Clair Pink Crimp Rose Paperweight with Twenty Petals. This is a delicate pink crimp rose with twenty petals plus a center stamen (or pistil).The petals are arranged in Joe St. Clair's five row 4+4+4+4+4 crimp pattern and placed over a four leaf shaped green ground. It is signed on a polished flat base with indented letters "JOE ST CLAIR". This may be engraved or machined rather than hot stamped.
This is a fancier signature than the hot stamped signature that Joe used on most paperweights. A flashy paperweight with great color and execution. Crimp roses represent the ultimate challenge for paperweight makers. You can read about the crimps and their use in making crimp roses in the book American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers by Jean Melvin (1970).Please Note: The stand shown in the pictures is not included with the paperweight. It is shown for illustration only. Note on white glare : Please ignore the white areas, they are glare from the light. Clair line (as far as paperweights are concerned) started with John "Pop" St. Who worked at the George MacBeth Glass Works in Elwood from around 1903 to 1938. Local natural gas production faltered in 1938 and the St.
Clairs began to develop their ideas for a new business of their own. Clair (1909 - 1987) did the original experimentation and the business was formally started in 1941 in Elwood, Indiana. And the brothers John, Jr. Joe, Ed and Bob all participated, while another brother, Paul, did not at first.
About the same time, Bob St. Clair and his wife Maude opened a new factory in Elwood. Clair retired from General Motors and joined Bob, along with Ed St. Clair and a nephew, Joe Rice.
So, for a while, there were two St. Clair died in 1989 and the last brother, Paul St. Very large size: Just under 3 1/2" diameter by 3 3/8" high.
The base is polished flat. It weighs just over two pounds. Condition: One tiny (1/16) scuff mark found on the dome. Otherwise in excellent condition with no other chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.
Signature: Signed on the polished base with indented letters "JOE ST CLAIR". It probably dates from the 1960s or 1970s, but may be earlier. Allan's Paperweights is owned by Allan Port.If in doubt, please check with me first. Please do not ask me to declare this a gift.