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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.

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

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

 
 
 
 

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.  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

 
 
 
 

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 on this one, instead building the flower from glass which accounts for the precise nature of it.  This is an extra large one.  3 5/8 inches tall; 3 1/4 inches diameter; one pound and eleven ounces.   $115

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 on this one, 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

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