Paperweights: Bob and Ray Banford

Ray Banford was born in 1918 in Camden, New Jersey. He passed away in 2003. Ray began making paperweights in the early 1970s along with his son, Bob Banford. Father and son became two of the top lampwork paperweight makers from the modern period. Bob worked as a scientific glassblower early in his career. Unfortunately, Bob no longer makes weights due to health problems.

PW2965. Ray Banford high dome museum piece. Ray Banford, a paperweight pioneer, is most famous for his roses and his irises. This is a stunning example of his irises with a beautifully balanced plant with two buds and a stunning full flower. Black B in white circle signature cane. 3 1/8 inch diameter; 2 5/8 inches tall; one pound and five ounces. Condition is excellent.  $650

PW612. Bob Banford Magnum Museum Piece. Stunning and perfect, two large fantasy flowers, four small blue bells, and three buds over clear. 3 1/4 inch diameter; 2 1/2 inches tall; one pound five ounces. Red B in blue circle signature cane.  Condition is Perfect/New. I got this from Bob at his last show as a selling artist – Toledo 2009.  $800

PW2314. Ray Banford rare miniature museum piece. Three pears and three cherries, faceted.  Circa mid-1970s and signed with a cane with a black B in a white field. Condition is excellent. 1 3/4 inch diameter; 3/4 inches tall; four ounces. Condition is Excellent.  $95

PW611. Bob Banford museum piece. Bob Banford is one of the top lamp work paperweight makers from the modern period but he no longer makes weights due to health problems. The flowers, bud, and leaves in this weight are perfectly executed in Bob’s signature style – classic and unique. The bottom is star cut in Baccarat style. 3 1/16 inch diameter; 2 ½ inches tall; one pound three ounces. Red B in blue circle signature cane.  $550