Pear-Shaped Paperweights

Jan 31, 2022 | Museum Monday Treasures

Today’s Museum Monday treasure from the Museum of American Glass in WV is a cobalt iridescent pear paperweight made by Gibson Glass in 1998. Pear-shaped paperweights have always been popular, and we have two others made by Gibson, one with flowers inside, paperweight style, and one in Burmese carnival. Charles Gibson was an experienced West Virginia glass artisan. Other West Virginia pears in our collection include two from Pilgrim and examples from Blenko and Rainbow, as well as a Celso Lopez pear. Ohio is represented by pears from Joe Rice and Orie Mitchell at Tiffin. From farther afield, we have a mini pear from Levay Glass Works and a beautiful ruby pear made by Chet Cole in Vermont. We end our brief survey with a couple of unknown pieces. Who knew pears came in so many shapes and colors?

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