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The Walter Carlyle Shaw Collection

In 1992, Elizabeth Shaw Gamble donated this collection of 169 historical and contemporary paperweights in memory of her father, Walter Carlyle Shaw.  The collection encompasses a wide variety of types and techniques, and includes crimp, crown, faceted, footed, millefiori, spiral, sulphide, and swirl paperweights in many sizes and colors.  Celebrated manufacturers range from Baccarat, Clichy la Garenne, and St. Louis in France; the Whitefriars Glass Company and Perthshire Paperweights in the British Isles, and the American firms of Orient & Flume Art Glass and Vandermark-Merritt Glass Studios.  Also in the collection are a number of antique and vintage paperweights attributed to the New England Glass Company, the Boston & Sandwich Glass Company, and Whitall-Tatum & Company.  Contemporary glass artists represented include Rick Ayotte, Bob Banford, Chris Buzzini, Ken Rosenfield, Daniel Salazar, Debbie Taristano, and others.  The Shaw collection is on permanent view at the Museum’s Ligonier Valley facility, and is displayed in an attractive multi-level screen that permits inspection from many angles.


Baccarat, Pansy Flower, n.d.

  Selection of paperweights from the Walter Carlyle Shaw Collection