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Offline whitelion9370

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Iorio paperweight
« on: October 19, 2011, 09:39:33 PM »
Hello, i have been trying to find any paperweights like this one, made by Ric Iorio. My  godfather and Rics father were friends. any help would be appreciated.thank you  Kim

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Re: Iorio paperweight
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2011, 09:42:41 PM »
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Re: Iorio paperweight
« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2011, 10:19:54 PM »
Hello Kim, welcome to the Board. I have split your plate query out as a new thread and moved it to the general Glass forum. Otherwise we could get confused if there are various replies to separate items in the one thrad - and anyway, a plate is not really a paperweight.

Hopefully somebody will be able to give you more info on the weight soon.
 


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Re: Iorio paperweight
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2011, 11:33:15 PM »
I have placed this paperweight for sale on ebay

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Re: Iorio paperweight
« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2011, 04:53:16 PM »
Kim, please add an entry in the Glass Market Place forum, with the eBay number.
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Re: Iorio paperweight
« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2011, 06:50:00 PM »
thank you

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Re: Iorio paperweight
« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2011, 12:35:57 AM »
Who was Ric Iorio, country, location, dates please?
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Re: Iorio paperweight
« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2011, 07:38:57 PM »
Who was Ric Iorio, country, location, dates please?

http://www.fairy-lamp.com/Fairylamp/AntiqueIorio.html
I assume this to be the same person - or father and son?
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Re: Iorio paperweight
« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2011, 10:00:06 PM »
yes,same people. Louis was the origonal, william or bill is his son  and ric was williams son, flemington nj

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Re: Iorio paperweight
« Reply #9 on: November 27, 2011, 05:48:14 PM »

Postcard of the "IO-R-IO Cut Glass Factory" showing the showroom and workshop in the rear. The vintage is uncertain but suspected to be 1950ish. Additional signs on the building read: "Glass Shop," "Cut Glass and Pottery Sale," and "IO-R-IO Glass." It is unknown why the spelling was hyphenated instead of simply "IORIO" (pronounced "Eye-Oreo"). Perhaps, it is a variation of the trademark illistrated below. It is interesting to note the colored "yard balls" displayed outside the showroom. They were a popular landscaping feature of the 1950's and, in some areas, are making a revival.
Ric Iorio was a third generation American glassmaker located in Flemington, New Jersey. His grandfather, Louis, was a stone wheel glass cutter, originally employed by Empire Glass until they closed in 1920. He was the cutter that did the cutting on all the bi-color pieces they produced. In lieu of his final payment he received the tools of his trade and continued to cut glass under the Iorio name until his death in 1981 at the age of 99. He was a Master Cutter and was known as "Mr. Cut Glass." Louis's son, William, also was a glass cutter and glass restorer but went on to be better known for his colorful buttons and paperweights. His buttons were marked with a small cane containing an "I" and his paperweights are signed or acid-marked "W. IORIO." William's son, Ric, started in a different direction getting a degree in Anthropology before he returned to glass making.

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