Whitall, Tatum and Company Paperweight

Description (Brief)
In the 1700s, paperweights made from textured stone or bronze were part of the writer’s tool kit, which also included a quill pen and stand, inkpot, and blotter. By the mid-1800s, decorative paperweights produced by glassmakers in Europe and the United States became highly desired collectibles.
Decorative glass paperweights reflected the 19th-century taste for intricate, over-the-top designs. Until the spread of textiles colorized with synthetic dyes, ceramics and glass were among the few objects that added brilliant color to a 19th-century Victorian interior. The popularity of these paperweights in the 1800s testifies to the sustained cultural interest in hand craftsmanship during an age of rapid industrialization.
Whitall, Tatum & Company of Millville, New Jersey was formed in 1901 and employed first rate craftsmen who created outstanding paperweights.
This Whitall, Tatum and Company paperweight features a red Rose and a pedestal base. This style of Rose is attributed to glassworker Ralph Barber.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1900
maker
Whitall, Tatum and Company
place made
United States: New Jersey, Millville
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 3 13/32 in x 3 7/16 in; 8.636 cm x 8.763 cm
ID Number
CE.67.230
catalog number
67.230
accession number
213138
Credit Line
Mrs. Florence E. Bushee
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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