Stop press news for all with an interest in paperweights and particularly collectors of English Bottle Glass Items known as Victorian Dumps.
There has just been published, what is believed to be the first and only existing definitive book documenting the history and the making of these fascinating and primitive items.
Within its 133 pages there are chapters on The People and their Environment, The Glass Works, The Kilner Era (with detailed extracts from a rare privately published pamphlet dated 1894 to celebrate the fifty years of Kilner bottle making), The Glass Tax, The Collector's Viewpoint, Doorstops, mantel Ornaments and Paperweights, Associated Whimsies together with three pages of actual auction hammer prices for sixty six dumps sold at Lawrence's Auctioneers in 2009.
There are one hundred and thirty photographs of fully described examples which include many rare and hitherto unseen dumps many of which have been specially chosen from the fabulous collection of six-hundred dumps from the collection of the late William Drew Gaskill of San Francisco, the Past President of the Paperweights Collectors Association Inc of America and which have been included by the kind permission of the executors.
This is a quality privately published book with an initial circulation limited to one hundred and fifty copies and is only obtainable form the author.
Currently priced on eBay at thirty nine pounds plus £5 UK and £12 overseas postage full details can be seen under the eBay selling section" Victorian Paperweights".
The author is to attend the prestigious 15th Cambridge Glass Fair to be held at the Chilford Hall Vineyard, Linton on Sunday 28th February 2010 which houses over one hundred specialist exhibitors from across the UK and Europe.
After just three weeks since publication over fifty books have already been dispatched
throughout the UK, Australia, Canada, Germany and The United States of America.
The book is shortly due to be reviewed by The Northern Paperweight Society, The Paperweight Collectors Circle and The Paperweight Collectors Association Inc, the major paperweight collector's association in the United States of America.