Thanks to Val Soupios and Larry Smith, I have a few reflectors on hand for comparison. Here are a few pictures and some info. You can clearly see the radius of curvature difference between the two. However, they both fit the Brown #16 lamp. If anyone has any damaged (yet whole) reflectors that are of a different manufacture or originated from a different lamp than E&J or Brown... and they are willing to contribute to the research, please let me know. I hope this all results in a source of reflectors that are made to the original specifications.
I am looking forward to your success on this project. I would like to have a set for the Brown 16's myself.
Ken in Texas
Ditto on your project. The one I sent to you fits a Brown #16, at least I thought it did before I sent it. Brown did etch their name on them, but I didn't have one to send. I recently acquired another, but it doesn't say Brown either.
My 1914 T Runabout has Jon. Brown 16 head lights. It has the original Glass Reflectors. There is a double circle with their name in it and Columbus in the circle at the bottom. Inside of the double circle is a logo JO co. inside a diamond shape. I can't tell if the logo is on the back of the glass or in it.
Sorry the writing on the tags isn't very clear. The uncoated mirror is a "Lancaster Lens co" reflector. The other one has no visible markings on it. But Larry is right, it does fit in the Brown Lamp. I'll try to get a good photo of the Lancaster logo later today.
I think that a hobbyist with optical glass and mirror skills such as yourself making these is going to be the only way these will ever be made. I tried literally for years to find a commercial glass company to take them on.
James I can send you a cracked but whole mirror for the Victor #2 lamps.
Larry ... That will be great! In a little while I will send you an email with my address.
Mark, Larry S. Ken and R.V. - Thanks for the support. One thing I know for sure... I can make these. The unknown is whether I can make them cheap enough that they will be affordable. That is the challenge. WE'll know in the next few months.