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Contemporary American Paperweights for Sale


The glass paperweights on this page are by contemporary American makers.  I am using it to list paperweights were I have only a few examples for sale by the maker.  Be sure to check out my other pages for specific makers such as Charles Kaziun , St. Clair, Degenhart , and Gentile Glass.

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4494 Marilyn Kimble Holt Brilliantly Colored 1996 Art Glass Swirl Paperweight.  dated 1996.  This four sided ovoid shaped paperweight has a brilliantly colored swirl design.  It has a large cylindrical "capsule shaped" bubble in clear glass above a series of swirling lines in a rainbow of translucent colors.  There are also streams of tiny controlled bubbles.  The paperweight was made by West Virginia glass artist Marilyn Kimble Holt and is signed "Marilyn '96" in the center of the base.  It also has a personalized inscription on the base - see below.  A wonderful colorful design from this skilled artist.

Please note:  The pictures do not capture the beauty of this paperweight. 

Note on personalized inscription:  This paperweight has a personalized inscription including a biblical reference on the base.  The inscription reads: "Jeremiah 29:11  Thanks for everything.  Love, Laura".

Note on color:  There is no colored glass at the top of the paperweight.  What you see in some of the pictures is a reflection from the lower portion.

Marilyn Kimble Holt (born 1949) has a background in fine arts as a water-colorist.  In 1989 she was introduced to glassblowing and the focus of her work continues to be the play of color and light.  Marilyn can be found in the directory of artists at the Museum of American Glass in Weston, West Virginia.  The museum has a picture of her blowing glass.  She was one of 25 glass artists who signed a first day cover the USA Free-Blown Glass stamp, postmarked "TAMARACK / AMERICAN GLASS STATION / JULY 3, 1999 / BECKLEY, WV 25801.  She continues her art in her studio Glass by Marilyn in Elkview, West Virginia. 

Size:  3" diameter by 3 5/16" high.  The base is polished flat.     
Signature:  Signed in the center of the base "Marilyn '96".  This was also given as a gift and has a personalized inscription including a biblical reference on the base.
Condition:  Very good condition.  There are a couple of faint scratches on the body and the base has noticeable scratches in addition to the inscription and signature.  No chips or cracks.

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$69 postage paid in the US.

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Marilyn Kimble Holt Brilliantly Colored 1996 Art Glass Swirl Paperweight
5352 Magnum Victor Trabucco Yellow Morning Glory Paperweight with buds.  circa 1988.  This paperweight consists of a large yellow morning glory flower with two yellow buds and leaves and stems on a transparent blue ground.  It is signed with Victor Trabucco's "VT" signature cane on the underside of a leaf.  There is also a very faint scratched signature on the base "Trabucco 1988".  A magnificent paperweight.

Victor Trabucco's original career was as a steelworker.  He began working with glass in 1974 after seeing a flameworker make a sculpture. He knew this was what he wanted to do for his life's work. Trabucco says that “Glass is the ultimate challenge; it has properties of no other material and offers the artist possibilities that are inspiring for the creative process. His work is often inspired by nature, capturing the beauty and motion of the subject and freezing a moment in time. His work is in the collection of many major museums.  Victor set up his first studio in the basement of his house and learned by experimentation.  He now works with his sons Jon and David in a large studio in Clarence, NY.   

Very Large Size:   3 1/4" diameter by 2 3/4" high.  The base is ground slightly concave. 
Signature:  Signed  with Victor Trabucco's "VT" signature cane on the underside of a leaf.  There is also a very faint scratched signature on the base "Trabucco 1988".
Condition:  Outstanding condition with no scratches, chips or cracks.

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$750 postage paid in the US.

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Magnum Victor Trabucco Yellow Morning Glory Paperweight with buds
5364 Ray Banford Three Roses Paperweight on Indigo Aventurine Ground.  circa  1980.  This paperweight has three wonderful many petaled variegated pink roses with dark green leaves and stems.  It is signed near the stem with Ray Banford's signature cane having a red "B" on a white background.  The design is set on a dark indigo aventurine ground.  A wonderful three dimensional design from this skilled artist.

Note on lighting:  This paperweight is best displayed in bright lighting to so the dark green leaves and stem will contrast with the ground.

Ray Banford worked in Southampton, NJ.  He started making paperweights in 1971 along with his son, Bob Banford.  He continued to make paperweights until his death in 2003.  Bob and Ray did not date their paperweights.  Both father and son started using signature canes in 1975.  According to Andrew Dohan's Dictionary of Paperweight Signature Canes, "In the early years, Ray Banford used many different color combinations of a “B” signature cane."  The signature cane in this paperweight, a black “B” in a white background, was used from about 1980 until he died in 2003.  

Size:  Just over 2 7/16" diameter by 2 1/16" high.  The base is polished concave.     
Signature:  Signed near the stem with a Ray Banford signature cane having a red "B" on a white background.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches.

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$375 postage paid in the US.

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Ray Banford Three Roses Paperweight on Indigo Aventurine Ground
3794 Colorful Magnum Rollin Karg Three Sided Paperweight.  circa 1983 to 2000.  This is an interesting three sided sculptural paperweight with inner folds.  Primarily blue, most of the surface has colored spots of pinks, reds, and browns.  One side has an area that is dichroic. It is signed "KARG" on the side near the base.  Extra large.  A fun paperweight. 

Rollin Karg spent the first part of his career as an industrial engineer, photographer, potter and woodworker before becoming a full time glass artist in 1983.  He studied hot glass at Emporia State University (Kansas) and built his first glassblowing furnace there.  Today he owns a studio and gallery in Kechi, Kansas. 

Very large size:  Three sided shape.  3 1/2" at the widest by 2 13/16" tall.  The base is ground flat. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks found on inspection.
Signature:  Engraved "KARG" on the side near the base. 

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$79 postage paid in the US.

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Colorful Magnum Rollin Karg Three Sided Paperweight
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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$165 postage paid in the US.

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Very Early Francis Whittemore Miniature Paperweight with White and Blue Millefiori Flowers on a Pink Ground
5633 Pairpoint Concentric Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1970-1974.  This is a concentric millefiori paperweight with two concentric rings of millefiori on a transparent green ground.  The millefiori canes are pale and transparent, making their details hard to see.  There are striations in the glass.  The paperweight is unsigned, but I guarantee it was made at Pairpoint Glass in Sagamore, Massachusetts.

Note:  The colors in this paperweight made it difficult to take pictures.  It looks better in real life than shown in the pictures.

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 (2019) although under new owners.

Size:  2 1/2" diameter by 1 13/16" high.  The bottom is unfinished with the pontil scar remaining.
Condition:  Very good condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.  There are striations in the glass.  Also, the millefiori canes are pale and transparent, making it difficult to see the details.
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee it was made at Pairpoint Glass in Sagamore, Massachusetts.

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$49 postage paid in the US.

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Pairpoint Concentric Millefiori Paperweight
4746 Chris Sherwin Art Glass Black-Capped Chickadee Paperweight.  dated 2017.  This black-capped chickadee paperweight is a wonderful example of Chris Sherwin's recent work.  The figural paperweight was created for a meeting of the Founders Chapter of the National American Glass Club.  It is signed on the base "Sherwin Art Glass 2017".

The black-capped chickadee is the state bird of Massachusetts and of Maine in the United States, and the provincial bird of New Brunswick in Canada.

Chris Sherwin has worked in glass for 25 years, specializing in designs inspired by nature.  Almost all of his work involves some aspect of torchwork decoration applied to the surface or encased torchwork creations.  He makes his own glass and canes in his environmentally conscious hydro-powered studio.  Chris studied glassblowing at Southern Connecticut State University and apprenticed at Simon Pearce.  He also spent seven years at Orient & Flume Art Glass, an internationally renowned glass studio in Chico, CA known for their iridescent vases, intricate paperweights, and torchwork designs.  At O&F he was able to create designs of his own and collaborative pieces that earned him a separate section in the O&F retail showroom. He opened his own studio in Bellows Falls, VT in 2005 and makes a variety of paperweights, vessels, animal sculptures, seasonal themed and other objects. 

Size:  3 7/8" long by 1 7/8" wide by just under 3 1/16" high.  The base is ground flat.
Signature: Signed on the base "Sherwin Art Glass 2017". 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips or scratches. 

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$85 postage paid in the US. 

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Chris Sherwin Art Glass Black-Capped Chickadee Paperweight
2907 Charles Kaziun Jr. Crimp Rose Upright Pedestal Paperweight - Dark Pink.  circa 1960-1980.  This upright pedestal paperweight features a magnificent crimp rose with fifteen variegated dark pink petals, a center pistil, and four upturned dark green leaves.  The petals are arranged in Kaziun's 4+4+4+3 crimp pattern.  It is signed on the underside of the rose with Kaziun's complex signature cane having a K in the center surrounded by six heart canes.  The design is set on a clear ground and supported by a large pedestal base.  A fantastic addition to any collection of glass paperweights.

After being introduced to the Millville glass artist Emil Larson, Charles Kaziun set a goal to create and perfect his own version of Larson's famous Millville Rose.  This was considered the ultimate icon of glass perfection.  It took Charles almost four years and many thousands of dollars worth of experimentation to succeed.  Many collectors consider the pedestal rose the pinnacle of Kaziun's artistry.

Charles Kaziun Jr. was one of the most famous of the American paperweight artists.  He is often credited with contributing to the rebirth of interest in paperweight making.  He made paperweights from the 1940s until his death in 1992.  His weights are usually signed with a gold K or a special millefiori cane containing a K.  You can read about him in many books, including:

Size:  Just under 2 3/16" diameter by 2 11/16" high.  The pedestal base has a diameter of just over 1 7/16".  The base is ground flat with a concavity in the center.
Signature:  Signed on the underside of the rose with Kaziun's complex signature cane having a K in the center surrounded by six heart canes. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips. cracks, or scratches. 

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Charles Kaziun Jr. Crimp Rose Upright Pedestal Paperweight - Dark Pink
5374 Large Pairpoint Faceted Red Rose Paperweight.  circa 1970-1980.  This paperweight features a large red crimp rose made at Pairpoint Glass in Sagamore, Massachusetts.  The rose has 13 petals with a 4+4+3+2 pattern.  There are also eight variegated green leaves, four large and four skinny.    The design is placed over a semi-transparent dark blue ground.  It is faceted with one large top facet plus five smaller side facets.  The glass has a green tinge.  The paperweight is unsigned.  It is possible that this rose paperweight was made by Robbie Mason or one of the other glass artists who apprenticed with him.  A wonderful example of a modern Pairpoint rose paperweight.

Note on condition:  This paperweight has a faint 3/16" circular impact mark and a
faint 3/16" vertical scratch on the side near the top facet.  There is some wear on the base.  I found no other damage.  There are also small bubbles and a couple of white flecks in the glass from when it was made.  I believe it dates from the early period in Sagamore when they sometimes had white "stones" in the glass thrown off by the furnace pots.

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 again.  It continues to operate at that location today (2022) although under new owners.

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:  2 13/16" diameter by 2 1/4" high.  The bottom is ground concave in the center. It is faceted with one top facet and five side facets. 
Condition:  Very good condition.  This paperweight has a faint 3/16" circular impact mark and a faint 3/16" vertical scratch on the side near the top facet.  There is some wear on the base.  I found no other damage.  There are also small bubbles and a couple of white flecks in the glass from when it was made.  I believe it dates from the early period in Sagamore when they sometimes had white "stones" in the glass thrown off by the furnace pots.
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee this paperweight to be made by Pairpoint Glass.   

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$195 postage paid in the US.

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Large Pairpoint Faceted Red Rose Paperweight
4064 Orient & Flume Iridescent Figural Pear Paperweight.  circa 2003.  Wonderful hand crafted Orient & Flume pear paperweight having a stem and leaf.  The surface is has a light green iridescent sheen.  Signed on the base "Orient & Flume GQT3".  A wonderful example. 

Orient & Flume was started in 1972 in Chico, California by Douglas Boyd and David Hopper.  It studio took its name from its initial location which was at the corner of Orient & Flume.  Their early weights adopted a style that has become known as the California style of  iridescent paperweights with surface torchworked art nouveau motifs on the outside surface of the weight.  Later work involved interior lampworked designs.  Every Orient & Flume piece has a registration number which usually includes a date code.  In this case, I believe the "G" is for 2003. 

Size:  2 9/16" diameter by just over 4 7/16" high including the stem.  The bottom has been ground flat. 
Signature:    Signed in script on the bottom "Orient & Flume GQT3". 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips or cracks or scratches found on inspection. 

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$75 postage paid in the US.

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Orient & Flume Iridescent Figural Pear Paperweight
4507 Miniature Steven Maslach Cuneo Furnace Marble Type Heart Paperweight.  undated.  This wonderful heart shaped paperweight reveals its inner twist with a delightful pattern of an assortment of red and white twisted ribbons.  An early creation by the talented glass artist Steven Maslach, who got his start making marbles.  This paperweight is unsigned, but I guarantee that it is the work of Maslach's Cuneo Furnace.

Note:  There is no front and back side to this heart paperweight.  I picked one side to be the front, but also show the back.

Steven Maslach (born San Francisco, CA 1950) was one of the earliest of the modern / contemporary marble makers.  He has since moved on to wine glasses and now focuses on larger scale cast glass art.  Steven studied glassblowing at California College of Arts and Crafts under Marvin Lipofsky, Ruth Tamura, and Sam Herman (1968 – 1970).  He has taught glassblowing and participated in many conferences and special programs on glass art.  He founded his studio Cuneo Furnace sometime in the 1970s and also works under the name Maslach Art Glass in Seattle, Washington.  In 2008 Steve closed his production studio, Cuneo Furnace, in order to spend his time working on larger, more intricate, one of a kind sculptural works.  His work can be found in many top collections including the Corning Museum of Glass (New York), American Craft Museum (New York), Chrysler Museum (Virginia), High Museum of Art (Georgia), and the Smithsonian Institute (Washington, DC).  He has won many awards and has been in many exhibitions.

Miniature size:  Just over 1 13/16" wide by diameter by 2 5/16" high by 1 " thick.
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee that it is the work of Maslach's Cuneo Furnace.  
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.

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$58 postage paid in the US.

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Miniature Steven Maslach Cuneo Furnace Marble Type Heart Paperweight
3739 Robert Banford Red Clematis with Buds and Bee Faceted Paperweight with Fancy Base Cutting.  circa  1990.  This paperweight features a wonderful red clematis with a yellow center and three companion buds in various states of opening.  A delightful detailed bee hovers over the flower.  There are many green leaves and a stem.  The design is in clear crystal with a powder blue ground at the base of the paperweight.  It is faceted with a large top facet and six side facets.  In addition there is a fancy cutting on the lower portion below the facets.  The paperweight is signed with Bob Banford's “B” signature cane at the tip of the stem.  The cutting is by Ed Poore.  A very desirable addition to any collection of contemporary American paperweights.

Robert Banford worked in Hammonton, NJ.  He started making paperweights in 1971 along with his father, Ray Banford.  Bob continued to make paperweights until 2006.  Bob and Ray did not date their paperweights, but it is sometimes possible to get an idea of when a paperweight was made by the progression of styles and the type of glass used.  Bob Banford used a signature cane with a red "B" and a blue surround.  Ray Banford used a different signature cane with a black B.  Ray passed away in 2003.

Large size:  Just under 3 1/16" diameter by just over 2 1/8" high.  The bottom is ground concave.  It is faceted with a large top facet and six side facets.  In addition there is a fancy cutting on the lower portion below the facets.  
Signature:  Signed with Robert Banford's signature "B" cane at the tip of the stem.  The cutting is by Ed Poore.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.

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$850 postage paid in the US.                     US Sales only, no international shipping. 

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Robert Banford Red Clematis with Buds and Bee Faceted Paperweight with Fancy Base Cutting
5687 Tom Philabaum Robert Carlson 1984 Geode Style Paperweight.   dated 1984.  This paperweight features a colorful sphere with a red, white, and blue jasper exterior and a single angled facet revealing a textured amber colored interior.  There is a single large interior bubble plus other much smaller bubbles.  The design is encased in clear glass.  I call this a geode form for lack of a better name.  You can view this as an early predecessor of Philabaum's later faceted reptilian series of paperweights and perfumes, all featuring a facet revealing an intriguing interior design.  It is signed "Philabaum - Carlson 1984" on the small polished base.  An imaginative early collaborative paperweight by two giants of the glass art movement.

Thomas A. Philabaum (born 1947 Toledo, Ohio) studied ceramics at the Southern Illinois University (B.A. 1969) before switching to study glassblowing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison under Harvey Littleton.  While at Wisconsin, Tom also participated in Littleton's early experiments in studio glass art at the Toledo Museum of Art School.  After graduating from Wisconsin with a Masters of Arts (1973) in Glassblowing, Philabaum built his first glassblowing studio in 1975 in downtown Tucson, Arizona, and opened a gallery there in 1982.  He also has a MFA in ceramics from the University of Arizona (1983).  He has been a major contributor to the glass art movement and the leadership of the Glass Arts Society (GAS) which hosted its annual conference in Tucson twice, in 1983 and 1997.  Tom Philabaum is the recipient of many awards and his work can be found in many museums, private collections, and shops.  Tom officially retired from glassblowing in December, 2018, though he continues to paint and fuse glass.  In October, 2020, Tom and his wife Dabney sold the Philabaum Gallery to long-time Gallery Manager, Alison Harvey and her husband, Dylan Harvey.  The Gallery continues to be the only all-glass Gallery in Southern Arizona, displaying works from over 50 artists from across the country.

Robert Carlson (born 1952)  was educated at the City College of New York (1970-1073).  He was introduced to glass by his good friend Tom Philabaum in 1980 and studied at the Pilchuck Glass School with Flora Mace and Joey Kirkpatrick (1981) and Dan Daily (1982).  He partnered with Tom Philabaum for a short period from 1984 to 1986.  They produced collaborative works for exhibitions at the Galerie Angela Höllings, Hamelin, Germany (1985) and at Studio 828, Akron Ohio (1986).  Since 1987, he has been working on Bainbridge Island, Washington, where he lives with his wife Mary Fontaine-Carlson.  His focus is on larger sculptures with a painted surface.  In his words, "my sculptures had to be about more than just the glass and it’s inherent properties. Painting on glass has allowed me to transform this beautiful and seductive material into narrative sculptures that express the deep inner life that animates all human beings. The glass gives these sculptures form, but the paint gives them meaning."  Robert Carlson has held leadership positions in the Glass Arts Society (GAS) and the American Crafts Council.  He is the recipient of many awards and his work can be found in many museums, private collections, and shops.

Large size:   2 15/16" diameter by 2 5/8" high.  The base is polished flat. 
Signature:  Signed "Philabaum - Carlson 1984" on the small polished base.  
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips or scratches found on inspection.

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Tom Philabaum Robert Carlson 1984 Geode Style Paperweight
5891 Magnum Daniel Salazar Lundberg Studios 2009 Pink Sweet Pea on Green Paperweight.  dated 2009.  This wonderful paperweight features a single pink sweet pea flower and two opening buds over a dark green ground.  There are variegated green leaves and winding green stems.  This is a very three dimensional compound design, with lampwork at multiple levels and stems that wrap through each level down to the ground.  It is signed and dated on the edge near the base "Daniel Salazar Lundberg Studios 2009 100504".  The paperweight also has a lampwork "D.S." signature on the underside of the ground.  It also comes with its original certificate from Lundberg Studios.  A great three dimensional design that is one of Daniel Salazar's signature designs.

Note:  Please ignore the white areas in the pictures caused by the light.  The dark green ground made it difficult to eliminate all the reflections.

Daniel Salazar is one of the lead gaffers at Lundberg Studios in Davenport, California and is their primary paperweight designer and maker.  He joined Lundberg in 1975.   The studio was founded by James Lundberg in the early 1970s.  Steven Lundberg joined shortly later.  The first paperweights were made in 1972.  In 1973 the firm was renamed Lundberg Studios and moved to Davenport, California.  James died in an accident in 1991.  Steven left Lundberg Studios in 1997 and set up his own studio.  He died from ALS in 2008.   Each paperweight produced at Lundberg Studios is signed and dated by the studio and signed by the artist. 

Very large size:  3 11/16" diameter by 2 13/16" high.  The base is ground concave.  It weighs just over 2 pounds.
Signature:  Signed on the side near the base "Daniel Salazar Lundberg Studios 2009  100504".  The paperweight also has a lampwork "D.S." signature on the underside of the ground.  It also comes with its original certificate from Lundberg Studios.
Condition:  Very good condition.  One faint (3/16") bruise found low on the side.  No other cracks cracks, chips or scratches found in inspection.  There is a tiny extra bit of white glass near the surface of the base, maybe left over from when the D.S. signature was added.

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Magnum Daniel Salazar Lundberg Studios 2009 Pink Sweet Pea on Green Paperweight
4493 Jim Karg Blue Iridescent Paperweight.  circa 1993 to 2003.  This paperweight has an iridescent blue frit surface with five large bubbles, four on the side and one on top.  The effect looks like five blue daisies.  It is signed "JIM KARG" on the side near the base.  A nice decorative paperweight.

James Lee Karg (born Columbus, Ohio 1942, died Springville, Pennsylvania 2018) had a successful 30-year career with the telephone company, retiring from Southern Bell in 1991.  In 1993, Jim founded the Karg Glass Works, art glass studio, in Douglasville, Georgia, where he and other artists created beautifully designed blown glass pieces & sculptures which he sold at art shows and galleries around the country.  His son, James D. Karg, worked with him at the Karg Glass Works in Douglasville.  It appears that James Lee Karg retired from glass work in 2003 when he and his wife Suzanne moved to Springville, PA.  James Lee Karg's brother Rollin Karg is also a glass artist and paperweight maker.  Rollin Karg's glass studio and gallery Karg Art Glass is still operating in Kechi, Kansas today (2022). 

Size:  2 3/4" diameter by 2 3/4" high.  The base is ground flat.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks found on inspection.
Signature:  Engraved "JIM KARG" on the side near the base. 

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Jim Karg Blue Iridescent Paperweight
4020 Supermagnum 2007 Translucent Pink Seaform Paperweight with Sea Anemone Murrini - Probably by Robert Eickholt.  dated 2007.  This huge upright semi-transparent pink paperweight has six round sea anemone-like roundels or murrini set shallowly into the surface.  There are tentacles or vines completing the structure.  The shape is non-traditional and is high and wide, but not as deep.  I believe this probably is a late career experimental work by Robert Eickholt.  It has a minimalist signature on the base that looks like an abbreviated "E 2007".  An awesome paperweight.

Note:  I consulted with several other collectors on the maker of this paperweight.  Most felt this had several features that pointed to Robert Eickholt.  Those who did not believe it to be Eickholt had no alternate maker to suggest.  If you have a different maker in mind, please let me know.  

Robert Eickholt has been making glass paperweights since 1978 when he founded Eickholt Glass in Columbus, Ohio.  His designs often make use of precious metals such as gold and silver, and rare oxides such as cobalt and copper.  In later paperweights by Eickholt the design moved to the interior and veiling techniques began to appear.  He retired in 2013. 

Very Large Size:  8 1/2" high by 4 5/8" wide by 2 7/8" deep.  It weighs 55 ounces.  The base has been polished flat. 
Signature:  Signed "E 2007" on the base.  I believe this was probably made by Robert Eickholt. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No damage found on inspection.

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Supermagnum 2007 Translucent Pink Seaform Paperweight with Sea Anemone Murrini - Probably by Robert Eickholt
4904 Daniel Salazar Lundberg Studios 1992 Rose Vine Paperweight Perfume Bottle.  dated 1992.  This elegant paperweight perfume bottle features six deep red roses with dark green leaves on vines at the top of a gracefully shaped bottle.  The vines wrap around the lip of the bottle.  There is a ball stopper extending into the bottle.  Signed and dated on the edge near the base "Daniel Salazar 0714100 Lundberg Studios 1992".  A great three dimensional design that is hard to find.

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Daniel Salazar is one of the lead gaffers at Lundberg Studios in Davenport, California and is their primary paperweight designer and maker.  He joined Lundberg in 1975.   The studio was founded by James Lundberg in the early 1970s.  Steven Lundberg joined shortly later.  The first paperweights were made in 1972.  In 1973 the firm was renamed Lundberg Studios and moved to Davenport, California.  James died in an accident in 1991.  Steven left Lundberg Studios in 1997 and set up his own studio.  He died from ALS in 2008.   Each paperweight produced at Lundberg Studios is signed and dated by the studio and signed by the artist. 

Large Size:    3" diameter by 5 5/8" tall with the stopper.  It is 4 3/16" tall without the stopper.  The bottom is ground concave with a remnant of pontil mark in the center. 
Signature: Signed on the side near the base "Daniel Salazar 0714100 Lundberg Studios 1992".
Condition:  Excellent condition.  I found one faint 1/8" scratch on the side of the ball part of the stopper.  There is also a tiny bit (1/16" or less) of white glass or debris in the ball (not damage). No other flaws found on inspection.   

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$395 postage paid in the US.     

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Daniel Salazar Lundberg Studios 1992 Rose Vine Paperweight Perfume Bottle
5342 Francis Whittemore Yellow Carolina Jessamine Flower with Leaves and Bud Paperweight.  circa 1970.  This paperweight features a Yellow Carolina Jessamine flower and bud with green leaves and stems.  Signed on the back of a leaf with an early Whittemore signature cane.  The cane has a black "W" on a yellow background.  The design is placed on a shaded opaque purple ground.  There is an edition number "53" engraved on the base.  His typical edition size during this period was 100.  A beautiful example.

This paperweight is shown in the Leo Kaplan Ltd. catalog on the 9/85 insert.  M209 is described as a "Yellow Carolina Jessamine on shaded purple ground $450".

Note:  The highly reflective surface and high dome made this a difficult paperweight to photograph.

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.  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.  The edition number "53" is engraved on the base. 
Signature:  Signed on the underside of the ground with an early Whittemore signature cane.  The cane has a black "W" on a yellow background.  This signature cane was used until about 1970.   
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches were found on inspection.

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$375 postage paid in the US.

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Francis Whittemore Yellow Carolina Jessamine Flower with Leaves and Bud Paperweight
5916 Randy Strong 2003 Abstract Flat Top Iridescent Millefiori Paperweight.   dated 2003.  Contemporary abstract millefiori style paperweight created by Randy Strong of Berkeley, California. The paperweight has an unusual shape with the a large top and small base.  It has white and pink millefiori and an outer "garland" of white latticinio twists.  Iridescent pieces of blue and copper color fill in the empty spaces.  There is also a controlled pattern of tiny bubbles in the clear glass edge.  The underlying ground color is black.  It is signed "R. Strong 2003".  A fun paperweight with great color. 

Note:  This paperweight has an unusual shape with the flat top considerably larger then the base.  It is not a typical dome shaped object.   

Randy Strong has studied at the California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts 1971 from the Osaka University of the Arts, Osaka, Japan.  He has been blowing glass and running his own studio in Northern California for over 40 years.  His work has been collected and displayed throughout the world in such places as The Corning Museum of Glass (New York), The Louvre, the Osaka Museum of Art, The San Francisco Museum of Art, The Ludwig Schaffrath Collection (Germany), The John D. Rockefeller Collection, the IBM Collection (USA) and at the American Crafts exhibitions at Baltimore, West Springfield and Rhinebeck.  

Size:  Just under 3" diameter at the top by 1 1/4" high.  The base has a diameter of 1".  The top has a flat profile.  The base is ground flat.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks or scratches.   
Signature:  It is signed "R. Strong 2003" on the edge just above the base.

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Randy Strong 2003 Abstract Flat Top Iridescent Millefiori Paperweight
4509 Chatham Glass 1998 Egg Shaped Triple Swirl Paperweight by James Holmes & Deborah Doane.  dated 1998.  This is a multi-colored egg shaped triple swirl paperweight by the award winning artists Jim Holmes and Deborah Doane at Chatham Glass.  The outer swirl consists of three strands, red, blue, and green with white borders on each.  Inside that is another swirl and an even tinier inner swirl.  The paperweight is signed on the base "Chatham Glass Co 1998".  A colorful complex design.

Chatham Glass Company was founded in 1987 by James Holmes (born 1952) and his then wife Deborah Doane (born 1952).  The company was located in Chatham, Massachusetts (on Cape Cod).  James studied art at a small college in Vermont before receiving his MFA from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art.  He held various glass-related jobs, including an artist residency at the Royal College of Art in England.  Deborah worked with both ceramics and glass before opening the Chatham Glass Company.  They designed the works together, inspired by organic forms and their coastal environment.  Holmes continues to create glass pieces to this day.  Doane now focuses ceramic pieces of her own and resides in California.  Examples of their work can be found in the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC.

Size:  Just under 1 11/16" diameter by 2 3/16" high.  The base is polished flat.     
Signature:  Signed on the base "Chatham Glass Co 1998".
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.  There are a couple of stray bubbles in the glass.

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Chatham Glass 1998 Egg Shaped Triple Swirl Paperweight by James Holmes & Deborah Doane
 
5365 Large Ray Banford Red Rose with Buds Paperweight.  circa  1990.  This paperweight has a wonderful many petaled variegated red rose with two buds, many dark green leaves and three stems.  It is signed near the stem with Ray Banford's signature cane having a black "B" on a white background.  The design is set in clear glass with an opaque star cut white base layer.  A wonderful three dimensional design from this skilled artist.  

Ray Banford worked in Southampton, NJ.  He started making paperweights in 1971 along with his son, Bob Banford.  He continued to make paperweights until his death in 2003.  Bob and Ray did not date their paperweights.  Both father and son started using signature canes in 1975.  According to Andrew Dohan's Dictionary of Paperweight Signature Canes, "In the early years, Ray Banford used many different color combinations of a “B” signature cane."  The signature cane in this paperweight, a black “B” in a white background, was used from about 1980 until he died in 2003.  

Large size:  3" diameter by 2 1/4" high.  The base is convex with an opaque white layer and a star cut.     
Signature:  Signed near the stem with a Ray Banford signature cane having a black "B" on a white background.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches. The white base layer is slightly irregular.

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Large Ray Banford Red Rose with Buds Paperweight
5383 Rare Harold J. Hacker Snake Paperweight.   circa 1966 - 1980.  This wonderful Harold Hacker lampwork snake paperweight.  The long brown snake with two white eyes and a long slender tongue has a yellow stripe down its back.  It blends perfectly with the copper colored frit ground.  It is engraved "HJH" on the base.  A very similar example is shown on page 172 of Melvin's book American Glass Paperweights and their Makers (Revised 1970).  A desirable example of Hacker's work.

Harold James Hacker (1906 - 1989) was born in Weston, West Virginia and, at the age of thirteen, took a job at the Weston Glass Plant.  Later he worked at the West Virginia Specialty Glass Company and learned some of the rudiments of blowing glass.  In 1936 he moved to California and worked at the Technical Glass Company in Los Angeles.  After service in the armed services during world war II, he obtained a concession at the Knott's Berry Farm making miniature glass objects, built on a hobby of lampworking that started back in West Virginia.  In 1966 Hacker and a friend from West Virginia, A. F. Carpenter, started experimenting with glass paperweights at a small studio near Hacker's home in Buena Park, CA.  In the beginning they made more traditional lampwork floral arrangements and millefiori paperweights, but then focused on lampwork snakes, reptiles, turtles, and other animals.  Their output was low and, even with two helpers, never exceeded 200 paperweights a year.  All were signed with variations of Hacker's signature, "Hacker", "Harold Hacker", "Harold J Hacker", or just the initials "HJH".  It is not possible to specifically identify which lampwork animals were made by A. F. Carpenter, but it is believed that Carpenter was the better lampwork artist and Hacker did some of the simpler designs.  Hacker also did the encasement.  Their work was considered good enough to earn an entry in  Dunlop's Dictionary of Glass Paperweights.  Both men are included in Jean Melvin's book American Glass Paperweights and their Makers (revised edition 1970) and Hacker has a page in Larry Selman's All About Paperweights.  Harold Hacker wrote an article "The Art of Paperweights" for the 1968 Annual Bulletin of the Paperweight Collectors' Association. 

Size:  2 3/4" diameter by 1 1/16" high.  The base is ground flat.  Note the low profile.
Condition:  Very good condition.  There are some scuff marks on the widest part of the paperweight.  No other chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.
Signature:  Engraved "HJH" on the base. 

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Rare Harold J. Hacker Snake Paperweight
4382 Robert Banford Blue Double Clematis with Buds Double Overlay Faceted Paperweight with Fancy Base Cutting.  circa  1987.  This paperweight features a wonderful dark blue double clematis with a yellow center and two companion buds, one open and the other still closed.  It is has many green leaves and a stem.  The design is set on a clear ground and encased with a brilliant red and white double overlay.  It is faceted with a large top facet and six side facets.  In addition there is a fancy cutting on the lower portion below the facets.  The paperweight is signed with Bob Banfords “B” signature cane at the tip of the stem.  I believe this is part of Bob Banford's 1987 Collection and the cutting is by Ed Poore.  A very desirable addition to any collection of contemporary American paperweights. 

Note on condition:  There is a 1/8" nick or tool mark just above the fancy cutting.  It is barely visible, but I mention this for completeness and provide a much magnified picture.  No other flaws found on inspection.

Robert Banford worked in Hammonton, NJ.  He started making paperweights in 1971 along with his father, Ray Banford.  Bob continued to make paperweights until 2006.  Bob and Ray did not date their paperweights, but it is sometimes possible to get an idea of when a paperweight was made by the progression of styles and the type of glass used.  Bob Banford used a signature cane with a red "B" and a blue surround.  Ray Banford used a different signature cane with a black B.  Ray passed away in 2003.

Size:  2 15/16" diameter by just over 2 1/8" high.  The bottom is ground slightly concave.  It is faceted with a large top facet and six side facets.  In addition there is a fancy cutting on the lower portion below the facets.  
Signature:  Signed with Robert Banford's signature "B" cane at the tip of the stem.  I believe this is part of Bob Banford's 1987 Collection and the cutting is by Ed Poore.
Condition:  Very good condition.  There is a 1/8" nick or tool mark just above the fancy cutting.  It is barely visible, but I mention this for completeness and provide a much magnified picture.  No other flaws found on inspection.

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Robert Banford Blue Double Clematis with Buds Double Overlay Faceted Paperweight with Fancy Base Cutting
 
5362 Robert Banford Blue Clematis with Buds and Dragonfly Paperweight.  circa 1980.  This compound paperweight features a wonderful large dragonfly hovering above a striped blue clematis.  The clematis has a yellow center and two buds in various states of opening.  There are many green leaves and a stem.  The design is set in clear crystal with an opaque white ground at the base of the paperweight.  The paperweight is compound with the two levels above the ground layer.  The flower floats in the middle layer and the dragonfly hovers above the flower.  The paperweight is signed with Bob Banford's “B” signature cane at the tip of the stem.  A very desirable addition to any collection of contemporary American paperweights.

Note:  The bright light used to take the pictures exaggerate the refractive lines where the layers of glass are joined.  This is normal in compound paperweights that use high quality glass.

Note 2:  There is a 3/16" flaw near the base of this of the paperweight.  I'm not sure what caused this.  It is not a chip or crack.

Robert Banford worked in Hammonton, NJ.  He started making paperweights in 1971 along with his father, Ray Banford.  Bob continued to make paperweights until 2006.  Bob and Ray did not date their paperweights, but it is sometimes possible to get an idea of when a paperweight was made by the progression of styles and the type of glass used.  Bob Banford used a signature cane with a red "B" and a blue surround.  Ray Banford used a different signature cane with a black B.  Ray passed away in 2003.

Large size:  2 3/4" diameter by just over 2 5/16" high.  The white base is polished flat.
Signature:  Signed with Robert Banford's signature "B" cane at the tip of the stem.
Condition:  Very good condition.  There is some wear on the base.  I found one faint (1/16") scratch on the side.  And a small indent or tool mark also on the side.  There is also a 3/16" flaw near the base of this of the paperweight.  It is not a chip or crack.  There are some bubbles in the glass.  No other flaws found on inspection.

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$345 postage paid in the US.

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Robert Banford Blue Clematis with Buds and Dragonfly Paperweight
3529 Early Kenyon Brown 1990 Multi-Color Swirl Paperweight.  dated 1990.  This paperweight features a blue, white, green, and brown swirl design with the swirl winding from the base up to a tight point on top.  The ground is clear.  It is signed with an engraved "Ken Brown '90" on the fire finished base.  One of Ken Brown's earliest paperweights.  A rare item.   

Kenyon Brown was originally an auctioneer in Buckingham, PA.  After his retirement he developed an interest in glass and volunteered at Wheaton Village (now WheatonArts) in Millville, NJ.  He experimented for more than a decade making paperweights.  While he did some of the setups at his home in Lahaska, PA, he would do the encasement in the hot shop at Wheaton Village.  Ken passed away in 2017 at the age of 94. 

Large Size:  2 13/16” diameter by 2 1/4" high.  The base is fire finished.
Signature:  Engraved "Ken Brown '90" on the base.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips, cracks or scratches.  There are some bubbles in the glass.  

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$65 postage paid in the US.  

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Early Kenyon Brown 1990 Multi-Color Swirl 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 upturned green 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
4973 Scott Hartley Infinity Art Glass Abstract Blue and White Paperweight.  dated 2007.  This complex abstract paperweight has a swirling mesh blue and white design that spirals outward from the center.  The pattern is inside the glass with an outer clear encasement.  The shape is like an inverted cone with rounded edges.  It has a large diameter on top and a smaller diameter at the base.  Simple, yet defying an easy description.  A wonderful creation that resembles an unnamed sea form.  A great addition to any collection of abstract modern paperweights.

Special Thanks to Rick and Pam Pfliger, authors of The Signature Detective, for identifying the signature on this paperweight.

Scott Hartley founded Infinity Art Glass in 1999.  Five years later, he moved to his current studio location in Benton, Kansas.  The studio expanded again in 2018.  Scott is a biology graduate of Southwestern College in Kansas.  After teaching for a while, he decided he wanted more art in his life and focused on glass.  His creations range from small (paperweights) to large sculptural pieces costing thousands of dollars.  When I look at his designs, I see abstractions of life forms.  His work is displayed in galleries and shows across the country.

Large size:  3 13/16" diameter by 1 13/16" high..  The shape is large on top and small at the base.  The diameter of the flat base is 1 3/4".
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.
Signature:  Signed on the side just above the base "Scott Hartley ထ 07".  Note the infinity symbol before the date.  The signature is hard to read.  I had to add color (now removed) with a marker to get a half decent picture of it. 

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Scott Hartley Infinity Art Glass Abstract Blue and White Paperweight
4328 Rare Early Lundberg Studios Starry Night with Bat or Dragonfly Paperweight.  dated 1979.  Wonderful dark night theme with stars, waves and a bright colored bat or possibly a dragonfly with a red body and tail and orange eyes and wings flying over a body of swirling water.  The ground is an opalescent white.  It is signed on the base "Lundberg Studios 1979 LS92120".  An amazing paperweight.

Note:  Special thanks to another collector who pointed out that this doesn't look like a bat and is probably a dragonfly.  I agree that other Lundberg designs more closely resemble a bat.  With the long coiled tail it doesn't look like a dragonfly either, so I don't know what it is supposed to be.

Note2:  Intentional or not, you can see the outlines of some of the millefiori canes used to make the stars.  The surface is not completely smooth and shows traces of the surface work done to create the design.

In 1970 James Lundberg founded a small "backyard" studio Nouveau Glass in San Jose, California.  He was joined by his brother Steven Lundberg, Daniel Salazar, David Salazar, and several other glass artists.  The first paperweights were made in 1972.  They were known for their surface decorated designs and torchwork and later for their lampwork.  In 1973 the firm was renamed Lundberg Studios and moved to Davenport, California.  James died in an accident in 1991.  Steven left Lundberg Studios in 1997 and set up his own studio.  He died from ALS in 2008.   Although in later years, each paperweight produced at Lundberg Studios was signed and dated by the studio and signed by the artist, the earliest paperweights did not have the artists signature. 

Large Size:  Just under 2 3/4" diameter by just under 2 1/2" high.  The base is ground flat.   
Signature: Signed on the base "Lundberg Studios 1979 LS92120".  
Condition:  Very good condition with no cracks or chips.  There are scratches and wear on the base.  The surface is not completely smooth and shows traces of the surface work done to create the design.  

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Rare Early Lundberg Studios Starry Night with Bat or Dragonfly Paperweight
5277 Very Early Francis Whittemore Miniature Yellow Lampwork Flower with Pink Ground Paperweight.  circa 1962 - 1969.  This very early paperweight by Francis Whittemore features a six petal yellow flower with two green leaves and a 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 pink ground.  It is an important early example of  Francis Whittemore's work and worthy of any collection of Whittemore paperweights.

Note:  This lampwork flower paperweight is similar to the millefiori type examples with the same frit ground 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 5/16" diameter by 1 3/16" high.  This paperweight has a very low profile.  The base is polished 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.   

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Very Early Francis Whittemore Miniature Yellow Lampwork Flower with Pink Ground Paperweight
5159 Robert Eickholt 1993 Magnum Blue Iridescent Abstract Paperweight.   dated 1993.  This paperweight has an abstract design with a deceptive three dimensional design.  Unlike other works where the peaks and valleys are physical, in this paperweight the peaks and valleys are created using the veiling technique.  The dark blue inner core has a mostly smooth surface with only a few depressions to anchor the larger bubbles.  Additional texture and depth are the result of adding transparent and translucent layers to blanket the core.  Two large bubbles and an arc of smaller bubbles add to the magic.  The iridescent colors progress in layers in shades of light to dark blue.  It is signed "Eickholt 1993 EMAS" on the base.  An excellent large example of Eickholt's work.  

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

Robert Eickholt has been making glass paperweights since 1978 when he founded Eickholt Glass in Columbus, Ohio.  His designs often make use of precious metals such as gold and silver, and rare oxides such as cobalt and copper.  In later paperweights by Eickholt the design moved to the interior and veiling techniques began to appear.  He retired in 2013. 

Very Large Size:  5 9/16" tall by 3 3/16" diameter.  The base has been ground flat. 
Signature:  Signed "Eickholt 1993 EMAS" on the base. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No damage found on inspection.  Minor wear on the base.

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Robert Eickholt 1993 Magnum Blue Iridescent Abstract 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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Francis Whittemore Limited Edition Mistletoe and White Berries with Two Bells Paperweight
600 Early Mark Matthews 1981 Experimental Spiral Paperweight.  dated 1981.  This is an early Mark Matthews Translucent Swirl Paperweight.  It features a precise gold swirl applied to a dark brown or dark red surface.  It was made in 1981 before Mark started his studio in 1985, so it may have been made during his student days.  I have labeled this as an experimental piece because there are many surface "flaws".  These flaws don't appear to be damage but rather the result of an unfinished or experimental process.  Marble collectors are familiar with this amazing artist but he made relatively few paperweights.  His focus is spheres and some of them sell for thousands of dollars.  This is a chance to own an early Mark Matthews work.

Mark Matthews started working in glass in 1974 while he was still an undergraduate at glorious Kent State University and continued his studies at Ohio University, receiving an MFA.  Since 1985 he as worked full time in glass as an independent glass artist with his studio located within the Sauder Village in Archbold, Ohio.  Matthews has become internationally recognized for his mastery of the glass sphere.  His stated goal is to explore the ways radically different designs and techniques can be used within a well-defined category such as spheres.  Mark Matthews work has been published in many books and is held in museums such as the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, England, the Corning Museum of Glass in New York, the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio and the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.   

Large Size:  Just under 3 1/16" diameter by 2 7/16" high.  The base is unfinished with a broken pontil scar. 
Signature: It is signed in script on the base "Mark Matthews 1981".
Condition:  Good condition.  There are many surface flaws and this appears to be an experimental piece or prototype.  No cracks or chips.  

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Early Mark Matthews 1981 Experimental Spiral Paperweight
5344 Large David and Jon Trabucco Faceted Yellow Flower Paperweight with Buds.  circa 1985-2000.  This paperweight consists of a large five petal yellow flower with two yellow buds and variegated leaves and stems on a clear ground.  The flower has a wonderful complex center composed multiple tubes, filaments and pads.  It is signed with a stretched "T" signature cane on the underside of a leaf.  The paperweight is faceted with a large top facet and six side facets.  A fabulous paperweight. 

Twin brothers David and Jon Trabucco learned glass working under the direction of their father, the accomplished glass artist Victor Trabucco.  When they first started out, David made the floral setups and Jon did the encasement and cutting, but over time they both became involved in all aspects of paperweight production. They are now accomplished glass artists in their own right.  They have their own studio and also continue to work with Victor at the large Trabucco Glass Studio in Clarence, NY.

Victor Trabucco's original career was as a steelworker.  He began working with glass in 1974 after seeing a flameworker make a sculpture. He knew this was what he wanted to do for his life's work. Trabucco says that “Glass is the ultimate challenge; it has properties of no other material and offers the artist possibilities that are inspiring for the creative process. His work is often inspired by nature, capturing the beauty and motion of the subject and freezing a moment in time. His work is in the collection of many major museums.  Victor set up his first studio in the basement of his house and learned by experimentation.  He now works with his sons Jon and David in a large studio in Clarence, NY.

Large Size:   2 7/8” diameter by 2 3/16” high.  The base is ground slightly concave.  The paperweight is faceted with a large top facet and six side facets.
Signature:  Signed with a stretched "T" signature cane on the back of a leaf.  No script signature.  I verified with Victor Trabucco that this is the work of David and Jon and is not Victor's own work. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks.

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Large David and Jon Trabucco Faceted Yellow Flower Paperweight with Buds
5550 Drew Ebelhare Spaced Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Black Ground.  dated 1999.  This is a Drew Ebelhare  spaced concentric millefiori paperweight.  It is larger than his typical miniatures.  The design has nineteen different, mostly complex, millefiori canes placed on a black or very dark blue ground.  There is an opaque white under coat to the ground and a lighter shade of blue peeks through at the sides.  It is signed in the center with Ebelhare's complex "E" signature cane.  In addition, it is signed on the base "Ebelhare 10-99".  There is a flaw from when it was made, so please read the note below.  A beautiful paperweight with amazing detail.

Note:  There is a reflective line where the blue base and darker black ground color meet.  This may be the result of adding a clear final encasement or it may be an internal fracture.  You can see this in the side views - I have marked one picture with arrows to point out the flaw.  I consider it a flaw and am offering this at a reduced price even though the previous owner paid $325 plus a buyers premium for this paperweight.  It displays beautifully.

Drew Ebelhare has been making glass paperweights since 1983, focusing on millefiori paperweights, especially miniature designs.  Drew graduated from Florida State University in 1977 with a Bachelors Degree in technical theater and scene design.  After graduating and working at the Alley Theater in Houston, he made a career change becoming one of the founding members of The Houston Glass Art Society.  In 1981, Drew set up his first hot glass shop in Houston.  He now works out a new studio in Cañon City, Colorado.  His millefiori canes have evolved so he now produces his own unique style of floral millefiori canes, including Clichy style roses, camomiles, pansies, primroses, sunflowers and others.  Paul Dunlop calls Drew the preeminent millefiori paperweight artist in the United States.  Starting in 2009,  Drew Ebelhare and Sue Fox collaborated to make wonderful paperweights featuring Sue's delicate lampwork surrounded by Drew's distinctive style of floral millefiori.  Sue Fox passed away early in 2020.

Size:  Just over 2 5/8" diameter by 1 5/8" high.  The base is polished flat. 
Signature:  Signed in the center with Ebelhare's complex "E" signature cane.  In addition, it is signed on the base "Ebelhare 10-99".  
Condition:  Good condition.  There are some scratches on the base and a possible internal fracture or flaw along the side - see note above.  No scratches, cracks, or chips on the dome.  There are tiny bubbles in the glass.  

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Drew Ebelhare Spaced Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Black Ground
2618 Mayauel Ward Orange Berries Plant Paperweight.  dated 2009.  This paperweight features a graceful plant with two leaves and a stalk of orange berries.  It was a table favor at the Paperweight Collectors Association (PCA) Convention in 2009.  It is signed and dated "Mayauel Ward 2009" on the side near the base.  Absolutely wonderful.

Mayauel Ward is one of the premier lampwork artists working today.  He started with a glass class taught by Stuart Abelman at El Camino College.  After completing his studies, he went to work at Correia Glass where he worked with Ken Rosenfeld.  In 1979 he joined the Abelman Glass Studio where he started making lampwork designs in 1987.  Although he continued to work at Abelman Glass, he also built a studio in his home in Manhattan Beach, CA.  His work is uniquely his own although he gets inspiration from the fine lampwork designs of Paul Stankard and Chris Buzzini.  There are articles about Mayauel Ward in the 1997 and 2006 issues of the Annual Bulletin of the Paperweight Collectors Association.

Size:  2 5/8" diameter by 2 1/8" tall.  The base is polished flat. 
Signature:  Signed "Mayauel Ward 2009" on the side near the base. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.

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Mayauel Ward Orange Berries Plant 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
4646 Magnum Victor Trabucco Pink Clematis Paperweight with Buds on Trellis.  dated 1983.  This Victor Trabucco paperweight consists of a large pink clematis with two buds and leaves and stems on a white trellis.  The clematis flower has five textured petals with dark bushy stamens in the center.  One bud is about to open.  There are ten veined leaves.  The design is set on a clear ground.  It is signed on the side near the base "Trabucco 1983".  There is also a "VT" signature cane on the underside of a leaf.  A beautiful paperweight. 

Victor Trabucco's original career was as a steelworker.  He began working with glass in 1974 after seeing a flameworker make a sculpture. He knew this was what he wanted to do for his life's work. Trabucco says that “Glass is the ultimate challenge; it has properties of no other material and offers the artist possibilities that are inspiring for the creative process. His work is often inspired by nature, capturing the beauty and motion of the subject and freezing a moment in time. His work is in the collection of many major museums.  Victor set up his first studio in the basement of his house and learned by experimentation.  He now works with his sons Jon and David in a large studio in Clarence, NY. 

Very Large Size:   Just over 3 1/8" diameter by 2 1/2" high.  The base is ground concave. 
Signature:  Signed "Trabucco 1983" on the side near the base. There is also a "VT" signature cane on the underside of a leaf. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks found on inspection.  One tiny imperfection found on the side that appears to be a speck of dirt in the glass.  

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Magnum Victor Trabucco Pink Clematis Paperweight with Buds on Trellis
3584 Early Chris Buzzini Bridgeton Studio Angelfish and Millefiori Flowers Paperweight.  dated 1978.  Contemporary surface decorated paperweight created by Chris Buzzini of Bridgeton Studio.  The paperweight has three red and white angelfish swimming among vines with four orange millefiori flowers and green leaves.  There is also a pulled feather design resembling waves.  Underneath there is a opaque white ground.  The entire design is encased in a clear glass layer adding depth.  Signed "BRIDGETON STUDIO '78 FS057 BUZZINI" on the base.  An early paperweight by one of the country's most talented glass artists.

Chris Buzzini studied at Shasta Junior College in Redding, CA and California State University at Chico, CA.  While at Shasta, Chris was exposed to glassblowing for the first time by Chris Sowder (1970).  Buzzini pursued glassblowing, eventually setting up his own “backyard” studio.  From 1972 to 1975, Chris worked at Orient & Flume Art Glass in Chico, CA.  Later from 1976 to 1978, he operated a glass studio Bridgeton Studio in New Jersey with the backing of a collector and a partner.  While at Bridgeton, Chris had two helpers (Allan Ziegler and Fritz Willie) who learned on the job.  Chris did the designs.  When Ziegler or Willie helped Chris make the paperweight, their name was often included in the signature.  Eventually Chris moved back to California and worked at Lundberg Studios and Correia Art Glass.  Since 1986 he has been an independent studio artist.  His designs often sell for several thousand dollars.

Large Size:  2 3/4" diameter by 2 9/16" high.  The base is ground flat.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks found on inspection.  There is a little roughness on the edge of the base, probably from when the base was ground flat.
Signature:  Signed "BRIDGETON STUDIO '78 FS057 BUZZINI" on the base.

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Early Chris Buzzini Bridgeton Studio Angelfish and Millefiori Flowers 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
3436 Robert Townsend Translucent Veiled Yellow Abstract Faceted Paperweight.  circa 1980s or later.  This distinctive paperweight with three top facets has an abstract multi-layered veiled design of transparent pale yellow and clear colored glass.  The veiling technique allows the glass to react to light and create a fluid, airy effect.  It is signed on the base "Robert Townsend", but it is possible that I am reading the signature incorrectly.  I show the signature as it appears and then darkened to make it easier to read.  An interesting paperweight that shows considerable skill.

This paperweight has a translucent design was difficult to photograph.  It has "veil" effect created by using a metallic powder in the glass.  The veiling technique was first developed by Dominic Labino in the early 1970s.  Later it was used by Harvey Littleton (1980), Ed Nesteruk (1982), Michael O'Keefe (1984), Robert Eickholt, Gilbert C. Johnson, and others. 

The paperweight is signed Robert Townsend, but I have been unable to learn anything about the artist.  It is professionally executed and finished.  I purchased the paperweight as part of a Massachusetts collection of quality paperweights.

Size:  Just over 2 7/8" diameter by just over 2 5/8" high.  The base is polished flat. 
Signature: Signed "Robert Townsend" on the base.  The signature was difficult to photograph, so I show the signature as it appears and then darkened to make it easier to read.   
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks or chips.  Some wear on the base.

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Robert Townsend Translucent Veiled Yellow Abstract Faceted Paperweight
5909 Scott Bayless Lotton Studios Yellow Calla Lily Paperweight.  dated 2006.  This paperweight has three wonderful calla lilies with a dark green leaf between each lily.  A well balanced design.  Signed on side near the base "Scott Bayless 2006 Lotton Studios".  Truly a standout design, the one that made Scott Bayless famous. 

Scott Bayless began his career in art glass in 1996 after a visit to the Corning Glass Museum.  He began his arts training as a film student at Ithaca College in New York and continued at Columbia College in Chicago.  In May 1996 Scott was hired to work part time in Charles Lotton's shop.  He developed his skills and learned basic methods of working with hot glass.  On Thanksgiving Day of 1999 Scott created his first Calla Lily paperweight which changed his world.  Scott has since developed personalized techniques that make his original Calla Lily, Orchid, Rose, Columbine and Hibiscus floral designs beautiful and unique. 

Charles Lotton began experimenting with paperweight and vase production in a backyard shed in late 1970 in Lynwood, Illinois.  At the time he was a successful hair stylist, salon owner, and a collector of glass.  From the beginning, he was determined not to reproduce styles made previously.  He developed his own formulas for creating glass colors and pioneered the technique of surface decoration.  In 1971 he developed the King Tut design.  Since 1973 he has worked full time in glass production. 

Today Lotton Art Glass features the work of Charles Lotton, his sons David and Daniel, his grandson Robert Lagestee, and studio artist Scott Bayless.  They create hand blown, one of a kind works of fine glass art.  Included are blown vases, bowls, sculptures, paperweights, perfume bottles, lamps, pendant lighting as well as chandeliers.  The studio is located in Crete, Illinois.  David Lotton and his son Jeremiah Lotton also have their own studio David Lotton Glass Designs in Lowell, Indiana.

Large size:  Just under 2 3/4" diameter by just over 2 9/16" high.  The base is polished flat
Signature:  Signed on the side near the base "Scott Bayless 2006 Lotton Studios" 
Condition:  Very good condition.  There is faint rough area near the top (see picture).  No other damage found on inspection. 

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Scott Bayless Lotton Studios Yellow Calla Lily Paperweight
4555 Francis Whittemore Pink Crimp Rose Upright Pedestal Paperweight.  1962-1970.  This upright pedestal paperweight features a magnificent pink crimp rose with fifteen pink petals and four upturned green sepals.  The petals are arranged in Whittemore's 4+4+4+3 crimp pattern.  It is signed on the underside of the rose with Whittemore's earliest signature cane.  The cane has a black "W" on a white background.  The design is set on a clear ground and supported by a pedestal base.  There are some bubbles in the glass.  There is also a slight yellow tint to the glass, which is exaggerated in the pictures.  A wonderful early Whittemore to add to your collection of glass paperweights.

Note on condition:  There are a few faint scratches and one pinprick on the side of the paperweight.  They do not affect its display, but I have reduced the price rather than have them polished out.  One picture shows the worst of the scratches.  There is also a rough area on the base from when it was made.

Note on color:  There is a slight yellow tint to the glass, which is exaggerated in the pictures.  It is possible that this is the result of the lighting I am using.

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 his earliest signature cane and predates the one with the yellow background.  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:  Just under 2 3/16" diameter by 2 7/8" high.  The base of the pedestal has a 2 1/4" diameter.  The bottom is ground concave.
Signature:  Signed on the underside of the rose with Whittemore's earliest signature cane.  The cane has a black "W" on a white background. 
Condition:  Very good condition.  There are a few faint scratches and one pinprick on the side of the paperweight.  No other damage found on inspection.  There is also a rough area on the base from when it was made.      

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Francis Whittemore Pink Crimp Rose Upright Pedestal Paperweight
2767 Large Parabelle Glass 1989 Limited Edition Looped Millefiori Garland on Opaque Blue Ground Paperweight.  Dated 1989 This paperweight has a hexafoil six-looped garland of alternating pink pastry mold canes and white edelweiss canes.  There is a pastry type green cane in the center of each loop and another larger cane in the center of the design.  All of the canes are pressed into an opaque blue ground in the style of Clichy color ground paperweights.  The paperweight is signed with a "PB 1989" cane in the design and also has a very worn silver label with two bells, "PARABELLE GLASS Rings True HANDMADE IN USA" on the base.  This paperweight was issued in a limited edition of 75 paperweights, but there are no edition markings on the paperweight.  Please note the comment below about condition issues.  A wonderful paperweight with great color.

Note:  Please note that there are some manufacturing defects in this paperweight.  The ground color is uneven and there are some spots on the surface of the ground.  In addition there is a 1/8" scratch on the side of the paperweight.  Both problems are marked in one picture.  The paperweight displays well in spite of these flaws.  I am selling this paperweight at a very reduced price.  

Parabelle Glass was a small company created in 1981 by Gary and Doris Scrutton in Portland, Oregon.  High quality paperweights were made in small quantities from 1983 to 1998 when they retired.  Their best weights are some of the finest ever made, comparing favorably to the best classical French paperweights.  Most designs were produced in limited editions of 10 to 25 paperweights, although some editions were larger.  They also made some one of a kind paperweights.  Doris passed away in 2013 and Gary followed in 2014.  After the Scruttons retired in 1998, their daughter Julie Scrutton Lewis made some paperweights and jewelry using Parabelle millefiori canes. 

Large Size:  Just under 2 7/8" diameter by 1 7/8" high.  The base is ground concave.  
Signature: Signed in the design with a signature cane "PB 1989".  This paperweight also has a very worn silver label on the base that has a drawing of two bells and the text "PARABELLE GLASS Rings True HANDMADE IN USA"  
Condition:  Good condition with some manufacturing defects.  There is a 1/8" scratch on the side as shown in one of the pictures and minor wear on the base.  The ground color is uneven and there are some defects in the surface of the ground.  No other cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection. 

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Defects - flaw on ground and scratch
$265 postage paid in the US.

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Large Parabelle Glass 1989 Limited Edition Looped Millefiori Garland on Opaque Blue Ground Paperweight
3899 Robert Grablow Pedestal Crimp Red Rose Paperweight with Frosted Exterior.  circa 1990This wonderful variegated red crimp rose paperweight has fifteen petals in a 4+4+4+3 pattern plus four sepals.  The rose is placed floating on a clear ground in a pedestal base.  The exterior is frosted with one angled.  Although Grablow normally signed his paperweights, I do not see a signature on this one.  There are some striations or sugaring in the glass.  A wonderful example from this talented Millville, NJ artist.   

Crimp roses represent the ultimate challenge for paperweight makers.  You can read about the crimps and their use in making crimp roses in the book American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers by Jean Melvin (1970). 

Robert Grablow was a Millville, New Jersey artist best known for full size crimp roses made from the furnace tank.  He started making crimp roses in 1986 or so when he started as a volunteer at Wheaton Village and added a signature cane around 1991.  Although best known for his full size crimp roses, he also made lampworked miniature roses starting about 1967 time frame.  These early miniature roses were sold through the Arthur Gorham Paperweight Shoppe at Wheaton Village.

Size :  2 3/4" diameter by just over 3" high.  The exterior is frosted with one angled polished window to view the rose.
Signature : Unsigned, but I guarantee that this paperweight was made by Robert Grablow in Millville, NJ. 
Condition :  Very good to excellent condition.  There are a couple of tiny scuff marks on the frosted finish.  There are also some striations or sugaring in the glass (from when it was made).  Some wear on the base.

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$265 postage paid in the US.

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Robert Grablow Pedestal Crimp Red Rose Paperweight with Frosted Exterior
4044 Sarah Rudin Maytum Studio Iridescent Translucent Pink Twist Paperweight.  dated 1988.  Shimmering iridescent and translucent pink twist paperweight made by Sarah Rudin at Maytum Studio.  It is signed on the base ""Maytum Studio 1988 Rudin ©".  It is a fun paperweight with great color. 

Brian Maytum had a studio in Boulder Colorado and made glass there since the early 1980s.  As of 2021, he had retired a few years ago.  Sarah Rudin worked at the Maytum Studio in the 1980s.  I have no other information on these two talented glass artists.

Large size:   2 7/8" diameter by 3" high.  The base is ground flat.
Signature:  Signed and dated on the base "Maytum Studio 1988 Rudin ©".
Condition:  Excellent condition.  There are some scratches on the base, but no other cracks, chips or scratches found on inspection.  There are some tiny bubbles in the pink color.

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$75 postage paid in the US.

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Sarah Rudin Maytum Studio Iridescent Translucent Pink Twist Paperweight
865 Josh Simpson Miniature Inhabited Planet Paperweight with Presentation Box and Pamphlet.  dated 1998.  This is a miniature inhabited planet paperweight along with its original presentation box and small three fold pamphlet.  The basic theme of the inhabited planet series is that a new planet has been discovered with interesting features inviting exploration.  There are interesting multi-colored structures rising above the surface.  Some structures, possibly man made, require further exploration.  There is a blue, yellow, and green twisted ribbon shaped spaceship investigating the terrain below.  Elsewhere on the planet you can see a trail of bubbles the spaceship has left behind as it explored.  This paperweight is signed "JS98" on its flat base.  This planet has all sorts of terrain including suggestions of vegetation, water, and volcanic activity.  It comes with a small pamphlet and its original presentation box.  A fun item.

Josh Simpson has been making magical glass objects including paperweights for over 40 years.  He has long had a fascination with space exploration and is married to Astronaut Cady Coleman.  He is a graduate of Hamilton College and has his own glass studio in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts.  He focuses on creating objects with a range of color, form, contrast, iridescence, tessellating patterns and complexity. 

There is a great book Josh Simpson: Glass Artist by Andrew Chaikin.  I recommend it highly.

Size:  1 7/8" diameter by 1 13/16" high.  The base is polished flat.  The pamphlet is 2 3/4" by 2 3/4" and unfolds to a single two sided sheet 8 1/4" by 2 3/4".
Signature:   Signed "JS98" on the base.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  There is minor wear on the base, but no other cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.  There are a few tiny bubbles in the glass near the surface which are not damage. 

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Josh Simpson Miniature Inhabited Planet Paperweight with Presentation Box and Pamphlet
5183 Josh Simpson Miniature Gravitron Planet Marble with Stand.  This a miniature (just under 2" diameter) Gravitron planet marble made by Josh Simpson.  Gravitrons evoke deep space phenomena such as black holes and the warping of space-time.  They represent planets that wander too near a black hole, where they are twisted and squashed by unfathomably intense gravity.  Josh captures the instant when these unfortunate planets have been almost consumed and all that remains is a memory and a puff of X-ray light.  Although clear glass, the controlled bubbles sometimes have an iridescent color.  Some of the bubbles have a speck of amber color, which is exaggerated by my lights.  An acrylic 2" tall by 1 1/2" by 1 5/16" dimple stand is included.  This example is unsigned.  

Josh Simpson has been making magical glass objects including paperweights for over 40 years.  He has long had a fascination with space exploration and is married to Astronaut Cady Coleman.  He is a graduate of Hamilton College and has his own glass studio in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts.  He focuses on creating objects with a range of color, form, contrast, iridescence, tessellating patterns and complexity. 

There is a great book Josh Simpson: Glass Artist by Andrew Chaikin.  I recommend it highly.

Miniature Size:  1 15/16" diameter glass sphere.  The acrylic stand is 2" tall by 1 1/2" by 1 5/16".
Signature:   This example is unsigned, but I guarantee that it is a genuine Josh Simpson marble.
Condition:  The marble is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.  A few of the bubbles are larger and have an amber cast.  It may be a second.  The acrylic stand is in very good condition with a few tiny scratches.

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$85 postage paid in the US. 

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Josh Simpson Miniature Gravitron Planet Marble with Stand
5349 Francis Whittemore Pink Cyclamen Flower with Leaves and Bud Paperweight.  circa 1969.  This paperweight features a pink cyclamen flower and bud with two green leaves and stems.  Signed on the back of a leaf with an early Whittemore signature cane.  The cane has a black "W" on a yellow background.  The design is placed on a translucent green ground.  There is an edition number "53" engraved on the base, but I was unable to determine the edition size.  A beautiful example.

This paperweight is shown in the Leo Kaplan Ltd. catalog on the 9/85 insert.  M210 is described as a "Pink cyclamen on translucent green ground $400".

Note:  The highly reflective surface and high dome made this a difficult paperweight to photograph.  There are extra shadows and objects in the pictures that are not in the paperweight.

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.  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:  Just under 2 7/16" diameter by 2" high. The bottom is ground flat.  The edition number "53" is engraved on the base. 
Signature:  Signed on the back of a leaf with an early Whittemore signature cane.  The cane has a black "W" on a yellow background.  This signature cane was used until about 1970.   
Condition:  Very good condition.  I found two tiny faint circular impact marks on the side (see picture).  Each was less than 1/16" across.  No chips, cracks, or scratches were found on inspection.

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$295 postage paid in the US.

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Francis Whittemore Pink Cyclamen Flower with Leaves and Bud Paperweight
2230 Cape Cod Glass Works Bill Burchfield Crown Paperweight.   circa 1997.  Colorful crown paperweight with one of Bill Burchfield's complex signature canes on the top.  The design has 16 twist canes alternating between red, white, and blue twist canes and aventurine edged pink twist canes.  The design is topped with a great pink and white pastry mold cane with a complex signature cane in the center.   The signature cane is not as clear as one could wish, but the paperweight is definitely by Burchfield.  A rare chance to acquire a fantastic crown paperweight from this outstanding artist. 

The complex cane in the crown of this paperweight has the same design as the Burchfield-27 design in Andrew Dohan's book Dictionary of Paperweight Signature Canes.  It differs in the color scheme shown in the book and may have been an experimental design.  While Bill changed his signature cane each year, he used the Burchfield-27 cane and others in 1997.  Crown weights are considered by some to be the most exciting of all millefiori designs.  They are extremely difficult to make.  

The Cape Cod Glass Works was operated by William Clark Burchfield in Sagamore, Massachusetts from 1976 to 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.  Bill started making paperweights at Pairpoint Glass in 1970.

Size:   Just over 2 3/8” diameter by 1 15/16” high.  The base is ground concave.   
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection. 
Signature:  This paperweight is signed on top with a variation of the Burchfield-27 signature cane.  The signature cane is not as clear as one could wish, but I guarantee this paperweight was made by Bill Burchfield at the Cape Cod Glass Works.

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Cape Cod Glass Works Bill Burchfield Crown Paperweight
5690 Great Early Robert Eickholt Translucent Double Hearts Paperweight. Circa 1981.  This surface decorated  paperweight consists of a hearts and vines design with two hearts on the surface of a translucent gold colored paperweight.  This is an early Robert Eickholt paperweight and is signed on the bottom "R. Eickholt 1981".  Eickholt called this design "Double Hearts."

Robert Eickholt has been making glass paperweights since 1978 when he founded Eickholt Glass in Columbus, Ohio.  His designs often make use of precious metals such as gold and silver, and rare oxides such as cobalt and copper.  This is an early example of the use of gold color.  In later paperweights by Eickholt the design moved to the interior and veiling techniques began to appear.  He retired in 2013.

Large Size:  3 1/8" diameter by 2 15/16" high.  The base is polished flat. 
Signature: Signed "R. Eickholt 1981" on the base. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks or chips.  The surface shows some variation in color, which I believe was deliberate.   

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$125 postage paid in the US.

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Great Early Robert Eickholt Translucent Double Hearts Paperweight
2403 Magnum Parabelle Glass 1985 Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Red and White Torsade.  Dated 1985 This paperweight has a four ring concentric millefiori pattern with a wonderful large red and white torsade on the outside.  The concentric rings consist of blue and rust-red colored millefiori canes.  The design is set on a clear ground.  The paperweight is signed with a "PB 1985" cane in the design.  A wonderful paperweight with great color.

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Parabelle Glass was a small company created in 1981 by Gary and Doris Scrutton in Portland, Oregon.  High quality paperweights were made in small quantities from 1983 to 1998 when they retired.  Their best weights are some of the finest ever made, comparing favorably to the best classical French paperweights.  Most designs were produced in limited editions of 10 to 25 paperweights, although some editions were larger.  They also made some one of a kind paperweights.  Doris passed away in 2013 and Gary followed in 2014. 

After the Scruttons retired in 1998, their daughter Julie Scrutton Lewis made some paperweights and jewelry using Parabelle millefiori canes. 

Very large size:  3 3/16" diameter by just under 2 3/8" high.  The base is ground concave.  
Signature: Signed in the design with a signature cane "PB 1985". 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.

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$495 postage paid in the US.

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Magnum Parabelle Glass 1985 Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Red and White Torsade

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