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Posted 6 years ago


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I have had this paperweight in my possession for close to 30 years knowing it had been in our family for a couple generations. No one showed much interest. My family is rooted in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

The paperweight is 4" wide x 2" high. The image is of an eagle holding two scrolls (I think they are scrolls) over 10 yellow stars, an American flag and large five point star. The letters G-A-R are seen between 3 points of the star.

I have been very curious about it. Feel free to offer me your thoughts.

Mystery Solved


  1. Vestaswind Vestaswind, 6 years ago
    If I were to guess I would say this is a G.A.R. encampment paper weight. It matches the medals I have. I know Jason will be along to confirm this or not. But that is what it looks like to me
  2. Vestaswind Vestaswind, 6 years ago
    Duh, there you say G.A.R. It stand for Grand Army of the Republic. It's a civil war item. Or a reunion G A R item more than likely
  3. Dot, 6 years ago
    That's interesting! What would determine it to be a reunion G A R? The glass has some bubbles from it's original pouring.
  4. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    You are correct Vesta, it is a Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) souvenir item.

    The central item in the paper weight is a GAR National Membership badge.

    Here is a link to one of my posts that gives some more information on the GAR and GAR souvenirs:

  5. Dot, 6 years ago
    The design is floating in the middle of the glass. I'm not sure of the medium used to create it.
    The bottom side has a 3/4" dimple in the middle and a slight indented ridge 1/2" in from the outer edge.
  6. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Looks to me like it was reverese painted on the inside of the glass and then another piece was of glass was used as a plug to "sandwich" it between the two pieces.

  7. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    "reverse" painted
  8. Dot, 6 years ago
    The ridge is only noticeable from the bottom. The paperweight lays perfectly flat. The glass itself is seamless -- no signs of two pieces. Would the glass meld together that well after pouring?
  9. Dot, 6 years ago
    There is no void or any sealing material. It is definitely one solid dome of glass. You are more than welcome to see for yourself. How would we go about doing so.
  10. Dot, 6 years ago
    This helps tremendously! I will now look through records to get an idea of how the piece came into my family. I really appreciate the information.

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