paperweights: Robert Hamon

Robert Hamon, Scott Depot, West Virginia (1925 – 2003). Robert Hamon was one of the great American paperweight makers. He has a chapter dedicated to him in American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers. He made weights from the 1960s and for many years thereafter. I am a fan of his crimp flowers which he made in many forms and styles. He died in 2003 and made very few paperweight in the last decade of his life. His flower paperweights were superior to most of those of his contemporaries – clean and precise.

Over the course of his long career working with glass, Robert Hamon owned and operated several companies, including Kanawha Hand Crafted Glassware in Dunbar, West Virginia. He employed as many as 40 workers at a time.

Kanawha Glass Company started when the Dunbar Glass Company folded in 1953 and some of the craftsmen formed the new business. In 1969 they added Hamon Glass to their line. Production stopped in 1987 when they were acquired by Dereume Glass, which closed in 1989.

PW1769. Crimp Orange/Yellow Rose Museum Piece by Robert Hamon. Beautiful yellow and orange blossom with 3 sepals on an extra tall pedestal. Signed on the base with an “H” that is difficult to see as it was made with light frit.  2  inch diameter; 3 1/2 inches tall; eight ounces. Condition is excellent.  $130

PW1782. Crimp Tangerine Rose Museum Piece by Robert Hamon. Beautiful tangerine blossom with 3 sepals. Signed on the base with an “H” hot stamp.  2 1/8 inch diameter; 2 3/8 inches tall; eight ounces. Condition is excellent.  $130

PW2010. Crimp Orange Tulip Museum Piece by Robert Hamon. Beautiful orange blossom with 3 green leaves. Rare design. Signed on the base with an “H” hot stamp. 1 13/16  inch diameter; 2 3/16 inches tall; six ounces. Condition is excellent.  $100

PW2295. Crimp Yellow Rose Museum Piece by Robert Hamon. Beautiful yellow blossom with 3 sepals. Signed on the base with a “H”.  2 3/16 inch diameter; 2 ½ inches tall; nine ounces. Condition is excellent.  $140

PW2535. Crimp Deep Blue Rose Museum Piece by Robert Hamon. Beautiful deep blue blossom with 3 sepals. Signed on the base with an “H” hot stamp.  2 5/16 inch diameter; 2 11/16 inches tall; eleven ounces. Condition is excellent.  $130

PW3005. Robert Hamon Pedestal Crimp Rose. This is an elegant, footed weight in excellent condition made by Robert Hamon and signed with the signature cane we only see in his finest work: a black H on a white disk in the base. I have watched for Bob Hamon weights for a decade and this is the finest crimp rose of his I have seen (although I also love his awesome, big delicious red roses). This is an excellent example of his work. His best pedestal crimp roses in this general size range compare well with Whittemore’s and even Kaziun’s. This is obviously the work of an experienced craftsman. 2 11/16 inches tall; 2 3/8 inches diameter; eleven ounces.   $250

PW3024. Robert Hamon (Possibly Kanawha) Magnum Crimp Poppy, circa 1969-1970s.  It is a nice weight with stunning mauve petals and a complex pistil and stamen at the center that has a few bubbles. Condition is excellent. 3 ½ inches in diameter; 3 1/8 inches tall; two pounds.  $40

PW3084. Crimp-like Tulip Magnum Museum Piece by Robert Hamon. Remarkably well made and symmetrical with eight petals. I say crimp-like because he did not actually use a crimp device, instead building the flower from glass which accounts for the precise nature of it. Beautiful red-orange translucent glass. Sighed RH. 3 ¼ inches tall; 3 1/2 inch diameter; two pounds and one ounce. Condition is excellent with minimal shelf wear.  $130

PW3085. Crimp-like Rose Museum Piece by Robert Hamon. Remarkably well made and symmetrical with twelve petals. I say crimp-like because he did not actually use a crimp device, instead building the flower from glass which accounts for the precise nature of it. Beautiful red-orange translucent glass. Sighed RH. 2 7/16 inches tall; 3 inch diameter; two pounds and four ounces. Condition is excellent with minimal shelf wear and a tiny rub.  $100

PW3171. Crimp-like Tulip Magnum Museum Piece by Robert Hamon. Remarkably well made and symmetrical with eight petals. I say crimp-like because he did not actually use a crimp device, instead building the flower from glass which accounts for the precise nature of it. Beautiful red-orange translucent glass. Unsigned. 3 ¼ inches tall; 3 1/2 inch diameter; two pounds. Condition is excellent with minimal shelf wear.  $130

PW1373. Robert Hamon Pedestal Crimp Rose. This is an elegant, footed weight in excellent (like new) condition made by Robert Hamon and signed with a small hot-stamped “H” in the base. It is faceted with six windows on the side and one on top, all slightly concave and beautifully cut and polished. Robert Hamon began making paperweights in the 1960s. He died in 2003 and made very few paperweight in the last decade of his life. His flower paperweights were superior to most of those of his contemporaries – clean and precise. This is a nice example of his work. I have seen them in blue, orange, pink, and yellow. This is obviously the work of an experienced craftsman. 2 1/4 inches tall; 2 inches diameter; seven ounces.   $100

PW1383. Robert Hamon Pedestal Crimp Rose. This is an elegant, footed weight in excellent (like new) condition made by Robert Hamon and signed with a large hot-stamped “H” in the base.  Robert Hamon began making paperweights in the 1960s. He died in   and made very few paperweight in the last decade of his life. His flower paperweights were superior to most of those of his contemporaries – clean and precise. This is an excellent example of his work. His best pedestal crimp roses in this general size range compare well with Whittemore’s and even Kaziun’s. I have seen them in blue, orange, pink, and yellow. This is obviously the work of an experienced craftsman. 2 1/2 inches tall; 2 1/4 inches diameter; nine ounces.   $100

PW2296. Robert Hamon Pedestal Crimp Rose. This is an elegant, footed weight in excellent (like new) condition made by Robert Hamon and signed with a small hot-stamped “H” in the base.  Robert Hamon began making paperweights in the 1960s. He died in 2003 and made very few paperweight in the last decade of his life. His flower paperweights were superior to most of those of his contemporaries – clean and precise. This is an excellent example of his work. His best pedestal crimp roses in this general size range compare well with Whittemore’s and even Kaziun’s. I have seen them in blue, orange, pink, and yellow. This is obviously the work of an experienced craftsman. 2 7/16 inches tall; 2 1/16 inches diameter; eight ounces.   $200

PW1382. Robert Hamon Crimp-like Rose.  This is a large, footed weight in excellent condition made by Robert Hamon and signed with a hot stamped “RH” in the base.  I say crimp-like because he did not actually use a crimp devise, instead building the flower from glass which accounts for the precise nature of it. Robert Hamon began making paperweights in the 1970s. He died in 2003 and made very few paperweight in the last decade of his life. His flower paperweights were superior to most of those of his contemporaries – clean and precise. This one displays the precision of his work – the flower looks good enough to eat.  3  inches tall; 2 13/16 inches diameter; one pound and two ounces.   $125

PW2011. Robert Hamon Crimp-like Lily. This is an attractive, footed weight in excellent condition made by Robert Hamon and signed with a frit “H” in the base.  I say crimp-like because he did not actually use a crimp devise, instead building the flower from glass which accounts for the precise nature of it. Robert Hamon began making paperweights in the 1970s. He died in 2003 and made very few paperweight in the last decade of his life. His flower paperweights were superior to most of those of his contemporaries – clean and precise. The tall pistils/stamen add a dark blue hue to the inside of the petals. This is obviously the work of an experienced craftsman. 3 5/8 inches tall; 2 3/4 inches diameter; one pound and four ounces.   $115

PW2091. Robert Hamon Crimp-like Fantasy Flower. This is a very unusual and attractive footed weight in excellent condition made by Robert Hamon and signed with a frit “H” in the base.  I say crimp-like because he did not actually use a crimp devise, instead building the flower from glass which accounts for the precise nature of it. Robert Hamon began making paperweights in the 1970s. He died in 2003 and made very few paperweight in the last decade of his life. His flower paperweights were superior to most of those of his contemporaries – clean and precise. I have never see another with tri-color petals like these – red, blue, and white, all swirled together.  3 5/16 inches tall; 2 13/16 inches diameter; one pound and three ounces.   $120

PW2092. Robert Hamon Crimp-like Lily. This is a large, footed weight in excellent condition made by Robert Hamon and signed with a frit “H” in the base.  I say crimp-like because he did not actually use a crimp devise, instead building the flower from glass which accounts for the precise nature of it. Robert Hamon began making paperweights in the 1970s. He died in 2003 and made very few paperweight in the last decade of his life. His flower paperweights were superior to most of those of his contemporaries – clean and precise. This is an extra-large one.  3 5/8 inches tall; 3 1/4 inches diameter; one pound and eleven ounces.   $115

PW1489. Crimp-like Rose by Robert Hamon. Remarkably well made and symmetrical with 12 rose petals. I say crimp-like because he did not actually use a crimp devise, instead building the flower from glass which accounts for the precise nature of it. This is not signed but I compared it to a signed version and it is identical.  Robert Hamon began making paperweights in the 1970s. He died in 2003 and made very few paperweight in the last decade of his life. His flower paperweights were superior to most of those of his contemporaries – clean and precise. 3 ¼ inches tall; 2 13/16 inch diameter to the ball and 2 7/8 inch diameter to the base; one pound, four ounces. Condition is like new with minimal shelf wear.  $100