MastroNet December 2005
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Measuring 3-1/8" in diameter, this attractive piece is an exceedingly rare and early example in the genre of presidential paperweights. A frosted portrait of our 13th President, Millard Fillmore, is etched into the base of the hexagonal glass paperweight, and the regal profile is encircled by the prominent lettering, "MILLARD FILLMORE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES - 1850." One major corner chip is located at twelve o'clock on the underside, resulting in a rippling effect that obscures four of the engraved letters. Otherwise, there is the usual assortment of surface scratches and edge wear from practical usage, none of which directly impact the unblemished portrait. Fillmore (1800-1874) was Vice President under Zachary Taylor and took office following Taylor's death. He assumed the U.S. Presidency on July 10, 1850, and this paperweight was manufactured by the New England Glass Company as one of the few presidential items to commemorate his new position. As a point of reference on the desirability of Fillmore paperweights, one sold in our April 2004 auction for more than $3,000.
1850 Millard Filmore Presidential Paperweight
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