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The paperweights on this page are all the work of the Gentile Family.  The original glass worker in the family was Peter Gentile, born in Naples, Italy in 1884.  He worked in Naples (Italy), Rochester (Pennsylvania), and Morgantown (West Virginia) before building his own factory in Star City (West Virginia) in 1947.

His sons, Frankie, John and Joe Gentile helped him make paperweights in the off hours at the Guild Factory in Morgantown.   However, most paperweight production since WWII has been associated with Peter, John, or John's wife Gertrude Gentile.  Few weights were signed prior to 1963.  It is believed that Gentile Glass remained in production until 2006.  Most, if not all, paperweights produced from 1975 on were signed.

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

If you would like to purchase any of these paperweights, e-mail me at: aport@paperweights.com
 
 
3689 Large Gentile Glass Paperweight Pen Holdercirca 1950-1975.  This paperweight pen holder features a red, white, and yellow center core surrounded by a layer of controlled bubbles.  There are four receptacles for pens and pencils.  The paperweight is unsigned but is definitely a product of Gentile Glass from Star City, WV.  A fun item.  

The original glass worker in the Gentile family was Peter Gentile, born in Naples, Italy in 1884.  He worked in Naples(Italy), Rochester (Pennsylvania), and Morgantown (West Virginia) before building his own factory in Star City (West Virginia) in 1947.  His sons, Frankie, John and Joe Gentile helped him make paperweights in the off hours at the Guild Factory in Morgantown.   However, most paperweight production since WWII has been associated with Peter, John, or John's wife Gertrude Gentile.  Few weights were signed prior to1963.  It is believed that Gentile Glass remained in production until 2006.  Most, if not all, paperweights produced from 1975 on were signed. For more information, you can read about the Gentiles in the book American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers by Jean Melvin (1967 and 1970)

Large Size:  3 1/8" diameter by 3 3/8" high.  The center of the base is ground. 
Condition:  Very good condition although it has a small 1/4" chip on the base where the pontil used to be.  No other chips or cracks or scratches were found.  
Signature:  Unsigned but this is definitely a Gentile Glass product.  

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$49 postage paid in the US.        

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3914 Signed Gentile Glass Icepick Paperweight. circa 1980-2000.  This paperweight features five red, green, pink, and white colored ice-pick flowers over a clear ground.  As is typical of this style, there is a carefully placed bubble in the center of each flower.  A large very showy paperweight with great color.  Hot stamped on the base "GENTILE GLASS STAR CITY, WV" with a depiction of a glassworker.  This is the signature used by Gentile Glass starting in 1980. 

This style of flower is called an ice-pick flower because of the ice-pick like tool used to push each flower down to the ground to form a stem. 

The original glass worker in the Gentile family was Peter Gentile, born in Naples, Italy in 1884.  He worked in Naples (Italy), Rochester (Pennsylvania), and Morgantown (West Virginia) before building his own factory in Star City (West Virginia) in 1947.  His sons, Frankie, John and Joe Gentile helped him make paperweights in the off hours at the Guild Factory in Morgantown.   However, most paperweight production since WWII has been associated with Peter, John, or John's wife Gertrude Gentile.  Few weights were signed prior to 1963.  It is believed that Gentile Glass remained in production until 2006.  Most, if not all, paperweights produced from 1975 on were signed.  For more information, you can read about the Gentiles in the book American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers by Jean Melvin (1967 and 1970)

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

Size:  2 1/2" diameter by 2 1/4" high. 
Condition:  Very good condition with no chips or cracks.  It has a few tiny scratches or surface defects found on careful inspection. 
Signature:  Hot stamped on the base "GENTILE GLASS STAR CITY, WV" with a depiction of a glassworker.  This is the signature used by Gentile Glass starting in 1980.

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4214 Magnum Peter Gentile Spiral Cone Shaped Wig Stand Paperweight. circa 1950-1970.  This is a large cone shaped paperweight with an internal red spiral design.  In addition to the red threading, there are six rings of bubbles which appear inside the spiral and a larger central bubble rising from the base.  A unusual design worthy of any collection of  paperweights. 

Note:  Originally I listed this paperweight as a Murano paperweight.  That was an error.  This paperweight is identified as a Peter Gentile design in Jean Melvin's book American Glass Paperweights and their Makers (1970 revised edition).  See the color plates between pages 32 and 33

The original glass worker in the Gentile family was Peter Gentile, born in Naples, Italy in 1884.  He worked in Naples (Italy), Rochester (Pennsylvania), and Morgantown (West Virginia) before building his own factory in Star City (West Virginia) in 1947.  His sons, Frankie, John and Joe Gentile helped him make paperweights in the off hours at the Guild Factory in Morgantown.   However, most paperweight production since WWII has been associated with Peter, John, or John's wife Gertrude Gentile.  Few weights were signed prior to 1963.  It is believed that Gentile Glass remained in production until 2006.  Most, if not all, paperweights produced from 1975 on were signed.  For more information, you can read about the Gentiles in the book American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers by Jean Melvin (1967 and 1970)

Very Large Size:  2 3/4" diameter at the base by 6 1/2" high.  The base is polished concave. It weighs almost two pounds. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this is a genuine Gentile paperweight. 
Condition:   Good condition.  There is one scuff or impact mark on the side and a small impact mark visible on the base.  There is also one spot that looks like a chip, but I believe it actually a popped bubble that is right at the surface.  See the pictures for more detail.  I did not find any significant scratches. 

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Vintage Magnum Gentile Faceted Flying Goose Frit Paperweight. circa 1947-1975.  This paperweight features a white and orange frit (ground glass) flying goose flying over a ground of controlled bubbles in clear glass.  It is faceted with one top facet and five side facets.  The design was patented in 1948 and the paperweight was probably made between 1947 and 1975.  A large dramatic setup. It is unusual to find a faceted example like this, so this is a special paperweight. 

This is one of trademark paperweights of the Gentile family.  It is shown and described in the book on American Glass Paperweights and their Makers by Jean Melvin.  The design was patented by John Funfrock of Morgantown, West Virginia in 1948 and first made by Peter Gentile.  You can look up the Funfrock patent if you wish: Patent D149117 issued to John Funfrock on March 30, 1948. 

Large Size:  3 1/8 wide at the widest point by 2 5/8 high. 
Condition:  Very good condition. I found a couple of tiny nicks on the top facet but no major scratches or chips.  No cracks. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this paperweight was made at the Gentile Glass Factory. 
Execution:  Excellent execution.  Well centered and a dramatic set up with the goose over the bubble ground.

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