The charlatan in question is none other than jim, aka jimbo, allen who is trying to peddle this reproduction rug on Ebay.
His Ebay sellers name is a-bey and RK.com encourages readers who are interested in the machinations of this seller to check out his current listings as well as his completed auctions. Both categories contain other equally questionable material.
Here’s the photo of jimbo’s rug
Calling this “museum quality” and quoting a number of other alleged “similar” rugs and their high selling prices, this carpet-bagger from Chattanooga, Tenn. has been bagging naïve Ebayer’s for years. He has been no stranger to sometimes making his buyers regret bidding on his items but mostly gets away with it since most buyers are not knowledgeable and end up believing or convincing themselves they got a “deal”.
Here is a close-up detail of the weave from the back
Should any of you think this is what the weave of a mid-19th century rug of this ilk should look like, RK.com suggest you do not open your checkbook until you’ve done more due diligence.
Rk.com is tired of hocus-pocus peddlers, like jimbo (and believe us there are many others but at least most of them are clever enough to do it in private and not in public on Ebay), telling folks an exactly similar rug to theirs sold in sotheby or at a some famous major dealer’s showroom for $10,000 or more. His ploy in this case actually mentions a $15,000 piece sold at Battilossi in Italy, and 10 years ago at that, but you can buy it here from jimbo now on Ebay for much less.
Doesn’t reason tell these mokes if that were, in fact, the case ole jimbo could just go sell it to Battilossi?
Perhaps the most comical aspect of jimbo’s listing is the following and we quote him :
“I thought this was a truly special rug so I corresponded with who I believe to be Americas (sic) premiere authority on the subject. He wants no notoriety so the name is left off.”
This was then followed by a list of “similar” rugs and the prices they brought at major auction houses and in dealer exhibition catalogs this authority put together for jimbo.
The supposed authority then goes on to state jimbo’s rug is prototypical. Prototypical of what, RK.com would like to know? A series of other repros?
We would welcome this authority or jimbo himself to try and prove their patently bogus statements here or in any other forum, online or not, of their choice.
For now all we can say is jimbo, once again, deserves to be called out for his continued transgressions and to realize RK.com is not afraid to stand by our position should he or anyone else contest it.