Realistically, there is nothing you can do... it's the nature of fools and their money.
And frankly, there's no thanks in it either. I used to be the curator on the Queen Mary, and several times a month I'd get somebody down at the ship with new purchases for me to authenticate. Why I wasn't asked BEFORE the purchase, I will never know.
My favorite story was about this guy that just few in from Taiwan with a big brass bell that was engraved QUEEN MARY 1929. He paid a fortune for it, and wanted to know where it was originally from and how it got to Taiwan. He got angry when I told him the bell was a modern reproduction. Not angry because he had been duped, but angry at ME for telling him something that just couldn't be true.
My folks used to make regular visits to the CA Antique scene. My dear Mother was always on the lookout for Titanic. On one particular trip to Morro Bay, an Antique proprieter/LIAR sold my Mother a snuff can labled...Captains Office S.S. Titanic. She told my Mother the can was retrieved from a victim at the wreck scene. Upon her arrival home, and with much ado excitement she presented the can to me, unfortunately I had to break the bad news to her via my 1st edition of "Titanic Triumph & Tragedy" (Eaton & Haas). The woman slithered $40.00 from my Mother for the snuff can! And on a brighter note, in a seperate visit to CA my Mother found a front page newspaper clipping w/photo..."Titanic Rams Iceberg On Maiden Voyage" "It is believed all passengers have been saved and great effort is being made to tow the giant vessel to shoal waters off New Foundland". That clipping was a $10.00 purchase and well worth it!
Hi Graig, stay away from this one. I own a piece of grand staircase wood and it doesn't look at all like that. Also, the only staircase wood out there, like mine, comes from a from W. Parker. He made a from picture frame from it and if you ever get a piece, it will come with papers of authenticity as thick as a book. I know the guys that purchased the the wood in Canada and this is the only known staircase wood out there in public hands. The only other piece, which is quite large is in the Maritime Museum Of The Atlantic in Halifax Nova Scotia. Here is a link to a Facebook group about msome of my collection, this link should bring you to the picutre of the wood. The wood is on top of the picture of the frame it comes from. Let me know if you want a better picture. http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/photo.php?pid=6521486&op=1&o=all&view=all&subj=88272009881&aid=-1&oid=88272009881&id=612555113