Peale Museum Silhouettes?

The following comes from one of our readers, Michael. I'm gonna let the readers respond to this one.

Saw your website and was wondering if you might can tell me about these silhouettes. Are they real??? Are they collectible???? etc... The peale's museum is visible under her bust line. The eagle has almost been cut off but you can see it. I darkened the pictures of the name to enhance it. There is also a ghost?? Image around the outline of the woman like it is impressed on the paper but not cut out. The man also has a stamp but you can just barely make out a couple of the last letters in museum. The silhouettes are hollow cut on wove rag paper. I took the back off and they both have the amies paper mill watermark from Philadelphia.

Size of the paper is approx. 4 3/4 by 3 1/2. The actual silhouette size of the woman is approx. 2 5/8 by 1 1/2. On back it says George c. Wilson and under the cardboard back is says property of Kate Wilson.


Becky Laliberte said...

I have a question for you. My neighbor gave me a few silhouette pictures, the glass curves out with the black outline of a woman's profile painted directly on the glass. There is a pink background underneath the glass. I also have a plain black and white one, same curved out glass with the black silhouette painted directly on it but that one is of a couple. The frames are a gold-hued metal with the cardboard/paper backing. Unstamped, unsigned. I was wondering how can I age these? I don't think they're worth anything but she has given me a few very old pieces and I was hoping you could shed some light. Thanks!

ME said...

I only know about pre-1850 American silhouettes.
If you like them, display them.