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Ryann10006

For a long time I've always wanted to have one of these trilobites, but they are so commonly faked I get anxiety whenever I consider ever purchasing one which has put me off from them for so long. I know there are obvious fakes but some get very close to real and I have a hard time disconcerning, a little restoration isn't so bad to me if its small part and the majority is real. Below I'm going to post a few pictures of some recent ones that leave me scratching my head. God forbid if these end up being fakes even though I definitely suspect restorations for sure, anyone know where to come across a real one?

 

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FossilSloth

I just came from Tucson and saw hundreds of Cambropallas for sale. I would not say that having the positive/negative pair makes it any more authentic. I saw many, many pairs that I'm pretty sure were completely fake. 

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Seguidora-de-Isis
18 minutes ago, FossilSloth said:

I just came from Tucson and saw hundreds of Cambropallas for sale. I would not say that having the positive/negative pair makes it any more authentic. I saw many, many pairs that I'm pretty sure were completely fake. 

 

And I totally agree with you. And it is precisely for this reason that I wrote: "this may give you a bit more security" (that is, I used the word bit and not much), because really positive and negative is not always total security, especially when it comes to the famous and so coveted Trilobite Andalusiana Cambropallas that is the champion of "restorations" and complete forgeries.

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Tidgy's Dad

As my good friend @Seguidora-de-Isissays, there are tons of fakes on the market. These things sell. 

However, non of the ones you have posted are fakes, though, as my friend pointed out, some of them have been 'improved' a little. 

I think these are all pretty good ones, seen far, far worse, and would be happy to buy if the price was right. 

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Ryann10006

@Seguidora-de-Isis Thank you very much for this useful post! It definitely made the parts that are restored alot clearer and how they look like so I have an idea of what to look out, gained some confidence on what I'm looking at now.

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Seguidora-de-Isis
1 hour ago, Tidgy's Dad said:

As my good friend @Seguidora-de-Isissays, there are tons of fakes on the market. These things sell. 

However, non of the ones you have posted are fakes, though, as my friend pointed out, some of them have been 'improved' a little. 

I think these are all pretty good ones, seen far, far worse, and would be happy to buy if the price was right. 

 

Oh yes my big friend Tidgy's Dad!

 

A trilobite "complete", "makeup" and "improved" like this:

 

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For many people (not all) may be more attractive than a original, 100% natural, but unfortunately incomplete, trilobite like this:

 

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But the big problem begins, is when many sellers announce trilobitas partially carved, made up and improved like this:

 

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With the ad titles: "Complete trilobite", "No restoration", "Fine quality", "Unpublished trilobite" ...

And the worst of it all: When they charge absurd prices!

They can fool the more novice collectors who dream of having a giant trilobite like this on the shelf. :wacko:

 

 

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Tidgy's Dad

Indeed. 

I get very suspicious when someone says, "no restoration" etc. It often means the opposite! 

It's sometimes a good idea to charge high prices. if you offer a low price people get more suspicious, but a high price? It must be real! Hmmmm. 

It's not just international, i visited a friend's house last year and they had a massive 100% fake "Cambropallas" on display. They were very proud of their Moroccan heritage. i didn't tell them. 

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Seguidora-de-Isis
1 hour ago, Tidgy's Dad said:

Indeed. 

I get very suspicious when someone says, "no restoration" etc. It often means the opposite! 

It's sometimes a good idea to charge high prices. if you offer a low price people get more suspicious, but a high price? It must be real! Hmmmm. 

It's not just international, i visited a friend's house last year and they had a massive 100% fake "Cambropallas" on display. They were very proud of their Moroccan heritage. i didn't tell them. 

 

 

This has already happened to me! I would not tell either!

 

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Tidgy's Dad

That one looks real to me. ;)

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Pemphix

Nice artwork, "good" carving....:rofl:

 

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