Paperweight: sulphide

Paperweight: sulphide
Title
Paperweight: sulphide
Date 
1845-1860
Medium 
Glass
Dimensions 
Overall: 1 3/4 x 3 1/8 in. ( 4.4 x 7.9 cm )
Description 
Lead glass paperweight of flattened spherical shape cut with one top punty and six side punties; sulphide American flag on deep cobalt blue over white ground.
Credit Line 
Bequest of Mrs. F. MacDonald Sinclair
Object Number 
1965.324
Marks 
handwritten in ink: on paper label affixed to base: "463"
Gallery Label 
Baccarat and Clichy of France have both been suggested as possible manufacturers of this paperweight, though it may have been made in the U.S. The form of the flag is unusual, with thirty-two stars arranged in the shape of a star. The paperweight may commemorate Minnesota's admission as the thirty-second state in 1858. It is also possible, however, that the flag represents Texas, the Lone Star State, which was admitted in 1845.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group