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Archives and Special Collections

Paperweight Collection

Cumberland University is pleased to announce the acquisition of 47 highly collectible paperweights given to the Arts program within the School of Humanities, Education, and the Arts. Mrs. Mary Ruth Kolbe of Madison, Tennessee donated the impressive collection at the suggestion of her late husband Bill who passed away in April 2010. Mr. Kolbe was an avid collector of paperweights during his lifetime and had asked that they be donated to an appropriate place after his passing.

A selection of these beautiful works of art will be on display in the Doris and Harry Vise Library on the campus of Cumberland University.

See the images and information about each paperweight below. The library staff would like to thank Damon McNaught and Jim Brown for the photographs and information about the collection. 

Images and Information

Case 1, Shelf 1

Case 1, Shelf 2

Case 1, Shelf 3

Case 2, Shelf 1

Case 2, Shelf 2

Case 2, Shelf 3

Perthshire Paperweight

Located in case 1, on shelf 1

Perthshire Paperweight

Located in case 1, on shelf 1

Smyers Paperweight

Located in case 1, on shelf 1

Ebelhare Paperweight

Located in case 1, on shelf 1

Caithness Paperweight

Located in case 1, on shelf 1

Boston and Sandwich Paperweight

Located in case 1, on shelf 1

Rosenfeld Paperweight

Located in case 1, on shelf 1

Caithness Paperweight

Located in case 1, on shelf 2

Baccarat Paperweight

Located in case 1, on shelf 2

Lundberg Studios Paperweight

Located in case 1, on shelf 2

Perthshire Paperweight

Located in case 1, on shelf 2

Baccarat Paperweight

Located in case 1, on shelf 2

John Deacon Paperweight

Located in case 1, on shelf 2

Arculus/Walsh & Walsh Paperweight

Located in case 1, on shelf 2

St. Louis Paperweight

Located in case 1, on shelf 2

Bob Banford Paperweight

Located in case 1, on shelf 3

Caithness Paperweight

Located in case 1, on shelf 3

Whitefriars Paperweight

Located in case 1, on shelf 3

St. Louis Paperweight

Located in case 1, on shelf 3

Perthshire Paperweight

Located in case 1, on shelf 3

Caithness Paperweight

Located in case 1, on shelf 3

John Deacon Paperweight

Located in case 1, on shelf 3

Caithness Paperweight

Located in case 1, on shelf 3

Parabelle Paperweight

Located in case 2, on shelf 1

Baccarat Paperweight

Located in case 2, on shelf 1

Orient and Flume Paperweight

Located in case 2, on shelf 3

Orient and Flume Paperweight

Located in case 2, on shelf 1

Caithness Paperweight

Located in case 2, on shelf 1

Caithness Paperweight

Located in case 2, on shelf 1

Perthshire Paperweight

Located in case 2, on shelf 1

Whitefriars Paperweight

Located in case 2, on shelf 1

Caithness Paperweight

Located in case 2, on shelf 2

Perthshire Bottle Paperweight

Located in case 2, on shelf 2

Rosenfeld Paperweight

Located in case 2, on shelf 2

Hansen Paperweight

Located in case 2, on shelf 2

Whittemore Paperweight

Located in case 2, on shelf 2

Ayotte Paperweight

Located in case 2, on shelf 2

Baccarat Paperweight

Located in case 2, on shelf 2

Caithness Paperweight

Located in case 2, on shelf 2

John Deacons Paperweight

Located in case 2, on shelf 3

Caithness Paperweight

Located in case 2, on shelf 3

JWT Paperweight

Located in case 2, on shelf 3

Ebelhare Paperweight

Located in case 2, on shelf 3

Whittemore Paperweight

Located in case 2, on shelf 3

Perthshire Paperweight

Located in case 2, on shelf 3

Paperweight - Unknown Designer

Located in case 2, on shelf 3

Monson Paperweight

Located in case 2, on shelf 3