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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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$775 postage paid in the US. 

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4388 Large Antique Clichy Faceted Concentric Millefiori Paperweight.  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 nine Clichy eight lobed edelweiss florets.  The second ring consists of fifteen purple eight lobed florets.  The outer ring has an alternating pattern of 24 pastry mold canes with six green pastry mold canes and 18 pink pastry mold canes.  In all, there are 49 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. 

Large Size:  2 5/8" diameter by just under 1 3/4" high.  The base is ground concave.  There are six side facets and a large top facet. 
Condition:  Very good condition for its age.  There are scratches and tiny chips on the body and on some of the facets.  The largest bruise is a 1/8" bruise on one facet.  There is wear on the base.  There is plenty of glass and the paperweight could 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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$950 postage paid in the US. 

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3686 Antique New England Glass Company Millefiori Scramble Paperweight with Eagles, Heart, and Mystery Cane. circa 1860.  This is an antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) scramble or end of day paperweight.   It is filled with a nice assortment of millefiori canes, pieces of lampwork, and twists in a variety of colors.  There are stars, eagles (visible from the bottom), and a mystery cane.  Unfortunately this paperweight also has a small internal fracture.  A good study piece offered at a bargain price. 

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 3/4 diameter by 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:  Fair condition for its age.  The surface has noticeable scratches.  There is one internal compatibility fracture.  No other cracks, impact marks, or chips.  The bottom shows considerable wear.

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$79 postage paid in the US. 

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3110 Large Antique Faceted New England Glass Company (NEGC) Concentric Millefiori Paperweight - some cracked canes.  circa 1860.  This is an antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) Concentric Millefiori Paperweight on a double latticinio ground.  Unfortunately, the some of the canes, including the center canes have incompatibility cracks.  The complex center cane has a cracked running rabbit surrounded by a ring of nine red and white canes.  The inner ring consists of seven identical complex pink, white, and turquoise canes.  The outer ring consists of fifteen identical complex blue, pink, and white canes.  The faceting is a great example of NEGC complex faceting including the crows feet notches between each facet.  There is one large top facet and two rows of side facets, thirteen facets in all.  The double latticinio ground is perfect, no bubbles, no messes.   The paperweight is in good condition with surface wear consistent with the age of this paperweight.   

Note:  As stated above, the paperweight is in good condition although with cracked canes both in the center and some cracked canes in the outer ring.  There is also wear on the exterior and minor fleabites on some of the facets.  More specifically,  the cracks in the running rabbit have traveled and at three of the canes in the inner ring are at least partially cracked.  Several canes in the outer ring are also cracked.    

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

Large Size:  2 7/8 diameter by 2" 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:  Good condition with surface wear, small nicks, and scratches.  There is also one semi-circular impact mark on the side near the base.  The incompatibility cracks described elsewhere in this listing are manufacturing flaws, not post production damage.

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Large Antique Faceted New England Glass Company (NEGC) Concentric Millefiori Paperweight
3693 Antique New England Glass Company Miniature Millefiori Nosegay or Posy Paperweight.  circa 1860.  This is an antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) Millefiori Nosegay with unusual millefiori star canes.  Unfortunately, the paperweight is in poor condition.   

Note:  As stated above, the paperweight is in poor condition.  It probably can be restored.  

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:  1 3/4 diameter by 1 1/8" 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:  Poor condition with many small nicks, chips, and scratches.  There is also one noticeable circular impact mark on the side near the base.  There are also bubbles in the glass. 

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3486 Magnum Rare Antique 1890s Folk Art Lampwork Name Paperweight "P. A. PREDLE".  circa 1888-1912.   This "folk art" paperweight features a blue name plaque with the lampwork name "P. A. PREDLE" in white capital lampwork letters bordered at both ends by three lines forming a "crow's foot".  Above and below the name plaque are a total of seventeen colorful twist canes.  The construction has two levels with a frit lower level as seen in the side views.  The frit layer has five stems pushed down to the base, each with a small bubble in the center.  There is an incompatibility crack at the edge of the upper group of twists (shown in two pictures with arrows). 

Although this style of paperweight has been documented and is in a number of collections, the makers are not known with certainty.  The total number of examples is small, probably less than 100 are known.  Some paperweights of this style have two or three lines of text, others only a single line.  The text may be a name, a place, or a date.  There are different styles of lettering, of twist canes, and construction which suggests that several makers were involved.  Some authors suggest that Ralph Barber his brother George Barber made some of them either in Millville or in Toledo.  Some of the examples have names associated with Millville, or even have the word "Millville" in the design.  Other examples have the word "Toledo".  As a result, it has been suggested that workers at Libbey in Toledo made at least some of them.  I have one with the name of a tavern owner in Corning.  The long article by Stanley Kruger in the 2004 Annual Bulletin of the Paperweight Collectors Association (pages 18-32) is the most comprehensive article on the subject to date.  Kruger documented 28 different paperweights of this style and includes pictures of 26 of them.  Most museums have no examples.  This example "PREDDLE" is not included in the article, but is very similar to what Kruger calls Midwest - Group 1.  In the book Old Glass Paperweights of Southern New Jersey: An American Folk Art, Clarence A. Newell attributes a similar paperweight with the name "Kizzie Pepper" to Ralph Barber and devotes pages 71-73 discussing this and alternate attributions, such as Charles Pepper.  We may never know who actually made these paperweights, but it is interesting to speculate.   

Very Large Size :  Just over 3 5/8 diameter by just over 2 78" high.   The base is ground concave.  The base has considerable wear and remnants of the pontil mark.  Weighs just over two pounds.
Signature :  No signature, but I guarantee that this is an authentic antique American paperweight from the period 1888 -1912. 
Condition :  In very good condition consistent with its age.  It has considerable wear and scratches on the surface and on the base as shown in the pictures.  There is an incompatibility crack at the edge of the upper group of twists (shown in two pictures with arrows).  No chips or other cracks found on inspection.  No circular impact marks. 

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$275 postage paid in the US.   

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Magnum Rare Antique 1890s Folk Art Lampwork Name Paperweight "P. A. PREDLE"
2254 Antique Thuringia Lauscha Bohemia Millefiori Paperweight with  Name Plaque "Hauptm. Karl".  Circa 1870 - 1940.  Colorful antique paperweight with colorful millefiori canes arranged around a central name plaque.  The name "Hauptm. Karl" is probably an abbreviation of "Hauptmann Karl", meaning Captain Karl or leader Karl.  The complex millefiori canes repeat in alternating patterns to make up the design with 26 canes in all.  The pattern is arranged over a multicolored frit 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 learn more about the various Bohemian factories and eastern Germany factories.  This is a relatively 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.  Similar paperweights have are on display in the museum in Lauscha and are identified as being from Lauscha in Thuringia.   The area was part of Bohemia prior to WWI.  

Similar examples can be found in the book by von Brackel, Paperweights: Historicism - Art Nouveau - Art Deco - 1842 to Today   See pages 90-95 and figure 507 on page 221. 

Large Size:  2 3/4" diameter by 1 11/16" high. The base is ground flat with a matte finish.  There is a depression remaining from the pontil mark in the center.
Condition: Very good condition for its age.  There are some scratches on the surface and one noticeable 1/16" nick on the side (shown in one of the pictures).   
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this is paperweight is from the regions described (Bohemia or Silesia or Thuringia) and was most likely made pre-WWII.

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$195 postage paid in the US.                          

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2859 Rare Antique Bohemian Engraved Paperweight of Pope Pius IX, probably by Friedrich Egermann Glassworks.  Circa 1846-1880.  Interesting antique paperweight with a profile of Pope Pius IX engraved deeply in the base through the amber stain ground.  The image of Pope Pius is engraved with considerable detail and skill.  The glass is a heavy lead crystal with a thin amber stain on the base.  Unfortunately, the paperweight has extensive wear on the base.  Probably made by the Friedrich Egermann glassworks.  A rare paperweight. 

Pope Pius IX, born Giovanni Maria Mastai-Ferretti, reigned as Pope from 16 June 1846 to his death in 1878. He was the longest-reigning elected pope in the history of the Catholic Church, serving for over 31 years.

Bohemian Glass generally refers to the glass made in the regions that form the border area between the Czech Republic, Poland, and Germany.  Most of these areas are now parts of the western Czech Republic.  Friedrich  Egermann (1777-1864) of Haida (now Nov Bor in the Czech Republic) is credited with developing the process used to create yellow/amber and red/ruby stains.  These stains, sometimes called flash layers, are thin layers of transparent glass much thinner than the overlay process used by other glassworks.  The amber stain is created by coating the surface of the glass with a silver salt made into a paste and firing the glass.  The ruby stain uses a copper salt.  The process is sometimes repeated more than once.  In his second book, Classic Paperweights from Silesia / Bohemia, von Brackel argues that the Egermann Glassworks is the likely source of this type of  paperweight.  

Large Size:  3 1/16" diameter by 1 3/4" high. The base is concave with an amber stain.  The image of the pope is engraved into the base. 
Condition: Poor condition. The base has significant damage from wear as shown in the pictures.  Although the body has only a few minor scratches, it is unlikely that this paperweight could be restored without removing the yellow/amber stain ground.   
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this is an antique paperweight from Bohemia.  

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$165 postage paid in the US.               

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4390 Large Antique Boston & Sandwich Glass Company (B&S) Robins Egg Blue Double Poinsettia on a Blue and White Jasper Ground Paperweight.  circa 1871 - 1888.  This is an antique Boston and Sandwich Double Poinsettia with a two rings of five robins egg blue petals arranged around unique millefiori cane center.  The millefiori center is a three layer design, with a green tube center, surrounded by a blue and white eight cog pattern, and surrounded again by a five sided pink and white exterior that matches the pattern of the five adjoining petals.  There are carefully placed bubbles between each pair of petals to simulate dew drops.  The two well formed v-crimp leaves and a stem complete the flower.  It is placed over a transparent blue and white jasper ground.  This is an extra large example with a great flower and great millefiori center. 

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 books by John Hawley.  The Art of the Paperweight  - The Boston & Sandwich and New England Glass Companies covers both B&S and NEGC.  There is also a new book The Art of the Paperweight:  The Boston & Sandwich Glass Company.   NEGC also made poinsettia weights but the style of NEGC weights is usually distinctively different. 

Large Size:  3" diameter by 2 1/16" high.  The base is ground concave. 
Condition:  Very good condition for its age.  This paperweight has a few light scratches and minor abrasions on the surface, but no chips or cracks. It may have been polished in the past.  It displays beautifully.
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee this to be an authentic Boston & Sandwich antique paperweight.  Circa 1869 - 1888. 

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$595 postage paid in the US.             

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4215 Colorful Antique Meisenthal France (Alsace Lorraine) Five Bubble Two Layer Stem Paperweight with top facet.  circa 1870 - 1914.  Colorful antique paperweight with a five bubble design set in two colorful polychrome frit layers.  The top layer consists of larger polychrome frit bits, the lower layer consists of more granulated frit.  Each bubble is made by piercing the polychrome layers and leaving a stem.  There are four outside bubbles and one larger central bubble.  One extra (stray) bubble near the center does not have a piercing stem.  There is a concave facet on the top where the pontil.  The paperweight is mounted on a baluster stem with a collar on top and another collar or wafer at the base.  This is a relatively rare item.  Wonderful colors. 

A very similar example can be found in the book by von Brackel, Paperweights: Historicism - Art Nouveau - Art Deco - 1842 to Today .  See 460 (right) on page 201.  von Brackel attributes the paperweight to Meisenthal and assigns a value of $430 to $510. On pages 280 and 281 describes the process of making a five bubble paperweight. 

Meisenthal is in north-eastern France (orriginally part of Alsace Lorraine).  The village is famous for the Centre International dArt Verrier (CIAV; international center for studio glass).  Glass has been produced in Meisenthal since the early 18th century, and since the 19th century Christmas decorations from Meisenthal were famous some say they were invented there.

Large Size:  2 5/8" diameter by 4 7/8" high.  The base is just under 2 7/8" diameter.
Condition:  Excellent condition for its age.  There is one 1/2" scuffed area near the facet and another much smaller 1/8" scuff on the side.  No other significant damage found.  There are some small bubbles in the glass.  No chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this is an antique paperweight, most likely from the border area between France and Germany. 

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4216 Antique Meisenthal France (Alsace Lorraine)  Five Bubble Pedestal Paperweight Chalice.  circa 1870 - 1914.  Antique paperweight chalice with a five bubble paperweight stem and a glued bowl.  Each bubble is made by piercing the multicolored frit layer and leaving a stem.  There are four outside bubbles and one larger central bubble.  In this example the bowl was made separately and the base of the bowl was ground flat, cut with a star pattern, and then glued to the stem.  There is a gold enamel or paint covering the joint between the bowl and the stem.  The paperweight stem has two collars.  This is a rare item. 

Note:  The bowl is not as deep as what would be expected for a wine glass.  It is possible that it has been cut down or that the intended purpose was different (e.g., a candle holder). 

At first I thought the glued construction was unusual, but von Brackel discusses multiple examples of two part paperweights glued together from this region (France, Germany, Bavaria) in his book Paperweights: Historicism - Art Nouveau - Art Deco - 1842 to Today.  See pages 202-205. 

Meisenthal is in north-eastern France (originally part of Alsace Lorraine).  The village is famous for the Centre International dArt Verrier (CIAV; international center for studio glass).  Glass has been produced in Meisenthal since the early 18th century, and since the 19th century Christmas decorations from Meisenthal were famous some say they were invented there.

Large Size:  The bowl is 2 13/16 in diameter, the paperweight stem is 1 7/8 diameter, and the foot is 3 in diameter.  The entire chalice is 5 7/8 high.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No damage found. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this is an antique paperweight chalice, most likely from the border area between France and Germany. 

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$195 postage paid in the US. 

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2268 Antique Belgian Sulphide Paperweight of the Crucifixion of Jesus.  circa 1880-1920.  Antique sulphide paperweight featuring a silver colored sulphide of the Crucifixion of Jesus.  The sulphide appears to have been painted a silver color or else is made from metal.  The sulphide is pressed into a multi-colored frit ground.  The maker of this paperweightis unknown but several experts have attributed it to the Glassworks at Chne in Belgium.  Possibly it was made at a different glassworks in Belgium or possibly even Bohemia.  The sulphide was pressed into the frit layer and this created an impression of the cross when viewed from the bottom.  The pontil mark is unfinished.  It has a few condition issues, but displays beautifully.  Please read the detailed note on condition below.  An interesting addition to any collection of antique paperweights. 

Paul Hollister (Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights) identified this paperweight as a product of the Chne Glassworks in Belgium founded in 1874.  See pages 187 and 264.  At the time he wrote the Encyclopedia in 1957, no sulphide paperweights from Bohemian had been identified.  Better quality paperweights with this theme were made at Val St. Lambert, also in Belgium, but those are identifiable by other elements such as millefiori canes or ribbons.  A more recent book by von Brackel  (Paperweights - Historicism - Art Nouveau - Art Deco  1842 to today) also focuses on Chne or Val St. Lambert as the source of similar paperweights.

Note on condition:  The condition of this paperweight is good to very good.  It has four small circular impact marks near the base, the worst of which is shown in one of the pictures.  There is also a small 3/4" incompatibility fracture below the frit ground.  It is shown in the same picture as the impact mark and does not affect the way the paperweight displays.  There are some minor scratches and one 1/8" nick on the dome.  There are several larger bubbles in the glass and a line of tiny bubbles above the sulphide. 

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 sulphidesare 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 betweenthe glass and the sulphide itself. 

Large Size:  2 3/4" diameter by just over 2 1/4" high.  The bottom has an unfinished pontil.  
Signature:  Unsigned.  I do not know the maker or country of origin with certainty.  I will however guarantee that this is an antique paperweight most likely from Belgium.  
Condition:  Good to very good condition.  The paperweight displays beautifully.  It has four small circular impact marks near the base, the worst of which is shown in one of the pictures.  There is also a small 3/4" incompatibility fracture below the frit ground.  It is shown in the same picture as the impact mark and does not affect the way the paperweight displays.  There are some minor scratches and one tiny nick on the dome.  There are several larger bubbles in the glass and a line of tiny bubbles above the sulphide.  

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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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$265 postage paid in the US. 

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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 Boy (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 Boy (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. Boy, 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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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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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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4387 Antique Baccarat Four Row Concentric Millefiori Paperweight.Circa 1845 -1860.  Colorful Baccarat four row concentric millefiori paperweight with a clear ground from the classic period of antique paperweights (1845-1860).  There are four rings of complex millefiori canes around a complex center cane.  This example contains an interesting assortment of Baccarat canes.  A wonderful example that is colorful and well executed.

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Baccarat was founded in 1776 in Alsace-Lorraine with the name of Verrerie de Sainte Anne.  The original location was near the town of Baccarat.  Today the firm is known as Compagnie des Cristalleries de Baccarat.  Most collectors refer to three periods of Baccarat paperweight production. 

  • 1845-1860 - Classic period 
  • 1900-1934 - Dupont period 
  • 1953 - on - Modern period
This classification is definitely an over simplification as it is likely that Baccarat made some paperweights on and off through most of 19th century.  The best millefiori and lampwork paperweights were made during the classic period (1845-1860).  Pansy weights and rock weights continued in production until much later.  Some paperweights are identified as Dupont period and were made at the end of the 19th Century or early in the 20th century. 

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.  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 Boy (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. Boy, 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.

Medium Size:  Just under 2 1/2" diameter by just under 1 1/2" high.   The bottom is ground concave. 
Condition: Excellent condition with no cracks or chips.  On inspection, I could not find any noticeable scratches.  This weight may have been professionally restored. 
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee that this was made by Baccarat during the classic period (1845-1860). 

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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 could 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 Boy (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. Boy, 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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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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585
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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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.

A variation of this paperweight on a red colored ground and attributed to Clichy recently sold at a well known paperweight auction for $1,100 plus a 20% bidders premium.  At my asking price, this is a bargain for a paperweight in perfect condition.

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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2038 Large Antique Czech / Bohemian Faceted Masaryk Picture Paperweight.   c.1900-1937.  Large faceted paperweight with a picture to Tom Garrigue Masaryk, the first president of Czechoslovakia.  The picture is placed on a sulphide frame that rests on a multi-colored cushion of glass bits.  The frame has ornamental features on each side of the picture.  The name "T. G. Masaryk" is at the base under the picture, although the initials are obscured by a bubble at the base of the frame.  The paperweight has one large window facet and a fancy four part facet at the top.  The paperweight was made in Northern Bohemia during the period 1900 to 1930.  The glass is heavy crystal and weighs just over 26 ounces.  An important paperweight of historical significance. 

Masaryk was the president of Czechoslovakia from 1918 to 1935.  He died in 1937 at the age of 87.  The picture was taken earlier in his life.  Most likely this paperweight was produced during his presidency or possibly at the time of his death.  It is also possible that it was produced earlier in his life when he was a political activist advocating for the creation of an independent Czechoslovakia. 

Von Brackel discusses this style of paperweight in his book Paperweights - Historicism - Art Nouveau - Art DecoHe shows several examples on pages 102 to 195 with a range of values up to $480.  Unfortunately, the picture in this paperweight is flawed by a defect and bubble covering part of the face.  The price has been reduced to reflect this flaw. 

Large Size: Just over 3" diameter by 3 3/4" high.  The bottom is ground flat. 
Condition:  Good to very good condition for its age.  There are scratches and some nicks on the large window facet, considerable wear on the base, and some nicks where the base meets the sides.  The paperweight displays very well.  The picture of Masaryk is marred by a defect and bubble in one corner of his face.
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee that this is a vintage paperweight from the Bohemia / Czech region and it originates from approximately 1900-1937. 

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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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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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4537 Antique Faceted Bohemian Engraved Paperweight of Flowers and Butterfly, possibly by the Friedrich Egermann Glassworks.  Circa 1840-1900.  Interesting faceted antique paperweight with with a butterfly and flowers engraved deeply in the base through the ruby stain ground.  The paperweight has 24 side facets in three rows plus a top facet.  Unfortunately, the paperweight has extensive wear on the base which has almost entirely obliterated the design.  Possibly made by the Friedrich Egermann glassworks.

The condition of this paperweight is very poor.  Damage to the base has almost entirely obliterated the design and the original ruby stain.  It is offered at a low price to the knowledgeable collector. 

Bohemian Glass generally refers to the glass made in the regions that form the border area between the Czech Republic, Poland, and Germany.  Most of these areas are now parts of the western Czech Republic.  Friedrich  Egermann (1777-1864) of Haida (now Nov Bor in the Czech Republic) is credited with developing the process used to create yellow/amber and red/ruby stains.  These stains, sometimes called flash layers, are thin layers of transparent glass much thinner than the overlay process used by other glassworks.  The amber stain is created by coating the surface of the glass with a silver salt made into a paste and firing the glass.  The ruby stain uses a copper salt.  The process is sometimes repeated more than once.  In his second book, Classic Paperweights from Silesia / Bohemia, von Brackel argues that the Egermann Glassworks is the likely source of this type of  paperweight.  

Large Size:  2 7/8" diameter by 1 7/8" high. The base is flat with a ruby stain.  The images of the flowers and butterfly are engraved into the base.  The paperweight has 24 side facets in three rows plus a top facet. 
Condition:  Very poor condition. The base has significant damage from wear as shown in the pictures.  This wear has almost entirely obliterated the ruby stain and the engraved design.  There is also damage to the top facet and some nicks on the side facets.    
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this is an antique paperweight from Bohemia.  

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2498 Antique Silesia Thuringia Bohemia Miniature Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with White Basket Ground.  Circa 1870 - 1910.  Colorful antique paperweight with a two row concentric millefiori design.  There are thirteen canes in the outer ring alternating between primarily white complex canes and larger red complex canes.  One cane is missing in the outer ring.  The inner ring contains eight millefiori canes alternating between yellow canes and red complex canes.  In the center is an unusual turquoise complex cane.  The pattern is arranged over a white spiral filigree cushion 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 learn more about the various Bohemian factories.  This is a relatively 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 very slightly gray and has some tiny bubbles. 

Similar examples can be found in the book by von Brackel, Paperweights: Historicism - Art Nouveau - Art Deco - 1842 to Today  See pages 90-95.

Miniature Size:  Just under 2" diameter by just over 1 1/4" high. 
Condition:  Poor to Fair condition for its age.  It has many nicks, chips, and scratches, but still displays nicely. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this is an antique paperweight from the regions described (Bohemia or Silesia or Thuringia).  The bottom is ground flat. 

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3646 Antique New England Glass Company Scramble Paperweight with Possible Museum Markings. c. 1860.  This is a very nice antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) scramble or end of day paperweight.   It is filled with an assortment of twist canes in a variety of colors.  It has possible museum markings "NEGC C.1860 09-29" in white paint on the base.  A great example, although with substantial wear.   

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 3/8 diameter by 1 3/4 high.  The bottom is ground concave with remnants of the pontil mark. 
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 or chips.  The surface has considerable wear as shown in the pictures and also a few pinpricks.   It is a good candidate for restoration or it can be enjoyed the way it is. 

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Antique New England Glass Company Millefiori Scramble Paperweight

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