paperweights: North American (others)

Paperweights made by North American makers who do not have separate pages on my website.

PW1289. Harold Hacker Museum Piece. (circa 1960s to 1970s). For the collector of rare and unusual American Paperweight Renaissance pieces. Coiled yellow and orange snake on a multi-colored mottled ground. A perfect little snake with attractive scales and a sad expression. Signed Harold J. Hacker. Excellent condition. Provenance: Labow-Seacat Paperweight Collection, Freeman’s, Philadelphia, 2010. 2 7/16 inch diameter; 1 3/4 inches tall; ten ounces. Condition is excellent. $250

PW1288. Harold Hacker Museum Piece. (circa 1960s to 1970s). A rare and unusual American Paperweight Renaissance piece. Coiled black and orange snake on a multi-colored mottled ground. A perfect little snake with attractive scales and an inquisitive expression. Signed Harold J. Hacker. Excellent condition. Provenance: Labow-Seacat Paperweight Collection, Freeman’s, Philadelphia, 2010. 2 7/16 inch diameter; 1 3/4 inches tall; ten ounces. Condition is excellent. $250

PW2942. Cathy Richardson Limited Edition Museum Piece. “Alpine Marsh Marigold.” As a resident of the highest state in the Union, I have seen my fair share of high alpine flowers. Cathy has done a great job in reproducing them, preserved in glass for millennia to come. The rocks and succulents are equally accurate and realistic. No other glass artist makes rocks a well as this Harvard-educated doctor of geology. Signed on the side “Cathy Richardson 2014  MMM-017”. 3 inch diameter; 2 11/16 inches tall; one pound, six ounces. Condition: New/Excellent.  $650

PW1355. Hugh Smith, Millville, New Jersey, USA. Cattails. Hugh Smith was  a paperweight collector who decided to give it a try. He experimented in the 1960s and produced weights into the mid-1970s. He was one of the best. These do not come up often. HS signature cane on obverse at base of stalks. Signed on the reverse: Hugh Edmond Smith. Condition is excellent – no issues.  2 1/4 inch diameter; 1 11/16 inches tall; seven ounces. $200

PW2983. Roy-al by Johnathan Stone Collector Piece. Here’s another oddball for the hot stamp collectors out there. I had to look it up in Andy Dohan’s book. I found the hot stamp (ROY-AL and the number 8 or 88 and possibly other numbers) listed but I know nothing else about the maker. This is a fairly standard ice pick lily and controlled bubble piece – very well made with three side and one top flat facet. The glass is clear and heavy (as with lead crystal) and the piece is flawless other than very light shelfwear. It has a nice feel to it. 3 1/8 inches in diameter; 2 5/16 inches tall; 2 ¼ inches tall; one pound and three ounces.  $20

PW2316. Louis Kain Museum Piece(circa 1960s-1970s. Louis Kain has to be one of the most obscure paperweight artists who ever twirled a pontil rod. I looked in all my usual sources and the only mention I found was in Andy Dohan’s dictionary of signature canes. The Kain weight he shows has a lampworked pompon much like one of the two in this extraordinarily rare weight.  Signed with his nearly indecipherable LK cane. Condition is excellent. 2 3/16 inch diameter; 1 3/4 inches tall; seven ounces.  $70

PW2716. Joe St Clair, Elwood, Indiana – Magnum Crimp Rose. Joe made these as his high end weights, earning his crimp roses a permanent spot on the list of weights a crimp collector absolutely must have. This is a beautiful made pink crimp rose from the old master himself.  It is interesting that the St Clair family are descendants of glass makers from Alsace-Lorraine, France, home of the famous Saint Louis glassworks. This style is classically American from the heartland of Indiana – as American as apple pie and baseball. This weight is in excellent, like new, condition. The hot stamp on the base reads “JOE ST CLAIR.” No collection of American paperweights is complete without one of these. Joe was born in 1909 and passed away in 1987. He made his last weights in 1984. 3 1/2 inch diameter; 3 7/16 inches tall; two pounds and two ounces.  $350

PW1593. Steve Lundberg Signed 1989 Museum Piece.  A delicate spider lily with red-spotted yellow lampworked petals over six green lampworked leaves. Steve Lundberg passed away in 2008. Signed pieces like this are hard to find. The weight is signed: “Steven Lundberg, Lundberg Studios 1989 011708” along the side of the base. 2 3/4 inches in diameter; 2 3/4 inches tall; one pound and one ounce. The condition is excellent.  $275

PW799. A. F. Carpenter Museum Piece. (1971) For the collector of rare and unusual American Paperweight Renaissance pieces. Elegant lampworked paperweight. Coiled snake on bright desert sandy ground. Intricately shaded scales – silver aventurine with black borders. Red eyes and an amber colored throat – a well-made snake. Signed “A. F. C. 1971. Excellent condition, essentially new. 2 7/16 inch diameter; 1 7/8 inches tall; ten ounces.  $275

PW616. A. F. Carpenter Museum Piece. (1971). For the collector of rare and unusual American Paperweight Renaissance pieces. Fat and sassy lampworked snake. Coiled cobra on a sandy ground. The attractive reptile has intricately shaded scales in a pleasing pattern. Signed “A. F. C. 1971. Excellent condition, essentially new. 2 1/2 inch diameter; 2 1/4 inches tall; thirteen ounces.  $275

PW2890. Harry Boyer Crimp Rose Museum Piece. Nicely-formed, deep-red-to-pink-to-ivory rose. The perfectly-centered rose sits above a set of lampworked sepals – nicely done. Hand-signed on the bottom edge, just above the base “Harry Boyer.” Condition is excellent. 2 13/16 inches in diameter; 2 3/4 inches tall; one pound and two ounces.  $200

PW2939. Robert Wetzel Crimp Rose Museum Piece. A delicate rose with three perfect green sepals sits comfortably as if bright with life within a red-flash overlay faceted with six side printies and one on the top. Masterful. Hand-signed on the bottom “R Wetzel.” Condition is excellent. 2 13/16 inches in diameter; 2 5/16 inches tall; fifteen ounces.  $150

PW3063. Tony De Palma Magnum Crimp Rose Museum Piece. Large crimp rose weight with a nicely-formed, bright, deep-red-shading-to-ivory rose by one of the more well-known South New Jersey crimp rose makers. The exterior was etched in acid and cut with three front-facing facets. Beautiful weight. The soft exterior is pleasing to the touch and to the eye. Signed twice! He must have forgotten that he signed it. Along the bottom edge, just into the etched glass, is a hard-to-see signature: A De Palma 1984. It is also more obviously hand-signed on the base: “A De Palma 1985.” Condition is excellent. 3 7/16 inches tall; 3 1/2 inch diameter; one pound and fifteen ounces.  $350

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