It has been theorized that Barnes and Abrams did not actually manufacture advertising paperweights for their customers, but instead subcontracted the actual manufacturing task out to Pittsburgh area glasshouses.
These are usually made in a factory setting. Workmanship, design, rarity, and condition determine a paperweight's value: Sulfide paperweights have an encased cameo -like medallion or portrait plaque made from a special ceramic that is able to reproduce very fine detail.
A number of small studios appeared in the middle 20th century, particularly in the US. The finest collection of incrustations ever assembled was by Paul Jokelson,  collector, author and founder of the Paperweight Collectors' Association.
Sometimes the canes are formed into a sort of upright tuft shaped like a mushroom that is encased in the dome. We have conducted estate sales throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Marnie Bjornson has amassed one of the most notable collections in Canada, focusing on the history of the Icelandic communities of Manitoba.
Many paperweights of the late 19th century are marked either J. A fourth technique, a crimp flower, usually a rose, originated in the Millville, New Jersey area in the first decade of the twentieth century.
The Graeser process involved sealing an image to the underside of a rectangular glass blank using a milk glass or enamel-like glaze.
Fine weights not made with any of the major techniques include swirls, marbries and crowns. The year of manufacture is sometimes enclosed in one of the canes. Large engraved or cut hollow spheres of ruby glass were a common form. Although still produced today, their heyday was before the classic period.
Louis Taracco carpet ground Collectors may specialize in one of several types of paperweights, but more often they wind up with an eclectic mix.
Graeser, patented a different process for making advertising paperweights in A part of his collection was gifted to the Corning Museum of Glass, with the remaining portion being sold in London in the s.
They may also be sprayed while hot with various metallic salts to achieve an iridescent look. Many collectors consider the finest of these to be the Arthur Rubloff collection at the Art Institute of Chicagowhich expanded its exhibition in A similar style, the marbrie, is a paperweight that has several bands of color close to the surface that descend from the apex in a looping pattern to the bottom of the weight.
He is best known for his novel Das Bootwhich became an international bestseller and was adapted in as an Oscar-nominated film. We have conducted estate sales throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.
They exist in many variations such as scattered, patterned, close concentric or carpet ground. The ground on which the inner parts rest may be clear or colored, made of unfused sand, or resemble lace latticinio. Several collectors' associations hold national or regional conventions, and sponsor activities such as tours, lectures, and auctions.
Crown paperweights have twisted ribbons, alternately colored and white filigree which radiate from a central millefiori floret at the top, down to converge again at the base.
Types of glass paperweights[ edit ] Modern St. California-style paperweights are made by "painting" the surface of the dome with colored molten glass torchworkand manipulated with picks or other tools. Clair, Lotton, and Parabelle Glass.
For more information on handling your Massachusetts estate matters or for selling or consigning items, please see our Consignment page. The portrait paperweights contained pictures of ordinary people reproduced on a milk glass disk and encased within clear glass.
Antique Baccarat pansy Miniature weights have a diameter of less than two inches or so, and magnums have a diameter greater than about 3. Abrams or Barnes and Abrams and may list either the Maxwell or Graeser patent date.
A fourth technique, a crimp flower, usually a rose, originated in the Millville, New Jersey area in the first decade of the twentieth century.
Together, they made between 15, and 25, weights in the classic period. Louis Taracco carpet ground Collectors may specialize in one of several types of paperweights, but more often they wind up with an eclectic mix. Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to present Estate Jewelry & More, offering fine and costume jewelry.
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