FAKE CDVs IN THE COLLECTIBLES MARKETPLACE
In July 2018 a post by Steve McConnell in the Civil War Faces Marketplace brought my attention to an upcoming auction lot containing a large number of reproduction CDV images. I bid on and purchased the lot both out of curiosity to see so many confirmed reproductions, and also to destroy them in some creative and deserving way. The lot, which included images of common soldiers, generals, and politicians, had many examples that would be identified as a fake by even the most novice collector. Others, however, were made with a little more care and could possibly pass as authentic when sold online. Instead of destroying the lot, many wise members of the CWFMP suggested the reproductions might serve a more valuable educational purpose, and so I have marked each and will give them out to collectors at the Chicago show in September. Those remaining after the show I'll be happy to send to those interested, and will make an announcement at that time. Below are my findings. Click the images to view larger versions.