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Alphabe Thursday … P is for Paper Weight

September 5, 2013

I thought paper weights were little more than trinkets used to save pieces of paper from being blown in the wind. While I don’t have a wind blowing through my home I haven’t found the need to use one, let alone collect them.  

Until recently while reading about Feng Shui (this is another bit of ‘clutter’ I have not found the need for) and the way in which clear crystals are used to purify negative spirit and gather good energy. By displaying a clear crystal paperweight on my desk my mind will clear and I will be energised. Also, clear crystals can also release of stress and pressure. So what more could I ask?

So with interest aroused I discussed it with a friend, who bought me my first paperweight.  I have bought one or two since and even found a couple in our collections here at the museum which are very nice.

So I since discovered that fine glass paperweights are widely produced, collected, and appreciated as works of art and are often exhibited in museums. They are made entirely of glass, often individually made and usually in limited editions. Originally from France in the mid 19 century but they became more popular in the 20th century.

I assume that since we have now a paper free environment they are no longer ‘used’ to hold down paper on a windy day.



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15 Comments leave one →
  1. September 5, 2013 10:48 am

    I love paperweights my aunt used to work at Wedgewood and so I got many seconds , they still look perfect

  2. September 5, 2013 11:26 am

    Wonderful things. It’s been ages since I’ve seen one. Absolutely love them.

  3. September 5, 2013 12:35 pm

    Oh, now why didn’t I think of paperweights??! We have loads inherited from my husbands family. I love the way the light shines in them and can sparkle around the room. I loved also reading about the Feng Shui and positive energy, better get them back on my desk!!!

  4. September 5, 2013 3:47 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever used “official” paperweights — I have a couple of special rocks that I used!! I’ll have to look for them while out thrifting though!

  5. September 5, 2013 11:15 pm

    Love paperweights, though looking around the only thing I have is 3 rocks from the beach that my niece and I found.

    • September 6, 2013 8:30 am

      Yes … I much the same … these glass ones are a bit ‘posh’ !! To be kept for best! 😉

  6. September 6, 2013 3:50 pm

    I especially love your glass sculpture. I love working art into our everyday environment.

  7. September 9, 2013 12:55 pm

    I must confess, I don’t live in a paperless world. If anything, my world is overly papered – (I love papers, the printed words, illustrations, etc.) So, I usualy have little piles of papers stacked all about the house. While I don’t have an ‘official’ paperweight – I tend to use whatever is around and available, at hand – so you may see a pile of papers with a book on top, or eyeglasses, or even a dog toy. But, I can sure see how you would be attracted to those lovely glass paperweights – because glass is another thing I am fond of.
    Great P post!

    • September 9, 2013 2:06 pm

      Oh!! Yes I should have written P is for Piles!! I am an expert! Thanks for the kind comment!

  8. September 16, 2013 5:27 am

    It is always a pleasure seeing what you will post…

    I like the paperweight that shows the straw fabric…

    Thanks for linking to the letter “P”!


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