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In the past, when open windows were more common than air conditioning for cooling down an office, a paperweight was a common sight on many desks. These heavy and decorative objects kept papers from blowing in the breeze.

Many people still use paperweights as decorations on their desks. Commemorative paperweights celebrate an event or achievement. Advertising paperweights display a company logo or other marketing image. Find antique paperweights that have intricate designs and features that illustrate times past.