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St. Clair Paperweights for Sale


Most of the paperweights on this page are the work of the St. Clair family of Elwood, Indiana.  In fact, it has been claimed that the St. Clairs made more paperweights than any other single factory.  There are some styles that were made by not only the St. Clairs, but also others including John Degenhart, so it is sometimes difficult to be sure who made a particular item unless it was signed.

Elwood had all the right elements for the glass industry, including energy (natural gas) and abundant supplies of sand.  Many glass workers moved to Elwood to work in one of the five glass factories there.

The St. Clair line (as far as paperweights are concerned) started with John "Pop" St. Clair, Sr. who worked at the George MacBeth Glass Works in Elwood from around 1903 to 1938.  Local natural gas production faltered in 1938 and the St. Clairs began to develop their ideas for a new business of their own.  Joe did the original experimentation and the business was formally started in 1941.  John, Sr. and the brothers John, Jr., Joe, Ed and Bob all participated, while another brother, Paul, did not at first.  By 1944 St. Clair paperweights were being sold through Georg Jenson on Fifth Avenue in New York.

For more information, you can read about the St. Clair family in the book  American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers by Jean Melvin (1967 and 1970). For this 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
 
 
3813 Magnum St. Clair Crimp Paperweight.  c.1970-2000.  Multi-colored stylized flower in the unique St. Clair style.  This style of crimp weight is very collectible.  This one has eight pleats or crimps with carefully placed bubbles between each.  There is also an extra large central bubble.  A huge very showy paperweight with great color.

Shown in both the Melvin book listed above (with a sulphide) and in the Bonnie Pruitt St. Clair Collectors Guide (without a sulphide). 

Magnum Size:  Just under 4" diameter by 2 1/4" high.  The bottom is fire finished and hot stamped with the signature. 
Condition:  Very good condition.  There are some very minor scratches or abrasions on the top that appear to be from when the paperweight was made, but nothing significant. 
Signature:  Hot stamped "ST CLAIR" on the bottom. 

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$65 postage paid in the US. 

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2746 Large Rare Bob St. Clair  White Icepick Flower Paperweight. circa 1970-1986.  This paperweight features five white ice-pick flowers over a red, white, and blue colored frit center and ground.  As is typical of this style, there is a carefully placed bubble in the center of each flower and also a carefully placed bubble in the ground in between each flower.  It is hot stamped "BOB ST CLAIR" on the bottom.  It is unusual to find a Bob St. Clair with this signature. 

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 St. Clair line (as far as paperweights are concerned) started with John "Pop" St. Clair, Sr. who worked at the George MacBeth Glass Works in Elwood from around 1903 to 1938.  Local natural gas production faltered in 1938 and the St. Clairs began to develop their ideas for a new business of their own.  Joe did the original experimentation and the business was formally started in 1941 in Elwood, Indiana.  John, Sr. and the brothers John, Jr., Joe, Ed and Bob all participated, while another brother, Paul, did not at first.  By 1944 St. Clair paperweights were being sold through Georg Jenson on Fifth Avenue in New York.  Joe retired for the first time) in 1971 and sold the factory to new owners in Elwood, Indiana.  About the same time, Bob St. Clair and his wife Maude opened a new factory in Elwood.  Paul St. Clair retired from General Motors and joined Bob, along with Ed St. Clair and a nephew, Joe Rice.  Sometime later after Bob opened his factory, the new owners of the original factory sold the factory back to Joe.  So, for a while, there were two St. Clair Glass factories.  Bob St. Clair died in 1986.  Joe St. Clair died in 1987.  Ed St. Clair died in 1989 and the last brother,  Paul St. Clair died in 2000.

Robert (Bob) St. Clair was born May 18, 1919 and passed away in 1986.  He is known to have used two signatures from 1971 to 1986.  Most of the time he included his wife and used the stamp "MAUDE AND BOB ST. CLAIR", often with a date with raised lettering.  Less frequently, he used the stamp "BOB ST. CLAIR" with no date.  This stamp, with only BOB, can be found with either raised or indented lettering.  

Very Large Size:   2 7/8" diameter by 2 1/8" high.  The base is ground flat with a matte finish.  
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips or cracks.  There are a few small bubbles in the glass.
Signature:  Hot stamped signature on the base "BOB ST. CLAIR". 

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$69 postage paid in the US.                             

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3957 Magnum Maude and Bob St. Clair 1975 Sulphide Owl Paperweight. Dated 1975.  A very large egg shaped paperweight with a sulphide of an owl sitting on a branch in a snow covered woods.  The owl sulphide is painted.  The ground is a pleated crimp ground of brown and white glass.  The signature "MAUDE AND BOB ST. CLAIR 1975" is hot stamped on the base.  This paperweight is huge.  A great example. 

Sulphide Paperweights are those that contain cast objects (animals, flowers, people) made of a ceramic material that has properties similar to the surrounding glass.  They are normally white, but are also sometimes colored or even painted.  The objects are cast in a mold that copied or made directly from a medallion, coin or sculpture.  Often the object is surrounded by a millefiori or lampwork garland, but it may also appear alone.  The finest sulphides are cast in a mold made by a skilled artist. 

The St. Clair line (as far as paperweights are concerned) started with John "Pop" St. Clair, Sr. who worked at the George MacBeth Glass Works in Elwood from around 1903 to 1938.  Local natural gas production faltered in 1938 and the St. Clairs began to develop their ideas for a new business of their own.  Joe did the original experimentation and the business was formally started in 1941 in Elwood, Indiana.  John, Sr. and the brothers John, Jr., Joe, Ed and Bob all participated, while another brother, Paul, did not at first.  By 1944 St. Clair paperweights were being sold through Georg Jenson on Fifth Avenue in New York.  Joe retired for the first time) in 1971 and sold the factory to new owners in Elwood, Indiana.  About the same time, Bob St. Clair and his wife Maude opened a new factory in Elwood.  Paul St. Clair retired from General Motors and joined Bob, along with Ed St. Clair and a nephew, Joe Rice.  Sometime later after Bob opened his factory, the new owners of the original factory sold the factory back to Joe.  So, for a while, there were two St. Clair Glass factories.  Joe St. Clair died in 1987. 

Very Large Size:   3 5/8" diameter by 4 1/2" high.  The base is ground flat with a matte finish.  It weighs just over three pounds.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips or cracks.  There are a few small bubbles in the glass.
Signature:  Hot stamped signature on the base "MAUDE AND BOB ST. CLAIR 1975". 

For extra pictures, click on the picture at the right and the following links: 

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$125 postage paid in the US. 

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3958 Large Joe St. Clair Yellow and White Crimp Paperweight.  circa 1970-1987.  Yellow and white stylized flower in the unique St. Clair style.  This style of crimp weight is very collectible.  This one has eight pleats or crimps with carefully placed bubbles between each.  There is also a large central bubble.  Yellow and white is an unusual color choice and the white does not stand out.  The signature "JOE ST CLAIR" is hot stamped on the base.  A great example. 

The St. Clair line (as far as paperweights are concerned) started with John "Pop" St. Clair, Sr. who worked at the George MacBeth Glass Works in Elwood from around 1903 to 1938.  Local natural gas production faltered in 1938 and the St. Clairs began to develop their ideas for a new business of their own.  Joe did the original experimentation and the business was formally started in 1941 in Elwood, Indiana.  John, Sr. and the brothers John, Jr., Joe, Ed and Bob all participated, while another brother, Paul, did not at first.  By 1944 St. Clair paperweights were being sold through Georg Jenson on Fifth Avenue in New York.  Joe retired for the first time) in 1971 and sold the factory to new owners in Elwood, Indiana.  About the same time, Bob St. Clair and his wife Maude opened a new factory in Elwood.  Paul St. Clair retired from General Motors and joined Bob, along with Ed St. Clair and a nephew, Joe Rice.  Sometime later after Bob opened his factory, the new owners of the original factory sold the factory back to Joe.  So, for a while, there were two St. Clair Glass factories.  Joe St. Clair died in 1987. 

Large Size:   Just over 2 3/4" diameter by 1 7/8" high.  The base is fire finished and then hot stamped with the Joe St. Clair hot stamp signature. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Hot stamped "JOE ST CLAIR" on the bottom.  This dates from the 1970-1980s.  Joe St. Clair died in 1987.

For extra pictures, click on the picture at the right and the following links: 

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$49 postage paid in the US.                         

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2111 Rare Miniature Rose Stopper - Possibly St. Clair.  c.1950.  This is a miniature red crimp rose intended to be a perfume stopper or perhaps a lady's gearshift knob.  There are 16 deep red petals and four translucent green leaves.  The paperweight end is faceted with four side facets plus a top facet.  The facets are angled so that the top is slightly smaller than the bottom.  The stem is unfinished.

I don't know who made this miniature crimp rose, but the setup matches one attributed to St. Clair by Melvin in the book American Glass Paperweights and their Makers (revised edition 1970).  If you have that book, check out the sixth color page between pages 48 and 49.  In the middle group of paperweights on that page, there is a pink rose with the same setup (between two star shaped paperweights).  The attribution may be incorrect.

Miniature Size: 1 1/2" diameter by 1 2/3" high.  With the facets the top is slightly rectangular 1 1/8" by 1 1/4".  The paperweight portion just over 3/4" high.
Excellent:  The paperweight has some tiny nicks at the bottom of the facets, but no real problems. 

 $225 Reduced to $150 postage paid in the US.

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