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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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4539 Rare Antique Riedel Closepack Millefiori Paperweight on Green Mica Ground.   Circa 1870-1910.  Rare closepacked millefiori paperweight from the Riedel Glassworks in Bohemia.  The paperweight features a variety of millefiori canes.  The ground is a translucent green cushion interspersed with mica flakes.  A rare paperweight that would be a great addition to any collection of antique paperweights. 

A similar, although smaller, example sold for $720 in the LH Selman Fall 2013 auction. 

In 1756, Johann Cristoph Riedel founded a glass factory in Polaun, Bohemia (now part of the Czech Republic).  The company continued to produce a variety of glass products up to about 1940.  After the war, the company was reinvented in Kufstein, Austria as a maker of high quality wine glasses.  Millefiori paperweights were made at Riedel during the management of Josef Riedel, who took ownership in 1849.  They produced a wide variety of millefiori weights including signed examples.  For more information on this factory, you can read the articles in the Annual Bulletin of the Paperweight Collectors Association (PCA) by Marek Kordasiewicz (2008 issue) and John Simmonds (2010 issue). 

Large Size:  Just over 2 3/4" diameter by 2 1/16" high.  The bottom is ground flat. 
Condition:  Very good condition.  The dome is relatively problem free, but there are a few faint nicks and scratches the worst of which is 1/4" long.  There is also a scuffed area about 1/4" diameter on the side.  No cracks and no impact marks.  The base has age appropriate wear. 
Signature :  Unsigned, but I guarantee that this is an antique paperweight from the Riedel factory. 

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1215 Antique Bohemian or Belgian Colored Sulphide Paperweight of a Lady. circa 1850-1900.  Antique Sulphide paperweight featuring a colored sulphide of an unknown lady.  The sulphide has been painted or colored to highlight the lady's hair, hair ribbons, and clothes.  The sulphide is placed on a pink and green frit ground.  The maker of this paperweight is unknown.  Possibly it was made in Bohemia or in Belgium.  The paperweight has five rows of complex faceting with eight facets in each row, plus the top facet. An interesting addition to any collection of antique paperweights.

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. 

Large Size:  2 7/8" diameter by just over 1 3/4" high. The paperweight has five rows of complex faceting with eight facets in each row, plus the top facet.  The bottom is ground flat. 
Signature:  Unsigned.  I do not know the maker or country of origin with certainty.  I will however guarantee that this is an antique paperweight originating in Europe..
Condition:  Good condition.  There are numerous scratches, small nicks on the facets, and other wear. 

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1770 Antique German Paperweight with Picture of Student in Fraternity Uniform. circa 1870-1915.  This is an antique paperweight with a photograph or painting of a young man in a military type uniform.  The image is on a white enamel plaque and is either a painting or a hand colored photograph.  The enamel plaque is placed in the center of a spatter or frit ground.  An interesting and rare type of paperweight. The paperweight was most likely made in Germany or Silesia.  A great addition to any collection of antique European paperweights. 

Note:  There is a fracture surrounding the image that is caused by incompatibilities between the plaque and the surrounding glass.  This type of fracture is, unfortunately, fairly common in plaque weights of that period.

After considerable research, I have concluded that the uniform is probably one used by a German or Austrian university student fraternity or student association.  Members of these student associations surrounded themselves with the symbols of their fraternities.  The uniforms are quite commonly depicted on German steins and other "studentica" of the period.   For more information, see http://stein-collectors.org/library/articles/Student/studentica.html

Size:  2 1/2” diameter by 1 3/4” high.  The bottom is fire finished with remnants of the pontil mark. 
Signature:  This paperweight is not signed, but I guarantee it to be an antique paperweight originating in Germany or one of the nearby countries. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  I could not find any significant damage on this paperweight.  However, as noted above, there is a incompatibility fracture surrounding the center plaque.

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3860 Large Antique Czech / Bohemian Faceted Bride's Picture Paperweight.   c.1900-1930.  Large faceted paperweight with a bride's picture surrounded by pink loops and a ring of carefully placed bubbles.  The bride is wearing a white wedding dress and holding a bouquet of flowers.  The picture is placed on a sulphide frame that rests on a mostly red multi-colored cushion of glass bits.  There layers of red rings and loops surrounding the base wrapping around to the back.  The paperweight has a complex faceting with one large "picture window" plus 40 other facets.  An unusually complex design for a paperweight of this type.  The paperweight was made in Northern Bohemia during the period 1900 to 1930.  The glass is heavy crystal and weights 28 ounces. 

Von Brackel discusses this style in his book Paperweights - Historicism - Art Nouveau - Art DecoHe discusses several examples on pages 102 to 195 with a range of values up to $480. 

Large Size: Just over 3" diameter by 4" high.  The bottom is ground flat with a pontil scar in the center.
Condition:  Good to very good condition for its age.  There are scratches on some of the facets (including the large window facet) and some chips where the base meets the sides.  The base shows considerable wear and there is  rough pontil scar in the center.  The the paperweight displays very well. 
Signature:  Unsigned, by I guarantee that this is a vintage paperweight from the Bohemia / Czech region and it originates from approximately 1900-1930. 

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4200 Large Antique Baccarat Double Trefoil Millefiori Paperweight.   Circa 1920-1934.  Colorful double trefoil millefiori paperweight with a clear ground.  The trefoils are constructed with blue and red complex canes in the center hexagon shaped portion and outer loops of contrasting pink and blue canes.  This is a unique setup not found in classic period paperweights from Baccarat.  There is a complex millefiori cane in the center of each loop and a circle of complex millefiori canes in the center of the design with a single blue cane in the center.  As is typical of millefiori from this period, the canes are very miniaturized and some are poorly executed.  Most likely made by Joseph Boyé (1877-1948).   An interesting example. 

This was a difficult paperweight to photograph, but I did the best that I could.  The pink canes don't show a lot of detail  and there is some distortion in the glass. 

Baccarat continued to make paperweights after the classic period (1845-1860), but little is known about the extent of the product line or who made the paperweights.  It is known that by 1910, the offering in the catalog had dwindled to pansy paperweights, simple open concentric paperweights, and rock paperweights.  This double trefoil paperweight dates from the Dupont period of Baccarat production. Popular lore attributes this paperweight and others like it 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.  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. 

New research of the Baccarat archives has identified the actual maker as Joseph Boyé (1877-1948).  He is recorded as the maker of millefiori canes and millefiori paperweights during this period (1920-1934).  Very little is known about Mr. Boyé, but there is enough similarity in the millefiori canes to suggest that he had access to the original molds or some of the original millefiori canes from the classic period.  He later trained another glassworker, Georges Brocard, to make open concentric paperweights in 1946.  Armed with this knowledge, Brocard was influential in the revival of paperweight making at Baccarat in the 1950s.  Another glassworker, Louis Idoux (1882-1941), is recorded as making the Baccarat pansy paperweights during the 1920-1934 period. 

You can read more about the Baccarat paperweights and the Dupont connection in the new book Baccarat Paperweights - two centuries of beauty by Paul Dunlop or one of the older books on paperweights in general, such as The Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights by Paul Hollister or World Paperweights by Robert Hall.

Large Size:  Just over 2 7/8" diameter by 2 1/8" high.   The bottom is ground concave.  Unusually high dome with the original Baccarat profile.
Condition: Very good condition, although it does have one tiny circular impact mark (about 1/16" across).  Other than that, I found no cracks, chips or significant scratches. 
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee that this was made by Baccarat during the 1920-1934 period. 
Execution:  The glass in this paperweight has some dirt or debris as shown in the pictures.  There is a bit of distortion in the due to a dimple at the top of the dome.  The high dome has a lot of extra glass and this paperweight would probably benefit from a professional polishing.  Finally, the center cane is distorted and the pink canes lack definition.  Priced accordingly. 

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3068 Antique New England Glass Company Millefiori Scramble Paperweight.  c. 1860.  This is a wonderful antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) scramble or end of day paperweight.   It is filled with a wonderful assortment of complex canes and twists in a variety of colors.  A great example with great color in excellent condition. 

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 under 2 1/2” diameter by just under 1 5/8” high.  The bottom is ground concave with a wide shoulder.
Signature:  This paperweight is not signed, but I guarantee it to be an authentic antique New England Glass Company paperweight. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks or nicks.  I did not find any scratches on the surface.  There is wear on the wide shoulder on the base. 

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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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4485 Antique Floral Paperweight possibly from Meisenthal in Alsace Lorraine. circa 1880 - 1920.  Antique floral paperweight with a red flower with white center, green stem and leaf.  There are white branches below the flower.  This paperweight has a broad base ring and concave center.  The maker of this paperweight is unknown, but it was probably made in Meisenthal area of Alsace Lorraine (currently part of France).  An interesting addition to any collection of antique paperweights. 

Special thanks to the Glass Message Board for providing a possible identification of this paperweight as originating in Meisenthal.  This attribution is based on the white branches below the flower, as similar elements are found in other Meisenthal paperweights.  You can read more about paperweights from Meisenthal in the book Paperweights - Historicism - Art Nouveau - Art Deco by Peter von Brackel.

Large Size:  Just under 3 1/8" diameter by 2 1/8" high.  The bottom is ground concave with a broad base ring. 
Signature:  Unsigned.  I believe the paperweight originated in Meisenthal Alsace Lorraine.  In any event, I will however guarantee that this is an antique paperweight originating in Europe. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips or cracks.  I found only a few faint scratches on inspection.

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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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2593 Antique Baccarat Concentric Millefiori Paperweight.   Circa 1880 -1934.  Colorful concentric millefiori paperweight with a clear ground.  There are four rings of complex millefiori canes around a complex center cane.  The outer ring alternates between pink and blue canes.  The three inner rings are green, red, and white.  As is typical of millefiori from this period, the canes are very complex and miniaturized.  A wonderful example. 

Baccarat continued to make paperweights after the classic period (1845-1860), but little is known about the extent of the product line or who made the paperweights.  It is known that by 1910, the offering in the catalog had dwindled to pansy paperweights, simple open concentric paperweights, and rock paperweights.  This open concentric paperweight may date from that earlier pre-1920 period or it may be from the Dupont period.  Popular lore attributes 1920-1934 Baccarat paperweights 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.  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. 

New research of the Baccarat archives has identified the actual maker as Joseph Boyé (1877-1948).  He is recorded as the maker of millefiori canes and millefiori paperweights during this period (1920-1934).  Very little is known about Mr. Boyé, but there is enough similarity in the millefiori canes to suggest that he had access to the original molds or some of the original millefiori canes from the classic period.  He later trained another glassworker, Georges Brocard, to make open concentric paperweights in 1946.  Armed with this knowledge, Brocard was influential in the revival of paperweight making at Baccarat in the 1950s.  Another glassworker, Louis Idoux (1882-1941), is recorded as making the Baccarat pansy paperweights during the 1920-1934 period. 

You can read more about the Baccarat paperweights and the Dupont connection in the new book Baccarat Paperweights - two centuries of beauty by Paul Dunlop or one of the older books on paperweights in general, such as The Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights by Paul Hollister or World Paperweights by Robert Hall.

Size:  Just under 2 1/2" diameter by 1 11/16" high.   The bottom is ground concave. 
Condition: Excellent condition with no cracks, chips or scratches.  This weight has been professionally restored. 
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee that this was made by Baccarat during the post classic period (after 1860). 
Execution:  Very good.  The design is placed slightly off center. 

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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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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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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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4415 Antique New England Glass Company Millefiori Scramble Paperweight. c. 1860.  This is a great antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) scramble or end of day paperweight.   It is filled with an assortment of twists in a variety of colors and pieces of lampwork and fruit. 

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 just over 1 5/8” high.  The bottom is ground concave. 
Signature:  This paperweight is not signed, but I guarantee it to be an authentic antique New England Glass Company paperweight. 
Condition:  Very good condition with no cracks or chips.  The surface is in good condition with some scratches and nicks. It is a good candidate for restoration or it can also be enjoyed the way it is. 

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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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$645 postage paid in the US.

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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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$945 postage paid in the US.

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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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$125 postage paid in the US. 

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825
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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$195 postage paid in the US. 

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4229 Large Czech / Bohemian Trumpet Flower Paperweight.   Circa 1900-1930.  Unusual trumpet flower paperweight with five blossoms.  There is one large pleated center flower with an unusual circular pattern of white and shades of amber surrounded by four smaller amber flowers.  There is a planned bubble in the center of each flower and another alongside each flower.  The flowers are pushed down to a multi-colored green frit flower pot 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. 

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.  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. 

Large Size: 2 15/16" diameter by 3 1/16" high.  The bottom is ground flat.
Condition:  Very good condition.  There are minor scratches or abrasions on the dome and a few tiny chips at the edge of the base, but no significant chips or cracks or impact marks.  There is also appropriate wear on the base. 
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.  The design is well executed and balanced.  The glass of the dome is slightly irregular.

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$75 postage paid in the US. 

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664
Antique New England Glass Company Millefiori Scramble Paperweight. c. 1860.  This is a wonderful antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) scramble or end of day paperweight.   It is filled with an assortment of complex canes and twists in a variety of colors.  A great example.

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:  2 9/16” diameter by just over 1 3/4” high.  The bottom is ground concave. 
Signature:  This paperweight is not signed, but I guarantee it to be an authentic antique New England Glass Company paperweight. 
Condition:  Fair condition with no cracks.  Although the surface is in poor condition with many scratches and nicks, it is a good candidate for restoration.  It can also be enjoyed the way it is. 

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$145 postage paid in the US. 

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3561 Antique New England Glass Company Millefiori Scramble Paperweight. c. 1860.  This is an antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) scramble or end of day paperweight.   It is loosely filled with a nice assortment of complex canes and twists in a variety of colors.  A great example with great color in very good condition. 

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:  2 11/16” diameter by 1 3/4” high.  The bottom is ground concave. 
Signature:  This paperweight is not signed, but I guarantee it to be an authentic antique New England Glass Company paperweight. 
Condition:  Very good condition.  The surface has a couple of small nicks and scratches, but no cracks or impact marks. 
Execution:  The glass has striations (sugar water look) that makes the glass less clear.   The best view is from the bottom. 

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$165 postage paid in the US. 

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