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This page will display new additions and also price changes to my web site.  If you would like to purchase any of these paperweights, e-mail me at: aport@paperweights.com
 
 
3331 Peter McDougall (PMcD) Small Paneled Millefiori Paperweight.  This paperweight consists of a paneled millefiori pattern of blue, red, and white colors on an opaque black ground.  There are six panels arranged around a central complex millefiori cane.  The panel dividers are white complex latticinio twists with a blue, green, and white twist in the center.  This style has a 1 + 2 pattern of canes plus a ring of canes on the outside.  It is signed on the bottom with a complex cane made from four separate letter canes forming the signature "PMcD".  It also has a paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Hand Made in Crieff Scotland."  Great color.

Ignore the white areas, they are glare from the lights.

Peter McDougall started his glass making career as an apprentice at Strathearn Glass in Crieff, Scotland back in the 1960s.  When Perthshire was formed in 1968, he left Strathearn to move to Perthshire and worked there in many positions, eventually becoming Manager and Chief Glassmaker.   Perthshire Paperweights closed early in 2002 after the death of the owner Neil Drysdale.  Peter McDougall then made high quality glass paperweights at his own glass studio, PMcD Glass Studio Ltd. in Crieff, Scotland from 2002 until early 2012.  The studio is now closed but Peter plans to continue to make a limited number of paperweights in the future.

Small Size:  2 1/4" diameter by just over 1 9/16" high.  The base is ground concave. 
Condition:  Outstanding condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  It is signed on the bottom with a complex cane made from four separate letter canes forming the signature "PMcD".  It also has a paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Hand Made in Crieff Scotland." 

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$80 postage paid in the US.                                                     Added 11/19/2017.    

For more information about paperweights made by Peter McDougall, see my Peter McDougall Web Page .

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Peter McDougall (PMcD) Small Paneled Millefiori Paperweight
4658 Rare Strathearn P4 Turquoise Orchid Paperweight.  circa 1965-1979.  This paperweight is Strathearn's P4 Orchid Paperweight.  Although I would describe it as a tulip, Strathearn called it an orchid and described it as "an opening bud encased in clear glass."  It was made in three colors, Turquoise, Madder (a reddish/pink color) and Sepia (a brownish/tan color).  It has six petals and three stamens.  There is no label.  A great addition to any collection of Scottish paperweights. 

Special thanks to Richard More's Strathearn website for providing the background information on this paperweight.  According to Richard More, the P4 always had three stamen and had a flat base.  The Perthshire PP9 is similar but has a looser design.  Some early examples vary and have a grayish cast to the glass.  See number 4213 on this page for a red (madder) example with one stamen, grayish glass, and a concave base. 

The birth of Scottish paperweight making is credited to the glass making family of Salvador Ysart, who moved to Crieff, Scotland in 1922.  They worked first at John Moncrieff Ltd and made the earliest Scottish paperweights during that period.  In 1946 Salvadore and his sons Augustine and Vincent founded Ysart Brothers Glass and produced glass wares under the Vasart label.  Salvador Ysart died in 1955  The company name was later changed to Vasart Glass.  Strathearn Glass was formed in a reorganization of Vasart glass in 1963.  The new company was owned by Teachers Whiskey.  The factory was taken over by Stuart Glass in 1980, and renamed Stuart Strathearn Ltd.  Production ceased in 1992.

Large Size:   Just over 2 7/8” diameter by 2 9/16” high.  The base is ground flat. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No scratches, cracks, or chips found on inspection.
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee that this is a Strathearn P4 paperweight made in Scotland.   

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$95 postage paid in the US.                            Added 11/18/2017 

For more information about paperweights made by Scottish makers, see my Scottish Paperweights Web Page

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Rare Strathearn P4 Turquoise Orchid Paperweight
3804 Rare Vintage Magnum Frit Paperweight of Flower in Flowerpot by John D. Murphy.  circa 1969.  The paperweight features a five petal red and yellow flower with three green sepals in a crisp white flowerpot.  The entire design is rendered in frit (ground glass) over a clear crystal ground.  The paperweight is signed "J Murphy" on the flat finished base and signed a second time "JM" in green frit next to the sepals within the design.  An amazingly precise three-dimensional design executed entirely in frit.  It has wonderful color. 

Note:  The flower and coloration are reminiscent of the designs of Ed Rithner, but the paperweight is larger than most Rithner paperweights.

John D. Murphy, born in 1938, worked at Fostoria Glass in Moundsville, West Virginia.  He invented his own techniques for making paperweights and also conferred with other glass workers, particularly John Gentile.  Because paperweights were an off hours activity, his output was extremely limited.  He is included in Jean Melvin's book American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers (revised 1970).  

Magnum Size: Just over 3 3/4" diameter by 2 3/16" high. The base is polished flat.  The paperweight weighs 36 ounces (2 pounds 6 ounces)
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips, or cracks found on inspection.  The base is not perfectly round - there are two areas where defects may have been polished off.
Signature:  Signed "J Murphy" on the base and signed a second time "JM" in green frit next to the sepals within the design.

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$125 postage paid in the US.                            Added 11/12/2017

For more vintage American paperweights, see my Vintage American Paperweights Web Page.

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Rare Vintage Magnum Frit Paperweight of Flower in Flowerpot by John D. Murphy
2640 Large Baccarat 1975 Limited Edition Sea Horse Paperweight.   dated 1975.  This is a limited edition Baccarat Sea Horse Paperweight from 1975.  The paperweight has a wonderful yellow and brown lampwork sea horse in the ocean depths wrapping its tail around a green underwater plant.  There are green, red and white colored rocks scattered along the bottom on both sides of the sea horse.   The ground is a translucent turquoise color with bubbles added for an underwater life scene effect.  It is signed in the design with a Baccarat signature cane "B 1975" and also signed on the bottom with the Baccarat logo.  Perfect execution and perfect condition.

This is a hard to find Baccarat paperweight.   This design was produced only in 1975 in a limited edition of 260 paperweights.  This is number 148 in that series.  There is a signature cane B 1975 shown in the pictures.  The bottom has the acid etched Baccarat logo plus it is engraved with the year (1975), the number (148) and the size of the series (260).

Please ignore the white areas in the picture caused by the light. 

Baccarat was founded in 1776 in Alsace-Lorraine with the name of Verrerie de Sainte Anne.  The original location was near the town of Baccarat.  Today the firm is known as Compagnie des Cristalleries de Baccarat.  Most collectors refer to three periods of Baccarat paperweight production.

  • 1845-1860 - Classic period
  • 1920-1934 - Dupont period
  • 1953-2002 - Modern period
This classification is definitely an over simplification.  The best millefiori and lampwork paperweights were made during the classic period (1845-1860).   Baccarat continued to make paperweights after the classic period, but little is known about the extent of the product line or who made the paperweights.  What is known is that by 1910, the offering in the catalog had dwindled to pansy paperweights, simple open concentric paperweights, and rock paperweights.  Popular lore attributes 1920-1934 Baccarat paperweights to a Mr. Dupont, who supposedly was the last worker at Baccarat to know the secrets of paperweight making.  These paperweights were sold at a Baccarat retail shop in Paris. No collector or scholar ever met Mr. Dupont although at least one visited the Baccarat factory and asked to meet with him.  The weights stopped appearing in the shop in 1934.

In 1952, Paul Jokelson approached Baccarat with the idea of making sulphide paperweights again.  In 1953 Baccarat resumed paperweight production with a series of sulphide paperweights the first of which were the unsuccessful Eisenhower sulphide followed by the Queen Elizabeth coronation sulphide.  Millefiori paperweight production was resumed in 1957 and lampwork paperweights were re-introduced in the early 1970s.  Baccarat stopped making this type of fine glass paperweights in 2002.

You can read more about the Baccarat paperweights in the new book Baccarat Paperweights - two centuries of beauty by Paul Dunlop or one of the older books on paperweights in general, such as The Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights by Paul Hollister or World Paperweights by Robert Hall.

Large Size:  3" diameter by 2 1/4" high.  Bottom is ground slightly concave. Made by Baccarat in France in 1975.
Condition:  Outstanding condition with no cracks or chips or scratches.  It is in perfect original condition. 
Signature:  Made by Baccarat in France in 1975.  Signed in the design with a "B 1975" signature cane and on the bottom with the etched Baccarat mark and edition number. 

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Some sellers on eBay sell this for the full retail price of $2,563, but my price is much lower. 

$695 postage paid in the US.                                                   Added 11/12/2017

For more information about Baccarat paperweights, see my Baccarat Paperweights Web Page.

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Large Baccarat 1975 Limited Edition Sea Horse Paperweight
4640 Huge Magnum Kosta Wärff Green and Blue Bubble Abstract Paperweight.  Circa 1968 - 1976.  This is very nice Swedish art glass paperweight designed by famous glass artists Göran and Ann Wärff for Kosta Glasbruk.  It features a green and blue center core covered by many small and large bubbles.  The rest is clear crystal.  Signed on the base "Kosta 96899 Wärff".  It also has a label on the side "Handmade Kosta Sweden".  It is a very striking and bold paperweight. 

Note:  I believe the second and third digits "68" in the style number "96899" identifies 1968 as the year of the design.  This is consistent with the years that Göran and Ann Wärff were at Kosta.  From the mark on the base and also the label, the paperweight was made before 1976 when the name changed to Kosta Boda. 

Kosta is one of the oldest glass companies in the world.  Kosta Glasbruk was founded in 1742 in Smaland, Sweden by Anders Koskull and Georg B. Stael von Holstein.  In 1976 the glassworks of Kosta, Boda and Åfors merged to form Kosta Boda AB.  In 1989, Kosta Boda and Orrefors merged to form Orrefors Kosta Boda AB.  Ownership changed in 2005 with the purchase of the glassworks by the New Wave Group which decided to close the Orrefors glassworks in December 2012.  After that, all glass production was done under the KostaBoda brand label.  

Göran and Ann Wärff studied industrial design at a Bauhaus influenced school in Ulm Germany.  They worked at the Pukeberg glassworks in Sweden and then in 1964 they joined Kosta Boda.   In 1968, Ann and Göran Wärff shared in the Lunning Prize.  Their work was a joint venture, and was occasionally signed Görann.  They separated in 1972.  She then adopted the name Ann Wolff.  After 10 years of helping define a style with his innovative designs and processes at Kosta Boda, Göran took leave for Australia, then England, where he worked and taught.  He returned to Kosta Boda in 1984.

Very Large Size:  Just under 3 3/4" diameter by just under 3 1/2" high.  The base is ground flat.  The paperweight weighs three pounds (48 ounces).
Condition:  Excellent condition for its age.  I found only one small scuff on the side about 1/8" long.  There are also some tool marks (small indentations) on the paperweight from when it was made.
Signature:  Signed on the base "Kosta 96899 Wärff".  It also has a label on the side "Handmade Kosta Sweden". 

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$95 postage paid in the US.                                           Added 11/11/2017 

For more information about paperweights from other countries, see my Paperweights from Other Countries Web Page

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Huge Magnum Kosta Wärff Green and Blue Bubble Abstract Paperweight
3189 Dramatic Large Peter McDougall Patterned Millefiori Paperweight. This paperweight consists of a paneled millefiori pattern of wonderful blue, reddish-brown, and white millefiori canes on a black ground.  There are nine panels with a 1-1-2-3-3 pattern and a large complex millefiori cane in the center.  It is signed on the bottom with a complex cane made from four separate letter canes forming the signature PMcD and also has a paper label.  A wonderful paperweight with great color. 

Note:  The label was put on upside down  - not aligned with the signature cane.  In addition, the signature cane is at an angle as shown in the picture of the base. 

Please ignore the white areas, they are glare from the lights. 

Peter McDougall started his glassmaking career as an apprentice at Strathearn Glass in Crieff, Scotland back in the 1960s.  When Perthshire was formed in 1968, he left Strathearn to move to Perthshire and worked there in many positions, eventually becoming Manager and Chief Glassmaker.   Perthshire Paperweights closed early in 2002 after the death of the owner Neil Drysdale.  Peter McDougall then made high quality glass paperweights at his own glass studio, PMcD Glass Studio Ltd. in Crieff, Scotland from 2002 until early 2012.  The studio is now closed but Peter plans to continue to make a limited number of paperweights in the future.

Large Size:  Just over 2 15/16" diameter by 1 15/16" high.  The bottom is ground concave. 
Condition:  Outstanding condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed on the bottom with a "PMcD" signature cane.  The signature is small and some people may have difficulty reading the signature on these weights.  It also has a paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Handmade in Crieff Scotland." 
Execution:  The label was put on upside down  - not aligned with the signature cane.  In addition, the signature cane is at an angle as shown in the picture of the base. 

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$175 postage paid in the US.                            Added 11/9/2017

For more information about paperweights made by Peter McDougall, see my Peter McDougall Web Page

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Dramatic Large Peter McDougall Patterned Millefiori Paperweight
2973 Magnum Steven Lundberg Lundberg Studios Brown Angelfish and Anemones Compound Paperweight.   dated 1996.  This paperweight by Steven Lundberg features two large striped brown angelfish swimming inside an aquatic scene of brown and white anemones.  One angelfish is swimming out in the open while the other angel fish is hiding behind the green and brown twisted reeds that fill the scene.  You can the eyes of the second fish in the some of the pictures.  This is a compound composition and is very three dimensional with layers of lampwork over an opaque black ground.  Signed and dated on the side near the base "Steven Lundberg - Lundberg Studios 1996 110680".  It also has a Steven Lundberg "SL LS" signature cane on the base.  Excellent condition.  A wonderful paperweight. 

The Lundberg Studios current price list includes other paperweights of this size for a $924 price.  Steven Lundberg paperweights are no longer offered by the Studio, since he left in 1997 and has since passed away.

In 1970 James Lundberg founded a small "backyard" studio Nouveau Glass in San Jose, California.  He was joined by his brother Steven Lundberg, Daniel Salazar, David Salazar, and several other glass artists.  The first paperweights were made in 1972.  They were known for their surface decorated designs and torchwork and later for their lampwork.  In 1973 the firm was renamed Lundberg Studios and moved to Davenport, California.  James died in an accident in 1991. Steven left Lundberg Studios in 1997 and set up his own studio.  He died from ALS in 2008.   Although in later years, each paperweight produced at Lundberg Studios was signed and dated by the studio and signed by the artist, the earliest paperweights did not have the artists signature. 

Please ignore the white areas in the picture caused by the light. 

Very Large Size:   3 3/4" diameter by 2 7/8" high. The base is ground concave. 
Signature: Signed and dated on the side near the base "Steven Lundberg - Lundberg Studios 1996 110680".  It also has a Steven Lundberg "SL LS" signature cane on the base.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips or scratches.  Some wear on the base.

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SOLD.                                                                       Added 11/7/2017

For more paperweights by contemporary American paperweight makers, see my Contemporary American Paperweights Web Page.

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Magnum Steven Lundberg Lundberg Studios Brown Angelfish and Anemones Compound Paperweight
4654 Magnum Rosenthal Studio-Linie Bubble Glass Paperweight probably 1970s.  circa 1971 or later.  This wonderful Rosenthal paperweight features a cosmic image of a solar system with  six bubbles arranged around a central bubble.  Below the central bubble is another smaller smaller bubble.  All of these bubbles are arranged in a cloud of tiny bubbles over a clear crystal ground.  It is acid etch marked in reverse on the base with the Rosenthal logo and Studio-Linie underneath without the usual Rosenthal country of origin. 

Rosenthal was founded in 1879 as a family business. Originally the focus was porcelain manufacture and porcelain painting.  In 1960, the Rosenthal Studiohaus was opened in Nuremberg and in 1965 the name was changed briefly to Rosenthal Glas & Porzellan AG and then in 1960 to Rosenthal AG in 1969.  From 1997 to 2008, the Rosenthal AG owned most of the British-Irish Waterford Wedgwood Group.  The Studio-Linie mark was used from 1971 to at least 1995.  Since the Rosenthal mark on this paperweight does not identify the country of origin (normally Germany), it is possible that the paperweight was made at Waterford, but I have no evidence one way or the other.

Very Large Size:  3 3/16" diameter by 2 15/16" tall.  The base is ground flat.  It weighs 25 ounces.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks or scratches found on inspection. 
Signature:  Signed with an acid etch mark (applied in reverse) on the base with the Rosenthal logo and Studio-Linie underneath.  It does not have the usual Rosenthal country of origin.  

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$67 postage paid in the US.                             11/7/2017.

For more paperweights from other countries, see my  Other Countries Web Page.

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Magnum Rosenthal Studio-Linie Bubble Glass Paperweight probably 1970s
4588 Peter Raos Vincent Van Gogh Paperweight Perfume Bottle.  dated 1995.  This wonderful perfume bottle was made by Peter Raos in New Zealand.  It is part of his Vincent Series of paperweights and perfume bottles and features a Van Gogh type impressionist design of brightly colored millefiori flowers over a watery green ground.  The very long slender stopper is a reminiscent of a green vine.  It is signed at the base "Raos 1995 New Zealand".  This is a hard to find item.

Peter Raos works as a glass artist in Devonport, New Zealand since starting his studio in 1979.  He is a graduate of the University of Auckland Elam School of Fine Arts and Design.

Size:  4 1/2” tall by just over 2 1/2” diameter with the stopper.  It is 3 3/8" tall without the stopper.  The stopper is 2 3/4" long by 7/8" in diameter.  The base is partially finished with some remnant of the pontil mark and a hole in the center.  The stopper fits loosely.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks or scratches found on inspection. 
Signature:  Signed near the base with an engraved signature "Raos 1995 New Zealand".   

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$375 postage paid in the US.                             11/5/2017.

For more paperweights from other countries, see my  Other Countries Web Page.

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Peter Raos Vincent Van Gogh Paperweight Perfume Bottle
3966 Rare Peter McDougall (PMcD) Miniature Eight Pointed Star Scramble Millefiori Paperweight.  This miniature paperweight features a scramble or end of the day design and is finished as a eight pointed star.  The ground is black.  It is signed in the design with a complex cane made from four separate letter canes forming the signature PMcD (as shown in the close-up).  It also has a paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Hand Made in Crieff Scotland." I am calling this a rare example because it was not part of Peter McDougall's standard offering.  He had a six pointed star that was similar and a small scramble finished as a round paperweight, but I could not find this eight pointed star in his offerings. 

This is called a pressed weight because a mold is used to form the shape.  The top is flattened. 

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.

Peter McDougall started his glass making career as an apprentice at Strathearn Glass in Crieff, Scotland back in the 1960s.  When Perthshire was formed in 1968, he left Strathearn to move to Perthshire and worked there in many positions, eventually becoming Manager and Chief Glassmaker.   Perthshire Paperweights closed early in 2002 after the death of the owner Neil Drysdale.  Peter McDougall then made high quality glass paperweights at his own glass studio, PMcD Glass Studio Ltd. in Crieff, Scotland from 2002 until early 2012.  The studio is now closed but Peter plans to continue to make a limited number of paperweights in the future.

Miniature Size:  Just over 2" diameter by 1 3/16" high. 
Condition:  Outstanding condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed with a complex cane in the design and it also has a paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Hand Made in Crieff Scotland."

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$49 postage paid in the US.                         Added 11/5/2017.     

For more information about paperweights made by Peter McDougall, see my Peter McDougall Web Page .

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Rare Peter McDougall (PMcD) Miniature Eight Pointed Star Scramble Millefiori Paperweight
456 Vintage Magnum John Degenhart "MELVIN C. PEARL" Name Plaque Paperweight.   circa 1950 - 1964.  This is a classic, later style Degenhart paperweight with "MELVIN C. PEARL" on a rectangular white enamel plaque with a border of decorative flowers.  The plaque is placed on a multi-colored frit ground with a second layer of frit ground below.   There is an icepick flower (two pink, two red) in each corner of the plaque with a controlled bubble in the center of each.  John Degenhart made the paperweight.  The name plate or plaque was decorated by Ray Bichard.  A perfect example from the Degenhart factory.    

This style paperweight is shown on page 97 in the book Degenhart Glass and Paperweights by Gene Florence.   The Degenhart Museum acquired the example in the book in 1963.

The picture does not do justice to this paperweight.  Ignore the white areas, they are glare from the lights.

Charles and John Degenhart started their careers in glass working in glass at the Dalzell, Gilmore & Leighton Company factory in Findlay, Ohio.  Charles, born in 1882, started first and then John, born in 1884, started at the age of ten in 1894.  In 1901, both joined Cambridge Glass in Cambridge, Ohio.  The original paperweight production was an after hours activity at Cambridge Glass by Charles and his two sons in the 1920s.  John also produced paperweights to help meet the demand.  This was with the approval of the company. Of the two, Charles Degenhart was the more skilled artistically.

John retired from Cambridge Glass in 1946 and opened the Crystal Art Glass Company shortly after that. Most of the early production was devoted to paperweights. The factory also produced pressed glass novelties in an incredible range of colors. After John died in 1964, his wife Elizabeth took over production. Prior to that, the paperweights were unsigned. There was also a close association with Zack Boyd and his son Bernard, both of whom worked at Crystal Arts. Today in Cambridge, the Boyd family continues to run Crystal Arts.

Ray Bichard decorated the name plates, scenes, and other designs for the Degenhart Factory.  He also worked for Tom Mosser at Variety Glass, also in Cambridge. 

For more information, you can read about the Degenharts in the books American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers by Jean Melvin (1967 and 1970) and Degenhart Glass and Paperweights by Gene Florence.

Magnum Size:  Just under 3 1/4" diameter by 2 7/16" high.  The bottom is ground flat. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  Some wear and scratches on the base, but no scratches found on the dome.  No chips or cracks.   
Signature: Unsigned, but I guarantee this to be by John Degenhart, with the exception of the plaque which was done by Ray Bichard.  

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$95 postage paid in the US.                           Added 10/22/2017

For more information about paperweights made by Degenhart Glass in Cambridge, Ohio, see my Degenhart Web Page

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Vintage Magnum "MELVIN C. PEARL" Name Plaque John Degenhart Paperweight
2279 Large Vintage Pairpoint Yellow Rose Pedestal Paperweight with Engraved Base.  circa early 1970s.  This is a large vintage Pairpoint pedestal paperweight with a wonderful yellow rose in the center.  The rose has sixteen petals in a 4+4+3+3+2 pattern.  The innermost two petals are tiny.  There are also eight dark green leaves, four large and four skinny.  The paperweight is set on a pedestal base, which is engraved with a grapes and ivy pattern.  I believe the engraving was done by either Ed Poore or his mentor Carl Schweidenback.  It is signed on the bottom of the paperweight portion with a Pairpoint dark blue and white "P" signature cane.  Very nice.  

Pairpoint Glass has a long history extending back to its earliest origins with Mount Washington Glass in 1837.  Owners and locations changed a number of times and the name Pairpoint was first used in the 1890s.  The original Pairpoint companies were located in New Bedford, Massachusetts.  In 1938, it was reorganized as Gunderson Glass Works by owner Robert Gunderson and later renamed the Gunderson - Pairpoint Glass Works in 1952.  The name was acquired by Robert Bryden and the company moved briefly to East Wareham, MA in 1957 where it operated as the Pairpoint Glass Company.  They leased production facilities in Spain.  The last New Bedford factory burned down in 1965.  In its latest iteration, Robert Bryden moved Pairpoint to Sagamore, Massachusetts in 1970.  It continues to operate at that location today, with new owners in 2015.

Carl O. Schweidenback started work as a glass cutter at the Watson Company in Attleboro, Massachusetts at age 14 in the 1920s.   His apprenticeship started at Watson and finished at the Pairpoint Glass Works in New Bedford, Massachusetts.  His father was also a glass cutter at Pairpoint.  After working at Pairpoint for a number of years he went to the Silver City Glass Company City in Meriden, Connecticut, known for its copper wheel engraving.  Later in his career Carl worked at the new Pairpoint Glass in Sagamore, Massachusetts where he mentored Ed Poore in the early 1970s.  

Edward Poore has had over 35 years experience in the field of glass engraving and restoration, working at Pairpoint and in his own studio The Crystal Workshop in Sagamore, Massachusetts.  He is an artist in his own right and has also worked in collaborations with many glass artists.  He trained at Pairpoint Glass Works under the tutelage of Carl Schweidenback.  He recently retired and his son James Poore has taken over from Ed.  Both Ed and Jim were featured in the 2009 show at the Sandwich Glass Museum “Two Generations of Glass Engravers, Cutters and Sculptors” - Edward and James Poore.

Very Large Size:  Just over 3 1/4" diameter by 4 5/8" high.  The engraved base is just over 3 1/2" diameter. The base is engraved with a grapes and ivy pattern.  
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No damage found, no chips, cracks, or scratches.  There are some tiny bubbles in the glass.
Signature:  Signed on the bottom of the paperweight portion with a Pairpoint blue and white "P" signature cane.

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Engraving on Base
SOLD.                                             Added 10/22/2017

For more vintage American paperweights, see my Vintage American Paperweights Web Page.

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Large Vintage Pairpoint Yellow Rose Pedestal Paperweight with Engraved Base
4817 Large Early 1983 Orient & Flume Greg Held Translucent Surface Decorated Orchid Paperweight.    dated 1983.  This wonderful surface decorated paperweight features a large, richly colored orchid with leaves and stem placed on the surface of a translucent golden ground.  It is signed with an Orient & Flume complex millefiori signature cane "OF 83" in the design and is also signed on the base "Orient & Flume 43 AT 1983 L. Held".  A great early paperweight from Orient & Flume.  A wonderful design.

Note:  The artist's name is Greg Held.  I suspect someone else at O&F was signing these paperweights as the script matches other Held paperweights correctly signed G. Held.

Orient & Flume was started in 1972 in Chico, California by Douglas Boyd and David Hopper.  It studio took its name from its initial location which was at the corner of Orient & Flume.  Their early weights adopted a style that has become known as the California style of  iridescent paperweights with surface torchworked art nouveau motifs on the outside surface of the weight.  Later work involved interior lampworked designs such as the floral design found encased here.  Every Orient & Flume piece has a registration number which usually includes a date code.

Greg Held was a senior artist at Orient & Flume in Chico, CA.  He passed away in his forties in 1999.     

Large Size:  2 7/8" diameter by just 1 7/16" high.  The bottom has been ground flat. 
Signature:    It is signed in the design with an Orient & Flume complex millefiori signature cane "OF 83" and is also signed on the base "Orient & Flume 43 AT 1983 L. Held".  
Condition:  Excellent condition.  Other than some faint scratches on the base, I found no other chips or cracks or scratches.

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$195 postage paid in the US.                              Added 10/22/2017   

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Large Early 1983 Orient & Flume Greg Held Translucent Surface Decorated Orchid Paperweight
2055 Vintage Magnum Pinehurst NC Name Plaque Paperweight possibly by Charles Degenhart.   circa 1920 - 1940.  This Pinehurst NC paperweight is in the style of early Degenhart paperweights, with the name written in a fancy dark green script on a white enamel plaque.  The borders of the plaque are decorated in dark green depicting tall and short grass.  At each corner of the plaque there is a small icepick flower (resembling a red golf tee) pushed down to the brightly colored frit ground below.  I believe this paperweight is the work of Charles Degenhart, the older of the two Degenhart brothers. 

The town of Pinehurst, North Carolina is best known as the home of the Pinehurst Golf Resort, home of many prestigious golf competitions.  I don't know if the paperweight was connected with the golf resort or just the town, but the motif of the name Pinehurst surrounded by tall grass and short grass suggests an association. 

Charles and John Degenhart started their careers in glass working in glass at the Dalzell, Gilmore & Leighton Company factory in Findlay, Ohio.  Charles, born in 1882, started first and then John, born in 1884, started at the age of ten in 1894.  In 1901, both joined Cambridge Glass in Cambridge, Ohio.  The original paperweight production was an after hours activity at Cambridge Glass by Charles and his two sons in the 1920s.  John also produced paperweights to help meet the demand.  This was with the approval of the company. Of the two, Charles Degenhart was the more skilled artistically.

John retired from Cambridge Glass in 1946 and opened the Crystal Art Glass Company shortly after that. Most of the early production was devoted to paperweights. The factory also produced pressed glass novelties in an incredible range of colors. After John died in 1964, his wife Elizabeth took over production. Prior to that, the paperweights were unsigned. There was also a close association with Zack Boyd and his son Bernard, both of whom worked at Crystal Arts. Today in Cambridge, the Boyd family continues to run Crystal Arts.

For more information, you can read about the Degenharts in the books American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers by Jean Melvin (1967 and 1970) and Degenhart Glass and Paperweights by Gene Florence.

The picture does not do justice to this paperweight.  Ignore the white areas, they are glare from the lights. 

Magnum Size:  3 5/16" diameter by 2 1/2" high.  The bottom is ground flat. 
Condition:  Fair to Good condition although with many scratches on the surface and considerable wear on the base.  No chips, cracks, or circular impact marks found on inspection.   
Signature: Unsigned, but I believe this to be the work of Charles Degenhart. 

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$135 postage paid in the US.                           Added 10/22/2017

For more information about paperweights made by Degenhart Glass in Cambridge, Ohio, see my Degenhart Web Page

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Vintage Magnum Pinehurst NC Name Plaque Paperweight possibly by Charles Degenhart
4300 Perthshire PP14 "F" Limited Edition Faceted Millefiori Cluster Paperweight.   Dated 1974.  This paperweight consists of five pink and white complex millefiori cane clusters each with a green and white center cane surrounding a central blue and white cane cluster set on a clear ground.  Each cluster has six complex canes plus the center cane.  The central cluster contains the letter F for 1974.  There are tiny green florets in the center of each outer cane of all six clusters.  It has a large top facet, five side facets, and a flat, polished, star-cut base. 

The PP14 was made in a limited edition each year from 1969 to 1994.  The 1969 edition was signed with an "A", 1970 was signed with a "B", and so forth.  This is the only series that Perthshire made in a complete series from A to Z. 

Perthshire was a small company in Crieff, Scotland that was devoted to the creation of quality glass paperweights. They stopped production in January 2002 after more than 30 years of production. Their paperweights were consistently high in quality and yet remained reasonable in price.

The birth of Scottish paperweight making is credited to the glass making family of Salvador Ysart, who moved to Crieff, Scotland in 1922. They worked first at John Moncrieff Ltd and made the earliest Scottish paperweights during that period. In 1946 Salvadore and his sons Augustine and Vincent founded Ysart Brothers Glass and produced glass wares under the Vasart label. Salvador Ysart died in 1955 The company name was later changed to Vasart Glass. Stuart Drysdale was hired manage the business side of the enterprise in 1960. The company evolved into a new company Strathearn owned by Teachers Whiskey. In 1967 Drysdale was sent a magazine article on antique paperweights (Woman's Day, July 1965). The inspired him to try to produce weights comparable to the French antiques. With this goal in mind, he and several of the glass workers left Strathearn to found Perthshire in 1968.

Medium Size:  2 1/2" diameter by 1 1/2" high.  Faceted with a large top facet and five side facets.  The base is polished flat with star cut. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks.
Signature:  Signed with a complex "F" cane in the center of the design. 

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$175 postage paid in the US.                            Added 10/20/2017   

For more information about Perthshire Paperweights, see my Perthshire Web Page.      The PP14s can also be found on a separate Perthshire PP14 Web Page.

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2715 Spectacular Peter McDougall  Special 2009 Midyear Collection Butterfly on Lace Paperweight.  dated 2009.  This paperweight features a lampwork butterfly with stretched millefiori wings surrounded by a garland of  eleven complex millefiori canes.  The design is set on a lace ground.  It is signed on the base with Peter's complex signature and date cane "PMcD 09" and also has a paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Handmade in Crieff Scotland."  A nice well balanced design with great color.

This paperweight was one of the special annual editions made in only in 2009.  It was designated Collection 2009 Midyear #6. 

Peter McDougall started his glassmaking career as an apprentice at Strathearn Glass in Crieff, Scotland back in the 1960s.  When Perthshire was formed in 1968, he left Strathearn to move to Perthshire and worked there in many positions, eventually becoming Manager and Chief Glassmaker.   Perthshire Paperweights closed early in 2002 after the death of the owner Neil Drysdale.  Peter McDougall then made high quality glass paperweights at his own glass studio, PMcD Glass Studio Ltd. in Crieff, Scotland from 2002 until early 2012.  The studio is now closed but Peter plans to continue to make a limited number of paperweights in the future.

Large Size:  Just over 2 7/8" diameter by 2" high.  The base is ground concave.   
Condition:  Outstanding original condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed on the base with a complex "PMcD 09" signature / date cane and it also has a paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Handmade in Crieff Scotland." 

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$345 postage paid in the US.                                            Added 10/15/2017

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Spectacular Peter McDougall  Special 2009 Midyear Collection Butterfly on Lace Paperweight
1581 Vintage Hand Painted Plaque Paperweight of Elk in Woods - Possibly Bohemian.  circa 1910 - 1939.  Vintage paperweight featuring hand painted scene with an elk in the woods.  The scene is painted on a white milk glass circular disk or plaque near the top of the paperweight.  The remainder of the paperweight is clear.  An interesting vintage collectible. 

Peter von Brackel, in his book Paperweights Historicism Art Nouveau Art Deco 1842 to Present, shows a similar yet different paperweight on page 231 (figure 534).  The paperweight in the book is different in that it is a frit design on a milk glass plaque.  The paperweight in the book is attributed to Bohemia or Czechoslovakia or Bavarian Forest.   

Bohemian Glass generally refers to the glass made in the regions that form the border area between the Czech Republic, Poland, and Germany.  Most of these areas are now parts of the western Czech Republic. 

Large Size:  2 13/16" diameter by 1 7/16" high.  The base ground flat.    
Signature:  Unsigned.  I do not know the maker or country of origin with certainty.  I will however guarantee that this is a vintage paperweight, most likely from Bohemia. 
Condition:  Very good condition.  There is some wear on the base, a few tiny pinpricks on the sides, and one light 3/8" scratch on the dome.     

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SOLD.                            Added 10/15/2017

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Vintage Hand Painted Plaque Paperweight of Elk in Woods - Possibly Bohemian
2413 Antique Bohemian Three Dimensional Pear Sulphide Paperweight.  circa 1880-1920.  Antique sulphide paperweight featuring a three dimensional pear sulphide.  The sulphide is placed on a transparent blue and green frit ground.  The maker of this paperweight is unknown but most likely it originates from a factory in Bohemia.  The pontil mark is partially finished.  There is an inventory number written on the base in black on white paint.  When purchased at auction, the auctioneer noted that it came from a house museum in Newburyport, Massachusetts.  The surface is uneven and shows some tool marks.  There are a few minor condition issues, but the paperweight displays beautifully.  An interesting addition to any collection of antique paperweights. 

Sulphides are cast objects (animals, flowers, people) made of a ceramic material that has properties similar to the surrounding glass.  They are normally white, but are also sometimes colored or even painted.  The objects are cast in a mold that copied or made directly from a medallion, coin or sculpture.  The finest French sulphides are cast in a mold made by a skilled artist.  Often a sulphide will have a silvery appearance due to a thin layer of trapped bubbles between the glass and the sulphide itself.

Bohemian Glass generally refers to the glass made in the regions that form the border area between the Czech Republic, Poland, and Germany.  Most of these areas are now parts of the western Czech Republic. 

Large Size:  2 5/8" diameter by 1 7/8" high.  The base is fire finished with part of the pontil mark remaining.  
Signature:  Unsigned.  I do not know the maker or country of origin with certainty.  I will however guarantee that this is an antique paperweight most likely from Bohemia.  
Condition:  Very good condition.  The paperweight displays beautifully.  It has some tiny pinpricks on the surface and one area of abrasion on the side about 1/4" across.  The surface is uneven and shows some tool marks.   

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SOLD.                                            Added 10/15/2017

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Antique Bohemian Three Dimensional Pear Sulphide Paperweight
4819 Large Early 1978 Orient & Flume Pink Dogwood Flowers with Complex Millefiori Centers Paperweight.    dated 1978.  This wonderful paperweight features three pink dogwood flowers each with a complex millefiori center.  There are green and brown vines and stems and also surface decorated outlines of leaves incorporated in the design, both of which wrap around to the base.  A light green "rock-like" ground provides a contrast.  It is an interesting construction with both lampwork and surface decoration.  I don't know which O&F artist designed or made this paperweight, but it is definitely early.  It is signed on the base "Orient & Flume C51 May 1978".  A great early paperweight from Orient & Flume.

Orient & Flume was started in 1972 in Chico, California by Douglas Boyd and David Hopper.  It studio took its name from its initial location which was at the corner of Orient & Flume.  Their early weights adopted a style that has become known as the California style of  iridescent paperweights with surface torchworked art nouveau motifs on the outside surface of the weight.  Later work involved interior lampworked designs such as the floral design found encased here.  Every Orient & Flume piece has a registration number which usually includes a date code.   

Large Size:  2 15/16" diameter by just under 1 1/2" high.  The bottom has been ground flat. 
Signature:    Signed on the base "Orient & Flume C51 May 1978".  
Condition:  Excellent condition.  Other than some scratches on the base, I found no other chips or cracks or scratches.

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$195 postage paid in the US.                              Added 10/15/2017   

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Large Early 1978 Orient & Flume Pink Dogwood Flowers with Complex Millefiori Centers Paperweight
2020 Vasart / Lassman Millefiori Paperweight Handle Bottle Opener with Original Box.  circa 1950s-1960s.  The firm of Lassman & Co. designed and produced this bottle opener opener and a variety of other useful objects during the 1950s and 1960s.  The attractive millefiori paperweight handle was made by the Ysart family of Scotland under the Vasart label.  The handle has a concentric design on a rust colored ground that matches the setup and canes of other Vasart paperweights.  The chrome plated opener was made by Lassman and the assembly was also done by them.  This item comes with its original box and celluloid cover.  The box is fabric lined (the original advertisements said "silk lined")  with elastics to hold the bottle opener in place.  A rare find for collectors of barware and Scottish paperweights. 

The maker of this item was Lassman & Co. located in the Kilburn area of North London.   Samuel Lassman purchased the paperweight handles from George Dunlop's Pirelli Glass in London.  Pirelli obtained them from Vasart.  Pirelli also took some assembled inventory back from Lassman and sold the barware items under the Pirelli label.  Pirelli also included the line in their 1959 catalog.  For more information, see my web page on Lassman & Co. or the article by Angela Bowey and Allan Port “Pirelli, Vasart and the Ysart Family” in the Paperweight Collectors Association Annual Bulletin 2015.  A complete set of similar objects can be found at this link.

The birth of Scottish paperweight making is credited to the glass making family of Salvador Ysart, who moved to Crieff, Scotland in 1922. They worked first at John Moncrieff Ltd and made the earliest Scottish paperweights during that period. In 1946 Salvadore and his sons Augustine and Vincent founded Ysart Brothers Glass and produced glass wares under the Vasart label. Salvador Ysart died in 1955 The company name was later changed to Vasart Glass. Stuart Drysdale was hired manage the business side of the enterprise in 1960. The company evolved into a new company Strathearn owned by Teachers Whiskey. In 1967 Drysdale was sent a magazine article on antique paperweights (Woman's Day, July 1965). The inspired him to try to produce weights comparable to the French antiques. With this goal in mind, he and several of the glass workers left Strathearn to found Perthshire in 1968.

Size:  Just over 1 1/2" diameter by just under 3 3/4" long.  The box is just under 3" long by 2 11/16" wide by 2 9/16" high.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches or wear.  The box and lining have some wear and the celluloid cover is cracked in places (as shown in the pictures). 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this is a genuine Lassman bottle opener with a Vasart paperweight handle.  The word "ENGLAND" appears on the metal part. 

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$345 postage paid in the US.                                                        Added 10/8/2017   

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Vasart / Lassman Millefiori Paperweight Handle Bottle Opener with Original Box
4875 Perthshire Annual Collection 1976B Limited Edition Miniature Overlay Butterfly Paperweight.    circa 1976.  This paperweight features a lampwork butterfly with stretched millefiori wings inside a blue and white double overlay with spiral side cuts.  There are eight spiraling side cuts and one larger top facet.  It is signed with a "P" cane under one wing.  Although designated as a miniature by Perthshire, it is actually larger than a true miniature and is 2 1/8" in diameter.  This paperweight was made in a limited edition of 500 paperweights of which a total of 488 were made with overlays of red & white, blue & white, and green & white.  There is no paper label on this paperweight and I do not have the original certificate.  A nice well balanced design with great color and a fancy cutting.

Perthshire made this paperweight as one of their annual collection items.  This means the design was made only that one year and never again.  There were five annual collection designs in 1976, designated A through E.  

Perthshire was a small company in Crieff, Scotland that was devoted to the creation of quality glass paperweights. They stopped production in January 2002 after more than 30 years of production. Their paperweights were consistently high in quality and yet remained reasonable in price.

The birth of Scottish paperweight making is credited to the glass making family of Salvador Ysart, who moved to Crieff, Scotland in 1922. They worked first at John Moncrieff Ltd and made the earliest Scottish paperweights during that period. In 1946 Salvadore and his sons Augustine and Vincent founded Ysart Brothers Glass and produced glass wares under the Vasart label. Salvador Ysart died in 1955 The company name was later changed to Vasart Glass. Stuart Drysdale was hired manage the business side of the enterprise in 1960. The company evolved into a new company Strathearn owned by Teachers Whiskey. In 1967 Drysdale was sent a magazine article on antique paperweights (Woman's Day, July 1965). The inspired him to try to produce weights comparable to the French antiques. With this goal in mind, he and several of the glass workers left Strathearn to found Perthshire in 1968.

Small Size:  2 1/8" diameter by 1 3/8" high.  The bottom is ground concave.  The paperweight is faceted with a top facet plus spiraling side facets.  
Signature:  Signed with a Perthshire "P" cane under one wing.  
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches. Slight wear on the base. 

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$295 postage paid in the US.                                        Added 10/7/2017. 

For more information about Perthshire Paperweights, see my Perthshire Web Page.

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Perthshire Annual Collection 1976B Limited Edition Miniature Overlay Butterfly Paperweight
2731 Vintage Magnum Trumpet Flower and Lily Whimsy Paperweight.  circa 1920-1950.  Great magnum trumpet flower paperweight by unknown maker.  The design consists of a white five petal lily surrounded by a multi-colored bouquet of five trumpet flowers or icepick flowers (red, yellow, light blue, white and dark blue).  The ground is clear.  There are six flowers in all each with a  bubble in the center.   This has all the characteristics of a true whimsy, made in spare time by a glass worker.  I believe this was made in the midwest US around the middle of the 20th century.  A very showy paperweight. 

Note :  The glass has many tiny bubbles in it. 

This design is sometimes called an icepick flower design because an icepick type tool is pushed down through the colored layer to create the stems for the flowers.

Very Large Size:  3 5/16" diameter by just over 2 13/16" high.  This paperweight weighs over  1 1/2 pounds.  The bottom is finished flat with a remnant of the pontil mark in the center. 
Excellent condition:    No chips or cracks.  I couldn't find any scratches on inspection.  No circular impact marks.  There are many tiny bubbles in the glass, but that from when it was made, not damage. 
Signature:    Unsigned and made by an unknown maker.  I will guarantee that it is vintage and made by a US maker. 

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SOLD.                         Added 10/6/2017.

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Vintage Magnum Trumpet Flower and Lily Whimsy Paperweight
2531 Magnum Baccarat 1972 Gridel Series Squirrel Concentric Millefiori Limited Edition Paperweight.  dated 1972.  This modern close concentric millefiori paperweight features a large white squirrel silhouette on a black background in the center surrounded by five rings of complex millefiori canes.  One ring contains all eighteen Gridel figures.  The white ground is a made up of latticinio twists.  The paperweight is signed with Baccarat's complex signature cane "B 1972" in the fourth ring from the center.  It also has an acid etched Baccarat mark on the base along with the year (1972) and edition number (503). 

This design was released in 1971 and continued into 1972 in a limited edition of 1,200 pieces.  This is number 503 in that series.  There is a signature cane "B 1972" shown in the pictures.  The bottom has the acid etched Baccarat logo plus it is engraved with the year (1972) and the number (503). 

In 1846 Baccarat introduced the popular Gridel figures in their closepack millefiori paperweights.  It was named after Emil Gridel, the nephew of Jean-Baptiste Toussaint the general manager of Baccarat.  Toussaint saw Gridel making paper cutouts of animals and saw an opportunity to incorporate these silhouettes in millefiori paperweights.   From 1971 to 1979 Baccarat issued a modern Gridel series of millefiori paperweights based on eighteen Gridel figures.  Each paperweight has a large Gridel figure in the center with smaller versions of all eighteen figures included in the design.  There are variations in orientation and color as well as the types of canes in each design and it is possible to amass a very large collection covering just this series.  

Baccarat was founded in 1776 in Alsace-Lorraine with the name of Verrerie de Sainte Anne.  The original location was near the town of Baccarat.  Today the firm is known as Compagnie des Cristalleries de Baccarat.  Most collectors refer to three periods of Baccarat paperweight production.

  • 1845-1860 - Classic period
  • 1920-1934 - Dupont period
  • 1953-2002 - Modern period
This classification is definitely an over simplification.  The best millefiori and lampwork paperweights were made during the classic period (1845-1860).   Baccarat continued to make paperweights after the classic period, but little is known about the extent of the product line or who made the paperweights.  What is known is that by 1910, the offering in the catalog had dwindled to pansy paperweights, simple open concentric paperweights, and rock paperweights.  Popular lore attributes 1920-1934 Baccarat paperweights to a Mr. Dupont, who supposedly was the last worker at Baccarat to know the secrets of paperweight making.  These paperweights were sold at a Baccarat retail shop in Paris. No collector or scholar ever met Mr. Dupont although at least one visited the Baccarat factory and asked to meet with him.  The weights stopped appearing in the shop in 1934.

In 1952, Paul Jokelson approached Baccarat with the idea of making sulphide paperweights again.  In 1953 Baccarat resumed paperweight production with a series of sulphide paperweights the first of which were the unsuccessful Eisenhower sulphide followed by the Queen Elizabeth coronation sulphide.  Millefiori paperweight production was resumed in 1957 and lampwork paperweights were re-introduced in the early 1970s.  Baccarat stopped making this type of fine glass paperweights in 2002.

You can read more about the Baccarat paperweights in the new book Baccarat Paperweights - two centuries of beauty by Paul Dunlop or one of the older books on paperweights in general, such as The Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights by Paul Hollister or World Paperweights by Robert Hall.

Very Large Size:  Just under 3 1/8" diameter by 2 1/4" high.    The base is ground flat.
Signature:  The paperweight is signed with Baccarat's complex signature cane "B 1972" in the design.  It also has an acid etched Baccarat mark on the base along with the the year (1972) and edition number (503). 
Condition:   Excellent condition.  I found no damage except for scratches and wear on the base. 

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$495 postage paid in the US.                         Added 10/6/2017. 

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Magnum Baccarat 1972 Gridel Series Squirrel Concentric Millefiori Limited Edition Paperweight
4663 Rare Large 1977 Dated Strathearn P6 Upright Red Flower on Red Ground Paperweight.  dated 1977.  This very attractive paperweight consists an upright five petal red flower with three green leaves over a translucent red ground.  This is a very nice example.  It is signed with a Strathearn signature / date cane "S 77" on the base.  It also has worn paper label "STRATHEARN HAND MADE IN SCOTLAND" on the base.  A great addition to any collection of Scottish paperweights. 

The birth of Scottish paperweight making is credited to the glass making family of Salvador Ysart, who moved to Crieff, Scotland in 1922.  They worked first at John Moncrieff Ltd and made the earliest Scottish paperweights during that period.  In 1946 Salvadore and his sons Augustine and Vincent founded Ysart Brothers Glass and produced glass wares under the Vasart label.  Salvador Ysart died in 1955  The company name was later changed to Vasart Glass.  Strathearn Glass was formed in a reorganization of Vasart glass in 1963.  The new company was owned by Teachers Whiskey.  It was the first UK glassworks fired on propane gas.  They continued with the Strathearn name until 1980 when they were taken over by Stuart Crystal and renamed Stuart Strathearn.  No paperweights were made after the merger.    

Large Size:   Just under 4" high by just under 2 3/8" diameter.  The bottom is ground flat.   
Condition:  Excellent condition.  I found no chips, cracks, or scratches.  The label is worn and has some writing on it.
Signature:  Signed with a Strathearn signature / date cane "S 77" on the base.  It also has worn paper label "STRATHEARN HAND MADE IN SCOTLAND" on the base.   

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$125 postage paid in the US.                 Added 10/6/2017    

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Rare Large 1977 Dated Strathearn P6 Upright Red Flower on Red Ground Paperweight
3198 Spectacular Peter McDougall (PMcD) Large Closepack Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 2011.  Wonderful large paperweight with a closepack design featuring many large complex millefiori canes over a pink and light blue frit ground.  It is signed in the design with a complex cane made from four separate letter canes forming the signature PMcD.  It also has a paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Hand Made in Crieff Scotland" on the base.  One of Peter McDougall's best millefiori designs.  

This style was also made in small and medium size weights.  The picture does not do justice to this paperweight.  Ignore the white areas, they are reflections and glare from the lights. 

Peter McDougall started his glass making career as an apprentice at Strathearn Glass in Crieff, Scotland back in the 1960s.  When Perthshire was formed in 1968, he left Strathearn to move to Perthshire and worked there in many positions, eventually becoming Manager and Chief Glassmaker.   Perthshire Paperweights closed early in 2002 after the death of the owner Neil Drysdale.  Peter McDougall then made high quality glass paperweights at his own glass studio, PMcD Glass Studio Ltd. in Crieff, Scotland from 2002 until early 2012.  The studio is now closed but Peter plans to continue to make a limited number of paperweights in the future.

Large Size:  Just under 3" diameter by 1 15/16" high.  The bottom is ground concave.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks.   
Signature:  Signed with a complex cane in the design and it also has a paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Hand Made in Crieff Scotland" on the base.  

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SOLD.                                                     Added 10/6/2017.   

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Spectacular Peter McDougall (PMcD) Large Closepack Millefiori Paperweight
4228 Unusual Medium Size Murano Scrambled Millefiori Paperweight.   circa 1960 - 1970.  Unusual scrambled millefiori paperweight filled with yellow, turquoise, and red millefiori canes and white, brown, white and aventurine stringers.  These are placed over a ground of all stringers.  Perhaps this was intended to be millefiori on top and stringers in the ground and the design didn't turn out that way.  There is a foil label on the base "MURANO GLASS MADE IN ITALY".  An interesting 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.

Medium Size:  Just under 2 1/2" diameter by just under 1 1/2" high.  The base has been ground flat.  This paperweight has a low profile. 
Condition:   Very good condition.  Quite a bit of wear on the base, but the body appears to be scratch free.  No chips or cracks.  
Signature:  Signed with a foil label on the base "MURANO GLASS MADE IN ITALY".  

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$39 postage paid in the US.                            Added 10/6/2017    

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Unusual Medium Size Murano Scrambled Millefiori Paperweight
4803 Rare Rick Ayotte 2001 Artist's Proof / Study Piece Small Ruby Throated Hummingbird with Orchid Paperweight.  dated 2001.  This small paperweight depicts a ruby throated hummingbird in flight hovering near a large pink orchid.  The hummingbird's wings are a blur.  Rick Ayotte has returned again and again to create new variations on the hummingbird theme.  The book on his work published in 1997 shows six earlier paperweight designs with this theme.  This piece is an artist's proof and as such should be viewed as a unique study piece.  At 2 3/16" diameter, it is larger than a true miniature which is usually close to 2" in diameter.  Currently on eBay there is also a larger composition with the same theme, also labeled as an artists proof 2001.  It is possible he made a regular series like this, but I don't know if he did.  It is signed "Ayotte AP / Study 2001" on the near the base.  A precious paperweight.

The book Songs without Words:  The Art of the Paperweight - Rick Ayotte was published in 1997, so this paperweight does not appear in the book.  Six other hummingbird paperweights appear in the book including most in miniature.  According to the book, "One also finds a number of rare artist proof miniatures.  These study pieces were created in the process of mapping out a larger design."

Roland "Rick" Ayotte specializes in paperweights with themes from nature, including lampworked bird and other animals, flowers, fruits, and berries.  His paperweights range in size from miniatures to super magnums.  He also produces other wonderful glass art objects.  He lives and works in New Boston, New Hampshire and has been making glass paperweights since 1978. 

Small Size:  Just over 2 3/16" diameter by 1 11/16” high.  The base has been ground concave. 
Signature:   Signed “Ayotte AP / Study 2001" on the near the base. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.  

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SOLD.                                                                              Added 10/2/2017

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Rare Rick Ayotte 2001 Artist's Proof / Study Piece Small Ruby Throated Hummingbird with Orchid Paperweight
3486 Magnum Rare Antique 1890s Folk Art Lampwork Name Paperweight "P. A. PREDLE".  circa 1888-1912.   This "folk art" paperweight features a blue name plaque with the lampwork name "P. A. PREDLE" in white capital lampwork letters bordered at both ends by three lines forming a "crow's foot".  Above and below the name plaque are a total of seventeen colorful twist canes.  The construction has two levels with a frit lower level as seen in the side views.  The frit layer has five stems pushed down to the base, each with a small bubble in the center.  There is an incompatibility crack at the edge of the upper group of twists (shown in two pictures with arrows). 

Although this style of paperweight has been documented and is in a number of collections, the makers are not known with certainty.  The total number of examples is small, probably less than 100 are known.  Some paperweights of this style have two or three lines of text, others only a single line.  The text may be a name, a place, or a date.  There are different styles of lettering, of twist canes, and construction which suggests that several makers were involved.  Some authors suggest that Ralph Barber his brother George Barber made some of them either in Millville or in Toledo.  Some of the examples have names associated with Millville, or even have the word "Millville" in the design.  Other examples have the word "Toledo".  As a result, it has been suggested that workers at Libbey in Toledo made at least some of them.  I have one with the name of a tavern owner in Corning.  The long article by Stanley Kruger in the 2004 Annual Bulletin of the Paperweight Collectors Association (pages 18-32) is the most comprehensive article on the subject to date.  Kruger documented 28 different paperweights of this style and includes pictures of 26 of them.  Most museums have no examples.  This example "PREDDLE" is not included in the article, but is very similar to what Kruger calls Midwest - Group 1.  In the book Old Glass Paperweights of Southern New Jersey: An American Folk Art, Clarence A. Newell attributes a similar paperweight with the name "Kizzie Pepper" to Ralph Barber and devotes pages 71-73 discussing this and alternate attributions, such as Charles Pepper.  We may never know who actually made these paperweights, but it is interesting to speculate.   

Very Large Size :  Just over 3 5/8” diameter by just over 2 78" high.   The base is ground concave.  The base has considerable wear and remnants of the pontil mark.  Weighs just over two pounds.
Signature :  No signature, but I guarantee that this is an authentic antique American paperweight from the period 1888 -1912. 
Condition :  In very good condition consistent with its age.  It has considerable wear and scratches on the surface and on the base as shown in the pictures.  There is an incompatibility crack at the edge of the upper group of twists (shown in two pictures with arrows).  No chips or other cracks found on inspection.  No circular impact marks. 

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$275 postage paid in the US.                           Added  9/23/2017.   

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Magnum Rare Antique 1890s Folk Art Lampwork Name Paperweight "P. A. PREDLE"
4958 Magnum 1989 Baccarat Limited Edition Warbler "Fauvette sur fond de ciel bleu" Paperweight.   dated 1989.  This is a spectacular Baccarat Warbler paperweight with a three dimensional warbler on a cherry branch with pink flowers.  The sky blue ground is placed over an opaque white base layer.  This paperweight has an unusual three dimensional construction in that the lampwork bird and branches are placed in a "well" in the glass which is visible when viewed from the side or at an angle.  It displays perfectly when viewed head on.  The paperweight is signed in the design with a millefiori signature cane "B 1989" and also signed on the bottom with the Baccarat logo and etched "49/200 1989".  An outstanding paperweight. 

This design was produced only in 1989 in a limited edition of 200 paperweights.  This is number 49 in that series.  There is a signature cane "B 1989"shown in the pictures.  The bottom has the acid etched Baccarat logo plus it is engraved with the year (1989), the number (49) and the size of the series (200). 

Note:  What I describe as unusual construction above may in fact be a manufacturing flaw.  I have never noticed this technique before.  Because of this, I have set the price lower than it should be.

Baccarat was founded in 1776 in Alsace-Lorraine with the name of Verrerie de Sainte Anne.  The original location was near the town of Baccarat.  Today the firm is known as Compagnie des Cristalleries de Baccarat.  Most collectors refer to three periods of Baccarat paperweight production.

  • 1845-1860 - Classic period
  • 1920-1934 - Dupont period
  • 1953-2002 - Modern period
This classification is definitely an over simplification.  The best millefiori and lampwork paperweights were made during the classic period (1845-1860).   Baccarat continued to make paperweights after the classic period, but little is known about the extent of the product line or who made the paperweights.  What is known is that by 1910, the offering in the catalog had dwindled to pansy paperweights, simple open concentric paperweights, and rock paperweights.  Popular lore attributes 1920-1934 Baccarat paperweights to a Mr. Dupont, who supposedly was the last worker at Baccarat to know the secrets of paperweight making.  These paperweights were sold at a Baccarat retail shop in Paris. No collector or scholar ever met Mr. Dupont although at least one visited the Baccarat factory and asked to meet with him.  The weights stopped appearing in the shop in 1934.

In 1952, Paul Jokelson approached Baccarat with the idea of making sulphide paperweights again.  In 1953 Baccarat resumed paperweight production with a series of sulphide paperweights the first of which were the unsuccessful Eisenhower sulphide followed by the Queen Elizabeth coronation sulphide.  Millefiori paperweight production was resumed in 1957 and lampwork paperweights were re-introduced in the early 1970s.  Baccarat stopped making this type of fine glass paperweights in 2002.

You can read more about the Baccarat paperweights in the new book Baccarat Paperweights - two centuries of beauty by Paul Dunlop or one of the older books on paperweights in general, such as The Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights by Paul Hollister or World Paperweights by Robert Hall.

Magnum Size:  3 1/4" diameter by just under 2 1/2" high.  Bottom is ground slightly concave. 
Condition: Very good condition.  I found one small area with several tiny surface abrasions or scratches (shown in the pictures).  There are also some scratches on the base.  No other cracks, chips or scratches found.  Please see the note above about the unusual construction - which may or may not be a manufacturing flaw.
Signature:  The paperweight is signed in the design with a millefiori signature cane "B 1989" and also signed on the bottom with the Baccarat logo and etched "49/200 1989". 

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Damage on side
$395 postage paid in the US.                    Added 9/17/2017

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Magnum 1989 Baccarat Limited Edition Warbler "Fauvette sur fond de ciel bleu" Paperweight
4355 William Manson Phoenix Limited Edition FP13 Paneled Millefiori Paperweight.  Dated 2003.  This paperweight has a paneled millefiori design with seven panels of 1-1-2-3 millefiori and an outer circle of millefiori on an opaque green ground.  The paperweight was issued in a limited edition of 75 paperweights of which this is number 25.  It is signed and numbered "PHOENIX 2003 25/75" on the base.    Perfect condition with certificate (#25/75) in the original (slightly torn) Phoenix gift box. This is the domed example. 

Phoenix Paperweights was a small company started by William Manson Sr. to engage three workers from Perthshire after Perthshire closed in January 2002.  They only lasted a year and issued paperweights in 2002 and 2003 before closing in August 2003.  Phoenix operated in the Manson works in Perth, Scotland.  The glass workers were William Manson Sr., David McNichol (paperweight maker), Duncan Smith (lampworking), and Gordon Taylor (glass cutter).  Some of the lampwork was also done by Rosette Fleming.  The 2003 Phoenix catalog lists William Manson Paperweights as the distributor. 

Large Size: 2 7/8" diameter by just under 2" high. The base is ground flat. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed and numbered "PHOENIX 2003 25/75" on the base.  This paperweight comes with its original certificate and slightly worn box. 

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$195 postage paid in the US.                         Added 9/15/2017.   

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Phoenix Limited Edition FP13 Paneled Millefiori Paperweight
2280 Magnum Antique English Green Glass Bubble Dump Paperweight with Footed Base.  circa 1890-1920.  Interesting antique English bubble dump paperweight with a footed base.  The controlled bubble arrangement leads me to believe this is later than other bubble dumps as it was created using a mold with a selected pattern of spikes.  It is in excellent condition for its age with only a few minor scratches.  Heavy wear on the base.  A small dimple on the top.

Green glass paperweights, mantle ornaments and doorstops originated as early as 1820 and continued to be made as late as 1914.  Often referred to as dumps, they are made from green and blue bottle glass in factories founded by John Kilner of Wakefield and other bottle makers in the Midlands and Northern regions of England.  There are articles on this topic in 2002, 2003 and 2005 annual bulletins of the Paperweight Collectors Association.  You can also read about them in Old English Paperweights by Robert Hall.  These dumps can be found with internal bubble designs, well executed floral designs, sulphide inclusions, or colored flowers.  Signed examples exist and command a premium price.  Since they are made from bottle glass, these paperweights often show signs of rough handling with chips or internal fractures.

Very Large Size:  Just under 3 1/4" diameter by 5 5/16" tall.
Condition:  It is in excellent condition for its age with only a few minor scratches.  Heavy wear on the base.   
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this is an antique English paperweight.  

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$185 postage paid in the US.                                                 Added 9/14/2017.   

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Magnum Antique English Green Glass Bubble Dump Paperweight with Footed Base
3156 John Deacons / William Manson, Sr. 2006 Strathearn Collection Bouquet  & Torsade Paperweight.  dated 2006.  This paperweight consists of a bouquet of four red, blue, yellow, and white flowers with five leaves and stems placed on a opaque pink ground.  Each flower consists of five petals and a complex millefiori center.  The yellow flower has a star cane in the very center.  There is a wonderful blue and white torsade surrounding the bouquet.  The paperweight is one of a collaborative series made by John Deacons and William Manson Sr.  It is signed on the base with John Deacons' "JD 2006" signature cane and William Manson's "WM" signature cane.  The JD 2006 cane also has a green thistle with two green shamrocks just below the JD.  It is also marked "S19 12/25".  A very attractive paperweight. 

In 2006, John Deacons and Willie Manson collaborated to make three sets of 12 paperweight designs or 36 designs in all.  They were called the Strathearn Collection. Each design was a limited edition of 25 paperweights.  Each weight was signed with the signature cane of both artists.  This paperweight is designated S19 12/25, meaning it is the nineteenth design in the Strathearn Collection and is #12 of the limited edition of 25 paperweights. 

Please ignore the white areas, they are glare from the lights.

John Deacons learned his craft at Strathearn Glass in Crieff, Scotland in 1967. When Perthshire was formed in 1968, he left Strathearn to move to Perthshire and worked there for 10 years before leaving in 1978 to start his own glass studio. He has produced paperweights and other glass objects under a variety of labels, including J Glass, St. Kilda, and now under his own name. The St. Kilda line was produced from 1978 or 1979 through 1987.  You can read about John Deacons in the book by Hall - Scottish Paperweights.  Today John works with his son Craig at his own studio.

William Manson, Sr. started his glass working career at Caithness Glass at the age of 15 in the 1960s.  He apprenticed with Paul Ysart.  Manson left Caithness in 1971 to work at Ysart's Harland Glass and rejoined Caithness several years later in 1974.  He was at Caithness on and off between 1974 and 1997 when he left for good to form his own studio William Manson Paperweights.  His son William Manson, Jr. started making paperweights alongside his father starting in 1992.  For a brief period (2004-2006), William Manson, Sr. made collaborative paperweights with John Deacons. 

Large Size:  2 3/4" diameter by 1 11/16" high. The bottom is ground concave. 
Signature:  Signed with John Deacons' "JD 2006" signature cane and William Manson's "WM" signature cane.  The JD 2006 cane also has a green thistle between two green shamrocks just below the JD.  The paperweight is also marked "S19 12/25". 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 

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SOLD.                                      Added 9/12/2017

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John Deacons / William Manson, Sr. 2006 Strathearn Collection Bouquet  & Torsade Paperweight
4959 Magnum Baccarat 1994 Pink Tulip "Tulipe jaspée" Limited Edition Paperweight.  dated 1994.  This modern lampwork paperweight features a three dimensional pink tulip with stem and three leaves on an opaque green ground.  The base is an opaque white.  This paperweight was made in a limited edition of 100 paperweights, of which this is number 14.  The paperweight is signed with Baccarat's complex signature cane "B 1994" placed near the end of the stem.  It also has an acid etched Baccarat mark on the base along with the the edition size (100) and edition number (14).  

This design was produced only in 1994 in a limited edition of 100 paperweights.  This is number 14 in that series.  There is a signature cane "B 1994 " shown in the pictures.  The bottom has the acid etched Baccarat logo plus it is engraved with the year (1994) and the number (14). 

Baccarat was founded in 1776 in Alsace-Lorraine with the name of Verrerie de Sainte Anne.  The original location was near the town of Baccarat.  Today the firm is known as Compagnie des Cristalleries de Baccarat.  Most collectors refer to three periods of Baccarat paperweight production.

  • 1845-1860 - Classic period
  • 1920-1934 - Dupont period
  • 1953-2002 - Modern period
This classification is definitely an over simplification.  The best millefiori and lampwork paperweights were made during the classic period (1845-1860).   Baccarat continued to make paperweights after the classic period, but little is known about the extent of the product line or who made the paperweights.  What is known is that by 1910, the offering in the catalog had dwindled to pansy paperweights, simple open concentric paperweights, and rock paperweights.  Popular lore attributes 1920-1934 Baccarat paperweights to a Mr. Dupont, who supposedly was the last worker at Baccarat to know the secrets of paperweight making.  These paperweights were sold at a Baccarat retail shop in Paris. No collector or scholar ever met Mr. Dupont although at least one visited the Baccarat factory and asked to meet with him.  The weights stopped appearing in the shop in 1934.

In 1952, Paul Jokelson approached Baccarat with the idea of making sulphide paperweights again.  In 1953 Baccarat resumed paperweight production with a series of sulphide paperweights the first of which were the unsuccessful Eisenhower sulphide followed by the Queen Elizabeth coronation sulphide.  Millefiori paperweight production was resumed in 1957 and lampwork paperweights were re-introduced in the early 1970s.  Baccarat stopped making this type of fine glass paperweights in 2002.

You can read more about the Baccarat paperweights in the new book Baccarat Paperweights - two centuries of beauty by Paul Dunlop or one of the older books on paperweights in general, such as The Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights by Paul Hollister or World Paperweights by Robert Hall.

Very Large Size:  3 1/4" diameter by 2 1/4" high.    The opaque white base is ground flat.
Signature:  The paperweight is signed with Baccarat's complex signature cane "B 1994" placed near the end of the stem.  It also has an acid etched Baccarat mark on the base along with the the edition size (100) and edition number (14). 
Condition:   Excellent condition.  I found no damage except for scratches and wear on the base. 

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$450 postage paid in the US.                         Added 9/11/2017. 

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Magnum Baccarat 1994 Pink Tulip "Tulipe jaspée" Limited Edition Paperweight
3646 Antique New England Glass Company Scramble Paperweight with Possible Museum Markings. c. 1860.  This is a very nice antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) scramble or end of day paperweight.   It is filled with an assortment of twist canes in a variety of colors.  It has possible museum markings "NEGC C.1860 09-29" in white paint on the base.  A great example, although with substantial wear.   

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. 

New England Glass Company (NEGC) operated in Cambridge, Massachusetts from 1818 to 1888.  You can read about paperweights from the New England Glass Company in the book by Hawley, The Art of the Paperweight  - The Boston & Sandwich and New England Glass Companies

Size:   Just under 2 3/8” diameter by 1 3/4” high.  The bottom is ground concave with remnants of the pontil mark. 
Signature:  This paperweight is not signed, but I guarantee it to be an authentic antique New England Glass Company paperweight. 
Condition:  Fair condition with no cracks or chips.  The surface has considerable wear as shown in the pictures and also a few pinpricks.   It is a good candidate for restoration or it can be enjoyed the way it is. 

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$95 postage paid in the US.                      Added 9/10/2017 

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Antique New England Glass Company Millefiori Scramble Paperweight
4876 Perthshire Uncataloged Rose and Bud Faceted Paperweight - Possible Prototype 1980A.    circa 1980.  This rose and bud paperweight appears to be a prototype for the 1980A Annual Collection weight.  It has a pink lampwork rose on the right and bud on the left with two leaves and a stem.  The lampwork is almost identical to the lampwork in the 1980A.  The paperweight is faceted with a large concave top facet and sixteen side facets.  The ground is clear and a large V-groove star cut pattern or fan pattern covers the base.  It does not appear in the Perthshire books.  It is clumsily engraved "P1980" on the edge of the base and I suspect the marking was added later by a collector or dealer.  Other than that marking, the paperweight is unmarked and unsigned but I have no doubt that it is a quality Perthshire paperweight. 

The reason I suspect this to be a prototype is that the 1980A weight is very similar with several key differences.  The 1980A weight has the rose on the other side, the left side, and the bud on the right side.  There are more leaves in the 1980A.  And there is a "P" signature cane beside the stem.  The 1980A was issued in an edition of 300 paperweights, with 224 made. 

Perthshire was a small company in Crieff, Scotland that was devoted to the creation of quality glass paperweights. They stopped production in January 2002 after more than 30 years of production. Their paperweights were consistently high in quality and yet remained reasonable in price.

The birth of Scottish paperweight making is credited to the glass making family of Salvador Ysart, who moved to Crieff, Scotland in 1922. They worked first at John Moncrieff Ltd and made the earliest Scottish paperweights during that period. In 1946 Salvadore and his sons Augustine and Vincent founded Ysart Brothers Glass and produced glass wares under the Vasart label. Salvador Ysart died in 1955 The company name was later changed to Vasart Glass. Stuart Drysdale was hired manage the business side of the enterprise in 1960. The company evolved into a new company Strathearn owned by Teachers Whiskey. In 1967 Drysdale was sent a magazine article on antique paperweights (Woman's Day, July 1965). The inspired him to try to produce weights comparable to the French antiques. With this goal in mind, he and several of the glass workers left Strathearn to found Perthshire in 1968.

Medium Size:  Just over 2 7/16" diameter by 1 13/16" high.  The paperweight is faceted with a large concave top facet and sixteen side facets.  A large V-groove star cut pattern or fan pattern covers the base. 
Signature:  Unsigned except for a poorly engraved "P1980" on the edge of the base that I suspect was added later.  However I have no doubt that it is a Perthshire paperweight and will guarantee the attribution.  It comes with a Perthshire box.     
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches other than the clumsy "P1980" engraving. 

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SOLD.                                        Added 9/6/2017. 

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Perthshire Uncataloged Rose and Bud Faceted Paperweight - Possible Prototype 1980A
2738 Peter McDougall  (PMcD) 2009 Mid Year Special #11 Amber Flower with Five Complex Canes Paperweight.  dated 2009.  Spectacular small flower with five petals and five leaves surrounded by a ring of five complex canes.  Peter describes the ground as black, but it is actually a very dark purple.  The paperweight is signed on the base with Peter's complex signature and date cane "PMcD 09".  It also has a paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Handmade in Crieff Scotland." 

This paperweight was one of the special annual editions made in only in 2009.  It was designated Collection 2009 Mid Year #11. 

Peter McDougall started his glass making career as an apprentice at Strathearn Glass in Crieff, Scotland back in the 1960s.  When Perthshire was formed in 1968, he left Strathearn to move to Perthshire and worked there in many positions, eventually becoming Manager and Chief Glassmaker.   Perthshire Paperweights closed early in 2002 after the death of the owner Neil Drysdale.  Peter McDougall then made high quality glass paperweights at his own glass studio, PMcD Glass Studio Ltd. in Crieff, Scotland from 2002 until early 2012.  The studio is now closed but Peter plans to continue to make a limited number of paperweights in the future.

Small Size:  2 3/16" diameter by 1 1/2" high.  The base is ground concave.  
Condition:  Outstanding original condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed with a complex "PMcD 09" signature / date cane on the base.  It also has a paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Handmade in Crieff Scotland." 

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$245 postage paid in the US.                                             Added 9/5/2017 

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Peter McDougall  (PMcD) 2009 Mid Year Special #11 Amber Flower with Five Complex Canes Paperweight
1970 Peter McDougall (PMcD) Small Paneled Millefiori Paperweight.  This paperweight consists of a paneled millefiori pattern of pink, green, and white colors on a rust red ground.  There are six panels arranged around a central complex millefiori cane.  The panel dividers are white complex latticinio twists with an orange-red and white twist in the center.  This style has a 1 + 2 pattern of canes plus a ring of canes on the outside.  It is signed on the bottom with a complex cane made from four separate letter canes forming the signature "PMcD".  This early paperweight does not have a paper label.  Great color.

Ignore the white areas, they are glare from the lights.

Peter McDougall started his glass making career as an apprentice at Strathearn Glass in Crieff, Scotland back in the 1960s.  When Perthshire was formed in 1968, he left Strathearn to move to Perthshire and worked there in many positions, eventually becoming Manager and Chief Glassmaker.   Perthshire Paperweights closed early in 2002 after the death of the owner Neil Drysdale.  Peter McDougall then made high quality glass paperweights at his own glass studio, PMcD Glass Studio Ltd. in Crieff, Scotland from 2002 until early 2012.  The studio is now closed but Peter plans to continue to make a limited number of paperweights in the future.

Small Size:  This could be considered a miniature.  2" diameter by just under 1 1/2" high.  The base is ground concave. 
Condition:  Outstanding condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  This paperweight is signed on the base with McDougall's "PMcD" complex signature cane made from four separate letter canes.  The signature cane is small and some people may have difficulty reading the signature on these weights.  It does not have a paper label.

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

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Signature Cane on base
Side view
$80 postage paid in the US.                                                     Added 9/4/2017.   

For more information about paperweights made by Peter McDougall, see my Peter McDougall Web Page .

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Peter McDougall (PMcD) Small Paneled Millefiori Paperweight
1687 Peter McDougall Medium Crown Paperweight with multicolored twists.  Attractive crown paperweight with a wonderful complex cane on top.  The crown is formed from 20 twist canes with alternating colors, 10 white twist canes and 10 multi-colored twists made  from yellow, white and green stringers.  There is a dark ground in the center of this paperweight.  It is signed on the base with a complex cane made from four separate letter canes forming the signature PMcD in the center of a cogged cane.

Crown weights are considered by some to be the most exciting of all millefiori designs.  They are extremely difficult to make.  Peter McDougall did not make many of these medium crowns.

Peter McDougall started his glass making career as an apprentice at Strathearn Glass in Crieff, Scotland back in the 1960s.  When Perthshire was formed in 1968, he left Strathearn to move to Perthshire and worked there in many positions, eventually becoming Manager and Chief Glassmaker.   Perthshire Paperweights closed early in 2002 after the death of the owner Neil Drysdale.  Peter McDougall then made high quality glass paperweights at his own glass studio, PMcD Glass Studio Ltd. in Crieff, Scotland from 2002 until early 2012.  The studio is now closed but Peter plans to continue to make a limited number of paperweights in the future.

Medium Size:  Just under 2 3/8" diameter by just over 2 1/16" high. 
Condition:  Outstanding condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed on the base with a complex cane made from four separate letter canes forming the signature PMcD in the center of a cogged cane.  There is no paper label on this paperweight. 

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

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Signature cane on base
SOLD.                            Added 9/3/2017

For more information about paperweights made by Peter McDougall, see my Peter McDougall Web Page

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Peter McDougall Medium Crown Paperweight with multicolored twists
4914 Rare John Deacons St. Kilda Concentric Millefiori Paperweight Bottle - Signed StK.   circa 1978 - 1987.  This St. Kilda bottle was made by John Deacons between 1978 to 1987.  This may be a married set.  The bottle and stopper do not match perfectly.  The stopper fits but not snugly.  It is possible that the factory or a prior dealer accidentally mismatched the two or the factory did this on purpose.  The bottle has four rings of blue and pink millefiori over a cobalt blue ground.  The stopper has different millefiori with three rings of blue and white millefiori.  Both are signed with an "St.K" signature cane in the center.  An fun item from this talented artist. 

The birth of Scottish paperweight making is credited to the glass making family of Salvador Ysart, who moved to Crieff, Scotland in 1922.  They worked first at John Moncrieff Ltd and made the earliest Scottish paperweights during that period.  In 1946 Salvadore and his sons Augustine and Vincent founded Ysart Brothers Glass and produced glass wares under the Vasart label.  Salvador Ysart died in 1955  The company name was later changed to Vasart Glass.  Strathearn Glass was formed in a reorganization of Vasart glass in 1963. 

John Deacons learned his craft at Strathearn Glass in Crieff, Scotland in 1967. When Perthshire was formed in 1968, he left Strathearn to move to Perthshire and worked there for 10 years before leaving in 1978 to start his own glass studio. He has produced paperweights and other glass objects under a variety of labels, including J Glass, St. Kilda, and now under his own name. The St. Kilda line was produced from 1978 or 1979 through 1987.  You can read about John Deacons in the book by Hall - Scottish Paperweights.

Size:  Just under 2 1/2" diameter by 3 11/16" high with the stopper.  The bottle is just under 2 1/2" diameter by 2 3/8" high.  The stopper is just over 1 5/8" diameter by just under 2 1/8" long.  The base is ground concave. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed with the St. Kilda signature cane "StK" in the center of both the stopper and the bottle. 

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

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Top view with St.K signature
Base
Inside the bottle
Another view
SOLD.                             Added 9/3/2017 

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Rare John Deacons St. Kilda Concentric Millefiori Paperweight Bottle - Signed StK
3696 Large St. Clair Geronimo Sulphide Paperweight.   circa 1972 or later.  This large paperweight features a sulphide of Geronimo place over an opaque white chipped glass ground.  The sulphide has some discoloration.  This was part of a series of sulphides of Native American chiefs.  It is hot stamped "GERONIMO" on the base. 

Note:  The pontil mark on this paperweight would normally be "ST. CLAIR 1972 GERONIMO".  I don't know if the mark failed or was deliberately changed to read only "GERONIMO". 

Sulphide Paperweights are those that contain cast objects (animals, flowers, people) made of a ceramic material that has properties similar to the surrounding glass.  They are normally white, but are also sometimes colored or even painted.  The objects are cast in a mold that copied or made directly from a medallion, coin or sculpture.  Often the object is surrounded by a millefiori or lampwork garland, but it may also appear alone.  The finest sulphides are cast in a mold made by a skilled artist.

The St. Clair line (as far as paperweights are concerned) started with John "Pop" St. Clair, Sr. who worked at the George MacBeth Glass Works in Elwood from around 1903 to 1938.  Local natural gas production faltered in 1938 and the St. Clairs began to develop their ideas for a new business of their own.  Joe St. Clair (1909 - 1987) did the original experimentation and the business was formally started in 1941 in Elwood, Indiana.  John, Sr. and the brothers John, Jr., Joe, Ed and Bob all participated, while another brother, Paul, did not at first.  By 1944 St. Clair paperweights were being sold through Georg Jenson on Fifth Avenue in New York. Joe retired (the first time) in 1971 and sold the factory to new owners in Elwood, Indiana.  Sometime later, the new owners of the original factory sold the factory back to Joe.  For a while, there were two St. Clair factories, one owned by Joe and the other owned by Bob St. Clair.  Some paperweights are marked just "ST. CLAIR".  Those were made under different owners starting in 1971 or later.

Large Size:  3" diameter by 1 13/16" high.  The bottom is fire finished flat and hot stamped in the center with the "GERONIMO" mark.   
Condition:  Excellent Condition with no chips or cracks.  No scratches found on inspection.  The sulphide has some discoloration.
Signature:  Hot stamped "GERONIMO" on the bottom, but the remainder of the signature stamp is missing.  The normal signature stamp for this paperweight is "ST. CLAIR 1972 GERONIMO".

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

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Base
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Partial pontil mark on base
Closeup
$39 postage paid in the US.                           Added 9/2/2017

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Large St. Clair Geronimo Sulphide Paperweight
3117 Magnum Antique English Green Glass Dump Paperweight with Sulphide Goat.   circa 1840-1900.   This unusual glass paperweight is made of green bottle glass and contains a sulphide of what appears to be a goat with horns.  There is also a flowerpot on the bottom of the type typically find in floral dumps.  I have no idea why the maker put that in.  The goat sulphide has many small and larger bubbles on its surface.  These were trapped when the sulphide was inserted.  Unknown maker and age.  It has considerable surface wear and scratches.  Also base wear consistent with its age and two small circular impact marks.  No cracks or chips (other than the two impact marks).  There are many fine bubbles in the glass.  A great addition to a collection of old English paperweights.

Green glass paperweights, mantle ornaments and doorstops originated as early as 1820 and continued to be made as late as 1914.  They are made from green and blue bottle glass in factories founded by John Kilner of Wakefield and other bottle makers in the Midlands and Northern regions of England.  There are articles on this topic in 2002, 2003 and 2005 annual bulletins of the Paperweight Collectors Association.  You can also read about them in Old English Paperweights by Robert Hall.  Often referred to as green dumps, the most desirable are those with well executed floral designs, sulphide inclusions, or colored flowers.  Even more desirable is a signed example.  Since they are made form bottle glass, these paperweights often show signs of rough handling with chips or internal fractures.

Sulphides are cast objects (animals, flowers, people) made of a ceramic material that has properties similar to the surrounding glass.  They are normally white, but are also sometimes colored or even painted.  The objects are cast in a mold that copied or made directly from a medallion, coin or sculpture.  The finest French sulphides are cast in a mold made by a skilled artist.  Sometimes a sulphide will have a silvery appearance due to a thin layer of trapped bubbles between the glass and the sulphide itself.  The sulphide can also have larger bubbles if the maker was not careful, as is the case with this example.

Note:  I had difficulty getting good pictures of this paperweight, because of the bubbles in the glass and the wear on the surface. 

Very Large Size:   3 1/2" tall by just under 3 1/4" diameter. 
Condition:  Good condition.  As is typical for this type of paperweight, it has surface and base wear and scratches.  It also has two small circular impact marks.  No cracks or chips (other than the two impact marks).  The bottom has a the remnants of the pontil mark and also has considerable wear. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this is an antique English paperweight. 

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Side view
Back view
Closeup of back
Base
Side view
Surface with scratches and impact mark
$225 postage paid in the US.                                                 Added 8/31/2017

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Large Antique English Green Glass Dump Paperweight with Sulphide Goat
3169 Vintage Pairpoint Concentric Millefiori Paperweight Perfume Bottle.  circa 1970s.  This is a large blown Pairpoint melon shaped bottle with a faceted paperweight stopper.  The stopper has a ring of eight complex millefiori and a very nice complex cane in the center.  The millefiori are placed on an opaque yellow ground.  The stopper is faceted with four side facets and a top facet.  The stopper and bottle are ground to fit.  The base shows the remnant of the pontil mark.  I believe this bottle and stopper date from the early 1970s when William Burchfield was still at Pairpoint.  The bottle is engraved on the base with the Pairpoint "P inside a diamond" mark.  This is the nicest Pairpoint millefiori bottle I have seen.  Perfect execution and  a well balanced deign. 

Pairpoint Glass has a long history extending back to its earliest origins with Mount Washington Glass in 1837.  Owners and locations changed a number of times and the name Pairpoint was first used in the 1890s.  The original Pairpoint companies were located in New Bedford, Massachusetts.  In 1938, it was reorganized as Gunderson Glass Works by owner Robert Gunderson and later renamed the Gunderson - Pairpoint Glass Works in 1952.  The name was acquired by Robert Bryden and the company moved briefly to East Wareham, MA in 1957 where it operated as the Pairpoint Glass Company.  They leased production facilities in Spain.  The last New Bedford factory burned down in 1965.  In its latest iteration, Robert Bryden moved Pairpoint to Sagamore, Massachusetts in 1970.  It continues to operate at that location today, with new owners in 2015.

William Clark Burchfield started making paperweights at Pairpoint Glass in Sagamore, Massachusetts in 1970.   He left in 1976 to form the Cape Cod Glass Works (also in Sagamore) which continued in operation until 2000.  It then continued briefly in Crossville, Tennessee until 2001.  Bill Burchfield died in 2012.  Bill's son Mark was also at the glass works until 1998.  

Large Size:  3 3/8" diameter by 4 5/8" high.  The stopper is 1 9/16" diameter by 2 5/8" long.  The base has the remnants of the pontil mark.   
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No damage found, no chips, crack, or scratches other than some wear on the base.   
Signature:  This paperweight bottle is engraved on the base with the Pairpoint "P inside a diamond" mark.  

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Side view
Base with pontil mark and Pairpoint diamond mark
Another view showing the stopper
Another view
$325 postage paid in the US.                                             Added 8/27/2017

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4954 Early Debbie Tarsitano Green Zinnia "Envy" Flower with Buds, Leaves and Stem Paperweight.   undated circa 1978 -1980.  This paperweight features a green zinnia flower with upright yellow stamens.  The zinnia plant has a green flower, six yellow buds, leaves and a stem.  The ground is clear glass.  According to Debbie, the flower's formal name is "Envy" and was probably made at her Valley Stream Long Island studio.  Signed at the base of the stem with the conjoined "DT" Tarsitano signature cane used by both Delmo and Debbie Tarsitano from about 1978 to 1980.  The signature cane has a black "DT" on a white background and a blue border.  A great early paperweight from this versatile glass artist.   

Please ignore the glare from the lights.   

Debbie Tarsitano has been making wonderful paperweights since 1972, when she and her father Delmo Tarsitano set up a glass studio to explore a shared obsession with glass.  While developing her glass artwork, Debbie earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts and an Associate Degree in Journalism from Hofstra University, Long Island, NY.  Her work has evolved from simple floral paperweights in the 1970s to contemporary sculptural expressions.  The results are powerful, fresh images encased in glass.  Her florals are outstanding.  A formally trained painter, her passions lie in creating work that goes beyond traditional glass, building a bridge to the greater world of art.  She has collaborated with many internationally known glass artists, including Roland (Max) Erlacher, Ed Poore, Dino Rosin, Jiri Harcuba, and others.

Debbie and Delmo Tarsitano shared the same signature cane, feeling that their work was individual and distinctive and collectors would have no difficulty distinguishing between their art.  Although they did not date their work, the signature cane changed over time and provided approximate dates for the works.  The cane in this paperweight was used from about 1978 until 1980.  See Andrew Dohan's Dictionary of Paperweight Signature Canes for more information on the Tarsitano signature canes. 

Medium Size:    2 5/8" diameter by 1 5/16" high.  The base is ground concave.  High dome.  I had difficulty photographing this paperweight because of the high dome. 
Signature:  Signed at the base of the stem with the conjoined "DT" Tarsitano signature cane used by both Delmo and Debbie Tarsitano from about 1978 to 1980. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips or scratches found on inspection. 

For extra pictures, click on the picture at the right and the following links: 
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Closeup view
Signature cane
Base
Another view
Back view
$595 postage paid in the US.                                               Added 8/26/2017

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4794 Antique Bohemian Doorknob with Concentric Millefiori Handle on clear ground.   circa 1850-1900.  This is an antique Bohemian doorknob with a millefiori paperweight handle.  The handle has two concentric circles of complex canes around a complex two ring center star cane.  The entire design consists of complex canes, sometimes complex canes inside complex canes.  There is a large amber cane that occurs in the very center and also five times in the inner circle.  Each cane has two rings of canes around a complex cane.  There is an outer ring of amber floret canes with white centers.  Inside is a ring of all white five pointed star canes with outer rings of white.   The center cane in this amber cane is a complex cane made up of green and white star canes with a red outer layer.  Also in the inner circle are five large red and white complex canes with star canes in the center and a red outer layer.  This same cane also occurs nine times in the outer row, alternating with similar blue and white and green and white complex canes.  In all a complex design built from a variety of canes with many star canes.  The design is well centered, although not perfectly and some canes are tipped or out of place.  The hardware portion is in good shape.  There is no spindle.     

Bohemian Glass generally refers to the glass made in the regions that form the border area between the Czech Republic, Poland, and Germany.  Most of these areas are now parts of the western Czech Republic.   

Size:  The knob is 1 13/16" diameter by 2 1/8" high.  No spindle.   
Condition: Very good condition for its age.  It has a worn area on the face about 7/8" wide (shown in one of the pictures) across plus other scratches.  The hardware is worn in places but intact.  There is no spindle.     
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this is an antique paperweight from Bohemia.  

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

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Still another view
View of worn area
Large scratch 
$275 postage paid in the US.                            Added 8/26/2017

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4795 Antique Bohemian Doorknob with Concentric Millefiori Handle on clear ground (with spindle).   circa 1850-1900.  This is an antique Bohemian doorknob with a millefiori paperweight handle.  The handle has two concentric circles of canes around a complex center star cane.  The center cane has a star at the tip of each cane.  The theme colors are red, pink and green.  The inner circle of canes is pink with white centers.  In the center of each is a six pointed star.  The outer ring of canes alternates between red and white canes and complex green and pink canes.  The green and pink canes are complex with two rings of canes around a center cane.  The outer ring consists of all star canes.  In all a complex design built from a variety of canes with many star canes.  The design is well centered (although not perfectly) and the knob has only one damaged spot.  The hardware portion is in good shape and includes the spindle. 

Note:  The millefiori canes in this doorknob are very complex and some fall into the category of "starfish canes" identified by Alan Thornton and Andreas Stammwitz in an article 2016 PCA Bulletin.  The center cane has tiny stars at the tip of each point.  We should call this a "fractal cane".  

Bohemian Glass generally refers to the glass made in the regions that form the border area between the Czech Republic, Poland, and Germany.  Most of these areas are now parts of the western Czech Republic.   

Size:  The knob is 1 13/16" diameter by 2 1/8" high.  With the 1/4" spindle it is 4" long.  
Condition: Very good condition for its age.  It has a damaged area on one side about 1/4" across (shown in one of the pictures) plus a couple of pinpricks.  The hardware is worn in places but intact.     
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this is an antique paperweight from Bohemia.  

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

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Another view
View of damaged area
$275 postage paid in the US.                            Added 8/26/2017

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4951 Early Debbie Tarsitano Red Flower with Leaves and Stem Paperweight.   undated circa 1976 -1978.  This paperweight features a red flower with upright yellow stamens.  The flower has leaves and a stem.  The ground is clear glass.  Signed at the base of the stem with the "T" Tarsitano signature cane used by both Delmo and Debbie Tarsitano from about 1976 to 1978.  The signature cane has a black T on a white background and a blue border.  A great early paperweight from this versatile glass artist.   

Please ignore the glare from the lights.   

Debbie Tarsitano has been making wonderful paperweights since 1972, when she and her father Delmo Tarsitano set up a glass studio to explore a shared obsession with glass.  While developing her glass artwork, Debbie earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts and an Associate Degree in Journalism from Hofstra University, Long Island, NY.  Her work has evolved from simple floral paperweights in the 1970s to contemporary sculptural expressions.  The results are powerful, fresh images encased in glass.  Her florals are outstanding.  A formally trained painter, her passions lie in creating work that goes beyond traditional glass, building a bridge to the greater world of art.  She has collaborated with many internationally known glass artists, including Roland (Max) Erlacher, Ed Poore, Dino Rosin, Jiri Harcuba, and others.

Debbie and Delmo Tarsitano shared the same signature cane, feeling that their work was individual and distinctive and collectors would have no difficulty distinguishing between their art.  Although they did not date their work, the signature cane changed over time and provided approximate dates for the works.  The cane in this paperweight was used from about 1976 until 1978.  See Andrew Dohan's Dictionary of Paperweight Signature Canes for more information on the Tarsitano signature canes. 

Small Size:    2 3/16" diameter by 1 7/16" high.  The base is ground concave.  High dome.  I had difficulty photographing this paperweight because of the high dome. 
Signature: Signed at the base of the stem with the earliest Delmo and Debbie Tarsitano "T" signature cane.  This cane was use from about 1976 to 1978. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips or scratches found on inspection. 

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

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Signature cane
Base
Another view
$375 postage paid in the US.                                               Added 8/26/2017

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Early Debbie Tarsitano Red Flower Flower with Leaves and Stem Paperweight
3912 Magnum 1992 Hal David Berger Violet Stylized Jack-in-the-Pulpit Paperweight.  dated 1992.  This contemporary paperweight features violet stylized jack-in-the-pulpit flowers surrounded by intricate thin green spiral that follows the contours of the flowers.  Four carefully placed large bubbles complete the design.  A very elaborate floral design.  Signed "Hal David Berger 92" on the base. 

Hal David Berger was a glass artist who worked in the Emporia, Kansas area.  He died unexpectedly in 2003 after 20 years of making glass and teaching.  I was unable to out anything more about this skilled artist. 

Very Large Size: 3 7/16" diameter by just over 3 1/8" tall.  The bottom is ground flat. 
Signature:  Signed "Hal David Berger 92" on the base. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips, or other damage.  There is a small rough area on the side near the base (see picture) left over from when it was made.  This is a defect but is not damage.

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Signature
Rough area near base
Another View
$95 postage paid in the US.                          Added 8/21/2017

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Magnum Hal David Berger Violet Stylized Jack-in-the-Pulpit Paperweight
3922 Magnum 1992 Randy Strong Abstract Gold Leaf Paperweight.   dated 1992.  Contemporary abstract style paperweight created by Randy Strong of Berkeley, California. The paperweight resembles a black planet although with layers of gold leaf on the inside and exterior.  The gold on the outside can be felt.  The underlying ground color is black.  It is signed "R. Strong 1992".  The base is covered with black felt.  A wonderful large paperweight with great color. 

Note:  The iridescent effect of gold rays in upper half of the pictures is a reflection.  The glass is clear but picks up reflections from the inner and outer layers of gold. 

Randy Strong has studied at the California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts 1971 from the Osaka University of the Arts, Osaka, Japan.  He has been blowing glass and running his own studio in Northern California for over 40 years.  His work has been collected and displayed throughout the world in such places as The Corning Museum of Glass (New York), The Louvre, the Osaka Museum of Art, The San Francisco Museum of Art, The Ludwig Shraffarth Collection (Germany), The John D. Rockefeller Collection, the IBM Collection (USA) and at the American Crafts exhibitions at Baltimore, West Springfield and Rhinebeck.  

Very Large Size:  3 5/16" diameter by 3 5/16" high.  The base is ground flat and covered with felt.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks or scratches.  The base is covered with black felt.   
Signature:  It is signed "R. Strong 1992" on the edge just above the base. 

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Signature
Another view
Base with black felt
$145 postage paid in the US.                      Added 8/20/2017     

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Magnum Randy Strong Abstract Gold Leaf Paperweight
3916 Large Caithness 1993 Congratulations (Style Two) Abstract Paperweight.   circa 1993.  This abstract Caithness paperweight depicts a woven "cap" with four descending tassels.  There are carefully placed bubbles at the corners of the cap and at the tip of each tassel.  All of this is surrounded by a mist of transparent  white glass.  It is entirely white and was difficult to photograph.  Alternatively the paperweight can be interpreted as fireworks, but that does not explain the use of the woven glass fabric.  The paperweight is signed on the base "Caithness CONGRATULATIONS Scotland" along with a registration number "TS9650".  Designed by Margot Thomson. 

This design is listed and designated CT-985 on page 147 of the Charlton Standard Catalog of Caithness Paperweights.  It was designed in 1993 by Margot Thomson as part of the Weight - Spherical series.  The paperweight is recorded as coming in three colors (Gold, Ruby, and Silver).  Since this paperweight is white, it leaves me wondering if maybe it is the "silver" version or maybe white was added later.  

Caithness Glass was founded by Robin Sinclair in Wick in north eastern Scotland in 1961.  The factory did not start making paperweights until 1962 when Paul Ysart joined Caithness.  Colin Terris joined Caithness in 1968 and started the modern line of paperweights in 1969.  A second factory was opened in Oban in 1969 and the Perth factory opened in 1979.  In 1980, Caithness purchased the Whitefriars name and designs.  More recently Caithness recently went through a number of changes of ownership.  After going into receivership in 2004, it was purchased by Edinburgh Crystal, but went into receivership again in 2006.  Finally, it was bought out of receivership by Dartington Crystal.  The factories in Wick, Oban and Perth all closed and were replaced by a smaller operation and visitors' center in Crieff.

Very Large Size:  Just over 3 1/8" diameter by just over 2 7/8" high.  The base is ground flat. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips or cracks or scratches found on inspection except for some scratches on the base. 
Signature:  It is signed on the base "Caithness CONGRATULATIONS Scotland" along with a registration number "TS9650". 

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

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Another view
Another view
$39 postage paid in the US.                                  8/20/2017   

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1993 Large Caithness Congratulations (Style Two) Abstract Paperweight
3907 Small 1990 Lundberg Studios World Weight Designed by James Lundberg.   dated 1990.  This World Weight paperweight was first created by by James Lundberg in 1989 and became one of the Lundberg Studio's most famous products.  It depicts a whole earth representation of the planet earth with its continents, oceans, arctic regions, and many other features depicted in amazing detail.  The paperweight even includes wispy cloud formations.  Signed and dated on the base "Lundberg Studios 1990".  A wonderful paperweight.

Note:  The paperweight is in excellent condition.  It has a very slight crease in the surface in the clouds just above Asia (see picture with arrow).  I would like to imagine that was deliberate, but it may just be an accidental tool mark.  It is not damage.

It would be fun to go back in time and ask James Lundberg if this paperweight was inspired by the first color photo of the planet Earth taken from a satellite released by NASA in 1967.  This subsequently became the image used on the cover of the 1968 first edition of the Whole Earth Catalog.  Or maybe he was inspired by one of the images from Apollo 17, the last US mission to the moon in 1972. 

The current list price for this paperweight is $168 as shown on the Lundberg web page.  My price is much lower.   

In 1970 James Lundberg founded a small "backyard" studio Nouveau Glass in San Jose, California.  He was joined by his brother Steven Lundberg, Daniel Salazar, David Salazar, and several other glass artists.  The first paperweights were made in 1972.  They were known for their surface decorated designs and torchwork and later for their lampwork.  In 1973 the firm was renamed Lundberg Studios and moved to Davenport, California.  James died in a bicycle accident in 1992. Steven left Lundberg Studios in 1997 and set up his own studio.  He died from ALS in 2008.   Although in later years, each paperweight produced at Lundberg Studios was signed and dated by the studio and signed by the artist, the earliest paperweights did not have the artists signature 

The Lundberg World Weight can be found in the Oval Office of the White House, as well as numerous public and private collections, including those of the late Jacques Cousteau, ABC News Anchorman Ted Koppel & the National Geographic Society.  

Please ignore the white areas in the picture caused by the light. 

Small Size:   Just under 2 3/8" diameter by just under 2 1/4" high. The base is ground flat. 
Signature:  Signed and dated on the base "Lundberg Studios 1990".  This paperweight was made only one year after the original design in 1989 while James Lundberg was still alive. It does not have the signature of James Lundberg and was made by James or by another glassworker at Lundberg Studios.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks or chips.  There are no scratches except for minor scratches on the base.  It has a very slight crease in the surface in the clouds just above Asia (see picture with arrow).  I would like to imagine that was deliberate, but it may just be an accidental tool mark.  It is not damage.

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$125 postage paid in the US.                                                                       Added 8/17/2017

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Small 1990 Lundberg Studios World Weight Designed by James Lundberg
2982 Large Ron Schuster 1990 Pink Lily Paperweight with Nashville, Indiana Label.   dated 1990.  This is a large paperweight with a single pink lily over a clear ground.  The paperweight is signed on the base with an engraved signature "RLS '90" and it also has the original label "SCHUSTER STUDIOS NASHVILLE INDIANA".  A superb early example from this studio.   

Ron and Penny Schuster have had a studio and gallery in the artist colony of Brown County, Indiana (Nashville, Indiana) since 1972.   Ron is a self-taught glass artist working in stained glass and blown glass.  His work in blown glass started in the early 1980s.  Their work can be found in over 50 galleries nationwide. 

Large Size:  Just over 3" diameter by just over 2 9/16" tall.  The base is ground with a matte finish with some parts unfinished and remnants of the pontil mark.  
Condition:  Very good condition with no chips,or cracks.  I found a couple of very faint scratches. 
Signature:  Signed on the base with an engraved signature "RLS '90" and it also has the original label "SCHUSTER STUDIOS NASHVILLE INDIANA".

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Label
$39 postage paid in the US.                            Added 8/15/2017

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Large Ron Schuster 1990 Pink Lily Paperweight
4947 Large White Iridescent Swirl Paperweight by Unknown Maker.   This is a large white iridescent paperweight with a swirl pattern and a slightly textured surface.  The colors are white and clear, but the iridescence causes the surface to appear to gradually change colors as the angle of view or the angle of illumination changes.  The profile is relatively flat.  The paperweight is unsigned, but I suspect it dates from the 1970s.  A delightful paperweight from an unknown maker. 

Iridescence is a hard property to describe.  The surface reflects light in a way that changes colors much like soap bubbles, butterfly wings and the inside of sea shells.

Large Size:  Just over 3 1/16" diameter by just over 1 9/16" tall.  The profile is flat and the base has been ground flat.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips, cracks or scratches found on inspection with the exception of a few scratches on the base.  The surface is textured which makes inspection for scratches difficult.  
Signature:  Unsigned.  I do not know the age, maker, or country of origin for this paperweight.  It was part of a collection that dated from the 1960s and 1970s.

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$39 postage paid in the US.                            Added 8/13/2017

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Large White Iridescent Swirl Paperweight by Unknown Maker
4950 Baccarat 1970 President James Monroe Sulphide on Red Ground.    issued in 1970.  This modern sulphide paperweight features a three dimensional figure of President James Monroe.  The sulphide was modeled in 1955 by Gilbert Poillerat and is signed on the edge of the sulphide with an incised "G. POILLERAT 1955", but the paperweight was not issued until 1970.  The paperweight also has a "B" incised on the edge of the sulphide and an acid etched Baccarat mark on the base.  This example has a red base with no cutting on the base.  The paperweight is faceted with one large top facet and six side facets and is footed. 

As with most Baccarat sulphides of this period, this paperweight was made with an overlay and also different base treatments.  According to Dunlop, this paperweight was issued with a transparent green overlay (415 made) and 2733 examples on a red base with various base cuts.   

James Monroe was the fifth president of the United States.  He served from 1817 to 1825 (two terms).

Sulphides are cast objects (animals, flowers, people) made of a ceramic material that has properties similar to the surrounding glass.  They are normally white, but are also sometimes colored or even painted.  The objects are cast in a mold that copied or made directly from a medallion, coin or sculpture.  The finest French sulphides are cast in a mold made by a skilled artist.  Sometimes a sulphide will have a silvery appearance due to a thin layer of trapped bubbles between the glass and the sulphide itself. 

Baccarat was founded in 1776 in Alsace-Lorraine with the name of Verrerie de Sainte Anne.  The original location was near the town of Baccarat.  Today the firm is known as Compagnie des Cristalleries de Baccarat.  Most collectors refer to three periods of Baccarat paperweight production.

  • 1845-1860 - Classic period
  • 1920-1934 - Dupont period
  • 1953-2002 - Modern period
This classification is definitely an over simplification.  The best millefiori and lampwork paperweights were made during the classic period (1845-1860).   Baccarat continued to make paperweights after the classic period, but little is known about the extent of the product line or who made the paperweights.  What is known is that by 1910, the offering in the catalog had dwindled to pansy paperweights, simple open concentric paperweights, and rock paperweights.  Popular lore attributes 1920-1934 Baccarat paperweights to a Mr. Dupont, who supposedly was the last worker at Baccarat to know the secrets of paperweight making.  These paperweights were sold at a Baccarat retail shop in Paris. No collector or scholar ever met Mr. Dupont although at least one visited the Baccarat factory and asked to meet with him.  The weights stopped appearing in the shop in 1934.

In 1952, Paul Jokelson approached Baccarat with the idea of making sulphide paperweights again.  In 1953 Baccarat resumed paperweight production with a series of sulphide paperweights the first of which were the unsuccessful Eisenhower sulphide followed by the Queen Elizabeth coronation sulphide.  Millefiori paperweight production was resumed in 1957 and lampwork paperweights were re-introduced in the early 1970s.  Baccarat stopped making this type of fine glass paperweights in 2002.

You can read more about the Baccarat paperweights in the new book Baccarat Paperweights - two centuries of beauty by Paul Dunlop or one of the older books on paperweights in general, such as The Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights by Paul Hollister or World Paperweights by Robert Hall.

Large Size:  2 13/16" diameter by just under 1 1/2" high.    The red transparent base is ground flat.  The paperweight is faceted with one large top facet and six side facets and is footed. 
Signature:  The paperweight has a "B" incised on the edge of the sulphide and an acid etched Baccarat mark on the base.  The sulphide is also signed with an incised "G. POILLERAT 1955" on the edge.   
Condition:   Excellent condition.  I found no damage except for minor wear on the base.  There is, however, a bubble or striation or a piece of debris in the glass below the surface.  This does not look like damage (see the picture with red arrow).

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G. POILLERAT 1955 incised on sulphide
B incised on sulphide and bubble or striation below surface of glass
$49 postage paid in the US.                         Added 8/13/2017. 

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Baccarat 1970 President James Monroe Sulphide on Red Ground
549 Magnum Murano Faceted Close Concentric Mushroom Millefiori Paperweight.   circa 1960.  This paperweight has a concentric pattern of millefiori arranged in four circle around a central millefiori cane.  There is an outer ring of blue canes with green centers, then a ring of orange canes with blue centers, then a ring of pink canes with green centers, and then the inner ring of yellow canes with blue centers.  The design is close packed over a clear ground.  Underneath is a "mushroom stem" made of white latticinio.  Faceted with a top facet and five side facets.  A attractive paperweight that displays beautifully.
 
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:   3 1/2" diameter by 2 11/16" high.  The base is ground flat.  Faceted with a top facet and five side facets.  It weighs 27 ounces. 
Condition:    Very good condition.  There are no chips or cracks.  On close examination I found some faint scratches, but nothing that detracts from the way the paperweight displays.
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee that this paperweight was made on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy. 

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$135 postage paid in the US.            Added 8/12/2017 

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Magnum Murano Faceted Close Concentric Mushroom Millefiori Paperweight
3412 Very Early Magnum Robert Eickholt Abstract Iridescent Paperweight.  dated 1982.  This paperweight has an abstract design of iridescent valleys and peaks with colors progressing from white or very light blue to dark blue.  The design is amazing.  This inner textured design is encased in an outer layer of clear glass.  It is signed "Eickholt 1982" on the base. This is one of the earliest paperweights by Robert Eickholt. 

Robert Eickholt has been making glass paperweights since 1978 when he founded Eickholt Glass in Columbus, Ohio.  His designs often make use of precious metals such as gold and silver, and rare oxides such as cobalt and copper.  In later paperweights by Eickholt the design moved to the interior and veiling techniques began to appear. He retired from full time glassworking in 2013, but still creates beautiful glass on a part time basis.

Very Large Size:  3 1/8" diameter by 3 3/16" high.  The bottom is ground flat.
Signature: Signed "Eickholt 1982" on the base. 
Condition:  Excellent condition. There are no chips or cracks.  I could find no scratches on the body, but there is some wear on the base.   

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$89 postage paid in the US.                      Added 8/12/2017     

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4953 Baccarat Lilac Colored Opaline Agate Paperweight.  circa 1960s.  This modern paperweight is simply an opaque lilac colored Baccarat paperweight with no additional ornamental features.  An interesting addition to any collection of Baccarat paperweights. 

The Opaline series acknowledges Baccarat's antique opaline production.  In the 1820s, before the first paperweights, Baccarat made objects of clear crystal and opaline.  As they developed new products to compete with Bohemian glass, they developed colored crystal and other specialty glasses including one called Agate.  The book Baccarat Paperweights - two centuries of beauty by Paul Dunlop includes a picture of an powder blue opaline patch box.  The modern Opaline Agate series were issued in several colors including lilac, green, and powder blue.  Some are decorated with fleur de lis, some with bees, and some are plain like this example. 

Baccarat was founded in 1776 in Alsace-Lorraine with the name of Verrerie de Sainte Anne.  The original location was near the town of Baccarat.  Today the firm is known as Compagnie des Cristalleries de Baccarat.  Most collectors refer to three periods of Baccarat paperweight production.

  • 1845-1860 - Classic period
  • 1920-1934 - Dupont period
  • 1953-2002 - Modern period

In 1952, Paul Jokelson approached Baccarat with the idea of making sulphide paperweights again.  In 1953 Baccarat resumed paperweight production with a series of sulphide paperweights the first of which were the unsuccessful Eisenhower sulphide followed by the Queen Elizabeth coronation sulphide.  Millefiori paperweight production was resumed in 1957 and lampwork paperweights were re-introduced in the early 1970s.  Baccarat stopped making this type of fine glass paperweights in 2002.  The opaline agate series were made in the 1960s or early 1970s.

You can read more about the Baccarat paperweights in the new book Baccarat Paperweights - two centuries of beauty by Paul Dunlop or one of the older books on paperweights in general, such as The Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights by Paul Hollister or World Paperweights by Robert Hall.

Size:  Just under 2 5/8" diameter by just over 1 7/8" high.    The base is ground concave. 
Signature:  This paperweight has the Baccarat acid etched mark in the center of the base plus the words "OPALINE AGATE".     
Condition:   Very good to excellent condition.  I found some tiny depressions in the finish, but believe they are not damage but were intended to create the agate texture.  I have seen the same depressions in other opaline agate paperweights.

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$135 postage paid in the US.                         Added 8/8/2017. 

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3510 Early Perthshire 1971 PP11 Limited Edition Large Spaced Millefiori Paperweight.  dated 1971. This is an early limited edition spaced millefiori paperweight with twelve complex millefiori plus a complex signature date cane.  The ground is a white lace.  The paperweight is signed with a "P1971" date cane in the center of the design.  This particular version of the PP11 was made only for three years, from 1969 to 1971.  This paperweight does not have a paper label.  It comes with an early Perthshire box.  A very nice early example. 

The Perthshire PP11 design was made from 1969 to 1992, although the design changed several times over the years.  From 1969 to 1971 were made the same way as this example.  In 1972 and later, Perthshire added one or more silhouette canes.  Other changes were made in subsequent years.

Perthshire was a small company in Crieff, Scotland that was devoted to the creation of quality glass paperweights. They stopped production in January 2002 after more than 30 years of production. Their paperweights were consistently high in quality and yet remained reasonable in price.  There are three books on Perthshire Paperweights.  If you collect Perthshire paperweights, you should have them in your library.

The birth of Scottish paperweight making is credited to the glass making family of Salvador Ysart, who moved to Crieff, Scotland in 1922. They worked first at John Moncrieff Ltd and made the earliest Scottish paperweights during that period. In 1946 Salvadore and his sons Augustine and Vincent founded Ysart Brothers Glass and produced glass wares under the Vasart label. Salvador Ysart died in 1955 The company name was later changed to Vasart Glass. Stuart Drysdale was hired manage the business side of the enterprise in 1960. The company evolved into a new company Strathearn owned by Teachers Whiskey. In 1967 Drysdale was sent a magazine article on antique paperweights (Woman's Day, July 1965). The inspired him to try to produce weights comparable to the French antiques. With this goal in mind, he and several of the glass workers left Strathearn to found Perthshire in 1968.

Large Size:  2 5/8" diameter by 1 15/16" high.  The base is ground flat. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No scratches, chips, or cracks.   The box has a small spot with its covering missing.
Signature:  Signed with a Perthshire "P1971" date-signature cane in center of the design.  This paperweight does not have a paper label.  It comes with an early Perthshire box.   

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$245 postage paid in the US.                                                    Added 7/9/2017.   

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3503 Rare Allan Scott John Deacons J Glass Faceted Garlanded Pansy Paperweight.     circa 1978-1983This paperweight features a delightful white edged pansy and bud with stems and leaves surrounded by a miniature garland of alternating green and blue complex millefiori canes.  There is also a complex millefiori cane in the center of the pansy.  It is signed in the garland with a J Glass "J" signature cane and Allan Scott's "A" signature cane.  Allan's "A" cane has a black A on a white background and is surrounded by a ring of white star canes with green backgrounds.  The J Glass "J" cane has a blue J on a white background and is surrounded by a ring of blue canes.  The paperweight is faceted with one top facet and six side facets.

The birth of Scottish paperweight making is credited to the glass making family of Salvador Ysart, who moved to Crieff, Scotland in 1922.  They worked first at John Moncrieff Ltd and made the earliest Scottish paperweights during that period.  In 1946 Salvadore and his sons Augustine and Vincent founded Ysart Brothers Glass and produced glass wares under the Vasart label.  Salvador Ysart died in 1955  The company name was later changed to Vasart Glass.  Strathearn Glass was formed in a reorganization of Vasart glass in 1963. 

John Deacons learned his craft at Strathearn Glass in Crieff, Scotland in 1967. When Perthshire was formed in 1968, he left Strathearn to move to Perthshire and worked there for 10 years before leaving in 1978 to start his own glass studio. He has produced paperweights and other glass objects under a variety of labels, including J Glass, St. Kilda, and now under his own name. Some of the lines were produced simultaneously.  J Glass was produced from 1978 to 1983.  The St. Kilda line was produced from 1978 or 1979 through 1987.  You can read about John Deacons in the book by Hall - Scottish Paperweights

Allan Scott began his paperweight career as a lampworker apprentice with Perthshire Paperweights in 1975.  When John Deacons left Perthshire in 1978 to set up J Glass, Allan Scott and Harry McKay followed John to J Glass.  They stayed at J Glass until it closed in March 1983.  After that, Allan Scott joined Caithness Glass, where he stayed until 2007.

Medium Size:  Just over 2 1/4" diameter by 1 1/2" high. The bottom is ground concave.  The paperweight is faceted with one top facet and six side facets.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks.  There are some tiny bubbles in the glass. 
Signature:  Signed with the J Glass "J" signature cane and Allan Scott's "A" signature cane in the garland.  These are very tiny and are best viewed from the base.  

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$195 postage paid in the US.                Added 7/5/2017

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4946 Baccarat 1953 Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip Sulphide Coronation Sulphide Paperweight with Rose Base.  dated 1953.  This modern sulphide paperweight features a three dimensional figure of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.  The sulphide figure was modeled by Gilbert Poillerat and is signed at the base of the sulphide with an incised "G. POILLERAT".  It was issued to commemorate the coronation of the Queen on June 2, 1953. This paperweight was the first 20th century production sulphide made by Baccarat and marked the return of Baccarat to the production of paperweights.    

As with most Baccarat sulphides of this period, the Coronation sulphide was issued with a number of overlays and different base treatments.  There were 195 overlays (rose and white and blue and white) and 1,492 non-overlay weights, of which only 180 had a uncut rose colored base like this example. 

Sulphides are cast objects (animals, flowers, people) made of a ceramic material that has properties similar to the surrounding glass.  They are normally white, but are also sometimes colored or even painted.  The objects are cast in a mold that copied or made directly from a medallion, coin or sculpture.  The finest French sulphides are cast in a mold made by a skilled artist.  Sometimes a sulphide will have a silvery appearance due to a thin layer of trapped bubbles between the glass and the sulphide itself. 

Baccarat was founded in 1776 in Alsace-Lorraine with the name of Verrerie de Sainte Anne.  The original location was near the town of Baccarat.  Today the firm is known as Compagnie des Cristalleries de Baccarat.  Most collectors refer to three periods of Baccarat paperweight production.

  • 1845-1860 - Classic period
  • 1920-1934 - Dupont period
  • 1953-2002 - Modern period
This classification is definitely an over simplification.  The best millefiori and lampwork paperweights were made during the classic period (1845-1860).   Baccarat continued to make paperweights after the classic period, but little is known about the extent of the product line or who made the paperweights.  What is known is that by 1910, the offering in the catalog had dwindled to pansy paperweights, simple open concentric paperweights, and rock paperweights.  Popular lore attributes 1920-1934 Baccarat paperweights to a Mr. Dupont, who supposedly was the last worker at Baccarat to know the secrets of paperweight making.  These paperweights were sold at a Baccarat retail shop in Paris. No collector or scholar ever met Mr. Dupont although at least one visited the Baccarat factory and asked to meet with him.  The weights stopped appearing in the shop in 1934.

New research of the Baccarat archives has identified the actual makers during the Dupont period as Joseph Boyé (1877-1948)and Louis Idoux (1882-1941).  Boyé is recorded as the maker of millefiori canes and millefiori paperweights during this period (1920-1934). Very little is known about Mr. Boyé, but there is enough similarity in the millefiori canes to suggest that he had access to the original molds or some of the original millefiori canes from the classic period.  He later trained another glassworker, Georges Brocard, to make open concentric paperweights in 1946.  Armed with this knowledge, Brocard was influential in the revival of paperweight making at Baccarat in the 1950s.  Louis Idoux is recorded as making the Baccarat pansy paperweights during the 1920-1934 period.

In 1952, Paul Jokelson approached Baccarat with the idea of making sulphide paperweights again.  In 1953 Baccarat resumed paperweight production with a series of sulphide paperweights the first of which were the unsuccessful Eisenhower sulphide followed by the Queen Elizabeth coronation sulphide.  Millefiori paperweight production was resumed in 1957 and lampwork paperweights were re-introduced in the early 1970s.  Baccarat stopped making this type of fine glass paperweights in 2002.

You can read more about the Baccarat paperweights in the new book Baccarat Paperweights - two centuries of beauty by Paul Dunlop or one of the older books on paperweights in general, such as The Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights by Paul Hollister or World Paperweights by Robert Hall.

Large Size:  Just over 2 11/16" diameter by just over 1 5/8" high.    The rose colored base is ground flat. 
Signature:  The weight is engraved "BACCARAT 1953" on the side near the base.  The sulphide is signed with an incised "G. POILLERAT" on the edge.   
Condition:   Very good condition.  The only damage found was a pinprick on the dome (marked with an arrow in one of the pictures) and scratches on the base (shown in another picture).  
 

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Pinprick on dome
$95 postage paid in the US.                         Added 7/4/2017. 

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4390 Large Antique Boston & Sandwich Glass Company (B&S) Robins Egg Blue Double Poinsettia on a Blue and White Jasper Ground Paperweight.  circa 1871 - 1888.  This is an antique Boston and Sandwich Double Poinsettia with a two rings of five robins egg blue petals arranged around unique millefiori cane center.  The millefiori center is a three layer design, with a green tube center, surrounded by a blue and white eight cog pattern, and surrounded again by a five sided pink and white exterior that matches the pattern of the five adjoining petals.  There are carefully placed bubbles between each pair of petals to simulate dew drops.  The two well formed v-crimp leaves and a stem complete the flower.  It is placed over a transparent blue and white jasper ground.  This is an extra large example with a great flower and great millefiori center. 

The Boston & Sandwich Glass Company (B&S) operated in Sandwich , Massachusetts on Cape Cod from 1826 to 1888.  You can read about paperweights from B&S in the books by John Hawley.  The Art of the Paperweight  - The Boston & Sandwich and New England Glass Companies covers both B&S and NEGC.  There is also a new book The Art of the Paperweight:  The Boston & Sandwich Glass Company.   NEGC also made poinsettia weights but the style of NEGC weights is usually distinctively different. 

Large Size:  3" diameter by 2 1/16" high.  The base is ground concave. 
Condition:  Very good condition for its age.  This paperweight has a few light scratches and minor abrasions on the surface, but no chips or cracks. It may have been polished in the past.  It displays beautifully.
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee this to be an authentic Boston & Sandwich antique paperweight.  Circa 1869 - 1888. 

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$595 postage paid in the US.              Added 7/2/2017

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3354 Modern St. Louis 1789-1989 Bicentenary Millefiori Swirl Crown Paperweight with Box.   dated 1989.  This is a modern St. Louis swirl crown paperweight commemorating the 200th anniversary of start of the French revolution in 1789.  There are four strands of red white and blue cane topped with a red white and blue complex cane with the date 1789-1989.  The bottom is marked on the bottom in gold lettering "BICENTENAIRE DE LA REVOLUTION A.C.Delco Saint-Louis”. This paperweight comes with its original St. Louis box having a plaque reading "SAINT LOUIS CRISTALLIER DEPUIS 1767".

This paperweight is part of a special limited edition series of 400 paperweights issued by St. Louis in 1989.  The normal collector series was marked "BICENTENAIRE DE LA REVOLUTION  Saint-Louis”, without the reference to AC Delco, an electronics manufacturer.  I have not been able to determine whether the weights marked AC Delco are part of the series of 400 or a special commission in addition to the normal run of 400. 

Note:  The date cane on top of this paperweight is faint and the "9" is squeezed in at the right of both dates (1989 and 1789). 

Cristalleries de Saint Louis was founded in 1767 in Lorraine, which became part of France in 1766.  The region was already home to several glassworks.  Paperweight production started at St. Louis in 1845 and most likely continued until about 1860.  Although the modern production of paperweights started in 1952, the output of millefiori and lampwork paperweights was small.  Fewer than 400 lampwork and millefiori paperweights were made between 1952 and 1955.  They were not all signed or dated.  The most successful product of this early revival period was the Queen Elizabeth sulphide which was made to commemorate her coronation in 1953.  After 1955, no additional weights were made at St. Louis until 1965.  In 1965 the factory resumed production of lampwork and millefiori paperweights and then in 1967 they began a series of sulphide weights.  Finally, in 1970 they started producing annual limited edition paperweights.  In addition to the three types already mentioned, millefiori, lampwork, and sulphide paperweights, St. Louis also made a small number of designs with gold inclusions. 

Size:  2 11/16" diameter by 2" high. The bottom is ground concave.
Signature: Signed Saint-Louis in gold lettering on the base.  It also comes with its original St. Louis box.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no no cracks or chips. No scratches found on inspection.  The date canes are difficult to read.

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$295 postage paid in the US.                           Added 7/1/2017  

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2116 Rare Phoenix Paperweights 2003 Closepack Millefiori Paperweight.  Dated 2003. This paperweight has a closepacked design of hundreds of millefiori canes over a very dark green ground.  The ground has aventurine in it which gives it a glittery appearance.  Set in the midst of the canes is a signature PP cane (although it is reversed).  The paperweight is also signed on the base "PHOENIX 2003".  A rare find from a company that was in business for less than two years.  

Phoenix Paperweights was a small company started by William Manson Sr. to engage three workers from Perthshire after Perthshire closed in January 2002.  They only lasted a year and issued paperweights in 2002 and 2003 before closing in August 2003.  Phoenix operated in the Manson works in Perth, Scotland.  The glass workers were William Manson Sr., David McNichol (paperweight maker), Duncan Smith(lampworking), and Gordon Taylor (glass cutter).  Some of the lampwork was also done by Rosette Fleming.  The 2003 Phoenix catalog lists William Manson Paperweights as the distributor. 

Large Size:  Just over 2 7/8" diameter by 1 7/8" high. The base is ground concave in the center.
Condition:  Very good condition.  There is one tiny faint 1/16" circular impact mark on the dome but no other other damage with the exception of faint wear on the base.
Signature:  Signed "PHOENIX 2003" on the base.  There is also a PP signature cane in the design (although it is reversed). 

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$295 postage paid in the US.                         Added 6/20/2017.    

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2202 Whitefriars 1978 Cone Shaped Faceted Concentric Millefiori Paperweight.   dated 1978.  This paperweight has five concentric rings of star and cog canes (green, yellow, red, green, and purple) around a complex center cane.  The center cane consists of two additional rings of millefiori. There are six elongated side facets and one top facet.  Typical heavy Whitefriars lead crystal.  It is signed in cane with a Whitefriars signature cane with a white monk and the date 1978.  There is also a paper label "WHITEFRIARS FULL LED CRYSTAL MADE IN ENGLAND".

Modern Whitefriars paperweights are prized by collectors for their high quality glass and millefiori designs. The limited edition paperweights with mosaic canes are especially sought after.  The name Whitefriars Glass dates from sometime in the 1600s.  The original site had been occupied by a community of Carmelite monks known as White Friars, hence the name taken by the glass company.  Some sources state that at least a portion of the company operated under the name of James Powell and Sons from 1834 to 1962.  Other sources state that the Whitefriars name was used from 1680 to 1980.

Limited production of millefiori paperweights and other millefiori items started some time in the 1930s and first appeared in the 1938 catalog.  Millefiori items were made using English full lead crystal (33% lead oxide).  It is difficult to associate specific paperweights with this production.  After 1945, they made colored glass and bubble design paperweights until the modern millefiori production started about 1951.  Even then relatively few designs were produced until the 1970s.  In 1980, Whitefriars glass went out of business. After Whitefriars Glass was liquidated, Caithness Glass purchased the rights to the name and produced paperweights under the Whitefriars name for awhile.

For a long time, collectors believed that English paperweights and inkwells dated 1848 and similar undated items were made by Whitefriars.  The dates, however, are false dates and have been traced to production at Arculus and Walsh-Walsh in the 1920s and 1930s. Most paperweights referred to as old Whitefriars or antique Whitefriars were, in fact, made by other factories such as Richardson, Arculus, Walsh-Walsh,or one of the unidentified Old English factories.  When the maker can not be identified, it is best to call them Old English paperweights and not associate them with Whitefriars.

Large Size:  3" diameter by 3" tall.  It is faceted with one top facet and six side facets.  The bottom is ground concave with the millefiori set close to the base (typical of Whitefriars weights).
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks or scratches. 
Signature:  Signed with a Whitefriars signature / date cane showing a Whitefriar and the date 1978.    It also has the Whitefriars paper label. 

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$335 postage paid in the US.  Price reduced from $435                        Added 6/18/2017.  

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4810 Mayauel Ward Yellow Flower and Bud Paperweight.   dated 2003.  This compound three-dimensional paperweight features a large pale yellow (almost white) five petal flower and bud with stems and leaves over a lilac ground.  The paperweight is three dimensional with two layers of lampwork above the ground.  Mayauel has integrated the layers so the bud is almost hiding among the foliage and the stems wrap under the edge of the ground.  Signed and dated "Mayauel Ward 2003" on the base.  This is a wonderful paperweight. 

Mayauel Ward is one of the premier lampwork artists working today. He started with a glass class taught by Stuart Abelman at El Camino College. After completing his studies, he went to work at Correia Glass where he worked with Ken Rosenfeld.  In 1979 he joined the Abelman Glass Studio where he started making lampwork designs in 1987.  Although he continued to work at Abelman Glass, he also built a studio in his home in Manhattan Beach, CA.  His work is uniquely his own although he gets inspiration from the fine lampwork designs of Paul Stankard and Chris Buzzini.  There are articles about Mayauel Ward in the 1997 and 2006 issues of the Annual Bulletin of the Paperweight Collectors Association.

Size:   Just over 2 5/8" diameter by just over 2 3/8" tall.  The base is ground flat.
Signature:   Signed "Mayauel Ward 2003" on the base. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks or chips.  I could not find any scratches. 

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$245 postage paid in the US.                       Added 6/15/2017

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2373 Large Bubble Dump Paperweight by Unknown Maker.   This is a large dump shaped paperweight with a random pattern of bubbles.  It is possibly made of bottle glass as a whimsy by workers in a bottle factory. 

Although this is similar to antique English green dumps, I do not believe it is English nor do I believe it is an antique.  As such, I can only attribute it to an unknown maker in an unspecified country.  

Large Size:  Just over 2 13/16" diameter by just under 3 1/2" tall.  The base has been ground flat with a rough surface.
Condition:  Good condition with only a few surface scratches.  It does however have a 1" chip on the base as shown in the pictures.   
Signature:  Unsigned.  I do not know the age, maker, or country of origin for this paperweight.   

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SOLD.                            Added 6/15/2017

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3691 Early Bill Slade Large Silver Veiled Translucent Blue and Green Compound Abstract Paperweight.  dated 1983.  This paperweight has many layers of swirling translucent pale green and blue veiling.  It is a magical technique that creates an image of fluid motion within the glass.  It is signed on the side near the base "B. SLADE '83".  A dramatic complex paperweight created in the earliest years of this technique. 

This paperweight has a "veil" effect created by using a metallic powder in the glass.  The veiling technique was first developed by Dominic Labino worked back in the early 1970s.  Later it was used by Harvey Littleton (1980) Ed Nesteruk (1982), Bill Slade (1983), and Michael O'Keefe (1984).  

Bill Slade, born in 1953, was educated at Jacksonville University (Florida).  He has been working in glass for since the late 1970s and today works with his son Jonathan at their studio Slade Art Glass in Jacksonville, Florida.  They make a variety of glass objects including vessels, paperweights, and sculptural pieces.  Bill has taught glass at Jacksonville University and other places.  He has received many awards and is in the permanent collections of several major museums, including the Corning Museum of Glass, Bergstrom Mahler Museum, WheatonArts Museum of American Glass, and the Chrysler Museum.

Large Size:  3" diameter by 2 5/16" high.  The bottom is ground flat. 
Signature: Signed on the side near the base "B. SLADE '83". 
Condition:  Excellent condition. No chips or cracks or scratches found on inspection.    

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$165 postage paid in the US.                      Added 6/13/2017   

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3689 Large Gentile Glass Paperweight Pen Holdercirca 1950-1975.  This paperweight pen holder features a red, white, and yellow center core surrounded by a layer of controlled bubbles.  There are four receptacles for pens and pencils.  The paperweight is unsigned but is definitely a product of Gentile Glass from Star City, WV.  A fun item.  

The original glass worker in the Gentile family was Peter Gentile, born in Naples, Italy in 1884.  He worked in Naples(Italy), Rochester (Pennsylvania), and Morgantown (West Virginia) before building his own factory in Star City (West Virginia) in 1947.  His sons, Frankie, John and Joe Gentile helped him make paperweights in the off hours at the Guild Factory in Morgantown.   However, most paperweight production since WWII has been associated with Peter, John, or John's wife Gertrude Gentile.  Few weights were signed prior to1963.  It is believed that Gentile Glass remained in production until 2006.  Most, if not all, paperweights produced from 1975 on were signed. For more information, you can read about the Gentiles in the book American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers by Jean Melvin (1967 and 1970)

Large Size:  3 1/8" diameter by 3 3/8" high.  The center of the base is ground. 
Condition:  Very good condition although it has a small 1/4" chip on the base where the pontil used to be.  No other chips or cracks or scratches were found.  
Signature:  Unsigned but this is definitely a Gentile Glass product.  

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$49 postage paid in the US.           Added 6/11/2017  

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4292 Perthshire 1996 PP47 Limited Edition Miniature Latticinio Millefiori Paperweight.  dated 1996. This is small sized millefiori paperweight with five picture canes separated by complex millefiori canes surrounding a blue lampwork flower and bud.  The design is set on a white latticinio ground.  The picture canes are of a panda, sailboat, locomotive, horse and rider, and a dog.  It is signed and dated on the base with a "P1996" signature cane.  It comes with its original box and certificate stating that it is number 102 out of a limited edition of 250 paperweights.  It  also has a Perthshire paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND".  This is a really flashy paperweight with great color. 

Perthshire calls this a miniature, but it is slightly larger than a true miniature.  Although the PP47 was made from 1981 to 2002, the design varied each year.  This particular design was made only in 1996. 

Perthshire was a small company in Crieff, Scotland that was devoted to the creation of quality glass paperweights. They stopped production in January 2002 after more than 30 years of production. Their paperweights were consistently high in quality and yet remained reasonable in price.  There are three books on Perthshire Paperweights.  If you collect Perthshire paperweights, you should have them in your library. 

The birth of Scottish paperweight making is credited to the glass making family of Salvador Ysart, who moved to Crieff, Scotland in 1922. They worked first at John Moncrieff Ltd and made the earliest Scottish paperweights during that period. In 1946 Salvadore and his sons Augustine and Vincent founded Ysart Brothers Glass and produced glass wares under the Vasart label. Salvador Ysart died in 1955 The company name was later changed to Vasart Glass. Stuart Drysdale was hired manage the business side of the enterprise in 1960. The company evolved into a new company Strathearn owned by Teachers Whiskey. In 1967 Drysdale was sent a magazine article on antique paperweights (Woman's Day, July 1965). The inspired him to try to produce weights comparable to the French antiques. With this goal in mind, he and several of the glass workers left Strathearn to found Perthshire in 1968.

Size: 2 1/16" diameter by just over 1 9/16" high.  The base is ground concave. 
Signature:  This paperweight has a Perthshire complex "P1996" signature cane in the base.  It comes with its original box and certificate stating that it is number 102 out of a limited edition of 250 paperweights.  It  also has a Perthshire paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND". 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches.  The previous owner wrote his inventory number (380) on the Perthshire label and on the box. 

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$275 postage paid in the US.                            Added 6/11/2017   

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2859 Rare Antique Bohemian Engraved Paperweight of Pope Pius IX, probably by the Friedrich Egermann Glassworks.  Circa 1846-1880.  Interesting antique paperweight with a profile of Pope Pius IX engraved deeply in the base through the amber stain ground.  The image of Pope Pius is engraved with considerable detail and skill.  The glass is a heavy lead crystal with a thin amber stain on the base.  Unfortunately, the paperweight has extensive wear on the base.  Probably made by the Friedrich Egermann glassworks.  A rare paperweight. 

Pope Pius IX, born Giovanni Maria Mastai-Ferretti, reigned as Pope from 16 June 1846 to his death in 1878. He was the longest-reigning elected pope in the history of the Catholic Church, serving for over 31 years.

Bohemian Glass generally refers to the glass made in the regions that form the border area between the Czech Republic, Poland, and Germany.  Most of these areas are now parts of the western Czech Republic.  Friedrich  Egermann (1777-1864) of Haida (now Nový Bor in the Czech Republic) is credited with developing the process used to create yellow/amber and red/ruby stains.  These stains, sometimes called flash layers, are thin layers of transparent glass much thinner than the overlay process used by other glassworks.  The amber stain is created by coating the surface of the glass with a silver salt made into a paste and firing the glass.  The ruby stain uses a copper salt.  The process is sometimes repeated more than once.  In his second book, Classic Paperweights from Silesia / Bohemia, von Brackel argues that the Egermann Glassworks is the likely source of this type of  paperweight.  

Large Size:  3 1/16" diameter by 1 3/4" high. The base is concave with an amber stain.  The image of the pope is engraved into the base. 
Condition: Poor condition. The base has significant damage from wear as shown in the pictures.  Although the body has only a few minor scratches, it is unlikely that this paperweight could be restored without removing the yellow/amber stain ground.   
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this is an antique paperweight from Bohemia.  

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$165 postage paid in the US.                            Added 6/10/2017

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2254 Antique Thuringia Lauscha Bohemia Millefiori Paperweight with  Name Plaque "Hauptm. Karl".  Circa 1870 - 1940.  Colorful antique paperweight with colorful millefiori canes arranged around a central name plaque.  The name "Hauptm. Karl" is probably an abbreviation of "Hauptmann Karl", meaning Captain Karl or leader Karl.  The complex millefiori canes repeat in alternating patterns to make up the design with 26 canes in all.  The pattern is arranged over a multicolored frit ground.  There are some wonderful complex canes in this paperweight.  An interesting example of a type of weight that is becoming more in demand as collectors learn more about the various Bohemian factories and eastern Germany factories.  This is a relatively rare item.

The maker of this paperweight is unknown, except that it is believed to originate in the region along the Czech - German border, hence the label Bohemian.  Similar paperweights have are on display in the museum in Lauscha and are identified as being from Lauscha in Thuringia.   The area was part of Bohemia prior to WWI.  

Similar examples can be found in the book by von Brackel, Paperweights: Historicism - Art Nouveau - Art Deco - 1842 to Today   See pages 90-95 and figure 507 on page 221. 

Large Size:  2 3/4" diameter by 1 11/16" high. The base is ground flat with a matte finish.  There is a depression remaining from the pontil mark in the center.
Condition: Very good condition for its age.  There are some scratches on the surface and one noticeable 1/16" nick on the side (shown in one of the pictures).   
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this is paperweight is from the regions described (Bohemia or Silesia or Thuringia) and was most likely made pre-WWII.

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$195 postage paid in the US.                            Added 6/6/2017

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3026 Very Early Ray Banford Miniature Cherries on Snow Paperweight.    circa  1971-1974.  This miniature paperweight has three bright red cherries on a white snow ground.  There are also stems and leaves and a piece of a branch.  It is a very early paperweight made by Ray Banford.  Signed on the base "Ray Banford".  

Ray Banford worked in Southampton, NJ.  He started making paperweights in 1971 along with his son, Bob Banford.  He continued to make paperweights until his death in 2003.  Bob and Ray did not date their paperweights.  By 1975 both Ray and Bob were using signature canes, so this paperweight predates that use.

Miniature Size:    2" diameter by 1 3/16" high.  The bottom is ground flat.  
Signature:  Signed on the base "Ray Banford".
Condition:  Very good condition.  One tiny chip (less than 1/16") as shown in the pictures.  No other chips, cracks, or scratches. 

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$135 postage paid in the US.                      Added 6/4/2017    

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4907 Large Daniel Salazar Lundberg Studios Blue Angelfish and Anemones Compound Paperweight.   dated 1998.  This paperweight by Daniel Salazar features a large blue angelfish swimming inside a garland of blue and green anemones.  The green anemones are on a vine that wraps around to the edge of the ground.  They appear to depict a plant rather than sea anemones.  The blue sea anemones are free standing.  This is a compound composition and is very three dimensional with three layers of lampwork over a translucent blue ground. Signed and dated on the edge "Daniel Salazar Lundberg Studios 1998" along with a registration number "031351".  It also has a Daniel Salazar "D.S." lampwork signature on the underside of the ground.  Perfect condition.  A wonderful paperweight. 

The list price for this paperweight in May 2010 was $420.  It is also the current list price shown on the Lundberg web page.  My price is 30% lower. 

In 1970 James Lundberg founded a small "backyard" studio Nouveau Glass in San Jose, California.  He was joined by his brother Steven Lundberg, Daniel Salazar, David Salazar, and several other glass artists.  The first paperweights were made in 1972.  They were known for their surface decorated designs and torchwork and later for their lampwork.  In 1973 the firm was renamed Lundberg Studios and moved to Davenport, California.  James died in an accident in 1991. Steven left Lundberg Studios in 1997 and set up his own studio.  He died from ALS in 2008.   Although in later years, each paperweight produced at Lundberg Studios was signed and dated by the studio and signed by the artist, the earliest paperweights did not have the artists signature.. 

Daniel Salazar is one of the lead gaffers at Lundberg Studios in Davenport, California and is their primary paperweight designer and maker.  He joined Lundberg in 1975. 

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Large Size:   2 3/4" diameter by 2 5/16" high. The base is ground concave. 
Signature: Signed on the side near the base "Daniel Salazar Lundberg Studios 1998" along with a registration number "031351".  It also has a Daniel Salazar "D.S." lampwork signature under the ground. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips or scratches.  

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SOLD.                                                                       Added 5/28/2017

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3176 Peter McDougall Karen Maxwell Limited Edition 2011 Christmas Paperweight.   circa 2011Attractive limited edition Christmas paperweight featuring a three dimensional bouquet of a Poinsettia, Christmas Rose, and Holly with stems, berries, and leaves.  The bouquet was made by Karen Maxwell and is set on a clear ground  crown paperweight with a dramatic star cut base.  The paperweight is faceted with a top facet and six side facets.  It is signed at the base of the bouquet with a complex cane made from four separate letter canes forming the signature PMcD.  It also has a paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Hand Made in Crieff Scotland."  It also comes with its original laminated certificate stating that it is Number 15 out of a limited edition of 40 paperweights.  The paperweight is also marked 15/40 on the side near base. 

Peter McDougall issued a Christmas paperweight each year.  I have most of these in stock.  Please contact me if you are looking for a different year. 

Peter McDougall started his glassmaking career as an apprentice at Strathearn Glass in Crieff, Scotland back in the 1960s.  When Perthshire was formed in 1968, he left Strathearn to move to Perthshire and worked there in many positions, eventually becoming Manager and Chief Glassmaker.   Perthshire Paperweights closed early in 2002 after the death of the owner Neil Drysdale.  Peter McDougall then made high quality glass paperweights at his own glass studio, PMcD Glass Studio Ltd. in Crieff, Scotland from 2002 until early 2012.  The studio is now closed but Peter plans to continue to make a limited number of paperweights in the future.

Karen Maxwell did the lampwork for this paperweight.  She previously worked at Perthshire Paperweights and is identified as the lampwork artist on several Peter McDougall paperweights.  I was unable to learn anything more about her background. 

Small Size:  2  1/4" diameter by just over 1 3/4" high. 
Condition:  Outstanding condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed with a complex "PMcD" cane on the base.  It also has a paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Hand Made in Crieff Scotland." 

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$450 postage paid in the US.                             Added 4/9/2017    $450 postage paid in the US.     This one is SOLD, but I have another identical paperweight for sale.  Please inquire if interested and I will post pictures.

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4789 Large Perthshire PP1 Paneled Millefiori Paperweight. circa 1982-2001A large patterned millefiori paperweight with 10 sections of floral millefiori canes over an almost opaque black ground.  The central design consists of two rings around a central signature cane.  This paperweight dates from 1982 or later when Perthshire changed the PP1 pattern to have 10 sections, each with a 1-1-2-3 pattern of canes.  The paneled sections are surrounded by an outer ring of twists and then an outer ring of canes.  It is signed in the center with Perthshire's "P' signature cane and also has a paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND".  A stunning paperweight with great color. 

Perthshire was a small company in Crieff, Scotland that was devoted to the creation of quality glass paperweights. They stopped production in January 2002 after more than 30 years of production. Their paperweights were consistently high in quality and yet remained reasonable in price.  There are three books on Perthshire Paperweights.  If you collect Perthshire paperweights, you should have them in your library. 

The birth of Scottish paperweight making is credited to the glass making family of Salvador Ysart, who moved to Crieff, Scotland in 1922. They worked first at John Moncrieff Ltd and made the earliest Scottish paperweights during that period. In 1946 Salvadore and his sons Augustine and Vincent founded Ysart Brothers Glass and produced glass wares under the Vasart label. Salvador Ysart died in 1955 The company name was later changed to Vasart Glass. Stuart Drysdale was hired manage the business side of the enterprise in 1960. The company evolved into a new company Strathearn owned by Teachers Whiskey. In 1967 Drysdale was sent a magazine article on antique paperweights (Woman's Day, July 1965). The inspired him to try to produce weights comparable to the French antiques. With this goal in mind, he and several of the glass workers left Strathearn to found Perthshire in 1968.

Large Size:  2 15/16" in diameter by 2 1/8" high.  The bottom is ground concave. 
Signature:  It is signed in the center of the design with Perthshire's "P' signature cane and also has a paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND". 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches.  Some minor wear on the base. 

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$185 postage paid in the US.                                     Added 4/2/2017. 

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4862 Large 1997 Baccarat Crescent Moon and Stars Millefiori Paperweight. dated 1997.  Modern Baccarat paperweight with an interesting design consisting of a millefiori crescent moon and yellow millefiori stars on a translucent blue ground.  The crescent moon is made up of three rows of millefiori star canes.  Each of the outer two rows contain a miniature crescent moon in the center.  There is also a complex signature cane with a B1997 date.  Unfortunately the date is flipped upside down.  "Baccarat" is engraved on the side and the aid etch Baccarat logo is on the base.  Perfect condition.  This very hard to find non-traditional design will be a welcome addition to any collection of Baccarat paperweights. 

Large Size:  2 3/4" diameter by 2 1/16" high.  The bottom is ground flat. 
Condition: Excellent condition. 
Signature:  Made by Baccarat in France in 1997.  Signed with a "B1997" in cane in the design.  The date is reversed.  It also has the acid etch Baccarat logo on the base and "Baccarat" engraved on the side. 

Baccarat was founded in 1776 in Alsace-Lorraine with the name of Verrerie de Sainte Anne.  The original location was near the town of Baccarat.  Today the firm is known as Compagnie des Cristalleries de Baccarat.  Most collectors refer to three periods of Baccarat paperweight production.

  •     1845-1860 - Classic period
  •     1900-1934 - Dupont period
  •     1953 - on - Modern period
This classification is definitely an over simplification as it is likely that Baccarat made some paperweights on and off through most of 19th century.  The best millefiori and lampwork paperweights were made during the classic period (1845-1860).  Pansy weights and rock weights continued in production until much later.  Some paperweights are identified as Dupont period and were made at the end of the 19th Century or early in the 20th century.

Baccarat started making modern millefiori paperweights in 1957.  According to Paul Dunlop ( Baccarat Paperweights:  Two Centuries of Beauty ), Baccarat started making the modern spaced millefiori paperweights on muslin or lace in 1958 and continued making undated examples until the limited editions were started in 1970.  The exception is 1964 when special versions were produced for Baccarat's 200th anniversary.

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$595 postage paid in the US.          Added 3/12/2017

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4806 Large Ed Rithner Multi-Colored Candy Cane Millefiori Paperweight. circa 1940-1970.  A wonderful example of a relatively rare style of paperweight.  The millefiori canes are striped lengthwise and are placed over a transparent turquoise  ground.  The canes are various colors of red, blue, green, and white. A classic Rithner design. 

A wonderful example of a relatively rare style of paperweight.  Please ignore the white areas in the pictures; they are caused by the light. 

Ed Rithner worked in Wellsburg, West Virginia from 1908 to the 1970s or later.  You can read about Ed Rithner in Jean Melvin's book on American Glass Paperweights and their Makers .  All of Rithner's weights are unsigned. 

Large Size:  Just under 3 3/16" diameter by 1 7/8" high.  The base is fire finished and then ground to a matte finish in the center to remove the pontil mark. The profile is relatively flat. 
Condition:   Excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.  There are some bubbles and minor striations in the glass. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this to be a paperweight by Ed Rithner from 1940 - 1970.  As is typical of Ed Rithner paperweights there are small bubbles in the design.  The bottom finish is typical of Rithner, with the remnants of the pontil mark ground out with a frosted finish. 

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$125 postage paid in the US.                             Added 2/26/2017 

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2637 Magnum 1975 Baccarat Limited Edition Grapes Paperweight. dated 1975.  Classical design with a lampwork cluster of dark purple grapes with leaves and tendrils over an opaque white milk glass ground.  It is signed with a Baccarat signature cane "B 1975" and also signed again on the bottom with the Baccarat logo.  Perfect execution.  A magnificent paperweight. 

This is a hard to find Baccarat paperweight.   The design was produced only in 1975 in a limited edition of 260 paperweights.  This is number 164 in that series.  There is a signature cane "B 1975" shown in the pictures.  The bottom has the Baccarat logo plus it is engraved with the year (1975), the number (164) and the size of the series (260).  It is unusual to find a Baccarat paperweight with a white opaque ground as they produced very few designs with this choice of ground.  It works perfectly with the dark purple grape cluster. 

Baccarat currently suggests a retail price of $2,461 for this paperweight, but my price is much lower. 

Very Large Size: Just over 3 1/16" diameter by 2 3/16" high.  The bottom is ground concave. 
Condition: Excellent condition with no cracks or chips or scratches.  It is in perfect original condition. 
Signature:  Made by Baccarat in France in 1975.  Signed in cane and on the bottom. 
Execution:  Perfect execution. 

Baccarat was founded in 1776 in Alsace-Lorraine with the name of Verrerie de Sainte Anne.  The original location was near the town of Baccarat.  Today the firm is known as Compagnie des Cristalleries de Baccarat.  Most collectors refer to three periods of Baccarat paperweight production.

  •     1845-1860 - Classic period
  •     1900-1934 - Dupont period
  •     1953 - on - Modern period
This classification is definitely an over simplification as it is likely that Baccarat made some paperweights on and off through most of 19th century.  The best millefiori and lampwork paperweights were made during the classic period (1845-1860).  Pansy weights and rock weights continued in production until much later.  Some paperweights are identified as Dupont period and were made at the end of the 19th Century or early in the 20th century.

Baccarat started making modern millefiori paperweights in 1957.  According to Paul Dunlop ( Baccarat Paperweights:  Two Centuries of Beauty ), Baccarat started making the modern spaced millefiori paperweights on muslin or lace in 1958 and continued making undated examples until the limited editions were started in 1970.  The exception is 1964 when special versions were produced for Baccarat's 200th anniversary.

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$595 postage paid in the US.          Added 2/21/2017

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4216 Antique Meisenthal France (Alsace Lorraine)  Five Bubble Pedestal Paperweight Chalice.  circa 1870 - 1914.  Antique paperweight chalice with a five bubble paperweight stem and a glued bowl.  Each bubble is made by piercing the multicolored frit layer and leaving a stem.  There are four outside bubbles and one larger central bubble.  In this example the bowl was made separately and the base of the bowl was ground flat, cut with a star pattern, and then glued to the stem.  There is a gold enamel or paint covering the joint between the bowl and the stem.  The paperweight stem has two collars.  This is a rare item. 

Note:  The bowl is not as deep as what would be expected for a wine glass.  It is possible that it has been cut down or that the intended purpose was different (e.g., a candle holder). 

At first I thought the glued construction was unusual, but von Brackel discusses multiple examples of two part paperweights glued together from this region (France, Germany, Bavaria) in his book Paperweights: Historicism - Art Nouveau - Art Deco - 1842 to Today.      See pages 202-205. 

Meisenthal is in north-eastern France (originally part of Alsace Lorraine).  The village is famous for the Centre International d’Art Verrier (CIAV; international center for studio glass).  Glass has been produced in Meisenthal since the early 18th century, and since the 19th century Christmas decorations from Meisenthal were famous – some say they were invented there.

Large Size:  The bowl is 2 13/16” in diameter, the paperweight stem is 1 7/8” diameter, and the foot is 3 ¾” in diameter.  The entire chalice is 5 7/8” high. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No damage found. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this is an antique paperweight chalice, most likely from the border area between France and Germany. 

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$195 postage paid in the US.                             Added 2/18/2017

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3122 Large Peter McDougall Millefiori Paperweight Pin or Candy Dish With Gold Cross and Garland.  Colorful pin dish or candy dish with a cross of gold complex stardust millefiori canes and an outer garland of simple blue and white canes.  The design is set on a translucent cobalt blue ground.  It is signed with a paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Hand Made in Crieff Scotland." 

Scottish makers have a history of making candy dishes and other shapes out of paperweights when they realize that the product is flawed in some way.  I suspect that they also make these dishes to order.  In this case, I can see no flaws.  A paperweight of this design was originally made by Perthshire exclusively for L.H. Selman, Ltd., so it is possible Peter continued to make the design for Selman after Perthshire closed. 

Peter McDougall started his glassmaking career as an apprentice at Strathearn Glass in Crieff, Scotland back in the 1960s.  When Perthshire was formed in 1968, he left Strathearn to move to Perthshire and worked there in many positions, eventually becoming Manager and Chief Glassmaker.   Perthshire Paperweights closed early in 2002 after the death of the owner Neil Drysdale.  Peter McDougall then made high quality glass paperweights at his own glass studio, PMcD Glass Studio Ltd. in Crieff, Scotland from 2002 until early 2012.  The studio is now closed but Peter plans to continue to make a limited number of paperweights in the future.

Large Size:  3 3/4" diameter by 1 1/2" high. The base is ground concave. 
Condition:  Outstanding condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed with a paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Hand Made in Crieff Scotland." 

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$125 postage paid in the US.           Added 1/22/2017

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4213 Rare Strathearn P4 Madder (Red) Orchid Paperweight.  circa 1965-1979.  This paperweight is Strathearn's P4 Orchid Paperweight.  Although I would describe it as a tulip, Strathearn called it an orchid and described it as "an opening bud encased in clear glass."  It was made in three colors, Turquoise, Madder (a reddish/pink color) and Sepia (a brownish/tan color).  It has seven petals and one stamen.  The paperweight has a worn paper label "STRATHEARN HAND MADE IN SCOTLAND".  The glass has a gray tint.  A great addition to any collection of Scottish paperweights. 

Special thanks to Richard More's Strathearn website for providing the background information on this paperweight.  According to Richard More, the P4 always had three stamen and had a flat base.  This paperweight, however, appears to have only one stamen and the base is ground concave in the center.  The Perthshire PP9 is similar but has a looser design. 

Note:  I had trouble taking pictures due to the gray color of the glass.  As a result, some of the pictures are dark. 

The birth of Scottish paperweight making is credited to the glass making family of Salvador Ysart, who moved to Crieff, Scotland in 1922.  They worked first at John Moncrieff Ltd and made the earliest Scottish paperweights during that period.  In 1946 Salvadore and his sons Augustine and Vincent founded Ysart Brothers Glass and produced glass wares under the Vasart label.  Salvador Ysart died in 1955  The company name was later changed to Vasart Glass.  Strathearn Glass was formed in a reorganization of Vasart glass in 1963.  The new company was owned by Teachers Whiskey.  The factory was taken over by Stuart Glass in 1980, and renamed Stuart Strathearn Ltd.  Production ceased in 1992.

Large Size:   Just under 2 3/4” diameter by 2 1/4” high.  The base is ground concave in the center. 
Condition:  Very good condition.  There are a couple of tiny nicks on the edge of the base and some minor scratches on the base.  No other damage. 
Signature:  The paperweight has a worn paper label "STRATHEARN HAND MADE IN SCOTLAND". 

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$95 postage paid in the US.                             Added 1/22/2017 

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3550 Large Baccarat 1979 Spaced Millefiori on Lace Paperweight.   dated 1979.  This wonderful spaced millefiori paperweight from Baccarat contains an arrangement of 19 complex millefiori canes on a lace or upset muslin ground.  The canes are intricate and very colorful.  See the close-up picture for more detail.  It is signed with a Baccarat etched logo on the base.  The edition number 17 is also engraved base over the Baccarat logo and the date is also engraved on the base.  In addition, it has a "B1979" signature cane in the design.  A wonderful example. 

This design was produced in 1979.  It is not listed as a limited edition, but the individual paperweights were numbered sequentially.  This is number 17 in that series.  There is a signature cane "B 1979" shown in the pictures.  The bottom has the acid etched Baccarat logo plus it is engraved with the year (1979) and the number (17). 

Baccarat started making modern millefiori paperweights in 1957.  According to Paul Dunlop ( Baccarat Paperweights:  Two Centuries of Beauty ), Baccarat started making the modern spaced millefiori paperweights on muslin or lace in 1958 and continued making undated examples until the limited editions were started in 1970.  The exception is 1964 when special versions were produced for Baccarat's 200th anniversary.

Large Size:  3 1/16" diameter by  just over 2 1/16" high.  The bottom is ground flat. 
Signature:  Made by Baccarat in France in 1979.  Signed on the bottom with the Baccarat logo and with a "B1979" signature cane. 
Condition:    Excellent condition with no cracks or chips.   There are some minor scratches on the bottom. 

Baccarat was founded in 1776 in Alsace-Lorraine with the name of Verrerie de Sainte Anne.  The original location was near the town of Baccarat.  Today the firm is known as Compagnie des Cristalleries de Baccarat.  Most collectors refer to three periods of Baccarat paperweight production.

  •     1845-1860 - Classic period
  •     1900-1934 - Dupont period
  •     1953 - on - Modern period
This classification is definitely an over simplification as it is likely that Baccarat made some paperweights on and off through most of 19th century.  The best millefiori and lampwork paperweights were made during the classic period (1845-1860).  Pansy weights and rock weights continued in production until much later.  Some paperweights are identified as Dupont period and were made at the end of the 19th Century or early in the 20th century.

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Signature cane
$495 postage paid in the US.                                                             Added 1/22/2017. 

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3686 Antique New England Glass Company Millefiori Scramble Paperweight with Eagles, Heart, and Mystery Cane. circa 1860.  This is an antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) scramble or end of day paperweight.   It is filled with a nice assortment of millefiori canes, pieces of lampwork, and twists in a variety of colors.  There are stars, eagles (visible from the bottom), and a mystery cane.  Unfortunately this paperweight also has a small internal fracture.  A good study piece offered at a bargain price. 

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. 

New England Glass Company (NEGC) operated in Cambridge, Massachusetts from 1818 to 1888.  You can read about paperweights from the New England Glass Company in the book by Hawley, The Art of the Paperweight  - The Boston & Sandwich and New England Glass Companies .

Size:   Just under 2 3/4” diameter by 1 5/8” high.  The bottom is ground concave. 
Signature:  This paperweight is not signed, but I guarantee it to be an authentic antique New England Glass Company paperweight. 
Condition:  Fair condition for its age.  The surface has noticeable scratches.  There is one internal compatibility fracture.  No other cracks, impact marks, or chips.  The bottom shows considerable wear. 

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$79 postage paid in the US.                          Added 1/19/2017.

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2692 Perthshire Annual Collection 1977B Limited Edition Damson Plums Paperweight.   circa 1977.  This paperweight features three rich purple colored plums with green stems and leaves on a clear ground.  It is faceted with a complex faceting of one large top facet and 16 side facets (eight large and eight smaller facets).  The base is ground concave and finished with a grid cut pattern that Perthshire calls a strawberry cut.  It is signed with a small engraved "P" on a tiny extra facet near the base.  The "P" is engraved in reverse so it displays correctly when viewed from the top.  It also has a Perthshire paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND" on the base.  It comes with its original box and original certificate identifying this as #108 out of a limited edition of 500 weights. 

Perthshire made this paperweight as one of their Annual Collection for 1977.  This means the design was made only that one year and never again.  The edition size for this paperweight was 500 weights, but only 315 were made, thus making this one of the rarer Perthshire paperweights.  Each year's Annual Collection designs were lettered to indicated this special status.  In 1977, there were six Annual Collection designs, designated 1977A through 1977F. 

Perthshire was a small company in Crieff, Scotland that was devoted to the creation of quality glass paperweights. They stopped production in January 2002 after more than 30 years of production. Their paperweights were consistently high in quality and yet remained reasonable in price.  There are three books on Perthshire Paperweights.  If you collect Perthshire paperweights, you should have them in your library. 

The birth of Scottish paperweight making is credited to the glass making family of Salvador Ysart, who moved to Crieff, Scotland in 1922. They worked first at John Moncrieff Ltd and made the earliest Scottish paperweights during that period. In 1946 Salvadore and his sons Augustine and Vincent founded Ysart Brothers Glass and produced glass wares under the Vasart label. Salvador Ysart died in 1955 The company name was later changed to Vasart Glass. Stuart Drysdale was hired manage the business side of the enterprise in 1960. The company evolved into a new company Strathearn owned by Teachers Whiskey. In 1967 Drysdale was sent a magazine article on antique paperweights (Woman's Day, July 1965). The inspired him to try to produce weights comparable to the French antiques. With this goal in mind, he and several of the glass workers left Strathearn to found Perthshire in 1968.

Small Size :  Just under 2 1/8" diameter by 1 7/16" high.  Perthshire calls it a miniature but it is slightly larger than a true miniature.  It is faceted with one large top facet and 16 side facets (eight large and eight smaller facets).  There is an extra tiny facet near the base where the "P" signature is engraved in reverse.  The base is ground concave and finished with a strawberry (grid) cut. 
Signature :  Engraved with a reversed "P" on a tiny facet near the base.  It also has a Perthshire paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND" on the base.  It comes with its original box and original certificate identifying this as #108 out of a limited edition of 500 weights. 
Condition :  Outstanding condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches. 

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Box
Box with paperweight and certificate
Certificate
$245 postage paid in the US.                                     Added 1/4/2017. 

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2122 Pairpoint Yellow Snake and Ball Pedestal Paperweight. Circa 1970-1975.  This is a large paperweight of a long striped yellow snake coiled around a white opalescent glass sphere.  The snake has a dark blue head with yellow eyes.  The snake is on top of his world.  The sphere is mounted on a pedestal stand.  A wonderful example of Bryden Pairpoint's early efforts to reinterpret  classical designs. 

Pairpoint Glass has a long history extending back to its earliest origins with Mount Washington Glass in 1837.  Owners and locations changed a number of times and the name Pairpoint was first used in the 1890s.  The original Pairpoint companies were located in New Bedford, Massachusetts.  In 1938, it was reorganized as Gunderson Glass Works by owner Robert Gunderson and later renamed the Gunderson - Pairpoint Glass Works in 1952.  The name was acquired by Robert Bryden and the company moved briefly to East Wareham, MA in 1957 where it operated as the Pairpoint Glass Company.  They leased production facilities in Spain.  The last New Bedford factory burned down in 1965.  In its latest iteration, Robert Bryden moved Pairpoint to Sagamore, Massachusetts in 1970.  It continues to operate at that location today, with new owners in 2015. 

Large Size:  3" diameter by 4 1/4" high.  The base is 2 3/4" in diameter and has a rough pontil. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No damage found. 
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee this paperweight to be by Pairpoint Glass. 

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SOLD.                             Added 12/12/2016 

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1035 Old Chinese Two Color Fantasy Flower Paperweight with Leaves and Bud - Copy of Baccarat Antique.       Circa 1930.   This is a copy of a French Baccarat 12 petal fantasy flower paperweight with bud made in the classic period from 1845-1860.  The two color flower has a complex millefiori center cane, five leaves, and a stem.  The ground is clear.  The style dates from the 1920s or 1930s and is almost an antique. 

Note:  In this example the flower separated slightly from the stem during the stem during encasement.

Chinese Paperweights were made in the late 1920s and throughout the 1930s as an attempt to duplicate 19th Century antique weights made in the United States and France.  Because they are almost 100 years old, they are very collectible and every collector should own a few of these as study pieces.  The history of the early Chinese paperweights is mostly anecdotal as no written records have been discovered.  The story is that an American dealer sent examples of paperweights made by the New England Glass Company (NEGC), Boston & Sandwich Glass Company (B&S), Millville makers, and French factories to a Chinese factory and requested copies be made.  The results are interesting and sometimes confused with the originals by inexperienced collectors.  The earliest pictures of these paperweights appeared in the book American Glass Paperweights by Francis Edgar Smith published in 1939.  Smith was aware that at least one of the paperweights shown in his book was Chinese.  Since Smith was not an expert collector, this indicates that there was some general knowledge that these were Chinese prior to 1939.

In the United States, the Tariff Act of 1930 required that every imported item must be conspicuously and indelibly marked in English with its country of origin.  As a result, many of these Chinese paperweights are scratch signed on the bottom "CHINA".  Many are also not signed, suggesting that either they were imported prior to 1930 or the importer ignored the requirement.  Most likely the earliest Chinese paperweights were made prior to 1930.

The Chinese makers often combined design features found in paperweights from different makers.  For example they copied the latticinio grounds used by New England Glass Company and used them with copies of Baccarat Pansy weights.  The original Baccarat pansy paperweights never had a latticinio ground.  They copied the pedestal rose from Millville and then used the pedestal bottom with other weights.  It is fun to collect all the variations.

In general, Chinese paperweights from this period have a light weight glass mixture that is high in soda and has a greenish tinge. The glass also has a soft almost oily feel. Frequently they have bubbles or debris in the glass.  And because of their age, many of these have minor scratches or other surface defects.

Size:      2 11/16" diameter by 2" high.  The bottom is ground flat. 
Signature:      Unsigned but I guarantee that this is from China and dates from about 1930. 
Condition:  Very good condition.  There are some minor scratches on the body and one 3/16" chip on one side.  The base has age appropriate wear.  As is typical to weights of this type, the glass has some debris and tiny bubbles.  As with Chinese paperweights from this period, this paperweight has a greenish tinge and a soft almost oily feel.   In this example the flower separated slightly from the stem during the stem during encasement. 

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$39 postage paid in the US.                                                Added 12/10/2016

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4650 Early Debbie Tarsitano Three Tier Red Flower with Buds Paperweight.   undated circa 1978 - 1980.  This paperweight features a three layer red flower with upright yellow stamens.  The flower with two buds and striped green leaves are placed on a curved stem that follows the curvature of the paperweight.  The ground is clear glass.  The petals sparkle with gold aventurine - although it was hard to capture this in the pictures.  Signed at the base of the stem with the conjoined "DT" Tarsitano signature cane used by both Delmo and Debbie Tarsitano from about 1978 to 1980.  A fantastic paperweight. 

Please ignore the glare from the lights.  I had difficulty photographing this paperweight because of the high dome. 

Debbie Tarsitano has been making wonderful paperweights since 1972, when she and her father Delmo Tarsitano set up a glass studio to explore a shared obsession with glass.  While developing her glass artwork, Debbie earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts and an Associate Degree in Journalism from Hofstra University, Long Island, NY.  Her work has evolved from simple floral paperweights in the 1970s to contemporary sculptural expressions.  The results are powerful, fresh images encased in glass.  Her florals are outstanding.  A formally trained painter, her passions lie in creating work that goes beyond traditional glass, building a bridge to the greater world of art.  She has collaborated with many internationally known glass artists, including Roland (Max) Erlacher, Ed Poore, Dino Rosin, Jiri Harcuba, and others.

Debbie and Delmo Tarsitano shared the same signature cane, feeling that their work was individual and distinctive and collectors would have no difficulty distinguishing between their art.  Although they did not date their work, the signature cane changed over time and provided approximate dates for the works.  The cane in this paperweight was used from about 1978 until 1980.  See Andrew Dohan's Dictionary of Paperweight Signature Canes for more information on the Tarsitano signature canes. 

Size:    2 9/16" diameter by 2 3/16"" high.  The base is ground concave.  Very high dome.  I had difficulty photographing this paperweight because of the high dome. 
Signature: Signed at the base of the stem with the Delmo and Debbie Tarsitano conjoined "DT" signature cane.  This cane was use from about 1978 to 1980. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips or scratches found on inspection, with the exception of one faint (about 1/8") scratch on the side. 

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$595 postage paid in the US.                                                Added 12/5/2016

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825 Magnum Alex Stelzer Libbey Glass Name Floral Paperweight "E. BROWN". Circa 1915.  This is a desirable Libbey Glass Name Weight.   Four icepick flowers around a central icepick flower.  There is a central bubble in each flower.  The name “E. BROWN” is formed of tiny bits of clear glass.  The glass is grayish as is typical of Toledo folk weights. 

This style of paperweight is attributed to Alex Stelzer, a Czechoslovakian immigrant glass worker, who worked at Libbey Glass in Toledo Ohio from 1907 to 1948.  It is a folk weights made by the glass worker in his free time and often given away.  Stelzer had a friendship with Arthur Gorham, a well known paperweight collector and dealer who sold paperweights in his shop in Millville New Jersey.  The Stelzer name is spelled in some places as Steltzer.  The only printed reference I would find on Alex Stelzer was in the 1970 edition of Jean Melvin's American Glass Paperweights and their Makers.

Very Large Size:  3 1/2" diameter by 3 1/8" high.  The bottom is ground flat with a matte finish. 
Signature: Unsigned, but I guarantee this to be an authentic Toledo style paperweight, most likely by Alex Stelzer of Libbey Glass. 
Condition:  Excellent condition. 

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$145 postage paid in the US.     Price reduced (was $195)                    11/29/2016.

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585 Large Antique Footed Millville Umbrella Paperweight. circa 1860-1910 . This style of old paperweight is associated with Millville.  Examples date from as early as 1860 and continued to be made until about 1912.  Many, if not all, were made at the Whitall Tatum factory in Millville.  The design consists of a white mushroom shape with a center bubble.  Additional colored bits of glass are added and melted into the top.  The top is of the mushroom is pushed down with a crimp to form an umbrella shape with ribs or pleats.  This is a large showy example. 

The umbrella shaped weights were originally modeled to resemble the wild tiger lily of Southern New Jersey.  You can read about umbrella weights from Millville in the book Old Glass Paperweights of Southern New Jersey:  An American Folk Art by Clarence A. Newell .   It is not possible to identify the exact maker, but John Ruhlander, Emil Stanger, Marcus Kuntz, and Horace Rhubarth, and Ralph Barber are all known to have made weights of this style.  Sometimes the style is also used as part of an inkwell or other object. 

Large Size :  Just under 3 1/3" diameter by 3 3/5" high.  The diameter of the foot is 3".  The bottom is finished although there is some remnant of the pontil mark. 
Signature :  No signature, but I guarantee that this is an authentic Millville umbrella paperweight from the period 1860-1912. 
Condition :  Very Good.  This paperweight has scratches on the side and some on the top plus good wear on the base.  Although the scratches are noticeable, the paperweight displays well.  No chips and no cracks. 
Execution : Very good.  Very well executed design that is well centered and displays all of the typical Millville umbrella characteristics.  There are some bubbles in the design. 

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$495 postage paid in the US.     Price reduced (was $645)                    11/29/2016.

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2228 Antique New England Glass Company Sulphide Paperweight of Lajos Kossuth. circa 1851.  Antique Sulphide paperweight featuring Lajos Kossuth, former Governor-President of Hungary.  It is inscribed on the back "EX-GOVERNOR OF HUNGARY SET AT LIBERTY BY THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1851". 

Kossuth was a political reformer who fought for liberty for Hungary and held the office of Governor-President from April 14 to August 11, 1849.  He was appointed to this position after the declaration of Hungarian independence from the Hapsburg Monarchy.  He was widely honored during his lifetime as a freedom fighter and advocate of democracy in Europe.  He demanded parliamentary government for Hungary and constitutional government for the rest of Austria. After abdicating the post of Governor-President he was effectively under house arrest until he was allowed to leave the Ottoman Empire in September 1851 on the American frigate Mississippi.  He then toured Britain and the United States in a futile effort to get support for his cause.  He won favor in New England and souvenirs and other commemorative items were created to celebrate his visit.  This paperweight was probably one of the commemorative objects created around the time of his visit.  Some authors suggest the inscription refers to US support of his cause.  Instead, I think it may refer to his rescue from house arrest by the US. 

New England Glass Company (NEGC) operated in Cambridge, Massachusetts from 1818 to 1888.  You can read about paperweights from the New England Glass Company in the book by Hawley, The Art of the Paperweight  - The Boston & Sandwich and New England Glass Companies

Most texts attribute this paperweight to the New England Glass Factory.  It is believed that this paperweight may have been made for the 1851 Great Exhibition at the Crystal Palace in London.  However, the attribution is subject to challenge and the precise origin of this sulphide paperweight remains elusive.  The Bergstrom Mahler Museum has an identical paperweight which they attribute to Clichy.  Hawley attributes this to NEGC in his 1997 book The Art of the Paperweight  - The Boston & Sandwich and New England Glass Companies .  However, in his latest 2011 book on NEGC, he states that no firm evidence exists for this attribution, except that the specific gravity and fluorescence match that of NEGC.  Hollister discusses this paperweight in his Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights and also states that their is no firm evidence tying the paperweight to NEGC or any other factory.  My own opinion is that the glass quality is more typical of NEGC than the French factories.  It may have originated in Europe or at another American factory. 

Ignore the glare from the lights.  It was difficult to photograph this paperweight.  The sulphide is white. 

Size:  2 9/16" diameter by 1 11/16" high.  The base is ground concave. 
Condition:  Outstanding condition.  No chips, cracks or scratches.  The paperweight has been professionally restored. 
Signature:    Unsigned, but I guarantee this to be an authentic antique paperweight, most likely from the New England Glass Company in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Circa 1851 
Execution:  Very good, although there are striations and bubbles in the glass.  Some of the Kossuth Sulphides have the name KOSSUTH on the edge.  It is not visible on this example. 

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$295 postage paid in the US.                                   11/28/2016 

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2409 Antique Clichy Faceted Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with 11 roses.  circa 1845-1860.  This wonderful antique Clichy concentric millefiori paperweight has a classic arrangement of three concentric rings of complex millefiori around a blue pastry mold cane.  The inner ring has eleven green and white roses.  The second ring consists of fifteen pink pastry mold canes.   The outer ring has an alternating pattern of 24 canes with six purple pastry mold canes and 18 pink and green canes.  The 18 pink and green complex canes resemble the color of pink and green roses.  In all, there are 51 millefiori canes over a clear ground.  The canes are intricate and very colorful.  See the close-up picture for more detail.  There are six side facets and a top facet.  A fantastic paperweight. 

Clichy paperweights are highly sought after by collectors for their complex canes and brilliant colors.  Clichy paperweights with rose canes are especially desirable.  The Clichy factory was founded at Billancourt near Paris in 1837.  Shortly after that it moved to Clichy-la-Garenne, which gave the factory its best known name.  They stayed in operation until about the 1870s. 

Size:  2 5/8" diameter by 1 3/4" high.  The base is ground concave.  There are six side facets and a top facet. 
Condition:  Very good condition.  There are scratches and small chips on the body and chips on some of the facets, but no cracks and no impact marks.  There is wear on the base.  There is plenty of glass and the paperweight could be restored, but I chose not to do so. 
Signature:   Unsigned but I guarantee this to be an authentic antique Clichy paperweight. 
Execution:  Very good execution.  The design is well centered.  There are some bubbles in the glass. 

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$995 postage paid in the US.        Price reduced (was $1,295)        11/27/2016 

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2132 Antique Clichy Sulphide Paperweight of Victoria and Albert. circa 1851.  Clichy Sulphide paperweight featuring Queen Victoria (1819-1901) and Prince Albert (1819-1861).  The sulphide is fairly high in the dome of the paperweight and is over a clear ground.  A wonderful example. 

A variation of this paperweight on a red colored ground and attributed to Clichy recently sold at a well known paperweight auction for $1,100 plus a 20% bidders premium.  At my asking price, this is a bargain for a paperweight in perfect condition. 

The Clichy factory was founded at Billancourt near Paris in 1837.  Shortly after that it moved to Clichy-la-Garenne, which gave the factory its best known name.  They stayed in operation until about the 1870s. 

It is believed that this paperweight may have been made for the 1851 Great Exhibition at the Crystal Palace in London.  Prince Albert conceived of the exhibition which was considered the first world's fair.  The exhibition was intended to advance the arts and sciences. 

The precise origin of this sulphide paperweight remains elusive.  The Bergstrom Mahler Museum has an identical paperweight which they attribute to Clichy.  The Art Institute of Chicago has a version in which the sulphide was colored before being encased.  This paperweight, attributed to Clichy, was included in the 1978 Corning Museum of Glass "Paperweights - Flowers which clothe the meadows" exhibition.  The Jokelson Collection had a variation with an uncolored (white) sulphide over a green ground.  The Jokelson paperweight is also attributed to Clichy.  Most authors agree with the Clichy attribution, but there are some authors who attribute the paperweight to Baccarat in France and even to the New England Glass Company in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 

Ignore the glare from the lights.  It was difficult to photograph this paperweight due to the brilliance of the glass.  The sulphide is white but I have included some low light pictures to show the detail. 

Size:  Just over 2 3/4" diameter by just over 1 3/4" high.  The base is ground flat. 
Condition:  Outstanding condition.  No chips, cracks or scratches.  The paperweight has been professionally restored. 
Signature:   Unsigned, but I guarantee this to be an authentic antique paperweight, most likely from Clichy in France.  Circa 1851 
Execution:  Perfect, although there are some tiny bubbles in the glass. 

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$745 postage paid in the US.        Price reduced (was $945)        11/27/2016 

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2652 Magnum Baccarat Limited Edition Yellow Campanule (Bellflower) Paperweight. Dated 1983.  This is a spectacular yellow bellflower paperweight with three flowers and a bud plus six leaves and a stem.  The bellflowers are a rich yellow with deep ribbing.  The design is placed over a transparent blue ground.  It is signed in the design with a millefiori signature cane "B 1983" and also signed on the bottom with the Baccarat logo.  The signature cane is distorted and incomplete.  Perfect condition. 

This design was produced only in 1983 in a limited edition of 175 paperweights.  This is number 103 in that series.  There is a distorted signature cane "B 1983" shown in the pictures.  The bottom has the acid etched Baccarat logo plus it is engraved with the year (1983) and the number (103).  It comes with an authentic Baccarat box. 

Some sellers on eBay sell this for the full retail price of $1,573, but my price is much lower. 

Magnum Size: Just under 3 1/4" diameter by just over 2 3/8" high.  Bottom is ground slightly concave. Made by Baccarat in France in 1983. 
Condition: Outstanding condition with no cracks or chips or scratches.  It is in perfect original condition. 
Signature:  Made by Baccarat in France in 1983.  Signed in cane and on the bottom. 

Baccarat was founded in 1776 in Alsace-Lorraine with the name of Verrerie de Sainte Anne.  The original location was near the town of Baccarat.  Today the firm is known as Compagnie des Cristalleries de Baccarat.  Most collectors refer to three periods of Baccarat paperweight production.

  •     1845-1860 - Classic period
  •     1900-1934 - Dupont period
  •     1953 - on - Modern period
This classification is definitely an over simplification as it is likely that Baccarat made some paperweights on and off through most of 19th century.  The best millefiori and lampwork paperweights were made during the classic period (1845-1860).  Pansy weights and rock weights continued in production until much later.  Some paperweights are identified as Dupont period and were made at the end of the 19th Century or early in the 20th century.

Baccarat started making modern millefiori paperweights in 1957.  According to Paul Dunlop ( Baccarat Paperweights:  Two Centuries of Beauty ), Baccarat started making the modern spaced millefiori paperweights on muslin or lace in 1958 and continued making undated examples until the limited editions were started in 1970.  The exception is 1964 when special versions were produced for Baccarat's 200th anniversary.

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$595 postage paid in the US.        Price reduced (was $695)  11/20/2016

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2950 Perthshire 1981 Limited Edition Christmas Silhouettes Millefiori Paperweight.  dated 1981.  This paperweight features five colored picture canes with Christmas themes arranged around an unusual complex center "doily" cane.  The picture canes are of a snowman, Christmas tree, reindeer, church, and Santa Claus.  These is surrounded by a garland of doily canes and set on a translucent green ground.  It is signed on the base with a "P1981" signature cane.  It also has a Perthshire paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND" on the base.  This is one of a limited edition of 300, of which only 225 were made.  A showy unusual paperweight. 

The Perthshire Christmas Paperweights were special limited editions that changed design each year.  They were near the top of the Perthshire line. 

Perthshire was a small company in Crieff, Scotland that was devoted to the creation of quality glass paperweights. They stopped production in January 2002 after more than 30 years of production. Their paperweights were consistently high in quality and yet remained reasonable in price.

The birth of Scottish paperweight making is credited to the glass making family of Salvador Ysart, who moved to Crieff, Scotland in 1922. They worked first at John Moncrieff Ltd and made the earliest Scottish paperweights during that period. In 1946 Salvadore and his sons Augustine and Vincent founded Ysart Brothers Glass and produced glass wares under the Vasart label. Salvador Ysart died in 1955 The company name was later changed to Vasart Glass. Stuart Drysdale was hired manage the business side of the enterprise in 1960. The company evolved into a new company Strathearn owned by Teachers Whiskey. In 1967 Drysdale was sent a magazine article on antique paperweights (Woman's Day, July 1965). The inspired him to try to produce weights comparable to the French antiques. With this goal in mind, he and several of the glass workers left Strathearn to found Perthshire in 1968.

Large Size: Just under 2 15/16" diameter by 2" high. The base is ground concave. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks.  The label on the base shows wear and a previous owner has written "81" on it. 
Signature:  It is signed on the base with a "P1981" signature cane and also has a Perthshire paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND" on the base. 

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$395 postage paid in the US.          Price Reduced (was $450) 11/20/2016

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3953 Small Murano Spaced Millefiori Paperweight with Five Large Complex Canes.   circa 1960-1980.  Colorful millefiori paperweight with a spaced millefiori design consisting of five identical large pink canes with multi-colored centers.   There is an opaque lilac colored ground.  An interesting design.  This could also be called an open concentric arrangement. 

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.

Small Size:  2 1/8" diameter by 1 7/8" high. The bottom is ground flat. 
Condition:   Excellent condition. No cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection, with the exception of age-appropriate wear on the base. 
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee that this was made on the island of Murano. 

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$39 postage paid in the US.                             Added 10/9/2016

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3950 Very Large Glass Eye Studio Lions Mane Jellyfish Egg Shaped Paperweight.   Dated 2007.  This egg shaped paperweight features a pink Lion's Mane jellyfish with its tentacles reaching down to the base.  It is set in clear glass with controlled bubbles which add sparkle and dimension.  There is a larger bubble under the umbrella.  The design is part of the GES Environmental Series that is now retired.  It is signed on the base with the engraved name "Lions Mane" and the acid etch "GES 07". 

The Lion's Mane is the largest of all jellyfish, with its pink hued umbrella approaching a diameter of up to 6 feet and its tentacles sometimes reaching  90 feet downward.  It is found in arctic waters.  It weights up to a ton. 

Glass Eye Studio was founded in 1978 in Seattle, Washington.  Managed by Dale Leman, GES is a production glass company that produces a range of glass products.  Most paperweights are signed with the acid etched initials GES, although some are signed with the engraved Glass Eye Studio signature or even a signature cane.  Each GES glass product includes some ash from the 1980 eruption of the nearby Mount St. Helens volcano. 

Large Size:     Just under 4 1/2" tall by 2 3/4" in diameter.  The bottom ground flat 
Signature: Signed with an acid etch on the base "GES 07" and engraved "Lions Mane". 
Condition:  Excellent Condition. No chips or cracks or scratches found on inspection. 

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$95 postage paid in the US.                          Added 10/2/2016.

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Very Large Glass Eye Studio Lions Mane Jellyfish Egg Shaped Paperweight
3685 Large Modern Baccarat Paneled Millefiori Paperweight.   Circa 1960 - 1970.  Unusual paneled millefiori paperweight from Baccarat.  The paperweight has an interesting variety of complex millefiori canes arranged in a paneled pattern.  It is signed with a Baccarat logo on the base.  I have not seen this unusual design before, but the millefiori canes are similar to those found in the special 1964 Baccarat 200th anniversary commemorative paperweights.  Definitely a rare version of a modern Baccarat millefiori paperweight. 

This paperweight is undated, but I believe it was made as an experiment in the late 1950s or early 1960s. 

Baccarat was founded in 1776 in Alsace-Lorraine with the name of Verrerie de Sainte Anne.  The original location was near the town of Baccarat.  Today the firm is known as Compagnie des Cristalleries de Baccarat.  Most collectors refer to three periods of Baccarat paperweight production.

  •     1845-1860 - Classic period
  •     1900-1934 - Dupont period
  •     1953 - on - Modern period
This classification is definitely an over simplification as it is likely that Baccarat made some paperweights on and off through most of 19th century.  The best millefiori and lampwork paperweights were made during the classic period (1845-1860).  Pansy weights and rock weights continued in production until much later.  Some paperweights are identified as Dupont period and were made at the end of the 19th Century or early in the 20th century.

Baccarat started making modern millefiori paperweights in 1957.  According to Paul Dunlop ( Baccarat Paperweights:  Two Centuries of Beauty ), Baccarat started making the modern spaced millefiori paperweights on muslin or lace in 1958 and continued making undated examples until the limited editions were started in 1970.  The exception is 1964 when special versions were produced for Baccarat's 200th anniversary.

Large Size:   Just under 3” diameter by 1 15/16” high.  Bottom is ground concave. 
Signature:  Made by Baccarat in France.  Signed on the bottom with the Baccarat logo. 
Condition: Good condition with no cracks or chips.   There are some shallow surface scratches and one pinprick (See pictures)  There is also minor wear on the bottom.  These flaws can only be seen with careful examination under a strong light.  Normally this would be a $700 plus paperweight, but I have adjusted the price due to these scratches. 

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$595 postage paid in the US.          Added 9/20/2016

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Large Modern Baccarat Paneled Millefiori Paperweight
4388 Large Antique Clichy Faceted Concentric Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1845-1860.  This wonderful antique Clichy concentric millefiori paperweight has a classic arrangement of three concentric rings of complex millefiori around a blue pastry mold cane.  The inner ring has nine Clichy eight lobed edelweiss florets.  The second ring consists of fifteen purple eight lobed florets.  The outer ring has an alternating pattern of 24 pastry mold canes with six green pastry mold canes and 18 pink pastry mold canes.  In all, there are 49 millefiori canes over a clear ground.  The canes are intricate and very colorful.  See the close-up picture for more detail.  There are six side facets and a top facet.  A fantastic paperweight. 

Clichy paperweights are highly sought after by collectors for their complex canes and brilliant colors.  Clichy paperweights with rose canes are especially desirable.  The Clichy factory was founded at Billancourt near Paris in 1837.  Shortly after that it moved to Clichy-la-Garenne, which gave the factory its best known name.  They stayed in operation until about the 1870s. 

Large Size:  2 5/8" diameter by just under 1 3/4" high.  The base is ground concave.  There are six side facets and a large top facet. 
Condition:  Very good condition for its age.  There are scratches and tiny chips on the body and on some of the facets.  The largest bruise is a 1/8" bruise on one facet.  There is wear on the base.  There is plenty of glass and the paperweight could be restored, but I chose not to do so. 
Signature:   Unsigned but I guarantee this to be an authentic antique Clichy paperweight. 
Execution:  Very good execution.  The design is well centered.  There are some bubbles in the glass. 

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$950 postage paid in the US.           Added 8/21/2016

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4616 Large Chinese Pedestal Flower with Bird Paperweight .   Probably 1970 or later.  This is a good example of a Chinese adaptation of features of older American weights.  It features a crude lampwork bird sitting on top of a green flower mounted on a pedestal form.  The pedestal form is generally associated with Chinese copies of Millville crimp roses.  The bird in this setting is uniquely Chinese.  The pedestal has a double foot.  An interesting addition to any collection of paperweights. 

I believe believe this is a recent example dating from 1970 or later because the variety was not documented earlier and the thin leaves are more typical of post 1970 Chinese flowers. 

Chinese Paperweights were made in the late 1920s and throughout the 1930s as an attempt to duplicate 19th Century antique weights made in the United States and France.  Because they are almost 100 years old, they are very collectible and every collector should own a few of these as study pieces.  The history of the early Chinese paperweights is mostly anecdotal as no written records have been discovered.  The story is that an American dealer sent examples of paperweights made by the New England Glass Company (NEGC), Boston & Sandwich Glass Company (B&S), Millville makers, and French factories to a Chinese factory and requested copies be made.  The results are interesting and sometimes confused with the originals by inexperienced collectors.  The earliest pictures of these paperweights appeared in the book American Glass Paperweights by Francis Edgar Smith published in 1939.  Smith was aware that at least one of the paperweights shown in his book was Chinese.      Since Smith was not an expert collector, this indicates that there was some general knowledge that these were Chinese prior to 1939.

In the United States, the Tariff Act of 1930 required that every imported item must be conspicuously and indelibly marked in English with its country of origin.  As a result, many of these Chinese paperweights are scratch signed on the bottom "CHINA".  Many are also not signed, suggesting that either they were imported prior to 1930 or the importer ignored the requirement.  Most likely the earliest Chinese paperweights were made prior to 1930.

The Chinese makers often combined design features found in paperweights from different makers.  For example they copied the latticinio grounds used by New England Glass Company and used them with copies of Baccarat Pansy weights.  The original Baccarat pansy paperweights never had a latticinio ground.  They copied the pedestal rose from Millville and then used the pedestal bottom with other weights.  It is fun to collect all the variations.

In general, Chinese paperweights from the 1930s have a light weight glass mixture that is high in soda and has a greenish tinge. The glass also has a soft almost oily feel. Frequently they have bubbles or debris in the glass.  And because of their age, many of these have minor scratches or other surface defects.  Those made in the 1970s and later have better quality glass. 

Large Size:   Just under 2 3/4” diameter by just under 3 1/2"  high.  The pedestal bottom has the remainder of the pontil mark. 
Signature: Unsigned, but I guarantee this paperweight was made in China, most likely in the 1970s or later. 
Condition:  Good condition with a few light scratches on the top.  The longest scratch is just under 1/4" long.  No cracks or chips. 

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$65 postage paid in the US.                             Added 8/21/2016 

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4387 Antique Baccarat Four Row Concentric Millefiori Paperweight. Circa 1845 -1860.  Colorful Baccarat four row concentric millefiori paperweight with a clear ground from the classic period of antique paperweights (1845-1860).  There are four rings of complex millefiori canes around a complex center cane.  This example contains an interesting assortment of Baccarat canes.  A wonderful example that is colorful and well executed. 

Ignore the white areas, they are glare from the lights. 

Baccarat was founded in 1776 in Alsace-Lorraine with the name of Verrerie de Sainte Anne.  The original location was near the town of Baccarat.  Today the firm is known as Compagnie des Cristalleries de Baccarat.  Most collectors refer to three periods of Baccarat paperweight production. 

  • 1845-1860 - Classic period 
  • 1900-1934 - Dupont period 
  • 1953 - on - Modern period
This classification is definitely an over simplification as it is likely that Baccarat made some paperweights on and off through most of 19th century.  The best millefiori and lampwork paperweights were made during the classic period (1845-1860).  Pansy weights and rock weights continued in production until much later.  Some paperweights are identified as Dupont period and were made at the end of the 19th Century or early in the 20th century. 

Baccarat continued to make paperweights after the classic period (1845-1860), but little is known about the extent of the product line or who made the paperweights.  It is known that by 1910, the offering in the catalog had dwindled to pansy paperweights, simple open concentric paperweights, and rock paperweights.  Popular lore attributes 1920-1934 Baccarat paperweights to a Mr. Dupont, who supposedly was the last worker at Baccarat to know the secrets of paperweight making.  These paperweights were sold at a Baccarat retail shop in Paris.  No collector or scholar ever met Mr. Dupont although at least one visited the Baccarat factory and asked to meet with him.  The weights stopped appearing in the shop in 1934. 

New research of the Baccarat archives has identified the actual maker as Joseph Boyé (1877-1948).  He is recorded as the maker of millefiori canes and millefiori paperweights during this period (1920-1934).  Very little is known about Mr. Boyé, but there is enough similarity in the millefiori canes to suggest that he had access to the original molds or some of the original millefiori canes from the classic period.  He later trained another glassworker, Georges Brocard, to make open concentric paperweights in 1946.  Armed with this knowledge, Brocard was influential in the revival of paperweight making at Baccarat in the 1950s.  Another glassworker, Louis Idoux (1882-1941), is recorded as making the Baccarat pansy paperweights during the 1920-1934 period. 

You can read more about the Baccarat paperweights and the Dupont connection in the new book Baccarat Paperweights - two centuries of beauty by Paul Dunlop or one of the older books on paperweights in general, such as The Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights by Paul Hollister or World Paperweights by Robert Hall.

Medium Size:  Just under 2 1/2" diameter by just under 1 1/2" high.   The bottom is ground concave. 
Condition: Excellent condition with no cracks or chips.  On inspection, I could not find any noticeable scratches.  This weight may have been professionally restored. 
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee that this was made by Baccarat during the classic period (1845-1860). 

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$595 postage paid in the US.            Added 8/14/2016

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4420 Large Pairpoint Faceted Red Rose Paperweight. Circa 1970-1990.  This paperweight features a red rose and eight leaves placed over a deep blue ground.  The rose has ten large red petals plus two smaller white petals in the center.  There are four large leaves and four smaller leaves.  It has a fancy faceting with one large top facet plus six smaller adjoining top facets and then six side facets.  The paperweight is unsigned but matches the design and setup of other signed examples from Pairpoint.  A wonderful example of the best of modern Pairpoint production. 

Pairpoint Glass has a long history extending back to its earliest origins with Mount Washington Glass in 1837. Owners and locations changed a number of times and the name Pairpoint was first used in the 1890s.  The original Pairpoint companies were located in New Bedford, Massachusetts.  In 1938, it was reorganized as Gunderson Glass Works by owner Robert Gunderson and later renamed the Gunderson - Pairpoint Glass Works in 1952.  The name was acquired by Robert Bryden and the company moved briefly to East Wareham, MA in 1957 where it operated as the Pairpoint Glass Company.  They leased production facilities in Spain.  The last New Bedford factory burned down in 1965.  In its latest iteration, Robert Bryden moved Pairpoint to Sagamore, Massachusetts in 1970.  It continues to operate at that location today (2015) although under new owners. 

Large Size:     2 15/16" diameter by 2 1/2" high.  The bottom is ground flat. It is faceted with seven top facets and six side facets. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No damage found.  There is minor wear and scratching on the base. 
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee this paperweight to be by Pairpoint Glass. 
Execution:  Very good.  The glass is slightly green and there are bubbles in the design. 

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4408 Charles Kaziun Jr. Miniature Tilted Pedestal Spider Lily Paperweight with cobalt blue aventurine ground. circa 1960-1980.  This is a miniature pedestal paperweight with a white spider lily and four leaves on a cobalt blue aventurine ground.  There is a yellow and orange millefiori stamen in the center.  The paperweight is tilted at a 45 degree angle so it displays beautifully.  Signed on the bottom of the turquoise ground with a gold K. 

This design was Charles Kaziun's signature design and one of the most popular with collectors. This size and style was often referred to as a #1. 

Charles Kaziun Jr. was one of the most famous of the American paperweight artists.  He is often credited with contributing to the rebirth of interest in paperweight making.  He made paperweights from the 1940s until his death in 1992.  His weights are usually signed with a gold K or a special millefiori cane containing a K.  You can read about him in many books, including:

Size: 1 1/3" diameter by 1 7/8" high.  The pedestal base has a diameter of just under 1 3/4". 
Signature:  Signed on the bottom of the cobalt blue aventurine ground with Kaziun's gold K. 
Condition: Excellent condition with no chips or cracks. 

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$425 postage paid in the US.                       Added 8/8/2016 

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4632 Charles Kaziun Jr. Vogue Lady Gold Foil and Millefiori Micro Miniature Faceted Paperweight. circa 1950-1980.   This paperweight features a gold foil silhouette referred to as the "Vogue Lady" surrounded by a garland of six white millefiori canes with green star centers.  The Vogue Lady is more than a silhouette, it is embossed to show details such as the hair, lips, nose, and neck.  The arrangement is placed over a translucent amethyst ground.  It is a true micro miniature paperweight, almost button size, faceted with six side facets and a larger top facet.  It is signed with a gold foil K on the base.  This is an especially nice example with amazing detail. 

This paperweight appears in photograph SI-30 on page 136 of the book Magic in the Glass - The Paperweight Artistry of Charles Kaziun, Jr. by Bernard A. Drabeck.  Drabeck states that the gold foil is 24 karat gold. 

Charles Kaziun Jr. was one of the most famous of the American paperweight artists.  He is often credited with contributing to the rebirth of interest in paperweight making.  He made paperweights from the 1940s until his death in 1992.  His weights are usually signed with a gold K or a special millefiori cane containing a K.  You can read about him in many books, including:

Micro Miniature Size:  1 3/8" diameter by 3/4" high. It is faceted with six side facets and a larger top facet.  The base is ground concave. 
Signature:  This paperweight is signed with Kaziun's gold K on the bottom. 
Condition: Excellent condition with no chips or cracks. 
Execution:   There is at least one tiny bubble in the glass, visible in the pictures at 9 o'clock.. 

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$495 postage paid in the US.                       Added 8/2/2016 

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2038 Large Antique Czech / Bohemian Faceted Masaryk Picture Paperweight.   c.1900-1937.  Large faceted paperweight with a picture to Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, the first president of Czechoslovakia.  The picture is placed on a sulphide frame that rests on a multi-colored cushion of glass bits.  The frame has ornamental features on each side of the picture.  The name "T. G. Masaryk" is at the base under the picture, although the initials are obscured by a bubble at the base of the frame.  The paperweight has one large window facet and a fancy four part facet at the top.  The paperweight was made in Northern Bohemia during the period 1900 to 1930.  The glass is heavy crystal and weighs just over 26 ounces.  An important paperweight of historical significance. 

Masaryk was the president of Czechoslovakia from 1918 to 1935.  He died in 1937 at the age of 87.  The picture was taken earlier in his life.  Most likely this paperweight was produced during his presidency or possibly at the time of his death.  It is also possible that it was produced earlier in his life when he was a political activist advocating for the creation of an independent Czechoslovakia. 

Von Brackel discusses this style of paperweight in his book Paperweights - Historicism - Art Nouveau - Art DecoHe shows several examples on pages 102 to 195 with a range of values up to $480.  Unfortunately, the picture in this paperweight is flawed by a defect and bubble covering part of the face.  The price has been reduced to reflect this flaw. 

Large Size: Just over 3" diameter by 3 3/4" high.  The bottom is ground flat. 
Condition:  Good to very good condition for its age.  There are scratches and some nicks on the large window facet, considerable wear on the base, and some nicks where the base meets the sides.  The paperweight displays very well.  The picture of Masaryk is marred by a defect and bubble in one corner of his face. 
Signature :  Unsigned, but I guarantee that this is a vintage paperweight from the Bohemia / Czech region and it originates from approximately 1900-1937. 

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$95 postage paid in the US.      Added 7/20/2016

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2496 Rare Chinese Copy of a NEGC Faceted Millefiori Nosegay Paperweight.                              circa 1930.  This is an almost antique Chinese copy of a New England Glass Company (NEGC) Posy Paperweight made circa 1860.  It has the fancy NEGC quatrefoil faceting and setup.  The millefiori nosegay consists of three red, white, and yellow complex millefiori canes with four green leaves and a stem.  All this surrounded by two garlands of complex millefiori, one made up pink and blue flowers, the other made pink and white flowers with green centers.  This great setup is on top of a latticinio swirl ground.  There are twelve side facets (four large and eight smaller) plus the four part top facet with a notch between each.  This is a fantastic addition to any collection of antique paperweights.  In some ways, the execution of this example is better than the original NEGC, since NEGC examples usual have tipped or cracked canes and the posy is often smudged. 

Chinese Paperweights were made in the late 1920s and throughout the 1930s as an attempt to duplicate 19th Century antique weights made in the United States and France.  Because they are almost 100 years old, they are very collectible and every collector should own a few of these as study pieces.  The history of the early Chinese paperweights is mostly anecdotal as no written records have been discovered.  The story is that an American dealer sent examples of paperweights made by the New England Glass Company (NEGC), Boston & Sandwich Glass Company (B&S), Millville makers, and French factories to a Chinese factory and requested copies be made.  The results are interesting and sometimes confused with the originals by inexperienced collectors.  The earliest pictures of these paperweights appeared in the book American Glass Paperweights by Francis Edgar Smith published in 1939.  Smith was aware that at least one of the paperweights shown in his book was Chinese.  Since Smith was not an expert collector, this indicates that there was some general knowledge that these were Chinese prior to 1939.

In the United States, the Tariff Act of 1930 required that every imported item must be conspicuously and indelibly marked in English with its country of origin.  As a result, many of these Chinese paperweights are scratch signed on the bottom "CHINA".  Many are also not signed, suggesting that either they were imported prior to 1930 or the importer ignored the requirement.  Most likely the earliest Chinese paperweights were made prior to 1930.

The Chinese makers often combined design features found in paperweights from different makers.  For example they copied the latticinio grounds used by New England Glass Company and used them with copies of Baccarat Pansy weights.  The original Baccarat pansy paperweights never had a latticinio ground.  They copied the pedestal rose from Millville and then used the pedestal bottom with other weights. It is fun to collect all the variations. 

In general, Chinese paperweights from this period have a light weight glass mixture that is high in soda and has a greenish tinge. The glass also has a soft almost oily feel. Frequently they have bubbles or debris in the glass.  And because of their age, many of these have minor scratches or other surface defects.

Large Size:   Just under 3" diameter by 2" high. The bottom is ground concave. 
Signature:   Unsigned but I guarantee that this is from China and dates from about 1930. 
Condition:  Very good condition.  There are some minor surface scratches and pinpricks and also some tiny pinpricks on the facets plus one 1/8" chip on a facet (see picture).  There is some debris or dirt in the glass as shown in the pictures.  As with all Chinese paperweights from this period, this paperweight has a light weight glass mixture that is high in soda and has a greenish tinge. The glass has a soft almost oily feel. 

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$225 postage paid in the US.                 Added 7/20/2016

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Charles Kaziun Jr. Concentric Millefiori with Silhouettes and Torsade Paperweight. circa 1960-1980. Charles Kaziun Jr. concentric millefiori paperweight with six complex millefiori canes around a central complex cane with a duck silhouette.  The circle of six complex millefiori include a rose cane, shamrock silhouette, turtle silhouette, and heart silhouette.  The other two complex canes each have miniature silhouettes in the center, one has a shamrock and the other has a heart surrounded by star canes.  The design is surrounded by a purple and white twisted torsade with a complex Kaziun signature cane joining the ends.  The complex signature cane has a blue K surrounded by two rings of millefiori.  All of this is set on an opaque turquoise ground.  In addition, it is signed with a gold foil K on the base.  This is an especially nice example. 

Charles Kaziun Jr. was one of the most famous of the American paperweight artists.  He is often credited with contributing to the rebirth of interest in paperweight making.  He made paperweights from the 1940s until his death in 1992.  His weights are usually signed with a gold K or a special millefiori cane containing a K.  You can read about him in many books, including:

Size: Just over 2 1/8" diameter by 1 9/16" high. 
Signature:  This paperweight is signed twice, once with Kaziun's complex signature cane in the design and a second time with Kaziun's gold K on the bottom. 
Condition: Excellent condition with no chips or cracks. 

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$1,295 postage paid in the US.                       Added 7/10/2016 

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2045 Unusual Chinese Mosaic Butterfly Millefiori Paperweight. circa 1950-70.  Unusual Chinese millefiori with mosaic canes arranged in the shape of a butterfly over a green leaf ground.  Not a lot is known about this style.  Sometimes there is a flower cane or some Chinese writing in the design.  The style is believed to be from 1950-1970. 

Chinese Paperweights were made in the late 1920s and throughout the 1930s as an attempt to duplicate 19th Century antique weights made in the United States and France.  Because they are almost 100 years old, they are very collectible and every collector should own a few of these as study pieces.  The history of the early Chinese paperweights is mostly anecdotal as no written records have been discovered.  The story is that an American dealer sent examples of paperweights made by the New England Glass Company (NEGC), Boston & Sandwich Glass Company (B&S), Millville makers, and French factories to a Chinese factory and requested copies be made.  The results are interesting and sometimes confused with the originals by inexperienced collectors.  The earliest pictures of these paperweights appeared in the book American Glass Paperweights by Francis Edgar Smith published in 1939.  Smith was aware that at least one of the paperweights shown in his book was Chinese.  Since Smith was not an expert collector, this indicates that there was some general knowledge that these were Chinese prior to 1939.

In the United States, the Tariff Act of 1930 required that every imported item must be conspicuously and indelibly marked in English with its country of origin.  As a result, many of these Chinese paperweights are scratch signed on the bottom "CHINA".  Many are also not signed, suggesting that either they were imported prior to 1930 or the importer ignored the requirement.  Most likely the earliest Chinese paperweights were made prior to 1930.

The Chinese makers often combined design features found in paperweights from different makers.  For example they copied the latticinio grounds used by New England Glass Company and used them with copies of Baccarat Pansy weights.  The original Baccarat pansy paperweights never had a latticinio ground.  They copied the pedestal rose from Millville and then used the pedestal bottom with other weights.  It is fun to collect all the variations. 

In general, Chinese paperweights from this period have a light weight glass mixture that is high in soda and has a greenish tinge. The glass also has a soft almost oily feel. Frequently they have bubbles or debris in the glass.  And because of their age, many of these have minor scratches or other surface defects.

Small Size:   Just over 2 5/16" diameter by just over 1 5/8" high. The bottom is ground concave with a remnant of the pontil mark remaining. 
Signature:   Unsigned but I guarantee that this is from China 1970 or earlier. 
Condition:  Very good condition with no chips or cracks.  Some minor surface scratches and pinpricks. 

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$49 postage paid in the US.                 Added 7/4/2016

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Paul Ysart Signed Red Flower with Seven Leaves and Stem in Millefiori Garland Paperweight. circa 1946-1972.  Large red flower with seven leaves and a stem placed in the center of a colorful millefiori garland.  There is a millefiori cane in the center of the flower.  The leaves and flower are striped and variegated.  The ground is a translucent brown or amber color.  This paperweight is signed with Paul Ysart's "PY" cane near the stem.  It dates from the postwar period and is from his postwar Moncrieff period or his Caithness period (1962-1972). 

The birth of Scottish paperweight making is credited to the glass making family of Salvador Ysart, who moved to Crieff, Scotland from Spain in 1922.  They worked first at John Moncrieff Ltd and made the earliest Scottish paperweights during that period.  Paul Ysart (1904-1991), originally Pablo Moreno Isart, was apprenticed to his father as a glass worker at Moncrieff in 1922.  He worked on the production of Monart Art Glass.  Paperweights were primarily an after hours activity.  Paul made his first paperweight in the early 1930s.  Production was interrupted by World War II and the Monart line was not restarted until 1946.  In 1946 Salvadore and his sons Augustine and Vincent left Moncrieff and founded Ysart Brothers Glass.  They produced glass wares under the Vasart label.  Salvador Ysart died in 1955.  Paul stayed at Moncrieff from until 1962, when he joined Caithness as a Training Officer.  While at Caithness, he trained Peter Holmes, Colin Terris, and William Manson, among others.  After he retired from Caithness in 1972, he continued to make paperweights initially under the Harland label and then the Highland Paperweights label until 1979.   You can read more about Paul Ysart in the book by Colin Mahoney Masterpieces:  The Paperweights of Paul Ysart.

Large Size:  Just under 3" diameter by 2 1/16" high.  The base is ground flat.  . 
Condition:  Very good condition.  I found no cracks or significant scratches, but did find two small circular impact marks on the side near the base, each approximately 1/8" across (see pictures). 
Signature:  Signed with a PY at the bottom of the stem. 
Execution:  Perfect execution.  The glass has a slight yellowish tinge which indicates (to me) that it was likely made earlier in Paul Ysart's career. 

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$950 postage paid in the US.           Added 4/26/2016

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2263 Vasart / Lassman Millefiori Paperweight Bar Set. circa 1950s-1960s.  The firm of Lassman & Co designed and produced this bar set during the 1950s and 1960s. The millefiori paperweight handles were made by the Ysart family of Scotland under the Vasart label.  The millefiori paperweight handles each have a concentric design that matches the setup and canes of other Vasart paperweights. 

Note:  The case is in very poor condition.  This set is priced only slightly above the price of the individual pieces. 

The maker of this item was Lassman & Co. located in the Kilburn area of North London.   Samuel Lassman purchased the paperweight handles from George Dunlop's Pirelli Glass in London.  Pirelli obtained them from Vasart.  Pirelli also took some assembled inventory back from Lassman and sold the barware items under the Pirelli label.  Pirelli also included the line in their 1959 catalog.  There are very few complete sets known to exist with the case.  A smaller set is shown on page 157 of the book on Ysart Glass published by Volo (the section on Vasart was written by Frank Andrews).  There is also a display of another smaller set in the museum in Perth which attributes this to Vasart Art Glass.  For more information, see the article by Angela Bowey and Allan Port “Pirelli, Vasart and the Ysart Family” in the Paperweight Collectors Association Inc. Annual Bulletin 2015.  I will include a copy of the article with the purchase of this bar set.  For more information, see my web page on Lassman & Co .

The six piece set is complete with the original "leatherette" carrying case.  It includes the following pieces: 

  • Paperweight Handled Claret Spoon (or Martini Stirrer)
  • Paperweight Handled Double Jigger Measure (marked 1 ounce and 1 1/2 ounce)
  • Paperweight Handled Corkscrew
  • Paperweight Handled Two Piece pourer
  • Paperweight Handled Bottle Opener
  • Paperweight Handled Can Opener
Case Size:  12" long by 8 1/2" wide by 2 1/4" deep. 
Condition:  The case is in very poor condition. The case is losing its cover and the inside lining has some stains (both on the back and below some of the pieces).  The case also has tarnished / pitted brass hardware. Some of the bar pieces show signs of wear and use.  The worst of the defects is the can opener which has some chrome and metal loss at the tip and the corkscrew has a defect on the thread. 
Signature:  The word "ENGLAND" appears on the metal part of the can opener and corkscrew.  Each cup of the Double Jigger Measure and the the cork of the Two Piece Pourer are marked "MADE IN ENGLAND".  The bottle opener, spoon, and case are unmarked. 

$995 postage paid in the US.                          Added 4/2/2016. 

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2591 Antique Baccarat Faceted Four Row Concentric Millefiori Paperweight.   Probably Circa 1845-1860.  Colorful red, white, and blue faceted concentric millefiori paperweight with four rows of complex millefiori canes around a central cane over a clear ground.  The outer ring has the classic Baccarat blue and white alternating canes.  The second ring from the center consists of complex stardust canes with a Baccarat star cane in the center of each. This paperweight has six concave side facets and a flat top facet. 

You can read more about the Baccarat paperweightsin the new book Baccarat Paperweights - two centuries of beauty by Paul Dunlop or one of the older books on paperweights in general, such as The Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights by Paul Hollister or World Paperweights by Robert Hall.

Large Size:  Just over 2 5/8" diameter by just over 1 3/4" high.  Bottom is ground concave. There are six side facets and one top facet.  There is good height to this paperweight 
Condition: Very good to excellent condition.  I found some minor faint scratches on the top facet, but no other significant scratching. No chips or cracks. 
Signature:   Made by Baccarat in France.  Unsigned, but I guarantee that this is an authentic Baccarat paperweight, probably from the classic period 1845-1860. 
Execution:  Excellent execution.  The design is well centered with no tipped canes.  There are a few tiny bubbles in the glass. 

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$445   $545 postage paid in the US.          Price reduced 3/13/2016

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2593 Antique Baccarat Concentric Millefiori Paperweight. Circa 1880 -1934.  Colorful concentric millefiori paperweight with a clear ground.  There are four rings of complex millefiori canes around a complex center cane.  The outer ring alternates between pink and blue canes.  The three inner rings are green, red, and white.  As is typical of millefiori from this period, the canes are very complex and miniaturized. A wonderful example. 

Baccarat continued to make paperweights after the classic period (1845-1860), but little is known about the extent of the product line or who made the paperweights.  It is known that by 1910, the offering in the catalog had dwindled to pansy paperweights, simple open concentric paperweights, and rock paperweights.  This open concentric paperweight may date from that earlier pre-1920 period or it may be from the Dupont period.  Popular lore attributes 1920-1934 Baccarat paperweights to a Mr. Dupont, who supposedly was the last worker at Baccarat to know the secrets of paperweight making.  These paperweights were sold at a Baccarat retail shop in Paris.  No collector or scholar ever met Mr. Dupont although at least one visited the Baccarat factory and asked to meet with him.  The weights stopped appearing in the shop in 1934. 

New research of the Baccarat archives has identified the actual maker as Joseph Boyé (1877-1948).  He is recorded as the maker of millefiori canes and millefiori paperweights during this period (1920-1934).  Very little is known about Mr. Boyé, but there is enough similarity in the millefiori canes to suggest that he had access to the original molds or some of the original millefiori canes from the classic period.  He later trained another glassworker, Georges Brocard, to make open concentric paperweights in 1946.  Armed with this knowledge, Brocard was influential in the revival of paperweight making at Baccarat in the 1950s.  Another glassworker, Louis Idoux (1882-1941), is recorded as making the Baccarat pansy paperweights during the 1920-1934 period. 

You can read more about the Baccarat paperweights and the Dupont connection in the new book Baccarat Paperweights - two centuries of beauty by Paul Dunlop or one of the older books on paperweights in general, such as The Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights by Paul Hollister or World Paperweights by Robert Hall.

Size:  Just under 2 1/2" diameter by 1 11/16" high.   The bottom is ground concave. 
Condition: Excellent condition with no cracks, chips or scratches.  This weight has been professionally restored. 
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee that this was made by Baccarat during the post classic period (after 1860). 
Execution:  Very good.  The design is placed slightly off center. 

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$325   $495 postage paid in the US.          Price reduced 3/13/2016

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1616 Huge Murano Magnum Close Packed Concentric Millefiori Paperweight or Doorstop. circa 1930-70.  This is an unusually large Murano millefiori paperweight.  The millefiori canes are arranged in six concentric circles around the center cane.  There is an interesting variety of millefiori canes.  The glass is slightly yellow.  The canes are smudged on one side as shown in the pictures.  Really big.  It is 4 5/8" diameter by 3 5/8" high and weighs 4 pounds 4 oz.   A magnificent paperweight that will make an impression on your guests. 

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. 

Huge Size:    4 5/8" diameter by 3 5/8" high.  The base is polished flat.  It weighs 4 pounds 4 oz. 
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee it was made on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy. 
Condition:  Very good condition with some scratches on the surface but no chips or cracks. 
Execution:   The glass is slightly yellow and the canes are smudged on one side. 

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$225 postage paid in the US.           Added 2/22/2016 

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1770 Antique German Paperweight with Picture of Student in Fraternity Uniform. circa 1870-1915.  This is an antique paperweight with a photograph or painting of a young man in a military type uniform.  The image is on a white enamel plaque and is either a painting or a hand colored photograph.  The enamel plaque is placed in the center of a spatter or frit ground.  An interesting and rare type of paperweight. The paperweight was most likely made in Germany or Silesia.  A great addition to any collection of antique European paperweights. 

Note:  There is a fracture surrounding the image that is caused by incompatibilities between the plaque and the surrounding glass.  This type of fracture is, unfortunately, fairly common in plaque weights of that period. 

After considerable research, I have concluded that the uniform is probably one used by a German or Austrian university student fraternity or student association.  Members of these student associations surrounded themselves with the symbols of their fraternities.  The uniforms are quite commonly depicted on German steins and other "studentica" of the period.   For more information, see http://stein-collectors.org/library/articles/Student/studentica.html

Size:  2 1/2” diameter by 1 3/4” high.  The bottom is fire finished with remnants of the pontil mark. 
Signature:  This paperweight is not signed, but I guarantee it to be an antique paperweight originating in Germany or one of the nearby countries. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  I could not find any significant damage on this paperweight.  However, as noted above, there is a incompatibility fracture surrounding the center plaque. 

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$265 postage paid in the US.                          Added 2/3/2016

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Antique New England Glass Company Millefiori Scramble Paperweight. c. 1860.  This is a wonderful antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) scramble or end of day paperweight.   It is filled with an assortment of complex canes and twists in a variety of colors.  A great example. 

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. 

New England Glass Company (NEGC) operated in Cambridge, Massachusetts from 1818 to 1888.  You can read about paperweights from the New England Glass Company in the book by Hawley, The Art of the Paperweight  - The Boston & Sandwich and New England Glass Companies

Size:   2 9/16” diameter by just over 1 3/4” high.  The bottom is ground concave. 
Signature:  This paperweight is not signed, but I guarantee it to be an authentic antique New England Glass Company paperweight. 
Condition:  Fair condition with no cracks.  Although the surface is in poor condition with many scratches and nicks, it is a good candidate for restoration.  It can also be enjoyed the way it is. 

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$145 postage paid in the US.                       Added 11/292015 

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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. 

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$49 postage paid in the US.            Added 11/15/2015 

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4200 Large Antique Baccarat Double Trefoil Millefiori Paperweight.   Circa 1920-1934.  Colorful double trefoil millefiori paperweight with a clear ground.  The trefoils are constructed with blue and red complex canes in the center hexagon shaped portion and outer loops of contrasting pink and blue canes.  This is a unique setup not found in classic period paperweights from Baccarat.  There is a complex millefiori cane in the center of each loop and a circle of complex millefiori canes in the center of the design with a single blue cane in the center. As is typical of millefiori from this period, the canes are very miniaturized and some are poorly executed.  Most likely made by Joseph Boyé (1877-1948).   An interesting example. 

This was a difficult paperweight to photograph, but I did the best that I could.  The pink canes don't show a lot of detail  and there is some distortion in the glass. 

Baccarat continued to make paperweights after the classic period (1845-1860), but little is known about the extent of the product line or who made the paperweights.  It is known that by 1910, the offering in the catalog had dwindled to pansy paperweights, simple open concentric paperweights, and rock paperweights.  This double trefoil paperweight dates from the Dupont period of Baccarat production. Popular lore attributes this paperweight and others like it to a Mr. Dupont, who supposedly was the last worker at Baccarat to know the secrets of paperweight making.  These paperweights were sold at a Baccarat retail shop in Paris.  No collector or scholar ever met Mr. Dupont although at least one visited the Baccarat factory and asked to meet with him.  The weights stopped appearing in the shop in 1934. 

New research of the Baccarat archives has identified the actual maker as Joseph Boyé (1877-1948).  He is recorded as the maker of millefiori canes and millefiori paperweights during this period (1920-1934).  Very little is known about Mr. Boyé, but there is enough similarity in the millefiori canes to suggest that he had access to the original molds or some of the original millefiori canes from the classic period.  He later trained another glassworker, Georges Brocard, to make open concentric paperweights in 1946.  Armed with this knowledge, Brocard was influential in the revival of paperweight making at Baccarat in the 1950s.  Another glassworker, Louis Idoux (1882-1941), is recorded as making the Baccarat pansy paperweights during the 1920-1934 period. 

You can read more about the Baccarat paperweights and the Dupont connection in the new book Baccarat Paperweights - two centuries of beauty by Paul Dunlop or one of the older books on paperweights in general, such as The Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights by Paul Hollister or World Paperweightsby Robert Hall.

Large Size:  Just over 2 7/8" diameter by 2 1/8" high.   The bottom is ground concave.  Unusually high dome with the original Baccarat profile. 
Condition: Very good condition, although it does have one tiny circular impact mark (about 1/16" across).  Other than that, I found no cracks, chips or significant scratches. 
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee that this was made by Baccarat during the 1920-1934 period. 
Execution:  The glass in this paperweight has some dirt or debris as shown in the pictures.  There is a bit of distortion in the due to a dimple at the top of the dome.  The high dome has a lot of extra glass and this paperweight would probably benefit from a professional polishing.  Finally, the center cane is distorted and the pink canes lack definition.  Priced accordingly. 

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$475 postage paid in the US.          Added 6/5/2015

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3813 Magnum St. Clair Crimp Paperweight.  c.1970-2000.  Multi-colored stylized flower in the unique St. Clair style.  This style of crimp weight is very collectible.  This one has eight pleats or crimps with carefully placed bubbles between each.  There is also an extra large central bubble.  A huge very showy paperweight with great color. 

Shown in both the Melvin book listed above (with a sulphide) and in the Bonnie Pruitt St. Clair Collectors Guide (without a sulphide). 

Magnum Size:  Just under 4" diameter by 2 1/4" high.  The bottom is fire finished and hot stamped with the signature. 
Condition:  Very good condition.  There are some very minor scratches or abrasions on the top that appear to be from when the paperweight was made, but nothing significant. 
Signature:  Hot stamped "ST CLAIR" on the bottom. 

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$65 postage paid in the US.                        Added 5/27/2015

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1913
Vasart / Lassman Millefiori Paperweight Handle Bottle Stopper. Circa 1950-1960.  The firm of Lassman & Co designed and produced this bottle stopper and a variety of other useful objects during the 1950s and 1960s.  The attractive millefiori paperweight handle was made by the Ysart family of Scotland and has a concentric design on a teal green colored ground that matches the setup and canes of other Vasart paperweights. 

The bottle stopper is unmarked.  Often you can find this item with ENGLAND stamped on the cork.  The finish on the metal is chrome.  This is one of the rarer pieces of barware by this maker.  I have never seen one boxed individually. 

New information has surfaced allowing us to identify the maker of this item as Lassman & Co. located in the Kilburn area of North London.   Lassman purchased the paperweights indirectly from Vasart.  For more information, see my web page on Lassman & Co .  A complete set of similar objects can be found at this link.

Size:  2 1/2" long.  The handle diameter is 1 1/2". 
Condition :  Excellent condition.  This item appears unused and shows no wear.  The paperweight handle is in excellent condition with no cracks or chips or noticeable scratches. 
Signature :  Unsigned, but I guarantee this is a genuine Lassman bottle stopper with a Vasart paperweight handle. 

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$125 postage paid in the US.                  Added 3/28/2015

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2766
Medium Murano Footed Faceted Closepack Millefiori Paperweight.   circa 1970-1990.  A unusual Murano footed and faceted closepack millefiori paperweight.  The closepack millefiori design consists of a variety of millefiori canes including complex canes.  The design is on a gold or aventurine ground.  There are six side facets and a top facet.  The side facets are concave and the top facet is flat.  An unusual design as the addition of a foot is rare in Murano weights.  The foot is finished with a grid pattern.  A high quality paperweight. 

Large Size:  2 3/4" diameter by 1 3/4" high.  There are six concave side facets and a flat top facet.  The bottom is finished with a molded grid pattern. 
Condition:  Very good condition.  It does, however, tiny chip on the edge of the foot (as shown in the picture below). 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee that this is a paperweight from the island of Murano in Venice, Italy. 
Execution:  Excellent execution.  The design is balanced and well executed.  The design is well centered within the facets. 

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$125 postage paid in the US.            Added 5/5/2014

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3078
Medium Murano Millefiori Scramble Paperweight.   circa 1970.  Colorful millefiori scramble filled with colorful latticinio twists and gold colored aventurine.  Signed on the base with a transparent label "VETRO ARTISTICO MURANO." 

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. 

Medium Size:  2 5/8" diameter by 1 3/4" high. The bottom is ground flat. 
Condition:  Excellent condition. 
Signature:  Signed on the base with a transparent label "VETRO ARTISTICO MURANO." 
Execution:  Excellent execution.  The design is balanced and well executed. 

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2774
Magnum Antique Union Glass (Somerville, Massachusetts) Paperweight "MINNIE". Circa 1900-1929.  This is a fantastic Union Glass Company Paperweight featuring a garland of Lutz style four and five petal flowers with leaves and the name "MINNIE" in the center.  Each flower has gold aventurine in the center for accent.  The lettering is set off by two red white and blue colored stripes. 

Union Glass of Somerville, Massachusetts is the third of three related factories in the Boston area.  The first two were the Boston & Sandwich (B&S) Glass Company and the New England Glass Company (NEGC).  Both B&S and NEGC produced paperweights at the same time, both were founded by Deming Jarvis, and both declared bankruptcy in 1888.  Union Glass came a little later.  It operated from 1851 to 1929.  These name/date paperweights are made with lampwork flowers and letters and are not frit weights.  There are some nice articles in the literature including a lengthy article in the Paperweight Collectors Association 2004 Annual.  There is also a short chapter in George Kulles' third book - Identifying Antique Paperweights - The Less Familiar .  Nicholas Lutz worked at Union Glass from 1895 to 1904 and his influence can be seen on the Union Glass flowers although most of these weights were made after Lutz's death.  There is some current speculation that Lutz had an apprentice who continued to work at Union Glass and was responsible for not only some of the better Union Glass examples, but also some of the fine lampwork paperweights attributed to Mount Washington Glass. 

Very Large Size:  Just under 3 3/4" diameter by just over 2 3/4" high.   It weighs over 2 1/2 pounds.  The bottom is ground flat with a matte finish. 
Signature: Unsigned, but I guarantee this to be an authentic Union Glass paperweight. 
Condition:  Excellent good condition with no cracks or chips.  This paperweight has been professionally restored. 
Execution:  Excellent execution. 

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$775 postage paid in the US.                             Added 5/4/2014

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