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The shaded effect on the fruit paperweights and the festooning effect on the blue and white marbrie weight are acheived by blending and blowing the glass. Another hollow blown technique is the piercing of the glass to blow bubbles that become part of a floral design.

Blown Glass PearUnited States, New England Glass Company, Cambridge, Massachusetts, circa 1852-1880Diameter: 7.6 cm (3 inches) Height: 6.5 cm (2 1/2 inches)(702285)Hollow blown glass pear shaded yellow to red; fused to a circular clear glass base; green blossom American Magnum Bubble WeightUnited StatesEither William Zick, Jr., Morgantown Glassware Guild, Inc., Morgantown, West Virginiaor John Gentile, Gentile Glass Company, Star City, West Virginia, early- to mid-twentieth centuryDiameter: 12.7 cm (5 inches) Height: 13.3 cm (5 1/4 inches)(702379)Doorstop, magnum weight; three large, red, upright lily flowers with bubble centers; opaque white leaves and ground; light amber glass domeThe flowers are formed by crushed glass pieces adhered to several layers of clear gathers and shaped with a knife or other tool. Glassworkers created the hollow bubbles by puncturing the molten glass with thorns or other pick-like tool. The air entering the glass also experienced a chemical reaction that made the bubble gleam like silver. Blown Glass PearUnited StatesNew England Glass CompanyCambridge, Massachusetts, circa 1852-1880Diameter: 6.5 cm (2 1/2 inches) Height: 4.5 cm (1 3/4 inches)(702385)Small blown glass pear shaded yellow to pink; fused to a circular clear glass base; green blossom Gilded SalamanderFranceSaint Louis, circa 1845-55Diameter: 8.4 cm (3 5/16 inches)(702426)Cast-molded, gilded salamander; coiled atop a hollow blown, opaque white weight with blue marbrie festooning

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