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The paperweights on this page are all various Bohemian factories.  These factories were made in the glass making regions that are today in the border area between the Czech Republic and Poland.  There is documentation to suggest that some of these factories engaged in the manufacture of millefiori as early as 1833.  In the past, paperweight collectors identified paperweights from this region as simply Bohemian.  More correctly, the glassworks were located in Prussia, Austria, Poland, and the Czech Republic.   Paperweights of this type are becoming more in demand as collectors find out more about the various German and Bohemian factories.

For more information, you can read about paperweights from Germany and Bohemia in the book by von Brackel Paperweights: Historicism - Art Nouveau - Art Deco - 1842 to today and in the book by Marek Kordasiewicz Glass Paperweights: The Heritage of the 19th Century Riesengebirge and Isergebirge Glassworks.For some great references on paperweights, check out my list of paperweight books for sale.

If you would like to purchase any of these paperweights, e-mail me at: aport@paperweights.com
 
 
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 Nový 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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2038 Large Antique Czech / Bohemian Faceted Masaryk Picture Paperweight.   c.1900-1937.  Large faceted paperweight with a picture to Tomáš 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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$95 postage paid in the US. 

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1400 Vintage Czech / Bohemian Morning Glories Trumpet Flowers Paperweight.   c.1900-1970.  Trumpet flowers or Morning Glories paperweight with three blossoms.  Each flower consists of a multi-colored disk that has been pushed down to a green frit ground.  The disks are orange, green, and white.  There is a planned bubble in the center of each flower.  This example is not faceted.  The glass is good quality clear glass.  Because of the relative simplicity of the design, this paperweight may have been made anywhere in the Bohemia / Czech region or even in nearby countries.  Most likely it dates from the pre-WWII period, but that is not guaranteed.

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 Paperweights - Historicism - Art Nouveau - Art Deco.  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.   

Size:  2 7/8" diameter by just over 2 1/2" high.  The bottom is ground flat with a matte finish.
Condition:  Very good condition.  There are minor scratches or abrasions,but no chips or cracks or impact marks.
Signature:  Unsigned.  I believe this is a vintage paperweight from the Bohemia / Czech region and it originates from the pre-WWII period, but it is also possible that it was made in a nearby country and later.   

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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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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 Nový 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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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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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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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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