FAKES & REPRODUCTIONS
While not a major problem with a little education,
fakes and reproductions do exist. A visit to your local flea market or
antique shop will likely confirm this. Most of the buttons encountered
are reproductions that were made in the 1960s and 1970s as giveaways by
The American Oil Company & Kleenex. These fakes are easy to spot
because most will have some sort of inscription on the edge or curl such
as "AO-1972" "Repro-1968" "Reproduction" or the candidates name and
date (i.e. "Roosevelt-1944"). If you encounter a button that is
scratched on the edge, shows evidence of having been painted over on the
edge, or is lithographed for a pre 1920 candidate, beware! Most fakes
will also look slightly blurry or off-color. Here's a photo of one of
the best-known set of reproductions from a recent online auction
and sadly if you have them they have no value other than decorative:
Well-known reproduction set (most of these if original would have a
plastic or celluloid covering but
all of these are solid metal. These clearly are marked on the edge
of the button "AO-" and a number or year of the campaign
if removed from the display.
Look on the edge of button to see if reproduction
as shown above.
Another well known reproduction set. Note that they are all
made of metal and not
the normal celluloid or plastic covered buttons. They may clearly
say reproduction on the reverse.
Reproduction Set with original card.
Reproduction Set with original display. These buttons are
actually blurry when looked at individually. The original
buttons are bright and clear.
Reproduction Set with original display.
This is a fake Teddy Roosevelt seen often--no real button was ever
produced like this.
These are all fakes and were never used in a campaign--they didn't even
make buttons like this for Harrison, Cleveland, Whit and Jackson--not
invented until 1896. Avoid these!
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