Coxsackie Antique Center

Where Yesterday Meets Tomorrow

Russian Import Items

People have been coming to the Antique Center trying to sell us some beautiful Russian lacquered boxes. They got them from grandmother so they know they're old. Nyet! The boxes are brand new mass produced tourist items. There has been a huge influx of merchandise from the former Soviet Union. Much of it is manufactured using tools and techniques that cause the items to resemble early antiques. Religious icons are also being mass produced and peddled to gullible yankee capitalists.

These are perfectly legitimate - often very beautiful - items. The danger is in mistaking them for old items, or in thinking they are rare.

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