Devil Fire Motif Paperweights and
“Devil’s Fire” or “Fox Fire” is a natural phenomenon that manifests itself in wooded swamps where methane gas, escaping from rotting wood, burns with a bluish flame. Seen in the swamps of New Jersey, these mesmerizing flames helped to fuel the “Jersey Devil” folk tales.
These mysterious lights also inspired early South Jersey Glass workers who strived to recreate these flames in glass.
The first US “Devil’s Fire” motif paperweights are believed to have been made in Millville, NJ around 1870.