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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
456 Vintage Magnum John Degenhart "MELVIN C. PEARL" Name Plaque Paperweight.   circa 1950 - 1964.  This is a classic, later style Degenhart paperweight with "MELVIN C. PEARL" on a rectangular white enamel plaque with a border of decorative flowers.  The plaque is placed on a multi-colored frit ground with a second layer of frit ground below.   There is an icepick flower (two pink, two red) in each corner of the plaque with a controlled bubble in the center of each.  John Degenhart made the paperweight.  The name plate or plaque was decorated by Ray Bichard.  A perfect example from the Degenhart factory.    

This style paperweight is shown on page 97 in the book Degenhart Glass and Paperweights by Gene Florence.   The Degenhart Museum acquired the example in the book in 1963.

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.

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.

Magnum Size:  Just under 3 1/4" diameter by 2 7/16" high.  The bottom is ground flat. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  Some wear and scratches on the base, but no scratches found on the dome.  No chips or cracks.   
Signature: Unsigned, but I guarantee this to be by John Degenhart, with the exception of the plaque which was done by Ray Bichard.  

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Vintage Magnum "MELVIN C. PEARL" Name Plaque John Degenhart Paperweight
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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3941 Large Degenhart "Home Sweet Home" Decorated Plaque Paperweight.   circa 1964-1980.  Classic later style Degenhart paperweight with a decorated name plaque "Home Sweet Home" on a rectangular white plaque with a border of decorative flowers.  The plaque is placed on a multi-colored frit ground with a second white ground below.  Signed with a "D." in the design.  A wonderful large paperweight with a great design and great color. 

Note:  There is a defect in the finish on one side.  This is shown in one of the pictures.  It looks like that side was allowed to cool too fast resulting in a slightly crackled finish.  Price greatly reduced as a result.

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 3/16" diameter by 2 3/8" high.  The bottom is ground flat. 
Condition:  Very good condition with no chips or cracks.  There is a defect in the finish on one side.  This is shown in one of the pictures.  It looks like that side was allowed to cool too fast resulting in a slightly crackled finish.  Price greatly reduced as a result. 
Signature:  Signed with a "D." in the design.  I guarantee this is a genuine Degenhart paperweight. 

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2055 Vintage Magnum Pinehurst NC Name Plaque Paperweight possibly by Charles Degenhart.   circa 1920 - 1940.  This Pinehurst NC paperweight is in the style of early Degenhart paperweights, with the name written in a fancy dark green script on a white enamel plaque.  The borders of the plaque are decorated in dark green depicting tall and short grass.  At each corner of the plaque there is a small icepick flower (resembling a red golf tee) pushed down to the brightly colored frit ground below.  I believe this paperweight is the work of Charles Degenhart, the older of the two Degenhart brothers. 

The town of Pinehurst, North Carolina is best known as the home of the Pinehurst Golf Resort, home of many prestigious golf competitions.  I don't know if the paperweight was connected with the golf resort or just the town, but the motif of the name Pinehurst surrounded by tall grass and short grass suggests an association. 

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.

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

Magnum Size:  3 5/16" diameter by 2 1/2" high.  The bottom is ground flat. 
Condition:  Fair to Good condition although with many scratches on the surface and considerable wear on the base.  No chips, cracks, or circular impact marks found on inspection.   
Signature: Unsigned, but I believe this to be the work of Charles Degenhart. 

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Vintage Magnum Pinehurst NC Name Plaque Paperweight possibly by Charles Degenhart

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