An older glass paperweight made of common clear glass (soda glass) that contains no lead glass (flint glass). This item measures only 2 inches across and the glass has a slight straw yellow color. Its overall shape is slightly flattened much like a agate pottery door knob from the mid 1800s (see all photos). The canes are moderately well formed and the colors are pure with the white and pinkish rose opaque. The green, dark blue and honey yellow canes are translucent and not opaque. There are a few small bubbles captured in the glass matrix that makes up the bulk of the paperweight. The slice of millefiori canes that produces the colorful inlay is about between 1/8 and 1/16 inches thick (hard to measure precisely since the curvature of the glass magnifies the millefiori) and is positioned in the bottom most section of the weight. This leaves a slight buffer around the outermost edge of the colorful design even after the effects of magnification pull the image outward.
The precise age of this vintage paperweight is unknown. Wear, the crudeness of production techniques and other characteristics seem to suggest that it is at least 60 years old and may well be more than 80 years old. Whether any independent American glass blowers tried their hand at making millefiori glass at home or in a small shop in the Great Depression is not well documented among sources known today. And while one might like to attribute this example to China, certain attributes may suggest another source for its production. About all one can say is that there are five distinct canes used to create the design and the canes show that some skill was involved. The pontil on the base is concave and still contains several scars from the removal of the pontil rod. The grinding of the pontil area is not flat but follows the concave surface of the base of the weight which had been indented and pushed in during original production. The ground area of the base also has been polished after grinding. Finally, the surface of the glass has many small specks of dust size iron flakes that must have come off the surface used as a marver to help form and shape the weight. If any viewer can add more to the provenance of this particular paperweight, kindly drop me a note – thanks. For now, I cannot confirm if this is a depression era American paperweight made by a small glass shop or lone artisan or a very early import from China or Europe. And as always, this paperweight also comes with a full satisfaction guarantee to be as physically described or the buyer may return it post marked by 14 days for refund minus shipping (see my return policy details below). So if you are looking for an older inferior quality soda glass paperweight of an unknown origin, then do consider this one while it is still available.
SIZE: This paperweight measures 2 inches and stands 1 inch tall. As such, it smaller than the typical paper weight yet displays well and will capture attention in among most any glass collection.
CONDITION: This glass weight is in good condition with NO chips, NO hairlines or star cracks, NO stains, NO repairs and NO restorations. It does have wear, bits of iron specks from production and some small surface scratches, but no major damage. And as always, the buyer may return this old paperweight for a refund if they are not completely satisfied (see our refund policy noted below for all details, some costs not refunded).
SHIPPING: All US mainland buyers pay $6.40 for well packed and insured USPS Priority mail (insurance and tracking are INCLUDED in this amount for all mainland US addresses only). All international buyers will also pay only actual shipping/insurance costs for all verifiable locations outside the continental US mainland (these costs will be determined upon receipt of your international address details).
RETURN POLICY: Satisfaction and peace of mind are guaranteed for all Docs Antiques listings -- please refer directly to our Service Pledge and our Return Policy for full details. And this means that if you are unhappy with your purchase, you may return this paperweight undamaged by sending it back post marked within seven days of receipt for a refund (see terms of sale for full details). Items damaged during shipping are covered by insurance and while this rarely happens because we pack well, we will help you file your claim should it ever be necessary. Of course, never send an item back that was damaged by shipping since that will void the original insurance. Instead, contact us for help and we will gladly assist.
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