Frit Paper Weight - Glassboro, New Jersey
This is a beautiful example of Frit paper weights made by the Whitney Glass Works from 1780 – 1929. Frit, South Jersey paperweights are the most recognizable as folk art. The Frit paperweights express the virtues of a simple life for that period. The history on this paper weights came from a South Jersey family whose family member had worked at the Glass Works for many years and made these pieces. These are very collectible pieces and a part of Southern New Jersey Glass history. There currently is a museum in Glassboro, New Jersey with some of the pieces that they have collected showing some of the fine work that had been made by the glass blowers. Many figural bottles had also been made their along with paper weights. This particular paper weight is large in a deep blue color and a wreath of white flowers and an open book saying “ Good Bye, Goodbye it is God’s way His will be done not ours”. The crown of the paper weight is faceted with a large flat center. There are superficial scratches on the bottom of the paper weight from sliding across a surface.
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