Old English
museum quality paperweights

England has an interesting history when it comes to paperweight manufacture. For more information see the book Old English Paperweights by Robert Hall.

 
 

PW290. Arculus/Walsch Walsch Magnum Museum Piece “1848.” After paperweight collecting came back into favor post-World War One, some English glass works decided to get in on the action. Because it was a known date for genuine old French weights and some weights widely believed in England to be English, several makers settled on 1848 as the date to insert into their fake antique weights. This weight likely dates to 1920-1940. This is a low dome weight and an excellent example of the paperweights made by Walsch  Walsch. It is a six-row concentric with the ersatz date in the second row from outside. The design is nice and attractive, well made yet tilted in on direction as was the norm at the time. The condition is Extra Fine to Excellent. It has a smooth polished concave pontil. It measures 3 3/8” diameter; 1 5/8 inches tall; 1 pound, two ounces.  $250

 

PW245. Arculus Museum Piece. This weight likely dates to 1920-1941. The Arculus/Walsh Walsh factory was destroyed by a German bomb in 1941. This is a low dome weight and an excellent example of the paperweights made by Arculus. It is a six-row concentric. The design is concentric but the circles wander a bit, lending flavor and charm to the piece with shelf wear. It is a cheerful and colorful paperweight. The condition is Extra Fine to Excellent. It has a smooth concave pontil. It measures 3 1/16” in diameter;; 1 11/16 inches tall; fourteen ounces.  $160