Paperweight

Object Number: 
1939.17
Date: 
1890-1920
Medium: 
Glass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 3/4 x 2 5/8 x 1 7/8 in. ( 4.4 x 6.7 x 4.8 cm )
Description: 
Colorless glass "hand-cooler" paperweight; egg-shaped, with oval cut base.
Gallery Label: 

During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, women used hand coolers to prevent the embarrassment of offering a warm, sweaty palm in social situations. Typically palm-sized and egg-shaped, and made from glass, stone, or ceramic, hand coolers were a common accessory at dances.

Credit Line: 
Gift of Edwin Waitstill Orvis in memory of his wife, Carrie Emerton Orvis
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group