Reproductions and Fakes

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Posted by Mark A. Johnson on August 20, 1999 at 10:50:05:

I read the messages concerning fakes a little farther down this letter page and wanted to reinforce the positions taken. I chose to repeat it here to make sure that anyone just looking at these pages will get the message: Many of the items offered for sale on the web, as well as these pages, are not authentic tribal artifacts, but reproductions or outright fakes. Unfortunately, this is rarely made clear, either by choice or by ignorance. It is the responsibility of both the dealer and the buyer to be aware of the situation and to make educated decisions when purchasing tribal artifacts and to be truthful when selling them. There are many honest, professionl dealers in this business (who still make mistakes) that will back their pieces 100%. I recommend searching out those people and insist on a guarantee of authenticity when purchasing any object, then try to have a unbiased second party reevaluate your piece as soon as it can be done. Dealing with professional and reputable dealers should prevent collectors from buying problem pieces, and if it should happen at least there is some recourse.

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