Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Object of the Day: A Caithness Paperweight Commemorating Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee

As a longtime collector of paperweights, I’ve always had a special fondness for the work of Scottish glass company, Caithness. So, when I recently found this Caithness paperweight commemorating Queen Elizabeth II’s first fifty years on the throne, I was particularly excited because it satisfied two of my collecting passions.

This paperweight—signed and numbered—shows a Tudor Rose atop an abstract ground of gold and regal purple. Above the red rose is a suspended bubble in the crystal signifying the Queen’s power and elegance. The top surface of the piece in etched with the date of Her Majesty’s accession.  As you can see, Bertie approves.

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