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Hubley: Fake or Real?



Further to our posts on how to determine fakes.   We’re taking a look at Hubley – cast iron specifically.  With Hubley being one of the more desirable vintage toys to collect, it is no wonder they are being reproduced. These reproductions typically target the pre-1940 toys. Reason being that these toys were made of cast iron – althought some were aluminum – and are easily reproduced. The toys post-1940 were primarily manufactured out of die-cast zinc alloy.

Making it even harder to distinguish the new from the old, the new items are well cast with paint that is very similar to the original Hubleys.

The attention paid to marks on reproductions also makes it extremely hard to distinguish the differences. The Hubley name on repros will appear in raised letters – most often in the same place(s) as the original. You are likely to find that this is also true for the mold and/or parts numbers.

Looking to chipped paint for authentication is a risky test. The paint on the repros is applied so thickly that it mimics the deep, irregular chips that you might see on an original.

So how can you tell a repro? You must look at the details and know the characteristics of the originals. Read more at the Texas Antique Mall Compendium 




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Cast Iron: Reproductions & Fakes



Whatever you call them – replicas, reproductions or fakes – they’ve been around for quite a while. Add to this the digital age that allows incredible duplicating of marks and lithographs, you have to know what you are buying lest you be taken advantage of by an unscrupulous dealer. This is especially true for toys since in some cases the original molds are used for the repros.


In a series of articles over the next few weeks, we’re going to take a look at fake and reproduction toys along with what to look for when buying.


Our first article will look at cast iron toys (and banks). These are some of the more commonly reproduced toys as they are fairly easy to copy and ‘age’. However, don’t be fooled by something that ‘looks old’ as it may have been chemically treated or buried in the ground to accomplish this aged effect. Also, keep in mind that the old toys and banks were for the most part hand finished and manufactured with pride unlike the modern repros that are factory produced with little attention to details.


Check back as in addition to cast iron we’ll be covering the following:

  • Hubley
  • Lehmann
  • Marx
  • Tin Lithograph
  • along with other manufacturers.


To read today’s cast iron article and see pictures, please visit this link on the Texas Antique Mall Compendium’s Toy Section – Cast Iron:  Reproductions & Fakes.

To see all of our helpful articles on collecting, visit the Compendium Index.




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11 Tips on Selling Your Collection


Our website – TexasAntiqueMall.com – gets a lot of emails from people want to sell their toys – sometimes single items, sometimes collections. Most of the time information is very limited. I’ve put together the following list to help you put information together if you are planning on trying to sell something either via email or directly to an individual. Having the answers to these questions will make the process easier for both you and the potential buyer.


  1. 1. Know name of manufacturer
  2. 2. Have information on any maker’s marks or numbers
  3. 3. Have the dimensions (width, length, depth, diameter, etc.)
  4. 4. Take some good digital picture(s), preferably not to exceed 600×450 pixels in size
  5. 5. Have a brief description including condition
  6. 6. Say if the box available? If so, what is the condition.
  7. 7. List all parts. If the item has working parts, are they working?
  8. 8. Disclose if there are any parts missing?
  9. 9. Include any other information that will help the buyer make a decision to purchase (provenance)
  10. 10. Include the price you want – don’t expect people to make offers
  11. 11. If you’re selling a collection, have a list and price in mind that you want for the whole collection

Following these ‘tips’ should make selling your collection or item much easier. 



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