Cat Paperweight

where can i find out about a Blenko ruby red cat paperweight?

i have a Blenko owl and a cat. i found the owl but can't find any info on the cat could anyone help me?

~William Blenko tried to open a glass factory in Kokomo, Indiana in 1893 but went bankrupt and returned to England in 1903. In 1909, he emigrated to Point Marion, Pa., and he tried again. Once again, his venture went belly-up so he tried a third time, now in Clarksburg, West Virginia. Three times was not charmed and Blenko was blanked again. He hooked up with Louis Tiffany for a spell, made a little money and started to make a name in the business.

When he had saved enough, he decided to make a fourth go of it. His wife, Estelle Hotchkiss, great granddaughter Adam Smith, reminded him of a conversation they had had with P.T. Barnum in 1892 when Blenko was organizing the Kokomo operation. Barnum told them that anyone could be an artist, but to be a success, he (Blenko) needed a gimmick (There's a sucker born every minute, remember?) This go 'round, Blenko took Barnum's advice to heart.

Back in March, 1854, Matthew Perry took the fleet of Black Ships to Keelung and extorted a trade agreement with the Kanagawa Shogunate. To commemorate the agreement (and probably to keep Perry's cannons quiet) Kanagawa presented Perry with a jade crane (the emporer's sacred bird) to take back to President Millard Filmore.

On April 29, 1920, Emporer Hirohito turned 20 years of age, the age at which, under Samuri code, Hirohito could rule on his own without "guidance" of the Shogun regency. As a birthday gift (and a publicity stunt) Blenko made a cat from the Schoenklopf Ruby, which he had obtained on the black market after the Bolsheviks had looted Katherine the Great's Winter Palace in St. Petersburg Russia in 1917. The gift was intended to celebrate the opening of Japan, Matthew Perry, and on a more mercenary note, to establish an oriental market for his new business. The yellow journalists of the day, most notably William Randolph Hearst (Estelle Hotchkiss' mother's cousin) picked up the story and Blenko was on the front pages across the country. He then introduced glass paperweight replicas of the Schoenklopf Ruby cat and marketed a few in Tiffany's stores initially, then in greater quantities through other outlets. The Tiffany cats bear Blenko's signature. The cats sold through Saks Fifth Ave bore Blenko's monogram until the merger between Saks and Gimbel's was completed. The cats sold through Bergdorf Goodman bear Japanese characters representing Blenko's name. All others were unmarked and unsigned.

If you have an original, it could be quite valuable, particularly if it includes any of the signatures. The US market is limited, (and ttraditionally undervalued by Western appraisers and insurance adjusters) but the Tiffany cats are particularly rare and there is a huge demand in Japan for these. I don't think I would use it as a paperweight if I were you. I would keep it in a safe deposit box at the very least. Unfortunately, Hirohito didn't value his too much after December 7, 1941, and it was stored in the Imperial Warehouse (something akin to the Smithstonian warehouse outside Washington) in Nagasaki in August 1945. The ruby was presumably melted to glass under the blast of "Fat Man" on the 9th, as it has never been found after the bomb was dropped. My father's uncle was part of the detail assigned by Gen. Douglas MacArthur, under orders of Harry Truman to look for it during the reconstruction and return it to Washington.

Find Cat Paperweight On eBay Below:

Mats Jonasson Handmade Glass Cat Paperweight Signed 275 Early 0003
Mats Jonasson Handmade Glass Cat Paperweight Signed 275 Early 0003
$29.95
Indiana Glass Votive tealight Candle Holder Paper Weight Sleeping Cat Clear
Indiana Glass Votive tealight Candle Holder Paper Weight Sleeping Cat Clear
$4.28
Vintage INDIANA GLASS Clear Sleeping Kitty Cat Votive paper weight
Vintage INDIANA GLASS Clear Sleeping Kitty Cat Votive paper weight
$4.99
CRYSTAL CLEAR GLASS KITTY CAT STANDING FIGURINE PAPERWEIGHT PRINCESS HOUSE
CRYSTAL CLEAR GLASS KITTY CAT STANDING FIGURINE PAPERWEIGHT PRINCESS HOUSE
$4.00
FENTON IRIDESCENT CAT 3 1 2 FROSTED CLEAR ART GLASS PAPERWEIGHT EXC
FENTON IRIDESCENT CAT 3 1 2 FROSTED CLEAR ART GLASS PAPERWEIGHT EXC
$1.99
NEW GCA BLOWN ART GLASS BLUE AMBER BROWN CAT FIGURINE MURANO STYLE
NEW GCA BLOWN ART GLASS BLUE AMBER BROWN CAT FIGURINE MURANO STYLE
$29.99
Vtg Clear Art Glass Sleeping CAT Votive CANDLE HOLDER 25 x 475 Paperweight
Vtg Clear Art Glass Sleeping CAT Votive CANDLE HOLDER 25 x 475 Paperweight
$6.79
Clear Blown Glass CAT with GOLDFISH Figurine PAPERWEIGHT 6 Tall
Clear Blown Glass CAT with GOLDFISH Figurine PAPERWEIGHT 6 Tall
$19.99
Glass sitting cat Blue clear glass ornament paperweight Art glass
Glass sitting cat Blue clear glass ornament paperweight Art glass
$11.84
Controlled Green Bubble Glass Cat
Controlled Green Bubble Glass Cat
$16.95
Caithness Glass PAPERWEIGHT Cats 5651767
Caithness Glass PAPERWEIGHT Cats 5651767
$19.99
INDIANA GLASS VOTIVE KITTY CAT SLEEPING THICK HEAVY CANDLE HOLDER PAPER WEIGHT
INDIANA GLASS VOTIVE KITTY CAT SLEEPING THICK HEAVY CANDLE HOLDER PAPER WEIGHT
$6.56
Princess House Crystal Cat Kitten 24 Lead Figure Pets Paperweight Free Ship
Princess House Crystal Cat Kitten 24 Lead Figure Pets Paperweight Free Ship
$16.99
Signed De Sousa Val St Lambert Crystal Art Glass Cat Paperweight Figurine 6 1 2
Signed De Sousa Val St Lambert Crystal Art Glass Cat Paperweight Figurine 6 1 2
$34.98
Signed Mats Jonasson Full Lead Crystal Glass Etched Cat Yarn Paperweight 3333
Signed Mats Jonasson Full Lead Crystal Glass Etched Cat Yarn Paperweight 3333
$49.99
VINTAGE SATIN GLOSS HAND PAINTED FENTON CAT PAPERWEIGHT
VINTAGE SATIN GLOSS HAND PAINTED FENTON CAT PAPERWEIGHT
$14.95
Princess House Lead Crystal Cat Paperweight Figurine W Sticker
Princess House Lead Crystal Cat Paperweight Figurine W Sticker
$5.00
CAT w BALL Paperweight Figurine Cristal de France CLEAR LEAD CRYSTAL FrostedBase
CAT w BALL Paperweight Figurine Cristal de France CLEAR LEAD CRYSTAL FrostedBase
$10.00
Vintage Vannes France Crystal Cat Paperweight Dish Pipe Holder
Vintage Vannes France Crystal Cat Paperweight Dish Pipe Holder
$24.99
Lenox Fancy Cat Sculptures Germany Grace  Glamour Crystal Frosted Glass C
Lenox Fancy Cat Sculptures Germany Grace Glamour Crystal Frosted Glass C
$50.00
Sweet Vintage Viking Glass Kitty Cat Paperweight Frosted Glass Heavy
Sweet Vintage Viking Glass Kitty Cat Paperweight Frosted Glass Heavy
$6.00
Set of 3 Caithness Art Glass Cat Dog Frog Paperweight Figurine Vintage
Set of 3 Caithness Art Glass Cat Dog Frog Paperweight Figurine Vintage
$21.00
Cristal dArques France Lead Clear Glass Cat Kitten Figurine Paperweight
Cristal dArques France Lead Clear Glass Cat Kitten Figurine Paperweight
$29.99
Green Vaseline glass Tommy Tiger lion Cat paperweight uranium yellow Belgian art
Green Vaseline glass Tommy Tiger lion Cat paperweight uranium yellow Belgian art
$4.95
Black amethyst glass Cat Kitten paperweight kitty art purple figurine halloween
Black amethyst glass Cat Kitten paperweight kitty art purple figurine halloween
$7.98
Ruby Red glass Cat Kitten paperweight kitty art figurine gold solid figure royal
Ruby Red glass Cat Kitten paperweight kitty art figurine gold solid figure royal
$9.98
blue Milk glass Cat Kitten paperweight kitty art figurine sitting marble opaque
blue Milk glass Cat Kitten paperweight kitty art figurine sitting marble opaque
$8.99
Waterford Crystal Figural Cat Paperweight Sitting Looking Left
Waterford Crystal Figural Cat Paperweight Sitting Looking Left
$40.00
CLEAR GLASS CAT PAPERWEIGHT WITH BLUE RIBBON NECKLACE  2 GOLDFISH IN BELLY
CLEAR GLASS CAT PAPERWEIGHT WITH BLUE RIBBON NECKLACE 2 GOLDFISH IN BELLY
$12.01
2 Art Glass Blue Tropical Fish and Cat Paperweight
2 Art Glass Blue Tropical Fish and Cat Paperweight
$59.99
Clear Glass Cat Paperweight By George Good Kitty Cat PaperWeight
Clear Glass Cat Paperweight By George Good Kitty Cat PaperWeight
$15.00
Cristal d Arques CAT SITTING ON PILLOW figurine paperweight
Cristal d Arques CAT SITTING ON PILLOW figurine paperweight
$4.95
Finnish Kumela Art Glass Artist Signed Armando Jacobino Cat Paperweight Finland
Finnish Kumela Art Glass Artist Signed Armando Jacobino Cat Paperweight Finland
$99.99
Vintage Viking Glass Clear Frosted Kitten Kitty Cat Paperweight Figurine 65
Vintage Viking Glass Clear Frosted Kitten Kitty Cat Paperweight Figurine 65
$29.99
Murano Style Fish in a Cat Paperweight 575
Murano Style Fish in a Cat Paperweight 575
$14.99
Princess House PETS Collection Lead Crystal Cat Figurine Paperweight EUC
Princess House PETS Collection Lead Crystal Cat Figurine Paperweight EUC
$6.00
Clear Glass Dog Lying Down  Cat Paperweights Kitten Kitty Lot 2
Clear Glass Dog Lying Down Cat Paperweights Kitten Kitty Lot 2
$14.99
Vintage Art Glass Paperweight Signed Dated NANCY FREEMAN Cat Skills New York
Vintage Art Glass Paperweight Signed Dated NANCY FREEMAN Cat Skills New York
$19.99
Sleeping Cat Candle Holder Paper Weight Thick Indiana Glass Emerald Green
Sleeping Cat Candle Holder Paper Weight Thick Indiana Glass Emerald Green
$9.99
Glass Eye Studio Cats Eye Nebula Blown Glass Paperweight
Glass Eye Studio Cats Eye Nebula Blown Glass Paperweight
$138.99


Recently Purchased Cat Paperweight:


joblot of glass paperweight catsquirrel polar bear signed , signed fm ronneby sweden glass animal cat large 85 long paperweight, vintage viking glass blue frosted amp; clear glass kitten cat paperweight bookend, baccarat signed clear crystal small cat figurine paperweight statue france, vtg murano mod big cat on fire embedded cane flower italy art glass paperweight, waterford crystal figural cat paperweight sitting looking up, bohemian czech style clear cat design art glass paper weight, fenton opalescent willow green cat figurine paperweight , fenton blue cat hand painted by marilyn wagner figurine paperweight signed, cat glass paperweight speckled red blue yellow art , clear and black art glass cat kitty paperweight, palesa art murano blue cat art glass paperweight with labels vintage, clear glass cat votive candle holder amp; paperweight, princess house lead crystal clear glass cat kitten figure paperweight figurine , steuben crystal glass curled sleeping cat hand warmerpaperweight atkins, bohemian czech style clear cat design art glass paperweight, vintage boda sweden cast glass paper weight pin dish green cat erik hoglund, vintage fenton glass opalescent carnival iridescent cat figurinepaperweight, art glass paperweight gold striped hand painted tiger cat sweden paper weight , fenton art glass cat figurine vintage paperweight , baccarat sitting crystal cat nb413 retired and rare paperweight, glass ball sphere cats eye crystal ball laser etched cat on stool fish bowl, alta glass cat clear with bubbles, beautiful swedish maker mats jonassons crystal cut out cat paperweight nice, super cute vintage mats jonasson crystal sweden cat sculpture paperweight mint, art glass princess house kitty cat lead crystal paperweight figurine, hand blown dark amber art glass cat figurine paperweight heavy 6 tall tiffin, rare dalmation puppy dog amp; cat paperweights crystal mats jonasson carved glass, waterford crystal ireland looking up cat 5 12 mib paperweight 1713544400, waterford crystal ireland looking down cat 3 34 mib paperweight 1723794400, vintage labeled cat made in sweden mid century gullaskuf cleargreen paperweight, crystal darques cat on frosted pillow paperweight figurine lead crystal france, solid glass 6 cube 3d laser sculpture cats at play, matt jonasson lead crystal cat lynx animal figurine sweden art paperweight, waterford crystal cat looking down figurine paperweight made in ireland , signed waterford crystal seated cat looking down figurine paperweight euc, mats jonasson cat kitten paperweight sculpture 9176 crystal 2 34 signed , beautiful art glass cat figurine clear paperweight goldfish in belly w stand, blue glass cat kitten paperweight kitty art figurine sitting heavy, vintage italian murano sommerso art glass standing cat figurine paperweight, crystal cat paperweight, vintage princess house pets crystal cat paperweight figurine original foil label, cga glass cobalt blue and clear cat figurine 7 tall paperweight murano style, steuben glass sleeping cat hand cooler paperweight wbox, baccarat french crystal glass cat sculpture paperweight 6 14 tall, hand blown glass cat art multi color paperweight collectible artist piece, hand made crystal cat paperweight 5 swirled glass , vintage mosser sitting cat kitten aqua turquoise 3 glass figurine paperweight, vintage mosser sitting cat kitten teal green 3 glass figurine paperweight, vintage mosser sitting cat kitten bright blue slag 3 glass figurine paperweight, vintage mosser amber yellow slag glass african lion cat paperweight figurine, mats jonasson intaglio cat yarn 3333 lead crystal sculpture paperweight sweden, reijmyre kristal sweden sitting cat figurine paperweight frosted 4 14, art glass egg with cat, blue vaseline glass cat kitten paperweight uranium cobalt canary kitty cotton , green vaseline glass cat kitten paperweight uranium yellow canary kitty cotton, sweden mid century modern crystal cat figurine paperweightapplied green eyes, viking glass kitten cat figurine vintage paperweight label frosted clear accents, princess house lead crystal cat paperweight figurine w sticker, art glass cat gift figure goldfish fish clear blown murano sculpture paperweight, clear glass cat with green eyes paperweight made in sweden, turquoise agua blue solid blown glass cat figurine paperweight 5 sweden, vtg murano art glass blue yellowclearsommerso catkitten figurinepaperweight, mid century viking hand made glass paperweight watchful sitting cat kitten green, little gallery by hallmark hand blown art glass crystal cat figurinepaperweight, vintage viking mid century ruby red hand blown art glass cat paperweight 6 58, blue milk glass cat kitten paperweight kitty art figurine sitting marble opaque , glass paperweight feline cat solid glass figurine 5 , ruby red glass cat kitten paperweight kitty art figurine gold solid figure royal, green vaseline glass tommy tiger lion cat paperweight uranium yellow belgian art, black amethyst solid glass cat kitten paperweight kitty art purple figurine 123 , art glass figurine paperweight cat 8 14 tall beautiful colors, vintage viking pink glass cat paperweight extremely rare color kitten frosted, vintage art glass paperweight signed dated nancy freeman cat skills new york, czech crystal lead glass cat figurine cobalt blue paperweight with sticker, cristal d arques cat sitting on pillow figurine paperweight, lioness and cub rcr crystal italy royal rock crystal statue paper weight cats, 2 art glass blue tropical fish and cat paperweight, black amethyst glass cat kitten paperweight kitty art purple figurine halloween , great murano heavy art glass sitting cat paperweight clearbluegreen, bohemia cat kitty figurine paperweight 24 lead crystal 2 in long 3 38 l new , set of 3 caithness art glass cat dog frog paperweight figurine vintage, princess house 24 lead crystal cat figurine paperweight, sweet vintage viking glass kitty cat paperweight frosted glass heavy, tall murano sommerso art glass cat wearing red hat sculpture paperweight, vintage vannes france crystal cat paperweight dish pipe holder, art blown glass cat figurinepaperweight , indiana glass votive kitty cat sleeping thick heavy candle holder paper weight, caithness glass paperweight cats 5651767, vintage viking mid century ruby red hand blown art glass cat paperweight 55 t, vintage viking art glass paperweight sculpted cat flat back, vintage smoked art glass cat paperweight 2 34 tall , beautiful hand blown glass cat paperweight must see, fenton iridescent cat 3 12 frosted clear art glass paperweight exc



Comments are closed.