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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
 
 
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Rare Magnum Dated Maude and Bob St. Clair Icepick Paperweight. circa 1978.  This paperweight features five colored ice-pick flowers over a green and beige 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.  There is a layer of controlled bubbles surrounding the flowers.  It is hot stamped "MAUDE AND BOB ST CLAIR 1978" on the bottom   A large  very showy paperweight with great color.

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 beige color used in the ground is sometimes called Greentown glass.   In the 1960s, the St. Clairs started making replicas of pressed items previously associated 
with the Indiana Tumbler and Goblet Company in Greentown, Indiana.  These items were made in Greentown colors of brown, amber, and caramel and often included fragments of glass dug up at the Greentown site. 

Very Large Size:  3 1/2" diameter by 3 1/2" high.  The bottom is finished with a matte finish and hot stamped with the signature. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  On inspection, I found no problems or defects. 
Signature:  Hot stamped "MAUDE AND BOB ST CLAIR 1978" on the bottom.  The 1978 is hard to see in the photograph of the signature, but it is complete.

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3926 Maude and Bob St. Clair 1976 Bicentennial Bell Paperweight. Dated 1976.  A commemorative bell shaped paperweight with red white and blue icepick flowers over a red white and blue frit ground.  There is a carefully placed bubble in the center of each flower and another in between each flower.  Made in 1976 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of the United States.  The signature "MAUDE AND BOB ST. CLAIR 1976" is hot stamped on the base. 

The term icepick flower refers to the use of an icepick type tool that is pushed down through the frit later to create the flowers and their stems.

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 Elkhart, 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. 

Size:  Just under 2 3/4" diameter by 4 1/4" high.  The base is ground flat. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips or cracks.  On inspection, I found only one faint 1/8" scratch on the side  (shown in one of the pictures)
Signature:  Hot stamped signature on the base "MAUDE AND BOB ST. CLAIR 1976". 

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$49 postage paid in the US. 

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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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3785 Magnum Joe St. Clair Multi-Color Icepick Flower Paperweight. circa 1960-1970.  This paperweight features five ice-pick flowers (blue, white, pink, yellow, and light green) over a blue 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 "JOE ST CLAIR" on the bottom. 

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 St. Clair died in 1987.

Very Large Size:  Just under 4" diameter by 2 1/4" high.  The bottom is fire finished and hot stamped in the center with the signature.
Condition:  Excellent Condition with no chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Hot stamped JOE ST. CLAIR on the bottom.  This probably dates from the 1960s or 1970s, but may be earlier.  Joe St. Clair died in 1987. 

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Medium St. Clair White Icepick Flower Paperweight.  circa 1970-2000.  This paperweight features three white ice-pick flowers over a green ground.  As is typical of this style, there is a carefully placed bubble in the center of each flower and also five carefully placed bubbles in the ground.  It has a foil label "HAND MADE ST CLAIR ELWOOD, IND." on the bottom. 

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. 

Medium Size:  Just under 2 1/2" diameter by 2 1/8" high.  The bottom is fire finished. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches.
Signature:  It has a foil label "HAND MADE ST CLAIR ELWOOD, IND." on the bottom.
Execution:  Good execution although the design is off center.

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Large St. Clair Ice-pick Flower Teapot Ringholder Paperweight. c.1980.  The teapot shape is intended for use as a ringholder and is a very popular design.  It has five ice-pick flowers (white, pink, blue, and two yellow) over a white 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 "JOE ST CLAIR" on the bottom.

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. 

Size: 5 1/4" long by 4 1/8" high.  The center paperweight portion is just under 2 3/4" in diameter.
Outstanding Condition with no chips or cracks.  It is hot stamped "JOE ST CLAIR" on the bottom. 

SOLD.

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Medium St. Clair Pink Icepick Flower Paperweight.  circa 1970-1990.  This paperweight features three pink ice-pick flowers over a multi-colored red, white, blue and green ground.  As is typical of this style, there is a carefully placed bubble in the center of each flower and also five carefully placed bubbles in the ground.  It is hot stamped "ST CLAIR" on the bottom. 

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. 

Medium Size:  2 7/16" diameter by 2 1/3" high.  The bottom is ground flat with a matte finish and hot stamped in the center with the signature.
Condition:  Very good condition with no chips or cracks.  Some tiny scratches or abrasions found on inspection.
Signature:  Hot stamped ST CLAIR on the bottom. 

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3588 Magnum Maude and Bob St. Clair Sulphide Snake Paperweight. Dated 1973.  A wonderful example of a St. Clair snake sulphide paperweight.   The snake is a painted sulphide and is set on a multi-colored frit ground.  The signature "MAUDE AND BOB ST. CLAIR 1973" is hot stamped on the base. 

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 Elkhart, 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. 

Sulphides 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. 

Magnum Size:  Just over 3 1/4" diameter by 3" high.  The base is fire finished. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips or cracks.  No scratches found on inspection. 
Signature:  Hot stamped signature on the base "MAUDE AND BOB ST. CLAIR 1973". 

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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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