Glass Paperweights

Do you have a paperweight, glass or other material, in your home? Do you use a paperweight?

I was on the phone with my sister and asking her if anyone still uses paperweights.  She told me I had the New York Historical Society book on glass paperweights in my house. She was right.  I found it easily on a bookshelf in the little used third floor. The author is Paul M. Hollister

“Author, lecturer, and painter Paul Hollister (1918-2004) was one of the foremost scholars of 17th to 19th century glass studies, glass paperweights, and contemporary studio art glass. Hollister’s interest in glass was sparked when, upon the death of his mother, he inherited 10 paperweights she had collected during her travels in Europe” – Corning Museum of Glass Website

I knew I had a paperweight in the dining room cabinet. It had belonged to my parents.

How they make glass paperweights is fascinating to me.  If you have any interest in how they are made, the history and popularity of paperweights, the various types, how to look for identifying markers, and other information about collecting them there is a wonderful article by Carleigh Queenth     Collecting Paperweights:7 things to know 

Millefiori or ‘thousand flowers’ canes are produced by layering molten glass into a pattern in a fat cylindrical shape, then pulling the cylinder to create an elongated pencil-thin rod. When the rod is sliced, the pattern can be seen in the cross section. “ -Carleigh Queenth (Head of Ceramics and Glass, Christie’s NY @breakingisbad on Instagram)

See the Paperweights of the World collection at the Corning Museum of Glass here 

Here is a paperweight from my parents.

 

 

The book my sister knew I had in my possession. She was correct

There is a second paperweight in my house that my sister bought for my son Matthew, a dandelion gone to seed, encased in a half globe of clear plastic.

Throwback Thursday Durand Illinois

My mother Marian on the left her elder brother John in the middle, her younger brother Robert on the right with the dog in his arms. Maybe 1926?  was born in 1912. Wish I knew. Would like to ask who is that gray haired man on the porch?

From my grandmother’s album.

Pick a Photo Pair

Guest blog by Shuey from Niceville, Florida. You may remember his popular guest post of the handsome Barred Owl.

I like both pairs of photographs. Majestic birds.  Thanks,  Shuey.

Snowy Egret or Blue Heron?  

   
 I wanted to share with all of you. 

Shuey wrote Saw the Snowy Egret standing tall out on the lake by our house as I drove home, so . . . grabbed my camera and went back. Still there.

While shooting the Great Egret, the Blue Heron splashed down right in front of me. Beautiful. Just had to share them with someone.

Best wishes for the new year,

Shuey

PS: Of each pair of photos, which do you like best. I would appreciate your opinion.

   
 
Fellow blogger Sylvia https://anotherday2paradise.wordpress.com/2016/01/02/wpc-circle-circles-from-around-the-world/posts gorgeous Bird photos of Egrets and Shuey’s reminded me of her bird photography. 

An Usie at the Drive Through Window

“You realize they can see us through that window”, said Anna (12)

“Yep” Click!

A detour for three small berry Smoothies and a gift card for Michael who wasn’t with us that trip. We had a good laugh.