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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
 
 
926 Magnum John Degenhart Name Paperweight "S. Elliott, Columbus O".   circa 1930-50s.  Classic Degenhart paperweight with the name and city "S. Elliot, Columbus O".  This has a great large decorated plaque with a floral design having a stem, leaves, and buds which integrate with the two yellow and two pink flowers placed near edges of the plaque.  Each flower has a controlled bubble placed in the center.  There is a colorful frit layer at the same level as the plaque and a translucent blue colored frit ground below.  A wonderful large paperweight with a great design and great color.

The plaque in early Degenhart name weights will sometimes have a blue outline.  This paperweight does not have that feature but has all of the other desirable features typical of the early 1930-1950s Degenhart paperweights.

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 7/8" high.  The bottom is ground flat with a frosted finish.
Condition:  Very good condition with no chips or cracks.  Some minor rub marks on the side visible in the profile view. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee that this is a vintage glass paperweight from the Degenhart factory in Cambridge Ohio. 

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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 Daughtery 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. Daughtery, 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 Degenhart's 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". 

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

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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$95 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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915 Degenhart Birthday Commemorative Weight    c.1930-50.  Paperweight commemorating the birthday of Amaleen K. Khoury on August 16, 1908 in Brooklyn, NY.  Beautifully decorated plaque with two bouquets of roses.  This plaque was decorated by a different artist than the one above.  There are two yellow and two orange/red flowers placed near corners of the plaque. Each flower has a controlled bubble placed in the center.  There is a colorful frit layer at the same level as the plaque and an orange/red colored frit ground below. 

This paperweight is characteristic of the later John Degenhart weights. They usually have a painting or picture on a white ceramic plaque. Degenhart almost always put four icepick flowers along the edges of the white picture plaque. 

3 1/2" diameter by 2 7/8" high.  Outstanding condition with no chips or cracks.  A great example.  Unsigned.  SOLD

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1219 John Degenhart Abraham Lincoln Plaque Paperweight.   circa 1930-1940s.  This Degenhart paperweight features an image of Abraham Lincoln on a white plaque.  The image is created by applying a decal to a white enamel plaque and then firing the image in an oven or kiln.  This paperweight has an unfinished bottom with the pontil scar remaining.  I believe it to be an early example because later production almost always had a finished bottom. 

This style paperweight is shown in the book Degenhart Glass and Paperweights by Gene Florence.  The Degenhart Museum acquired the example in the book in 1959.

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

Size:  Just over 2 2/3" diameter by 1 1/3" high.  The bottom is unfinished with the pontil scar remaining.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips or cracks.  No significant scratches found on inspection. 
Signature: Unsigned, but this is a documented Degenhart style. 

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$95 postage paid in the US. 

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