Paperweight: sulphide

Object Number: 
1965.267
Date: 
ca. 1850
Medium: 
Glass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 3/4 x 2 1/2 in. ( 4.4 x 6.4 cm )
Marks: 
handwritten in ink: on lower edge of sulphide: "Taylor"
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.
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).
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. F. MacDonald Sinclair
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group