|These glass figures
are very rare, and value depends on condition. If there is loss to
the silvering or major loss to the hand painting, the value is
diminished. all of these figures are in good to excellent condition!
|"BAUERNSILBER" or "FARMERS SILVER"
for German speaking people, "bauernsilber" is the
common term for silvered glass, or "silberglas."
Religious figures, such as the Crucifix on the left and
right, and the figure of Jesus Christ in the center, 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."
Both Crucifix figures were made by the Josef Janke &
Co., of Bohemia, as "J. J. & Co." is
molded into the back of the piece.
All these items were hand-painted.