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Custom Map Paperweight

Hold a tangible reminder of a treasured spot with this custom map paperweight by John and Charlotte Guptill.


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Weight of the World

Special places become like anchors in our lives. They keep us grounded, offer safe harbor, or tug on our hearts the farther we travel. This custom map paperweight, designed by artists John and Charlotte Guptill, lets you hold a tangible reminder of that treasured spot, even when you're far away. Choose your favorite vacation spot, a childhood home, the place you first met your true love, or any other place you find your heart wandering. That very spot will be hand-cut from a map, mounted in a compass rose base, and sealed under multiple layers of boaters resin. The resin is buffed to a satiny finish, and both protects the image and helps to magnify it. (International locations are available, although the maps display less detail.) The finished paperweight keeps important papers—and memories—close to home. Handmade in Maine.

John and Charlotte Guptill

created by

John and Charlotte Guptill

Charlotte Guptill was inspired by her love of sailing to incorporate nautical charts into her designs in 2006. In 2009, with the assistance of her then fiancé', John, Charlotte formally launched CHART Metalworks on Custom House Wharf, not far from their home on Portland, Maine's peninsula.

Now, with the help of a talented pack of Maine-based artisans, and sometimes some distraction from their Corgi-Terrier Mix, Riley, the husband and wife team handcraft custom nautical chart and map adornments in their studio on Portland, Maine's working waterfront.

Each unique piece is hand-cast. The chart or map images are hand cut and hand placed. Each piece is topped with a boaters resin creating a natural dome, magnifying the artwork below.


Made in the USA

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paper, lead-free pewter, boater's resin
Base: 2.5" dia.; Bezel: 2 dia.
Designed to patina slowly and evenly, developing a soft warm patina often considered an enhancement to appearance. If desired, apply and rub a mild detergent on pewter surface, rinse under running water and gently wipe dry with a soft cloth. The clear, high gloss surface is a durable, scratch and fade resistant boater's resin containing a U.V. protectant. If slightly scratched, buff with a soft cloth and car/boat wax.
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This is a made-to-order item. You will receive a proof within 1-2 business days from our custom order team. At that time, you can request a revision or approve the proof. You will be provided with a ship date for the final item after approving the proof. If we do not receive a response within 1 week, your proof will automatically get approved and your order will be put into production. This item typically ships 2 weeks after proof approval.At this time, this item cannot be shipped to P.O. Boxes or to APO/FPO or US Territories. Contact custom@uncommongoods.com with any questions.

Are you planning to give this item as a gift? As it is made-to-order, please double check the shipping dates provided above. If it won't be completed in time, click here for a printable certificate to give while the artist works their magic!

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