Boston & Sandwich Company Paperweight

Boston & Sandwich 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.
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.
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
paperweight
date made
1852-1880
maker
Boston & Sandwich Glass Company
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Sandwich
Physical Description
glass, transparent (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 1 3/4 in x 2 29/32 in; 4.445 cm x 7.366 cm
ID Number
CE.60.158
catalog number
60.158
accession number
211475
Credit Line
Aaron and Lillie Straus
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Cultural and Community Life: Ceramics and Glass
Paperweights
Art
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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