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Offline RescoCCC

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A paperweight I've been wondering about for a while
« on: June 14, 2014, 10:57:49 PM »
This came in a couple years ago as part of a multi-generational consignment of antiques and collectibles. There were several other weights, including a nice Clichy millefiori, that I was able to identify. Couldn't quite figure this one out. It measures 2 inches in diameter, and 1 inch high. Polished, concave base.


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Re: A paperweight I've been wondering about for a while
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2014, 12:19:19 PM »
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Hi. It is antique, probably French rather than NEGC or Sandwich.  My first thought would be Saint-Louis, as they made a single pear with 3 leaves in roughly the same layout, though the leaves have more in common with Baccarat style!  But a nice antique mini fruit, whoever made it.

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Re: A paperweight I've been wondering about for a while
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2014, 02:40:38 PM »
In my book on old French weights there are examples of saint- Louis pear and a baccarat peach and this one seems to be a blend of the two,interestingly it also mentions st-louis made glass door knobs in this style.

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Re: A paperweight I've been wondering about for a while
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2014, 02:50:33 PM »
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Hi.  I suspect that the makers did not always get the shape quite correct, so there are some rather strange fruit like the one above that are a bit difficult to define as a 'pear', 'apple', 'peach' or 'apricot' !  I have what I suspect was a decanter stopper with two cherries and what looks like a lemon that has had a slice taken off - no doubt for gin and tonic. ;D

I have seen fruit doorknobs from several makers - including more recent Murano ones.

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Re: A paperweight I've been wondering about for a while
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2014, 03:18:33 PM »
Interesting stuff Alan,i've just found a section on fruits in weights and backs up your comments on the variation,especially in strawberries apparently.

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Re: A paperweight I've been wondering about for a while
« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2014, 10:30:12 PM »
Thanks, guys. I knew it was antique, but I couldn't come up with a clue as to maker. It did well at auction, anyway. Collectors seem to be very good at figuring things out.

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Re: A paperweight I've been wondering about for a while
« Reply #6 on: July 26, 2014, 12:04:58 AM »
Just a follow up. Finally found this in a recent book acquisition. It's on page 79, plate 61 in Glass Paperweights of the New York Historical Society. Attributed to, (as Alan guessed), St Louis.

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