Posted 6 years ago
In my continuing effort to bring clarity to the old Coca-Cola watch fobs, I submit "The Prize Winners". Acquired off an eBay bid auction for a paltry 10% book value.
Why so low? This item was reproduced in great number. And reproduced fairly well. Which ruins the market. But there are "tells" for the eager deal-seeker.
The authentic bulldogs fobs are silver or gold wash. Not "Sterling" as the fakes are stamped.
Surface should be smooth and relatively free of pock marks, which are a dead give away that the piece was poorly cast and finished.
Quality of raised surface is detailed on the originals vs. less so on the reproductions . There are two quick ways to identify fake bulldog fobs in this area: 1) No eyeballs 2) the 5 in 5¢ is broken at the top.
So, an example of patience and persistence paying off. I must have looked at 200 bulldog fob listings over the years.
This is another one I'm going to send Sir Kerry, a.k.a. The Wizard of Watches, when Hell Freezes Ov... I mean... someday. ;0)