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The glass paperweights on this page were made on the Island of Murano in Venice, Italy.  Most were made between 1960 and 2000. 

Venetian glass making dates back centuries and the Venetians are given credit for the earliest millefiori canes and paperweights in 1840s.  More recently, paperweight making was revived in the 1930s and again in the 1960s.

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5128 Large Murano Scramble Paperweight.   circa 1970.  This fun scramble paperweight is filled with light blue twist canes placed over a ground of white lace or upset muslin.  The blue twists have gold aventurine edges.  Unsigned.

Note:  Please ignore the white areas, they are glare from the lights. This paperweight has a faint scratch on the top of the dome.  I also found a tiny (1/8") area on the side that appears to be debris in the glass.  It cannot be felt and is not a bruise or pinprick.  See the pictures for a closeup. 

Although many people collect scramble paperweights for their own merit, scrambles are also valuable tools for learning to identify the different colors and canes used by each factory. 

This paperweight was made on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy.  Venetian glass making dates back centuries and the Venetians are given credit for the earliest millefiori canes and paperweights in 1840s.  More recently, paperweight making was revived in the 1930s and again in the 1960s.

Large Size:   3" diameter by just under 2 11/16" high.  The base is ground flat. 
Condition:   Good condition.  This paperweight has a faint scratch on the top of the dome.  I also found a tiny (1/8") area on the side that appears to be debris in the glass.  It cannot be felt and is not a bruise or pinprick.  See the pictures for a closeup.  No other flaws found with the exception of some wear on the base. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee that this paperweight was made on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy.

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Scratch and debris
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Base
Closeup of debris in glass
$65 postage paid in the US.   

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Large Murano Scramble Paperweight
5305 Huge Murano Millefiori Scramble Paperweight.  circa 1970.  This paperweight is a good example of an extra large Murano millefiori scramble paperweight.  It is filled with extra large millefiori canes and twists.  There are some tool marks and also areas roughness to the surface as is sometimes found in large paperweights.  This happened when the paperweight was made and does not affect the display of the paperweight.

Although many people collect scramble paperweights for their own merit, scrambles are also valuable tools for learning to identify the different colors and canes used by each factory.    

This paperweight was made on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy.  Venetian glass making dates back centuries and the Venetians are given credit for the earliest millefiori canes and paperweights in 1840s.  More recently, paperweight making was revived in the 1930s and again in the 1960s.

Very Large Size:   About 4 1/4" diameter by 3 7/8" high.  It weighs three pounds ten ounces (over four pounds when packaged).  The base is ground flat with a concave area in the center.  There is a remnant of the pontil scar. 
Condition:   Very good condition with no cracks or chips.  There are some light scratches on the surface and also a few tool marks and areas of roughness (see pictures).  This roughness happened when the paperweight was made and is not damage.
Signature:  This paperweight is unsigned but I believe it was made by the firm of Fratelli Toso.  I guarantee that this paperweight was made on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy. 

For extra pictures, click on the picture at the right and the following links: 

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Base
Closeup of a rough area
$125 postage paid in the US. 

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Huge Murano Millefiori Scramble Paperweight
5304 Large Murano Spaced Millefiori on Lace Paperweight with Rare Signature Cane and KB Label - Probably by Fratelli Toso.   dated 1969.  This paperweight is a good example of a Murano spaced millefiori paperweight with eight bright colored millefiori canes plus a rare signature cane placed on a lace ground.  The signature cane reads "M.B 69" in blue letters on a white background.  This signature cane has been previously recorded and a variation appears in Andrew Dohan's Dictionary of Paperweight Signature Canes", revised edition.  At this time, the precise meaning of the signature cane is unknown.  In addition, it has a worn and faded silver foil label from KB (Koscherak Brothers) stating that it is "AN ORIGINAL CREATION BY KB.  MADE IN ITALY". 

This paperweight was made on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy.  Venetian glass making dates back centuries and the Venetians are given credit for the earliest millefiori canes and paperweights in 1840s.  More recently, paperweight making was revived in the 1930s and again in the 1960s.

Koscherak Brothers (KB) were importers of Murano glass and Italian pottery from the 1950s until the late 1970s .  At the time, they had a showroom at 225 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY.  Some writers have observed that most of the Italian Glass imported under the KB Label was made by Fratelli Toso, but others have noted that KB labels appear on other good Italian glass including Barovier-Toso, Seguso, and others.  KB is believed to have stopped importing Italian glass about 1977, but continued to exist in New York City until at least 1993.

Large Size:   2 15/16" diameter by 2 5/8" high.  The base is ground flat. 
Condition:   Excellent condition with no cracks,  chips, or scratches.  Minor wear on the base.  There is some debris in the glass (shown in the pictures). 
Signature:  This paperweight has a signature cane that reads " foil label that reads "M.B 69" in blue letters on a white background.  It also has a worn foil label that reads "AN ORIGINAL CREATION BY KB.  MADE IN ITALY".  I believe the maker was the firm of Fratelli Toso.  I guarantee that this paperweight was made on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy. 

For extra pictures, click on the picture at the right and the following links: 

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Signature cane
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Label
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Base
$195 postage paid in the US. 

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Large Murano Spaced Millefiori on Lace Paperweight with Rare Signature Cane and KB Label - Probably by Fratelli Toso
4571 Magnum Murano Faceted Double Overlay Six Row Concentric Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1960-1970.  A wonderful Murano six row concentric millefiori paperweight with a double overlay of red and white glass.  The concentric design is rounded so it is visible through the side facets as well as the top.  This paperweight is faceted with one large top facet and five side facets.  The bottom is ground flat and finished with a grid cut.  Probably made in the 1960s by Fratelli Toso.  A classic design.

Note:  There is a faint 3/16" circular impact mark on the red overlay near the base and also a few faint scratches in the overlay.  One of the pictures points out the impact mark with an arrow.

This paperweight was made on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy.  Venetian glass making dates back centuries and the Venetians are given credit for the earliest millefiori canes and paperweights in 1840s.  More recently, paperweight making was revived in the 1930s and again in the 1960s.

Very Large Size:   Just under 3 3/16" diameter by 1 13/16" high.  The base ground flat and finished with a grid cut.  This paperweight is faceted with one large top facet and five smaller side facets.  
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee that this paperweight is from the island of Murano in Venice, Italy.  It was probably made in the 1960s by Fratelli Toso.
Condition:  Very good condition.  There is a faint 3/16" circular impact mark on the red overlay near the base and also a few faint scratches in the overlay.  One of the pictures points out the impact mark with an arrow.  No other chips or cracks were found on inspection.

For extra pictures, click on the picture at the right and the following links: 

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Grid cut base
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Another side view
Worst of the damage - 3/16" circular impact mark near the base
$135 postage paid in the US. 

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Magnum Murano Faceted Double Overlay Six Row Concentric Millefiori Paperweight
4359 Large Murano Close Concentric Millefiori Paperweight.   circa 1970.  This paperweight has a concentric pattern of millefiori arranged in three concentric circle around a central millefiori cane.  There is an outer ring of blue and white canes, a middle ring of orange canes, and an inner ring of white canes.  This close packed design is over a white frit ground.  A attractive paperweight that displays beautifully.

Large Size:   3 1/8" diameter by 2 1/2" high.  The base is ground flat. 
Condition:  Fair Condition.  There are many tiny abrasions or bruises surface of the paperweight as shown in the picture, but the paperweight displays beautifully. Priced accordingly.
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee that this paperweight was made on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy, probably by Fratelli Toso.
Execution:  The design is tilted within the paperweight. 

For extra pictures, click on the picture at the right and the following links:

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View of damage on surface
$49 postage paid in the US. 

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5186 Large Murano Closepacked Millefiori Paperweight with Frit Ground.  circa 1965 - 1975.  Colorful Murano paperweight with a great assortment of colorful cogged and complex millefiori canes set over a multicolored frit ground.  The glass is slightly yellow - this is exaggerated in the pictures.  There are a few faint scratches, but the paperweight displays beautifully.  A colorful addition to any collection of millefiori paperweights. 

This paperweight was made on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy.  Venetian glass making dates back centuries and the Venetians are given credit for the earliest millefiori canes and paperweights in 1840s.  More recently, paperweight making was revived in the 1930s and again in the 1960s.

Large Size:  2 15/16" diameter by 2 7/16" high.  The base is ground flat.
Condition:   Very good condition - although there are a few short faint scratches on the widest part of the paperweight.  The longest of the scratches is 1/2".  See the pictures for an example.  No chips or cracks.    
Signature:  This paperweight is unsigned but I believe it was made by the firm of Fratelli Toso.  I guarantee that this paperweight was made on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy. 

For extra pictures, click on the picture at the right and the following links: 

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Closeup
Profile
Base
Side view
Scratches on side
Another view
$65 postage paid in the US.

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Large Murano Closepacked Millefiori Paperweight with Frit Ground
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Vintage Murano Concentric Paperweight with 1869 Date.   circa 1930-1960.  Vintage concentric design with pedestal base and fake 1869 date.  It has five rings of cog and floral canes around the 1869 date cane.  This is a hard to find example of an early Murano weight that was intended to fool collectors. 

A similar paperweight is shown in Figures 69 & 71, page 42 of Selman's first book Paperweights for Collectors

Size:   3" diameter by 3 1/8 high.  The bottom is fire finished. 
Condition:  Very good condition for its age.  It has one small nick on the top and a couple of minor scratches on the top, but no significant cracks or chips. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee that this is a paperweight from the island of Murano in Venice, Italy.

For extra pictures, click on the picture at the right and the following links:

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$195 postage paid in the US.

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4007
Murano Trumpet Flower Paperweight with Label.  Circa 1970.  Murano trumpet or icepick flower paperweight with seven flowers and a center bubble cushion ground.  The flowers are arranged in two circles of three around a center flower.  Each flower is made from a red, white, and blue millefiori slice that has been pushed down to the bubble cushion ground.  There is a planned bubble in the center of each flower.  This paperweight has its original red and silver foil label identifying it as "MADE IN MURANO ITALY".  A very nice example of this style of paperweight. 

This style is also called an icepick flower because of the sharp tool used to push each flower down to the base.  In this case the tool is pushed through a millefiori glass slice.  Some authors call these morning glory flowers.

This paperweight was made on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy.  Venetian glass making dates back centuries and the Venetians are given credit for the earliest millefiori canes and paperweights in 1840s.  More recently, paperweight making was revived in the 1930s and again in the 1960s.

Size:  Just under 2 3/4" diameter by just under 2 9/16" high.  The bottom is ground flat. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.
Signature :  Unsigned, by I guarantee that this is a vintage paperweight from the Island of Murano in Venice, Italy.  It has its original red and silver foil label identifying it as "MADE IN MURANO ITALY".  

For extra pictures, click on the picture at the right and the following links: 

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Base
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Label
$49 postage paid in the US.

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Murano Trumpet Flower Paperweight with Label
4024 Small Colorful Murano Hand Cooler or Egg Shaped Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1960-1980.  Colorful Murano hand cooler or egg shaped paperweight with a surface covered with multi-colored millefiori canes.  The surface is textured rather than smooth.  It has a shiny finish.  The underlying ground is looks dark, but is actually clear glass.  The canes were pulled together at the top.  A fun paperweight. 

The technique used to produce this surface is sometimes called a cane roll-up.  The Murano firms of Fratelli Toso and Barovier & Toso produced objects with this technique, but the paperweight is unsigned and can only be said to be in the style of Fratelli Toso. 

This paperweight was made on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy.  Venetian glass making dates back centuries and the Venetians are given credit for the earliest millefiori canes and paperweights in 1840s.  More recently, paperweight making was revived in the 1930s and again in the 1960s. 

Size:  2" diameter by 2 15/16" high. The bottom is ground flat. 
Condition:   Excellent condition. No scratches, chips, or cracks. 
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee that this was made on the island of Murano. 

For extra pictures, click on the picture at the right and the following links: 

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$69 postage paid in the US.

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Small Colorful Murano Hand Cooler or Egg Shaped Millefiori Paperweight
5370 Huge Murano Scramble Millefiori Paperweight with Clear Ground.  circa 1970.  This paperweight is a good example of an extra large Murano millefiori scramble paperweight.  It is filled with extra large millefiori canes and twists.  The design is placed over a clear ground.  The paperweight is in excellent condition.  A colorful addition to any collection of millefiori paperweights.

Although many people collect scramble paperweights for their own merit, scrambles are also valuable tools for learning to identify the different colors and canes used by each factory.   

This paperweight was made on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy.  Venetian glass making dates back centuries and the Venetians are given credit for the earliest millefiori canes and paperweights in 1840s.  More recently, paperweight making was revived in the 1930s and again in the 1960s.

Very Large Size:   About 4 3/16" diameter by 3 7/8" high.  It weighs three pounds ten ounces (over four pounds when packaged).  The base is ground flat with a concave area in the center.
Condition:   Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.  
Signature:  This paperweight is unsigned but I believe it was made by the firm of Fratelli Toso.  I guarantee that this paperweight was made on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy. 

For extra pictures, click on the picture at the right and the following links: 

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SOLD

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Huge Murano Scramble Millefiori Paperweight with Clear Ground
4035 Large Murano Spaced Millefiori on Lace Paperweight - Probably by Fratelli Toso.   circa 1960s - 1970s.  This paperweight is a good example of a Murano spaced millefiori paperweight with a lace ground.  There are eleven bright colored millefiori canes near the surface of the paperweight.  Bright and colorful.  A fun paperweight.

Note:  This is sometimes called a scrambled millefiori paperweight, but that would be technically incorrect because the millefiori slices are all placed on top of the lace ground rather than mixed throughout. 

This paperweight was made on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy.  Venetian glass making dates back centuries and the Venetians are given credit for the earliest millefiori canes and paperweights in 1840s.  More recently, paperweight making was revived in the 1930s and again in the 1960s.

Large Size:   Just over 3" diameter by 2 3/4" high.  The base is ground flat. 
Condition:   Excellent condition with no cracks,  chips, or scratches.
Signature:  This paperweight is unsigned, but I believe the maker was the firm of Fratelli Toso.  I guarantee that this paperweight was made on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy. 

For extra pictures, click on the picture at the right and the following links: 

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Closeup
Profile
Another side view
Base
$85 postage paid in the US.

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Large Murano Spaced Millefiori on Lace Paperweight - Probably by Fratelli Toso

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