Antique Collector - Antique Paperweights


Paperweights are heavy and often decorative objects, designed to hold sheets of paper on a surface to prevent wind from blowing the paper away. Before the advent of air conditioning, offices had to keep their windows open in the summertime and use fans to cool off buildings. Thus, paperweights were necessary to keep papers on desks. Nowadays, paperweights are mostly used as decorations.
Paperweights are commonly made from glass, although may also be made from clear acrylic or other materials. They are often collected as examples of fine workmanship, and appreciated for their aesthetic as opposed to their utilitarian aspect. They generally have a flat base and a domed top, which may be faceted or etched.
Antique paperweights were made primarily in three French factories, between 1845 and 1860, in Baccarat, St. Louis, and Clichy. Weights (mainly of lesser quality) were also made in the United States, Great Britain, and elsewhere, though Bacchus (UK) and New England Glass Company (USA) produced some that equaled the best of the French.


Antique Paperweights


Paperweights of the 19th and 20th Centuries: A Collector's Guide
by Anne Metcalfe
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The diversity and beauty of glass paperweights offers great scope and this invaluable guide provides a comprehensive and enjoyable introduction to the subject. The development of paperweights is traced from the mid-1900s to the present day, featuring the major factories of France, Scotland and the United States. Popular makers are illustrated, with their trademarks identified.



Paperweights of the World
by Monika Flemming
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Product details
Hardcover: 168 pages
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing Ltd; 4th Revised edition edition (Sep 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0764325205
ISBN-13: 978-0764325205
Dimensions: 28.2 x 21.8 x 2 cm



Product details
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing Ltd; New title edition (5 May 2000)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0764310747
ISBN-13: 978-0764310744
Dimensions: 28 x 22 x 2.4 cm


Paperweights from Great Britain
by John Simmonds
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Product details
Paperback: 220 pages
Publisher: Collector Books (Feb 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1574325450
ISBN-13: 978-1574325454
Dimensions: 27.7 x 21.1 x 1.5 cm


Paperweights 1840s to 2006: Identification & Values Mark Pickvet
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Collecting Royal Crown Derby Paperweights: Colour Price Guide
by Howard Martin Bonser
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Every Paperweight depicted in colour with complete listings, valuations and details.


Caithness Paperweights: A Charlton Standard Catalogue
by Colin Terris
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The Scottish company of Caithness Glass is famous for its quality artglass pieces, especially the glass paperweights. This standard reference for Caithness Paperweights is a 'must have' for the paperweight collector. Key features: Over 400 pages list and illustrate 2,800 paperweights issued by Caithness Glass since the company started life in the 1960s.



Product details
Paperback: 80 pages
Publisher: Knickerbocker Press (April 1999)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1577150759
ISBN-13: 978-1577150756
Dimensions: 30.5 x 23.1 x 0.8 cm


Paperweights: Selecting and Enjoying New and Antique Paperweights
by Pat Reilly
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Product details
Paperback: 73 pages
Publisher: Paperweight Press (Jan 2002)
ISBN-10: 0933756437
ISBN-13: 978-0933756434
Dimensions: 22.4 x 15.2 x 1 cm


Identifying Antique Paperweights: The Less Familiar
by George N Kulles
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