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Glossary of Paperweight Terms
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Pinchbeck weight   A metalic disk made of a zinc-copper alloy simulating gold or silver, with a design in bas-relief.  The disc is covered with a magnifying lens fitted to a pewter or alabaster base.  Not a true paperweight because the motif is not entirely encased in glass.
 
Pliers   A lampworking tool used to manipulate and shape molten glass.
 
Pontil mark (or pontil scar) Bacchus
 
The characteristic mark in the center of a weight's base, where the weight was separated from the rod on which it was made.
 
Pontil rod (or punty rod)   A long, solid metal rod, usually made of iron, used to hold a paperweight while it is being made.
 
Profile Bacchus
 
The shape of a paperweight viewed from the side.
Printy   See  facet
 
Punty   See facet
 
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Glossary text from The Art of the Paperweight used courtesy of L. H. Selman Ltd.

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