are rare, and
value depends on
condition. If there
is loss to the
silvering or major
loss to the hand
painting, the value
is diminished. Both
of these figures
are in good to
|"BAUERNSILBER" or "farmer's silver," for
German speaking people, is the common term for
silvered glass, or "silberglas."
Religious figures, such as the Crucifix on the left,
and the figure of Jesus Christ on the right, were
used commonly in homes around Germany,
Bohemia and Austria from the middle 19th century.
With the large population of Catholics in the
German, Austria and Bohemian areas, figures were
an important part of religious practice, and were
often used in shrines created at home.
Furthermore, the crucifix form was likely used as
part of the sacraments of the sick, known
previously as the "Last Rites."
The Crucifix was made by the Josef Janke & Co., of
Bohemia, as "J. J. & Co." is molded into the back of
the piece. Both items were hand-painted.