Off the Shelf

Joe Nickell

in Real or Fake

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125343
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135229 | DOI:
Off the Shelf

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This chapter presents a collection of other cases from the author's files. It begins with his examination of authentic Civil War artifacts, as well as some ubiquitous bogus Civil War artifacts. Next is his investigation of rare money artifacts. In the case of U.S. coins, one factor that may increase their value is the mint mark. The significance of the mint marks helped launched the career of master forger Mark Hofmann. Next is the Stradivarius Violin. Italian Antonio Stradivari was acknowledged as the greatest violin maker of all time. The author examined the Yeager violin which claimed that it was made by Stradivari himself. However, evidence proved that it was merely a nineteenth-century reproduction. It had come from Germany — just as its limited provenance had indicated — not from Italy, and certainly not from the seventeenth or eighteenth century.

Keywords: Civil War artifacts; U.S. coins; rare money; mint marks; Antonio Stradivari; Stradivarius Violin; Yeager violin; master forger; Mark Hofmann

Chapter.  4175 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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