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    Posted 5 years ago

    englandnat…
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    Let me start by saying that there is not a piece of paper that can escape the grip of this monster! This is a HUGE, 6 inch high by 6 inch across, 10 pound paperweight that was acquired at a thrift store 2 years ago. It's so heavy that I have to careful where I place it or it will warp a thin drawer or light wood. It has to be lifted with two hands because of the size and weight.
    I am not familiar with paperweights but noticed a large following here on the CW. The appearance of this glass is quite stunning. I believe that the flowers in the glass are called trumpet flowers. There is a ring of blue, white and yellow ones on a bed of multicolored glass surrounded by a canopy of larger red flowers. There are a few unnecessary bubbles and a couple of scratches on the surface but overall this piece is very attractive.
    The bottom of the glass has a rough finish and a large, one inch round, black center that I guess is where it was separated from the glassblowers' rod or tube. Correct me if I'm wrong. There is no signature anywhere on this so I have no idea of origin. All I need to know is if anyone out there can help with the identification of this round glass gem.

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    1. englandnative, 5 years ago
      I would like to thank aura
      vetraio50
      racer4four
      mikelv85
      Mrstyndall for the loves of this glass.
    2. paperweightcrazy, 5 years ago
      I have a few like this as I collect large, doorstop style paperweights. I think the best guess on these is the region they were made, not who made them. They are likely from the Midwest somewhere....Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana, etc. I personally haven't tied them to any maker but a couple have come out of Ohio.
    3. englandnative, 5 years ago
      Thank you for your comment, paperweightcrazy. I live in Ohio and did buy this item at a thrift store in NE ohio. It was a single piece but it really caught my eye. I like your reference to a doorstop style paperw. This one definitively qualifies as such. OK, so it was probably made in the Midwest. Do you have any idea when (century, decade, etc.) it was made? You may end up solving this mystery for me.
    4. paperweightcrazy, 5 years ago
      I personally would place them solidly in the early to mid 20th century, 1960's or earlier. Let me know if you find out anything more.

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