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www.antiquesandauctionnews.net Army Jeep in the post-World War II era. Four hundred antique and classic cars were expected Friday; 1,300 on Saturday; and 1,000 on Sunday, according to a show official keeping track. In addition to the shows and vendors, Fescht activities include musical performances that began Friday afternoon with the Lehigh Valley Italian American Band, children’s activities and fireworks) One of the oldest and perhaps the most innovative vehicle at the Fescht stood at the corner of the park’s main thoroughfare and the road Vendor Rick Kim Rau holds one of the many old license plates leading to the Buicks: a Detroit Electric, a 95-year-old he was offering. Most had two-figure prices. two-door vehicle powered by six-volt batteries. an immaculate four-cylinder a cost of about $15,000 for 14 40-horsepower Model A engine and parts. Parts for Exhibiting it was Bill Mackey engine that belonged to the Model A’s are not hard to of Northville, N.Y., who club president. “It just might find, according to Farnsher. bought it 10 years ago for be for sale,” he said, just “Five million were made $15,000. It was originally built in before starting it up. between 1928 and 1931,” he Farnsher said he had two said “And 350,000 are still on 1918 by what later became known as the Detroit Electric Model A’s, including a pickup the road.” truck he built from scratch at As the morning pro- Car Co., Mackey explained. It gressed, hundreds of makes was rebuilt in 1932 by the and models came through the company, which was then main gate and headed toward under new ownership, but it the antique and classic car went out of business a few show across the main park years later. Detroit Electric thoroughfare from the Buicks. was revived in 2008 and plans They were not particularly to have a new all-electric twoexpensive cars: no Rolls door sedan on the market by Royces or Lamborghinis. But year’s end. Mackey is skeptical about all were meticulously maintained: more Fords, including the new electric cars. Looking a 1930 souped-up model (one at his car, he said, “They’re of several vintage hot rods), its no better than this.” He added hood open to show chromed that his car could reach a engine parts; a 1957 Chevrolet speed of 30 miles an hour. He looked inside the car’s Bel Air with a drive-in restaurant tray bearing imitation fast Brougham body, gestured, food; and a circa 1948 Willys and said with a straight face, Jeepster, that evolved from the “It has a passing gear!”

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the show. Don Wedde of Wedde’s Auto Center in Bath was offering Ford Edsel parts, including a steering wheel and a 1959 Edsel grill he said might go for $185: not a promising market, you would think, for a car widely judged in terms of sales and bad advertising to be the worst ever made. Wedde said he was counting on car restorers with an Edsel project. “They’re glad to find this kind of stuff,” he said. A more popular Ford restoration target is the Model A, according to Herb Farnsher of the Lehigh Valley Model A Club, whose exhibition area was nearby. Farnsher, a retired Army officer (the Fescht seemed to attract a lot of vets, to judge by caps and other items of apparel many visitors wore) was preparing to demonstrate

Fooled By Fakes by Anita Stratos

Faberge Avoiding Rotten Eggs Fauxberge, Fakeberge these popular “slang” names say it all: the objects in question are not genuine Faberge pieces. And unfortunately, the market is filled with them. In 2010, French customs agents discovered a cache of 354 fake Faberge eggs being shipped from Russia, complete with the Russian imperial crown’s two-headed eagle symbol stamped on the boxes. Faberge itself acknowledged that the eggs weren’t genuine; the Faberge website (www.faberge.com) states that only 42 eggs survived of the 50 that were made for the Russian Imperial family by Peter Carl Faberge between 1885 and 1916. While it was a huge discovery, those counterfeit eggs are only a chip out of

Bill Mackey shows his 1918 Detroit Electric, displaying its sixvolt power drive. He thinks today’s electric cars are not significantly better.

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the total number of fake Faberge pieces being misrepresented as authentic articles. Wealthy industrialist Armand Hammer is credited with being the source of many fake Faberge pieces. Several sources, including the books “Dossier: The Secret History of Armand Hammer” by Edward Jay Epstein and “Faberge’s Eggs” by Toby Faber state that while Hammer did sell some authentic Faberge eggs and other pieces, he also sold many more nonFaberge pieces of a similar style that he misrepresented as genuine Faberge. He represented both types of pieces as being heirlooms of the Romanov family and even added pictures of Romanov family members that he clipped from postcards and other sources to items with frames. Having acquired authentic signature

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stamps from Faberge’s former Russian workshop, he added the authentic stamp to numerous Faberge-style pieces, then, according to witnesses, acted surprised when prospective buyers “discovered” the marks on their own, believing them to be authentic Faberge. You’ll find websites selling “reproduction” Faberge

pieces that glorify Hammer, eliminating the evidence of his unscrupulous dealings. These websites have a purpose to their selective histories: they’re either selling unauthorized pieces that were never made by Peter Carl Faberge’s firm or were made by the other Faberge company, the one that manufactures fragrances and expanded into porcelains and other things. For many reasons, the original Faberge firm sold the rights for this other company to use their name, which can cause a lot of confusion among buyers. Hammer was but one source of counterfeit Faberge; plenty of counterfeiters have deliberately crafted pieces they hope to pass off as authentic Faberge, while others simply add a mark to existing unmarked pieces made by other manufacturers. Some deliberate fakes are so well crafted that even experts disagree about their authenticity. Studying actual Faberge pieces at museum exhibits and handling authenticated pieces at high-end auctions is the best way to completely familiarize yourself with the real Faberge. Faberge created much more than just their famous eggs, and they used far more materials than precious metals, enameling, and gems. At their height, Faberge employed over 700 people, and over the years the firm produced more than a (Continued on page 6)

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