Boston & Sandwich 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.

Description (Brief)

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.

Description (Brief)

Deming Jarves found the Boston & Sandwich Glass Company in Sandwich, Massachusetts in 1825, after leaving the New England Glass Company. The wares of these two companies can be easily confused as they shared owners, employees and managers.

Description (Brief)

This Boston & Sandwich Company paperweight is decorated with a vase of pink and white Roses against a pink, red, and white swirl latticinio (latticework) ground.

Date Made: 1852-1880

Maker: Boston & Sandwich Glass Company

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Massachusetts, Sandwich

See more items in: Home and Community Life: Ceramics and Glass, Paperweights, Art, Domestic Furnishings


Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Aaron and Lillie Straus

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: CE.60.158Catalog Number: 60.158Accession Number: 211475

Object Name: paperweight

Physical Description: glass, transparent (overall material)Measurements: overall: 1 3/4 in x 2 29/32 in; 4.445 cm x 7.366 cm


Record Id: nmah_593912

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