Old Glass Paperweights of Southern New Jersey

An American Folk Art

by: Clarence A. Newell

1989, Presse Papier, Phoenix, AZ

84 pages, $20.00 soft cover 78 B&W and color illustrations

Limited edition of 100 autographed, numbered hard cover copies, SOLD OUT, but occasionally available used.

flyleaf: “This book is the first concerning glass paperweights as folk art. In exploring a hitherto neglected dimension of folk art, the book focuses on paperweights made in southern New Jersey, an area rich in glass history and the single area which has produced the most and the finest of American folk-art glass paperweights.
     The old glass paperweights made in southern New Jersey hold a special appeal for anyone interested in art glass or folk art. Old South Jersey paperweights are uniquely American. They were original creations, simple and direct in expression, and at their best, they are beautiful.
     These old paperweights were created in the glassworkers’ spare time because of the satisfaction derived from the work, and at times because the workers wanted to make special gifts for their loved ones and friends. The paperweights thus created grew out of the everyday life of the people. They are authentic folk art, and their story is both fascinating and enlightening.”
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