Gibson Glass Buffalo Paperweight

Apr 29, 2024 | Museum Monday Treasures

Today’s Museum Monday treasure from the Museum of American Glass in WV is a Buffalo paperweight made by Gibson Glass. It is a reproduction of a piece with a complicated history. There is some evidence that it was originally made in 1901 by the Dalzell, Gilmore and Leighton Glass Works of the National Glass Company as a souvenir for the Pan American Exposition of 1901 in Buffalo, New York. However, as a member factory of the relatively new National combine, Dalzell, Gilmore and Leighton was struggling and within the year was shut down. The mould was moved to Greentown, where the Indiana Tumbler and Goblet Works continued production.

The St. Clair Glass Works reproduced the buffalo in the 1980s and then sold the mould to Gibson sometime around 1984 or thereafter. As you can see, Gibson’s version is in iridized milk glass, giving it a mother of pearl appearance. It is 2 7/8” high. One way to tell the difference between the St. Clair/Gibson reproductions and the original version is that the head of the reproduction buffalo rests on its chest, whereas the Greentown ones have a space between the head and body.

Buffalo-paperweight

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