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2774
Magnum Antique Union Glass (Somerville, Massachusetts) Paperweight "MINNIE". Circa 1900-1929.  This is a fantastic Union Glass Company Paperweight featuring a garland of Lutz style four and five petal flowers with leaves and the name "MINNIE" in the center.  Each flower has gold aventurine in the center for accent.  The lettering is set off by two red white and blue colored stripes. 

Union Glass of Somerville, Massachusetts is the third of three related factories in the Boston area.  The first two were the Boston & Sandwich (B&S) Glass Company and the New England Glass Company (NEGC).  Both B&S and NEGC produced paperweights at the same time, both were founded by Deming Jarvis, and both declared bankruptcy in 1888.  Union Glass came a little later.  It operated from 1851 to 1929.  These name/date paperweights are made with lampwork flowers and letters and are not frit weights.  There are some nice articles in the literature including a lengthy article in the Paperweight Collectors Association 2004 Annual.  There is also a short chapter in George Kulles' third book - Identifying Antique Paperweights - The Less Familiar.  Nicholas Lutz worked at Union Glass from 1895 to 1904 and his influence can be seen on the Union Glass flowers although most of these weights were made after Lutz's death.  There is some current speculation that Lutz had an apprentice who continued to work at Union Glass and was responsible for not only some of the better Union Glass examples, but also some of the fine lampwork paperweights attributed to Mount Washington Glass. 

Very Large Size:  Just under 3 3/4" diameter by just over 2 3/4" high.   It weighs over 2 1/2 pounds.  The bottom is ground flat with a matte finish.
Signature: Unsigned, but I guarantee this to be an authentic Union Glass paperweight. 
Condition:  Excellent good condition with no cracks or chips.  This paperweight has been professionally restored. 
Execution:  Excellent execution.

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Large Antique Baccarat Macédoine Millefiori Paperweight.   circa 1845-1860.  This paperweight is made up of multi-colored striped millefiori segments arranged at (mostly) right angles.  This is a antique paperweight made during the classic period of paperweight making (1845-1860).  A great large example of this unique style of antique Baccarat paperweight. 

The Macédoine is a uniquely Baccarat style in which the short sections of latticinio (twists, filigree, lace) are arranged in a quilt-like pattern with many of the sections at right angles to each other.  Usually there are no millefiori present.   This pattern was originally made during the classic period of French paperweights (1845-1860).  A modern version was produced in the 1960s and is similar to but different from the antique version. 

Large Size:  2 7/8" diameter by 2" high.  Bottom is ground concave.
Signature:  This paperweight is not signed, but I guarantee it to be an authentic antique Baccarat paperweight. 
Condition:  Very good condition.  No chips or cracks.  There are scratches on the body and the base has appropriate wear.  See picture of surface.  There is plenty of glass and the paperweight could be fully restored if that is desired. 

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2591
Antique Baccarat Faceted Four Row Concentric Millefiori Paperweight.   Probably Circa 1845-1860.  Colorful red, white, and blue faceted concentric millefiori paperweight with four rows of complex millefiori canes around a central cane over a clear ground.  The outer ring has the classic Baccarat blue and white alternating canes.  The second ring from the center consists of complex stardust canes with a Baccarat star cane in the center of each. This paperweight has six concave side facets and a flat top facet.

You can read more about the Baccarat paperweights in the book The Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights by Paul Hollister  or the book World Paperweights by Robert Hall.

Large Size:  Just over 2 5/8" diameter by just over 1 3/4" high.  Bottom is ground concave. There are six side facets and one top facet.  There is good height to this paperweight
Condition: Very good to excellent condition.  I found some minor faint scratches on the top facet, but no other significant scratching.  No chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Made by Baccarat in France.  Unsigned, but I guarantee that this is an authentic Baccarat paperweight, probably from the classic period 1845-1860. 
Execution:  Excellent execution.  The design is well centered with no tipped canes.  There are a few tiny bubbles in the glass.

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2409
Antique Clichy Faceted Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with 11 roses.  circa 1845-1860.  This wonderful antique Clichy concentric millefiori paperweight has a classic arrangement of three concentric rings of complex millefiori around a blue pastry mold cane.  The inner ring has eleven green and white roses.  The second ring consists of fifteen pink pastry mold canes.   The outer ring has an alternating pattern of 24 canes with six purple pastry mold canes and 18 pink and green canes.  The 18 pink and green complex canes resemble the color of pink and green roses.  In all, there are 51 millefiori canes over a clear ground.  The canes are intricate and very colorful.  See the close-up picture for more detail.  There are six side facets and a top facet.  A fantastic paperweight.

Clichy paperweights are highly sought after by collectors for their complex canes and brilliant colors.  Clichy paperweights with rose canes are especially desirable.  The Clichy factory was founded at Billancourt near Paris in 1837.  Shortly after that it moved to Clichy-la-Garenne, which gave the factory its best known name.  They stayed in operation until about the 1870s. 

Size:  2 5/8" diameter by 1 3/4" high.  The base is ground concave.  There are six side facets and a top facet. 
Condition:  Very good condition.  There are scratches and small chips on the body and chips on some of the facets, but no cracks and no impact marks.  There is wear on the base.  There is plenty of glass and the paperweight good be restored, but I chose not to do so.
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee this to be an authentic antique Clichy paperweight. 
Execution:  Very good execution.  The design is well centered.  There are some bubbles in the glass. 

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Small Antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) Mixed Fruit Paperweight.  circa 1869.  This is a wonderful antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) Mixed Fruit Paperweight, consisting of five apples (or pears), four radishes (or cherries), four large leaves and four smaller leaves over a perfect double swirl latticinio ground.  The apples have bright vivid colors.  This is a wonderful paperweight in excellent condition. 

Many authors call the fruit pears and cherries.  I feel that they look more like apples and radishes.  It is unusual to find a NEGC fruit weight in a small size like this.

New England Glass Company (NEGC) operated in Cambridge, Massachusetts from 1818 to 1888.  You can read about paperweights from the New England Glass Company in the book by Hawley, The Art of the Paperweight  - The Boston & Sandwich and New England Glass Companies

Small Size:  2 1/4" diameter by just under 1 5/8" high.  The base is ground concave.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches on the dome. This paperweight has been professionally restored. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this to be an authentic NEGC antique paperweight. 
Execution:  Very good execution.  The design is well centered and beautifully composed.  As is typical of NEGC fruit weights, there are small bubbles in the fruit setup and bubbles in the glass and latticinio.  Plus one elongated bubble in the latticinio.  The leaves show good definition.

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3055 Large Antique Clichy Millefiori Scramble Paperweight.  circa 1845.  This is an antique Clichy millefiori scramble or end of the day weight.  It consists of two layers of millefiori.  From the top you see the tight quilt like arrangement of pieces of millefiori.  From the bottom you see a different layer that looks more like a closepack setup.  This is a great example worthy of any collection of antique weights. 

Clichy paperweights are highly sought after by collectors for their complex canes and brilliant colors.  Almost all Clichy paperweights are unsigned.  The Clichy factory was founded at Billancourt near Paris in 1837.  Shortly after that it moved to Clichy-la-Garenne, which gave the factory its best known name.  They stayed in operation until about the 1870s. 

Although many people collect scramble paperweights for their own merit, scrambles are also valuable tools for learning to identify the different colors and canes used by each factory.  There are a lot of different canes in this paperweight.  To call this a scramble or end of day weight is deceptive, since Clichy executed these designs with precision.  Unlike other scrambles the pieces fit together like a jigsaw puzzle or quilt.  The style is unique to Clichy. 

Large Size:  Just over 2 5/8" diameter by 2" high.  The base is ground concave.
Condition:  Very good condition.  This paperweight has some minor scratches on the dome, but no chips or cracks.  There is plenty of extra glass and it can be restored if you wish.  I would leave it alone.
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee this to be an authentic antique Clichy paperweight.

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3098
Rare Antique Clichy Miniature Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with hidden Clichy Rose in center.  circa 1845.  This antique Clichy concentric millefiori paperweight has two rings of complex canes around a larger complex center cane.  The outer ring has an alternating pattern of two white Clichy edelweiss canes and then a single large darkblue-purple pastry mold cane.  The pattern is repeated five times.  The inner ring consists of pink and green complex canes that resemble color of the pink and green rose cane.  There is a central red and white pastry mold cane.  In the center of this pastry mold cane is a hidden pink and green Clichy rose surrounded by seven white edelweiss canes. 

Clichy paperweights are highly sought after by collectors for their complex canes and brilliant colors.  The pink and green Clichy rose is one of the most recognizable Clichy canes.  In general, this style of alternating canes in the outer ring, with two of once size and then one larger cane is most often associated with Clichy concentrics.  There are, however, very rare examples where Baccarat also made concentrics in this Clichy style.  Almost all Clichy paperweights are unsigned. 

The Clichy factory was founded at Billancourt near Paris in 1837.  Shortly after that it moved to Clichy-la-Garenne, which gave the factory its best known name.  They stayed in operation until about the 1870s. 

Miniature Size:  Just over 1 3/4" diameter by 1 1/5" high.  The base is ground concave.
Condition:  Outstanding condition.  This paperweight has been professionally restored.  The wear on the base was preserved by the restorer.
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee this to be an authentic antique Clichy paperweight. 
Execution:  There is a single misplaced cane in the inner ring.  Otherwise the execution is excellent.

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Rare Antique Boston & Sandwich Glass Company (B&S) Cruciform Flower Paperweight on Jasper Ground.  circa 1869 - 1888.  This is an antique Boston and Sandwich Glass Company Cruciform Flower or Cross Paperweight with a red white and blue jasper ground.  The floral arrangement with a red stalk and contrasting colored tips of green green leaves is unique to B&S.  There are two leaves and a secondary cross of four smaller leaves.  The two large leaves show good details typical of B&S.  This is a rare weight.  Every collector of B&S should have one in his or her collection.

The Boston & Sandwich Glass Company (B&S) operated in Sandwich , Massachusetts on Cape Cod from 1826 to 1888.  You can read about paperweights from B&S in the book by Hawley, The Art of the Paperweight  - The Boston & Sandwich and New England Glass Companies.  The other New England Company NEGC also made cross weights but the style of NEGC cross weights is very different. 

Size:  2 7/8" diameter by just under 1 3/4" high.  The base is ground concave.
Condition:  Excellent condition for its age.  This paperweight has a few faint tiny scratches on the surface, but no chips or cracks. It may have been polished in the past. 
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee this to be an authentic Boston & Sandwich antique paperweight.  Circa 1869 - 1888. 
Execution:  There is a bubble just above the top of the cross flower.  Otherwise the execution is perfect. 
Provenance:  This paperweight has been in my collection since 1998.  Before that it belonged to another collector.  It is shown in the Leo Kaplan catalog (undated) as A159 priced at $650. 

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2228
Antique New England Glass Company Sulphide Paperweight of Lajos Kossuth. circa 1851.  Antique Sulphide paperweight featuring Lajos Kossuth, former Governor-President of Hungary.  It is inscribed on the back "EX-GOVERNOR OF HUNGARY SET AT LIBERTY BY THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1851".

Kossuth was a political reformer who fought for liberty for Hungary and held the office of Governor-President from April 14 to August 11, 1849.  He was appointed to this position after the declaration of Hungarian independence from the Hapsburg Monarchy.  He was widely honored during his lifetime as a freedom fighter and advocate of democracy in Europe.  He demanded parliamentary government for Hungary and constitutional government for the rest of Austria. After abdicating the post of Governor-President he was effectively under house arrest until he was allowed to leave the Ottoman Empire in September 1851 on the American frigate Mississippi.  He then toured Britain and the United States in a futile effort to get support for his cause.  He won favor in New England and souvenirs and other commemorative items were created to celebrate his visit.  This paperweight was probably one of the commemorative objects created around the time of his visit.  Some authors suggest the inscription refers to US support of his cause.  Instead, I think it may refer to his rescue from house arrest by the US. 

New England Glass Company (NEGC) operated in Cambridge, Massachusetts from 1818 to 1888.  You can read about paperweights from the New England Glass Company in the book by Hawley, The Art of the Paperweight  - The Boston & Sandwich and New England Glass Companies

Most texts attribute this paperweight to the New England Glass Factory.  It is believed that this paperweight may have been made for the 1851 Great Exhibition at the Crystal Palace in London.  However, the attribution is subject to challenge and the precise origin of this sulphide paperweight remains elusive.  The Bergstrom Mahler Museum has an identical paperweight which they attribute to Clichy.  Hawley attributes this to NEGC in his 1997 book The Art of the Paperweight  - The Boston & Sandwich and New England Glass Companies.  However, in his latest 2011 book on NEGC, he states that no firm evidence exists for this attribution, except that the specific gravity and fluorescence match that of NEGC.  Hollister discusses this paperweight in his Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights and also states that their is no firm evidence tying the paperweight to NEGC or any other factory.  My own opinion is that the glass quality is more typical of NEGC than the French factories.  It may have originated in Europe or at another American factory.

Ignore the glare from the lights.  It was difficult to photograph this paperweight.  The sulphide is white. 

Size:  2 9/16" diameter by 1 11/16" high.  The base is ground concave.
Condition:  Outstanding condition.  No chips, cracks or scratches.  The paperweight has been professionally restored.
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this to be an authentic antique paperweight, most likely from the New England Glass Company in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Circa 1851
Execution:  Very good, although there are striations and bubbles in the glass.  Some of the Kossuth Sulphides have the name KOSSUTH on the edge.  It is not visible on this example. 

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2406
Antique Clichy Faceted Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Rose.  circa 1845-1860.  This antique Clichy concentric millefiori paperweight has a two concentric rings of complex millefiori around a central green and white Clichy rose.  The inner ring has seven purple pastry mold canes.  The outer ring has an alternating pattern of 15 canes with five green and yellow pastry mold canes and 10 smaller pink pastry mold canes.  In all, there are 23 millefiori canes over a clear ground.  The canes are intricate and very colorful.  See the close-up picture for more detail.  This paperweight has an unusual complex faceting with a top facet, 16 large side facets, and additional bevel cuts at the top and bottom.  A fantastic paperweight.

Clichy paperweights are highly sought after by collectors for their complex canes and brilliant colors.  Clichy paperweights with rose canes are especially desirable.  The Clichy factory was founded at Billancourt near Paris in 1837.  Shortly after that it moved to Clichy-la-Garenne, which gave the factory its best known name.  They stayed in operation until about the 1870s. 

Size:  2 3/16" diameter by 1 9/16" high.  The base is ground flat.  This paperweight has an unusual complex faceting with a top facet, 16 large side facets, and additional bevel cuts at the top and bottom. 
Condition: Excellent condition.  There are some scratches and a couple of small chips on the facets, but otherwise the paperweight great condition for its age. 
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee this to be an authentic antique Clichy paperweight. 
Execution:  Very good execution.  The design is well centered.  There are some bubbles in the glass. 

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2758
Magnum Antique Graeser Loyal Order of Moose Paperweight.  circa 1890. This uniquely American style paperweight features a detailed image of a moose with very large antlers inside the circular logo "LOYAL ORDER OF MOOSE P.A.P."  On each side of the moose are two colorful hand painted floral sprays.  The Loyal Order of  Moose symbol is photographically reproduced in black and white.  The floral sprays are hand painted decorations.  Both are on a white enamel disk.  After the decorations were complete the disk was encased in glass.  The letters P.A.P. are an abbreviation for "Purity Aid and Progress."

The hand painted floral sprays are outstanding.  A wonderful paperweight.

Albert Graeser was a well known producer of photographic paperweights working in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the 1890-1900 period.  He used a process patented by William H. Maxwell in 1882.  For more information on this style of paperweight see the article "Fraternally Yours" by William Price, Jr. in the 2001 Annual Bulletin of the Paperweight Collectors Association.  This style of paperweight is also described on page 413 of American Glass by George and Helen McKearin. 

Magnum Size:  Just under 3 3/4" diameter by 2 1/4" high.  The bottom is ground flat and finished with a matte finish although there is a remnant of the pontil mark.
Signature:  No signature, but I guarantee that this an antique paperweight using the patented Maxwell process and is most likely a product of Albert Graeser.
Condition:  Very Good condition.  The paperweight has tiny scratches and flea bites, but no cracks or chips. 
Execution: Very good.  Very well executed design that is well centered with wonderful hand pointed florals. 

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1750 Antique Boston & Sandwich Glass Company (B&S) Red Double Poinsettia Paperweight.  circa 1869 - 1888.  This is an antique Boston and Sandwich Double Poinsettia with a two rings of five red petals arranged around a complex millefiori cane center.  The ground is clear glass. There are two leaves and a stem.  It is an extra large example with a great flower and perfect millefiori center.  There is a deliberately placed bubble between each pair of petals to simulate dew drops.

Large Size:  2 15/16" diameter by 1 15/16" high.  The base is ground concave.
Condition:  Excellent condition for its age.  This paperweight has a few light scratches on the surface and one tiny nick on the side, but no chips chips or cracks. There is age appropriate wear on the base that can be seen in the pictures.  It has a relatively high dome for a B&S weight and has enough glass to be polished if that is desired. 
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee this to be an authentic Boston & Sandwich antique paperweight.  Circa 1869 - 1888. 
Execution:  The flower is off center as shown in the picture.  There is a light line or crease in the petal at the 11 o'clock position, but the petal is solid.  The line is only on the surface and is not visible from the back. 

The Boston & Sandwich Glass Company (B&S) operated in Sandwich , Massachusetts on Cape Cod from 1826 to 1888.  You can read about paperweights from B&S in the book by Hawley, The Art of the Paperweight  - The Boston & Sandwich and New England Glass Companies

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Large Antique Footed Millville Umbrella Paperweight.  circa 1860-1910. This style of old paperweight is associated with Millville.  Examples date from as early as 1860 and continued to be made until about 1912.  Many, if not all, were made at the Whitall Tatum factory in Millville.  The design consists of a white mushroom shape with a center bubble.  Additional colored bits of glass are added and melted into the top.  The top is of the mushroom is pushed down with a crimp to form an umbrella shape with ribs or pleats.  This is a large showy example. 

The umbrella shaped weights were originally modeled to resemble the wild tiger lily of Southern New Jersey.  You can read about umbrella weights from Millville in the book Old Glass Paperweights of Southern New Jersey:  An American Folk Art by Clarence A. Newell.   It is not possible to identify the exact maker, but John Ruhlander, Emil Stanger, Marcus Kuntz, and Horace Rhubarth, and Ralph Barber are all known to have made weights of this style.  Sometimes the style is also used as part of an inkwell or other object. 

Large Size:  Just under 3 1/3" diameter by 3 3/5" high.  The diameter of the foot is 3".  The bottom is finished although there is some remnant of the pontil mark.
Signature:  No signature, but I guarantee that this is an authentic Millville umbrella paperweight from the period 1860-1912.
Condition:  Very Good.  This paperweight has scratches on the side and some on the top plus good wear on the base.  Although the scratches are noticeable, the paperweight displays well.  No chips and no cracks. 
Execution: Very good.  Very well executed design that is well centered and displays all of the typical Millville umbrella characteristics.  There are some bubbles in the design.

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1633 Antique Bohemian Concentric Millefiori Paperweight.   c.1860-1900.  This concentric millefiori has two rings of complex canes around a larger complex center cane.  The outer ring has an alternating pattern of green and white canes.  The inner ring consists of identical purple canes with white centers. 

This style of concentric paperweight is sometimes called Clichy style because many Clichy concentric paperweights featuring an alternating design of one larger cane and two or more smaller canes.  Baccarat also used a similar pattern in rare examples to create Clichy look-alikes.  It is possible, but unlikely, that this paperweight is of French rather than Bohemian origin. 

Small Size: 2 1/8" diameter by 1 1/8"" high.  The bottom is ground concave.  The glass has a very slight gray tinge.  There are a few tiny flecks of debris in the glass.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  This paperweight has been professionally restored. 
Signature:  Unsigned, by I guarantee that this is an antique paperweight most likely from Bohemia, although the possibility that it is French can not been ruled out.  The maker is unknown. 

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Magnum Antique English Green Glass Dump Paperweight with One Large Flower and Flowerpot.   circa 1840-1860.   This is an unusual example with a single large flower and large flowerpot.  Possibly made by John Kilner of Wakefield, England.  An interesting example that looks better than it shows in the pictures.

Large Size:   4" tall by 3 1/2" diameter.  The bottom is cone shaped with the center ground out, but the pontil mark remains. 
Condition:  Very good condition although this paperweight does have some surface scuffs and scratches.  No chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this is an antique English paperweight. 

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1882
Antique Bohemian Goat Sulphide Paperweight.  Circa 1890 - 1930.  This paperweight has a sulphide of a goat placed over a multicolored frit ground. 

The maker of this paperweight is unknown, except that it is believed to originate in the region along the Czech - German border, hence the label Bohemian.  Most likely from Silesia or Thuringia.  Sulphide paperweights were also made in Belgium, but the style is different.  The glass is slightly gray and has many tiny bubbles. 

Sulphides are cast objects (animals, flowers, people) made of a ceramic material that has properties similar to the surrounding glass.  They are normally white, but are also sometimes colored or even painted.  The objects are cast in a mold that copied or made directly from a medallion, coin or sculpture.  The finest French sulphides are cast in a mold made by a skilled artist.  Often a sulphide will have a silvery appearance due to a thin layer of trapped bubbles between the glass and the sulphide itself.  Sometimes the sulphide material is not compatible with the glass and a fracture may develop. 

Small Size:  2 1/8" diameter by 1 1/2" high.
Condition: Excellent condition.  This paperweight has been professionally restored.  It has no scratches, chips, or cracks. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this is a vintage paperweight from the regions described (Bohemia or Silesia or Thuringia).  The bottom is ground concave.
Execution: Excellent.  There are some tiny bubbles in the glass.  This is normal with this style of paperweight.

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2757 Antique Baccarat Pansy Paperweight.   circa 1900-1920.  Perfect Baccarat Pansy paperweight with leaves and stem.  Probably from the Dupont period, this medium size paperweight is perfectly executed and has a Baccarat star cut on the base.  A wonderful paperweight. 

This style of pansy is called a type III pansy.  It consists of two large velvet purple petals above over three lower petals.  The lower petals are amber yellow over a white base which can be seen from the back.  Each lower petal has a purple tip and three dark lines radiating from the central cane consisting of star canes with a red whorl center.

This is probably from the Dupont period of production. 

You can read more about the Baccarat paperweights in the book The Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights by Paul Hollister  or the book World Paperweights by Robert Hall.   Or you can refer to my Baccarat Paperweights Web Page.

Size:  Just over 2 3/8" diameter by 1 1/2" high.  The bottom is ground slightly concave and finished with a Baccarat star cut base.
Condition: Excellent condition with no chips or cracks.  There are a couple of tiny scratches and also wear on the edge of the base. 
Signature:  Made by Baccarat in France.  Unsigned, but I guarantee that this is an antique Baccarat paperweight, probably from the Dupont period. 
Execution:  Perfect execution.

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Magnum Antique English Green Glass Bubble Dump Paperweight. circa 1840-1900.  Wonderful antique English bubble dump paperweight.  The controlled bubble arrangement looks like a fountain of bubbles.  This particular example is in almost flawless condition. 

Large Size:  3 1/3" diameter by 3 1/2" tall.
Condition:  Excellent Condition.  There are a few tiny defects to the surface but nothing that I would call significant.  Appropriate wear on the base. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this is an antique English paperweight.  The bottom is unfinished with the remnants of the pontil mark.
Execution:  Near perfect execution.  This paperweight has a surface ridge shown in the pictures.  This is left over from the gaffers cup.  The maker should have smoothed it out and must have missed it. 

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1531 Antique Miniature St. Mandé Concentric Paperweight.  circa 1841 - 1857.  This is an antique St. Mandé Concentric Paperweight with two rings of colorful millefiori canes around a complex central canes.  The outer ring of complex canes has alternating white and blue canes.  The millefiori canes are set high in the glass over a clear ground.  A rare example for the advanced collector.

Very little is known about the St. Mandé factory.  This was a small one pot glass factory in the village of St. Mandé, France.  Operated by Joseph Nocus, the factory was in operation from 1841 to 1857.  During that period the factory won several awards and mentions in trade journals.  When signed, the weights have an StM signature cane.  Paul Hollister incorrectly referred to the factory as St. Maude in his Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights, but George Kulles persisted and eventually identified the correct name in 1991.  There is a section on St. Mandé  in the Kulles book Identifying Antique Paperweights - The Less Familiar.  Since then additional documentation and evidence has been uncovered.  There have also been several articles on St. Mandé in the PCA Annual Bulletins, notably in 1991, 1999, and newer issues.  It has been estimated that there are only a few hundred St. Mandé paperweights known to exist, but I suspect that other weights exist but have been attributed to various Bohemian factories. 

Size:  1 7/8" diameter by 1 3/8" high.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  This paperweight has been professionally refinished and has no scratches, chips or cracks.  The bottom is ground concave.
Signature:  Unsigned, but  I guarantee this to be an authentic antique paperweight most likely from St. Mandé.  I have consulted with other experts and they agree with this attribution.  Circa 1841 - 1857. 
Execution:  Excellent execution with the design well centered and spaced. 

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2132 Antique Clichy Sulphide Paperweight of Victoria and Albert. circa 1851.  Clichy Sulphide paperweight featuring Queen Victoria (1819-1901) and Prince Albert (1819-1861).  The sulphide is fairly high in the dome of the paperweight and is over a clear ground.  A wonderful example.

The Clichy factory was founded at Billancourt near Paris in 1837.  Shortly after that it moved to Clichy-la-Garenne, which gave the factory its best known name.  They stayed in operation until about the 1870s. 

It is believed that this paperweight may have been made for the 1851 Great Exhibition at the Crystal Palace in London.  Prince Albert conceived of the exhibition which was considered the first world's fair.  The exhibition was intended to advance the arts and sciences. 

The precise origin of this sulphide paperweight remains elusive.  The Bergstrom Mahler Museum has an identical paperweight which they attribute to Clichy.  The Art Institute of Chicago has a version in which the sulphide was colored before being encased.  This paperweight, attributed to Clichy, was included in the 1978 Corning Museum of Glass "Paperweights - Flowers which clothe the meadows" exhibition.  The Jokelson Collection had a variation with an uncolored (white) sulphide over a green ground.  The Jokelson paperweight is also attributed to Clichy.  Most authors agree with the Clichy attribution, but there are some authors who attribute the paperweight to Baccarat in France and even to the New England Glass Company in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Ignore the glare from the lights.  It was difficult to photograph this paperweight due to the brilliance of the glass.  The sulphide is white but I have included some low light pictures to show the detail. 

Size:  Just over 2 3/4" diameter by just over 1 3/4" high.  The base is ground flat.
Condition:  Outstanding condition.  No chips, cracks or scratches.  The paperweight has been professionally restored.
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this to be an authentic antique paperweight, most likely from Clichy in France.  Circa 1851
Execution:  Perfect, although there are some tiny bubbles in the glass. 

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Magnum Antique English Green Glass Dump Paperweight with Seven Foil Flowers.   circa 1840-1860.   This is an unusual example with a four level design.  There is one large central flower plus two layers of smaller flowers all in a small flower pot.  Possibly made by John Kilner of Wakefield, England.  A very showy example.

I had difficulty getting good pictures of this paperweight.  Please ignore the glare from the lights.  The paperweight looks a lot better than the pictures show.

Large Size:   3 3/4" tall by just under 3 1/2" diameter. 
Condition:  Very good condition.  As is typical for this type of paperweight, there are scratches and abrasions on the surface, but this paperweight has no chips, cracks or impact marks.  The bottom has a rough pontil and show considerable wear. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this is an antique English paperweight. 

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583
Czech / Bohemian Faceted Trumpet Flower Paperweight.   c.1900-1930.  Trumpet flower paperweight with four blossoms.  There is one large center flower and three smaller ones under it.  There is a planned bubble in the center of each flower.  It is faceted with one row of nine facets around at the base.  The dome is left unfaceted in this example.   The flowers are pushed down to a green frit ground.  The glass is heavy crystal.

This style is also called an icepick flower because of the sharp tool used to push each flower down to the base.  In this case the tool is pushed through a multi-colored glass slice.  Some authors call these morning glory flowers.

Von Brackel discusses this style in his book   He lists many variations on pages 106 to 149 with a wide range of values up to $300 and more.  On pages 278 & 279 he describes the process used to make a trumpet flower paperweight.  This style of faceting is called style 31 on page 267.

Size: 2 3/4" diameter by just under 2 3/4"" high.  The bottom is ground flat.
Condition:  Very good condition.  There are minor scratches or abrasions on the dome and two tiny pinpricks on the facets, but no significant chips or cracks or impact marks.
Signature:  Unsigned, by I guarantee that this is a vintage paperweight from the Bohemia / Czech region and it originates from approximately 1900-1930. 
Execution:  Execution is very good, but one flower gave off some debris when it was made.  See the detailed pictures for a closeup.  There are a few tiny bubbles in the glass.  The glass is clear, but takes a green hue from the ground.

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2666 Large Antique Clichy Chequer Paperweight. c.1845-1860.  The paperweight has 25 colorful complex millefiori canes on a chequer ground of latticinio twists.  The ground is applied in two layers with the top layer in a chequer pattern and the bottom layer in an unusual radial pattern.  This paperweight was made during the classic period of antique paperweights (1845-1860).  A nice example in excellent condition.

Clichy paperweights are highly sought after by collectors for their complex canes and brilliant colors.  Of the three primary French factories (Baccarat, Clichy, and St. Louis), only Clichy made paperweights in the Chequer style with the latticinio twists arranged in a checkerboard pattern.  Almost all Clichy paperweights are unsigned. 

The Clichy factory was founded at Billancourt near Paris in 1837. Shortly after that it moved to Clichy-la-Garenne, which gave the factory its best known name.  They stayed in operation until about the 1870s. 

Large Size: Just over 2 15/16" diameter by 2" high. Bottom is ground concave.
Signature:  This paperweight is not signed, but I guarantee it to be an authentic antique Clichy paperweight. 
Condition: Excellent condition with no chips or cracks.  There is appropriate wear on the base but no other scratches that are noticeable. 
Execution:  Some of the canes in this paperweight are tipped over. 

With antique paperweights, the question always is asked whether or not the paperweight has been restored or polished.  The latticinio chequer ground can be felt at the base.  This makes me feel that the paperweight has not been reduced in diameter, because otherwise this would have been smoothed over in the process of polishing.  Since the dome is free from wear, it is possible that the top of this paperweight may have been polished. 

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2685 Antique New England Glass Company Scramble Paperweight with Large Running Rabbit Cane.  c. 1850-70.  This is a wonderful antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) scramble or end of day paperweight.   It has one large running rabbit cane plus a variety of other complex millefiori and latticinio twist canes. 

Although many people collect scramble paperweights for their own merit, scrambles are also valuable tools for learning to identify the different colors and canes used by each factory.

New England Glass Company (NEGC) operated in Cambridge, Massachusetts from 1818 to 1888.  You can read about paperweights from the New England Glass Company in the book by Hawley, The Art of the Paperweight  - The Boston & Sandwich and New England Glass Companies

Size: Just over 2 9/16" diameter by 1 5/8" high. Bottom is ground concave with a remnant of the circular pontil mark.
Signature:  This paperweight is not signed, but I guarantee it to be an authentic antique New England Glass Company paperweight. 
Condition: Very good condition.  This paperweight has appropriate wear and scratches on the surface and on the base.  On the dome, there are scratches and one tiny circular impact mark as shown in the pictures. There is a shallow 3/8" chip at the base as shown in the picture of the base.  There is sufficient glass to have this weight polished, but I would display it as is. 

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2617 Antique St. Louis Concentric Millefiori Paperweight.   circa 1845-1860.  This is a medium St. Louis concentric millefiori paperweight.  It is made up of wonderful complex millefiori canes.  The outer ring has complex canes alternating between green and pink.  The inner ring consists of larger blue and white complex canes around a perfect green, blue, and white central cane.  All of this is set over an upset muslim ground.

If you are wondering how to tell an antique St. Louis concentric from a Baccarat concentric, here is a trick that another collector once taught me.  St. Louis weights tend to be bold in the color setup with the outer garland alternating between two colors, while the garland in a comparable Baccarat weight will alternate between a colored cane and white a white cane.

Size:  2 1/3" diameter by 1 1/2" high. 
Signature: Unsigned, but I guarantee this to be an authentic St. Louis antique paperweight. Circa 1845-1860. 
Condition:  Very good condition with no cracks or chips.  There are, however, a number of surface scratches which are consistent with the age of the paperweight.  The bottom is ground slightly concave and has appropriate wear. 
Execution: Very good execution although there are a few misplaced canes in the outer ring..

St. Louis is Cristalleries de Saint Louis was founded in 1767 and started making glass paperweights in 1845 at the start of the classic period of paperweight making. 

You can read about paperweights from the St. Louis Factory in the book The Art of the Paperweight - Saint Louis, 2nd Edition by Gerard Ingold or any of the other books on fine antique paperweights. 

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Magnum Alex Stelzer Libbey Glass Name Floral Paperweight "E. BROWN". Circa 1915.  This is a desirable Libbey Glass Name Weight.   Four icepick flowers around a central icepick flower.  There is a central bubble in each flower.  The name “E. BROWN” is formed of tiny bits of clear glass.  The glass is grayish as is typical of Toledo folk weights. 

This style of paperweight is attributed to Alex Stelzer, a Czechoslovakian immigrant glass worker, who worked at Libbey Glass in Toledo Ohio from 1907 to 1948.  It is a folk weights made by the glass worker in his free time and often given away.  Stelzer had a friendship with Arthur Gorham, a well known paperweight collector and dealer who sold paperweights in his shop in Millville New Jersey.  The Stelzer name is spelled in some places as Steltzer.  The only printed reference I would find on Alex Stelzer was in the 1970 edition of Jean Melvin's American Glass Paperweights and their Makers.

Very Large Size:  3 1/2" diameter by 3 1/8" high.  The bottom is ground flat with a matte finish.
Signature: Unsigned, but I guarantee this to be an authentic Toledo style paperweight, most likely by Alex Stelzer of Libbey Glass. 
Condition:  Excellent condition. 

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1487 Large Antique Baccarat Rock Paperweight. circa 1880. This paperweight consists of a sandy ground flecked with green glass particles and mica.  There is one large hill plus two smaller hills in this example.  This type is also sometimes called a Sand Dune Paperweight.  This is an extra large sized example in very good condition.

According to Sibylle Jargstorf (Paperweights), Baccarat started making this type of weight in 1880. She advances the theory that Baccarat issued these weights in response to the reptile weights shown by Pantin at the 1878 Paris Exhibition. Some Baccarat rock weights contain reptiles or flowers, but almost all contain just rock motifs.  Often these weights have incompatibility cracks throughout the weight, causing a glittery appearance which is part of the appeal. 

Large Size: Just under 3 1/8" diameter by 2 3/8" high.  The bottom is ground concave. 
Condition: Very good condition.  As shown in the pictures, this paperweight has some light scratches and wear the surface, but is in exceptionally good condition considering its age.  In contrast to most rock weights, the base on this paperweight does not have any surface fractures.  The glass on the bottom is intact and the internal fractures shown on the bottom are well contained inside the weight.  There is plenty of glass and the paperweight can be refinished if desired. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this to be an authentic Baccarat antique paperweight. 

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2669 Antique Baccarat Miniature Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with  rare rose canes.   circa 1845-1860.  Colorful concentric millefiori paperweight with a clear ground with the colors of the French revolution (red, white and blue).  There are 47 complex canes that make up this design.  Each of the canes in this paperweight is itself a complex creation.  It has everything you look for in a Baccarat millefiori weight, arrowhead canes, fortress canes, stars, roses, and whorls.  The rose cane is rare, to get ten roses in one weight is even rarer. 

This paperweight was featured in the Hidden Gallery of the 2010 Annual Bulletin of the Paperweight Collectors Association.  See figure 6 on page 55. 

There are three rings around a complex millefiori center.  The central cane consists of a daisy type arrangement of alternating color arrowhead canes around a Baccarat six pointed star.  The inner ring consists of ten identical red rose canes each surrounded by a ring of white six pointed star canes.  In the center of each rose cane is a complex cane of rods that form the flower's pistil.  The middle ring has 16 identical complex arrowhead canes.  Each consists of a bundle of red, white, and blue arrow canes pointed towards a central fortress cane.  Each bundle is in turn surrounded by a white cogged cane with a red center.  The outer ring consists of 20 alternating red and white canes.  The red canes have a blue Baccarat star in the center.  The white canes have a green Baccarat whorl cane in the center. 

You can read more about the Baccarat paperweights in the book The Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights by Paul Hollister  or the book World Paperweights by Robert Hall.

Size:  Just over 2" diameter by 1 1/2" high.  Bottom is ground slightly concave. 
Condition: Excellent condition with no chips, cracks or other noticeable flaws.  As is typical of paperweights from this era, there are some small bubbles in the glass.
Signature:  Made by Baccarat in France.  Unsigned, but I guarantee that this is an antique Baccarat paperweight from the classic period 1845-1860. 

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Antique St. Louis Scramble Paperweight Doorknob.   circa 1845-1860.  This is a St. Louis millefiori scramble paperweight doorknob.  Although it was made to be a doorknob, it does not have the hardware fittings and probably never did.  The scramble is packed with complex millefiori and multi-colored twist canes.  This is a wonderful paperweight. 

Although many people collect scramble paperweights for their own merit, scrambles are also valuable tools for learning to identify the different colors and canes used by each factory. 

Size:  2 1/3" diameter by 2 1/8" high.  The base has a diameter of 1 1/2".
Signature: Unsigned, but I guarantee this to be an authentic St. Louis antique paperweight. Circa 1845-1860. 
Condition:  Excellent good condition with no cracks or chips.  The dome was professionally restored to remove some surface scratches.  The bottom is ground flat and has appropriate wear. 

St. Louis is Cristalleries de Saint Louis was founded in 1767 and started making glass paperweights in 1845 at the start of the classic period of paperweight making.

You can read about paperweights from the St. Louis Factory in the book The Art of the Paperweight - Saint Louis, 2nd Edition by Gerard Ingold or any of the other books on fine antique paperweights. 

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1396 Large Antique Venetian Scrambled Millefiori Paperweight.   circa 1840-1880.  Colorful Venetian scrambled paperweight dating from the early years of Venetian paperweight making.  It is not possible to identify the exact maker, although this was possibly made by Pietro Bigaglia in the 1840s.  It is filled with large pieces of twist cane and filigree  including some with aventurine. 

Although many people collect scramble paperweights for their own merit, scrambles are also valuable tools for learning to identify the different colors and canes used by each factory. 

Large Size:  3 1/3" diameter by just over 2" high.  circa 1840-1880.  This paperweight has a wide basal rim and is ground concave with a remnant of the pontil mark.
Very good condition.   Original finish with a somewhat rough surface and minor scratches. 

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2172 Antique Bohemian or French Stem Paperweight.   c.1870-1920.  This paperweight consists of  four ice-pick style flowers arranged around a central flower.  Each flower is fashioned from polychrome glass bits and has a controlled bubble in the center.  The overall construction has two levels of polychrome bits.  There is one facet on top.

It is hard to be sure exactly where the paperweight was made.  The paperweight matches the style and construction of similar paperweights shown in the von Brackel book which identifies them as probably French (Meisenthal) or Alsac-Lorraine.  Other similar styles were made in Germany and regions of Bohemia.  See pages 201 to 205 in von Brackel's book and also figure 468 for a close match.  He places a value of over $460 to $550 on this paperweight, but my price is much lower.  Other sources have identified this paperweight as possibly made by Val St. Lambert in Belgium, or even from Millville in Southern New Jersey.  The Museum of American Glass in Millville, NJ has an example with a hand written label on the base "brought from Belgium."

This style of paperweight is called a stem paperweight.  Some refer to it as a wig stand, but in reality it is too short to be used for that purpose. 

Size: 2 7/8 diameter by 5 9/16" high.  Excellent condition.  No chips or cracks or moon shaped impact marks.  There are a couple of very minor surface abrasions near the top.
Circa 1870-1920.

You can read about paperweights of this type from France, Germany and Bohemia in the book by von Brackel Paperweights: Historicism - Art Nouveau - Art Deco - 1842 to today and in the book by Marek Kordasiewicz Glass Paperweights: The Heritage of the 19th Century Riesengebirge and Isergebirge Glassworks.

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609 Antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) Blue Poinsettia Paperweight.. c.1869. This paperweight features a delicate transparent blue flower with five serrated NEGC leaves over a fantastic latticinio swirl ground.

Size:  2 3/4" diameter by 1 7/8" high.   c.1869.  The bottom has been ground concave with only a tiny remnant of the the pontil mark remaining.  Unsigned. 
Condition:  This weight has been professionally restored and is in outstanding condition.  The restorer also left traces of age and wear on the base.  Otherwise the surface is perfect.  As is often the case with NEGC weights, the flower got messed up a bit, but this is still a great paperweight.    Several petals of the flower are missing their tips.  Because of the transparency of the flower, the details are hard to see but the picture is accurate.  There are tiny bubbles in the design.

New England Glass Company (NEGC) operated in Cambridge, Massachusetts from 1818 to 1888.  You can read about paperweights from the New England Glass Company in the book by Hawley, The Art of the Paperweight  - The Boston & Sandwich and New England Glass Companies.

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1532 Antique Baccarat Concentric Millefiori Paperweight.   c.1910.  Colorful concentric millefiori paperweight with a clear ground.  There are four rings of complex millefiori canes around a wonderful green complex center cane.  The rings are yellow, pink, orange and pink.  The central cane has a star center.  As is typical of millefiori from this period, the canes are very complex and miniaturized. 

This paperweight dates from the Dupont period of Baccarat production.  Popular lore attributes this paperweight to a Mr. Dupont, who supposedly was the last worker at Baccarat to know the secrets of paperweight making.  These paperweights were sold at a Baccarat retail shop in Paris.  Very little is known about the exact period or maker, but there is enough similarity in the millefiori canes to suggest that Mr. Dupont had access to the original molds or some of the original millefiori canes from the classic period.  No collector or scholar ever met Mr. Dupont although at least one visited the Baccarat factory and asked to meet with him.  The weights stopped appearing in the shop in 1934. 

You can read more about the Baccarat paperweights and the Dupont connection in the book The Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights by Paul Hollister.  or the book World Paperweights by Robert Hall.  Hall puts a value of $400/$500 on a similar, although larger paperweight.

Size: 2 7/16" diameter by 1 1/2" high.  Bottom is ground flat. Made by Baccarat in France in about 1910.
Condition: Very good condition with a few tiny pinpricks and scratches.  The bottom shows appropriate wear.

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2670 Antique Bohemian Miniature Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Blue and White Swirl Ground.  Circa 1870 - 1910.  Colorful antique paperweight with a concentric design of six red, white, and green complex millefiori arranged around a large red and white millefiori center.  The pattern is arranged over a blue and white swirl basket ground.  There are some wonderful complex canes in this paperweight.  An interesting example of a type of weight that is becoming more in demand as collectors find out more about the various Bohemian factories.  This is a rare item. 

The maker of this paperweight is unknown, except that it is believed to originate in the region along the Czech - German border, hence the label Bohemian.  Most likely from Silesia or Thuringia.  The glass is slightly gray and has many tiny bubbles.  The gray glass and bubbles make the pictures look a lot worse than the actual paperweight.

A less elaborate example can be found in the book by von Brackel, Paperweights: Historicism - Art Nouveau - Art Deco - 1842 to Today See figure 542.

Miniature Size:  1 3/4" diameter by 1 1/4" high. 
Condition:  Very good condition for its age, although it does have several small scratches and nicks. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this is an antique paperweight from the regions described (Bohemia or Silesia or Thuringia).  The bottom is ground flat. 
Execution: Several canes are smudged in the making and there are many bubbles in the glass, giving it a dark appearance.

For more information about English Paperweights, see my Bohemian Paperweights Web Page.

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2251 Antique New England Glass Company Scramble Paperweight.  c. 1850-70.  This is a wonderful antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) scramble or end of day paperweight.   It is full of colorful twist canes.

Although many people collect scramble paperweights for their own merit, scrambles are also valuable tools for learning to identify the different colors and canes used by each factory.

Size: 2 5/8" diameter by 1 5/8" high.  Circa 1850-60.  The bottom is ground concave.
Fair Condition:  The dome of this paperweight is in great condition with the exception of one small area (about 1/2 inch square which has two chips and a circular impact mark (see bottom detailed picture for a closeup).  The paperweight also has a fracture at the base which goes 3/4 of the way around the base (again, look at the bottom detailed picture for a portion of the fracture).  It displays beautifully, but is being sold for a bargain price because of the damage. 
Unsigned, but I guarantee this to be an authentic NEGC antique paperweight. 

New England Glass Company (NEGC) operated in Cambridge, Massachusetts from 1818 to 1888.  You can read about paperweights from the New England Glass Company in the book by Hawley, The Art of the Paperweight  - The Boston & Sandwich and New England Glass Companies

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2573 Magnum Antique Union Glass (Somerville, Massachusetts) Paperweight "THOMAS KENNY 1923". Circa 1923.  This is a fantastic Union Glass Company Paperweight featuring a Boston & Sandwich - Lutz style Double Poinsettia in the center with five leaves.  There is an outer garland of red and blue flowers. The legend has crisp white lettering "THOMAS KENNY 1923". The date is probably accurate, meaning the paperweight was most likely made in 1923, so it is 87 years old. 

Union Glass of Somerville, Massachusetts is the third of three related factories in the Boston area.  The first two were the Boston & Sandwich (B&S) Glass Company and the New England Glass Company (NEGC).  Both B&S and NEGC produced paperweights at the same time, both were founded by Deming Jarvis, and both declared bankruptcy in 1888.  Union Glass came a little later.  It operated from 1851 to 1929.  These name/date paperweights are made with lampwork flowers and letters and are not frit weights.  There are some nice articles in the literature including a lengthy article in the Paperweight Collectors Association 2004 Annual.  There is also a short chapter in George Kulles' third book - Identifying Antique Paperweights - The Less Familiar.  Nicholas Lutz worked at Union Glass from 1895 to 1904 and his influence can be seen on the Union Glass flowers although most of these weights were made after Lutz's death.  There is some current speculation that Lutz had an apprentice who continued to work at Union Glass and was responsible for not only some of the better Union Glass examples, but also some of the fine lampwork paperweights attributed to Mount Washington Glass. 

Very Large Size:  3 5/8" diameter by 2 7/8" high.   It weighs 2 1/2 pounds.  The bottom is ground flat.
Signature: Unsigned, but I guarantee this to be an authentic Union Glass paperweight. 
Condition:  Excellent good condition with no cracks or chips.  The dome is almost scratch free, but there are a few minor scratches.  The base has been ground flat and also has minor scratches. 

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2240 Three Rare Antique Bohemian Drawer Pulls.   c.1860-1900.  Three concentric millefiori drawer pulls with screw bases.  Although the hardware is the same for each knob, the millefiori canes are different.  Drawer pulls are quite rare.

Size: Each is just over 1 1/2"  diameter by 1 3/4" long (excluding the screw).  With the screw they range from 2 3/4" to 3" long. 
Very good condition although there is some surface wear on each knob.  The bottom knob in the picture has one small chip.  See the closeup for a picture of the chip. 
Circa 1860-1900.  I have characterized these as Bohemian, but it is also possible that they are from an unidentified French maker.

I am selling these as a group.  If you would like to purchase one or two separately, let me know and I will give you individual pricing.

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2523 Colorful Antique Bohemian Concentric Millefiori Paperweight. circa 1880-1910.  Colorful antique Bohemian millefiori paperweight with a concentric design with three rings of complex multi-colored millefiori around a central red, white, and green complex millefiori cane.  The outer ring is mostly blue and white with a touch of red.  The middle ring alternates between red and white and blue and white canes, although some have green and white centers.  The inner ring is mostly white with white, blue and red centers.  Wonderful colors and complex canes.

The maker of this paperweight is unknown, except that it is believed to originate in the region along the Czech - German border, hence the label Bohemian.  Some writers mistakenly identified this type of paperweight as Chinese because of the flat profile, but it is not.  The glass is good quality crystal and and the bottom finish is consistent other Bohemian paperweights.

Size: 2 5/8" diameter by 1 1/3" high.  c.1880-1910.
Very good condition with no chips or cracks.  Very minor surface and bottom wear consistent with its age.  Bottom is ground flat.  The design is a little off center. 

SOLD

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770
Unusual Vintage Murano Scramble Paperweight with White Ground.   circa 1880-1930.  Colorful Murano scramble paperweight consisting blue, green, and red cog canes over an opaque white ground.  This is a very unusual setup.  While I can't guarantee it to be antique, I believe it was made in 19th century or the early part of the 20th century. 

Although many people collect scramble paperweights for their own merit, scrambles are also valuable tools for learning to identify the different colors and canes used by each factory. 

Size:  Approximately 2 3/8" diameter by 1 3/4" high.  The bottom has been ground flat and then ground concave in the center.  Circa 1880 - 1930.
Very Good condition.  There is minor wear on the dome and scratches on the dome plus considerable wear on the base. 

SOLD.

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2760 Antique New England Glass Company Scramble Paperweight with heart cane and running rabbit cane.  c. 1850-70.  This antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) scramble or end of day paperweight is full of interesting complex millefiori canes.  It has at least one each of the running rabbit, heart, and star canes plus a variety of other complex millefiori and latticinio twist canes. 

Although many people collect scramble paperweights for their own merit, scrambles are also valuable tools for learning to identify the different colors and canes used by each factory.

New England Glass Company (NEGC) operated in Cambridge, Massachusetts from 1818 to 1888.  You can read about paperweights from the New England Glass Company in the book by Hawley, The Art of the Paperweight  - The Boston & Sandwich and New England Glass Companies

Size: Just over 2 5/8" diameter by 1 5/8" high.  Bottom is ground concave with a remnant of the circular pontil mark.
Signature:  This paperweight is not signed, but I guarantee it to be an authentic antique New England Glass Company paperweight.
Condition: Good condition.  This paperweight has appropriate wear and scratches on the surface and on the base.  On the dome, there are scratches and some small  nicks. 

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Bottom View (with heart cane at 5:30 o'clock)
SOLD

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3022
Antique Baccarat Miniature Four Row Concentric Millefiori Paperweight.   Circa 1845-1860.  Colorful concentric millefiori paperweight with four rows of complex millefiori canes around an rare flywheel complex central cane over a clear ground.  The center cane has a flywheel cane surrounded by 13 wedge shaped blue and white canes.  See the close-up picture for a good picture of the center cane.

You can read more about the Baccarat paperweights in the book The Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights by Paul Hollister  or the book World Paperweights by Robert Hall.

Miniature Size:  1 7/8" diameter by 1 1/3" high.  Bottom is ground concave. 
Condition: Very good condition.  I found no chips, cracks, or noticeable scratches. 
Signature:  Made by Baccarat in France.  Unsigned, but I guarantee that this is an authentic Baccarat paperweight from the classic period 1845-1860. 

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$275 postage paid in the US.

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