Whitall Tatum 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)

Whitall, Tatum & Company of Millville, New Jersey was formed in 1901 and employed first-rate craftsmen who created outstanding paperweights.

Description (Brief)

This Whitall, Tatum and Company pedestal paperweight features an opaque, rich yellow twelve-petal flower, freely suspended in a clear glass ball. The pointed center flower petals suggest that it is the work of glassmaker Emil Stanger.

Date Made: early 1900s

Maker: Whitall, Tatum and Company

Place Made: United States: New Jersey, Millville

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

Exhibition: Wonderplace

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Credit Line: Aaron and Lillie Straus

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: CE.60.97Catalog Number: 60.97Accession Number: 211475

Object Name: paperweight, footedpaperweight

Physical Description: glass, transparent (overall material)Measurements: overall: 3 11/16 in x 3 5/16 in; 9.398 cm x 8.382 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a4-0135-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_593939

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