Three techniques that usually feature a central millefiori cane are crowns,
swirls, and marbries.
Red, White, and Green Crown
Saint Louis, circa 1845-55
The Saint Louis factory perfected the crown weight. From the central millefiori
cane radiate alternating colored twists and filigree. The basis of the weight
is a hollow blown center. This molten-hot center was lowered onto a mold arrangement
of twists and filigree rods, which molded itself to the globe shape. This was
dipped into another layer or layers of clear glass. The Barker Collection contains
four Saint Louis crown weights.
Pink and White Swirl Miniature
Clichy, circa 1845-55
All eight of the swirl weights in the Barker Collection were made by Clichy.
They feature center florets. The glassmaker lowers a gather of background glass,
perhaps clear, into a mold holding straight rods of alternating colors and the
center floret. After the rods adhere to the gather, the gather is twisted to
make the swirl pattern. Popular colors were pink, blue, and white.
Cast-molded, gilded salamander coiled atop a hollow blown opaque white weight with
blue marbrie festooning
Saint Louis also specialized in Marbries. White glass is blown into a globe
shape. A repeat swag design of colored glass is applied to the surface. The
Barker Collection's marbrie features, instead of a floret, a gilded cast-molded