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Degenhart Paperweights for Sale


Most of the paperweights on this page are the work of the John and Charles Degenhart and their families.  These paperweights are highly prized as examples of the upper Ohio Valley glass making tradition that includes Ohio, West Virginia, and western Pennsylvania.  One of the fun things about collecting these weights is to contrast the different decorative styles used in decorating the plaque weights.

John Degenhart was born in Wheeling, West Virginia in 1884.  He started working in glass at the Dalzell, Gilmore & Leighton Company factory in Findlay, Ohio at the age of ten.  John's brother Charles, also worked at Dalzell.  In 1901, both joined Cambridge Glass in Cambridge, Ohio.

The original paperweight production was the work of Charles and his two sons.  John also produced paperweights to help meet the demand.  This started as an after hours activity in the 1920s while the men worked at Cambridge Glass (with the approval of the company).  John retired from Cambridge Glass in 1946 and opened the Crystal Art Glass Company shortly after that.  Most of the early production was devoted to paperweights.  The factory also produced pressed glass novelties in an incredible range of colors.

After John died in 1964, his wife Elizabeth took over production.  Prior to that, the paperweights were unsigned.  There was also a close association with Zack Boyd and his son Bernard, both of whom worked at Crystal Arts.  Today in Cambridge, the Boyd family continues to run Crystal Arts.

For more information, you can read about the Degenharts in the books  American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers by Jean Melvin (1967 and 1970) and  Degenhart Glass and Paperweights by Gene Florence.  For these and other great references on paperweights, check out my list of paperweight books for sale.

If you would like to purchase any of these paperweights, e-mail me at: aport@paperweights.com
 
 
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Magnum Elizabeth Degenhart Recognition Paperweight "Doris Daugherty".   circa 1972.  This Degenhart paperweight was given to recognize the service of Doris Evelyn Daugherty who served as Supreme Royal Matron of the Order of Amaranth from 1971 to 1972.   It has a decorated plaque with a floral border and the words "H. L. Doris E. Daugherty, Supreme Royal Matron, O. of A., Inc., 1971-1972.  The plaque also has the Degenhart signature of a D inside a heart.  This signature was adopted when Elizabeth Degenhart was running the factory after the death of John Degenhart.  There is a white and pink frit layer just below the plaque and a second white frit ground below. 

The Order of Amaranth is a fraternal organization for Master Masons and their immediate female relatives.  You can read more about the organization at their web page  Order of Amaranth Note that the Degenharts may have misspelled the name on the paperweight.   The official web site lists the Supreme Royal Matron for 1971-1972 as Dougherty.  Misspelling a name at the Degenhart factory is not rare.  I once had a Texaco weight with the name misspelled as "Taxaco". 

Magnum Size:  3 1/8" diameter by 2 1/8" high.  The bottom is ground flat with a clear finish.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips or cracks.  No significant scratches found on inspection. 
Signature: Signed with a D inside a heart outline. 

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4437 Rare Magnum Charles Degenhart SesquiCentennial "1776 Phila, Pa 1926" Decorated Plaque Paperweight.   circa 1926.  Degenhart style paperweight celebrating the 1926 sesquicentennial. It has an elaborate drawing in color on a white enamel plaque with the word "Sesqui Centennial", an American eagle in flight holding a banner in its beak with the word "LIBERTY", two American flags, the liberty bell,  and the commemoration "1776 Phila, Pa 1926".  The paperweight has a two level frit ground, with the plaque resting on the multi-colored top layer and a second frit layer below.  This paperweight has a single large facet on top.  A wonderful large paperweight with a great design and great color.

Charles and John Degenhart were both working full time at Cambridge Glass in 1926 and making paperweights in the off hours.  Charles Degenhart is known to have been more skilled artistically than John and the early weights with elaborate drawings are identified as being by Charles. 

Paperweights by Charles Degenhart that show his drawing ability can be found on age 97 in the book Degenhart Glass and Paperweights by Gene Florence.

Charles and John Degenhart started their careers in glass working in glass at the Dalzell, Gilmore & Leighton Company factory in Findlay, Ohio.  Charles, born in 1882, started first and then John, born in 1884, started at the age of ten in 1894. In 1901, both joined Cambridge Glass in Cambridge, Ohio.  The original paperweight production was an after hours activity at Cambridge Glass by Charles and his two sons in the 1920s.  John also produced paperweights to help meet the demand.  This was with the approval of the company.  Of the two, Charles Degenhart was the more skilled artistically.

John retired from Cambridge Glass in 1946 and opened the Crystal Art Glass Company shortly after that.  Most of the early production was devoted to paperweights.  The factory also produced pressed glass novelties in an incredible range of colors.  After John died in 1964, his wife Elizabeth took over production.  Prior to that, the paperweights were unsigned.  There was also a close association with Zack Boyd and his son Bernard, both of whom worked at Crystal Arts.  Today in Cambridge, the Boyd family continues to run Crystal Arts.

For more information, you can read about the Degenharts in the books  American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers by Jean Melvin (1967 and 1970) and  Degenhart Glass and Paperweights by Gene Florence

Very Large Size:  Just under 3 5/16" diameter by 2 1/16" high.  The bottom is ground flat.  There is a single large facet.  The glass is slightly gray in color.
Condition:  Very good condition with no chips or cracks.  There are a few minor scratches.  Appropriate wear on the base. 
Signature: Unsigned, but this is a documented Degenhart style and I guarantee that it is an early Charles Degenhart paperweight made in 1926.

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$175 postage paid in the US. 

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1282 Magnum Elizabeth Degenhart Bicentennial Paperweight with Horse and Buggy.   circa 1976.  This Degenhart paperweight features a black drawing of a horse and buggy with the dates "1776-1976" on a white plaque.  It was created to celebrate the bicentennial in 1976.  The plaque has the Degenhart signature of a D inside a heart.  This signature was adopted when Elizabeth Degenhart was running the factory after the death of John Degenhart.  There is a multi-colored frit layer just below the plaque and a second white frit ground below. 

An example of this paperweight is shown in the book Degenhart Glass and Paperweights by Gene Florence.

The picture does not do justice to this paperweight.  Ignore the white areas, they are glare from the lights. 

Magnum Size:  3 1/3" diameter by 2 2/3" high.  The bottom is ground flat with a clear finish.
Condition:  Very good condition with small (1/8") nick on the side near the base.  No significant scratches found on inspection. 
Signature: Signed on the plaque with a D inside a heart outline. 

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$85 postage paid in the US. 

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1093 Magnum Degenhart "Gertrude M. Brown" Plaque Paperweight.   circa 1960-1965.  Classic later style Degenhart paperweight with a decorated name plaque "Gertrude M. Brown" on a rectangular white plaque with a border of decorative flowers.  The plaque is placed on a multi-colored frit ground with a second white ground below.  Because of its large size and broken pontil scar, it is possible that this was a memorial paperweight that was once "permanently" attached to a structure or a gravestone.  A wonderful large paperweight with a great design and great color.

This style paperweight is shown on page 97 in the book Degenhart Glass and Paperweights by Gene Florence.  The Degenhart Museum acquired the example in the book in 1963.

The picture does not do justice to this paperweight.  Ignore the white areas, they are glare from the lights. 

Large Size:  Just over 3 3/8" diameter by 2 3/4" high.  The bottom is fire finished with a large pontil scar or attachment scar. 
Condition:  Very good condition with no chips or cracks.  There are only a few very small scratches. 
Signature: Unsigned, but this is a documented Degenhart style and I guarantee that it originated at the Degenhart Crystal Art Glass Company.

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