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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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3804 Rare Vintage Magnum Frit Paperweight of Flower in Flowerpot by John D. Murphy.  circa 1969.  The paperweight features a five petal red and yellow flower with three green sepals in a crisp white flowerpot.  The entire design is rendered in frit (ground glass) over a clear crystal ground.  The paperweight is signed "J Murphy" on the flat finished base and signed a second time "JM" in green frit next to the sepals within the design.  An amazingly precise three-dimensional design executed entirely in frit.  It has wonderful color. 

Note:  The flower and coloration are reminiscent of the designs of Ed Rithner, but the paperweight is larger than most Rithner paperweights.

John D. Murphy, born in 1938, worked at Fostoria Glass in Moundsville, West Virginia.  He invented his own techniques for making paperweights and also conferred with other glass workers, particularly John Gentile.  Because paperweights were an off hours activity, his output was extremely limited.  He is included in Jean Melvin's book American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers (revised 1970).  

Magnum Size: Just over 3 3/4" diameter by 2 3/16" high. The base is polished flat.  The paperweight weighs 36 ounces (2 pounds 6 ounces)
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips, or cracks found on inspection.  The base is not perfectly round - there are two areas where defects may have been polished off.
Signature:  Signed "J Murphy" on the base and signed a second time "JM" in green frit next to the sepals within the design.

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$125 postage paid in the US.      

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Rare Vintage Magnum Frit Paperweight of Flower in Flowerpot by John D. Murphy
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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$125 postage paid in the US. 

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3166 Francis Whittemore Faceted Partridge in a Pear Tree on Transparent Red Ground Paperweight .  circa 1962-1975.  This paperweight features a lampwork partridge in a pear tree with the yellow-brown partridge sitting on a branch.  The pear tree branch has seven leaves and a bright yellow pear.  The composition is placed over a transparent red ground.  It is signed on the back of the partridge with his signature cane, a black “W” with a white or yellow background.  I can't be sure of the color of the signature background because it is masked by the colored ground.  The paperweight is faceted with a large top facet and six side facets.  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 his earlier signatures.  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. 

Medium Size:  2 9/16" diameter by 1 7/8" high. The bottom is ground concave.  It is faceted is with a large top facet and six side facets.
Signature:  Signed on the base with a “W” on a yellow or white background, I can't be sure which because the red colored ground obscures the signature cane.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.  Very slight wear on the base. 

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Francis Whittemore Faceted Partridge in a Pear Tree on Transparent Red Ground Paperweight  
2731 Vintage Magnum Trumpet Flower and Lily Whimsy Paperweight.  circa 1920-1950.  Great magnum trumpet flower paperweight by unknown maker.  The design consists of a white five petal lily surrounded by a multi-colored bouquet of five trumpet flowers or icepick flowers (red, yellow, light blue, white and dark blue).  The ground is clear.  There are six flowers in all each with a  bubble in the center.   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.  A very showy paperweight. 

Note :  The glass has many tiny bubbles in it. 

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

Very Large Size:  3 5/16" diameter by just over 2 13/16" high.  This paperweight weighs over  1 1/2 pounds.  The bottom is finished flat with a remnant of the pontil mark in the center. 
Excellent condition:    No chips or cracks.  I couldn't find any scratches on inspection.  No circular impact marks.  There are many tiny bubbles in the glass, but that from when it was made, not damage. 
Signature:    Unsigned and made by an unknown maker.  I will guarantee that it is vintage and made by a US maker. 

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Vintage Magnum Trumpet Flower and Lily Whimsy Paperweight
3486 Magnum Rare Antique 1890s Folk Art Lampwork Name Paperweight "P. A. PREDLE".  circa 1888-1912.   This "folk art" paperweight features a blue name plaque with the lampwork name "P. A. PREDLE" in white capital lampwork letters bordered at both ends by three lines forming a "crow's foot".  Above and below the name plaque are a total of seventeen colorful twist canes.  The construction has two levels with a frit lower level as seen in the side views.  The frit layer has five stems pushed down to the base, each with a small bubble in the center.  There is an incompatibility crack at the edge of the upper group of twists (shown in two pictures with arrows). 

Although this style of paperweight has been documented and is in a number of collections, the makers are not known with certainty.  The total number of examples is small, probably less than 100 are known.  Some paperweights of this style have two or three lines of text, others only a single line.  The text may be a name, a place, or a date.  There are different styles of lettering, of twist canes, and construction which suggests that several makers were involved.  Some authors suggest that Ralph Barber his brother George Barber made some of them either in Millville or in Toledo.  Some of the examples have names associated with Millville, or even have the word "Millville" in the design.  Other examples have the word "Toledo".  As a result, it has been suggested that workers at Libbey in Toledo made at least some of them.  I have one with the name of a tavern owner in Corning.  The long article by Stanley Kruger in the 2004 Annual Bulletin of the Paperweight Collectors Association (pages 18-32) is the most comprehensive article on the subject to date.  Kruger documented 28 different paperweights of this style and includes pictures of 26 of them.  Most museums have no examples.  This example "PREDLE" is not included in the article, but is very similar to what Kruger calls Midwest - Group 1.  In the book Old Glass Paperweights of Southern New Jersey: An American Folk Art, Clarence A. Newell attributes a similar paperweight with the name "Kizzie Pepper" to Ralph Barber and devotes pages 71-73 discussing this and alternate attributions, such as Charles Pepper.  We may never know who actually made these paperweights, but it is interesting to speculate.   

Very Large Size :  Just over 3 5/8” diameter by just over 2 78" high.   The base is ground concave.  The base has considerable wear and remnants of the pontil mark.  Weighs just over two pounds.
Signature :  No signature, but I guarantee that this is an authentic antique American paperweight from the period 1888 -1912. 
Condition :  In very good condition consistent with its age.  It has considerable wear and scratches on the surface and on the base as shown in the pictures.  There is an incompatibility crack at the edge of the upper group of twists (shown in two pictures with arrows).  No chips or other cracks found on inspection.  No circular impact marks. 

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$275 postage paid in the US.                           

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Magnum Rare Antique 1890s Folk Art Lampwork Name Paperweight "P. A. PREDLE"
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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Magnum Antique Union Glass (Somerville, Massachusetts) Paperweight "MINNIE"
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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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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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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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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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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2279 Large Vintage Pairpoint Yellow Rose Pedestal Paperweight with Engraved Base.  circa early 1970s.  This is a large vintage Pairpoint pedestal paperweight with a wonderful yellow rose in the center.  The rose has sixteen petals in a 4+4+3+3+2 pattern.  The innermost two petals are tiny.  There are also eight dark green leaves, four large and four skinny.  The paperweight is set on a pedestal base, which is engraved with a grapes and ivy pattern.  I believe the engraving was done by either Ed Poore or his mentor Carl Schweidenback.  It is signed on the bottom of the paperweight portion with a Pairpoint dark blue and white "P" signature cane.  Very nice.  

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.

Carl O. Schweidenback started work as a glass cutter at the Watson Company in Attleboro, Massachusetts at age 14 in the 1920s.   His apprenticeship started at Watson and finished at the Pairpoint Glass Works in New Bedford, Massachusetts.  His father was also a glass cutter at Pairpoint.  After working at Pairpoint for a number of years he went to the Silver City Glass Company City in Meriden, Connecticut, known for its copper wheel engraving.  Later in his career Carl worked at the new Pairpoint Glass in Sagamore, Massachusetts where he mentored Ed Poore in the early 1970s.  

Edward Poore has had over 35 years experience in the field of glass engraving and restoration, working at Pairpoint and in his own studio The Crystal Workshop in Sagamore, Massachusetts.  He is an artist in his own right and has also worked in collaborations with many glass artists.  He trained at Pairpoint Glass Works under the tutelage of Carl Schweidenback.  He recently retired and his son James Poore has taken over from Ed.  Both Ed and Jim were featured in the 2009 show at the Sandwich Glass Museum “Two Generations of Glass Engravers, Cutters and Sculptors” - Edward and James Poore.

Very Large Size:  Just over 3 1/4" diameter by 4 5/8" high.  The engraved base is just over 3 1/2" diameter. The base is engraved with a grapes and ivy pattern.  
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No damage found, no chips, cracks, or scratches.  There are some tiny bubbles in the glass.
Signature:  Signed on the bottom of the paperweight portion with a Pairpoint blue and white "P" signature cane.

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Large picture of the paperweight
Top view
Profile view
Side view
Base with remnants of pontil mark and Pairpoint signature cane
Another view
Engraving on Base
SOLD.          

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Large Vintage Pairpoint Yellow Rose Pedestal Paperweight with Engraved Base



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