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Contemporary American Paperweights for Sale


The glass paperweights on this page are by contemporary American makers.  I am using it to list paperweights were I have only a few examples for sale by the maker.  Be sure to check out my other pages for specific makers such as Charles Kaziun , St. Clair, Degenhart , and Gentile Glass.

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2976 Rare Magnum Rick Ayotte 2003 Artist Proof Desert Scene with Bird, Lizards, Insect, Flowering Cacti Paperweight.  dated 2003.  This very large paperweight is teeming with life in a crowded rocky and sandy space.  There are three different varieties of flowering cacti with red, white, and yellow flowers, a blue bird, two lizards (salamanders?), and a large insect (tarantula?).  And maybe a snake, or is it dried up plant material.  It is hard to be sure of everything.  The second lizard is hiding under the red flowered cactus.  This piece is an artist's proof and as such should be viewed as a unique study piece.  Rick made artist proofs like this to work out details and arrangement of a challenging new design.  It is signed "Rick Ayotte AP/1 2003" on the near the base.  A great example of Rick Ayotte's artistry.

The book Songs without Words:  The Art of the Paperweight - Rick Ayotte was published in 1997, so this paperweight does not appear in the book.  Artist proofs are mentioned in the book in the context of miniatures, "One also finds a number of rare artist proof miniatures.  These study pieces were created in the process of mapping out a larger design."  It is fair to speculate that this magnum artist proof was useful in planning a complex design with many elements.  As far as I know, the desert scene was never made as a regular production item. 

Roland "Rick" Ayotte specializes in paperweights with themes from nature, including lampworked bird and other animals, flowers, fruits, and berries.  His paperweights range in size from miniatures to super magnums.  He also produces other wonderful glass art objects.  He lives and works in New Boston, New Hampshire and has been making glass paperweights since 1978. 

Very Large Size:  3 5/8" diameter by 2 5/8” high.  The base has been ground concave. 
Signature:   Signed “Rick Ayotte AP/1 2003" on the near the base. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.  

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Rare Magnum Rick Ayotte 2003 Artist Proof Desert Scene with Bird, Lizards, Insect, Flowering Cacti Paperweight
3794 Colorful Magnum Rollin Karg Three Sided Paperweight.  circa 1983 to 2000.  This is an interesting three sided sculptural paperweight with inner folds.  Primarily blue, most of the surface has colored spots of pinks, reds, and browns.  One side has an area that is dichroic. It is signed "KARG" on the side near the base.  Extra large.  A fun paperweight. 

Rollin Karg spent the first part of his career as an industrial engineer, photographer, potter and woodworker before becoming a full time glass artist in 1983.  He studied hot glass at Emporia State University (Kansas) and built his first glassblowing furnace there.  Today he owns a studio and gallery in Kechi, Kansas. 

Very large size:  Three sided shape.  3 1/2" at the widest by 2 13/16" tall.  The base is ground flat. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks found on inspection.
Signature:  Engraved "KARG" on the side near the base. 

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$79 postage paid in the US.

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Colorful Magnum Rollin Karg Three Sided Paperweight
5278 Very Early Francis Whittemore Miniature Paperweight with White and Blue Millefiori Flowers on a Pink Ground.  circa 1962 - 1969.  This very early paperweight by Francis Whittemore features five small white millefiori flowers with blue star centers.  There is also a stem and two green leaves.  The design is placed on a powdery pink ground.  This paperweight is signed in the design with an early Whittemore signature cane, a black "W" on a yellow background.  This is an important early example of  Francis Whittemore's work and worthy of any collection of Whittemore paperweights.

Note:  This paperweight is almost the same as the examples offered in Larry Selman's first two editions of "CATALOGUE OF COLLECTORS' PAPERWEIGHTS".  See the 1970 Catalog (robins egg blue cover) or the 1971 Catalog (olive green cover).

Francis Dyer Whittemore, Jr. is considered one of the pioneers of the modern paperweight renaissance.  He started working in glass in 1938, but did not start making paperweights until 1962.   His studio was in Lansdale, Pennsylvania.  Like many other early glass artists, Francis started his career as a scientific glass blower and then later taught glass as an instructor.  For five years, he spent one month a year consulting at Baccarat to help them refine their lampwork paperweight art.  Some sources have this consulting work from 1971 to 1976.  Other sources have it starting later.  The signature cane used on this paperweight was one he developed prior to working at Baccarat.  Most of his paperweights are miniature to medium in size.  You can read about Francis Whittemore in the book American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers by Jean Melvin (1970).

Size:  2 3/8" diameter by 1 1/8" high.  This paperweight has a very low profile.  The base is flat with a concave center.
Signature:  Signed in the design with an early Whittemore signature cane.  The cane has a black "W" on a yellow background. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.  There are many bubbles in the ground and a few striations in the glass.

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$165 postage paid in the US.

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Very Early Francis Whittemore Miniature Paperweight with White and Blue Millefiori Flowers on a Pink Ground
4318 Rare Lewis and Jennifer Wilson Crystal Myths Meadow Scene Paperweight with Coral Snake, Frog, and Yellow Flower.  dated 2005.  This paperweight has a red, yellow, and black banded coral snake moving through a green meadow with a green frog watching cautiously.  There is a mysterious three dimensional five petal yellow flower with a yellow bud and leg like and toe like appendages that is suggestive (to me) of a mystical flower headed lizard - but that is probably just my imagination.  Exactly the type of sculptures that Lewis Wilson and his daughter Jennifer often create at Crystal Myths.  The ground has the appearance of a meadow floor with some rocks and pebbles.  It is signed on the side near the base "L J W 05".  A fantastic collaborative paperweight from these skilled artists.  

Lewis Calvin Wilson is a self-taught artist who started working with glass in 1972.  In October 1973, he worked briefly with Miguel Bonilla at Walt Disney World in Orlando.  Crystal Myths, Inc. was established in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1974.  Lewis is best known for his fantastic glass sculptures, which he continues to make.  His repertoire now includes beads, marbles, and some paperweights.  He now works with his daughter Jennifer Wilson on the miniature encasements like this paperweight.  Together they also teach lampworking and have produced a number of books and videos on lampworking. 

Large Size:  2 5/16" diameter by 1 15/16" high.  The bottom is polished flat.  
Signature:  Signed near the base "L J W 05".
Condition:  Very good to excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.  There is one rough area about 5/16" across near the base that was left unpolished or touched something before it cooled down. 

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$375 postage paid in the US.

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Rare Lewis and Jennifer Wilson Crystal Myths Meadow Scene Paperweight with Coral Snake, Frog, and Yellow Flower
4746 Chris Sherwin Art Glass Black-Capped Chickadee Paperweight.  dated 2017.  This black-capped chickadee paperweight is a wonderful example of Chris Sherwin's recent work.  The figural paperweight was created for a meeting of the Founders Chapter of the National American Glass Club.  It is signed on the base "Sherwin Art Glass 2017".

The black-capped chickadee is the state bird of Massachusetts and of Maine in the United States, and the provincial bird of New Brunswick in Canada.

Chris Sherwin has worked in glass for 25 years, specializing in designs inspired by nature.  Almost all of his work involves some aspect of torchwork decoration applied to the surface or encased torchwork creations.  He makes his own glass and canes in his environmentally conscious hydro-powered studio.  Chris studied glassblowing at Southern Connecticut State University and apprenticed at Simon Pearce.  He also spent seven years at Orient & Flume Art Glass, an internationally renowned glass studio in Chico, CA known for their iridescent vases, intricate paperweights, and torchwork designs.  At O&F he was able to create designs of his own and collaborative pieces that earned him a separate section in the O&F retail showroom. He opened his own studio in Bellows Falls, VT in 2005 and makes a variety of paperweights, vessels, animal sculptures, seasonal themed and other objects. 

Size:  3 7/8" long by 1 7/8" wide by just under 3 1/16" high.  The base is ground flat.
Signature: Signed on the base "Sherwin Art Glass 2017". 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips or scratches. 

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$85 postage paid in the US. 

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Chris Sherwin Art Glass Black-Capped Chickadee Paperweight
2907 Charles Kaziun Jr. Crimp Rose Upright Pedestal Paperweight - Dark Pink.  circa 1960-1980.  This upright pedestal paperweight features a magnificent crimp rose with fifteen variegated dark pink petals, a center pistil, and four upturned dark green leaves.  The petals are arranged in Kaziun's 4+4+4+3 crimp pattern.  It is signed on the underside of the rose with Kaziun's complex signature cane having a K in the center surrounded by six heart canes.  The design is set on a clear ground and supported by a large pedestal base.  A fantastic addition to any collection of glass paperweights.

After being introduced to the Millville glass artist Emil Larson, Charles Kaziun set a goal to create and perfect his own version of Larson's famous Millville Rose.  This was considered the ultimate icon of glass perfection.  It took Charles almost four years and many thousands of dollars worth of experimentation to succeed.  Many collectors consider the pedestal rose the pinnacle of Kaziun's artistry.

Charles Kaziun Jr. was one of the most famous of the American paperweight artists.  He is often credited with contributing to the rebirth of interest in paperweight making.  He made paperweights from the 1940s until his death in 1992.  His weights are usually signed with a gold K or a special millefiori cane containing a K.  You can read about him in many books, including:

Size:  Just under 2 3/16" diameter by 2 11/16" high.  The pedestal base has a diameter of just over 1 7/16".  The base is ground flat with a concavity in the center.
Signature:  Signed on the underside of the rose with Kaziun's complex signature cane having a K in the center surrounded by six heart canes. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips. cracks, or scratches. 

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$850 postage paid in the US.  

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Charles Kaziun Jr. Crimp Rose Upright Pedestal Paperweight - Dark Pink
2620 Fantastic Miniature Cape Cod Glass Works Bill Burchfield Crown Paperweight.   circa 1997.  This is an amazing tiny crown paperweight with one of Bill Burchfield's large rose canes on the top.  The design has twenty one twist canes.  It appears that Burchfield chose to alternate each white twist cane with two blue and red twist canes, with a total of seven white twist canes and fourteen blue and red twist canes.  The paperweight is crowned with a rose cane that was used only in 1997.  A rare miniature from this talented artist.

The rose cane used to top this paperweight is designated as Bill Burchfield-25 in Andrew Dohan's DICTIONARY OF PAPERWEIGHT SIGNATURE CANES (CD Version 2007).

Crown weights are considered by some to be the most exciting of all millefiori designs.  They are extremely difficult to make.  

The Cape Cod Glass Works was operated by William Clark Burchfield in Sagamore, Massachusetts from 1976 to 2000.  It then continued briefly in Crossville, Tennessee until 2001.  Bill Burchfield died in 2012.  Bill's son Mark was also at the glass works until 1998.  Bill started making paperweights at Pairpoint Glass in 1970.

Size:  Just under 1 13/16” diameter by 1 1/4” high.  The base is ground concave.   
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection. 
Signature:  This paperweight is signed on top with the rose signature cane used in 1997.    

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$185 postage paid in the US.

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Fantastic Miniature Cape Cod Glass Works Bill Burchfield Crown Paperweight
3906 Early Steven Correia Mirror Surface Psychedelic Waves Paperweight.   dated 1975.  This highly reflective paperweight has a surface decorated psychedelic design resembling stylized waves.  The surface is like a mirror and it has a small circle on top that will reflect your own image back to you.  I call the design psychedelic because it reminds me of the posters of the 1960s and 1970s.  The design with shades of blue and gold is set on an off-white ground.  There is an interesting ladder like pattern that alternates between shades of blue and a contrasting color.  It is signed on the base  "Roland R. Correia 9716.12.75" and there is also a worn Correia paper label.  An amazing paperweight.

Note:  This was another challenging paperweight to photograph.  The mirror-like surfaces showed every speck of dust and every fingerprint.  It was hard to get the lighting to work with it. 

Steven Valentine Correia received his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Hawaii in 1972.  He earned a masters in art degree from UCLA and then a second masters degree in fine art from the University of Hawaii.  He was drawn to sculpture and design.  Steven founded Correia Art Glass in 1973, along with a business partner Roger Roland.  It was one of the first privately owned art glass studios to spearhead the Art Glass Movement in the early 1970’s, creating a new American market for contemporary decorative arts.  The company continued to operate under the artistic guidance of Steven Correia until 1987.  The studio is located in Santa Monica, California and is currently operated by Steven Correia's sister and brother Algerine Correia and Jeffrey Correia.

In 1987 Steven Correia left Correia Art Glass and founded Correia Crystal in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania where he focuses his attention on creating sculptural objects.  He also has an interest in large-scale environmental kinetic light sculpture as well as his audio and visual performance art.  Roger Roland withdrew from the partnership in 1975 and established his own independent Roland Art Glass studio in Ketchum, Idaho. 

Additional note on signatures:  The history of Correia is confusing because this and other early paperweights and other art glass were signed "Roland R. Correia".  There are some sites on the internet that incorrectly give Roger Roland credit for the early paperweights.  There is a paperweight in the MMA collection incorrectly identified as being by Roger Roland Correia.  There was no such person.  It was a signature used by the partnership.  It is also possible to find paperweights signed "Roland" probably made later by Roger Roland.  These are distinctly different from the style of Correia Art Glass paperweights.

Large size:  3 1/16" diameter by 2 7/8" high.  The base is ground flat. 
Signature:    Signed on the base "Roland R. Correia 9716.12.75" and there is also a worn Correia paper label.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No cracks or chips.  Other than some scratches on the base, no other scratches found on inspection.

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$145 postage paid in the US.

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Early Steven Correia Mirror Surface Psychedelic Waves Paperweight
5353 Magnum Ken Rosenfeld 1988 Floral Bouquet Paperweight.  dated 1988This paperweight has a three dimensional stylized bouquet of a seven clematis style flowers and buds with stamens, leaves and stems transparent blue ground.  There are three white flowers with multi-colored centers, two purple flowers with yellow centers, and two pink flowers with white centers plus three pink buds.  It is signed on the side with Ken Rosenfeld's "R" signature cane and engraved signature "Ken Rosenfeld '88".   See note below about condition.  This is a beautiful large paperweight with a great composition.

Note about condition:  This paperweight has two areas with surface scratches on the dome, some of which are visible in the pictures.  There is also some black debris that appears to be below the bouquet on the surface of the blue ground.  While the scratches can be removed by restoration, the debris is there to stay.  If perfect, this paperweight would sell for $600 or more.  I have reduced the price accordingly.  The paperweight displays beautifully.   

Ken Rosenfeld works at his own studio, Ken Rosenfeld Glass, in Milwaukie, Oregon.  Ken's paperweight expertise arose from a formal art education and a technical background.  He has a Bachelor's degree in art from the University of California and a Master's of Fine Arts degree from Southern Illinois University.  His technical experience in scientific glasswork and his studio glass experience contributed to his superb ability as a glass artist.  Ken has been a paperweight artist since the mid 1980s.  He started at Correia Glass, leaving after five years to set up his own studio in 1983.

Very Large Size:   Just over 3 1/2" diameter by 2 3/8" high.  It has a relatively flat top / profile.  The base is ground concave.  It weighs 25 ounces (over two pounds when packaged for mailing).
Signature:  Signed with Ken Rosenfeld's "R" cane and signature "Ken Rosenfeld '88". 
Condition:  Very good condition with no cracks or chips.  There are two areas with surface scratches on the dome and also some black debris in the glass (visible in some of the pictures).  The paperweight displays beautifully.

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Magnum Ken Rosenfeld 1988 Floral Bouquet Paperweight
5060 Large Parabelle Glass 1990 Limited Edition Looped Millefiori Garland on Opaque Blue Ground Paperweight.  Dated 1990 This paperweight has a hexafoil six-looped garland of alternating pink pastry mold canes and white edelweiss canes.  There is a pastry type green cane in the center of each loop and another larger cane in the center of the design.  All of the canes are pressed into an opaque blue ground in the style of Clichy color ground paperweights.  The paperweight is signed with a "PB 1990" cane in the design and also has a worn silver label with two bells, "PARABELLE GLASS Rings True HANDMADE IN USA" on the base.  This paperweight was issued in a limited edition of 75 paperweights, but there are no edition markings on the paperweight.  A wonderful paperweight with great color.

Note:  Please ignore the white areas in the pictures caused by the light.

Parabelle Glass was a small company created in 1981 by Gary and Doris Scrutton in Portland, Oregon.  High quality paperweights were made in small quantities from 1983 to 1998 when they retired.  Their best weights are some of the finest ever made, comparing favorably to the best classical French paperweights.  Most designs were produced in limited editions of 10 to 25 paperweights, although some editions were larger.  They also made some one of a kind paperweights.  Doris passed away in 2013 and Gary followed in 2014. 

After the Scruttons retired in 1998, their daughter Julie Scrutton Lewis made some paperweights and jewelry using Parabelle millefiori canes. 

Large Size:  Just under 2 7/8" diameter by 1 7/8" high.  The base is ground concave.  
Signature: Signed in the design with a signature cane "PB 1990".  This paperweight also has a worn silver label on the base that has a drawing of two bells and the text "PARABELLE GLASS Rings True HANDMADE IN USA"  
Condition:  Excellent condition with minor wear on the base but no other cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection. 

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Signature cane in design
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$650 postage paid in the US.    

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Large Parabelle Glass 1990 Limited Edition Looped Millefiori Garland on Opaque Blue Ground Paperweight
5219 Early Ray Banford Fancy Faceted Red Rose Paperweight.  circa  1975 - 1977.  This small paperweight has a wonderful many petaled variegated red rose with seven green leaves and a stem.  It is signed near the stem with an early Ray Banford signature cane having a blue "B" on a white background.  The design is set over an opaque white ground.  This paperweight has a fancy cut with a large top facet and seven deep long oval facets similar to that found on Gillinder antique paperweights.  A wonderful three dimensional design from this skilled artist.  

Note:  The glass contains many tiny bubbles, a characteristic of the Conlan crystal used by Ray and Bob Banford from 1973-1977.  The paperweight displays beautifully, but the magnification of today's digital cameras show even the smallest defect. 

Ray Banford worked in Southampton, NJ.  He started making paperweights in 1971 along with his son, Bob Banford.  He continued to make paperweights until his death in 2003.  Bob and Ray did not date their paperweights.  Both father and son started using signature canes in 1975.  According to Andrew Dohan's Dictionary of Paperweight Signature Canes, "In the early years, Ray Banford used many different color combinations of a “B” signature cane."  The signature cane used here, a blue  “B” in a white background is referenced as Ray Banford-3 and was used during the period 1975-1979.  Starting in 1980, Ray started a signature cane with a black B and continued to use that cane until he died in 2003. 

Small size:  2 1/4" diameter by 1 13/16" high.  The base is ground flat.  This paperweight has a fancy cut with a large top facet and seven deep long oval facets similar to that found on Gillinder antique paperweights.   
Signature:  Signed near the stem with an early Ray Banford signature cane having a blue "B" on a white background.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.  The glass contains many tiny bubbles, a characteristic of the Conlan crystal used by Ray and Bob Banford from 1973-1977.

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Early Ray Banford Fancy Faceted Red Rose Paperweight
4699 Charles Kaziun Jr. Miniature Blue and White Convolvus (Morning Glory) with Bud and Bee on Dark Red Ground.  circa 1960-1980.  This is a graceful three-dimensional blue and white Convolvus (or Morning Glory) flower with a bud, four leaves, and stem.  There is a miniature gold foil bee on one of the leaves.  The ground is a very dark red (almost black).  The red layer is slightly transparent but it is backed with an opaque white layer which makes the ground overall opaque.  The paperweight is signed on the white underside of the ground with a gold foil K.  This is a very attractive addition to any collection of Kaziun paperweights. 

This design was one of Charles Kaziun's signature designs.  There are variations with and without the gold bee.  

Note:  The mirror like dark ground made this paperweight very difficult to photograph.  Please ignore the reflections from the lights and from my camera and lens.   

Charles Kaziun Jr. was one of the most famous of the American paperweight artists.  He is often credited with contributing to the rebirth of interest in paperweight making.  He made paperweights from the 1940s until his death in 1992.  His weights are usually signed with a gold K or a special millefiori cane containing a K.  You can read about him in many books, including:

Small Size:  2 1/8" diameter by 1 5/8" high.  The base is ground concave.
Signature:  Signed on the white underside of the dark red ground with Kaziun's gold K. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips or cracks or scratches. 

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$750 postage paid in the US.

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Charles Kaziun Jr. Miniature Blue and White Convolvus (Morning Glory) with Bud and Bee on Dark Red Ground
2741  Early Paul Stankard Footed Fancy Faceted Grey Striped Flower Paperweight.  circa 1969 - 1971.  This paperweight features a delicate pale grey five petaled pink flower with leaves, a bud, and stem on an opaque light aqua ground.  The upright blue stamen in the center has light green filaments.  The flower has a stem and four leaves (sepals) behind the flower plus two other leaves and a bud.  Each petal is striped with various shades of pink, beige, and grey and the leaves are also striped.  This is one of Paul Standard's earliest designs and is signed with a "PS" cane in the side of the aqua ground.  The aqua ground color is uneven.  The paperweight is footed and also has a fancy faceting with a top facet and fourteen side facets.  A remarkable early work by this talented artist.

Note on execution:  This is a very early Stankard paperweight and there are bubbles in the design and uneven color in the ground.  However, the flower is exquisite.

Note on ground color:  It was challenging to capture the correct colors in this paperweight.  The pictures make the interior of the paperweight seem darker than it is.  

An almost identical paperweight with the same fancy faceting is shown in the 1971 Selman Catalog of Collectors' Paperweights (see PS1).  It is also similar to the unfaceted paperweight 7D (1971) on page 7 of the book PAUL JOSEPH STANKARD:  THE FIRST DECADE published by Wheaton Museum of Glass.  The PS signature cane was used on his early work and was retired in 1975. 

Paul Joseph Stankard is considered to be the father of modern glass paperweights.  He has a degree in Scientific Glassblowing from the Salem Vocational Technical Institute (now Salem Community College) in Salem, New Jersey and worked for ten years as a glassblower making scientific instruments for various chemical laboratories before turning his attention to creating glass art.  He made his first paperweights in 1968 focusing on a realistic replication of nature.  Today he is one of the premier lampwork artists and has shared his knowledge with many other fine glass artists.  Paul's studio is in Mantua, NJ.  His work is on display at over 60 museums worldwide and there are several excellent books on this artist. 

Size:   2 1/16" diameter by 1 7/16" tall.  The paperweight is footed and also has a fancy faceting with a top facet and fourteen side facets. 
Signature:    Signed with a "PS" cane in the side of the aqua ground. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.  This is a very early Stankard paperweight and there are some bubbles in the design.  However, the flower is exquisite. 

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Early Paul Stankard Footed Fancy Faceted Grey Striped Flower Paperweight
5276 Very Early Francis Whittemore Miniature White Millefiori Flower with Leaf and Blue Bud on a Pink Ground Paperweight.  circa 1962 - 1969.  This very early paperweight by Francis Whittemore features a five petal white flower constructed from millefiori canes, a blue twist bud, and one green leaf and stem.  It is signed in the design with an early Whittemore signature cane.  The cane has a black "W" on a yellow background.  The design is placed on a powdery pink ground which penetrates the clear encasement at the edges.  This is an important early example of  Francis Whittemore's work and worthy of any collection of Whittemore paperweights.

Note:  This paperweight is almost the same as the examples offered in Larry Selman's first two editions of "CATALOGUE OF COLLECTORS' PAPERWEIGHTS".  See the 1970 Catalog (robins egg blue cover) or the 1971 Catalog (olive green cover).

Note on execution:  The pictures of the edge of the base show that Whittemore had not yet mastered the encasement of the pink ground.  He must have used a frit powder for the pink ground and you can see a splatter of the powder into the clear encasement.

Francis Dyer Whittemore, Jr. is considered one of the pioneers of the modern paperweight renaissance.  He started working in glass in 1938, but did not start making paperweights until 1962.   His studio was in Lansdale, Pennsylvania.  Like many other early glass artists, Francis started his career as a scientific glass blower and then later taught glass as an instructor.  For five years, he spent one month a year consulting at Baccarat to help them refine their lampwork paperweight art.  Some sources have this consulting work from 1971 to 1976.  Other sources have it starting later.  The signature cane used on this paperweight was one he developed prior to working at Baccarat.  Most of his paperweights are miniature to medium in size.  You can read about Francis Whittemore in the book American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers by Jean Melvin (1970).

Size:  2 3/8" diameter by 1 1/16" high.  This paperweight has a very low profile.  The bottom is ground concave.
Signature:  Signed in the design with an early Whittemore signature cane.  The cane has a black "W" on a yellow background. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.  There is a flaw in the encasement process where the pink powder lifted into the clear encasement (see pictures).  This is not damage - rather it shows how every artist encounters challenges when learning a new medium.    

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$165 postage paid in the US.

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Very Early Francis Whittemore Miniature White Millefiori Flower with Leaf and Blue Bud on a Pink Ground Paperweight
4020 Supermagnum 2007 Translucent Pink Seaform Paperweight with Sea Anemone Murrini - Probably by Robert Eickholt.  dated 2007.  This huge upright semi-transparent pink paperweight has six round sea anemone-like roundels or murrini set shallowly into the surface.  There are tentacles or vines completing the structure.  The shape is non-traditional and is high and wide, but not as deep.  I believe this probably is a late career experimental work by Robert Eickholt.  It has a minimalist signature on the base that looks like an abbreviated "E 2007".  An awesome paperweight.

Note:  I consulted with several other collectors on the maker of this paperweight.  Most felt this had several features that pointed to Robert Eickholt.  Those who did not believe it to be Eickholt had no alternate maker to suggest.  If you have a different maker in mind, please let me know.  

Robert Eickholt has been making glass paperweights since 1978 when he founded Eickholt Glass in Columbus, Ohio.  His designs often make use of precious metals such as gold and silver, and rare oxides such as cobalt and copper.  In later paperweights by Eickholt the design moved to the interior and veiling techniques began to appear.  He retired in 2013. 

Very Large Size:  8 1/2" high by 4 5/8" wide by 2 7/8" deep.  It weighs 55 ounces.  The base has been polished flat. 
Signature:  Signed "E 2007" on the base.  I believe this was probably made by Robert Eickholt. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No damage found on inspection.

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$295 postage paid in the US.

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Supermagnum 2007 Translucent Pink Seaform Paperweight with Sea Anemone Murrini - Probably by Robert Eickholt
4904 Daniel Salazar Lundberg Studios 1992 Rose Vine Paperweight Perfume Bottle.  dated 1992.  This elegant paperweight perfume bottle features six deep red roses with dark green leaves on vines at the top of a gracefully shaped bottle.  The vines wrap around the lip of the bottle.  There is a ball stopper extending into the bottle.  Signed and dated on the edge near the base "Daniel Salazar 0714100 Lundberg Studios 1992".  A great three dimensional design that is hard to find.

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Daniel Salazar is one of the lead gaffers at Lundberg Studios in Davenport, California and is their primary paperweight designer and maker.  He joined Lundberg in 1975.   The studio was founded by James Lundberg in the early 1970s.  Steven Lundberg joined shortly later.  The first paperweights were made in 1972.  In 1973 the firm was renamed Lundberg Studios and moved to Davenport, California.  James died in an accident in 1991.  Steven left Lundberg Studios in 1997 and set up his own studio.  He died from ALS in 2008.   Each paperweight produced at Lundberg Studios is signed and dated by the studio and signed by the artist. 

Large Size:    3" diameter by 5 5/8" tall with the stopper.  It is 4 3/16" tall without the stopper.  The bottom is ground concave with a remnant of pontil mark in the center. 
Signature: Signed on the side near the base "Daniel Salazar 0714100 Lundberg Studios 1992".
Condition:  Excellent condition.  I found one faint 1/8" scratch on the side of the ball part of the stopper.  There is also a tiny bit (1/16" or less) of white glass or debris in the ball (not damage). No other flaws found on inspection.   

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$395 postage paid in the US.     

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Daniel Salazar Lundberg Studios 1992 Rose Vine Paperweight Perfume Bottle
3411 Large Orient & Flume Ed Seaira Canada Goose Limited Edition Paperweight.  dated 1986.  This is a wonderful large hand crafted three-dimensional paperweight with  Canada Goose swimming on a torchworked painterly blue waterway and moving among green plant life.  The design is set on a speckled blue frit ground.  It is an interesting construction.  Signed on the base "Orient & Flume SFN11 98/250 jn 1986 E. Seaira".  It also comes with its original worn registration certificate.  A wonderful paperweight.

Orient & Flume was started in 1972 in Chico, California by Douglas Boyd and David Hopper.  The studio took its name from its initial location which was at the corner of Orient & Flume.  Their early weights adopted a style that has become known as the California style of  iridescent paperweights with surface torchworked art nouveau motifs on the outside surface of the weight.  Later work involved interior lampworked designs such as the Canada Goose shown here.  Every Orient & Flume piece has a registration number.  

Ed Seaira (aka Ed Alexander) worked as a glass blower at Orient & Flume for 20 years.  He died in 2010. 

Large Size:  3 1/16" diameter by 2 11/16" high.  The bottom has been ground flat. 
Signature:    Signed on the base "Orient & Flume SFN11 98/250 jn 1986 E. Seaira".  It also comes with its original worn registration certificate. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  Some scratches on the base.  No other chips or cracks or scratches found on inspection.

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Large Orient & Flume Ed Seaira Canada Goose Limited Edition Paperweight
4280 Early Miniature Orient & Flume 1977 Glossy Blue Forget Me Nots and Vines Paperweight.  dated 1977.  This is a wonderful example of an early Orient & Flume surface decorated design with four blue forget-me-not flowers and brown and green vines.  The lower part of the design is filled with a Tiffany style pulled feather pattern.  The vines wrap around to the bottom of this paperweight.  The ground is an opalescent white over a clear core.  This paperweight is signed in script on the white edge of the base "O&F 1977".

Orient & Flume was started in 1972 in Chico, California by Douglas Boyd and David Hopper.  It studio took its name from its initial location which was at the corner of Orient & Flume.  Their early weights adopted a style that has become known as the California style of  iridescent paperweights with surface torchworked art nouveau motifs on the outside surface of the weight.  Later work involved interior lampworked designs. 

Size:  2 1/16" diameter by just over 1 11/16" high.  The bottom has been ground flat. 
Signature: It is signed in script on the white edge of the base "O & F 1977". 
Condition:  Very good condition.  There is some wear (scratches) on the base and a bit of roughness at the edge of the base.  No other chips or cracks or scratches found on inspection. There are small bubbles in the glass.

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Early Miniature Orient & Flume 1977 Glossy Blue Forget Me Nots and Vines Paperweight
4012 Stunning Magnum Jungle Fusion Studio (Hawaii) Molten Lava Paperweight.  This extra large paperweight depicts a hot molten flow of lava emerging from the copper colored mouth of an erupting volcano.  At least, that is my interpretation.  It has rich iridescent colors and an exciting appearance.  The paperweight is signed on the backside with a pontil stamp that says in part "JUNGLE FUSION STUDIO" with the image of a group of mountains surrounded by a ring of fire.  The text at the bottom is hard to read, but I believe it says "HANA-MAUI".  The paperweight is tall and wide, but not very deep.   It is a fun paperweight with great color. 

I was unable to find out anything about the Jungle Fusion Studio, but believe it was located in or near the small town of Hana on the Hawaiian island of Maui.  The island of Maui was formed by the eruptions of two volcanoes, Haleakalā (East Maui Volcano) and Mauna Kahalawai (West Maui Mountains).

Very large Size:  5 5/16” high by 3 11/16" wide by 1 5/8” deep.   The bottom ground flat.
Signature: Signed on the backside with a pontil stamp that says in part "JUNGLE FUSION STUDIO" with the image of a group of mountains surrounded by a ring of fire.  The text at the bottom is hard to read, but I believe it says "HANA-MAUI". 
Condition:  Excellent Condition.  No chips or cracks.  No scratches found other than light wear on the base and a scuffed area above the maker's mark.   

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Stunning Magnum Jungle Fusion Studio (Hawaii) Molten Lava Paperweight
 
3413 Brian Maytum Magnum Faceted Iridescent Feather Pulled Tiffany Style Paperweight.  circa  1980s.  Shimmering iridescent tiffany style design by Brian Maytum with an asymmetric faceting pattern.  The feather pulled floral design defies description.  The colors are shades of blue, gold, copper, and white over a very dark or black ground.  The facets vary in size and placement to complement the design.  It is signed on the base "Brian Maytum" with a number "CSFPW-065" and a date that I believe is 1981.  The number and date are difficult to read.  A magnificent paperweight.  Among the best of Brian Maytum's early work. 

Brian Maytum had a studio in Boulder Colorado and made glass there since the early 1980s.  As of 2021, he had retired a few years ago.

Very large size:   3 3/4" diameter by 3 1/2" high.  The base is ground flat.  This paperweight is finished with an asymmetric faceting pattern where the facets vary in size and placement to complement the design.  It weighs 38 ounces and will be over three pounds when boxed. 
Signature:  Signed and dated on the base "Brian Maytum" with a number "CSFPW-065" and a date that I believe is 1981.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  There are some scratches on the base, but no other cracks, chips or scratches found on inspection. 

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$165 postage paid in the US.

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Brian Maytum Magnum Faceted Iridescent Feather Pulled Tiffany Style Paperweight
5383 Rare Harold J. Hacker Snake Paperweight.   circa 1966 - 1980.  This wonderful Harold Hacker lampwork snake paperweight.  The long brown snake with two white eyes and a long slender tongue has a yellow stripe down its back.  It blends perfectly with the copper colored frit ground.  It is engraved "HJH" on the base.  A very similar example is shown on page 172 of Melvin's book American Glass Paperweights and their Makers (Revised 1970).  A desirable example of Hacker's work.

Harold James Hacker (1906 - 1989) was born in Weston, West Virginia and, at the age of thirteen, took a job at the Weston Glass Plant.  Later he worked at the West Virginia Specialty Glass Company and learned some of the rudiments of blowing glass.  In 1936 he moved to California and worked at the Technical Glass Company in Los Angeles.  After service in the armed services during world war II, he obtained a concession at the Knott's Berry Farm making miniature glass objects, built on a hobby of lampworking that started back in West Virginia.  In 1966 Hacker and a friend from West Virginia, A. F. Carpenter, started experimenting with glass paperweights at a small studio near Hacker's home in Buena Park, CA.  In the beginning they made more traditional lampwork floral arrangements and millefiori paperweights, but then focused on lampwork snakes, reptiles, turtles, and other animals.  Their output was low and, even with two helpers, never exceeded 200 paperweights a year.  All were signed with variations of Hacker's signature, "Hacker", "Harold Hacker", "Harold J Hacker", or just the initials "HJH".  It is not possible to specifically identify which lampwork animals were made by A. F. Carpenter, but it is believed that Carpenter was the better lampwork artist and Hacker did some of the simpler designs.  Hacker also did the encasement.  Their work was considered good enough to earn an entry in  Dunlop's Dictionary of Glass Paperweights.  Both men are included in Jean Melvin's book American Glass Paperweights and their Makers (revised edition 1970) and Hacker has a page in Larry Selman's All About Paperweights.  Harold Hacker wrote an article "The Art of Paperweights" for the 1968 Annual Bulletin of the Paperweight Collectors' Association. 

Size:  2 3/4" diameter by 1 1/16" high.  The base is ground flat.  Note the low profile.
Condition:  Very good condition.  There are some scuff marks on the widest part of the paperweight.  No other chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.
Signature:  Engraved "HJH" on the base. 

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Rare Harold J. Hacker Snake Paperweight
4382 Robert Banford Blue Double Clematis with Buds Double Overlay Faceted Paperweight with Fancy Base Cutting.  circa  1987.  This paperweight features a wonderful dark blue double clematis with a yellow center and two companion buds, one open and the other still closed.  It is has many green leaves and a stem.  The design is set on a clear ground and encased with a brilliant red and white double overlay.  It is faceted with a large top facet and six side facets.  In addition there is a fancy cutting on the lower portion below the facets.  The paperweight is signed with Bob Banfords “B” signature cane at the tip of the stem.  I believe this is part of Bob Banford's 1987 Collection and the cutting is by Ed Poore.  A very desirable addition to any collection of contemporary American paperweights. 

Note on condition:  There is a 1/8" nick or tool mark just above the fancy cutting.  It is barely visible, but I mention this for completeness and provide a much magnified picture.  No other flaws found on inspection.

Robert Banford worked in Hammonton, NJ.  He started making paperweights in 1971 along with his father, Ray Banford.  Bob continued to make paperweights until 2006.  Bob and Ray did not date their paperweights, but it is sometimes possible to get an idea of when a paperweight was made by the progression of styles and the type of glass used.  Bob Banford used a signature cane with a red "B" and a blue surround.  Ray Banford used a different signature cane with a black B.  Ray passed away in 2003.

Size:  2 15/16" diameter by just over 2 1/8" high.  The bottom is ground slightly concave.  It is faceted with a large top facet and six side facets.  In addition there is a fancy cutting on the lower portion below the facets.  
Signature:  Signed with Robert Banford's signature "B" cane at the tip of the stem.  I believe this is part of Bob Banford's 1987 Collection and the cutting is by Ed Poore.
Condition:  Very good condition.  There is a 1/8" nick or tool mark just above the fancy cutting.  It is barely visible, but I mention this for completeness and provide a much magnified picture.  No other flaws found on inspection.

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Robert Banford Blue Double Clematis with Buds Double Overlay Faceted Paperweight with Fancy Base Cutting
 
7 Small Robert Eickholt 1985 Blue Abstract Paperweight.   dated 1985.  This paperweight has an abstract design with deeply carved peaks and valleys.  The colors progress in layers from light blue to dark blue.  It is signed "Eickholt 1985" on the base.  A nice example of Eickholt's early work.  I believe this style was a predecessor to the Reptile Series that cane a few later, so named because the imagery of the later series resembled a reptilian skin.

Note:  Please ignore the white areas, they are glare from the light. 

Robert Eickholt has been making glass paperweights since 1978 when he founded Eickholt Glass in Columbus, Ohio.  His designs often make use of precious metals such as gold and silver, and rare oxides such as cobalt and copper.  In later paperweights by Eickholt the design moved to the interior and veiling techniques began to appear.  He retired in 2013. 

Small Size:  2 1/8" diameter by 2 1/8" high.  The base has been ground flat. 
Signature: Signed "Eickholt 1985" on the base. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No damage found on inspection.  Minor wear on the base.

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Small Robert Eickholt 1985 Blue Abstract Paperweight
4632 Charles Kaziun Jr. Vogue Lady Gold Foil and Millefiori Micro Miniature Faceted Paperweight. circa 1950-1980.   This paperweight features a gold foil silhouette referred to as the "Vogue Lady" surrounded by a garland of six white millefiori canes with green star centers.  The Vogue Lady is more than a silhouette, it is embossed to show details such as the hair, lips, nose, and neck.  The arrangement is placed over a translucent amethyst ground.  It is a true micro miniature paperweight, almost button size, faceted with six side facets and a larger top facet.  It is signed with a gold foil K on the base.  This is an especially nice example with amazing detail. 

This paperweight appears in photograph SI-30 on page 136 of the book Magic in the Glass - The Paperweight Artistry of Charles Kaziun, Jr. by Bernard A. Drabeck.  Drabeck states that the gold foil is 24 karat gold. 

Charles Kaziun Jr. was one of the most famous of the American paperweight artists.  He is often credited with contributing to the rebirth of interest in paperweight making.  He made paperweights from the 1940s until his death in 1992.  His weights are usually signed with a gold K or a special millefiori cane containing a K.  You can read about him in many books, including:

Micro Miniature Size:  1 3/8" diameter by 3/4" high.  It is faceted with six side facets and a larger top facet.  The base is ground concave. 
Signature:  This paperweight is signed with Kaziun's gold K on the bottom.
Condition: Excellent condition with no chips or cracks. 
Execution:  There is at least one tiny bubble in the glass, visible in the pictures at 9 o'clock.. 

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$395 postage paid in the US.

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3529 Early Kenyon Brown 1990 Multi-Color Swirl Paperweight.  dated 1990.  This paperweight features a blue, white, green, and brown swirl design with the swirl winding from the base up to a tight point on top.  The ground is clear.  It is signed with an engraved "Ken Brown '90" on the fire finished base.  One of Ken Brown's earliest paperweights.  A rare item.   

Kenyon Brown was originally an auctioneer in Buckingham, PA.  After his retirement he developed an interest in glass and volunteered at Wheaton Village (now WheatonArts) in Millville, NJ.  He experimented for more than a decade making paperweights.  While he did some of the setups at his home in Lahaska, PA, he would do the encasement in the hot shop at Wheaton Village.  Ken passed away in 2017 at the age of 94. 

Large Size:  2 13/16” diameter by 2 1/4" high.  The base is fire finished.
Signature:  Engraved "Ken Brown '90" on the base.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips, cracks or scratches.  There are some bubbles in the glass.  

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$65 postage paid in the US.  

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Early Kenyon Brown 1990 Multi-Color Swirl Paperweight
4406 Francis Whittemore Blue Crimp Rose Upright Pedestal Paperweight.  circa 1970.  This upright pedestal paperweight features a magnificent blue crimp rose with fifteen variegated blue petals and four upturned green sepals.  The petals are arranged in Whittemore's 4+4+4+3 crimp pattern.  It is signed on the underside of the rose with an early Whittemore signature cane.  The cane has a black "W" on a yellow background.  The design is set on a clear ground and supported by a pedestal base.  A fantastic addition to any collection of glass paperweights.

Francis Dyer Whittemore, Jr. is considered one of the pioneers of the modern paperweight renaissance.  He started working in glass in 1938, originally as a scientific glass maker and instructor in South Jersey.  He did not start making paperweights until 1962 when he set up a studio in Lansdale, Pennsylvania.  For five years, he spent one month a year consulting at Baccarat to help them refine their lampwork paperweight art.  Some sources have this consulting work from 1971 to 1976.  Other sources have it starting later.  The signature cane used on this paperweight was one he developed prior to working at Baccarat.  Most of his paperweights are miniature to medium in size.  You can read about Francis Whittemore in the book American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers by Jean Melvin (1970).

Size:  1 15/16" diameter by 2 7/16" high.  The base of the pedestal has a 1 3/4" diameter.  The bottom is ground concave.
Signature:  Signed on the underside of the rose with an early Whittemore signature cane.  The cane has a black "W" on a yellow background. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.    

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Francis Whittemore Blue Crimp Rose Upright Pedestal Paperweight
5338 Ken Rosenfeld 1985 Six Flower Bouquet Paperweight.  dated 1985This paperweight has a colorful bouquet of a three roses and three clematis style flowers with leaves over a clear glass ground.  Each flower has amazing detail.  It is signed on the side with Ken Rosenfeld's "R" signature cane and engraved signature "Ken Rosenfeld '85".   This is a beautiful large paperweight with a great composition. 

Note on condition:  This paperweight has one small (1/8") chip on the edge of the base and a couple of faint scratches on the dome.  The price has been adjusted to reflect this damage.  The paperweight displays beautifully.

Ken Rosenfeld works at his own studio, Ken Rosenfeld Glass, in Milwaukie, Oregon.  Ken's paperweight expertise arose from a formal art education and a technical background.  He has a Bachelor's degree in art from the University of California and a Master's of Fine Arts degree from Southern Illinois University.  His technical experience in scientific glasswork and his studio glass experience contributed to his superb ability as a glass artist.  Ken has been a paperweight artist since the mid 1980s.  He started at Correia Glass, leaving after five years to set up his own studio in 1983.

Size:   2 7/8" diameter by 1 7/8" high.  It has a relatively flat top / profile.  The base is ground concave.
Signature:  Signed with Ken Rosenfeld's "R" cane and signature "Ken Rosenfeld '85". 
Condition:  Very good condition.  This paperweight has one small (1/8") chip on the edge of the base and a couple of faint scratches on the dome.  No other chips or cracks found on inspection. 

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Ken Rosenfeld 1985 Six Flower Bouquet Paperweight
4328 Rare Early Lundberg Studios Starry Night with Bat or Dragonfly Paperweight.  dated 1979.  Wonderful dark night theme with stars, waves and a bright colored bat or possibly a dragonfly with a red body and tail and orange eyes and wings flying over a body of swirling water.  The ground is an opalescent white.  It is signed on the base "Lundberg Studios 1979 LS92120".  An amazing paperweight.

Note:  Special thanks to another collector who pointed out that this doesn't look like a bat and is probably a dragonfly.  I agree that other Lundberg designs more closely resemble a bat.  With the long coiled tail it doesn't look like a dragonfly either, so I don't know what it is supposed to be.

Note2:  Intentional or not, you can see the outlines of some of the millefiori canes used to make the stars.  The surface is not completely smooth and shows traces of the surface work done to create the design.

In 1970 James Lundberg founded a small "backyard" studio Nouveau Glass in San Jose, California.  He was joined by his brother Steven Lundberg, Daniel Salazar, David Salazar, and several other glass artists.  The first paperweights were made in 1972.  They were known for their surface decorated designs and torchwork and later for their lampwork.  In 1973 the firm was renamed Lundberg Studios and moved to Davenport, California.  James died in an accident in 1991.  Steven left Lundberg Studios in 1997 and set up his own studio.  He died from ALS in 2008.   Although in later years, each paperweight produced at Lundberg Studios was signed and dated by the studio and signed by the artist, the earliest paperweights did not have the artists signature. 

Large Size:  Just under 2 3/4" diameter by just under 2 1/2" high.  The base is ground flat.   
Signature: Signed on the base "Lundberg Studios 1979 LS92120".  
Condition:  Very good condition with no cracks or chips.  There are scratches and wear on the base.  The surface is not completely smooth and shows traces of the surface work done to create the design.  

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Rare Early Lundberg Studios Starry Night with Bat or Dragonfly Paperweight
5208 Magnum Vandermark-Merritt 1976 Pulled Feather Tiffany Style Art Nouveau Hollow Paperweight.  dated 1976.  This very large hollow egg shaped paperweight features a surface decorated Tiffany style art nouveau feather pulled design with iridescent shades of gold and white.  The outer layer of glass is a translucent purple.  It is signed "Vandermark 1976".  The original name of the studio was Vandermark Glasshouse at Liberty Village, later changed to Vandermark-Merritt Glass Studios.  This paperweight has one large (1/4" by 3/8") tool mark or gouge and also some small surface defects such as popped surface bubbles, tool marks, and debris in the glass from when the paperweight was made.  It is priced accordingly.  The paperweight is hollow with a large opening at the base and may have been intended to be used with a small light inside or placed on a lighted stand.  A nice example of early work by this studio.

Note:  From the signature, we can't be sure which artist at Vandermark-Merritt made this paperweight.  The primary glass artists at the time were Jerry Vandermark, Doug Merritt and Stephen Smarr. 

Jerry Vandermark apprenticed with Carl Erickson in 1943 at Erickson Art Glass in Bremen, Ohio.  In 1959, Vandermark left Erickson to direct the Colonial Glasshouse at Jamestown, Virginia for the National Park Service.  In 1968, working with Thomas Merritt, he established the Vandermark Glasshouse at Liberty Village, Flemington, New Jersey.  Jerry later took Thomas Merritt's son Doug Merritt as an apprentice and they paired up to form the Vandermark-Merritt Glass Studios in 1972.  The studio evolved from producing replicas of 18th century glassware to more wide-ranging reproductions, and then added some original art glass designs.  It built its reputation with museum quality colonial reproductions, original art glass in the art nouveau and art deco traditions, crystal sculpture, contemporary designs and cameo creations.  Their work can be found in a number of major collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Toledo Museum, Corning Museum, and Wheaton Museum of American Glass.  Stephen Smarr was a master glass artist for Vandermark Merritt Glass Studios in Branchburg, NJ for 38 years until his death in 2010. 
Vandermark-Merritt Glass Studios closed in December 2015.

Very Large Size:  3 5/16" diameter x 4 11/16" high.  The paperweight is hollow with a large opening on the base.
Condition:  Good condition.  This paperweight has one large (1/4" by 3/8") tool mark or gouge and also some small surface defects such as popped surface bubbles, tool marks, and debris in the glass from when the paperweight was made. 
Signature:  Signed "Vandermark 1975" on the base.     

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Magnum Vandermark-Merritt 1976 Pulled Feather Tiffany Style Art Nouveau Hollow Paperweight
5159 Robert Eickholt 1993 Magnum Blue Iridescent Abstract Paperweight.   dated 1993.  This paperweight has an abstract design with a deceptive three dimensional design.  Unlike other works where the peaks and valleys are physical, in this paperweight the peaks and valleys are created using the veiling technique.  The dark blue inner core has a mostly smooth surface with only a few depressions to anchor the larger bubbles.  Additional texture and depth are the result of adding transparent and translucent layers to blanket the core.  Two large bubbles and an arc of smaller bubbles add to the magic.  The iridescent colors progress in layers in shades of light to dark blue.  It is signed "Eickholt 1993 EMAS" on the base.  An excellent large example of Eickholt's work.  

Note:  Please ignore the white areas, they are glare from the light. 

Robert Eickholt has been making glass paperweights since 1978 when he founded Eickholt Glass in Columbus, Ohio.  His designs often make use of precious metals such as gold and silver, and rare oxides such as cobalt and copper.  In later paperweights by Eickholt the design moved to the interior and veiling techniques began to appear.  He retired in 2013. 

Very Large Size:  5 9/16" tall by 3 3/16" diameter.  The base has been ground flat. 
Signature:  Signed "Eickholt 1993 EMAS" on the base. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No damage found on inspection.  Minor wear on the base.

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Robert Eickholt 1993 Magnum Blue Iridescent Abstract Paperweight
5376 Francis Whittemore Limited Edition Mistletoe and White Berries with Two Bells Paperweight.  circa 1965 - 1975.  This paperweight features an innovative presentation of a bunch of mistletoe and white berries with two three-dimensional pink bells.  Each bell has a Whittemore black on yellow "W" signature cane as a clapper.  The design is placed on a translucent blue ground.  It is part of a limited edition of 100 paperweights and is engraved "54" on the base.  I don't have the original limited edition certificate.  A beautiful example.

Note:  There is a small rough area on the edge of the base.  I don't think this is damage, but rather an area left unpolished when the paperweight was made.  Today's cameras pick up the smallest defect.

Francis Dyer Whittemore, Jr. is considered one of the pioneers of the modern paperweight renaissance.  He started working in glass in 1938, but did not start making paperweights until 1962.   His studio was in Lansdale, Pennsylvania.  Like many other early glass artists, Francis started his career as a scientific glass blower and then later taught glass as an instructor.  For five years, he spent one month a year consulting at Baccarat to help them refine their lampwork paperweight art.  Some sources have this consulting work from 1971 to 1976.  Other sources have it starting later.  The signature cane used on this paperweight was one he developed prior to working at Baccarat.  Most of his paperweights are miniature to medium in size.  You can read about Francis Whittemore in the book American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers by Jean Melvin (1970).

Size:  2 3/8" diameter by 1 15/16" high. The bottom is ground concave but a small area was left unpolished (see picture)
Signature:  Signed in the design with two Whittemore signature canes used as clappers for the bells.  Each signature cane is a black "W" on a yellow background. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches.  There is, however, a small rough area on the edge of the base.

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Francis Whittemore Limited Edition Mistletoe and White Berries with Two Bells Paperweight
600 Early Mark Matthews 1981 Experimental Spiral Paperweight.  dated 1981.  This is an early Mark Matthews Translucent Swirl Paperweight.  It features a precise gold swirl applied to a dark brown or dark red surface.  It was made in 1981 before Mark started his studio in 1985, so it may have been made during his student days.  I have labeled this as an experimental piece because there are many surface "flaws".  These flaws don't appear to be damage but rather the result of an unfinished or experimental process.  Marble collectors are familiar with this amazing artist but he made relatively few paperweights.  His focus is spheres and some of them sell for thousands of dollars.  This is a chance to own an early Mark Matthews work.

Mark Matthews started working in glass in 1974 while he was still an undergraduate at glorious Kent State University and continued his studies at Ohio University, receiving an MFA.  Since 1985 he as worked full time in glass as an independent glass artist with his studio located within the Sauder Village in Archbold, Ohio.  Matthews has become internationally recognized for his mastery of the glass sphere.  His stated goal is to explore the ways radically different designs and techniques can be used within a well-defined category such as spheres.  Mark Matthews work has been published in many books and is held in museums such as the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, England, the Corning Museum of Glass in New York, the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio and the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.   

Large Size:  Just under 3 1/16" diameter by 2 7/16" high.  The base is unfinished with a broken pontil scar. 
Signature: It is signed in script on the base "Mark Matthews 1981".
Condition:  Good condition.  There are many surface flaws and this appears to be an experimental piece or prototype.  No cracks or chips.  

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$395 postage paid in the US.  

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Early Mark Matthews 1981 Experimental Spiral Paperweight
4013 Small Glass Eye Studio 2003 Colorful Iridescent Egg Shaped Abstract Paperweight.  dated 2003.  This egg shaped paperweight features a multi-colored four section abstract design with iridescent glass.  It's hard to design, but it looks different from each side.  Please review the pictures.  Signed with an acid etch on the base "GES 03".  It is a fun paperweight with great color. 

Glass Eye Studio was founded in 1978 in Seattle, Washington.  Managed by Dale Leman, GES is a production glass company that produces a range of glass products.  Most paperweights are signed with the acid etched initials GES, although some are signed with the engraved Glass Eye Studio signature or even a signature cane.  Each GES glass product includes some ash from the 1980 eruption of the nearby Mount St. Helens volcano. 

Size:    1 15/16" diameter by just under 3 3/16" high.   The bottom ground flat. 
Signature: Signed with an acid etch on the base "GES 03". 
Condition:  Excellent Condition. No chips or cracks.  No scratches found other than light wear on the base. 

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Small Glass Eye Studio 2003 Colorful Iridescent Egg Shaped Abstract Paperweight
2968 Richard Satava 1996 Flat Design Moon Jellyfish Paperweight.  dated 1996.  This moon jellyfish has an unusual flat shape with a veiled dome of amber and and blue colors.  Inside the dome are many colorful delicate long tentacles or tendrils reaching down to the base.  The colors react to the viewing angle.  Signed on the base "Satava 3748-96".  The artwork is truly amazing.   

Richard Satava was introduced to glassblowing in 1969 while at Oceana High School in Pacifica, California. He subsequently studied art and glassblowing at the College of San Mateo and California State University, Chico.  He also worked as a technician in the glass shop at CSU, Chico.  In 1977 he founded Satava Art Glass in Chico, CA.  His glass art has several themes, mostly focusing on inspiration from nature.  During the 1990s he started to focus more attention on ocean life and nautical themes based on the jellyfish in the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  He has several different series of jellyfish, depicting them in upright and side swimming positions and also as an unusual flat depiction.   

Large size:   6 1/4" high by 4 1/16" wide by approximately 1 15/16" deep.  The back and base are polished flat.  This paperweight weighs two pounds eleven ounces (43 ounces). 
Signature:  Signed on the base "Satava 3748-96". 
Condition:  There is one 5/8" scratch on the left edge of the back and some scratches on the base / bottom as shown in the pictures.  No other cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection. 

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Richard Satava 1996 Flat Design Moon Jellyfish Paperweight

4036 Rare Early David Lindsay Nourot Art Glass Beehive Faceted Paperweight.  dated 1988.  This is an amazing beehive shaped paperweight made by David Lindsay.  It has a single large window opening to reveal an inner gold foil covered center.  It is as if we are looking inside a hive with flying insects and combs dripping in honey.  The exterior is a precision shaped swirl of black or very dark red "tubes" with blue insides.  Aside from the black / blue tubes on the exterior and the black and gold inner core, the glass is clear.  It is signed on the base "Nourot PB9-88-DLL".  An amazing paperweight with mirror like black surfaces.

Note:  This was a challenging paperweight to photograph.  The dark mirror-like surfaces showed every speck of dust. 

Micheal Nourot's first glass studio Light Opera Glass was founded in 1972 in San Francisco's Ghirardelli Square.  Ann Corcoran Nourot, originally from New Jersey and a textile student at Rochester Institute of Technology's School for American Craftsman,  relocated to California and changed majors from textiles to glass.  They met at the California College of Arts and Crafts (CCAC) and were married in 1974.  The same year, they moved the glass studio to an abandoned warehouse on East "H" Street in Benicia, California.  The studio was renamed Nourot Art Glass.  During his time at CCAC, Micheal was part of a scholarship program in which he helped build the famed glass school at Pilchuk in Washington, working with Dale Chihuly and others.  After graduation Micheal traveled to Murano where he spent a year studying glassmaking from Italian masters at the Venini factory.  He also assisted in a glassblowing workshop taught by Marvin Lipofsky.  Micheal Nourot (born Riverside, CA 1949) passed away in 2015.  The glass studio remains in operation today under the leadership of their son Nicholas.

David L. Lindsay is a self-taught glass artist.  He became an apprentice at Nourot Glass Studio in 1976 and advanced from apprentice to assistant glass blower to gaffer.  David became proficient in all aspects of the glass production process and was made a partner in the studio in 1982, where he stayed until 1998.  In 1998, David and his wife, Ann, started Lindsay Art Glass nearby on East "F" in Benicia.  They retired in 2020. 

Large size:  2 15/16" diameter by 3 3/16" high.  The base is ground flat.   
Signature: Signed on the base "Nourot PB9-88-DLL".  
Condition:  Very good condition with no cracks or chips.  There is one tiny (1/16") scuff mark on the top of the beehive and minor wear on the base.  

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Rare Early David Lindsay Nourot Art Glass Beehive Faceted Paperweight
4393 Large Pairpoint Robbie Mason Pink Footed Crimp Rose Paperweight.  circa 2000.  This is a rare footed lush pink crimp rose paperweight made by Robbie Mason at Pairpoint Glass in Sagamore, Massachusetts.  It has 13 petals with a 4-4-3-2 pattern and 4 outer green leaves. It has a styled foot.  This is an unusual rose style for Pairpoint which is better known for their assembled roses with eight leaves (or four large leaves and four narrow sepals).  The attribution is based on comparison to signed examples made by Robbie Mason.  A wonderful and rare example of the best of modern Pairpoint production. 

Note:  Crimp roses from Pairpoint are rare.  More typically, the rose is fashioned from a frit pickup or assembled.  The leaves are identical to the large leaves in other Pairpoint rose paperweights.  Several experts have reviewed this example and agree with the attribution. 

Pairpoint Glass has a long history extending back to its earliest origins with Mount Washington Glass in 1837.  Owners and locations changed a number of times and the name Pairpoint was first used in the 1890s.  The original Pairpoint companies were located in New Bedford, Massachusetts.  In 1938, it was reorganized as Gunderson Glass Works by owner Robert Gunderson and later renamed the Gunderson - Pairpoint Glass Works in 1952.  The name was acquired by Robert Bryden and the company moved briefly to East Wareham, MA in 1957 where it operated as the Pairpoint Glass Company.  They leased production facilities in Spain.  The old New Bedford factory burned down in 1965.  In its latest iteration, Robert Bryden moved Pairpoint to Sagamore, Massachusetts in 1969.  Attempts were made to resume glassmaking in New Bedford for five years (1977-1982), but this was not successful.  Bryden retired in September 1988.  Since then, the Pairpoint Glass Company has changed owners several times. It continues to operate at that location today. 

Robert (Robbie) C. Mason (1935-2020) started his glass career in 1950 as an apprentice with Edinburgh Crystal, Scotland (part of the Thomas Webb and Sons).  With exception of three years in the Army (1960-1963), he continued to gain seniority and expertise as a glass maker.  In 1968, Thomas Bryden advertised in the Edinburgh Evening News for experienced glass workers emphasizing the need for hand made experience.  Robbie Mason decided to take a chance on a new employer and joined Pairpoint in 1969.  With his experience, he became a gaffer by 1971.  He stayed at Pairpoint as a master glassblower until he retired in 2005.  A number of well known glass artists apprenticed with him.  He retired in 2005 and passed away from complications of COVID-19 in April 2020.

Large Size:  Just under 2 7/8” diameter by just under 3” high.  The foot is 2 3/8" in diameter.  There is a remainder of a pontil mark in the center of the foot. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No damage found.
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee that this paperweight was made by Robbie Mason at Pairpoint Glass.

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Large Pairpoint Robbie Mason Pink Footed Crimp Rose Paperweight
4646 Magnum Victor Trabucco Pink Clematis Paperweight with Buds on Trellis.  dated 1983.  This Victor Trabucco paperweight consists of a large pink clematis with two buds and leaves and stems on a white trellis.  The clematis flower has five textured petals with dark bushy stamens in the center.  One bud is about to open.  There are ten veined leaves.  The design is set on a clear ground.  It is signed on the side near the base "Trabucco 1983".  There is also a "VT" signature cane on the underside of a leaf.  A beautiful paperweight. 

Victor Trabucco's original career was as a steelworker.  He began working with glass in 1974 after seeing a flameworker make a sculpture. He knew this was what he wanted to do for his life's work. Trabucco says that “Glass is the ultimate challenge; it has properties of no other material and offers the artist possibilities that are inspiring for the creative process. His work is often inspired by nature, capturing the beauty and motion of the subject and freezing a moment in time. His work is in the collection of many major museums.  Victor set up his first studio in the basement of his house and learned by experimentation.  He now works with his sons Jon and David in a large studio in Clarence, NY. 

Very Large Size:   Just over 3 1/8" diameter by 2 1/2" high.  The base is ground concave. 
Signature:  Signed "Trabucco 1983" on the side near the base. There is also a "VT" signature cane on the underside of a leaf. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks found on inspection.  One tiny imperfection found on the side that appears to be a speck of dirt in the glass.  

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Magnum Victor Trabucco Pink Clematis Paperweight with Buds on Trellis
3584 Early Chris Buzzini Bridgeton Studio Angelfish and Millefiori Flowers Paperweight.  dated 1978.  Contemporary surface decorated paperweight created by Chris Buzzini of Bridgeton Studio.  The paperweight has three red and white angelfish swimming among vines with four orange millefiori flowers and green leaves.  There is also a pulled feather design resembling waves.  Underneath there is a opaque white ground.  The entire design is encased in a clear glass layer adding depth.  Signed "BRIDGETON STUDIO '78 FS057 BUZZINI" on the base.  An early paperweight by one of the country's most talented glass artists.

Chris Buzzini studied at Shasta Junior College in Redding, CA and California State University at Chico, CA.  While at Shasta, Chris was exposed to glassblowing for the first time by Chris Sowder (1970).  Buzzini pursued glassblowing, eventually setting up his own “backyard” studio.  From 1972 to 1975, Chris worked at Orient & Flume Art Glass in Chico, CA.  Later from 1976 to 1978, he operated a glass studio Bridgeton Studio in New Jersey with the backing of a collector and a partner.  While at Bridgeton, Chris had two helpers (Allan Ziegler and Fritz Willie) who learned on the job.  Chris did the designs.  When Ziegler or Willie helped Chris make the paperweight, their name was often included in the signature.  Eventually Chris moved back to California and worked at Lundberg Studios and Correia Art Glass.  Since 1986 he has been an independent studio artist.  His designs often sell for several thousand dollars.

Large Size:  2 3/4" diameter by 2 9/16" high.  The base is ground flat.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks found on inspection.  There is a little roughness on the edge of the base, probably from when the base was ground flat.
Signature:  Signed "BRIDGETON STUDIO '78 FS057 BUZZINI" on the base.

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Early Chris Buzzini Bridgeton Studio Angelfish and Millefiori Flowers Paperweight
4829 Rare Magnum Justin Lundberg 2002 One of One Compound Lavender Scalloped Irises Paperweight.   dated 2002.  This paperweight by Justin Lundberg features two large three dimensional lavender and blue irises and a buds surrounded by green leaves.and stalks.  The petals of the irises are scalloped and have yellow and blue streaks and transparent blue sepals fused in.  The paperweight is a compound composition and is very three dimensional with four layers of lampwork over a colorful iridescent fused glass ground.  Underneath the fused iridescent ground there is a second translucent blue ground.  The novel use of a mix of fused and lampwork items is the creative touch that make's Justin's work unique.  It is signed and dated on the edge just above the base "Jberg 9/02 1/1 "Sketch".  This is edition #1 of 1.  A wonderful paperweight.

Note:  A very similar Justin Lundberg one of one "Sketch" paperweight from 2001, recently sold in an LH Selman auction for $2,700 including bidders premium (Lot 254, Auction 77).  My price is much lower.

Note2:  Please forgive my lack of knowledge about flower names and parts.  These hallucinogenic creations defy my vocabulary and my knowledge.

In 1970 James Lundberg founded a small "backyard" studio Nouveau Glass in San Jose, California.  He was joined by his brother Steven Lundberg , Daniel Salazar, David Salazar, and several other glass artists.  The first paperweights were made in 1972.  They were known for their surface decorated designs and torchwork and later for their lampwork.  In 1973 the firm was renamed Lundberg Studios and moved to Davenport, California.  James died in an accident in 1991.  Although in later years, each paperweight produced at Lundberg Studios was signed and dated by the studio and signed by the artist, the earliest paperweights did not have the artists signature.

Steven Lundberg left Lundberg Studios in 1997 and set up his own studio in Santa Cruz, CA under the name of “Contemporary Art Glass”.  Legal entanglements caused the company name to be changed to “Steven Lundberg Glass Art”.  His son, Justin Scott Lundberg (born 1978), joined him in the business.  Justin Lundberg paperweights often have a unique look and incorporate a new experimental technique to incorporate pieces of fused glass cut with a water jet.  The studio was moved from California to Oregon in 2001.  Steven Lundberg died from ALS in 2008.  Justin Lundberg passed away in 2019.  

Very Large Size:  4 1/4" diameter by 2 7/8" high.  The base is ground concave.  Very heavy, it weighs 44 ounces (2 pounds 12 ounces).
Signature:   Signed on the side near the base "Jberg 9/02 1/1 "Sketch".  
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips or scratches on the body.  A few scratches on the base.

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Rare Magnum Justin Lundberg 2002 One of One Compound Lavender Scalloped Irises Paperweight
5265 Francis Whittemore Miniature Yellow Pears with Leaves and Seed Pod Paperweight.  circa 1971 - 1980.  This paperweight features two yellow pears along with three green leaves, and a seed pod.  It is signed in the design with a fancy Whittemore "W" compound signature cane.  The signature cane is a white "W" on a blue background surrounded by a ring of white stars.  The design is placed on a translucent green ground.  Whittemore revisited this theme several times during his career as a paperweight maker.  A beautiful example.

Note:  This was a difficult paperweight to photograph.  The highly reflective surface even picked up a reflection of my hand and my camera.  If you need more pictures please let me know.

Francis Dyer Whittemore, Jr. is considered one of the pioneers of the modern paperweight renaissance.  He started working in glass in 1938, but did not start making paperweights until 1962.   His studio was in Lansdale, Pennsylvania.  Like many other early glass artists, Francis started his career as a scientific glass blower and then later taught glass as an instructor.  For five years, he spent one month a year consulting at Baccarat to help them refine their lampwork paperweight art.  Some sources have this consulting work from 1971 to 1976.  Other sources have it starting later.  The signature cane used on this paperweight was one he developed during the period that he was consulting at Baccarat.  Most of his paperweights are miniature to medium in size.  You can read about Francis Whittemore in the book American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers by Jean Melvin (1970).

Miniature size:  Just under 2 1/16" diameter by 1 11/16" high. The bottom is ground concave.
Signature:  Signed in the design with a Whittemore "W" complex signature cane.  The one used in this paperweight has a white W on a blue background surrounded by a ring of white stars.  It helps to date the paperweight to after 1971 when he started working with Baccarat. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches.

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Francis Whittemore Miniature Yellow Pears with Leaves and Seed Pod Paperweight
3436 Robert Townsend Translucent Veiled Yellow Abstract Faceted Paperweight.  circa 1980s or later.  This distinctive paperweight with three top facets has an abstract multi-layered veiled design of transparent pale yellow and clear colored glass.  The veiling technique allows the glass to react to light and create a fluid, airy effect.  It is signed on the base "Robert Townsend", but it is possible that I am reading the signature incorrectly.  I show the signature as it appears and then darkened to make it easier to read.  An interesting paperweight that shows considerable skill.

This paperweight has a translucent design was difficult to photograph.  It has "veil" effect created by using a metallic powder in the glass.  The veiling technique was first developed by Dominic Labino in the early 1970s.  Later it was used by Harvey Littleton (1980), Ed Nesteruk (1982), Michael O'Keefe (1984), Robert Eickholt, Gilbert C. Johnson, and others. 

The paperweight is signed Robert Townsend, but I have been unable to learn anything about the artist.  It is professionally executed and finished.  I purchased the paperweight as part of a Massachusetts collection of quality paperweights.

Size:  Just over 2 7/8" diameter by just over 2 5/8" high.  The base is polished flat. 
Signature: Signed "Robert Townsend" on the base.  The signature was difficult to photograph, so I show the signature as it appears and then darkened to make it easier to read.   
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks or chips.  Some wear on the base.

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Robert Townsend Translucent Veiled Yellow Abstract Faceted Paperweight
4774 Early 1975 David Salazar Lundberg Studios Iridescent Surface Decorated Hearts and Vines Design Paperweight.  dated 1975.  This is a brilliant surface decorated hearts and vines design paperweight by David Salazar at Lundberg Studios.  It has nine outlined yellow hearts and a dense thicket of dark brown vines.  The design is placed on  a iridescent silvery blue background.  Underneath is a blue and white core.  Signed and dated on the base "Lundberg Studios 1975 DS".  It is a very early paperweight by David Salazar.  A wonderful composition.

Special Thanks:  Special thanks to an expert on Lundberg who corrected my original attribution to Daniel Salazar.  This paperweight was made by David Salazar.

David P. Salazar was born in Del Rio, Texas.  His fascination with glass started in college, when he began making scientific glassware.  In 1972, he started working as an apprentice at Lundberg Studios, and quickly moved into the more creative aspects of designing and torchwork.  After 10 years in the studio environment, he decided to strike out on his own in order to develop new designs and techniques.  Initially he rented space from Zephyr Studios in Santa Cruz, California, staying there from 1982 to 1985.  When Zephyr went out of business, Salazar took over the building and started his own studio.

In 1970 James Lundberg founded a small "backyard" studio Nouveau Glass in San Jose, California.  He was joined by his brother Steven Lundberg, Daniel Salazar, David Salazar, and several other glass artists.  The first paperweights were made in 1972.  They were known for their surface decorated designs and torchwork and later for their lampwork.  In 1973 the firm was renamed Lundberg Studios and moved to Davenport, California.  James died in an accident in 1991.  Although in later years, each paperweight produced at Lundberg Studios was signed and dated by the studio and signed by the artist, the earliest paperweights did not have the artists signature.

Large size:   3 1/8" diameter by 2 5/16" high.  The base is ground flat. 
Signature:  Signed and dated on the base "Lundberg Studios 1975 DS".
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips or scratches found on inspection.

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Early 1975 David Salazar Lundberg Studios Iridescent Surface Decorated Hearts and Vines Design Paperweight
5357 Pairpoint Twists and Frit Scramble or End of Day Paperweight.  Circa 1970-1990.  This is a end of day paperweight loosely filled with Pairpoint twist canes and multi-colored frit.  This paperweight came from a collection that contained other Pairpoint items.  A wonderful curiosity from the Bryden period of Pairpoint production.

Pairpoint Glass has a long history extending back to its earliest origins with Mount Washington Glass in 1837.  Owners and locations changed a number of times and the name Pairpoint was first used in the 1890s.  The original Pairpoint companies were located in New Bedford, Massachusetts.  In 1938, it was reorganized as Gunderson Glass Works by owner Robert Gunderson and later renamed the Gunderson - Pairpoint Glass Works in 1952.  The name was acquired by Robert Bryden and the company moved briefly to East Wareham, MA in 1957 where it operated as the Pairpoint Glass Company.  They leased production facilities in Spain.  The last New Bedford factory burned down in 1965.  In its latest iteration, Robert Bryden moved Pairpoint to Sagamore, Massachusetts in 1970.  It continues to operate at that location today (2021) although under new owners. 

Size:  2 13/16" diameter by 2 1/4” high.  The base is ground flat.
Condition:  Very good condition.  There may be some light scratches but I couldn't find any chips or cracks.  Typical of many scrambles, there are striations in the glass.  Also there is a dimple on the top.  
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee this paperweight to be by Pairpoint Glass. 

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Pairpoint Twists and Frit Scramble or End of Day Paperweight
3573 Early 1975 David Salazar Lundberg Studios Surface Decorated Floral Design Paperweight.  dated 1975.  This brilliant surface decorated paperweight by David Salazar at Lundberg Studios features a large eight petal yellow flower on top of a shiny foil background.  The sides are decorated with a wave design made up a dazzling arrangement of blue, green, gold, and silver layers over an opaque white ground.  Signed and dated on the base "LUNDBERG STUDIOS DS 310 1975".  It is a very early paperweight by David Salazar.  A wonderful composition.

Special Thanks:  Special thanks to an expert on Lundberg who corrected my original attribution to Daniel Salazar.  This paperweight was made by David Salazar.

Note:  The signature on the white base is hard to read, so I colored it with a green washable marker to enhance the writing.  The green marker ink has since been removed.

Note:  Please ignore the white areas in the picture caused by the light.

David P. Salazar was born in Del Rio, Texas.  His fascination with glass started in college, when he began making scientific glassware.  In 1972, he started working as an apprentice at Lundberg Studios, and quickly moved into the more creative aspects of designing and torchwork.  After 10 years in the studio environment, he decided to strike out on his own in order to develop new designs and techniques.  Initially he rented space from Zephyr Studios in Santa Cruz, California, staying there from 1982 to 1985.  When Zephyr went out of business, Salazar took over the building and started his own studio.

In 1970 James Lundberg founded a small "backyard" studio Nouveau Glass in San Jose, California.  He was joined by his brother Steven Lundberg, Daniel Salazar, David Salazar, and several other glass artists.  The first paperweights were made in 1972.  They were known for their surface decorated designs and torchwork and later for their lampwork.  In 1973 the firm was renamed Lundberg Studios and moved to Davenport, California.  James died in an accident in 1991.  Although in later years, each paperweight produced at Lundberg Studios was signed and dated by the studio and signed by the artist, the earliest paperweights did not have the artists signature.

Large size:   2 13/16" diameter by just over 2" high.  The base is ground flat.
Signature: Signed and dated on the base "LUNDBERG STUDIOS DS 310 1975".  The signature is hard to see on the white base so I colored it with a green washable marker to enhance the writing.  The green marker ink has since been removed. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips or scratches found on inspection.

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Signature on base
Signature - enhanced (now removed)
Base
$165 postage paid in the US

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Early 1975 David Salazar Lundberg Studios Surface Decorated Floral Design Paperweight
5339 Early Robert Banford Floral Paperweight - With Defects - Possible second.   circa  1975.  This paperweight has a brightly colored red clematis with yellow stamens and a bud plus green leaves and a stem.  The arrangement is placed over a translucent blue ground.  Bob's traditional "B" signature cane appears on the underside of one of the leaves.  This flower is very off center and there is are scratches on the side and also one small scratch on the top.  I suspect that this was a second that found its way into a dealer inventory.  Or it may have been a prototype for Bob Banford's Red White and Blue Bicentennial Clematis.  Please review my note below about the true colors.  The flower itself is exceptional and it would be a shame to throw it out.  I am offering it at a low price.

Note on colors:  The red color in some of these pictures are darker than in actuality.  The lighter red in the profile (taken at an angle) and the side pictures is closer to the true color.

Robert Banford worked in Hammonton, NJ.  He started making paperweights in 1971 along with his father, Ray Banford.  Bob continued to make paperweights until 2006.  Bob and Ray did not date their paperweights, but it is sometimes possible to get an idea of when a paperweight was made by the progression of styles and the type of glass used.  Bob Banford used a signature cane with a red "B" and a blue surround.  Ray Banford used a different signature cane with a black B.  Ray passed away in 2003.

Size:    2 1/2" diameter by 2 1/16" high.  The bottom is ground slightly concave. 
Signature:  Signed with Robert Banford's signature "B" cane on the underside of one of the leaves.
Condition:  Fair condition with obvious defects.  The flower is very off center and there is are scratches on the side and also one small scratch on the top.  There is also a tiny pinprick on the base.  The flower itself is exceptional.  The glass contains some small bubbles.  This is a characteristic of the Conlan crystal used by Bob from 1973-1977.

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Scratches on the side
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Base
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Early Robert Banford Floral Paperweight - With Defects - Possible second
4276 Stuart Abelman Iridescent Floral Paperweight.  dated 1997.  This amazing paperweight has an iridescent surface decorated with a large blue and white five petal flower and a stylized leafy stem.  The ground is translucent.  What makes this paperweight especially magical is the way the glass changes color as it reflects light.  The frosted ground also changes to a clear ground as it blends towards the base.  It is signed on the base "Abelman 1997 GFL29".  There is a tool mark on the side resembling stitches, but this is inside the glass and is not damage.  It is absolutely spectacular.

Note on colors:  This was a difficult paperweight to photograph because of the strong iridescence.  The color of the glass would gradually change as the angle of illumination or the angle of view changed.  

Stuart Abelman studied glass at Carnegie Mellon University and in the Master of Fine Arts program at UCLA (California).  He taught a developed a flat glass program for El Camino College and in 1977 opened his Abelman Glass Studio in Van Nuys, CA.  He worked with a number of other glass artists in developing his style.

Size:  2 9/16" diameter by 2 3/8" high.  The base is ground flat. 
Signature:    Signed "Abelman 1997 GFL29" on the base.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.  There is a tool mark on the side resembling stitches, but this is inside the glass and is a flaw in the making and not damage. 

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Side view showing stylized leafy stem
Top view
Signature
Tool mark on side - not damage
Another view
Back side (also showing leafy stem)
Base
$125 postage paid in the US.

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Stuart Abelman Iridescent Floral Paperweight
5380 Early Debbie Tarsitano Red Fuchsia Flower with Bud Paperweight.  circa 1978-1980.  This paperweight features a lush three dimensional purplish red fuchsia flower plus a bud, ten striped leaves, and stems.  The design is placed on a clear ground.  The paperweight is signed at the edge of the composition with the conjoined "DT" Tarsitano signature cane used by both Delmo and Debbie Tarsitano from about 1978 to 1980.  A fantastic paperweight.

Debbie Tarsitano has been making wonderful paperweights since 1972, when she and her father Delmo Tarsitano set up a glass studio to explore a shared obsession with glass.  While developing her glass artwork, Debbie earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts and an Associate Degree in Journalism from Hofstra University, Long Island, NY.  Her work has evolved from simple floral paperweights in the 1970s to contemporary sculptural expressions.  The results are powerful, fresh images encased in glass.  Her florals are outstanding.  A formally trained painter, her passions lie in creating work that goes beyond traditional glass, building a bridge to the greater world of art.  She has collaborated with many internationally known glass artists, including Roland (Max) Erlacher, Ed Poore, Dino Rosin, Jiri Harcuba, and others.

Debbie and Delmo Tarsitano shared the same signature cane, feeling that their work was individual and distinctive and collectors would have no difficulty distinguishing between their art.  Although they did not date their work, the signature cane changed over time and provided approximate dates for the works.  The cane in this paperweight was used from about 1978 until 1980.  See Andrew Dohan's Dictionary of Paperweight Signature Canes for more information on the Tarsitano signature canes. 

Size:  Just over 2 5/8" diameter by just over 1 15/16" high.  The base is ground concave. 
Signature:  Signed at edge of the composition with the Delmo and Debbie Tarsitano conjoined "DT" signature cane.  This cane was use from about 1978 to 1980.  I was unable to get a good clear picture of the signature cane. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips or scratches found on inspection.

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Another closeup
Signature cane
Another view of signature cane
Side view
Base
One more closeup
View through the base
$495 postage paid in the US.

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Early Debbie Tarsitano Red Fuchsia Flower with Bud Paperweight
5183 Josh Simpson Miniature Gravitron Planet Marble with Stand.  This a miniature (just under 2" diameter) Gravitron planet marble made by Josh Simpson.  Gravitrons evoke deep space phenomena such as black holes and the warping of space-time.  They represent planets that wander too near a black hole, where they are twisted and squashed by unfathomably intense gravity.  Josh captures the instant when these unfortunate planets have been almost consumed and all that remains is a memory and a puff of X-ray light.  Although clear glass, the controlled bubbles sometimes have an iridescent color.  Some of the bubbles have a speck of amber color, which is exaggerated by my lights.  An acrylic 2" tall by 1 1/2" by 1 5/16" dimple stand is included.  This example is unsigned.  

Josh Simpson has been making magical glass objects including paperweights for over 40 years.  He has long had a fascination with space exploration and is married to Astronaut Cady Coleman.  He is a graduate of Hamilton College and has his own glass studio in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts.  He focuses on creating objects with a range of color, form, contrast, iridescence, tessellating patterns and complexity. 

There is a great book Josh Simpson: Glass Artist by Andrew Chaikin.  I recommend it highly.

Miniature Size:  1 15/16" diameter glass sphere.  The acrylic stand is 2" tall by 1 1/2" by 1 5/16".
Signature:   This example is unsigned, but I guarantee that it is a genuine Josh Simpson marble.
Condition:  The marble is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.  A few of the bubbles are larger and have an amber cast.  It may be a second.  The acrylic stand is in very good condition with a few tiny scratches.

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Another closeup
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And another view
Still another closeup
And one more closeup
$85 postage paid in the US. 

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Josh Simpson Miniature Gravitron Planet Marble with Stand
5349 Francis Whittemore Pink Cyclamen Flower with Leaves and Bud Paperweight.  circa 1969.  This paperweight features a pink cyclamen flower and bud with two green leaves and stems.  Signed on the back of a leaf with an early Whittemore signature cane.  The cane has a black "W" on a yellow background.  The design is placed on a translucent green ground.  There is an edition number "53" engraved on the base, but I was unable to determine the edition size.  A beautiful example.

This paperweight is shown in the Leo Kaplan Ltd. catalog on the 9/85 insert.  M210 is described as a "Pink cyclamen on translucent green ground $400".

Note:  The highly reflective surface and high dome made this a difficult paperweight to photograph.  There are extra shadows and objects in the pictures that are not in the paperweight.

Francis Dyer Whittemore, Jr. is considered one of the pioneers of the modern paperweight renaissance.  He started working in glass in 1938, but did not start making paperweights until 1962.   His studio was in Lansdale, Pennsylvania.  Like many other early glass artists, Francis started his career as a scientific glass blower and then later taught glass as an instructor.  For five years, he spent one month a year consulting at Baccarat to help them refine their lampwork paperweight art.  Some sources have this consulting work from 1971 to 1976.  Other sources have it starting later.  Most of his paperweights are miniature to medium in size.  You can read about Francis Whittemore in the book American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers by Jean Melvin (1970).

Size:  Just under 2 7/16" diameter by 2" high. The bottom is ground flat.  The edition number "53" is engraved on the base. 
Signature:  Signed on the back of a leaf with an early Whittemore signature cane.  The cane has a black "W" on a yellow background.  This signature cane was used until about 1970.   
Condition:  Very good condition.  I found two tiny faint circular impact marks on the side (see picture).  Each was less than 1/16" across.  No chips, cracks, or scratches were found on inspection.

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Signature Cane on back of leaf
Base with engraved "53"
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Another view of base showing signature cane
Faint tiny impact marks - each < 1/16"
View through the base
$295 postage paid in the US.

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Francis Whittemore Pink Cyclamen Flower with Leaves and Bud Paperweight

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