This vintage paperweight was made by Gentile Glass of Star City, WV, founded in 1947 in by Peter Gentile. Gentile was born in Naples, Italy, in 1884, learned his craft in Italy, then came to the US before World War I and worked at American glass makers, including a 25-year career at the Old Morgantown Glass Guild in West Virginia. His own business was a family one, with sons Frankie, John, Joe, and wife Gertrude. Most of their paperweights were not signed until about 1963, and by the 1970s all were signed. This one does have the embossed insignia on the bottom. The white "writing" inside the clear glass was made with powdered glass--this type of paperweight is "frit." The background was made of multicolored ground glass that is like an encased orb of many colors, and I love the spots of orange, not a common color found in blown glass paperweights. This "From a Friend" paperweight was used with a die, which is shown in American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers (1970) by Jean Melvin (see pages 69 - 71).
Measures about 3-1/2" in diameter (base is slightly smaller) by about 2-3/4" tall. Weighs 1.11 pounds unpacked. May have some small scratches from age but in remarkably good condition.
If you have a friend who collects paperweights, there is not a better gift!
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