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New England Glass Company Paperweight

New England Glass 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.
The New England Glass Company in Cambridge, Massachusetts was founded about 1818 by Deming Jarves along with three wealthy businessmen, and probably began producing paperweights by the mid 1850s. In 1888 the business moved to Ohio, under the name Libbey Glass Company.
An upright Dahlia in blue, orange, and yellow above a white latticinio (latticework) ground decorates this New England Glass Company paperweight.
Object Name
date made
New England Glass Company
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Cambridge
Physical Description
glass, transparent (overall material)
overall: 2 1/8 in x 2 7/8 in; 5.3975 cm x 7.3025 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Aaron and Lillie Straus
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Home and Community Life: Ceramics and Glass
Domestic Furnishings
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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