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There are some rare CDVs or cabinet cards that can reach very high prices. I wondered if there are any evidences that such photos are being faked? I don't mean wrong descriptions or maybe wrong text on the backside, but completely new made fakes.

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CDVs have been faked for years and years... it's nothing new.  The cheapest and fastest way to make fakes involves making high-res laser prints glued onto CDV card stock.  Clever fakers will even lay the fakes into UV sterilizing chambers to create the effect of a century's worth of ultraviolet radiation.

For more involved fake CDVs and cabinet cards, the faker buys a real image and then uses a color copier to make a print that looks like the sepia-toned original.

If they are skilled at using photo imaging software, a faker can turn any image into a sepia-tone print easily.  That print is then cut to fit on an old cabinet card or CDV, glued down, and then "distressed" to give it that old-timey look.  Distressing is typically achieved by scuffing the edges and corners, taking a sharp object to create a few "holes" and even using coffee or tea to simulate old stains. 

The "Fakes" to watch out for are legitimate reprints of mid 19th century photos (mostly of famous people) that were done in the early part of the 20th century and were made to LOOK LIKE original CDVs and cabinet photos but were not originally sold as period originals. 

The bottom line is that you have to learn what to look for with a lighted magnifier or pocket microscope in order to spot these fakes, however, this subject is far too involved and technical to cover in just one thread. 

eBay is LOADED with fake CDVs, especially American Civil War CDVs of soldiers, politicians, and troop formations, but the fakes are getting so good, that even the experts have a hard time spotting them on eBay's listing-photos.  One has to have them in-hand to really make an accurate determination.  That's why I never buy a valuable CDV from an online seller.   

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