The L. H. Selman Fall Auction is about to launch. Initial bids will begin on October 19th and end on November 3rd

For this auction, our blockbuster piece is an antique Saint Louis with a small menagerie of silhouette canes and accompanying 1845 date cane that quite alters a previous theory. The common assumption so far has been that the first silhouette canes appeared with the Baccarat introduction of the much-fêted Gridel canes in 1847. So, perhaps…

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The Long, Gray Shadow of a Saint Louis Silhouette

The L. H. Selman Fall Auction is about to launch. Initial bids will begin on October 19th and end on November 2nd. For this auction, our blockbuster piece is an antique Saint Louis with a small menagerie of silhouette canes and accompanying 1845 date cane that quite alters a previous theory. The common assumption so…

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French Origins of Decorative Glass Paperweights

Classic glass paperweights were originally popular between 1845 and 1860 in central France. The French glass factories of Baccarat, Saint-Louis and Clichy produced approximately 25,000 weights during this time, but they quickly lost popularity as handwriting letters became more and more of a novelty.  The first-ever World’s Fair in 1851 London showcased glass paperweights; the…

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Ayotte Paperweights | L.H. Selman Glass

Ayotte Paperweights | L.H. Selman Glass Globally acclaimed for his unbelievably lifelike interpretations of small creatures and birds in their natural habitats, glass artisan Rick Ayotte has spent a lifetime studying and observing nature to create little worlds encased in glass. Beginnings | Rick Ayotte Born in New Hampshire, Ayotte officially began his career at…

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