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Degenhart Paperweights for Sale


Most of the paperweights on this page are the work of the John and Charles Degenhart and their families.  These paperweights are highly prized as examples of the upper Ohio Valley glass making tradition that includes Ohio, West Virginia, and western Pennsylvania.  One of the fun things about collecting these weights is to contrast the different decorative styles used in decorating the plaque weights.

John Degenhart was born in Wheeling, West Virginia in 1884.  He started working in glass at the Dalzell, Gilmore & Leighton Company factory in Findlay, Ohio at the age of ten.  John's brother Charles, also worked at Dalzell.  In 1901, both joined Cambridge Glass in Cambridge, Ohio.

The original paperweight production was the work of Charles and his two sons.  John also produced paperweights to help meet the demand.  This started as an after hours activity in the 1920s while the men worked at Cambridge Glass (with the approval of the company).  John retired from Cambridge Glass in 1946 and opened the Crystal Art Glass Company shortly after that.  Most of the early production was devoted to paperweights.  The factory also produced pressed glass novelties in an incredible range of colors.

After John died in 1964, his wife Elizabeth took over production.  Prior to that, the paperweights were unsigned.  There was also a close association with Zack Boyd and his son Bernard, both of whom worked at Crystal Arts.  Today in Cambridge, the Boyd family continues to run Crystal Arts.

For more information, you can read about the Degenharts in the books  American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers by Jean Melvin (1967 and 1970) and  Degenhart Glass and Paperweights by Gene Florence.  For these and other great references on paperweights, check out my list of paperweight books for sale.

If you would like to purchase any of these paperweights, e-mail me at: aport@paperweights.com
 
 
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Rare Vintage Magnum John Degenhart Butterfly Paperweight.   circa 1946 - 1964.  This is a rare, early Degenhart butterfly paperweight.  It features a large butterfly with blue spotted wings and black body flying over a multi-colored frit ground.  The wings have four red spots and two green spots.  The body has red eyes.  Unsigned with an unfinished pontil mark, but I guarantee this paperweight was made by John Degenhart.

Examples of this paperweight are found in the two references on Degenhart paperweights.  One example is shown on page 99 of the book Degenhart Glass and Paperweights by Gene Florence.  In American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers by Jean Melvin (1970), there is a picture on page 49.  As described in the Melvin book, the butterfly is crafted of solid [clear glass] crystal and coated with fine glass (i.e., colored frit glass).  It differs from frit butterflies made by other glass artists in that the design is not set up in a mold.  Instead the three dimensional butterfly wings and body are coated with frit.   

The picture does not do justice to this paperweight.  Ignore the white areas, they are glare from the lights.

Charles and John Degenhart started their careers in glass working in glass at the Dalzell, Gilmore & Leighton Company factory in Findlay, Ohio.  Charles, born in 1882, started first and then John, born in 1884, started at the age of ten in 1894.  In 1901, both joined Cambridge Glass in Cambridge, Ohio.  The original paperweight production was an after hours activity at Cambridge Glass by Charles and his two sons in the 1920s.  John also produced paperweights to help meet the demand.  This was with the approval of the company. Of the two, Charles Degenhart was the more skilled artistically.

John retired from Cambridge Glass in 1946 and opened the Crystal Art Glass Company shortly after that. Most of the early production was devoted to paperweights. The factory also produced pressed glass novelties in an incredible range of colors. After John died in 1964, his wife Elizabeth took over production. Prior to that, the paperweights were unsigned. There was also a close association with Zack Boyd and his son Bernard, both of whom worked at Crystal Arts. Today in Cambridge, the Boyd family continues to run Crystal Arts.

For more information, you can read about the Degenharts in the books American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers by Jean Melvin (1967 and 1970) and Degenhart Glass and Paperweights by Gene Florence.

Very Large Size:  3 1/8" diameter by 2 5/8" high.  The bottom is fire finished although the remnants of the pontil mark remain.   
Condition:  Very good condition.  Some wear and minor scratches on the dome and base.  No chips or cracks.  There are bubbles at the edge of each wing, which could be considered a flaw but is not damage.
Signature: Unsigned, but I guarantee this to be by John Degenhart.

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Rare Vintage Magnum John Degenhart Butterfly Paperweight
5462 Unusual Red Icepick Flower Paperweight with "D" Plaque - Probably Degenhart.   circa 1950 - 1964.  This is an unusual icepick flower paperweight with five red icepick flowers and a white enamel plaque in the center with a fancy "D".  The plaque rests on a white frit ground.  The icepick flowers each have a small bubble in each one (although they are off-center).  The entire design is off-center as well.  The base is polished flat.  Although it is not a typical Degenhart paperweight in style, the construction and base convince me that this is probably a product of the Degenhart factory, Crystal Art Glass Company.

A more typical Degenhart paperweight would have a name plaque in the center with four icepick flowers (typically of two or more colors) in each corner of the plaque.  John Degenhart usually made the paperweight.  The name plate or plaque was decorated by Ray Bichard.

Note:  Icepick flowers are named after the icepick type tool is pushed down through the color to create a stem for the flower.  The process of making the flower also leaves a void to becomes an air bubble.

Charles and John Degenhart started their careers in glass working in glass at the Dalzell, Gilmore & Leighton Company factory in Findlay, Ohio.  Charles, born in 1882, started first and then John, born in 1884, started at the age of ten in 1894.  In 1901, both joined Cambridge Glass in Cambridge, Ohio.  The original paperweight production was an after hours activity at Cambridge Glass by Charles and his two sons in the 1920s.  John also produced paperweights to help meet the demand.  This was with the approval of the company. Of the two, Charles Degenhart was the more skilled artistically.

John retired from Cambridge Glass in 1946 and opened the Crystal Art Glass Company shortly after that. Most of the early production was devoted to paperweights. The factory also produced pressed glass novelties in an incredible range of colors. After John died in 1964, his wife Elizabeth took over production. Prior to that, the paperweights were unsigned. There was also a close association with Zack Boyd and his son Bernard, both of whom worked at Crystal Arts. Today in Cambridge, the Boyd family continues to run Crystal Arts.

Ray Bichard decorated the name plates, scenes, and other designs for the Degenhart Factory.  He also worked for Tom Mosser at Variety Glass, also in Cambridge. 

For more information, you can read about the Degenharts in the books American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers by Jean Melvin (1967 and 1970) and Degenhart Glass and Paperweights by Gene Florence.

Large Size:  2 7/8" diameter by 2 3/8" high.  The bottom is ground flat. 
Condition:  Very good condition.  One small (1/8") circular impact mark on the side.  Minor wear on the base.  No other damage found on inspection.
Signature: Unsigned except for the "D" plaque, but I believe this paperweight was made by John Degenhart.  

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Unusual Red Icepick Flower Paperweight with "D" Plaque - Probably Degenhart
4437 Rare Magnum Charles Degenhart SesquiCentennial "1776 Phila, Pa 1926" Decorated Plaque Paperweight.   circa 1926.  Degenhart style paperweight celebrating the 1926 sesquicentennial. It has an elaborate drawing in color on a white enamel plaque with the word "Sesqui Centennial", an American eagle in flight holding a banner in its beak with the word "LIBERTY", two American flags, the liberty bell,  and the commemoration "1776 Phila, Pa 1926".  The paperweight has a two level frit ground, with the plaque resting on the multi-colored top layer and a second frit layer below.  This paperweight has a single large facet on top.  A wonderful large paperweight with a great design and great color.

Charles and John Degenhart were both working full time at Cambridge Glass in 1926 and making paperweights in the off hours.  Charles Degenhart is known to have been more skilled artistically than John and the early weights with elaborate drawings are identified as being by Charles. 

Paperweights by Charles Degenhart that show his drawing ability can be found on age 97 in the book Degenhart Glass and Paperweights by Gene Florence.

Charles and John Degenhart started their careers in glass working in glass at the Dalzell, Gilmore & Leighton Company factory in Findlay, Ohio.  Charles, born in 1882, started first and then John, born in 1884, started at the age of ten in 1894. In 1901, both joined Cambridge Glass in Cambridge, Ohio.  The original paperweight production was an after hours activity at Cambridge Glass by Charles and his two sons in the 1920s.  John also produced paperweights to help meet the demand.  This was with the approval of the company.  Of the two, Charles Degenhart was the more skilled artistically.

John retired from Cambridge Glass in 1946 and opened the Crystal Art Glass Company shortly after that.  Most of the early production was devoted to paperweights.  The factory also produced pressed glass novelties in an incredible range of colors.  After John died in 1964, his wife Elizabeth took over production.  Prior to that, the paperweights were unsigned.  There was also a close association with Zack Boyd and his son Bernard, both of whom worked at Crystal Arts.  Today in Cambridge, the Boyd family continues to run Crystal Arts.

For more information, you can read about the Degenharts in the books  American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers by Jean Melvin (1967 and 1970) and  Degenhart Glass and Paperweights by Gene Florence

Very Large Size:  Just under 3 5/16" diameter by 2 1/16" high.  The bottom is ground flat.  There is a single large facet.  The glass is slightly gray in color.
Condition:  Very good condition with no chips or cracks.  There are a few minor scratches.  Appropriate wear on the base. 
Signature: Unsigned, but this is a documented Degenhart style and I guarantee that it is an early Charles Degenhart paperweight made in 1926.

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1282 Magnum Elizabeth Degenhart Bicentennial Paperweight with Horse and Buggy.   circa 1976.  This Degenhart paperweight features a black drawing of a horse and buggy with the dates "1776-1976" on a white plaque.  It was created to celebrate the bicentennial in 1976.  The plaque has the Degenhart signature of a D inside a heart.  This signature was adopted when Elizabeth Degenhart was running the factory after the death of John Degenhart.  There is a multi-colored frit layer just below the plaque and a second white frit ground below. 

An example of this paperweight is shown in the book Degenhart Glass and Paperweights by Gene Florence.

The picture does not do justice to this paperweight.  Ignore the white areas, they are glare from the lights. 

Magnum Size:  3 1/3" diameter by 2 2/3" high.  The bottom is ground flat with a clear finish.
Condition:  Very good condition with small (1/8") nick on the side near the base.  No significant scratches found on inspection. 
Signature: Signed on the plaque with a D inside a heart outline. 

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