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Vintage American Paperweights for Sale


The paperweights on this page are mostly from unidentified American glass companies.  I usually refer to them as Midwest US or Vintage American.  They may have been made in Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New Jersey, or even somewhere in Canada.

For more information about American paperweights from this period take a look at 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
 
 
3169 Vintage Pairpoint Concentric Millefiori Paperweight Perfume Bottle.  circa 1970s.  This is a large blown Pairpoint melon shaped bottle with a faceted paperweight stopper.  The stopper has a ring of eight complex millefiori and a very nice complex cane in the center.  The millefiori are placed on an opaque yellow ground.  The stopper is faceted with four side facets and a top facet.  The stopper and bottle are ground to fit.  The base shows the remnant of the pontil mark.  I believe this bottle and stopper date from the early 1970s when William Burchfield was still at Pairpoint.  The bottle is engraved on the base with the Pairpoint "P inside a diamond" mark.  This is the nicest Pairpoint millefiori bottle I have seen.  Perfect execution and  a well balanced deign. 

Pairpoint Glass has a long history extending back to its earliest origins with Mount Washington Glass in 1837.  Owners and locations changed a number of times and the name Pairpoint was first used in the 1890s.  The original Pairpoint companies were located in New Bedford, Massachusetts.  In 1938, it was reorganized as Gunderson Glass Works by owner Robert Gunderson and later renamed the Gunderson - Pairpoint Glass Works in 1952.  The name was acquired by Robert Bryden and the company moved briefly to East Wareham, MA in 1957 where it operated as the Pairpoint Glass Company.  They leased production facilities in Spain.  The last New Bedford factory burned down in 1965.  In its latest iteration, Robert Bryden moved Pairpoint to Sagamore, Massachusetts in 1970.  It continues to operate at that location today, with new owners in 2015.

William Clark Burchfield started making paperweights at Pairpoint Glass in Sagamore, Massachusetts in 1970.   He left in 1976 to form the Cape Cod Glass Works (also in Sagamore) which continued in operation until 2000.  It then continued briefly in Crossville, Tennessee until 2001.  Bill Burchfield died in 2012.  Bill's son Mark was also at the glass works until 1998.  

Large Size:  3 3/8" diameter by 4 5/8" high.  The stopper is 1 9/16" diameter by 2 5/8" long.  The base has the remnants of the pontil mark.   
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No damage found, no chips, crack, or scratches other than some wear on the base.   
Signature:  This paperweight bottle is engraved on the base with the Pairpoint "P inside a diamond" mark.  

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$325 postage paid in the US.

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2938 Antique Millville Style Rock of Ages Two Color Frit Paperweight. circa 1900-1920.  This frit paperweight features a Rock of Ages motif with a turquoise cross on a rock in the middle of the water.  There is a turquoise vine growing on the cross.  The text "ROCK OF AGES" appears in blue above the cross.  The design is set in colored frit on an opaque white enamel ground.  The ground color wraps around to the base and covers the base except for a clear circle in the center of the base where the pontil rod would have been.  This paperweight was probably made at the Whitall Tatum factory in Millville, New Jersey in the first quarter of the 19th century.

Frit refers to the powdered glass used to make the design.  The design is set up in frit in a metal die and then picked up with a gather of the ground color.  When encased, there is sometimes a ridge or crease line between the solid (in this case white) base area and the clear encasement.  Some collectors refer to this as two piece construction.  This type of construction has been associated with Whitall Tatum and other factories in the Millville area.  There is no crease on this paperweight, but the encasement seems to stop where the white ground color starts. 

Whitall Tatum was one of the first glass factories in America.  Located in Millville, New Jersey, it was in operation from 1806 through 1938.  The factory in Millville was purchased by a series of companies and eventually shut down in 1999.  It is believed that Whitall Tatum workers were allowed to make paperweights from as early as 1860 until the practice was discouraged sometime after 1912. 

Some collectors believe that the clear circle on the base points to the Corning, NY area rather than Millville as the place of manufacture.  There is no documentary proof to support this, but a number of weights of this type (with the clear circle on the base) have been found in the Corning area. 

According to Newell's Old Glass Paperweights of Southern New Jersey, frit weights were made as early as 1863.  Newell identifies this style as a true American folk art and gives a history of paperweight making at Whitall Tatum and other South Jersey factories. 

Large Size:  3 1/4" diameter by 2 1/4" high.  The base is ground flat with a clear glass circle where the pontil would have been. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with only a few tiny scratches.  No significant damage found.  There is appropriate wear on the base. 
Signature:  Unsigned but I believe this paperweight was made at Whitall Tatum in the Millville area of Southern New Jersey.

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4806 Large Ed Rithner Multi-Colored Candy Cane Millefiori Paperweight. circa 1940-1970.  A wonderful example of a relatively rare style of paperweight.  The millefiori canes are striped lengthwise and are placed over a transparent turquoise  ground.  The canes are various colors of red, blue, green, and white. A classic Rithner design. 

A wonderful example of a relatively rare style of paperweight.  Please ignore the white areas in the pictures; they are caused by the light. 

Ed Rithner worked in Wellsburg, West Virginia from 1908 to the 1970s or later.  You can read about Ed Rithner in Jean Melvin's book on American Glass Paperweights and their Makers .  All of Rithner's weights are unsigned. 

Large Size:  Just under 3 3/16" diameter by 1 7/8" high.  The base is fire finished and then ground to a matte finish in the center to remove the pontil mark. The profile is relatively flat. 
Condition:   Excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.  There are some bubbles and minor striations in the glass.
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this to be a paperweight by Ed Rithner from 1940 - 1970.  As is typical of Ed Rithner paperweights there are small bubbles in the design.  The bottom finish is typical of Rithner, with the remnants of the pontil mark ground out with a frosted finish. 

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3021 Francis Whittemore Miniature Rose on Snow White Ground Paperweight .  circa 1975-1980.  This paperweight a vibrant red rose with leaves and stem lying on an opaque snow white ground.  It is signed on the base with a “W” in a circle nine cogged canes.  A beautiful example. 

Francis Whittemore is considered one of the pioneers of the modern paperweight renaissance.  He started working in glass in 1938, but did not start making paperweights until 1962.   His studio was in Lansdale, Pennsylvania.  Like many other early glass artists, Francis started his career as a scientific glass blower and then later taught glass as an instructor.  For five years, he spent one month a year (starting in 1975) consulting at Baccarat to help them refine their lampwork paperweight art.  The signature cane used on this paperweight was one he developed while at Baccarat.  Most of his paperweights are miniature to medium in size. 

You can read about Francis Whittemore in the book American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers by Jean Melvin (1970).

Ignore the white areas, they are glare from the lights. 

Miniature Size:  Just over 2 1/16" diameter by 1 3/4" high. The bottom is ground concave. 
Signature:  Signed on the base with a “W” in a circle of nine cogged millefiori canes. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches.
Execution:  When viewed under magnification, there are some irregularities in the white ground.  Perhaps this was done on purpose to create the appearance of snow.  Otherwise, the execution is perfect. 

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4514 Huge Pairpoint Magnum Frit and Millefiori Scramble or End of Day Paperweight. Circa 1970-1990.  This is a huge end of day paperweight filled with multi-colored frit and also some Pairpoint millefiori canes.  It is huge and is 4 ¾” diameter by 3 ¾” high.   It weighs 5 pounds 5 oz.  This paperweight came from a collection that contained other Pairpoint items.  Although this paperweight is unsigned, I was able to find another much smaller signed example on eBay (361441203482) to confirm my attribution.  A wonderful curiosity from the Bryden period of Pairpoint production. It weighs 5 pounds 5 oz.

The base has a sharp edge where the pontil has been ground off, so I will cover this with tape before shipping. 

Pairpoint Glass has a long history extending back to its earliest origins with Mount Washington Glass in 1837.  Owners and locations changed a number of times and the name Pairpoint was first used in the 1890s.  The original Pairpoint companies were located in New Bedford, Massachusetts.  In 1938, it was reorganized as Gunderson Glass Works by owner Robert Gunderson and later renamed the Gunderson - Pairpoint Glass Works in 1952.  The name was acquired by Robert Bryden and the company moved briefly to East Wareham, MA in 1957 where it operated as the Pairpoint Glass Company.  They leased production facilities in Spain.  The last New Bedford factory burned down in 1965.  In its latest iteration, Robert Bryden moved Pairpoint to Sagamore, Massachusetts in 1970.  It continues to operate at that location today (2015) although under new owners. 

Huge Size:  4 ¾” diameter by 3 ¾” high  It weighs 5 pounds 5 oz. The pontil has a sharp edge. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  With the busy design, it was hard to inspect, but I couldn't find any damage.. 
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee this paperweight to be by Pairpoint Glass. 

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2774 Magnum Antique Union Glass (Somerville, Massachusetts) Paperweight "MINNIE". Circa 1900-1929.  This is a fantastic Union Glass Company Paperweight featuring a garland of Lutz style four and five petal flowers with leaves and the name "MINNIE" in the center.  Each flower has gold aventurine in the center for accent.  The lettering is set off by two red white and blue colored stripes. 

Union Glass of Somerville, Massachusetts is the third of three related factories in the Boston area.  The first two were the Boston & Sandwich (B&S) Glass Company and the New England Glass Company (NEGC).  Both B&S and NEGC produced paperweights at the same time, both were founded by Deming Jarvis, and both declared bankruptcy in 1888.  Union Glass came a little later.  It operated from 1851 to 1929.  These name/date paperweights are made with lampwork flowers and letters and are not frit weights.  There are some nice articles in the literature including a lengthy article in the Paperweight Collectors Association 2004 Annual.  There is also a short chapter in George Kulles' third book - Identifying Antique Paperweights - The Less Familiar.  Nicholas Lutz worked at Union Glass from 1895 to 1904 and his influence can be seen on the Union Glass flowers although most of these weights were made after Lutz's death.  There is some current speculation that Lutz had an apprentice who continued to work at Union Glass and was responsible for not only some of the better Union Glass examples, but also some of the fine lampwork paperweights attributed to Mount Washington Glass. 

Very Large Size:  Just under 3 3/4" diameter by just over 2 3/4" high.   It weighs over 2 1/2 pounds.  The bottom is ground flat with a matte finish.
Signature: Unsigned, but I guarantee this to be an authentic Union Glass paperweight. 
Condition:  Excellent good condition with no cracks or chips.  This paperweight has been professionally restored. 
Execution:  Excellent execution.

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$775 postage paid in the US. 

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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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4420 Large Pairpoint Faceted Red Rose Paperweight. Circa 1970-1990.  This paperweight features a red rose and eight leaves placed over a deep blue ground.  The rose has ten large red petals plus two smaller white petals in the center.  There are four large leaves and four smaller leaves.  It has a fancy faceting with one large top facet plus six smaller adjoining top facets and then six side facets.  The paperweight is unsigned but matches the design and setup of other signed examples from Pairpoint.  A wonderful example of the best of modern Pairpoint production. 

Pairpoint Glass has a long history extending back to its earliest origins with Mount Washington Glass in 1837. Owners and locations changed a number of times and the name Pairpoint was first used in the 1890s.  The original Pairpoint companies were located in New Bedford, Massachusetts.  In 1938, it was reorganized as Gunderson Glass Works by owner Robert Gunderson and later renamed the Gunderson - Pairpoint Glass Works in 1952.  The name was acquired by Robert Bryden and the company moved briefly to East Wareham, MA in 1957 where it operated as the Pairpoint Glass Company.  They leased production facilities in Spain.  The last New Bedford factory burned down in 1965.  In its latest iteration, Robert Bryden moved Pairpoint to Sagamore, Massachusetts in 1970.  It continues to operate at that location today (2015) although under new owners. 

Large Size:   2 15/16" diameter by 2 1/2" high.  The bottom is ground flat. It is faceted with seven top facets and six side facets. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No damage found.  There is minor wear and scratching on the base. 
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee this paperweight to be by Pairpoint Glass. 
Execution:  Very good.  The glass is slightly green and there are bubbles in the design. 

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$195 postage paid in the US. 

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4278 Early Large Vandermark Floral Marbrie Design Paperweight. Circa 1975.  This large paperweight features a magnificent six petaled flower on top of a marbrie design.  It appears to be black and white, but the colors are actually black color is a range of shades from black to a dark purple.  The execution is perfect.  It is signed Vandermark 1975 on the base and is a very early paperweight by Vandermark.

Jerry Vandermark apprenticed with Carl Erickson in 1943 at Erickson Art Glass in Bremen, Ohio.  In 1959, Vandermark left Erickson to direct the Colonial Glasshouse at Jamestown, Virginia for the National Park Service.  In 1968, working with Thomas Merritt, he established the Vandermark Glasshouse at Liberty Village, Flemington, New Jersey.  Jerry later took Thomas Merritt's son Doug as an apprentice and they paired up to form the Vandermark-Merritt Glass Studios in 1972.  The studio evolved from producing replicas of 18th century glassware to more wide-ranging reproductions, and then added some original art glass designs.  It built its reputation with museum quality colonial reproductions, original art glass in the art nouveau and art deco traditions, crystal sculpture, contemporary designs and cameo creations.  Their work can be found in a number of major collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Toledo Museum, Corning Museum, and Wheaton Museum of American Glass.

We can't be sure whether this was made by Jerry Vandermark or jointly by Jerry Vandermark and Doug Merritt. 

Large Size:  Just under 2 15/64" diameter by 1 7/8" high.  The bottom is ground concave with a remnant of the pontil mark. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips, cracks or significant scratches found on inspection.
Signature: Vandermark 1975 on the base. 
Execution:  Excellent execution.

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4225 Vintage Magnum Two Layer Icepick Flower Paperweight. circa 1900-1950.  Great example of a two layer icepick flower paperweight.  The top layer consists of multi-colored frit with six icepick stems pushed down towards the base each with a planned bubble in the center.  The bottom layer consists of five icepick flowers placed between the stems from the top layer.  The icepick flowers are turquoise, yellow, blue, pink, and white.  Each flower has a stem going down to the base and a small bubble in the center.  The ground is clear.  A great example of this vintage American paperweight style. 

The design is on two layers.  This has all the characteristics of a true whimsy, made in spare time by a glass worker.  I believe this was made in the midwest US in the first half of the 20th century. 

This design is sometimes called an icepick flower design because an icepick type tool is pushed down through the frit later to create the stems for the flowers. 

Very Large Size:   3 1/2" diameter by just over 3 5/8" high.  The bottom is finished flat.
Signature: Unsigned, but I believe this was made in the midwest US in the first half of the 20th century. 
Condition:  Good condition for its age.  It has one faint circular impact mark shown in one of the pictures and minor scratches shown in several views.  The base has considerable wear. 

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4396 Magnum Millville Style Home Sweet Home Colored Frit Paperweight. circa 1900-1940.  This frit paperweight features a Home Sweet Home motif with a two story building, trees, grass, path, and the more.  The design is set in white and colored frit over a clear ground.  The two chimneys are red with white smoke.  The trees have green foliage.  The grass is green.  And the path is a reddish brown.  As shown in the pictures, the Home Sweet Home text is incomplete. 

Note:  Unfortunately the pontil scar is unfinished and shows through the design.  The paperweight would benefit from a restoration to remove the blemishes and pontil. 

I cannot be sure when or where this paperweight was made.  Most likely it was made in Millville, New Jersey in the first half of the 19th century.  This type of construction has been associated with factories such as Whitall Tatum that operated in the early 1900s in the Millville area of Southern New Jersey.  Frit refers to the powdered glass used to make the design.  The design is set up in a metal die and then picked up with a gather of a ground color.  This weight has the typical Millville two piece construction, as shown in the bottom view. 

According to Newell's Old Glass Paperweights of Southern New Jersey, frit weights were made as early as 1863.  Newell identifies this style as a true folk art. 

Very Large Size:  3 1/4" diameter by just under 2" high.  The bottom is unfinished with the pontil scar remaining.  
Signature:  Unsigned..
Condition:  Fair to Poor.  This paperweight has extensive scratching and also one 1/4" bruise on the side.  The paperweight could be refinished to remove the scratching and pontil scar.
Execution:  The base still has the pontil scar.  The Home Sweet Home text is incomplete.  There are some bubbles in the glass.

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2122 Pairpoint Yellow Snake and Ball Pedestal Paperweight. Circa 1970-1975.  This is a large paperweight of a long striped yellow snake coiled around a white opalescent glass sphere.  The snake has a dark blue head with yellow eyes.  The snake is on top of his world.  The sphere is mounted on a pedestal stand.  A wonderful example of Bryden Pairpoint's early efforts to reinterpret  classical designs. 

Pairpoint Glass has a long history extending back to its earliest origins with Mount Washington Glass in 1837.  Owners and locations changed a number of times and the name Pairpoint was first used in the 1890s.  The original Pairpoint companies were located in New Bedford, Massachusetts.  In 1938, it was reorganized as Gunderson Glass Works by owner Robert Gunderson and later renamed the Gunderson - Pairpoint Glass Works in 1952.  The name was acquired by Robert Bryden and the company moved briefly to East Wareham, MA in 1957 where it operated as the Pairpoint Glass Company.  They leased production facilities in Spain.  The last New Bedford factory burned down in 1965.  In its latest iteration, Robert Bryden moved Pairpoint to Sagamore, Massachusetts in 1970.  It continues to operate at that location today, with new owners in 2015. 

Large Size:  3" diameter by 4 1/4" high.  The base is 2 3/4" in diameter and has a rough pontil. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No damage found. 
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee this paperweight to be by Pairpoint Glass. 

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$195 postage paid in the US. 

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Large Antique Footed Millville Umbrella Paperweight.  circa 1860-1910. This style of old paperweight is associated with Millville.  Examples date from as early as 1860 and continued to be made until about 1912.  Many, if not all, were made at the Whitall Tatum factory in Millville.  The design consists of a white mushroom shape with a center bubble.  Additional colored bits of glass are added and melted into the top.  The top is of the mushroom is pushed down with a crimp to form an umbrella shape with ribs or pleats.  This is a large showy example. 

The umbrella shaped weights were originally modeled to resemble the wild tiger lily of Southern New Jersey.  You can read about umbrella weights from Millville in the book Old Glass Paperweights of Southern New Jersey:  An American Folk Art by Clarence A. Newell.   It is not possible to identify the exact maker, but John Ruhlander, Emil Stanger, Marcus Kuntz, and Horace Rhubarth, and Ralph Barber are all known to have made weights of this style.  Sometimes the style is also used as part of an inkwell or other object. 

Large Size:  Just under 3 1/3" diameter by 3 3/5" high.  The diameter of the foot is 3".  The bottom is finished although there is some remnant of the pontil mark.
Signature:  No signature, but I guarantee that this is an authentic Millville umbrella paperweight from the period 1860-1912.
Condition:  Very Good.  This paperweight has scratches on the side and some on the top plus good wear on the base.  Although the scratches are noticeable, the paperweight displays well.  No chips and no cracks. 
Execution: Very good.  Very well executed design that is well centered and displays all of the typical Millville umbrella characteristics.  There are some bubbles in the design.

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$495 postage paid in the US.     Price reduced (was $645) 

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3772 Magnum Gibson Chipmunk Sulphide Paperweight. circa 1989.  A wonderful example of a a Gibson paperweight with a chipmunk holding a ball.  The chipmunk is a painted sulphide and is set on a multi-colored frit ground.  The signature "GIBSON 1989" is hot stamped on the base. 

Charles Gibson began working as a glassmaker during the 1950s, working at Indiana Glass, Blenko Glass, and St. Clair Glass.  He founded the Gibson Glass Company in 1976 in Milton, West Virginia, but it stayed open for only a year.  He reopened Gibson Glass with his son Phillip in 1983 and it continued in business until 2006. 

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 1/2" diameter by 3 1/8" high.  The base is fire finished.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips or cracks.  No scratches found on inspection. 
Signature:  Hot stamped "GIBSON 1989" on the base. 
Execution:  There are small bubbles in the paperweight and ground, plus a couple of bubbles on the body of the chipmunk.  One such bubble is visible under the chin of the chipmunk.

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Magnum Alex Stelzer Libbey Glass Name Floral Paperweight "E. BROWN". Circa 1915.  This is a desirable Libbey Glass Name Weight.   Four icepick flowers around a central icepick flower.  There is a central bubble in each flower.  The name “E. BROWN” is formed of tiny bits of clear glass.  The glass is grayish as is typical of Toledo folk weights. 

This style of paperweight is attributed to Alex Stelzer, a Czechoslovakian immigrant glassworker, who worked at Libbey Glass in Toledo Ohio from 1907 to 1948.  It is a folk weights made by the glass worker in his free time and often given away.  Stelzer had a friendship with Arthur Gorham, a well known paperweight collector and dealer who sold paperweights in his shop in Millville New Jersey.  The Stelzer name is spelled in some places as Steltzer.  The only printed reference I would find on Alex Stelzer was in the 1970 edition of Jean Melvin's American Glass Paperweights and their Makers.

Very Large Size:  3 1/2" diameter by 3 1/8" high.  The bottom is ground flat with a matte finish.
Signature: Unsigned, but I guarantee this to be an authentic Toledo style paperweight, most likely by Alex Stelzer of Libbey Glass. 
Condition:  Excellent condition. 

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$145 postage paid in the US.     Price reduced (was $195) 

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1172 Vintage Ravenna Style Five Petal Lily Flower Paperweight. circa 1880-1940.  This paperweight features a five petal red lily flower with a multi-colored frit ground.  The ground has six pleats.  There is a carefully placed bubble in the center.

This style is associated with the Ravenna Glass factory in Northeastern Ohio.  It is  called an icepick flower design because an icepick type tool is pushed down through the color to create a stem for the flower and also to create the pleats in the ground. 

Although the style is associated with Ravenna, I cannot be sure when or where this paperweight was made.  Most likely it was made in the first half of the 19th century. 

This style of paperweight was first documented in the article on Ravenna Glass by H. M. Lyon February 1940 issue of Hobbies Magazine (see pages 51-53).  The article has black and white pictures of four paperweights of this style.  There is also two similar paperweights in the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum, one of which was acquired in 1941.  See No. 438 and 656 in Glass Paperweights of the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum by Geraldine J. Casper.

Size:  2 3/4" diameter by 2 1/4" high.  Unsigned.  circa 1880-1940. 
Excellent condition with some minor surface scratches.  No chips or cracks.   The base is finished with a frosted finish. 

$95 postage paid in the US. 

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2184 Vintage Magnum Trumpet Flower Paperweight.  circa 1950.  Great magnum trumpet flower paperweight by unknown maker.  The design consists double layer of a rust colored trumpet flowers or icepick flowers over a green and white ground. There are nine flowers in all, each with a deliberate bubble in the center.  The top layer has five flowers and the bottom layer has four.  This has all the characteristics of a true whimsy, made in spare time by a glass worker.  I believe this was made in the midwest US around the middle of the 20th century.

It is hard to see the details in the picture because of the uniform color.  The glass has a green color.

This design is sometimes called an icepick flower design because an icepick type tool is pushed down through the frit later to create the stems for the flowers.  In this case, because the bubbles and stems are so large, the took would have been larger than an icepick. 

Very Large Size:  Just over  4" diameter by 3 1/2" high.  This paperweight weighs 3 pounds.  circa. 1950.
Very Good Condition:  There is a 1/8" chip on the very top (visible in the right picture just to the right of the central bubble).  No other chips, but there some minor scratches.  No impact marks.  The bottom is partially finished. 

$40 postage paid in the US.

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4808 Ed Rithner Red and Green Eight Petal Flower Paperweight. circa 1940-1970.  An upright flower with eight red and green petals over a speckled red and green cushion ground.  Each petal has a white outline.  The cushion ground has four pleats with a carefully placed bubble between each pleat.  There is also a planned bubble in the center of the larger flower at the top.  A classic Rithner design. 

Ed Rithner worked in Wellsburg, West Virginia from 1908 to the 1970s or later.  You can read about Ed Rithner in Jean Melvin's book on American Glass Paperweights and their Makers .  All of Rithner's weights are unsigned. 

Very Large Size:  3 3/16" diameter by 2 5/8" high.  The base is fire finished and then ground to a matte finish in the center to remove the pontil mark. 
Condition:  Very good condition with no serious condition issues.   There are a few tiny scratches on the surface and striations in the glass. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this to be a paperweight by Ed Rithner from 1940 - 1970.  As is typical of Ed Rithner paperweights there are small bubbles in the design.  The bottom finish is typical of Rithner, with the remnants of the pontil mark ground out with a frosted finish.  The glass has a slight tint of color. 

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