Tiffany
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TIFFANY FAKES


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(REVISED NOVEMBER 2011)

SELLER NAMED IN RED ITALICS ARE REPEAT OFFENDERS

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ROBERTCOVIELLO

MR.DISNEYCOLLECTOR

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WHAT IS INVOLVED IN INSURING THAT YOU HAVE
PURCHASED A GENUINE TIFFANY LAMP?


FIRST OFF, THE LAMP MUST BE $HIPPED TO YOU. YOU THEN HAVE TO $HIP IT
OFF TO SOMEONE WITH TIFFANY EXPERIENCE UNLESS YOU LIVE IN A MAJOR
METROPOLITAN AREA. AFTER PAYING FOR THE EVALUATION, THE $HIPPING BOTH WAYS,
YOU NOW KNOW WHAT YOU HAVE PURCHASED. IF CORRECT AND GENUINE, YOU CAN
NOW ENJOY YOUR PURCHASE. IF NOT, PROBLEMS ARE AHEAD. FIRST OFF, YOU HAVE TO
PAY $HIPPING CHARGES BACK TO THE SELLER, THEN THE SELLER HAS TO ACCEPT YOUR EVALUATION AND THEN THE SELLER HAS TO RETURN YOUR MONEY AND IT IS HIGHLY DOUBTFUL THAT THE SELLER WILL PAY YOU FOR ALL THE TIME AND EXPEN$ES YOU
HAVE OCCURRED IN EVALUATION, $HIPPING AND IN$URANCE. THE BEST THING TO
DO IS TO BUY A LAMP FROM AN EXPERIENCED TIFFANY DEALER OR COLLECTOR OR
THE SELLER MUST SUPPLY YOU WITH AN APPRAISAL FROM SOMEONE KNOWN AS
HAVING TIFFANY EXPERIENCE. ALSO, YOU CAN BUY FROM SOME OF THE MANY
MAJOR AUCTION HOUSES WHERE YOU WILL NOT ENCOUNTER ANY OF THESE
PROBLEMS. THE CHOICE, LIKE THE MONEY, IS YOURS.



DR.GIZZLE

MCLASS111

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TRIMAK9800

SYLVIASTRESURES

SYLVIASTRESURES

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EQUALIZER_1

"DEYOUNG"

EVERYTHINGS

EVERYTHINGS

TRAVERSEARTGLASS

HINTS FROM HELPERS
We have received several comments from readers - we are always pleased to hear both the good and
the bad - complaining about listings on Ebay that show a beautiful photo of an item identified as Tiffany
and signed as Tiffany, but there is no photo shown of the signature and if there is a photo of the signatutre,
it is blurry and out of focus. Look out. While a Tiffany signature should never be the final decision
regarding whether to buy or not, it can be a very useful tool to determine if you want to even look any
further. It is a good bet to not bid on a beautiful piece of glass signed as "Tifeny".


BARLEYNECKUSA



UNIMAY1


VINYLDAVE


WWILKESBORO12

TURFRIDERLLC

DOUBLE STRUCK
The pair of candlesticks shown immediately above and on the right are generating a lot of messages
to the site. The area of contention is the signature the seller proudly claims to be a genuine Tiffany
signature. That signature will fool only the most novice Tiffany buyer and there are several who have
already placed bids on them. The signature is poorly struck and the wrong font size. For those that
do not know, most Tiffany metalware is stamped as TIFFANY STUDIOS and immediately underneath
and centered is NEW YORK. Somewhere else is usually a number which will correspond to any of the
reference books and if you see a number and check it with one of the reference books, the items should
look alike. The signature marking a Tiffany Studios piece is an art just as the pieces to be marked are
art. Marking is also difficult and fakes can usually be identified as "double struck" which overlaps,
"double struck" which is two signatures on one piece which is caused when the first signature is not
stamped properly causing it to be stamped again and both lines of the signature are stamped differently.
These candlestick have all of these problems. We are awaiting a promised report (to be placed on
the listing) from a "Manhattan Tiffany authority" and we hope to see that report soon.

 
 


The 4 random signature samples shown at the top were selected from assorted listings to demonstrate
what a genuine Tiffany Studios signature looks like. Notice that although they were taken from 4
completely different Tiffany items, they all look alike. The three on the bottom (2 signatures on 1
candlestick) are from the candlesticks shown above right from a listing by TURFRIDERLLC and it is
clear to see that they match nothing from Tiffany Studios. These photos also show the fake applied patina which is also completely different from anything Tiffany did. Of course they did not get a single offer.
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JACK IN THE PULPIT VASE
A recent sale of a 17 inch Jack in the Pulpit vase realized a price of $17, 250 at a Northeast auction
house. This easily beats the prices realized on Ebay which usually run in the low hundreds to mid one thousand. Wonder what that means. Have not seen many on Ebay lately but they usually run in cycles. Hopefully we will not see them soon.
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"NORMAL BUBBLES FOUND IN OLD GLASS"
The vase shown below on the right has the "normal bubbles found in old glass" and this
describes it best. With bubbles and a fake signature, it is not genuine.


CDKAUFMANN00


CDKAUFMANN00


MOUNTAINOIL

FEATHERNFAN9728

AT_THE_PIG_POKE

WHAT DO YOU LEARN FROM FEEDBACK?

Quite a lot it seems. For example take the feedback for seller CDKAUFMANN00 who has two items
shown directly above. By clicking on that feedback we learn that this seller has never sold anything on
Ebay and has only purchased a few items on Ebay with the last purchase being over 5 years ago. All of a sudden the seller now has 5 lamps listed as Tiffany but there is no provenance shown and after looking
several times, we were unable to find any mention of any kind of guarantee. Enough to make you pause.

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ITEMS WITH CRACKS, LARGE CHIPS, BREAKS OR REPAIRS WILL NOT BE EVALUATED.
A DAMAGED AND REPAIRED PIECE OF TIFFANY HAS LITTLE VALUE.



FABRICARTA


SERENE-DREAM


VUARNAY

ROOFNFOOLS

BARRYBOWMAN48
A KIND WORD
"We are auctioneers and I recently took a large consignment which included several
Tiffany pieces. My gut feeling told me to doublecheck all of them - one of the pieces is
identical to one shown on your site from the same ebay seller my consignor purchased it
from. I now have the unhappy task of informing him most of his pieces are probably fake.
You are providing a valuable service and I thank you for it.
"

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PSITTEN2000

ROBERTCOVIELLO

ARTSOULANTIQUES

BUNANDDOGMOM

DR.EYEBUY


FANTASTIQUES-FOR-YOU

TO_BE_ANNOUNCED

ECLEKTIQUE

GLASS.HOUND


COLLECTION*SELECTION

COLLEGEBOY14

BARLEYNECKUSA

BUGSFERRY

SUPERSTARANGEL


VINTAGEANANTIQUES

NEWMANTIQUES10

DANIEL1XH

DANIEL1XH

DANIEL1XH


ACIDSTAMP

RAREANDFAIR

DANIAGLASS

UP-YOUR-ATTIC

BARLEYNECKUSA


DROPSHIP4U

EXPLORER

MAMASUSY

WILLYGTRAPER

CONDITION REPORT - SEE ABOVE LEFT
Offered by seller TALLTREES158 (named just changed to VUKSGLASS) who informs us that
she is a dealer. Her description direct from the listing
: "Condition - Mint - as if it just came from the
factory
. Bubble on baluster body and any factory flaws included." Now we just need to
know whose factory this piece came from and who signed it.

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BSCHMIDT

JAZZYJOSH808

GEEZBERT

LUCKYBRIXTON

PENNYANDMILO


STUMPTOWNUSA

FROM EAST COAST TO WEST COAST

The vase shown on the left is also shown above when it was offered
by ROBERTCOVEILLO. He listed it in Massachusetts for a few
hundred dollars and now it is listed in Oregon for almost $2000.
The current seller is also using the very same photos as when it
was first listed. What's going on here?



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MEDIA1ANTIQUES

KINGOFDIAMONDS503

MEDIA1ANTIQUES


BOLLEGS

SEIZAN21

BAREN-GRAY

LKJE

ANTQTRADE


SIMVLN00

XAENEAS

ANTIQUEREVIVALONE


DRAKINGTON

FINDINGTHEFINERTHINGS


HTANTIQUES

 


WHAT IS THIS? IS IT GENUINE?
We have received lots of correspondence regarding the piece on
the left offered by seller HTANTIQUES. A copy of the signature
has been added to the listing and all it does is add more confusion.
Click on the signature photo and you can see that it is signed as
RCT instead of LC T
.
Signatures are just a guide but they are
important. We believe the top is a heat cap off of an Adam desk set
lamp and it appears to fit on the glass, as best we can tell. Seller is
listed on our SELLERS TO WATCH page when he was known as DAVID-555 but has now changed his Ebay name and also has
just decided to use the PRIVATE feature to hide the identity
of the buyers. Lots of questions here.
(Reference: http://www.hollandarts.com/tiffany-adam.htm)


WHAT ARE THE ODDS?

What are the odds or chances that three Tiffany Studios (?) lamps are offered for sale within
24 hours of each other by three different sellers and all three sellers have a 0.0% feedback rating?
The lamps are a Tyler hanging lamp from a seller whose last Ebay transaction was in 2007, a
Turtleback desk lamp from a seller whose last Ebay transaction was in 2006 and finally, a
Daffodil lamp from a seller whose last transaction was in 2010. The Daffodil sold and
then was relsited again within hours of the first sale and it then sold again within hours for
the second time. Is any of this possible and what is going on with these lamps? Inquiring
minds want to know and we suggest you tread very carefully.


A WORD OF ADVICE REVISITED

We have warned many times about completing a sale "off" Ebay. While we do agree that their
fees are high and mostly unreasonable, they do offer some small measure of protection. A
recent sale of a fake and fraudulently signed Tiffany lamp was brought to our attention and it is
timely as it concerns one of the lamps mentioned immediately above. The buyer was offered
additional discounts, reduced payment and free shipment and all he had to do was wire the funds
to the sellers designated location. The seller agreed and did as instructed but began to have
doubts and was able to stop his bank before it was too late. There is some question whether he
would have been offered protection if he had used PayPal but according to the buyer,
he would not have been protected since it was a fraudulent transaction and there was no real product.
Think long and hard about what you are doing and the best advise is to use common sense. Everything
about that listing smelled as we indicated above. Believe it or not, the seller relisted the lamp
and immediately someone else bought it. Since we are not a member of Ebay we have no way
to inform them of what is happening right in front of their eyes. Immediately below are photos
of the lamp in question. The photo on the right is from our site which we estimate to be about
2 - 3 years old, the photo on the right is
from our site and this is estimated to be about two
years old. The photo in the center is current. All three photos are the same photo but there is
a totally different seller for each photo. How could that be?
Does the table look familiar?


DIARYAUTHOR
UNBELIEVABLE
The fake and fraudulently signed vase on the left is believed to be from the studios
of Vandermark in New Jersey. However, Marshall says it is Tiffany and for $2000 you
will get a Certificate of Authenticity. He goes on to say "that it was purchased years
ago from a REAL collector (of what?) who really knows her stuff, was bought in 1985,
off the market for 26 years, the very finest, one of a kind, incredible, signed, rare,
the real thing, not a copy and best of all, it is from a smoke free, pet free home.
Someone inquired about the fake and was rewarded with more information as follows:
"I had the piece looked at by an art historian at our Milwaukee Art Museum, and they
said it was in no doubt, a Tiffany. They even asked for it to be a donation to them; truly,
they LOVED the piece. Please remember, LC Tiffany did not sign this himself ."
Finally some truth.
"One of his artisan workers signed this, but the signature is
classic and all Tiffany Studios. I hate to part with it, but, my pet dog is ill and I
need some funds.
" What happened to the pet free home? "But, it's the MOST
incredible piece you will EVER see of Tiffany. They can have the lamps for $10,000,
this really glows in any home or office. It's truly one of a kind. Marshall."
What is it about Tiffany that make people do this?


CHIP1060

LITTLEMARZ

CUVETTE99

IRVINTAGE

GLASSDEALERS


MILITARIA1941


EBB

BUTYBST

MEDIA1ANTIQUES

MEDIA1ANTIQUES


WHITHAM5773
DO YOUR OWN DUE DILIGENCE
The seller of the shade on the left revised the listing to say that any bidder should do due diligence before bidding. One look at this sellers feedback should answer a lot of questions. Of the last 25 sales for which positive feedback has been received, 12 of them have Tiffany in the title. The sold prices for these Tiffany items range from $55 to $1691 with an average of $400 and not a single one of them is a Tiffany piece. Most of the listings also have Handel, Miller and Stickley in the title also. A look at the bids show that there were 7 bidders who bid 21 times with one bidder bidding 8 times. We like our Tiffany genuine, we like it signed and we like the sale to be guaranteed. In this case, we got none of those very important factors.


THESTELLARCELLAR


CONCIV5
INDIANS
We feel like Custer who said "Where are all of these Indians coming from?" This one is from Taiwan and the seller shown on the left is offering it for $300


FUZZH
DOUBLE STRUCK
The pair of candlestick shown left and right are offered by EUROCLASSICSANTIQUES and the phots show the bases of both. Look carefully at the signature which is double struck. This is usually caused when the maker is not comfortable with signing and shows a lack of experience. Candlesticks are copied a lot so be very careful. This pair might not be fakes but they are very suspicious.



VICTORIASANTQS


MYEYE_4YOU

KILOWATTCAT

NINVINTAGE

LOVEMYGARDEN2010

SANDIEJK

IRENE7908

SPOONERS

BONBON222

SALLYSELLS1234


LOVINLIFE3KIDS
ON THE LEFT
From a frequent contributor to this site comes the very questionable Corona vase on the left. The seller says it is "unconditionally guaranteed" but a closer reading of the listing says he "fully guaranteed the condition as being void of any chips, cracks, repairs or bubbles". It is unsigned but it "has been verified by one of the leading Tiffany glass experts as being Corona" and "I can't give you a name (initials are "BO") because I will not pay for someone to tell me what I already know". What does all of that mean? Translation please. Already has 5 bids - one bidder bid 4 times and of course, the seller uses the PRIVATE feature to hide behind. Seller reminded us of a recent NEGATIVE feedback he recdived in May for selling another fake "but no money changed hands" since the buyer caught the fake. We are awaiting authentication from this seller. Yes we are.

I AM NOT AN EXPERT ON ANYTHING,
JUST A COLLECTOR OF REAL NICE RARE ITEMS.

This is a direct quote from KILOWATTCAT, a frequent contributor to this site, who offers the
$200 vase above for $14,500 and with that you will get a fake and fraudulent signature.

 

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