French Art Glass
Georgian Drinking Glass
Understanding Glass and Glassmaking
Novelty Glass, friggers or Nailsea Glass
Perfume & Perfume Bottles
Pub Drink Dispenser
Pub Mirrors and Glass
Wine Decanter and Claret Jugs
Preserving and Displaying Paperweights
The display of collectible paperweights is a highly varied and personal
activity. There are numerous safe and creative ways to show off a
collection, and although there is no "right" way to display
paperweights, some techniques can make a collection look its best.
The right light can make paperweights like this come alive
Most serious collectors display their paperweights in a lighted and
ventilated display case. In this scenario one has the most control of the
presentation. Lights can be directed to show the stunning qualities of
color and flaunt the intricacies of the workmanship.
properly, paperweights can come alive. There are definite advantages of
using display cases, especially if your collection is particularly
valuable. The cases provide a crucial barrier between the collection and
fingerprints or dust that can dull the clarity of the glass.
A display case is the best home
for this antique paperweight
When using a display case, follow a few simple guidelines. If using a
lighted display cabinet, it must be ventilated to regulate the heat generated by the lights
Another common concern is that most display cases
come equipped with shelves that are only ¼-inch thick. This may not be
thick enough to support the weight of crystal paperweights. It's
recommended that the glass be a minimum 3/8-inches-thick, and preferably
However, not everyone has the space for a display cabinet, or a
collection large enough to warrant the commitment. A space-saving option
for the display of a smaller collection is a glass topped display table.
In this set up, an external light source may be used to highlight the collection.
Many paperweight enthusiasts opt to display their collections out in
the open, on bookshelves, desktops, on bed stands, etc. This gives the
flexibility to match individual paperweights with the décor of the room
or with other collectibles.
No matter which method of display one chooses there are a few steps
that should be followed. There are two primary risks to paperweights. The
first is to avoid direct sunlight. Extreme temperature changes can cause
the glass the crack, and sunlight can be magnified through the glass,
possibly causing fires or burns. Second, be wary of children who view these prized possessions as playthings.
When placed in a safe location, paperweights can be enjoyed for a lifetime.
The Art of the Paperweight: Perthshire by Lawrence Selman
The Art of the Paperweight: Perthshire
by Lawrence Selman
The Art of the Paperweight by Lawrence Selman
Songs Without Words: The Art of the Paperweight by Lawrence Selman
Caithness Paperweights: The Charlton Standard Catalogue
by Colin Terris
The Purloined Paperweight
by P. Wodehouse
Collector's Encyclopedia of Milk Glass by Betty Newbound
Standard Encyclopedia of Opalescent Glass: Identification & Values by Bill Edwards
Miller's Glass Buyer's Guide
by Jeanett Hayhurst
Anchor Hocking's Fire-King and More: Identification and Value Guide Including
Early American Prescot and Wexford
by Gene Florence
Kitchen Glassware of the Depression Years:
Identification & Values
by Gene Florence