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Abraham Lincoln Paperweight

Gillinder & Sonsc.1876

Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass

Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass

During the 1850s, paperweights were first brought to America as souvenirs by visitors to Paris and London. In 1853, French paperweight-maker Clichy displayed them to a wider American audience at the World's Fair in New York, and American glass companies took notice. One such company, Gillinder & Sons, set up a working glass factory at the 1876 World's Fair in Philadelphia. There, they produced numerous glass souvenirs for fairgoers, including souvenir paperweights.

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  • Title: Abraham Lincoln Paperweight
  • Creator: Gillinder & Sons
  • Date: c.1876, c.1876
  • Physical Dimensions: h2.46 x w8.12 cm
  • Type: Paperweight
  • External Link: Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass
  • Medium: Press-molded glass
  • Object ID: PW 1958.36.36
  • Credit Line: Bequest of Evangeline H. Bergstrom

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