Posted 2 years ago
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.