From the moment paper was invented, there was a need for paperweights.
Many objects were used to weigh flyaway papers down.
Obviously, rocks, bricks, and tree branches didn’t work.
So glass paperweights were created.
Some of the earliest paperweights were made in Venice in the 1840s.
The Bohemians improved upon the techniques of the Venetians, and also incorporated the aristry of the French, who really brought the art of the paperweight into full flower.
Baccarat is unquestionably the most famous and renowned paperweight producer.
Other paperweight manufacturers included New England Glass Company, Tiffany, Ysart Brothers, Vasart, and Strathearn.
No matter who created the beautiful works of art, each paperweight brings its own magic into the world.
The beauty of a moment reflected in the center of glass
Gaze into the center of a paperweight and see your past — your future
You can find more works of beauty and light at:
Collectors Weekly http://www.collectorsweekly.com/art-glass/paperweights
Richard Mores Paperweight Photo Album http://strathearn.smugmug.com/,
and other places across the Internet.