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Vintage Old Fort Niagara New York Paperweight, Very Old

Vintage domed glass paperweight from Old Fort Niagara New York. Possibly early 1900s. Exact age unknown, estate purchase. Vintage domed glass paperweight from Old Fort Niagara New York. Possibly early 1900s. Exact age unknown, estate purchase. Vintage domed glass paperweight from Old Fort Niagara New York. Possibly early 1900s. Exact age unknown, estate purchase.

Vintage Old Fort Niagara New York Paperweight, Very Old

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Vintage domed glass paperweight from Old Fort Niagara New York. Possibly early 1900s. Exact age unknown, estate purchase.

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The history of Old Fort Niagara spans more than 300 years. During the colonial wars in North America a fort at the mouth of the Niagara River was vital, for it controlled access to the Great Lakes and the westward route to the heartland of the continent. With the completion of the Erie Canal in 1825, however, the strategic value of Fort Niagara diminished. It nonetheless remained an active military post well into the 20th century.

This paperweight celebrates Old Fort Niagara. It measures just over 3 inches across the bottom and stands about 1.75 inches tall at the center of the domed glass. The bottom has a protective foam covering to keep it from scratching whatever it's sitting on. The foam has been slightly trimmed back at the edges.

Please excuse the quality of my photos. It's hard to photograph through the glass without distortion appearing, but the picture of the fort is not distorted at all. The picture of the fort is very slightly off center to the left. I don't know if you can tell though by looking at my photo because I had to tilt the piece to keep a large glare from appearing.

As to age, I purchased it at an estate sale, so I don't know the original purchase date. I researched online to try to find another one that may give a date, but there's not another one of these out there anywhere. There are quite a few paperweights of other subjects that have the same shape, glass thickness, and overall appearance as this one and they are described as early 1920s to 1930s. I'm not promising that this one is from that time frame, but it is quite old.

Buyer to pay USPS First Class Mail Parcel delivery charges of $5.40. Shipping is from Nevada.

SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT POSSIBLE PARTIAL REFUND OF SHIPPING CHARGES
Every January the postal service increases shipping charges. Previously, shipping charges were based solely on weight and a package cost the same amount regardless of where it was being shipped to in the United States. This year they went a bit overboard. Now, with this year's increase, the postal service has divided the United States in to 8 zones and all packages are charged by weight, size, and destination zone. Now it is not possible to state a shipping cost and have it be valid regardless if the package is traveling 2 miles or all the way to the east coast. This latest increase has added an additional .46 cents to up to $1.43 on packages. I try to absorb some of the new charges but that's getting harder with each increase.

To complicate things even further, Google will not show items for sale unless they have a designated cost, or unless the seller uses calculated shipping. My web host is not equipped to figure calculated shipping, so I have to quote a shipping charge using the east coast as the final destination and then refund over payments. When I return the overage, I usually do so by including cash inside the package when it's shipped. My feedback page will show verification that I do return overpayments.

COMBINED SHIPPING INFORMATION
I do combine shipping on multiple items purchased as long as all items can fit safely into a single box. However, my web host is not set up to calculate multiple item shipping costs. At checkout, you will be charged full shipping price on each item purchased and I will refund the appropriate amount of overpayment. If you are uncomfortable with that, you can send me an email with your zip code and stating which items you'll be purchasing and I'll calculate the correct combined shipping charges and send you a custom invoice.

International shipping charges also took a tremendous leap and on top of that, this year Paypal started charging a currency conversion fee of 4.4%. International shipping now depends on the destination country. Buyer must contact seller for international shipping charges before making a purchase. Seller reserves the right to void any international transactions where contact has not been made prior to purchasing.

All items in my listings come from either estate or garage sales. I do not know if they came from homes where smoking or pets were present. All items are sold in the same condition as when I received them.

Vintage domed glass paperweight from Old Fort Niagara New York. Possibly early 1900s. Exact age unknown, estate purchase.
Old Fort Niagara New York
Vintage domed glass paperweight from Old Fort Niagara New York. Possibly early 1900s. Exact age unknown, estate purchase.

Vintage domed glass paperweight from Old Fort Niagara New York. Possibly early 1900s. Exact age unknown, estate purchase.
Old Fort Niagara New York
Vintage domed glass paperweight from Old Fort Niagara New York. Possibly early 1900s. Exact age unknown, estate purchase.

Vintage domed glass paperweight from Old Fort Niagara New York. Possibly early 1900s. Exact age unknown, estate purchase.
Old Fort Niagara New York
Vintage domed glass paperweight from Old Fort Niagara New York. Possibly early 1900s. Exact age unknown, estate purchase.