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Posted 4 years ago


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While cleaning the Stygian stables that is my apartment, I found a paperweight in laticcino technique, a polished pontil covering practically all of the bottom, and three applied violets. 1.5" tall and 2.5" diameter (pics. 1 and 2). I remember that the person who found it for me 25 years ago was quite excited, identifying it as "old, most probably French St. Louis.

I steer away from paperweights except for a very few favorites, all of which have been gifts. Therefore, I decided to search Internet for help. I found a quite similar paperweight (pics. 3,4, from the Internet) identified as St. Louis. But then a fellow Glasshound sent me a picture of another very similar one, identified as being from the New England Glass Company.

So, a mystery piece. French or American? I'd be quite happy with either possibility, but my instinct says French. I can assure you it is NOT Chinese. I would like some comments, please!

I have found another website, William Pitt, dedicated entirely to paperweights. i checked under several manufacturers and found the most laticcinos under St. Louis.

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  1. Alfredo Alfredo, 4 years ago
    A bit of pertinent information, from your own link. Laticcino is indeed a St. Louis technique.

    1845 : Saint-Louis revives the Venetian technique of filigree ou latticino, used to decorate colourless crystal glass with coloured spirals and coils, creates its first paperweight ball and develops its opaline vases.

  2. Alfredo Alfredo, 4 years ago
    My voodoo ball is not working!
  3. Alfredo Alfredo, 4 years ago
    Really? Then why are oodles of St. Louis paperweights being sold without marks?
    Careful with categorical statements such as ALL. Show me signed St. Louis paperweights. refer to the source of your information.
  4. Stillwater Stillwater, 4 years ago
    I had a Boston & Sandwich weight that looked similar to one on the right

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