Paperweight

Object Number: 
1938.44
Date: 
1830-1850
Medium: 
Glass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1/2 x 3 1/4 in. ( 1.3 x 8.3 cm )
Description: 
Colorless pressed lead glass paperweight; circular form with edge of scallops and other decoration; in well, sulphide bust of Louis Philippe on waffle ground; pattern of fans and waffle-patterned triangles on interior rim; hole drilled through shoulder to be hung as plaque (Lee-Rose 843).
Gallery Label: 
While generally categorized as such, this object was probably never used as a cup plate. Ruth Webb Lee and James Rose observed, in 1948, that all examples had "holes drilled through the shoulders so that they could be hung on the wall as plaques"(See Publications). As seen in other books, a large group of sulphides were used as paperweights, hence the item name used here.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. J. Insley Blair
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group