Paperweights have been made in this country since
about 1850 and currently enjoy popularity for both
practical and decorative purposes. In the South
Jersey factories, paperweights were made by the
glassworkers as a “whimsey” or “end-of-day” piece,
not as a factory production item. They were given
to friends and family as mementos. Air bubbles or
colored elements such as flowers and spirals magnified
under a clear crystal dome are typical of early
South Jersey weights. Handcast animal figurines became
popular novelties in the early 20th century. At
WheatonArts, our resident artists continue the
southern New Jersey tradition of paperweight making.
Each item listed is made by highly skilled artists
working in the re-created 1888 T.C. Wheaton Glass Factory
at WheatonArts. Because each piece is handmade,
the color and size may vary and bubbles may appear in
the glass. This is not a flaw, but your assurance that
each piece is handmade.
In swirl and twist weights, the color listed is the dominant
color. Additional colors may be included. Each item comes
with a story card and information on WheatonArts.