Vintage Benton Glass Convex Silhouettes - 4" X 5" Pair - 1939
The picture on the left is referred to as BG 45-91 and the one on the right is BG 45-92. These numbers and pictures are shown on page 124 in "Encyclopedia of Silhouette Collectibles On Glass" by Shirley Mace and Edited by Marlys Sellers. Copyright 1992.
This is another take on the "Courting Couple" theme which was popular in the late 1930's.
This is a really excellent pair of convex reverse painted silhouettes that the Benton Glass Company was noted for. And, the condition is the best I have ever seen in a pair of these copper framed convex glass 4" X 5" silhouette pairs. Free from damage.. Even the backs are in good shape. Any light or faded spots are just a bit of glare on the glass from my lighting.
Benton Glass Company, owned by Saul L. Colef manufactured these sometime before 1939 in Benton Harbor, Michigan. He was a Dentist and a novelties manufacturer. A pair just like the pair I am offering was found and someone had written on the back that they were a wedding present in 1939. In 1946 the whole operation was moved to Cleveland, Ohio, and the name was changed to Colef Glass Picture Company, and again later to Benton Glass Picture Company. The company went out of business at the end of the year in 1953. It no longer exists.
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