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Broadmoor Paperweights

#85 2015-11-01

Broadmoor made at least three paperweights.

Braves (all found are Broadmoor-Denver)

These braves are probably the hardest to find.

This one's bottom is nicely lacquered with a "clay I am" label.

"Clay I am
 It is most true,
 Disdain me not,
 For so are you."

This black glaze shows up dark cobalt where it thins along the edges.

(Broadmoor's black glazes may also appear green in thinly glazed areas.)

Check out where the runny glaze pooled at the edges during firing.

Notice it also has a firing crack. The size of this piece must be near its upper limit. Anything chunkier would probably crack.


Scarabs are probably Broadmoor's most common paperweight. We see them in two variations (types 1 and 2).

Colorado Springs scarabs

This first one in turquoise we call type 1.

It has a plain but desirable "Broadmoor Art Pottery" ink stamp.

This next scarab in red is also type 1.

(The "Broadmoor Pottery" impression, we believe, only appears on Colorado Springs pieces.)

Nancy first noticed this type 2 variation.

(Note pink glazes are very hard to find on Colorado Springs pieces.)

Stamped "118",  it has an another intact "Clay I am" label (click). 

Denver scarabs (only found type 2)

This wonderful red example was found on eBay.

We think the early pencil markings must date from the 1930s.

"9 c     3 / 25"

This scarab was owned and shot by eBay member "1buy1too".

Check out the snout and bottom.

It looks like it's seen some action.

Parrots (all found are Broadmoor-Springs)

To prevent cracking, Broadmoor
made their parrot forms hollow.

None have yet been found with plaster fill. So instead of parrot paperweights maybe they are just birds of paradise figurines.

This one has a nice runny turquoise glaze.

Here's another with Broadmoor's successful red glaze.

This final one is special. It was finished with Eric Hellman's swirl paint process. (The finish is not a fired glaze -- article.)

(Hellman's swirl pieces at Broadmoor are hard to find. When found, they are almost always vases.)

The piece may even be unique. With its high quality and lack of symmetry, it must have taken a lot of effort to "get right".

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