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The So-Called "Mini-Yad"
Many Israeli eBay dealers sell counterfeits, as this
article nicely illustrates. The same dealers also sell
several small yads (Torah pointers) with form-fitting cases. Here
is an example:
Are these for real? No, according to a Long Island antiques
dealer, who writes:
Stay away from [Torah
pointers] with enormously thick handle parts that come in seemingly
weatherbeaten, form fitting cases. These Torah pointers are actually
part antique – the handle was previously a pipe, and the pipe head was
taken off, and a new silver hand was put on it – so the wear of the
handle and the case makes this item look antique – and it actually is,
but the silver hand is new. Apparently these are made in large numbers
for the past 20 years in Hungary and it continues until this day.
I've included some more examples
below. The sellers are the usual Israeli thieves (murielgui,
levido_couple, and darias.closet).