John Gentile Paperweights / Holy Grail Americana Set
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John Gentile Paperweights / Holy Grail Americana Set:
***HOLY GRAIL AMERICANA IN GENTILE PAPERWEIGHTS!***
***John is KNOWN to have made some items in ONE-OF-A-KIND and this may well be such an Exceptionally Rare AMERICANA SET. I specialize in Holy Grail items and believe me, I've found VERY FEW! However, after an exhaustive search...I can find these three pieces as a set ONLY HERE. And I can find NONE individually, ANYWHERE. Pinterest shows the bigger middle item on their site but it's this one you are looking at....I bought it on .
***The LARGER middle Eagle is SIGNED "JG" but the other two smaller ones are unsigned. This indicates an OLDER Gentile creation (1970's or earlier), as experiencedcollectors will know. The middle weight is 3+19/32" (91 mm) round and just over 2.5" tall. The two smaller weights are 3.25" (82 mm) round and both just under 2.5" tall. This set is in Excellent condition with the only SMALL issue being a SMALL "blemish" on the underside of the "In God We Trust" weight. It appears in Photo 3. After close examination it appears to me as an "as made" blemish.....rather than later damage....but I could be wrong. In any case it's a negligibleissue to a set like this, especially if it is a ONE OF A KIND SET. The total weight of all 3 items is between 4 and 5 pounds but shipping and insurance are free.
***These 3 weights together IMPART CLUES TO EXTREMELY IMPORTANT KNOWLEDGE if one is able to LEARN from these ARTISTIC OBJECTS.
**Provenance for John Gentile (1923 - 2006) includes service in WWII and honored in Glass Museums such as the Morgantown, W. Virginia museum and others. He has been called a "GIANT" in American paperweight art forms....an accolade that, IMO, he deserves. The 3-piece set offered here comes as the result of my efforts in recognizing John's skill and high artistic level as well as my considerable effort to acquire all three pieces of this fantastic group. It all started with an acquisition of the THIRD Smaller piece in a wonderful little antique shop in what shall remain an unnamed town in Western NY. I acquired, via Lady Luck, the other two items on good old !
***This is a BIG item....from a BIG paperweight artist.....so it has a BIG price!The price on this item will NEVER BE REDUCED....I will DESTROY it first.
NOTE: 01/05/2018 Since listing this item I've seen NONE of these for sale ANY PLACE until very recently. The larger middle item with "JG" on the inunder-side is apparently listed on currently for over $100. HOWEVER, NONE of the other two paperweights are to be found sothe SET remains as currently priced. If the otherTWO items are ever found....the price will be adjusted SHIPPED AND INSURED VIA USPO TRACKING SHIPPIING