEADING THIS CRIME SPREE WAS A LICENSED GEORGIA AUCTIONEER AND THE COMPLETE STORY CAN BE READ BY CLICKING ON THE ATLANTA THREE IN THE LEFT MARGIN
To use this site, click on one of the categories on the left which best suits your interest. Any pictures on the site can be enlarged by clicking on the picture. This HOME page will try to show how you can be a smart shopper and avoid the pitfalls of internet buying and in particular, to stop you from buying a fake from the many sellers who make their living this way.
THE FAKES will show you an exact picture of the items. For some reason, most of them have had the "Made in Taiwan" or "Made in China" stickers removed. All Tiffany fakes offered for sale on the internet are not shown on this site.
TIFFANYFAKES.COM is dedicated to stopping the sale of fake, fraudulently signed and questionable Tiffany Studios pieces being sold on internet auction sites. In addition, we will show items that although are genuine Tiffany Studios, they have been altered or modified which does adversely affect the value of the item if the alteration or modification is not disclosed in the listing. We believe the seller's responsibility is to be truthful. The reason is to protect the many dealers and collectors of real Tiffany Studio items that suffer every time a fake is sold or shown. This site will show with pictures and articles, those items that are fakes and the sellers of them will be identified and placed on our SELLERS TO WATCH page.
CURRENT FAKES ON EBAY will be shown and will remain
even after the sale has been completed.
COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS is your chance to tell your opinion,
make a comment or ask a question.
There have been requests for the best source of information regarding the marks used by Tiffany and the best and cheapest reference comes from Antique & Collectors Reproduction News and is copyrighted 2004. It is titled Bronzes With Fake Tiffany Marks and is 5 pages in length. Many but not all of the current fakes are shown in this very informative article and it shows the marks used and describes the differences in finishes. They are constantly updating dealers and collectors with news of the current fakes by McCoy, Weller, Roseville and Van Briggle plus many of the very expensive pieces that are being faked.
For the least advanced collector we suggest Louis C. Tiffany's Glass - Bronzes - Lamps by Robert Koch which can usually be found on Ebay for around $30.00.
For a very long time, the very best reference book has beenTiffany At Auction by Alastair Duncan which you could sometimes find on Ebay selling in the $500.00 to $800.00 range. It now sells for much less since Duncan published a new and improved bible on all things Tiffany and it is named Tiffany - Lamps and Metalware and sells for approximately $130.00. Many many pictures to help you identify the real from the fake.
A recent addition to Tiffany reference books is a book by William R Holland -Tiffany Desk Sets - and everything you ever wanted to know about Tiffany desk sets is shown and numbered in this book and as all of the referenced book, the photos are beautiful.
If you are having any problems finding these reference books, let us know and we will be glad to point you in the right direction.
It is still difficult and
the best and the safest way is to deal with one of the many respected
Tiffany dealers which can be determined by references from other
There are a few real basic rules that could save you a lot of money when buying
Tiffany on Ebay. Read them carefully.
1. Never buy unless there
is an absolute guarantee in the listing that the item
2. Always be sure and see
the bottom or base of the item. Most pieces will be
3. The most expensive frauds are committed by sellers with vague addresses -
Southeast US, Tiger Country, Home of the Brave, South of the Border
and our all time favorite Route 66.
4. Always read their feedback and when they have none, shut you checkbook.
Feedback can be gained by buying a lot of cheap junk to make a higher number
and by reading their feedback closely, you will see what they are about.
5. Check their past sales looking for sale of high end pieces and when it is
not there, be careful about who you are dealing with.
6. Provenance is important but it is not the story - "the owner says it is Tiffany"
is not provenance.
7. Be very careful when you see Tiffany offered by a "selling service" becuase
they will not stand behind the product and when you pay, the money is gone.
Remember that the items posted on this site are the opinions of several advisors
to the site. If it were easy to tell the real from the fake, this site would not be
necessary and you should use your own judgment regarding the items shown
on the site. There is no secret agenda, no maliciousness is intended and we
have no financial interest in the outcome of any auction or sale.
Particular attention should be given to glass items as they are the most difficult
to determine good from bad and we suggest if you are contemplating a
purchase, you should consult someone with broad Tiffany experience.
We will immediately correct any mistakes brought to our attention but it must
be from a recognized authority. The major auction houses, the recognized experts and the common person have all made mistakes and we share that distinction with them.
If there is anything on the site that offends you, do not visit the site.
There might be a fake Tiffany belt buckle shown on some of the pages but if not, remember that there are no genuine Tiffany Studios belt buckles ever made. We offer two sites that specialize in this belt buckle scam and both of them are an excellent reference.
TIFFANY & COMPANY
At no time must Tiffany Studios be confused with Tiffany & Company. Tiffany & Company was founded by the father of Louis Comfort Tiffany,
the founder of Tiffany Studios, and they maintained different locations, different styles and manufactured different items. See TIFFANY & COMPANY for further information about them.