Antique American
Boston & Sandwich and New England Glass Company

Antique American

 
 
 
 
 
 PW1150. Boston & Sandwich Museum Piece. Poinsettia. This is an excellent example for the type. Nicely made and large. The bubbles are typical and are quite attractive on this one. Condition is excellent repolished. The base and basal rim show some wear. The dome is perfect. 3 1/16 inch diameter; 2 inches tall; one pound. $450
 
 
 
 
 
 

PW149. Rare New England Glass Company Museum Piece – 19th Century. Faceted concentric over double twisted filigree. The bible of B&S and NEGC paperweights is indisputably the 1997 book by John Hawley titled The Boston & Sandwich and New England Glass Companies. This very same weight appears on page 82. It is in excellent repolished condition with some wear to the basal rim. 6-6-1 faceting. 2 11/16 inch diameter; 1 13/16 inches tall; thirteen ounces. $700

 
 
 
 
 

PW1577. Boston & Sandwich Museum Piece. Cherries. These cherries are particularly delicious looking. The outer portions are translucent. Condition is excellent. It has been repolished. 2 1/2 inch diameter; 1 11/16 inches tall; nine ounces. $600

 
 
 
 
 
 

PW3034. Boston & Sandwich Museum Piece. Poinsettia on Jasper Ground. This is an excellent example for the type. It is nicely made and one of the very few that remain in original, unrestored condition – remarkable. It even has some original tiny dimples at the apex. The bubbles are typical. Condition is excellent. It looks great to the naked eye (mine anyway) and with magnification you can see some scratches and a few minor nibbles. The petal to the outer left has a thread of glass on it that looks like a tiny caterpillar. 2 11/16 inch diameter; 1 13/16 inches tall; fourteen ounces. $700

PW2064. Exceedingly Rare New England Glass Company Museum Piece – 19th Century. This is an unbelievably rare paperweight and is possibly the finest of the very few gilded NEGC weights in existence. It’s a faceted concentric over double twisted filigree. The bible of B&S and NEGC paperweights is indisputably the 1997 book by John Hawley titled The Boston & Sandwich and New England Glass Companies. Early in the book he quotes a report of the 1853 New York exhibition held at the New York Crystal Palace. Within a list of paperweights displayed by NEGC at the exhibition is this line: “Six Fancy Paperweights, cut and gilded.” However, as thorough as he was in preparing his book, Mr. Hawley unable to find only one example of a gilded NEGC weight. He wrote: “As far as the gilded weights are concerned, chances are most of the gold is worn off by this time; our lone example at least shows traces of the pattern.”  In a section of Chapter 5, Basic Paperweight Characteristics, is a subsection titled Gilded Weights which reads:

“Very little information exists about these extremely rare paperweights, sparingly produced by the New England Glass Company. However, this glassworks was renowned for its elaborately gilded glassware, so extending the process to paperweights probably presented a natural progression. Our sole example, a nicely faceted spoke concentric, shows only traces of the gold, but at least the decorative pattern is still visible.”

Obviously John was unaware of this weight as was presumably Larry Selman who published the book for John. This weight is in its original condition and is amazingly well preserved, right down to the fabulous gilding. It must have been stored away for all those years. I have examined it carefully, including under a microscope, and in my opinion everything about it, including  the gilding, is original – unrestored or repolished in any way. This may well be one of the weights on display in New York in 1853, but of course there’s no way to prove that. This weight is in amazingly good condition for glass that is well over a hundred years old. It dates to 1888 or earlier, very likely the 1850s. The dome is pristine but for minimal wear to the gilding. There is no visible wear to the basal rim. It must have been packed away for generations. 2 11/16 inch diameter; 1 11/16 inches tall; twelve ounces. SOLD 

 
 
 

PW2730. Boston & Sandwich Museum Piece. Poinsettia. This is an excellent example for the type. It is nicely made and one of the very few that remain in original, unrestored condition – remarkable. It even has the original raised blip at the apex. The bubbles are typical. Condition is excellent. The base and basal rim show minimal wear as does the dome. 3 1/8 inch diameter; 1 13/16 inches tall; fifteen ounces. SOLD