is an old saying — "Knowledge is Power" — and that is certainly true
about many things but especially important when you begin to collect
paperweights. While paperweight collecting is continuous and a joyously
ongoing process, there are a number of reference books that should
be beside every collector as they develop their collections.
of the great "classic" paperweight reference books may be out of
print at any point in time — the good news is that they are quite
regularly featured by the PCA Registered Dealers as well as
on the popular internet book sellers and on-line auction sites.
The problem of "which reference books to buy" is a good one and
we surveyed many of our collectors to determine several
lists for books that ranged from the "must have" to the esoteric,
intended for the advanced collector. The results of that survey
are available for downloading as a .pdf file: RecommendedBookList
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Some of the most useful books for the beginning and intermediate
collector are shown below (although even the most experienced collectors
constantly refer to them). The covers shown may not always be what
you will find: many of the books are sold on the internet without
dust jackets. The books are not shown to scale.
One of the first reference books printed that attempted to cover
the whole area of glass paperweights. Some areas have received significant
research since publication and the information has been updated.
It still is a "must have" reference and a very valuable and interesting
book to read and an excellent reference for paperweight collectors.
The pictured book is one of three "must have" reference books written
by this well known author and speaker. These volumes provide thoughtful,
detailed information and insight on how to identify the maker of
paperweights by reviewing the "inside" information — the information
provided by the millefiore or lampwork living in the paperweight.
Some of the most attractive and interesting paperweights made in
the classical American period of the last half of the 1800s were
made at the Boston & Sandwich and New England Glass Companies. This
is the first and best reference about these two great factories.
One of the most
exciting collections of paperweights on public display is the Bergstrom
collection displayed at the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum in Neenah, Wisconsin.
This book contains over 1,000 good photographs of paperweights and
paperweight objects with identification and short descriptions of
each item. Excellent reference and wonderful eye-candy.
This book contains
a wealth of information and photographs about European paperweights
and paperweight objects. Several maps help locate factories and
their inter-relationships with each other. Some great photographs
of what are currently called "Bohemian" paperweights.