This set of unsilvered figural glass bell Christmas ornaments by Premier Glass Works is a rare find. They were made in the 1940s during World War II when silver nitrate was only available for military use, so American ornament manufacturers had to use transparent flashed and painted colors.
The twelve bells are 2-1/4 to 2-1/2 inches high. Three are solid colors of red, blue, and green. The other nine ornaments have wide transparent colored center bands with opaque painted thin stripes or rings above and below. These have three different color schemes - red/white/blue, green/red/yellow, and blue/yellow/red. The unsilvered finishes used during this time period are subject to considerable wear but these ornaments are all in terrific condition with a couple having only slight wear to the upper shoulder edges. The ornaments have no chips or breaks. The Premier Glass Works box bottom has been repaired with much tape. The plain unprinted lid is intact.
American war ornaments were only produced for about three years and are by their very nature scarce and finite in quantity (as soon as the war ended the manufacturers went back to producing silvered ornaments). They are highly collected today and will only increase in value as their numbers dwindle from loss, breakage, and absorption into private collections.