Whitall, Tatum and Company Paperweight

Whitall, Tatum and Company Paperweight

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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
Object Name
paperweight
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
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I have a glass inkwell that has the imprint of “TATUM” on it and am wondering if this could be a product of the same company as your paperweight - maybe from about the same time. Did they ever use just “TATUM” in their imprints? Any help on this would be helpful.

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