Antique Baccarat Dated 1847 Glass Art Paperweight Closepack "Church Weight" with Complex Millefiori & Flower Stem Murrine
Dimensions 3-1/16" diameter & 2” tall
Makers Mark: "B1847" signature/date cane included in the setup.
Condition: Excellent with very faint wear to the upper surface.
On October 3, 1951, after the ravages of WWII, a very important artifact was discovered in the ruins of the Baccarat Church, a Baccarat closepack paperweight. This paperweight was to become known the world over as the famous Baccarat “Church Weight". This weight and the story of its discovery has inspired collectors throughout the decades. Similar Baccarat closepacks like the one seen here have been noted by many well established collectors as the one that captured their imagination and set their paperweight collecting into motion.
This example is large at a full 3" in diameter and is in superb condition with out flaw. It contains countless complex millefiori and four figural stemmed flower murrine.