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    Lovely Porter Counterfeit Detector. This beautiful antique brass, mahogany and diamond-cut French glass counterfeit detector is one of about a half-dozen that we know of. Although the date of manufacture is not stated, it appears to us to be of late-19th century vintage, most likely between 1870 and 1890. The device consists of a brass frame marked with alphanumeric coordinates, a glass plate with small squares, similar to graph paper, and two sliding panels on which to juxtapose a genuine bill and a suspected counterfeit of the same type. By manipulating brass knobs, the notes may be moved into positions where their design features can be compared with respect to horizontal and vertical axes. Being in incredible, virtually as-made condition, this Porter would be the highlight of any collection of counterfeit detectors, and it stands very well on its own as an association item to a collection of fine currency. We sold two of these Porters last January; both brought right around $5000 ($5170 and $4840). This one is as nice as either of them, perfect but for a few minor surface marks on the wood that would probably rub out with furniture polish. Est. 4,500up

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    September, 2001
    21st-22nd Friday-Saturday
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