EZ Guide to Spotting a Fake Torah Yad
(Pointer) or Besamim (Spice) Holder
Confused? Let me show
you an easy way to spot most of the fake Torah yads and besamim holders.
Look at the besamim holder to the
left. It is formed by welding together five parts: the
eagle on top, the crudely-made filigree ball, the larger silver ball,
the little boy, and the filigree base. There are some additional
decorations: the Star of David welded on top of the larger silver
ball and various blue stones.
Genuine antique silver IS NOT
made by welding together little parts.
The fake items on eBay use similar parts again and again.
See examples of these parts
below. If your item contains
any of these parts, IT IS A FAKE.
Here is an example of the "sad
rabbi." Torah yads and besamim holders are meant to celebrate
happy occassions. Why would any Jew buy an item with a sad rabbi?
Similarly, here are some grotesque
forms. One is reading a book (a siddur, perhaps?). The
other looks like he just survived a pogrom. Again, why would
any Jew buy this item?
Oh, wait. Here is some
joy. The happy klezmer musicians.
Below are some other fake
parts--some eagles, some filigree balls, some little boys, some gems,
some lions, a menorah, a Star of David, and the letter shin. Just mix and match
them and you can have your very own piece of fake Judaica.
One last thing--the fake Russian hallmarks. Below are a few
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