Collecting paperweights is a great hobby and many people today have a fascination for collecting varieties of paperweights. If you are interested too, then there are some things you should know about paperweight collection.
Paperweights became popular in the mid 19th century when European glassmakers started displaying paperweights in various exhibitions. That’s when people got to know about them and their usefulness.
It became a popular desk accessory and people started buying them for decoration too.
Most paperweights had natural things like flowers and insects inside the glass. So, people enjoyed bringing nature to their desks.
Most paperweights are made of glass both the outside and the things inside like flowers, insects, and other objects. In 2016, at the Neustadter Collection by Christie’s, paperweights using lamp works or millefiori were seen.
The millefiori is made by melting glass and layering them to form patterns. These types of paperweights contain patterned canes. Lampwork techniques use melted small coloured glass rods. Various tools are used to make designs with the softened glass.
Some paperweights have small canes that will help you identify the maker. Some makers add their initials, and some have logos. For example, Clichy paperweights are identifiable for the rose cane that you will find in the paperweights.
When buying a paperweight, you should look at the condition. If you collect paperweights as a hobby, then you should look for perfect condition. But sometimes you will find scratches on them. If the paperweight is unique then you can buy them.
You can also polish them if there is more glass in it. You should avoid buying those with large air bubbles or bits of debris inside.
You will find that most paperweights are 2.5 to 3.5 inches. But you can also find miniature paperweights and large paperweights. If the size of the glass dome is large, the magnification of the design inside will be too.
There are various types of weights. The types depend on the way they are made. We have already talked about lampwork and millefiori. There are also carpet-ground weights, macedoine weights, colour-ground weights, and crown weights. All these have different techniques for manufacturing.
When buying paperweights for collection, you should always look at the maker as quality matters. You should also decide on the size and type of paperweight you want to buy.