Paperweight

Paperweight

Paperweight. France, Cristallerie de Pantin about 1870-1880

A small, heavy object designed to hold down loose papers. The first glass paperweights were made in the early 1840s in Venice and France, and their manufacture spread rapidly to other parts of Europe and the United States. Glass paperweights ceased to be fashionable in the early 20th century, but the craft of making them revived in the 1950s.

Alternate Spellings: 
paperweights
paper-weight
paper-weights
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