Glass Paperweights. An Extraordinary Art Form. Art Elder. Director Glass Paperweight Foundation. The secret is not because of a conspiracy, but because of a simple lack of exposure. This is a real shame, because once people see them, understand how they are made, and their history, they are genuinely fascinated with them.
When considering value and collectibility, much depends on design, workmanship, condition, maker, and rarity. Few antique weights contain signature and date canes to aid in identification and evaluation; yet, some paperweights contain date or signature canes with false information. In addition, there are many cheaply made paperweights of poor quality that are passed off as collectible antiques. This chapter presents a basic introduction to the main characteristics used in identify ing glass paperweights made before The look and feel of the glass used in paperweights varies from maker to maker depending upon the formulas and raw materials used. The heaviness of. These antique pieces are heavier in the hand than most contemporary paperweights.
Collecting Guide: 7 things to know about paperweights
During the s, Venetian glass workers made many custom items for American wholesalers of antique reproductions. Many pieces of 19th century glassware were copied including paperweights. A number of new paperweight styles were made with encased "dates" in imitation of famous antique paperweight makers like St.
In the Internet paperweight discussion group hosted by L. Selman Ltd. This simple question prompted a very honest and accurate response by Jerry Gard, who has allowed us to reprint it and to archive it here for the benefit of our website visitors. Once I brought through customs in Boston a St.