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Forgeries

Buyers should always stay alert...

On several occasions, forgeries of a few Lilliput Lane models have been produced and sold in small quantities, both in England and in Asia. The forgeries have typically been offered for sale at very low prices at venues such as car boot sales. Collectors are urged to be cautious anytime they see a model that looks like a Lilliput Lane model which does not have a proper Lilliput Lane label on the bottom (other than a Paint Your Own or Cast Your Own model), even if the model has a proper Lilliput Lane backstamp. In addition, if the model is painted in a non-standard way or with non-standard colours, or if there is a noticeable absence of fine detail on the model, collectors should question the seller about the authenticity of the model. Collectors who think that a forgery is being offered for sale are encouraged to contact Lilliput Lane.


Example: Covered Memories

Our first example of a forgery obtained in England is Covered Memories. The first photo shows an authentic model, and the next two photos show forgeries that were produced by making an inverse mould from an authentic model. Note the colour scheme on the forgeries does not match the authentic model, and some greens used on the second forgery are not used by Lilliput Lane. Also, there is no opening through the bridge on the forgeries, as shown on the fourth photo, whereas you can see all the way through the bridge on authentic models.

Covered Memories (authentic)
Covered Memories
(authentic)

Covered Memories (forgery)
Covered Memories
(forgery)

Covered Memories (forgery)
Covered Memories
(forgery)

Covered Memories (forgery closeup)
Covered Memories
(forgery)


Example: Secret Garden

The next example of a forgery, this time from Asia, is Secret Garden. The first photo shows an authentic model, and the second photo shows the forgery that was produced by making an inverse mould from an authentic model. Note the colour scheme on the forgery does not match the authentic model and there is less sharpness of detail on the forgery.

Secret Garden (authentic)
Secret Garden
(authentic)

Secret Garden (forgery)
Secret Garden
(forgery)


Example: Eriskay Croft

The next example of a forgery, also from England, is Eriskay Croft. The first photo shows an authentic model, and the second photo shows the forgery that was produced by making an inverse mould from an authentic model. Note the colour tones on the forgery are slightly different from the authentic model and there is a slight reduction in the sharpness of detail on the forgery.

Eriskay Croft (authentic)
Eriskay Croft
(authentic)

Eriskay Croft (forgery)
Eriskay Croft
(forgery)


Example: Un-named forgery

The last example of a Lilliput Lane model forgery, obtained in England, is quite different from the previous examples. In this example, the model is not based upon a Lilliput Lane model, but a real Lilliput Lane backstamp was put on the model to make people think it was produced by Lilliput Lane. In addition, some of the trees were based upon trees on Lilliput Lane models.

Un-named Forgery (front)
Un-named Forgery
(front)

Un-named Forgery (back)
Un-named Forgery
(back)


If you suspect a forgery...

Collectors who think that a forgery is being offered for sale are encouraged to contact Lilliput Lane. Lilliput Lane respectfully requests that collectors buying their cottages from anywhere other than authorised retailers are satisfied that the models are authentic Lilliput Lane products before purchasing.

 
   

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