Bacchus and Sons, Union Glass Works, Birmingham, England
Probably more than twenty glassworks existed in the 18th and 19th century in
Birmingham, England. Their remains, mostly underground, are being excavated
Bacchus Close Concentric Millefiori
Union Glass Works, Birmingham
of these firms was Bacchus, Green & Green, which was founded in 1818. It
was renamed Bacchus & Sons in the late 1840s, after its founder died. The
company made paperweights from at least 1848, when they were exhibited at the
Society of Arts. Perhaps several workers were responsible for paperweight production
at the factory.
Bacchus paperweights are very rare, perhaps numbering only in the several hundreds.
Bacchus designs are distinctive. They are all millefiori, and often close concentric.
The outer rings of canes, rather than being level with the inner ones, angle
and slope down with the shape of the weight.
Bacchus in the Morton Collection has a yellow-lined, center pastry-mold cane
surrounded by a single ring cane and five rings of white, blue, orange, and
yellow neatly arranged canes.