FAKES, REPRODUCTIONS & FANTASY ITEMS
Our staff had was very busy identifying potential candidates for this October month's Fakes, Reproductions & Fantasy Items column as there were a great many from which to choose.
As we previously predicted and woefully anticipated a new type of fake, reproduction and fantasy item has made its debut into the automobilia market space. It has found its way in via the ever so convenient "Buyer Beware" marketplace of eBay.com.
Each month of this year we have presented some of the many examples of Fakes, Reproductions and Fantasy items that have crossed general automobilia motometer markets. These items possess no real historic value as they are not authentic or genuine.
This September's article highlights and draws your attention to a pure fantasy motometer item for your awareness, knowledge and assistance in building a better quality of motometer collection, one that is based on authenticity.
It always amazes us that even when the owner/seller states these various items to be non-origional or a reproduction that there is always someone out there willing to throw their money away!. Apparently such buyers think that they know something that the rest of us do not or that they will be able to find someone just as gullible in the future.
Avoiding fakes, reproductions and pure fantasy items will save you money, potential embarrassment and enable you to put your resources to better use in acquiring true authentic original items with less of price or cost.
Of course the decision to include such items in your collection is yours. All we can do is attempt to educate and make you more aware of what is out there and how to spot it so that you don't get taken or waste money.
With proper education and awareness motometer collecting enthusiasts can guard themselves and look forward to assembling a motometer collection of quality and authenticity and, quite possibly, of automotive historical significance.
MotometerCentral is the only place guaranteed to provide accurate and factual information on the subject and is able to do so based upon its unparalleled research capability, achives and databases and, extensive artifact collection.
Click on any of the images provided to see an enlarged view.
eBay Seller's Description
FANTASY & REPRODUCTIONS MOTOMETER ITEMS
This October 2016 "Fakes, Reproductions and Fantasy Items" article edition we expose our website guests, regular visitors and site subscribers to yet another fake motometer-related item that "popped" up on the fabulous eBay online auction website.
Once again, this website demonstrates that it is always "Caveat Emptor" or let the buyer beware as there are no rules or monitors to protect buyers on the front end prior to or during the initial listing process.
This month's feature is a reproduction "Austin" BOYCE MOTO-METER."
We add quotation marks around this and similar fake, reproduction and/or fantasy item names because they are not original or authentic BOYCE MOTO-METER items nor in their present state were they as manufactured by the actual/factual Moto Meter Company. It being such a fake item any name on it would do, but the "genius" of the con is always making a fake seem genuine.
This eBay seller was keen to assert that it is not a "reproduction" however every aspect and component of it begs to differ, along with no presence in any of the Moto Meter Company's original catalogs or documents.
Yes, Herbert Austin's company was around and manufacturing automobiles during the same era of existence as the Motometer Company however Chrome plating was never officially used by them until 1932, but only for their last limited series of radiator-mounted engine temperature indicating gauges that most certainly did not include Austin dial logo plates, which would have been silver ring around a black background replacement type as obvious on so many Universal type BOYCE MOTO-METERS that come on the market and can be seen in many enthusiasts collections.
Based upon our experience and possession of a very large assortment of BOYCE MOTO-METERs none of our authentic ones have that distinctive style of thermometer temperature indicating instrument - note how the white area on the rear side of the thermometer is cast within the thermometer versus the brushed paint approach that the real Moto Meter Company (regardless of name spelling throughout their operational years) was known and documented to only use. It has only been more modern reproduction companies that utilize this "included" color thermometer technique in their gauges. It is with little hesitancy that we are easily able to identify this month's featured item as a definitive fake despite the seller's assertion to the contrary that that "Austin logo in meter NOT reproduction."
For British Austin automobile owners it is much more likely that they would preferably install a Wilmot Breeden LTD Manufacturing Calormeter on their British car than an American BOYCE MOTO-METER.
The lettering on the temperature scale dial (plate) is also of a newer, modern font style versus that used by the original company. This is really evidenced and proofed by comparing to similar examples that their owners are forthright and state to be a reproduction.
The dial does appear to be housed within a late generation Universal type BOYCE MOTO-METER frame. This might be the cause of the seller's assertion.
None of our above statements is meant or intend on defaming the seller or to assert that their has been some nefarious attempt to fraud anyone, it is to the contrary a mere statement of earned education and significant experience along with reference to irrefutable company documents, records and actual physical gauge evidence that leads to a conclusion that the item in question is more likely than not a reproduction and not a genuine "original" as the seller, buyer and others who believed it to be so.
If anyone can proof positive show us to be wrong we will immediately and sincerely apologize. In the meanwhile we will continue to publish the facts, evidence and well-corroborated information about early Twentieth Century automobile radiator-mounted engine temperature indicating instruments/devices.
We do not necessarily claim to know absolutely everything about every motometer however we have extensively studied the subject beyond compare and maintain an extensive database and archive from which we can compare and reference so as to come to the the most solid evidence-based conclusion.
We address the issue of Fakes, Reproductions & Fantasy Items to protect the entire motometer market, from buyer to sellers, novice to senior collectors, and general public to industry historians.
we believe that it is important and imperative that everyone is playing on a level field based upon objective rules and information with even advantages.
We are not trying to halt or inhibit their sale. We only wish to inform serious motometer colectors of their existence and (non-) relationship to authentic artifact examples.
We, however, prefer to collect authentic items not made up or fantasy ones and highly encourage other serious motometer collectors to do so as well.
Motometercentral nor its founders own any of these items.