Paperweight production at George Bacchus & Co. in Birmingham was probably a sideline for the glassworks, as the total number produced during the classic period - 1845 to 1860 - is estimated to be only ca. 400-500. Most of these are magnums - although there are a number of smaller examples - and display a predominance of white and soft, pastel colours. Considered for years to be "inferior" to French paperweights they are now being accorded the recognition they deserve. No signed or dated examples have been recorded. Recent research indicates a second flourishing of paperweight production - referred to as Late Bacchus - ca. 1870, although these weights generally lack the intrinsic beauty and high standards of classic Bacchus paperweights.
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