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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
 
 
5276 Very Early Francis Whittemore Miniature White Millefiori Flower with Leaf and Blue Bud on a Pink Ground Paperweight.  circa 1962 - 1969.  This very early paperweight by Francis Whittemore features a five petal white flower constructed from millefiori canes, a blue twist bud, and one green leaf and stem.  It is signed in the design with an early Whittemore signature cane.  The cane has a black "W" on a yellow background.  The design is placed on a powdery pink ground which penetrates the clear encasement at the edges.  This is an important early example of  Francis Whittemore's work and worthy of any collection of Whittemore paperweights.

Note:  This paperweight is almost the same as the examples offered in Larry Selman's first two editions of "CATALOGUE OF COLLECTORS' PAPERWEIGHTS".  See the 1970 Catalog (robins egg blue cover) or the 1971 Catalog (olive green cover).

Note on execution:  The pictures of the edge of the base show that Whittemore had not yet mastered the encasement of the pink ground.  He must have used a frit powder for the pink ground and you can see a splatter of the powder into the clear encasement.

Francis Dyer Whittemore, Jr. 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 consulting at Baccarat to help them refine their lampwork paperweight art.  Some sources have this consulting work from 1971 to 1976.  Other sources have it starting later.  The signature cane used on this paperweight was one he developed prior to working 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).

Size:  2 3/8" diameter by 1 1/16" high.  This paperweight has a very low profile.  The bottom is ground concave.
Signature:  Signed in the design with an early Whittemore signature cane.  The cane has a black "W" on a yellow background. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.  There is a flaw in the encasement process where the pink powder lifted into the clear encasement (see pictures).  This is not damage - rather it shows how every artist encounters challenges when learning a new medium.    

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$165 postage paid in the US.

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Very Early Francis Whittemore Miniature White Millefiori Flower with Leaf and Blue Bud on a Pink Ground Paperweight
1312 Early Pairpoint Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Heart Canes - CRACKED.  circa 1970 or earlier.  This is a concentric millefiori paperweight with three identical canes in the center, each with a blue and white heart cane in the center. The outer ring consists of eleven identical pastry mold canes, each with an eight armed cog in the center.  The design is placed over a transparent amber ground or flash layer.  Although the glass is clear on top, the amber base color gives it an overall appearance of color.  The canes are all close to the base.  And please make note that there is an internal fracture.  Although the execution is somewhat primitive, this is an interesting historical addition to your Pairpoint collection.  I suspect this is an early example of Bryden Pairpoint's early efforts to make millefiori paperweights.

NoteThis paperweight has an internal fracture and also a flat spot on the top. 

Note 2:  Please ignore the white areas, they are glare from the lights.

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:  2 11/16" diameter by just over 1 11/16" high.  The base is ground concave and has an amber flash or stain finish giving the entire paperweight an amber appearance. 
Condition:  Fair condition.  The paperweight has an internal fracture (crack) and the top was flattened at some point during the making.  There are some minor striations in the glass.
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee that this is an early Pairpoint paperweight.  The millefiori canes in this paperweight have been verified as early Pairpoint canes.   

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$85 postage paid in the US.  

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Early Pairpoint Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Heart Canes
4939 Large Antique Footed Millville Umbrella Paperweight.  circa 1860-1912This style of old paperweight is associated with Millville, New Jersey.  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.  While most examples have an unfaceted top or a single large facet that is parallel to the base, this example has a slanted top facet.  I suspect this was done in a non-professional attempt to remove damage.  This paperweight has visible flaws including surface scratches and nicks and is offered at a bargain price.  The design is well executed and displays many of the typical Millville umbrella characteristics.

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 :  3 5/16" diameter by 3 1/16" high.  The diameter of the foot is 3 1/8".  The bottom is finished although there is a remnant of the pontil mark.  This paperweight has a slanted top facet which I suspect this was done in a non-professional attempt to remove damage. 
Signature :  No signature, but I guarantee that this is an authentic Millville umbrella paperweight from the period 1860-1912. 
Condition :  Fair condition.  This paperweight has many visible flaws including surface scratches and nicks.  There are tiny chips on the edge of the facet and abrasions on the surface.  Considerable wear on the base.  No cracks or large chips.  The top facet is at a slant.  

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$85 postage paid in the US. 

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Large Antique Footed Millville Umbrella 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"
5125 Large Antique Dorflinger Paneled Lily-Style Paperweight.  circa 1895-1920This paperweight has four sections or panels, each with a center stripe of pink or green flanked on both sides with a white border.  The panels are pleated with a large bubble and second smaller bubble between each pleat.  There is also a larger center bubble.  The pleats are created by pushing the top of the design down with a crimp.  When viewed from the bottom, the paperweight gives the the appearance of an umbrella with four white panels and four ribs.  The paperweight is confirmed to have been made at Dorflinger Glass.  An interesting paperweight worthy of further study.

This style of paperweight is referred to as a lily paperweight.  It is similar to the pleated umbrella-style paperweights and paperweight inkwells made at Whitall Tatum in Millville, NJ (circa 1900-1912).  The Millville umbrella designs usually have more pleats, typically eight, but four paneled examples also exist.  The umbrella shaped weights were originally modeled to resemble the wild tiger lily of Southern New Jersey.

Special thanks to a Dorflinger collector who confirmed the Dorflinger attribution and drew my attention to a group of similar paperweights found in the Dorflinger Glass Museum in White Mills, PA. 

C. Dorflinger & Sons Glass Company was founded by Christian Dorflinger in White Mills, PA in 1865.  Paperweight stoppers for bottles were made by Nicholas and Francois Lutz at Dorflinger during the period 1866-1870.  Lily style paperweights and other large paperweights, some with foil lettering and dates, were made by other glass workers at Dorflinger from 1895 to 1920.  Recent research at the Dorflinger Glass Museum has located a catalog including references to paperweights.  Most of the credit for the later styles of paperweights has been given to Tobias N. Hagberg and Ernst Von Dohln, although other Dorflinger workers also tried their hand.  None of the paperweights is dated later than 1915.  Christian Dorflinger died in 1915 and the business closed in 1921.

Large Size :  3 1/4” diameter by 2 1/2" high.  The base is ground slightly concave.
Signature :  Unsigned, but I will guarantee that this was made at the Dorflinger Glass Company during the period 1895-1920. 
Condition :  Very good condition with some minor wear on the base and a few faint scratches on the body.  There is some debris in the glass.

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$195 postage paid in the US.                            Description updated 5/24/2020.    

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Large Antique Dorflinger Paneled Lily-Style Paperweight
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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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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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4011 Vintage Magnum John D. Murphy Multi-layer Frit Icepick Flower Paperweight.  circa 1970.  The paperweight features a blue and white multi-layer design with at least two layers of colored frit flowers.   Each layer has icepick flowers with carefully placed bubbles in the center of the flower.  The stems of each flower go through the lower layers.  The paperweight is signed "J Murphy" on the flat polished base.  A large dramatic paperweight that looks much better in real life than in the pictures.

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

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 glassworkers, 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).

Very Large Size: 3 13/16" diameter by just under 3 3/8" high. It weighs 41 ounces.  The base is polished flat with an added signature. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  Minor wear and scratches on the base, but no other damage found on inspection.
Signature:  Signed. "J Murphy" on the base. 

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$125 postage paid in the US.  

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Vintage Magnum John D. Murphy Multi-layer Frit Icepick Flower Paperweight
3112 Magnum Antique Union Glass (Somerville, Massachusetts) Paperweight "GEORGE M FLINT". Circa 1900-1929.  This is a great Union Glass Company Paperweight featuring a garland of eight lampwork flowers and the name "GEORGE M FLINT" in the center.  There are four red flowers and four blue flowers, each with four petals, four light blue sepals, and a white dot in the center.  The letter "G" at the beginning of "GEORGE" is reversed.  In perfect condition.

Union Glass Company 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 Bulletin.  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 11/16" diameter by 2 5/16" high.   It weighs 2 pounds 2 ounces.  The bottom is ground flat with a clear finish. 
Signature: Unsigned, but I guarantee this to be an authentic Union Glass paperweight. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks or chips.  This paperweight has been professionally restored.

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$345 postage paid in the US. 

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Magnum Antique Union Glass (Somerville, Massachusetts) Paperweight "GEORGE M FLINT"
2257 Large Antique Dorflinger Red over White Petaled Lily-Style Paperweight.  circa 1895-1920This lily paperweight has four large red petals or panels, each with a red color over a white base.  The petals form a deep well in the center.  They are pleated with a large bubble and second smaller bubble between each pleat.  There is also a larger center bubble.  The petals are formed by pushing the top of the design down with a crimp.  The paperweight is confirmed to have been made at Dorflinger Glass.  An amazing large paperweight with considerable depth.

This style of paperweight is referred to as a lily paperweight.  It is similar to the pleated umbrella-style paperweights and paperweight inkwells made at Whitall Tatum in Millville, NJ (circa 1900-1912).  The Millville umbrella designs usually have more pleats, typically eight, but four paneled examples also exist.  The umbrella shaped weights were originally modeled to resemble the wild tiger lily of Southern New Jersey.

C. Dorflinger & Sons Glass Company was founded by Christian Dorflinger in White Mills, PA in 1865.  Paperweight stoppers for bottles were made by Nicholas and Francois Lutz at Dorflinger during the period 1866-1870.  Lily style paperweights and other large paperweights, some with foil lettering and dates, were made by other glass workers at Dorflinger from 1895 to 1920.  Recent research at the Dorflinger Glass Museum has located a catalog including references to paperweights.  Most of the credit for the later styles of paperweights has been given to Tobias N. Hagberg and Ernst Von Dohln, although other Dorflinger workers also tried their hand.  None of the paperweights is dated later than 1915.  Christian Dorflinger died in 1915 and the business closed in 1921.

Large Size :  3 5/`6” diameter by 3 3/4" high.  The base is ground flat.
Signature :  Unsigned, but I will guarantee that this was made at the Dorflinger Glass Company during the period 1895-1920. 
Condition :  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches.  There are some bubbles in the glass that show in the pictures, but these are not damage.

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$395 postage paid in the US. 

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Large Antique Dorflinger Red over White Petaled Lily-Style Paperweight
4028 Magnum Gene Crabtree Icepick Flower Paperweightcirca 1970s.  This paperweight has four brown icepick flowers over a yellow cushion ground.  There is a large bubble in the center and between the flowers and also a pattern of smaller bubbles surrounding the design.  The base is fire finished and is signed with a pontil stamp on the base “Gene Crabtree”.    This paperweight probably dates from the early 1970s.  A very large showy paperweight with great color.

This design is sometimes called an icepick flower design because an icepick type tool is pushed down through the colored layer to create the stem for the flower.  The design is made by placing the brown frit (ground glass) in a metal template, then picking it up with a gather of clear glass.  An icepick like tool is then used to create a stem and center bubble in each petal.    

Eugene Crabtree who was one of the earliest glass workers at Wheaton Village in Millville, New Jersey.  He made paperweights at Wheaton Village starting in the 1960s and also worked at a number of other glass factories.   

Magnum Size:  3 9/16” diameter by 3 1/4” high.  The base is fire finished with a pontil signature stamp.  This paperweight weighs 34 ounces. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips, or cracks found on inspection. 
Signature:  Signed on the base with a "Gene Crabtree" pontil stamp.  

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$95 postage paid in the US. 

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Magnum Gene Crabtree Icepick Flower Paperweight
4742 Antique Millville Style Magnum Rock of Ages Four Color Frit Paperweight.  circa 1900-1920.  This frit paperweight features a rare four color Rock of Ages motif with a turquoise cross on a rock in the middle of the water.  There is a brown or dark red vine growing on the cross.  The text "ROCK OF AGES" appears in blue and red above the cross.  The design is set in colored frit on an opaque white enamel ground.  The white 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.  Some collectors believe that the clear circle on the base points to the Corning, NY area rather than Millville as the place of manufacture.  A great addition to any collection of antique American paperweights. 

Note: This is a very nice clean example but I did find a very faint small (1/8”) partial circular impact mark on careful inspection.  Please review the pictures.

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 stops 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. 

Very large size:  3 11/16” diameter by 2 9/16” high.  The base is ground flat.  This paperweight weighs 34 ounces.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  This is a very nice clean example but I did find a very faint small (1/8”) partial circular impact mark on careful inspection.  Please review the pictures.  There is appropriate wear on the base. 
Signature:  Unsigned but I believe this paperweight was made at either Whitall Tatum in the Millville area of Southern New Jersey or in the Corning NY area.  

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$195 postage paid in the US.  

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Antique Millville Style Magnum Rock of Ages Four Color Frit Paperweight
5376 Francis Whittemore Limited Edition Mistletoe and White Berries with Two Bells Paperweight.  circa 1965 - 1975.  This paperweight features an innovative presentation of a bunch of mistletoe and white berries with two three-dimensional pink bells.  Each bell has a Whittemore black on yellow "W" signature cane as a clapper.  The design is placed on a translucent blue ground.  It is part of a limited edition of 100 paperweights and is engraved "54" on the base.  I don't have the original limited edition certificate.  A beautiful example.

Note:  There is a small rough area on the edge of the base.  I don't think this is damage, but rather an area left unpolished when the paperweight was made.  Today's cameras pick up the smallest defect.

Francis Dyer Whittemore, Jr. 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 consulting at Baccarat to help them refine their lampwork paperweight art.  Some sources have this consulting work from 1971 to 1976.  Other sources have it starting later.  The signature cane used on this paperweight was one he developed prior to working 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).

Size:  2 3/8" diameter by 1 15/16" high. The bottom is ground concave but a small area was left unpolished (see picture)
Signature:  Signed in the design with two Whittemore signature canes used as clappers for the bells.  Each signature cane is a black "W" on a yellow background. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches.  There is, however, a small rough area on the edge of the base.

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$375 postage paid in the US.

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Francis Whittemore Limited Edition Mistletoe and White Berries with Two Bells Paperweight
4015 Vintage Magnum Wheaton Village Blue Flower in Flowerpot Paperweight.  circa 1970s-1980s.  The paperweight features a five petal robins egg blue flower with a long stem and yellow and brown pleated flowerpot.  The design is rendered in frit (ground glass) over a clear crystal ground.  At the bottom, there is a pleated yellow and brown flowerpot.  There is a tiny bubble at the tip of each petal and a larger controlled bubble between each petal.  The paperweight is signed on the base with a pontil stamp "WHEATON VILLAGE" indicating it was made in normal production at The Glass Studio at Wheaton Village.  A pleasing design that is well executed.  Great color. 

This design is sometimes called an icepick flower design because an icepick type tool is pushed down through the colored layer to create the stem for the flower.  The design is made by placing the colored frit (ground glass) in a metal template, then picking it up with a gather of clear glass.  An icepick like tool is then used to create a stem and the bubbles in the design.  

Wheaton Village (now called the Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center or WheatonArts) was founded in 1968 in Millville, NJ.  It is non-profit arts education organization with a focus on the medium of glass.  The center's mission is to engage artists and audiences in an evolving exploration of creativity.  Many paperweight collectors and artists have visited Wheaton Village to participate in the biennial Paperweight Fest.  The village hosts a variety of crafts studios including a The Glass Studio.  It also houses the Museum of American Glass - a comprehensive collection of glass produced in America.  Over the years a number of volunteers and paid glass workers have produced paperweights at Wheaton Village.  Some of the names are Henry Davis, Kenyon Brown, Anthony “Tony” DePalma, and others.  When the work was production work for The Glass Studio, it usually had a superimposed WV or WHEATON VILLAGE pontil stamp.  Work that represented the artist's own effort would have additional initials to identify the artist.  

Magnum Size: 3 5/8" diameter by 3 1/2" high. The base is fire finished with a pontil signature stamp.  The paperweight weighs 37 ounces (2 pounds 5 ounces).
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips, or cracks found on inspection. 
Signature:  Signed on the base with a "WHEATON VILLAGE" pontil stamp.  

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Vintage Magnum Wheaton Village Blue Flower in Flowerpot Paperweight
4393 Large Pairpoint Robbie Mason Pink Footed Crimp Rose Paperweight.  circa 2000.  This is a rare footed lush pink crimp rose paperweight made by Robbie Mason at Pairpoint Glass in Sagamore, Massachusetts.  It has 13 petals with a 4-4-3-2 pattern and 4 outer green leaves. It has a styled foot.  This is an unusual rose style for Pairpoint which is better known for their assembled roses with eight leaves (or four large leaves and four narrow sepals).  The attribution is based on comparison to signed examples made by Robbie Mason.  A wonderful and rare example of the best of modern Pairpoint production. 

Note:  Crimp roses from Pairpoint are rare.  More typically, the rose is fashioned from a frit pickup or assembled.  The leaves are identical to the large leaves in other Pairpoint rose paperweights.  Several experts have reviewed this example and agree with the attribution. 

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 old New Bedford factory burned down in 1965.  In its latest iteration, Robert Bryden moved Pairpoint to Sagamore, Massachusetts in 1969.  Attempts were made to resume glassmaking in New Bedford for five years (1977-1982), but this was not successful.  Bryden retired in September 1988.  Since then, the Pairpoint Glass Company has changed owners several times. It continues to operate at that location today. 

Robert (Robbie) C. Mason (1935-2020) started his glass career in 1950 as an apprentice with Edinburgh Crystal, Scotland (part of the Thomas Webb and Sons).  With exception of three years in the Army (1960-1963), he continued to gain seniority and expertise as a glass maker.  In 1968, Thomas Bryden advertised in the Edinburgh Evening News for experienced glass workers emphasizing the need for hand made experience.  Robbie Mason decided to take a chance on a new employer and joined Pairpoint in 1969.  With his experience, he became a gaffer by 1971.  He stayed at Pairpoint as a master glassblower until he retired in 2005.  A number of well known glass artists apprenticed with him.  He retired in 2005 and passed away from complications of COVID-19 in April 2020.

Large Size:  Just under 2 7/8” diameter by just under 3” high.  The foot is 2 3/8" in diameter.  There is a remainder of a pontil mark in the center of the foot. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No damage found.
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee that this paperweight was made by Robbie Mason at Pairpoint Glass.

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Large Pairpoint Robbie Mason Pink Footed Crimp Rose Paperweight
4406 Francis Whittemore Blue Crimp Rose Upright Pedestal Paperweight.  circa 1970.  This upright pedestal paperweight features a magnificent blue crimp rose with fifteen variegated blue petals and four upturnedgreen sepals.  The petals are arranged in Whittemore's 4+4+4+3 crimp pattern.  It is signed on the underside of the rose with an early Whittemore signature cane.  The cane has a black "W" on a yellow background.  The design is set on a clear ground and supported by a pedestal base.  A fantastic addition to any collection of glass paperweights.

Francis Dyer Whittemore, Jr. is considered one of the pioneers of the modern paperweight renaissance.  He started working in glass in 1938, originally as a scientific glass maker and instructor in South Jersey.  He did not start making paperweights until 1962 when he set up a studio in Lansdale, Pennsylvania.  For five years, he spent one month a year consulting at Baccarat to help them refine their lampwork paperweight art.  Some sources have this consulting work from 1971 to 1976.  Other sources have it starting later.  The signature cane used on this paperweight was one he developed prior to working 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).

Size:  1 15/16" diameter by 2 7/16" high.  The base of the pedestal has a 1 3/4" diameter.  The bottom is ground concave.
Signature:  Signed on the underside of the rose with an early Whittemore signature cane.  The cane has a black "W" on a yellow background. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.    

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Francis Whittemore Blue Crimp Rose Upright Pedestal Paperweight
5265 Francis Whittemore Miniature Yellow Pears with Leaves and Seed Pod Paperweight.  circa 1971 - 1980.  This paperweight features two yellow pears along with three green leaves, and a seed pod.  It is signed in the design with a fancy Whittemore "W" compound signature cane.  The signature cane is a white "W" on a blue background surrounded by a ring of white stars.  The design is placed on a translucent green ground.  Whittemore revisited this theme several times during his career as a paperweight maker.  A beautiful example.

Note:  This was a difficult paperweight to photograph.  The highly reflective surface even picked up a reflection of my hand and my camera.  If you need more pictures please let me know.

Francis Dyer Whittemore, Jr. 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 consulting at Baccarat to help them refine their lampwork paperweight art.  Some sources have this consulting work from 1971 to 1976.  Other sources have it starting later.  The signature cane used on this paperweight was one he developed during the period that he was consulting 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).

Miniature size:  Just under 2 1/16" diameter by 1 11/16" high. The bottom is ground concave.
Signature:  Signed in the design with a Whittemore "W" complex signature cane.  The one used in this paperweight has a white W on a blue background surrounded by a ring of white stars.  It helps to date the paperweight to after 1971 when he started working with Baccarat. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches.

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Francis Whittemore Miniature Yellow Pears with Leaves and Seed Pod Paperweight
2850 Unsigned Miniature Lampwork Flower Paperweight, possibly by Ronald Hansen.  undated.  This miniature paperweight features a six petal lampwork flower with leaves and stem.  The petals are yellow with orange stripes.  There are five variegated sepals and plus two leaves and a stem.  It has a low profile.  Nicely executed, it has an unusual amber ground placed over a white button base (see picture of the base).  Definitely the work of  a talented artist.  Possibly by Ronald Hansen.

Note:  The maker of paperweight is unknown, but it is possibly by Ronald Hansen who made paperweights from the late 1950s to 1971. 

Ronald E. Hansen was born in Virginia, Minnesota in 1910.  He was first exposed to glass lampwork as a child when he was befriended by Bohemian glassworkers in a "hobo village" making glass ships.  He later worked as the director of the Neon Tube School in Detroit, Michigan.  With this exposure, he was aware of the artistic and technical aspects of glassworking.  He established his own studio in Mackinaw City, Michigan, mixed his own colors and glass, and created a variety of small glass paperweights, most of which are 2 1/2" or less in diameter.  He made paperweights from the late 1950s to 1971.  He was one of a number of glass artists in this paperweight making family.  His nephew, Eric Hansen, continues the art today.  You can read more about Ronald E. Hansen in the book American Glass Paperweights and their makers by Jean Melvin (1970 Revised edition) or the article by Nancy Alfano in the 2004 PCA Bulletin.

Very small size:  Low profile, 1 15/16" diameter by just over 1" high.  The base is ground flat with a frosted finish.
Signature:   Unsigned.  I believe this paperweight was made by Ronald Hansen, but have been unable to confirm this ID. 
Condition:  Very good condition with a few faint scratches or scuffed areas. 

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Unsigned Miniature Lampwork Flower Paperweight, possibly by Ronald Hansen
2276 Vintage American "FROM A FRIEND" Frit Paperweight - Probably Made by Gentile Glass.  circa 1900-1974.  This frit paperweight features a "FROM A FRIEND" message in white frit with an outer wreath garland.  The design is placed over a multi-colored ground of larger glass chips.  A great gift item to raise a friend's spirits.  This example in unsigned but I suspect it was made at Gentile Glass in Star City, West Virginia based on the shape and bottom finish.  An identical example of the paperweight and the die used to produce the design are shown in American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers (1970) by Jean Melvin (see pages 69 - 71).  This is a great addition to any collection of American paperweights.

The Melvin book mentions that the motto weights like the "FROM A FRIEND" paperweight were popular items sold to distributors and gift shops throughout the US and Canada.  The dies were originally used by Peter Gentile when he worked at the Fry Factory in Rochester, NY and continued to be used by the Gentile factory once they started their own factory.

This style of paperweight was made by many glass companies throughout the glass producing areas of the midwestern US (Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, or even New Jersey) in the first half of the 20th century and later.  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.  Sometimes the maker can be identified by researching the mold or die used to set up the design.  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.

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.  Originally the factory was a short-lived partnership (G. and F. Glass Co.) with John Funfrock, a mold maker.  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.  John Gentile passed away in 2006 and it is believed that Gentile Glass closed down after his death.  Most, if not all, paperweights produced from 1975 on were signed.  For more information, you can read about the Gentile Family in the book American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers by Jean Melvin (1967 and 1970).

Large Size:  3 5/16" diameter by 2 3/4" high.  The base is fire finished.
Signature :  Unsigned, but I believe this was made by Gentile Glass prior to 1975..
Condition :  Very good condition.  There are some faint scratches and scuff marks, but no significant damage.

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Vintage American "FROM A FRIEND" Frit Paperweight - Probably Made by Gentile Glass
5278 Very Early Francis Whittemore Miniature Paperweight with White and Blue Millefiori Flowers on a Pink Ground.  circa 1962 - 1969.  This very early paperweight by Francis Whittemore features five small white millefiori flowers with blue star centers.  There is also a stem and two green leaves.  The design is placed on a powdery pink ground.  This paperweight is signed in the design with an early Whittemore signature cane, a black "W" on a yellow background.  This is an important early example of  Francis Whittemore's work and worthy of any collection of Whittemore paperweights.

Note:  This paperweight is almost the same as the examples offered in Larry Selman's first two editions of "CATALOGUE OF COLLECTORS' PAPERWEIGHTS".  See the 1970 Catalog (robins egg blue cover) or the 1971 Catalog (olive green cover).

Francis Dyer Whittemore, Jr. 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 consulting at Baccarat to help them refine their lampwork paperweight art.  Some sources have this consulting work from 1971 to 1976.  Other sources have it starting later.  The signature cane used on this paperweight was one he developed prior to working 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).

Size:  2 3/8" diameter by 1 1/8" high.  This paperweight has a very low profile.  The base is flat with a concave center.
Signature:  Signed in the design with an early Whittemore signature cane.  The cane has a black "W" on a yellow background. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.  There are many bubbles in the ground and a few striations in the glass.

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Very Early Francis Whittemore Miniature Paperweight with White and Blue Millefiori Flowers on a Pink Ground

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