Paperweight: sulphide

Paperweight: sulphide
Title
Paperweight: sulphide
Date 
ca. 1850
Medium 
Glass
Dimensions 
Overall: 1 3/4 x 2 1/2 in. ( 4.4 x 6.4 cm )
Description 
Lead glass paperweight in the form of a flattened sphere with slightly concave base; sulphide bust of Zachary Taylor on deep translucent cobalt ground.
Credit Line 
Gift of Mrs. F. MacDonald Sinclair
Object Number 
1965.267
Marks 
handwritten in ink: on lower edge of sulphide: "Taylor"
Gallery Label 
The popularity of General Zachary Taylor as a subject in a paperweight stems from his victory over Santa Anna at Buena Vista in 1847, during the Mexican War, a victory that made him president (see "Glass Paperweights of the New-York Historical Society," p. 129).
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group