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4939
Large Antique Footed Millville Umbrella Paperweight.  circa 1860-1912This style of old paperweight is associated with Millville, New Jersey.  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.  While most examples have an unfaceted top or a single large facet that is parallel to the base, this example has a slanted top facet.  I suspect this was done in a non-professional attempt to remove damage.  This paperweight has visible flaws including surface scratches and nicks and is offered at a bargain price.  The design is well executed and displays many of the typical Millville umbrella characteristics.

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 :  3 5/16" diameter by 3 1/16" high.  The diameter of the foot is 3 1/8".  The bottom is finished although there is a remnant of the pontil mark.  This paperweight has a slanted top facet which I suspect this was done in a non-professional attempt to remove damage. 
Signature :  No signature, but I guarantee that this is an authentic Millville umbrella paperweight from the period 1860-1912. 
Condition :  Fair condition.  This paperweight has many visible flaws including surface scratches and nicks.  There are tiny chips on the edge of the facet and abrasions on the surface.  Considerable wear on the base.  No cracks or large chips.  The top facet is at a slant.  

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$85 postage paid in the US.                                                                       Added 7/20/2021

For more vintage American paperweights, see my Vintage American Paperweights Web Page.     (dl-va-ant)

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Large Antique Footed Millville Umbrella Paperweight
5475 Perthshire Pin or Candy Dish Based on PP1 Paperweight.  circa 1982-2002.  This is a colorful pin dish or candy dish with a PP1 millefiori paperweight pattern in the base.  The PP1 is a large patterned millefiori paperweight with ten panels of floral millefiori canes each with a 1-1-2-3 pattern of canes over an almost opaque black ground.  The central design consists of two rings of millefiori canes around a central "P" signature cane.  The paneled sections are surrounded by an outer ring of twists and then an outer ring of canes.  This dish has the PP1 design from 1982 and later.  It is signed in the center with Perthshire's "P' signature cane and also has a worn paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND".  A fun addition to any collection of Perthshire paperweights. 

Perthshire and other 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.

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).  This 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:  4 11/16" diameter by just under 1 1/2" high.  The hollow in the dish is approximately 3/4" deep.  The base is ground concave.    
Signature:  It is signed in the center of the design with a Perthshire "P" signature cane.  This dish also has a worn paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND".
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.  The paper label is worn.

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SOLD.                                               Added 7/17/2021

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

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Perthshire Pin or Candy Dish Based on PP1 Paperweight
4859 Magnum Baccarat 1976 Gridel Series Lovebirds Patterned Millefiori Limited Edition Paperweight.  dated 1976.  This modern patterned millefiori paperweight features a large center cane with a pair of white lovebirds facing each other in the center of a white garland of twenty chain links and two crests set on a black background.  The center cane is surrounded by a ring of eighteen identical white canes.  The center ring is then surrounded by a ring of six blue and white squares.  On the outside is an arrangement of eighteen canes in six groups of three consisting of the remaining seventeen small Gridel canes and a Baccarat "B 1976" signature / date cane.  Between each group of three are two additional dark blue canes.  The entire design is set on a translucent green ground with a pearl white under layer.  In addition to the Baccarat signature / date cane, this paperweight has an acid etched Baccarat mark on the base along with the engraved year (1976) and engraved edition number (58).  This is an especially nice design.  A beautiful addition to any collection of Baccarat paperweights.

This design was released in 1976 in a limited edition of 350 pieces.  This is number 58 in that series.  There is a signature / date cane "B 1976" shown in the pictures.  The base an acid etched Baccarat logo plus it is engraved with the year (1976) and the edition number (58).

Note:  The Lovebird Gridel is believed to be the first of the antique Gridel canes to appear as it is the only one that appeared along with a date in some 1846 Baccarat closepack paperweights. 

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 the other 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:  3 3/8" diameter by 2 1/4" high.  The base is ground flat.
Signature:  This paperweight is signed with Baccarat's complex signature / date cane "B 1976" in the design.  It also has an acid etched Baccarat logo on the base along with the engraved year (1976) and engraved edition number (58). 
Condition:   Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.

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SOLD.                                                                Added 7/16/2021                                      

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

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Magnum Baccarat 1976 Gridel Series Lovebirds Patterned Millefiori Limited Edition Paperweight
5310 Czech / Bohemian Red White and Blue Morning Glories Trumpet Flowers Paperweight with Faceting.   circa 1880-1925.  Red white and blue trumpet flowers paperweight with five blossoms.  There is one large center flower and four smaller ones under it.  There is a planned bubble in the center of each flower.  The flowers are pushed down to a green frit flower pot shaped ground.  There are 21 finger facets around the edge of the base.  The glass is heavy and slightly yellow.

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

Von Brackel discusses this style in his book   He lists many variations on pages 106 to 149 with a wide range of values up to $300 and more.  On pages 278 & 279 he describes the process used to make a trumpet flower paperweight.  

Size:  2 15/16" diameter by 2 13/16" high.  The bottom is ground flat.  There are 21 finger facets around the edge of the base. 
Condition:  Very good condition.  There are several minor surface flaws and abrasions, the worst of which is shown in the pictures and also considerable age appropriate wear on the base.  No significant chips or cracks.
Signature:  Unsigned, by I guarantee that this is a vintage paperweight from the Bohemia / Czech region and it originates from approximately 1880-1925. 

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$85 postage paid in the US.                              Added 7/16/2021    

For more information about Bohemian paperweights, see my Bohemian Paperweights Web Page

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Czech / Bohemian Red White and Blue Morning Glories Trumpet Flowers Paperweight with Faceting
4890 Perthshire Annual Collection 2000E Limited Edition Budgies (Parakeets) Faceted Paperweight.  circa 2000.  This lampwork paperweight features a pair of wild green, yellow, and blue budgies (parakeets) perched on eucalyptus branches.  The design is placed over a clear ground.  It has one large top facet and sixteen side facets in two rows.  It is signed with a Perthshire complex "P" signature cane at the end of a branch.  It comes with its original worn Perthshire box.  There is no paper label.  This paperweight was made in a limited edition of 175 paperweights in 2000.  A brilliant design with great color and a high profile.

Perthshire made this paperweight as one of their Annual Collection designs for 2000.  This means the design was made only that one year and never again.  There were eight Annual Collection designs in 2000, designated A through G plus one called a 2000 Special Limited Edition with no letter designation.  This design is designated 2000E.  The annual collection paperweights are the most desirable of the Perthshire line, with the exception of one of one items.

Note:  An identical Perthshire 2000E Budgies paperweight recently sold in the Summer 2020 LH Selman Paperweight Auction for $960 including bidders premium (Lot 315, Auction 75).

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 over 2 3/4" diameter by 2 3/16" high.  It has a high profile.  The bottom is ground concave.  The paperweight is faceted with one large top facet and sixteen side facets in two rows.  
Signature:  This paperweight is signed with a complex "P" signature cane at the end of a branch.  It comes with its original worn Perthshire box.  There is no paper label. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches.

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$795 postage paid in the US.                                   Added 7/15/2021

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

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Perthshire Annual Collection 2000E Limited Edition Budgies (Parakeets) Faceted Paperweight
5183 Josh Simpson Miniature Gravitron Planet Marble with Stand.  This a miniature (just under 2" diameter) Gravitron planet marble made by Josh Simpson.  Gravitrons evoke deep space phenomena such as black holes and the warping of space-time.  They represent planets that wander too near a black hole, where they are twisted and squashed by unfathomably intense gravity.  Josh captures the instant when these unfortunate planets have been almost consumed and all that remains is a memory and a puff of X-ray light.  Although clear glass, the controlled bubbles sometimes have an iridescent color.  Some of the bubbles have a speck of amber color, which is exaggerated by my lights.  An acrylic 2" tall by 1 1/2" by 1 5/16" dimple stand is included.  This example is unsigned.  

Josh Simpson has been making magical glass objects including paperweights for over 40 years.  He has long had a fascination with space exploration and is married to Astronaut Cady Coleman.  He is a graduate of Hamilton College and has his own glass studio in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts.  He focuses on creating objects with a range of color, form, contrast, iridescence, tessellating patterns and complexity. 

There is a great book Josh Simpson: Glass Artist by Andrew Chaikin.  I recommend it highly.

Miniature Size:  1 15/16" diameter glass sphere.  The acrylic stand is 2" tall by 1 1/2" by 1 5/16".
Signature:   This example is unsigned, but I guarantee that it is a genuine Josh Simpson marble.
Condition:  The marble is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.  A few of the bubbles are larger and have an amber cast.  It may be a second.  The acrylic stand is in very good condition with a few tiny scratches.

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$85 postage paid in the US.                                         Added 7/14/2021

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

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Josh Simpson Miniature Gravitron Planet Marble with Stand
5017 Late Ysart Brothers or Early Vasart Paneled Millefiori Paperweight - Many Annealing Cracks.  circa 1952-1956.  This colorful paperweight consists of a paneled millefiori pattern with eight sections with 1 green +2 brown millefiori canes each separated by a red and blue twist cane.  There is a central cluster of two rings of canes, 15 blue and 5 orange canes, around a central cross cane.  The design is set on a clear ground.   The glass is slightly gray.   Unfortunately this paperweight is filled with many internal annealing fractures / cracks.  See the note below for more information on the cause.  An interesting historical addition to any collection of Scottish paperweights.

Note on annealing fractures / cracks:  According to David Moir, who was an apprentice at the Ysart Brothers Shore Road works in 1954, the glass works had a lot of annealing problems at the Shore Road factory because it was fired with poor quality coke.  It was difficult to maintain a level annealing temperature and sometimes would get too hot or too cold.  Temperature was judged by putting your arm inside the oven to feel the heat.  The problem was solved when George Dunlop (owner of Pirelli Glass in London) brought in fresh capital, equipment, and orders.  This included an electrically controlled second-hand kiln from Rolls Royce which was a vast improvement on the old one and had electric temperature gauges.

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.  Paul Ysart (1904-1991), originally Pablo Moreno Isart, was apprenticed to his father as a glass worker at Moncrieff in 1922.  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.  Shortly later, George Dunlop, the owner of Pirelli Glass in London, brought in fresh capital, equipment, and orders.  Vincent Ysart and George Dunlop formed a new company in 1956, Vasart Glass Ltd.  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.

Size:  Just under 3" diameter by 1 15/16" high.  The base is fire finished.  
Condition:  Poor condition.  The surface is free from defects but the paperweight is filled with many annealing cracks / fractures due to improper temperature control during the annealing process.
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this to be an Ysart Brothers or early Vasart paperweight from Scotland made prior to the installation of new annealing oven in the mid 1950s. 

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$95 postage paid in the US.                                                      Added 7/14/2021

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

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Late Ysart Brothers or Early Vasart Paneled Millefiori Paperweight - Many Annealing Cracks
4747 Antique Paperweight Style Mystery Object - Probably a Cut Down Candle Holder.   circa 1900.  I don't know for sure what this was originally.  It is safe to assume the shape has been altered because it has no apparent use in its current form except as paperweight.  It has a cup at one end and the other end is faceted with a flat base.  The middle section has a paperweight form with ice pick flowers and small bubbles.  The faceted end has a five sided shape in the center with five sloping cuts away from that.  I'm certain it is an antique and that the cup end has not been modified.  The way the bubbles in the faceted end are towards the center suggests that the cup was originally the up side.  I've discussed this with other collectors and our best guess is that this was originally a candle holder for a fairly large candle which would fit the cup.  It is also likely that the original shape was supported by a five sided stem and larger base to provide stability.  If you look at pictures of older style candle holders or candlesticks you can find some with a round cup and faceted stem.  An interesting object - too good to throw in the trash.  I'm not asking much for it.

Note:  Although this object can be used in its current form as a candle holder, but caution you not to use it with a lighted candle.  It doesn't have the large base that would normally provide the necessary stability.

Size:  In its current form, it is 3" long, the cup has a diameter of 2".  The inner diameter of the cup is just over 1 1/2".  The base is flat in the center.  The original shape is unknown.
Signature: Unsigned, but I guarantee this is an antique object from an unidentified factory.
Condition:  Very good condition for its age although the shape has been modified.  No cracks or chips found on inspection.

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$65 postage paid in the US.                                          Added 7/10/2021

For more information about antique paperweights see my Antique Paperweights Web Page.

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Antique Paperweight Style Mystery Object - Probably a Cut Down Candle Holder
4917 Magnum John Deacons 2000 Two Flower Crown Paperweight with Double Overlay and Fancy Cutting.   dated 2000.  This colorful teal blue overlay paperweight features two five petal flowers, one red with white stripes and one light blue, with white millefiori centers and green foliage.  The design is placed on top of a sphere of made from twenty white latticinio twist canes, making the inner design a crown paperweight.  The inner sphere is encased further and a teal blue and white double overlay is added on the outside, giving the impression of a paperweight within a paperweight.  There is a "JD2000" signature / date cane on the base (with an upside down "2".  This paperweight has a complex cutting with a large top facet and sixteen side facets in two rows plus additional cuts at the top and base.  A fantastic paperweight 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. Some of the lines were produced simultaneously.  J Glass was produced from 1978 to 1983.  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.  The St. Kilda line was produced from 1978 or 1979 through 1987.   He now works with his son Craig Deacons in their studio in Crieff.  You can read about John Deacons in the book by Hall - Scottish Paperweights.

Very large size:  3 3/16 diameter by 2 3/16" high.  The base is ground concave.  The double overlay exterior has a complex cutting with a large top facet and sixteen side facets in two rows plus additional cuts at the top and base. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed with a "JD2000" signature / date cane on the base.  The "2" is inserted upside down.

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$495 postage paid in the US.                                                                Added 7/10/21

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

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Magnum John Deacons 2000 Two Flower Crown Paperweight with Double Overlay and Fancy Cutting
5278 Very Early Francis Whittemore Miniature Paperweight with White and Blue Millefiori Flowers on a Pink Ground.  circa 1962 - 1969.  This very early paperweight by Francis Whittemore features five small white millefiori flowers with blue star centers.  There is also a stem and two green leaves.  The design is placed on a powdery pink ground.  This paperweight is signed in the design with an early Whittemore signature cane, a black "W" on a yellow background.  This is an important early example of  Francis Whittemore's work and worthy of any collection of Whittemore paperweights.

Note:  This paperweight is almost the same as the examples offered in Larry Selman's first two editions of "CATALOGUE OF COLLECTORS' PAPERWEIGHTS".  See the 1970 Catalog (robins egg blue cover) or the 1971 Catalog (olive green cover).

Francis Dyer Whittemore, Jr. is considered one of the pioneers of the modern paperweight renaissance.  He started working in glass in 1938, but did not start making paperweights until 1962.   His studio was in Lansdale, Pennsylvania.  Like many other early glass artists, Francis started his career as a scientific glass blower and then later taught glass as an instructor.  For five years, he spent one month a year consulting at Baccarat to help them refine their lampwork paperweight art.  Some sources have this consulting work from 1971 to 1976.  Other sources have it starting later.  The signature cane used on this paperweight was one he developed prior to working at Baccarat.  Most of his paperweights are miniature to medium in size.  You can read about Francis Whittemore in the book American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers by Jean Melvin (1970).

Size:  2 3/8" diameter by 1 1/8" high.  This paperweight has a very low profile.  The base is flat with a concave center.
Signature:  Signed in the design with an early Whittemore signature cane.  The cane has a black "W" on a yellow background. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.  There are many bubbles in the ground and a few striations in the glass.

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$165 postage paid in the US.                                            Added 7/10/2021

For more paperweights by contemporary American paperweight makers, see my Contemporary American Paperweights Web Page.     (dl-ca-va)

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Very Early Francis Whittemore Miniature Paperweight with White and Blue Millefiori Flowers on a Pink Ground
4877 Perthshire Annual Collection 1983C Limited Edition Posy Ring Paperweight.  dated 1983.  This paperweight features five small florets (flower canes) and five pairs of green leaves all on a circular stem.  The posy ring is surrounded by a garland of alternating yellow and blue millefiori canes on a white lace ground.  The paperweight is faceted with one large top facet and twenty eight side facets in three rows of eight, ten, and ten facets.  It is signed with a "P1983" signature / date cane on the base.  It also has a slightly worn paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND" on the base.  This paperweight was made in a limited edition of 300 paperweights of which only 187 were made.  A nice crisp design with great color and a fancy cutting.

Perthshire made this paperweight as one of their Annual Collection designs for 1983.  This means the design was made only that one year and never again.  There were seven Annual Collection designs in 1983, designated A through G.  This design is designated 1981C.  The annual collection paperweights are the most desirable of the Perthshire line, with the exception of one of one items.

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:  3 1/8" diameter by 2 15/16" high.  The bottom is ground concave.  The paperweight is faceted with one large top facet and twenty eight side facets in three rows of eight, ten, and ten facets.  
Signature:  This paperweight is signed with a "P1983" cane on the base.  It also has a slightly worn paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND" on the base. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches.  There is some wear on the base.

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$295 postage paid in the US.                                               Added 7/6/2021

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Perthshire Annual Collection 1983C Limited Edition Posy Ring Paperweight
5309 Murano Close Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Scrambled Millefiori Ground.  circa 1930-70.  This is a medium sized close concentric Murano millefiori paperweight.  Although it could be called a closepack, the canes are actually arranged in three concentric rings around an unusual center cane.  The pattern is placed over a multi-colored scrambled millefiori ground.  There is an interesting variety of complex millefiori canes.  Possibly  made by Fratelli Toso.  A magnificent paperweight.

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

Size:    2 5/8" diameter by 1 13/16" high.  The base is polished flat. 
Signature:  This paperweight has a worn foil label on the base "MADE IN MURANO ITALY".  It is possibly made by Fratelli Toso.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.  The label is worn.

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Murano Close Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Scrambled Millefiori Ground
4587 Perthshire Annual Collection 1981F Limited Edition Magnum Crown and Basket Paperweight.  dated 1981.  This is an absolutely fantastic crown paperweight.  It features a six petal amber flower with a complex millefiori center and  six green leaves (sepals) on top.  The flower is set on a wonderful spiral latticinio cushion.  The crown staves are made of alternating blue-green and white twist canes, thirty in all.  There is a further encasement in glass that gives this the impression of a paperweight within a paperweight.  It is signed on the base with a "P 1981" Perthshire signature / date cane.  It also has a slightly worn paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND" on the base.  This paperweight is one of a limited edition of 200 weights, of which 193 were made.  The paperweight has large facet on top, which allows a full view of the inner sphere.  A beautiful paperweight with perfect execution. 

Perthshire made this paperweight as one of their Annual Collection designs for 1981.  This means the design was made only that one year and never again.  There were eight Annual Collection designs in 1981, designated A through H.  This design is designated 1981F.  The annual collection paperweights are the most desirable of the Perthshire line, with the exception of one of one items.

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).  This 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.

Very large size:  Just under 3 1/4" diameter by 2 5/16" high.  It has one large facet on the top.
Signature: Signed with a Perthshire "P 1981" signature / date cane on the base.  It also has a slightly worn paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND" on the base.
Condition: Outstanding condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches.  The label is slightly worn.

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$745 postage paid in the US.                                                  Added 7/4/2021 

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Perthshire Annual Collection 1981F Limited Edition Magnum Crown and Basket Paperweight
1556 Robert Grablow Pink Pedestal Crimp Rose Paperweight.  circa 1986This is a signed seven petaled pink crimp rose.  The petals have white tips.  The rose is placed on a clear ground  with no leaves.  It has a pedestal base.  Signed "Robert Grablow" in script on the base. 

Crimp roses represent the ultimate challenge for paperweight makers.  You can read about the crimps and their use in making crimp roses in the book American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers by Jean Melvin (1970). 

Robert Grablow was a Millville, New Jersey artist best known for full size crimp roses made from the furnace tank.  He started making crimp roses in 1986 or so when he started as a volunteer at Wheaton Village and added a signature cane around 1991.  Although best known for his full size crimp roses, he also made lampworked miniature roses starting about 1967 time frame.  These early miniature roses were sold through the Arthur Gorham Paperweight Shoppe at Wheaton Village.

Large size :  2 7/8" diameter by just under 4" high.  The base of the pedestal is fire finished.
Signature : Signed "Robert Grablow" in script on the base. 
Condition :  Very good to excellent condition.  There are a couple of tiny scratches or flaws in the lower part of the surface near the pedestal, but no other chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.  The quality of the glass is uneven and there are bubbles and striations below the surface.
 

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$145 postage paid in the US.                                          Added 7/2/2021

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Robert Grablow Pink Pedestal Crimp Rose Paperweight
5348 Paul Ysart Signed Pink Double Layered Flower Paperweight with Millefiori Center on Yellow Jasper Ground.  circa 1946-1972.  Large pink double layered flower with a millefiori center, four leaves and a stem placed on a yellow jasper ground.  The millefiori center of the flower is superb.  The flower is double layered with five striped rounded petals in each layer.  The leaves are also striped to create the appearance of texture.  This paperweight is signed with Paul Ysart's "PY" signature cane near the stem.  This paperweight dates from Ysart's postwar Moncrieff period (1946-1962) or his Caithness period (1962-1972).  A magnificent example of Paul Ysart's art.

Note:  There is a short line of small bubbles in the yellow ground (shown in the pictures).  This is magnified in the pictures and is less noticeable in reality.   

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:  2 15/16" diameter by 1 15/16" high.  The base is ground flat. 
Condition:  Very good condition.  A couple of small faint scratches found on inspection.  No chips or cracks.  There is a short line of small bubbles in the yellow ground (shown in the pictures).  This is magnified in the pictures and is less noticeable in reality.  The paperweight displays beautifully. 
Signature:  Signed with Paul Ysart's "PY" signature cane next to the stem. 

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SOLD.                                      Added 6/28/2021

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Paul Ysart Signed Pink Double Layered Flower Paperweight with Millefiori Center on Yellow Jasper Ground
1762 Antique Faceted Devil's Fire Mantle Ornament or Obelisk Paperweight.   circa 1900.  This is an antique devil's fire paperweight with a faceted eight sided cone shape.  Devil's fire paperweights have a motif that looks like fingers of fire raising from the base.  In this instance the fire is red, white, and blue.  Paperweights of this style were found in most glass making countries at one time or another and often the shape is a hint to the country of origin.  There are three rows of faceting, eight long facets from the base to near the tip, then two additional rows of eight facets each that make up the tip.  An interesting paperweight worthy of further study.

In Peter von Brackel's book Paperweights - Historicism - Art Nouveau - Art Deco - 1842 to Present, there are some examples on pages 57 and 63, and a discussion of the faceting on pages 268-271.  von Brackel calls them Stalagmite Paperweights, while other authors call them Devil's Fire Obelisks or Mantle Ornaments.  I suspect that similar shapes were made across Europe and Bohemia.  Devil's fire paperweights were also made in Scotland and in Southern New Jersey, but in a more traditional paperweight shape.  Holmegaard in Denmark made devil's fire obelisks in a different shape and using colored glass around 1900.  They called it a “sølvpyramide” (silver pyramid).

Size:  2 5/8" diameter by 5 1/4" high.
Signature: Unsigned, but I guarantee this is an antique paperweight from an unidentified factory.  This devil's fire paperweight was probably made in Belgium or Northern Europe, although an exact attribution is probably not possible.
Condition:  Very good condition for its age.  There is considerable wear on the base plus some minor scratches on the surface.  No cracks or chips found on inspection.  The defects visible in the pictures are debris or bubbles inside the glass.

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$145 postage paid in the US.                                          Added 6/28/2021

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Antique Faceted Devil's Fire Mantle Ornament or Obelisk Paperweight
5474 Perthshire Pin or Candy Dish Based on 1999 PP199 Paperweight.  This is a colorful pin dish or candy dish with a PP199 millefiori paperweight pattern in the base.  It has a large complex millefiori cane in the center surrounded by twenty twist canes.  There are ten blue and white twists alternating with ten white twists.  The design is placed on an opaque red ground.  The red, white, and blue colors from the paperweight base reflect on the walls and rim of the dish to create a magical effect.  This dish has a very worn paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND".  The PP199 paperweight was supposed to have a Perthshire "P" signature cane in the base but this dish does not have one.  The PP199 pattern paperweight was made only in 1999.  A wonderful addition to any collection of Perthshire paperweights.

Perthshire and other 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.

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).  This 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:  4 1/8" diameter by 1 3/4" high.  The hollow in the dish is approximately 1 1/16" deep.  The base is ground concave.    
Signature:  This dish has a very worn paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND".  The PP199 paperweight was supposed to have a Perthshire "P" signature cane in the base but this dish does not have one.   
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.  There is one noticeable bubble in one of the white twists.  This is not damage.  The paper label is very worn.

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$125 postage paid in the US.                                               Added 6/27/2021

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Perthshire Pin or Candy Dish Based on 1999 PP199 Paperweight
4571 Magnum Murano Faceted Double Overlay Six Row Concentric Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1960-1970.  A wonderful Murano six row concentric millefiori paperweight with a double overlay of red and white glass.  The concentric design is rounded so it is visible through the side facets as well as the top.  This paperweight is faceted with one large top facet and five side facets.  The bottom is ground flat and finished with a grid cut.  Probably made in the 1960s by Fratelli Toso.  A classic design.

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

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

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

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$95 postage paid in the US.                                                                New Price  6/27/2021

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Magnum Murano Faceted Double Overlay Six Row Concentric Millefiori Paperweight
5338 Ken Rosenfeld 1985 Six Flower Bouquet Paperweight.  dated 1985This paperweight has a colorful bouquet of a three roses and three clematis style flowers with leaves over a clear glass ground.  Each flower has amazing detail.  It is signed on the side with Ken Rosenfeld's "R" signature cane and engraved signature "Ken Rosenfeld '85".   This is a beautiful large paperweight with a great composition. 

Note on condition:  This paperweight has one small (1/8") chip on the edge of the base and a couple of faint scratches on the dome.  The price has been adjusted to reflect this damage.  The paperweight displays beautifully.

Ken Rosenfeld works at his own studio, Ken Rosenfeld Glass, in Milwaukie, Oregon.  Ken's paperweight expertise arose from a formal art education and a technical background.  He has a Bachelor's degree in art from the University of California and a Master's of Fine Arts degree from Southern Illinois University.  His technical experience in scientific glasswork and his studio glass experience contributed to his superb ability as a glass artist.  Ken has been a paperweight artist since the mid 1980s.  He started at Correia Glass, leaving after five years to set up his own studio in 1983.

Size:   2 7/8" diameter by 1 7/8" high.  It has a relatively flat top / profile.  The base is ground concave.
Signature:  Signed with Ken Rosenfeld's "R" cane and signature "Ken Rosenfeld '85". 
Condition:  Very good condition.  This paperweight has one small (1/8") chip on the edge of the base and a couple of faint scratches on the dome.  No other chips or cracks found on inspection. 

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$295 postage paid in the US.                          Added 6/26/2020

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Ken Rosenfeld 1985 Six Flower Bouquet Paperweight
5381 Charles Kaziun Jr. Miniature Tilted Pedestal Spider Lily Paperweight with Opaque Blue and White Jasper Ground.  circa 1960-1980.  This is a miniature pedestal paperweight with a six petaled red spider lily and four leaves on a brilliant blue and white jasper ground.  Each petal of the flower has a ruffled surface and the stamen at the center is a complex millefiori cane made up of seven star shaped millefiori canes (six yellow and one orange).  Each leaf is a double leaf - two leaves with a clear layer joining them so a bit of the blue ground shows through.  This makes it look like each leaf has a stripe down the center.  The paperweight is tilted at a 45 degree angle so it displays beautifully.  Signed on the underside of the 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:

Miniature Size:  1 5/16" diameter by just under 2" high.  The pedestal base has a diameter of just under 1 5/8".  The base is ground concave.
Signature:  Signed on the underside of the ground with Kaziun's gold K.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips or cracks.

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$245 postage paid in the US.                               Added 6/25/2021

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Charles Kaziun Jr. Miniature Tilted Pedestal Spider Lily Paperweight with Opaque Blue and White Jasper Ground
4712 Charles Kaziun Jr. Miniature Tilted Pedestal Spider Lily Paperweight with Opaque Red Ground.  circa 1960-1980.  This is a miniature pedestal paperweight with a turquoise and white spider lily and four leaves on a rich dark red ground.  The flower has a turquoise stripe on each petal and the stamen is a yellow millefiori cane.  Each leaf is a double leaf - two leaves with a clear layer joining them so a bit of the red ground shows through.  This makes it look like each leaf has a red stripe down the center.  The paperweight is tilted at a 45 degree angle so it displays beautifully.  Signed on the white underside of the red 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:

Miniature Size:  Just over 1 5/16" diameter by just over 1 7/8" high.  The pedestal base has a diameter of just over 1 5/8".
Signature:  Signed on the white underside of the red ground with Kaziun's gold K. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips or cracks. 

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$245 postage paid in the US.                               New Price 6/25/2021

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Charles Kaziun Jr. Miniature Tilted Pedestal Spider Lily Paperweight with Opaque Red Ground
4721 Charles Kaziun Jr. Miniature Tilted Pedestal Lilac Spider Lily Paperweight with Aventurine Ground.  circa 1960-1980.  This is a miniature pedestal paperweight with a lilac spider lily and four green leaves on an opaque aventurine ground.  The flower has a red stripe on each petal and the center is a complex millefiori cane made up of seven star shaped millefiori canes (three blue, three yellow, and a slightly orange center).  Each leaf is a double leaf - two leaves with a clear layer joining them so a bit of the ground shows through.  This makes it look like each leaf has an aventurine stripe down the center.  The aventurine ground is set on a brown base and a white under-layer.  The paperweight is tilted at a 45 degree angle so it displays beautifully.  Signed on the white underside of the 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:

Miniature Size:  Just over 1 3/8" diameter by 1 15/16" high.  The pedestal base has a diameter of just over 1 5/8".
Signature:  Signed on the white underside of the aventurine ground with Kaziun's gold K. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips or cracks. 

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$245 postage paid in the US.                               New Price 6/25/2021

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Charles Kaziun Jr. Miniature Tilted Pedestal Spider Lily Paperweight with Aventurine Ground
2276 Vintage American "FROM A FRIEND" Frit Paperweight - Probably Made by Gentile Glass.  circa 1900-1974.  This frit paperweight features a "FROM A FRIEND" message in white frit with an outer wreath garland.  The design is placed over a multi-colored ground of larger glass chips.  A great gift item to raise a friend's spirits.  This example in unsigned but I suspect it was made at Gentile Glass in Star City, West Virginia based on the shape and bottom finish.  An identical example of the paperweight and the die used to produce the design are shown in American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers (1970) by Jean Melvin (see pages 69 - 71).  This is a great addition to any collection of American paperweights.

The Melvin book mentions that the motto weights like the "FROM A FRIEND" paperweight were popular items sold to distributors and gift shops throughout the US and Canada.  The dies were originally used by Peter Gentile when he worked at the Fry Factory in Rochester, NY and continued to be used by the Gentile factory once they started their own factory.

This style of paperweight was made by many glass companies throughout the glass producing areas of the midwestern US (Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, or even New Jersey) in the first half of the 20th century and later.  Frit refers to the powdered glass used to make the design.  The design is set up in a metal die and then picked up with a gather of a ground color.  Sometimes the maker can be identified by researching the mold or die used to set up the design.  According to Newell's Old Glass Paperweights of Southern New Jersey , frit weights were made as early as 1863.  Newell identifies this style as a true folk art.

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.  Originally the factory was a short-lived partnership (G. and F. Glass Co.) with John Funfrock, a mold maker.  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 to 1963.  John Gentile passed away in 2006 and it is believed that Gentile Glass closed down after his death.  Most, if not all, paperweights produced from 1975 on were signed.  For more information, you can read about the Gentile Family in the book American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers by Jean Melvin (1967 and 1970).

Large Size:  3 5/16" diameter by 2 3/4" high.  The base is fire finished.
Signature :  Unsigned, but I believe this was made by Gentile Glass prior to 1975..
Condition :  Very good condition.  There are some faint scratches and scuff marks, but no significant damage.

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$79 postage paid in the US.                         Added 6/24/2021

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Vintage American "FROM A FRIEND" Frit Paperweight - Probably Made by Gentile Glass
4845 Magnum Baccarat 1973 Gridel Series Horse Patterned Millefiori Limited Edition Paperweight.  dated 1973.  This modern patterned millefiori paperweight features a large black horse silhouette on a white background in the center.  This large center cane has a dark blue, almost black surround.  It is surrounded by a patterned arrangement of three rings of seventeen small Gridel canes and a Baccarat "B 1973" signature / date cane.  There are six canes in each ring.  The horse Gridel appears only in the center, not in the rings.  The design is set on a lush lace or upset muslin ground.  In addition to the Baccarat signature / date cane, this paperweight has two acid etched Baccarat marks on the base along with the engraved year (1973) and engraved edition number (5).  This is an especially nice design.  A beautiful addition to any collection of Baccarat paperweights.

This design was released in 1973 in a limited edition of 350 pieces.  This is number 5 in that series.  There is a signature / date cane "B 1973" shown in the pictures.  The base has two acid etched Baccarat logos plus it is engraved with the year (1973) and the edition number (5). 

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 the other 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 over 3 1/8" diameter by just under 2 5/8" high.  The base is ground flat.
Signature:  This paperweight is signed with Baccarat's complex signature / date cane "B 1973" in the design.  It also has two  acid etched Baccarat marks on the base along with the engraved year (1973) and engraved edition number (5). 
Condition:   Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.

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Signature cane "B 1973"
Signature on base
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Profile
Side view
Base
$435 postage paid in the US.                                                                Added 6/23/2021                                      

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Magnum Baccarat 1973 Gridel Series Horse Patterned Millefiori Limited Edition Paperweight
5339 Early Robert Banford Floral Paperweight - With Defects - Possible second.   circa  1975.  This paperweight has a brightly colored red clematis with yellow stamens and a bud plus green leaves and a stem.  The arrangement is placed over a translucent blue ground.  Bob's traditional "B" signature cane appears on the underside of one of the leaves.  This flower is very off center and there is are scratches on the side and also one small scratch on the top.  I suspect that this was a second that found its way into a dealer inventory.  Or it may have been a prototype for Bob Banford's Red White and Blue Bicentennial Clematis.  Please review my note below about the true colors.  The flower itself is exceptional and it would be a shame to throw it out.  I am offering it at a low price.

Note on colors:  The red color in some of these pictures are darker than in actuality.  The lighter red in the profile (taken at an angle) and the side pictures is closer to the true color.

Robert Banford worked in Hammonton, NJ.  He started making paperweights in 1971 along with his father, Ray Banford.  Bob continued to make paperweights until 2006.  Bob and Ray did not date their paperweights, but it is sometimes possible to get an idea of when a paperweight was made by the progression of styles and the type of glass used.  Bob Banford used a signature cane with a red "B" and a blue surround.  Ray Banford used a different signature cane with a black B.  Ray passed away in 2003.

Size:    2 1/2" diameter by 2 1/16" high.  The bottom is ground slightly concave. 
Signature:  Signed with Robert Banford's signature "B" cane on the underside of one of the leaves.
Condition:  Fair condition with obvious defects.  The flower is very off center and there is are scratches on the side and also one small scratch on the top.  There is also a tiny pinprick on the base.  The flower itself is exceptional.  The glass contains some small bubbles.  This is a characteristic of the Conlan crystal used by Bob from 1973-1977.

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Profile
Signature cane underneath a leaf
Scratches on the side
Side view
Base
$145 postage paid in the US.                                       Added 6/20/2021

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Early Robert Banford Floral Paperweight - With Defects - Possible second
1377 Baccarat 1988 Four Row Open Concentric Millefiori Paperweight.   dated 1988.  This paperweight has an open concentric design with four rows of colorful millefiori around a central millefiori cane.  The design is placed over a clear ground.  It is signed with an etched Baccarat logo on the base.  It also has a Baccarat "B1988" signature / date cane in the outermost row.  A fantastic example of a modern open concentric from Baccarat.  

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.

Size:  2 11/16” diameter by 2 1/16” high.  The base is polished flat.
Signature:  Made by Baccarat in France.  Signed on the base with an etched Baccarat logo.  It also has a Baccarat "B1988" signature / date cane in the outermost row.
Condition: Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.

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Closeup
Baccarat "B1988" signature / date cane
Baccarat logo on the base
Base
Side view
Profile view
$285 postage paid in the US.                                         Added 6/19/2021

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Baccarat 1988 Four Row Open Concentric Millefiori Paperweight
5355 Large Antique New England Glass Company Millefiori Nosegay or Posy Paperweight.  circa 1860.  This is an unusually large antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) Millefiori Nosegay with three white millefiori flowers and a double latticinio ground.  The three flower nosegay has four green leaves typical of NEGC.  The design is set on an exquisite swirling double latticinio ground.  It is unusual to find a NEGC nosegay with white flowers.  The three millefiori canes that make up the nosegay are slightly smudged.  There are some bubbles in the glass and in the latticinio.  This paperweight has scratches on the dome and considerable wear on the base.  There is plenty of glass and it could be restored.  An interesting paperweight that shows the classic NEGC setup.

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

Large size:  2 15/16” diameter by 1 13/16 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:  Very good condition with scratches on the dome and considerable wear on the base.  There is plenty of glass and it could be restored.  There are bubbles in the glass and in the latticinio. 

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Another view of the base
$275 postage paid in the US.                                                Added 6/19/2021

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Large Antique New England Glass Company Millefiori Nosegay or Posy Paperweight
5188 Josh Simpson Miniature Planet Marble with Blue and Black Spaceship and Stand.  This a 1 1/2" miniature planet marble made by Josh Simpson.  It has a very dark blue and black twist that Josh uses to represent a spaceship.  The basic theme of the planet series is that a lush new planet has been discovered with interesting features inviting exploration.  There are multi-colored structures on the surface of the planet.  Some structures, possibly man made, invite further exploration.  The blue and black twisted ribbon shaped spaceship orbiting the planet is deciding whether to investigate further.  There is a tiny trail of bubbles following the spaceship.  An acrilyic 2" tall by 1" by 1" dimple stand is included.  This example is unsigned.    

Josh Simpson has been making magical glass objects including paperweights for over 40 years.  He has long had a fascination with space exploration and is married to Astronaut Cady Coleman.  He is a graduate of Hamilton College and has his own glass studio in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts.  He focuses on creating objects with a range of color, form, contrast, iridescence, tessellating patterns and complexity. 

There is a great book Josh Simpson: Glass Artist by Andrew Chaikin.  I recommend it highly.

Miniature Size:  1 1/2" diameter glass sphere.  The acrylic stand is 2" tall by 1" by 1".
Signature:   This example is unsigned, but I guarantee that it is a genuine Josh Simpson marble.
Condition:  The marble is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.  There are a few tiny bubbles in the glass.  The acrylic stand has a few scratches.

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Spaceship and trail of bubbles
Bottom / Pontil area - with no signature
Dimple stand
Another view
And another view
Still another view
$75 postage paid in the US.                                         Added 6/19/2021

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Josh Simpson Miniature Planet Marble with Blue and Black Spaceship and Stand
4569 Large St. Louis 1972 Limited Edition Pink Carpet Ground Paperweight with Six Millefiori Cane Clusters.  dated 1972.  This colorful St. Louis paperweight features a carpet ground of pink complex millefiori canes.  There are six large green, yellow, and red complex cane clusters woven into the ground along with a St. Louis "SL 1972" signature / date cane.  The paperweight also has its original "CRISTAL SAINT LOUIS FRANCE" foil label.  The outer ring of pink canes is pulled down to the base to create a basket effect.  This paperweight was made in a limited edition of 400 paperweights, of which 250 were reserved for American collectors.  A must have addition to any collection of modern millefiori paperweights.

Note on condition:  This paperweight is in excellent shape with the exception of two tiny circular impact marks high on the side.  The larger is just under 1/16" across.  There is one picture showing these marks.  The paperweight displays beautifully.  Offered at a reduced price because of the damage.

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.

Large Size:  Just over 3" diameter by just over 2" high.  The base is ground concave.
Signature:  Signed with a St. Louis "SL 1972" signature / date cane.  The paperweight also has its original "CRISTAL SAINT LOUIS FRANCE" foil label.
Condition:  This paperweight is in excellent condition with the exception of two tiny circular impact marks high on the side.  The larger is just under 1/16" across.  There is one picture showing these marks.  The paperweight displays beautifully.  The foil label shows some wear.  No other damage found.

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Signature / date cane
Foil label
Closeup
Profile view
Side view
Base
Another view of base
Two impact marks (largest is under 1/16")
$245 postage paid in the US.                                        Added 6/18/2021 

For more information about paperweights made by the St. Louis glass factory in France, see my St. Louis Web Page

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Large St. Louis 1972 Limited Edition Pink Carpet Ground Paperweight with Six Millefiori Cane Clusters
5215 Baccarat 1976 Mount Rushmore Sulphide with Red and White Double Overlay and Blue Ground with Box and Certificate.  dated 1976.  This modern sulphide paperweight features a very large three dimensional figure of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in the Black Hills of South Dakota depicting the four presidents heads George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln.  It has a red and white double overlay and a transparent blue ground.  The paperweight is faceted with a large oval top facet and eight oval side facets.  There is a footed base.  The sulphide was designed by Jean Goy, a noted French sculptor.  It is signed on the base with the Baccarat acid etch logo, the edition number number "150/1000" (of which only 789 were made), and the date "1976".  This is the largest of the modern Baccarat sulphide paperweights.  It comes with its original tightly fitted box and original unnumbered certificate.  A magnificent paperweight. 

Unlike most other Baccarat sulphide paperweights, this paperweight was made in only one format with a red and white overlay and blue ground.  There were not supposed to be any variations, but some of the individual examples had additional facets  at the bottom of the overlay.  This low number example has a clear band at the bottom of the overlay.  According to Dunlop, the edition was planned for 1,000 paperweights but only 789 were actually made.     

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 his 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:  It is oval shaped, 4 1/16" wide by 3 1/2" deep by 2 1/16" high.  The blue transparent base is ground flat.  The paperweight is faceted with one large oval top facet and eight oval side facets and is footed. 
Signature:  The paperweight is signed on the base with an acid etched Baccarat mark, along with the date (1976) and the edition number (150/1000).  It comes with its original box and unnumbered certificate.
Condition:   Excellent condition.  I found a few light scratches on the base. 

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Closeup
Profile view
Base
Baccarat logo, edition number, and date on base
Side view
Paperweight and certificate in box
Box
$195 postage paid in the US.                                               Added 6/17/2021

For more information about sulphide paperweights, see my Sulphide Paperweights Web Page    (dl-sul-bac)

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Baccarat 1976 Mount Rushmore Sulphide with Red and White Double Overlay and Blue Ground with Box and Certificate
5250 Perthshire Annual Collection 1975E Limited Edition Green Overlay Millefiori Paperweight Bottle with Original Box.  This is a tall bottle with a green flash overlay and a three ring concentric millefiori pattern base.  The concentric millefiori pattern consists of all complex millefiori canes.  There is a center complex cane that matches the single millefiori cane in the stopper.  The bottle has 24 side facets arranged in three rows.  The stopper has a matching green flash overlay with eight side facets arranged in two rows.  The stopper has a single complex millefiori cane which matches the center cane in the base.  This bottle is signed with a Perthshire "P1975" signature / date cane in the base.  It also has a Perthshire paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND" on the base and comes with its original fitted satin lined box.  This design was made with a green or blue overlay and offered in a limited edition of 350 bottles of which 347 were made.  I do not have the original certificate.  This is a great addition to any collection of paperweight related items.

Perthshire made this paperweight bottle as one of their Annual Collection designs for 1975.  This means the design was made only that one year and never again.  There were five Annual Collection designs in 1975, designated A through E.  This design is designated 1975E.  The annual collection paperweights are the most desirable of the Perthshire line, with the exception of one of one items. 

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:  Just under 3 1/8" diameter by just under 7 1/2" high with the stopper.  The bottle is 5 3/4" tall without the stopper.  The stopper is 1 9/16" diameter by 2 5/8" long.  The base is ground concave in the center.  The bottle has 24 side facets and the stopper has eight side facets.  The box is 8" long by just under 5 1/2" wide by 3 7/8" tall.
Signature:  This paperweight bottle has a Perthshire complex "P1975" signature / date cane in the base and a Perthshire paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND".  It comes with its original satin lined fitted box.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.  The box is in excellent condition. 

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Closeup of concentric pattern
Closeup of stopper
Top of stopper
Signature cane and label
Base
Box
Box with bottle
Bottle with stopper
$395 postage paid in the US.                                                  Added 6/15/2021 

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

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Perthshire Annual Collection 1975E Limited Edition Green Overlay Millefiori Paperweight Bottle
4858 Magnum Baccarat 1977 Gridel Series Red Devil Patterned Millefiori Limited Edition Paperweight.  dated 1977.  This modern patterned millefiori paperweight features a large red devil silhouette on a white background in the center.  This large center cane has a red surround.  The red devil Gridel is also called a clown or jester.  It is surrounded by a ring of white millefiori canes.  The center design is further surrounded by eight groups of six millefiori canes and then by an intricate garland of 48 millefiori canes arranged in triangles.  This garland has 30 floret canes, 17 small Gridel canes, and a Baccarat "B 1977" signature / date cane.  The red devil Gridel does not appear in the garland, only in the center of the design.  The design is set on a rich translucent blue ground with a translucent white base layer.  In addition to the Baccarat signature / date cane, this paperweight has an acid etched Baccarat mark on the base along with the engraved year (1977) and engraved edition number (26).  A beautiful addition to any collection of Baccarat paperweights.

This design was released in 1977 in a limited edition of 350 pieces.  This is number 26 in that series.  There is a signature cane "B 1977" shown in the pictures.  The base has the acid etched Baccarat logo plus it is engraved with the year (1977) and the number (26). 

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 the other 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 over 3 1/8" diameter by 2 1/8" high.    The base is ground flat.
Signature:  This paperweight is signed with Baccarat's complex signature cane "B 1977" in the design.  It also has an  acid etched Baccarat mark on the base along with the engraved year (1977) and engraved edition number (26). 
Condition:   Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.

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Signature cane "B 1977"
Signature on base
Closeup
Profile
Side view
Base
SOLD.                                                                Added 6/14/2021.                                           

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Magnum Baccarat 1977 Gridel Series Red Devil Patterned Millefiori Limited Edition Paperweight
345 Colorful Surface Decorated Hollow Paperweight - Unknown Maker.   This surface decorated paperweight is hollow blown rather than solid.  The colorful decorations are tactile and can be felt on the surface.  There is a hole in the base left over from the blowing process.  Signed KO on the base but the maker is unknown.  A fun paperweight.

The maker of this paperweight is unknown. 

Size:  Just over 2 7/8" diameter by just over 2" high.  The base has been polished concave.  The surface is a little irregular There is a hole in the base left from the blowing process.
Condition:  Good condition.  Some crackling of the surface.  A few minor scratches.
Signature:  Signed KO on the base but the maker is unknown.

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Base
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Profile
Possible signature (KO)
$44 postage paid in the US.                                       Added 6/13/2021 

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Colorful Surface Decorated Hollow Paperweight - Unknown Maker
778 Miniature Art Glass Carpet Ground Millefiori Paperweight - Unknown Maker.   This art glass miniature millefiori paperweight consists of identical red, white, and pink cogged millefiori, although it looks like there may be some filler pieces added to complete the carpet.  The maker is unknown.   

The maker of this paperweight is unknown. 

Very small size:  2" diameter by 1 1/4" high.  The base has been polished flat.
Condition:  Very good condition  with no chips or cracks.  Minor scratches on the base.  One tool mark on the side.
Signature:  The maker of this paperweight is unknown.

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Profile
$59 postage paid in the US.                                       Added 6/12/2021 

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Miniature Art Glass Carpet Ground Millefiori Paperweight - Unknown Maker
5212 Large Baccarat 1974 Pansy Paperweight with Star Cut Base.   dated 1974.  This wonderful Baccarat paperweight has a Baccarat type III pansy with a bud, three green leaves, and a stem.  The pansy has a millefiori cane in the center, two notched purple upper petals, and three yellow lower petals.  Each lower petal has a purple tip and three dark lines (crows feet) radiating from the central cane.  The design is set on a clear ground with a star-cut base.  It is signed next to the stem with a Baccarat signature cane "B 1974".  It is also signed on the base with two acid etched Baccarat logos and is engraved with the year (1974), the edition number (5).  A fantastic paperweight. 

Although this paperweight is hard to find, it is not believed to be a limited edition paperweight.  Paul Dunlop does not list it as limited edition and I have seen an almost identical example dated 1972.

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 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 3" diameter by 2 1/16" high.  The base is ground concave and finished with a star cut. 
Condition:  Outstanding condition with no cracks or chips or scratches. 
Signature:  Made by Baccarat in France in 1974.  Signed in the design with a "B 1974" signature / date cane and on the base with two acid etched Baccarat logos and is engraved with the year (1974), the edition number (5).

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SOLD.                                                  Added 6/12/2021

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Large Baccarat 1974 Pansy Paperweight with Star Cut Base
2262 Large Murano Millville Style Pink Pedestal Crimp Rose Paperweight.   circa 1960s - 1970s.  This upright pedestal paperweight features a magnificent pink crimp rose with twelve variegated pink petals, six transparent green sepals, and a green stem.  Although the pedestal is upright, the composition is set at a tilt within the clear sphere.  The petals are arranged in a 5+5+2 crimp pattern.  This pedestal crimp rose paperweight is an unusual example of a Murano product that was created to mimic a style that originated in the Millville New Jersey area.   This design was originally commissioned by the Arthur Gorham Paperweight Shoppe Crimp at Wheaton Village in Millville, NJ.  The intent was not to deceive but rather to provide affordable examples for the public to buy.  It may have originally had a label, but this example does not and the name of the Murano artist is not known.  A fantastic addition to any collection of glass paperweights.

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

Very large size:   4 7/8" tall by 3 5/8" diameter.  The pedestal base is just under 3 3/4" diameter.  The base is polished flat.  This paperweight weighs just under three pounds (47 ounces). 
Condition:   Excellent condition with no cracks and no chips.  Although I didn't find any scratches on inspection, there may be a few faint scratches.
Signature:  This paperweight is unsigned, but I guarantee that this paperweight was made on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy. 

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SOLD.                                         Added 6/11/2021 

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Large Murano Millville Style Pink Pedestal Crimp Rose Paperweight
1749 Small Degenhart Name Paperweight Knob - probably from a Gearshift.  circa 1930-40.  This is a Degenhart paperweight personalized with the owner's name "M.A.Archuleta"written on a white plaque.  It has the typical Degenhart construction with the plaque outlined in blue and with four little colored icepick flowers placed at the edge of the plaque.  This one has two red flowers and two yellow flowers.  There is a colorful frit layer at the same level as the plaque.  This paperweight has a glass stub on the base and was most likely broken off from the metal fitting of a Degenhart gearshift.  It has sufficient wear / scratches to indicate that it was actually used as a gearshift knob. 

Charles and John Degenhart patented the design for a glass gearshift knob on August 20, 1929.  The glass paperweight would be mounted on a threaded metal fitting.  Some examples have the patent date on the fitting "PAT. 8-20-29" on the side of the metal fitting.  Knobs with a location are rarer than those with just a name.

Note:  The glass in this paperweight is clear but it shows a pink tint in the pictures.  Maybe the glass is sensitive to the type of lighting used, similar to the way Alexandrite or Neodymium Glass change color, but the behavior is different.  Probably it is picking up the pink in the frit layer.

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.

Size:  2" diameter by 1 1/2" high.  The base has a glass stub.
Condition:  Good condition with no chips or cracks other than the broken stub.  It has many scratches indicating that it was actually used as a gearshift knob. 
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee that this is a genuine Degenhart paperweight.

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$45 postage paid in the US.                                                                   Added 6/11/2021 

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Small Degenhart Name Paperweight Knob - probably from a Gearshift
3584
Early Chris Buzzini Bridgeton Studio Angelfish and Millefiori Flowers Paperweight.  dated 1978.  Contemporary surface decorated paperweight created by Chris Buzzini of Bridgeton Studio.  The paperweight has three red and white angelfish swimming among vines with four orange millefiori flowers and green leaves.  There is also a pulled feather design resembling waves.  Underneath there is a opaque white ground.  The entire design is encased in a clear glass layer adding depth.  Signed "BRIDGETON STUDIO '78 FS057 BUZZINI" on the base.  An early paperweight by one of the country's most talented glass artists.

Chris Buzzini studied at Shasta Junior College in Redding, CA and California State University at Chico, CA.  While at Shasta, Chris was exposed to glassblowing for the first time by Chris Sowder (1970).  Buzzini pursued glassblowing, eventually setting up his own “backyard” studio.  From 1972 to 1975, Chris worked at Orient & Flume Art Glass in Chico, CA.  Later from 1976 to 1978, he operated a glass studio Bridgeton Studio in New Jersey with the backing of a collector and a partner.  While at Bridgeton, Chris had two helpers (Allan Ziegler and Fritz Willie) who learned on the job.  Chris did the designs.  When Ziegler or Willie helped Chris make the paperweight, their name was often included in the signature.  Eventually Chris moved back to California and worked at Lundberg Studios and Correia Art Glass.  Since 1986 he has been an independent studio artist.  His designs often sell for several thousand dollars.

Large Size:  2 3/4" diameter by 2 9/16" high.  The base is ground flat.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks found on inspection.  There is a little roughness on the edge of the base, probably from when the base was ground flat.
Signature:  Signed "BRIDGETON STUDIO '78 FS057 BUZZINI" on the base.

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$185 postage paid in the US.                                                Added 6/8/2021

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Early Chris Buzzini Bridgeton Studio Angelfish and Millefiori Flowers Paperweight
4857 Magnum Baccarat 1978 Gridel Series Dog Patterned Millefiori Limited Edition Paperweight.  dated 1978.  This modern patterned millefiori paperweight features a large black dog silhouette on a white background in the center.  It is surrounded by a rings of white millefiori canes.  The center design is further surrounded by four panels of millefiori canes.  There is an outer ring with 28 millefiori including the remaining seventeen Gridel figures, Baccarat's "B 1978" signature / date cane, and eight canes that divide the panels.  The dog Gridel does not appear in the outer ring, only in the center of the design.  The design is set on an opaque black (very dark purple) ground.  In addition to the Baccarat signature / date cane, this paperweight has an acid etched Baccarat mark on the base along with the engraved year (1978) and engraved edition number (48).  There is a slight ripple or dimple in the glass of the dome.  A beautiful addition to any collection of Baccarat paperweights.

This design was released in 1978 in a limited edition of 350 pieces.  This is number 48 in that series.  There is a signature cane "B 1978" shown in the pictures.  The base has the acid etched Baccarat logo plus it is engraved with the year (1978) and the number (48).

Note on defect:  This paperweight has a slight ripple or dimple in the glass of the dome which causes a small bit of distortion.  I believe this to be a manufacturing defect.  I have reduced the price rather than have it polished. 

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 the other 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:  3 1/8" diameter by just under 2 1/4" high.    The base is ground flat.
Signature:  This paperweight is signed with Baccarat's complex signature cane "B 1978" in the design.  It also has an  acid etched Baccarat mark on the base along with the engraved year (1978) and engraved edition number (48). 
Condition:   Excellent.  There are some light scratches on the base, but no other chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.  There is a minor defect in the ground where a light area shows where the pontil was removed from the base.  This paperweight also has a slight ripple or dimple in the glass of the dome which causes a small bit of distortion.  I believe this to be a manufacturing defect.   

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SOLD.                                                                Added 6/3/2021.                                           

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Magnum Baccarat 1978 Gridel Series Dog Patterned Millefiori Limited Edition Paperweight
3041 Early Paul Stankard Red Flower Paperweight.  circa 1969 - 1971.  This paperweight features a six petaled red flower with two sepals, two leaves,  and a stem.  The upright light blue stamen in the center has yellow filaments.  Each petal is striped and the leaves are also striped.  The ground is a rich blue color.  There are imperfections in the ground and some small bubbles in the design.  This is one of Paul Standard's earliest designs and is signed with a "PS" cane in the side of the blue ground. 

This paperweight is similar to 7D (1971) on page 7 of the book PAUL JOSEPH STANKARD:  THE FIRST DECADE published by Wheaton Museum of Glass.  Similar paperweights are shown in the 1971 Selman Catalog of Collectors' Paperweights although the paperweight in this listing is slightly earlier than the PS weights shown in the 1971 catalog.  The PS signature cane was used on his early work and was retired in 1975. 

Paul Joseph Stankard is considered to be the father of modern glass paperweights.  He has a degree in Scientific Glassblowing from the Salem Vocational Technical Institute (now Salem Community College) in Salem, New Jersey and worked for ten years as a glassblower making scientific instruments for various chemical laboratories before turning his attention to creating glass art.  He made his first paperweights in 1968 focusing on a realistic replication of nature.  Today he is one of the premier lampwork artists and has shared his knowledge with many other fine glass artists.  Paul's studio is in Mantua, NJ.  His work is on display at over 60 museums worldwide and there are several excellent books on this artist. 

Small Size:   2 1/4" diameter by just under 1 3/8" tall.  The paperweight has a flat profile. 
Signature:    Signed signed with a "PS" cane in the side of the blue ground.  There are imperfections in the ground and some small bubbles in the design.
Condition:  Very good condition with no cracks or chips or scratches found on inspection.

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SOLD.                       Added 6/3/2021

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Early Paul Stankard Red Flower Paperweight
5187 Art Glass Ascending Staircase Sculpture Paperweight - Signed.  dated 2002.  This art glass sculpture is composed of glass rectangles with colored circles between them.  There are ten 1" x 2" rectangles that make up the staircase or spiral, plus a 2 1/2" square first step, a 3" square base and 3" square top, for thirteen glass pieces in all.  It is signed on the base "M+J   G '02", but the maker's name is unknown.  A fun item. 

Note about condition:  Several of the smaller rectangles that make up  the steps have chips, all but one of which are minor.  The worst chip is 1/4" long and is shown in the pictures.

The maker of this paperweight is unknown. 

Size:  3" by 3" by just over 2 7/8" high.
Condition:  Good condition with some chips to the steps.  The worst chip is 1/4" long and is shown in the pictures.
Signature:  Signed and dated on the base "M+J   G '02", but the maker's name is unknown.

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$79 postage paid in the US.                                       Added 6/1/2021 

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Art Glass Ascending Staircase Sculpture Paperweight - Signed
3437 Large Colorful Strathearn Paneled Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1963-1968.  This very attractive paperweight consists of a paneled millefiori pattern with nine panels of 1 (white) + 2 (yellow) + 2 (pink) millefiori patterns each separated by a white latticinio twist cane.  There is a central ring of seven dark green  millefiori canes and then a center orange millefiori cane.  The canes are early Scottish millefiori canes on a translucent blue ground.  This is a great addition to any collection of Scottish paperweights. Great color.

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 company is no longer in existence.

Size:   3 1/16” diameter by 2 5/16” high.  The base is fire polished. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection other than minor wear on the base. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this to be a Strathearn paperweight from Scotland. 

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$125 postage paid in the US.                                                 Added 5/29/2021    

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Large Colorful Strathearn Paneled Millefiori Paperweight
4964 Dramatic Daum Egg Shaped Floral Paperweight from France.  undated.   This egg shaped paperweight features a very dark brown (nearly black) and white fan shaped stylized flower with large bubble in the center.  The stem is orange and dark brown and the design is placed above a clear bubble ground.  A very modern creation, it is signed "Daum France" in script near the base.  It also has its original label "cristal DAUM".  A dramatic paperweight in near perfect condition.   

Daum Frères was founded in 1878 in Nancy, France by an attorney named Jean Daum, when he took over a glass factory in lieu of repayment on a debt.  The company's product line has gone through many iterations since and this egg shaped paperweight is a modern product, produced sometime after 1970.  It is not in the current catalog.  The company still manufactures art glass in downtown of Nancy and a nearby village Vannes-le-Châtel.  Everything is handmade.  There are more than 600 Daum Art Glass items in the Daum Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts of Nancy (Nancy Musée des Beaux-Arts) that documents the history of glass manufacturing from the 1880s through the 1990s.

Size :  2 5/16” diameter by 3 1/16" high.   The base is ground flat. 
Signature :  Signed "Daum France" in script near the base.  It also has its original label "cristal DAUM". 
Condition :  Excellent condition with one tiny pinprick on the top and a second pinprick on the base.  No other chips, cracks or scratches found on inspection.

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$49 postage paid in the US.                                        Added 5/29/2021 

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Dramatic Daum Egg Shaped Floral Paperweight from France
5259 Set of St. Louis Paperweight Style Letter Seals Limited Edition with Original Box and Certificates.  dated 1974.  This is pair of St. Louis paperweight style letter seals, one red with a white stripe and one blue with a white stripe.  The bases are flat and blank, ready to be engraved to create your own custom letter seals.  Each handle is hollow blown with white pinstripe twists.  These letter seals were issued in 1974 in limited editions of 500 of each color and were sold individually and in boxed sets.  This set comes with its original (although distressed) St. Louis presentation box and original certificates.  Each seal is signed on the top of the base with an etched signature "1974 S. LOUIS France".  A great addition to any collection of modern French paperweights.    

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.

Size:  Each letter seal is 4 5/16" tall.  The blue seal has a base diameter of just under 1 1/2".  The red is slightly thinner with a base diameter of 1 7/16".  The base of each seal is flat. 
Signature:  Each letter seal is signed and dated with an etched signature "1974 S. LOUIS France".
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No flaws found on either seal.  The box is distressed as shown in the pictures.

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$185 postage paid in the US.                                        Added 5/28/2021 

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Set of St. Louis Paperweight Style Letter Seals Limited Edition with Original Box and Certificates
4843 Magnum Baccarat 1971 Gridel Series Squirrel Concentric Millefiori Limited Edition Paperweight.  dated 1971.  This modern close concentric millefiori paperweight features a large white squirrel silhouette on a black background in the center surrounded by five rings of mostly complex millefiori canes.  One ring contains all eighteen Gridel figures including a smaller version of the squirrel at 1 o'clock.  The fifth ring is visible only from the side.  The design is set on a wispy white ground made up of white twist canes.  The paperweight is signed with Baccarat's complex signature cane "B 1971" in the fourth ring from the center.  It also has two acid etched Baccarat marks on the base along with the engraved year (1971) and engraved edition number (57).  This paperweight displays beautifully in spite of the condition flaws noted below. 

This design was released in 1971 and continued into 1972 in a limited edition of 1,200 pieces.  This is number 57 in that series.  There is a signature cane "B 1971" shown in the pictures.  The bottom has the acid etched Baccarat logo twice plus it is engraved with the year (1971) and the number (57).

Note on condition:  This paperweight has damage in several areas in addition to scratches on the base.  The worst of these is a 1/4" circular impact mark on the side next to the base.  It also has some very faint scratches on the dome, the worst of which is 3/8" long.  And an area of abrasions about 1/4" across on the side.  None of these affects the display of the paperweight and you will have difficulty even finding any except for the impact mark.  But bright lights and modern cameras show all defects and I have included a picture of each in this listing.  I am offering this paperweight at a greatly reduced price.

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 the other 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 1 15/16" high.    The base is ground flat.
Signature:  The paperweight is signed with Baccarat's complex signature cane "B 1971" in the design.  It also has two acid etched Baccarat marks on the base along with the engraved year (1971) and engraved edition number (57). 
Condition:   Good condition.  This paperweight has damage in several areas in addition to scratches on the base.  The worst of these is a 1/4" circular impact mark on the side next to the base.  It also has some very faint scratches on the dome, the worst of which is 3/8" long.  And an area of abrasions about 1/4" across on the side.  None of these affects the display of the paperweight and you will have difficulty even finding any except for the impact mark.  But bright lights and modern cameras show all defects and I have included a picture of each in this listing. 

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Impact mark (1/4") near base
Scratch on dome
Abrasion on side
SOLD.                                           Added 5/27/2021

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Magnum Baccarat 1971 Gridel Series Squirrel Concentric Millefiori Limited Edition Paperweight
3093 Rick Ayotte 1998 Miniature American Beauty Red Rose Paperweight.  dated 1998.  This paperweight presents a single many petaled American Beauty Red Rose with four variegated green sepals.  The design is paced on a clear ground.  The American Beauty was the third rose series made by Rick.  It is signed "Ayotte M-44 '98" on the side just above the base.  Although Rick has designated it a miniature it is bigger than a true miniature at just over 2 1/4" diameter.  A precious paperweight.

This paperweight appears in the book Songs without Words:  The Art of the Paperweight - Rick Ayotte.   This weight is designated a miniature and is shown on page 145.  The full size paperweight is shown in the American Beauty Red Rose Bouquet on page 118 and is catalog number A242.  A smaller miniature American Beauty Red Rose paperweight sold for $450 in the Winter 2021 LH Selman Auction 77. 

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. 

Size:  Just over 2 1/4" diameter by 1 13/16” high.  The base has been ground concave. 
Signature:   Signed “Ayotte M-44  '98" on the side just above the base.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.  There is a tiny area on the edge of the base that has a tiny bit of roughness, probably left over from when the base was polished.

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SOLD.                                                        Added 5/27/2021

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Rick Ayotte 1998 Miniature American Beauty Red Rose Paperweight
4891 Perthshire Annual Collection 2000F Limited Edition End of Day Faceted Mushroom Paperweight.  This paperweight features an end of day or tightly packed complex millefiori design pulled down to form a mushroom.  There are five picture canes placed in the design with a Perthshire "P2000" signature / date cane in the center.  It is also signed with an engraved "P" on the edge of the base.  The five picture canes are a crab, dog (scottie), deer (stag), dog (dalmatian), and a bird (wren).  The design is set over a clear ground.  The paperweight is finished with a large top facet and ten side facets arranged in two rows.  The base is cut with a fancy fan cut, also called a 20 point star.  This design was made in a limited edition of 175 paperweights.  It comes with its original box.  There is no paper label on this example and I do not have the original certificate.  A nice crisp design with great execution.  This is a very desirable paperweight made in last few years of Perthshire's operation.

Note:  Although Perthshire called this an end of day paperweight, it is really a carefully close packed design of complex millefiori canes, not a scramble in the usual sense. 

Perthshire made this paperweight as one of their Annual Collection designs for 2000.  This means the design was made only that one year and never again.  There were eight Annual Collection designs in 2000, designated A through G plus one additional special design.  This paperweight is designated 2000F.  The annual collection paperweights are the most desirable of the Perthshire line, with the exception of one of one items. 

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:  Just under 3" diameter by just under 2 7/8" high.  The base is ground concave and finished with a 20 point fan cut.  This paperweight has one large top facet and ten side facets in two rows. 
Signature:  This paperweight has a Perthshire complex "P2000" signature / date cane in the center of the design and is also engraved "P" at the edge of the base.  It does not have a paper label or its original certificate.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.

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$785 postage paid in the US.                                                  Added 5/26/2021 

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Perthshire Annual Collection 2000F Limited Edition End of Day Faceted Mushroom Paperweight
3413 Brian Maytum Magnum Faceted Iridescent Feather Pulled Tiffany Style Paperweight.  circa  1980s.  Shimmering iridescent tiffany style design by Brian Maytum with an asymmetric faceting pattern.  The feather pulled floral design defies description.  The colors are shades of blue, gold, copper, and white over a very dark or black ground.  The facets vary in size and placement to complement the design.  It is signed on the base "Brian Maytum" with a number "CSFPW-065" and a date that I believe is 1981.  The number and date are difficult to read.  A magnificent paperweight.  Among the best of Brian Maytum's early work. 

Brian Maytum had a studio in Boulder Colorado and made glass there since the early 1980s.  As of 2021, he had retired a few years ago.

Very large size:   3 3/4" diameter by 3 1/2" high.  The base is ground flat.  This paperweight is finished with an asymmetric faceting pattern where the facets vary in size and placement to complement the design.  It weighs 38 ounces and will be over three pounds when boxed. 
Signature:  Signed and dated on the base "Brian Maytum" with a number "CSFPW-065" and a date that I believe is 1981.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  There are some scratches on the base, but no other cracks, chips or scratches found on inspection. 

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$165 postage paid in the US.                                            Added 5/26/2021

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Brian Maytum Magnum Faceted Iridescent Feather Pulled Tiffany Style Paperweight
463 Large St. Louis Prototype Paperweight - Hexagon Shape Carpet Millefiori Pattern of Cross of Lorraine Canes with Pistachio Double Overlay.  circa late 1960s.  This dramatic St. Louis paperweight features a hexagon shaped millefiori pattern of blue and red Cross of Lorraine canes surrounded by a border of white stardust canes.  The design is set on a translucent dark green button ground and is encased in a pistachio and white double overlay.  This paperweight has an unusual faceting with a large top facet and five larger side facets.  The side facets overlap and each has four extra cuts near the base forming smiling lips.  These extra cuts create an elaborate pattern when the paperweight is viewed from the top.  The paperweight is not a production item and was probably an experimental piece intended to demonstrate a new design.  The faceting may have been an experiment or maybe it was added to remove damage or execution flaws.  The overlay has flaws where it meets the base.  The millefiori canes in this paperweight are known St. Louis millefiori canes, but the paperweight is unsigned.  A brilliant design.  It is a shame it was never released to production.  A great addition to any collection of modern millefiori paperweights.    

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.

Large Size:  2 13/16" diameter by just under 2 1/4" high.  The base is ground concave.  Faceted with a large top facet and five larger side facets in an unusual complex faceting pattern.
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this is a modern St. Louis paperweight from the late 1960s or early 1970s.
Condition:  Very good condition with no scratches, chips or cracks found on inspection.  The double overlay has flaws where it meets the base.

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SOLD.                                        Added 5/17/2021 

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Large St. Louis Prototype Paperweight - Hexagon Shape Carpet Millefiori Pattern of Cross of Lorraine Canes with Pistachio Double Overlay
2850 Unsigned Miniature Lampwork Flower Paperweight, possibly by Ronald Hansen.  undated.  This miniature paperweight features a six petal lampwork flower with leaves and stem.  The petals are yellow with orange stripes.  There are five variegated sepals and plus two leaves and a stem.  It has a low profile.  Nicely executed, it has an unusual amber ground placed over a white button base (see picture of the base).  Definitely the work of  a talented artist.  Possibly by Ronald Hansen.

Note:  The maker of paperweight is unknown, but it is possibly by Ronald Hansen who made paperweights from the late 1950s to 1971. 

Ronald E. Hansen was born in Virginia, Minnesota in 1910.  He was first exposed to glass lampwork as a child when he was befriended by Bohemian glassworkers in a "hobo village" making glass ships.  He later worked as the director of the Neon Tube School in Detroit, Michigan.  With this exposure, he was aware of the artistic and technical aspects of glassworking.  He established his own studio in Mackinaw City, Michigan, mixed his own colors and glass, and created a variety of small glass paperweights, most of which are 2 1/2" or less in diameter.  He made paperweights from the late 1950s to 1971.  He was one of a number of glass artists in this paperweight making family.  His nephew, Eric Hansen, continues the art today.  You can read more about Ronald E. Hansen in the book American Glass Paperweights and their makers by Jean Melvin (1970 Revised edition) or the article by Nancy Alfano in the 2004 PCA Bulletin.

Very small size:  Low profile, 1 15/16" diameter by just over 1" high.  The base is ground flat with a frosted finish.
Signature:   Unsigned.  I believe this paperweight was made by Ronald Hansen, but have been unable to confirm this ID. 
Condition:  Very good condition with a few faint scratches or scuffed areas. 

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Unsigned Miniature Lampwork Flower Paperweight, possibly by Ronald Hansen
4382 Robert Banford Blue Double Clematis with Buds Double Overlay Faceted Paperweight with Fancy Base Cutting.  circa  1987.  This paperweight features a wonderful dark blue double clematis with a yellow center and two companion buds, one open and the other still closed.  It is has many green leaves and a stem.  The design is set on a clear ground and encased with a brilliant red and white double overlay.  It is faceted with a large top facet and six side facets.  In addition there is a fancy cutting on the lower portion below the facets.  The paperweight is signed with Bob Banfords “B” signature cane at the tip of the stem.  I believe this is part of Bob Banford's 1987 Collection and the cutting is by Ed Poore.  A very desirable addition to any collection of contemporary American paperweights. 

Note on condition:  There is a 1/8" nick or tool mark just above the fancy cutting.  It is barely visible, but I mention this for completeness and provide a much magnified picture.  No other flaws found on inspection.

Robert Banford worked in Hammonton, NJ.  He started making paperweights in 1971 along with his father, Ray Banford.  Bob continued to make paperweights until 2006.  Bob and Ray did not date their paperweights, but it is sometimes possible to get an idea of when a paperweight was made by the progression of styles and the type of glass used.  Bob Banford used a signature cane with a red "B" and a blue surround.  Ray Banford used a different signature cane with a black B.  Ray passed away in 2003.

Size:  2 15/16" diameter by just over 2 1/8" high.  The bottom is ground slightly concave.  It is faceted with a large top facet and six side facets.  In addition there is a fancy cutting on the lower portion below the facets.  
Signature:  Signed with Robert Banford's signature "B" cane at the tip of the stem.  I believe this is part of Bob Banford's 1987 Collection and the cutting is by Ed Poore.
Condition:  Very good condition.  There is a 1/8" nick or tool mark just above the fancy cutting.  It is barely visible, but I mention this for completeness and provide a much magnified picture.  No other flaws found on inspection.

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$950 postage paid in the US.                     US Sales only, no international shipping.                  Added 5/13/2021 

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Robert Banford Blue Double Clematis with Buds Double Overlay Faceted Paperweight with Fancy Base Cutting
4774 Early 1975 David Salazar Lundberg Studios Iridescent Surface Decorated Hearts and Vines Design Paperweight.  dated 1975.  This is a brilliant surface decorated hearts and vines design paperweight by David Salazar at Lundberg Studios.  It has nine outlined yellow hearts and a dense thicket of dark brown vines.  The design is placed on  a iridescent silvery blue background.  Underneath is a blue and white core.  Signed and dated on the base "Lundberg Studios 1975 DS".  It is a very early paperweight by David Salazar.  A wonderful composition.

Special Thanks:  Special thanks to an expert on Lundberg who corrected my original attribution to Daniel Salazar.  This paperweight was made by David Salazar.

David P. Salazar was born in Del Rio, Texas.  His fascination with glass started in college, when he began making scientific glassware.  In 1972, he started working as an apprentice at Lundberg Studios, and quickly moved into the more creative aspects of designing and torchwork.  After 10 years in the studio environment, he decided to strike out on his own in order to develop new designs and techniques.  Initially he rented space from Zephyr Studios in Santa Cruz, California, staying there from 1982 to 1985.  When Zephyr went out of business, Salazar took over the building and started his own studio.

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.  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.

Large size:   3 1/8" diameter by 2 5/16" high.  The base is ground flat. 
Signature:  Signed and dated on the base "Lundberg Studios 1975 DS".
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips or scratches found on inspection.

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$165 postage paid in the US.                                            Added 4/24/2021

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Early 1975 David Salazar Lundberg Studios Iridescent Surface Decorated Hearts and Vines Design Paperweight
4033 Huge Faceted Antique Monogram VH or HV Paperweight with Red and White Interior Ripple Pattern by Unknown Maker.  circa 1900.  This very large faceted paperweight has a top facet and 32 side facets arranged in four rows.  The top facet has a fancy monogram VH or HV.  The interior has a red and white ripple pattern wrapped around a center bubble.  There are at least twenty turns of the pattern.  The glass shows up gold colored in the pictures but it is actually clear or slightly tinted.  There is a large teardrop bubble in the center of the design.  The maker of this paperweight has not been identified.  Most likely it was made in Northern Europe or possibly Alsace Lorraine or Bohemia.  Some of the facets are damaged but only one has a bad chip (3/8" across).  A mystery for future study.

The maker of this paperweight is unknown.  Most likely it was made in Northern Europe or possibly Alsace Lorraine or Bohemia.   

Very large size:  4 1/4" diameter by 2 15/16".  It weighs just over 41 ounces.  The base is ground flat.  This paperweight is faceted with a top facet  and 32 side facets in four rows.
Condition:  Good condition for its age.  There is considerable wear on the base and some of the facets are damaged.  The worst damage is one larger chip 3/8" across.
Signature:  This paperweight and maker is unknown.  Most likely it was made in Northern Europe or possibly Alsace Lorraine or Bohemia.  I guarantee that this is an antique paperweight (over 100 years old). 

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SOLD.                                       Added 4/24/2021 

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Huge Faceted Antique Monogram VH or HV Paperweight with Red and White Interior Ripple Pattern by Unknown Maker
2861 William Manson Caithness Heron 1997 Limited Edition Paperweightcirca 1997.  This upright paperweight features an elegant tall white and black heron wading in shallow water near white flowers and green vegetation.  The ground is a translucent amber.  The paperweight is faceted with a large front facet and a star cut back facet.  The amber ground and the star pattern create the effect of the sun rising (or setting) in the background.  There is a William Manson, Sr. "WM" signature cane at the base of the flowers.  In addition, this paperweight is signed on the base / bottom "Heron Caithness Scotland 8-150", indicating it is number 8 in a limited edition of 150 paperweights.  A brilliant design.

This design is listed and designated CT-1426 on page 205 of the Charlton Standard Catalog of Caithness Paperweights.  It is part of the Traditional Collection Series.  Heron was designed in 1997 by William Manson, Snr. and issued in a limited edition of 150 paperweights.  Of these, only 112 were made.  This example is marked 8-150.  The original issue price in the US was $265.

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.

William Manson, Snr. 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.  During this period he also had a small studio at home.  In 1997 he left for good to form his own studio William Manson Paperweights.  After Perthshire closed in January 2002, William Manson Sr. started Phoenix Paperweights to engage three workers from Perthshire.  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.  For a brief period (2004-2006), William Manson, Sr. made collaborative paperweights with John Deacons.

Size:  2 1/2" diameter by 2 3/8" high.  This upright paperweight has a large front facet and a star cut back facet.  The base / bottom is ground flat. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.  
Signature:  It is signed with an engraved script signature on the base / bottom "Heron Caithness Scotland 8-150".

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William Manson Caithness Heron 1997 Limited Edition Paperweight
3564 Baccarat 1974 Gridel Series Millefiori Pelican Limited Edition Paperweight.  dated 1974.  This modern millefiori paperweight features a large central black Gridel pelican silhouette on a white background with a dark blue surround.  The pelican cane is set in the center of a concentric design with five rings of millefiori canes.  The rings are light blue, yellow, a ring of  all 18 Gridel canes, a red ring, and another yellow ring on the outside.  There is a lace ground underneath the design.  Baccarat's complex signature / date cane "B 1974" is in the red ring.  The pelican appears twice, once in the center and a smaller one at 5 o'clock.  This design was released in 1974 in a limited edition of 350 pieces.  This is number 286 in that edition.  This paperweight is also signed on the base with two acid etched Baccarat marks along with the year (1974) and edition number (286).  A fantastic paperweight.

According to the literature, this design was released in 1974 in a limited edition of 240 pieces.  However, this example is numbered 286, which needs some explanation.  I believe that Baccarat decided to increase the edition size after the 1974 production started.  They probably increased it to 350 which matches the size of the 1973 designs and also all later years (1975 and later).  The only other explanation is that they mixed several designs when numbering the paperweights.  This seems unlikely since early copies of the pelican in that year had the engraved edition size (e.g., 189/240) on the base and only the higher numbers had a single number.  Or they just messed up.  Take your choice.  The same numbering discrepancy occurred with the swan issued in 1974.  As far as I know, no other Gridel weights have this discrepancy.

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.

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 the other 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.

Large size:  Just over 3 1/16" diameter by just over 2 1/8" high.    The base is ground flat.
Signature:  The paperweight is signed with Baccarat's complex signature cane "B 1974" in the design.  It also has two acid etched Baccarat marks on the base along with the year (1974) and edition number (286). 
Condition:   Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection. 

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Baccarat 1974 Gridel Series Millefiori Pelican Limited Edition Paperweight
2862 Peter Holmes Selkirk 1997 Blue Clematis and Vine with Buds and Millefiori Garland Paperweight.  dated 1997.  This magnum paperweight has a wonderful double tiered blue clematis with a vine wrapping around the flower.  The vine has four blue buds and eight leaves.  In turn, the floral composition is surrounded by a millefiori garland of alternating pink and green canes with an extra green Peter Holmes "PH" signature cane.  The design is placed over a clear ground and faceted with one large top facet and seven side facets.  In addition to the PH signature cane, it is signed in script next to the base "SELKIRK GLASS SCOTLAND DOUBLE CLEMATIS 24 1997" and there is also a "SELKIRK GLASS Hand made in Scotland" foil label.  A wonderful paperweight in perfect condition.

Note:  The script signature contains the number "24".  I assume this an edition number within a limited edition, but have not been able find any information on the edition size.  

Selkirk Glass founded in 1977 by Peter Holmes and Ron Hutchinson.  Peter apprenticed under Paul Ysart at Caithness from 1963 and continued at Caithness until 1977.  Ron Hutchinson was also at Caithness.  Selkirk produced a wide range of paperweight styles including abstract, lampwork and millefiori paperweights.  The company was located in Selkirk, Scotland in the Borders Region.  At some point they were purchased by Edinburgh Crystal and remained in operation until 2006. .

Peter Holmes started his glass working career at Caithness Glass (Scotland) in 1963 as an apprentice to Paul Ysart.  He continued at Caithness until 1977, when he and Ron Hutchinson left Caithness to start Selkirk Glass.  Peter left Selkirk in 2002 to start Scottish Borders Art Glass with his son, Andrew, at Galalaw, Hawick. 

Very large size:  3 1/4" diameter by 2" high. The bottom is ground concave.  It is faceted with one large top facet and seven side facets. 
Signature:  It is signed in script next to the base "SELKIRK GLASS SCOTLAND DOUBLE CLEMATIS 24 1997" and there is also a Peter Holmes "PH" signature cane and a Selkirk foil label. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches.

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Peter Holmes Selkirk 1997 Blue Clematis and Vine with Buds and Millefiori Garland Paperweight
3794 Colorful Magnum Rollin Karg Three Sided Paperweight.  circa 1983 to 2000.  This is an interesting three sided sculptural paperweight with inner folds.  Primarily blue, most of the surface has colored spots of pinks, reds, and browns.  One side has an area that is dichroic. It is signed "KARG" on the side near the base.  Extra large.  A fun paperweight. 

Rollin Karg spent the first part of his career as an industrial engineer, photographer, potter and woodworker before becoming a full time glass artist in 1983.  He studied hot glass at Emporia State University (Kansas) and built his first glassblowing furnace there.  Today he owns a studio and gallery in Kechi, Kansas. 

Very large size:  Three sided shape.  3 1/2" at the widest by 2 13/16" tall.  The base is ground flat. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks found on inspection.
Signature:  Engraved "KARG" on the side near the base. 

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$79 postage paid in the US.                                                         Added 4/21/2021

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Colorful Magnum Rollin Karg Three Sided Paperweight
4583 Large St. Louis 1976 Bicentennial George Washington on Horseback Gold Inclusion Paperweight.   dated 1976.  This paperweight features a gold foil inclusion of General George Washington on his horse surrounded by thirteen millefiori stars, one of which is a complex St. Louis signature / date cane "SL 1976".  The design is placed on an opaque blue ground and is faceted with one large top facet and five side facets.  Sculpted into the ground below the horse's feet are the dates "1776 - 1976".  In addition to the signature cane, the paperweight has its original "CRISTAL SAINT LOUIS FRANCE" foil label and comes with its original certificate of authenticity.  This paperweight is number 133 out of a limited edition of 650 paperweights.  A wonderful paperweight in perfect condition. 

According to the two books on St. Louis paperweights, this is the first modern St. Louis paperweight to have gold inclusions.  It was created for the US Bicentennial in 1976 and considered a special accomplishment.  The inclusion / medal was created from a drawing by Remy Hetreau of Arthus Bertrand Co., Paris.  One of the paperweights was given to President and Mrs. Ford as a symbol of Franco-American friendship.  Two versions of this design were created, 250 regular and 400 with a double overlay, for a total of 650 copies.  All copies were limited to US distribution.  

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. 

Large Size :  Just under 3 1/8" diameter by 2 1/16" high.  The bottom is ground concave.  It is faceted with one large top facet and five side facets.
Signature : Signed in the design with a complex signature / date cane "SL 1976".  It also has has its original "CRISTAL SAINT LOUIS FRANCE" foil label and comes with its original certificate of authenticity. 
Condition :  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches.  The original collector noted the price paid at Wheaton Village in December 1975 on the reverse side of the certificate ($310).

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$295 postage paid in the US.                                                                           Added 4/21/2021

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Large St. Louis 1976 Bicentennial George Washington on Horseback Garland Paperweight
4040 Large Strathearn Eight Pointed Star Paneled Millefiori Paperweight with Opaque Orange Ground.  circa 1963-1968.  This paperweight is finished as a eight pointed star.  The star points give the glass a glittery appearance.  It features a paneled millefiori design with seven panels of 1+1+2 millefiori patterns each separated by a white latticinio twist cane.  There is a central ring of six millefiori canes and then a center millefiori cane.  The canes are early Scottish millefiori canes on an opaque orange ground.  A great addition to any collection of Scottish glass. 
 
This is called a pressed weight because a mold is used to form the shape.  The top is flattened.  The star points give the glass a real glittery appearance as you can see in the pictures. 

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.

Size:   2 3/4” diameter by 1 3/16” high.  The base is fire polished. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No damage found on inspection.   
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee this is a Strathearn paperweight made in Scotland.

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$85 postage paid in the US.                                                 Added 4/19/2021

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Large Strathearn Eight Pointed Star Paneled Millefiori Paperweight with Opaque Orange Ground
4039 Joe Rice Magnum Multicolored Ribbon Crimp Paperweight.   circa 1987-2010.  Multi-colored stylized crimp flower in the unique St. Clair style.  I refer to this style as a rainbow ribbon crimp weight.  It has has eight pleats or crimps with a carefully placed bubble between each.  The design is off center in the paperweight.  A showy paperweight with great color.  Very collectible. 

Similar examples are shown American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers by Jean Melvin (1967 and 1970) and the St. Clair Collectors Guide by Bonnie Pruitt.  They were made by members of the St. Clair family and also by Joe Rice.

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 Jensen 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.

Joe Rice,a third generation glassblower in the St. Clair family, is the grandson of John "Pop" St. Clair, Sr.  and nephew of a nephew of Joe St. Clair and the other brothers mentioned above.  His mother Jane Rice was Joe St. Clair's sister.  Joe Rice began working at the family glass factory in 1962 at the age of twelve.  He worked with his uncles Joe, Ed, Bob, and Paul after school hours and during the summer months.  When the estate of Bob St. Clair was ready for public auction in October 1987, Joe Rice was able to purchase the property along with needed supplies and equipment.  He reopened the factory as the The House of Glass.  His uncles Ed and Paul were there to help guide him along his path to success.  The House of Glass continues to operate in Elwood, Indiana.

Very large size:  Just under 3 7/8" diameter by 2 3/8" high.  The bottom is fire finished and hot stamped with the signature.  The paperweight weighs 29 ounces. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.  The design, however, is off center in the paperweight.
Signature:  Hot stamped "JOE RICE" on the base. 

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$59 postage paid in the US.                       Added 4/18/2021

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Joe Rice Magnum Multicolored Ribbon Crimp Paperweight
3083 Selkirk 2002 Shamrock Paperweight.  dated 2002.  This paperweight has a bold green lampwork shamrock surrounded by a stylized green torsade or garland.  In the center under the shamrock is a transparent white ground suggesting snow or dew.  This paperweight is signed in script on the base "SELKIRK GLASS SCOTLAND SHAMROCK 2002".  It also has a gold foil label "SELKIRK GLASS HANDMADE IN SCOTLAND".  A colorful  example from Selkirk Glass.

The shamrock is an iconic symbol of Irish heritage and culture.  It was used by St. Patrick as a symbol of Irish identity.  The three leaves of a shamrock are also said to stand for faith, hope and love. 

Selkirk Glass founded in 1977 by Peter Holmes and Ron Hutchinson.  Peter apprenticed under Paul Ysart at Caithness from 1963 and continued at Caithness until 1977.  Ron Hutchinson was also at Caithness.  Selkirk produced a wide range of paperweight styles including abstract, lampwork and millefiori paperweights.  The company was located in Selkirk, Scotland in the Borders Region.  At some point they were purchased by Edinburgh Crystal and remained in operation until 2006. .

Size:  Just over 2 9/16" diameter by 2" high. The bottom is ground concave. 
Signature:  It is signed in script on the base "SELKIRK GLASS SCOTLAND SHAMROCK 2002".  It also has a gold foil label "SELKIRK GLASS HANDMADE IN SCOTLAND".
Condition:  Excellent condition with some wear on the base.  No other scratches, cracks or chips found on inspection. 

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$65 postage paid in the US.                                            Added 4/18/2021

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Selkirk 2002 Shamrock Paperweight
4038 Colorful Murano Figural Bird Paperweight - Made From Twist Canes.   circa 1960s - 1970s.  This paperweight is a good example of a Murano figural paperweight.  The bird is formed from seven colored twist canes and seven alternating white latticinio twist canes with eyes and beak added.  The pink, green, blue, and yellow colored twist canes have aventurine edges.  Bright and colorful.  A fun paperweight.

Note:  Although this paperweight is beautifully made, there is some debris in the glass and there is some roughness at the end of the tail feathers - left by the tools used to snip the glass.   

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

Size:   Just under 3" long (beak to tail) by diameter by 1 3/4" wide.  The small base is polished flat. 
Condition:   Excellent condition with no cracks,  chips, or scratches.  There is some debris in the glass and there is some roughness at the end of the tail feathers - left by the tools used to snip the glass.
Signature:  This paperweight is unsigned, but I guarantee that this paperweight was made on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy. 

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$85 postage paid in the US.                                         Added 4/17/2021 

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Colorful Murano Figural Bird Paperweight - Made From Twist Canes
2968 Richard Satava 1996 Flat Design Moon Jellyfish Paperweight.  dated 1996.  This moon jellyfish has an unusual flat shape with a veiled dome of amber and and blue colors.  Inside the dome are many colorful delicate long tentacles or tendrils reaching down to the base.  The colors react to the viewing angle.  Signed on the base "Satava 3748-96".  The artwork is truly amazing.   

Richard Satava was introduced to glassblowing in 1969 while at Oceana High School in Pacifica, California. He subsequently studied art and glassblowing at the College of San Mateo and California State University, Chico.  He also worked as a technician in the glass shop at CSU, Chico.  In 1977 he founded Satava Art Glass in Chico, CA.  His glass art has several themes, mostly focusing on inspiration from nature.  During the 1990s he started to focus more attention on ocean life and nautical themes based on the jellyfish in the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  He has several different series of jellyfish, depicting them in upright and side swimming positions and also as an unusual flat depiction.   

Large size:   6 1/4" high by 4 1/16" wide by approximately 1 15/16" deep.  The back and base are polished flat.  This paperweight weighs two pounds eleven ounces (43 ounces). 
Signature:  Signed on the base "Satava 3748-96". 
Condition:  There is one 5/8" scratch on the left edge of the back and some scratches on the base / bottom as shown in the pictures.  No other cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection. 

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$495 postage paid in the US.                                                   Added 4/17/2021

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Richard Satava 1996 Flat Design Moon Jellyfish Paperweight
3740 Rare 1970 Baccarat Yellow Flower Paperweight.  dated 1970.  This yellow flower paperweight is an early example of Baccarat's modern lampwork paperweight production.  The flower has six cupped and variegated yellow petals with fine lampwork leaves and stem.  There is a complex millefiori cane in the center of the flower.  The design is placed over a transparent blue ground.  It is signed with a Baccarat signature cane "B 1970" near the stem of the flower and also signed again on the base with two etched Baccarat logos, the number "245" and the year "1970".  In spite of the number 245, I believe this is a prototype to show how a limited edition paperweight of this design might look and not an actual production item.  An exciting find for any collector of Baccarat paperweights.

According to Paul Dunlop, Baccarat made their first modern lampwork paperweights in 1969 and 1970.  The first lampwork paperweights were not limited editions and there were a number of experimental designs.  This design is not shown in Dunlop's book on Baccarat.  Frank Daniels has an almost identical paperweight on his website "Rare Baccarat 1971 Six-Petal Yellow Flower, one-of-a-kind or small number made."  His example has a signature cane “B1972” and is numbered "244" and dated "1971" on the base.  So clearly Baccarat was experimenting with the design and probably never made more than a few.  However, in 1972 Baccarat did make a more refined production design with two yellow flowers on a transparent blue ground. 

Note on condition:  This paperweight has faint scratches and scuffs on the body and the base.  Most are minor and the paperweight displays well.  No chips or cracks.

Large Size:  3 1/8" diameter by 2 1/16" high.  The bottom is ground flat. 
Condition:  This paperweight has many faint scratches and scuffs on the body and the base.  Most are minor and the paperweight displays well.  No chips or cracks.   
Signature:  It is signed with a Baccarat signature cane "B 1970" near the stem of the flower and also signed again on the base with two etched Baccarat logos, an edition number "245" and the year "1970". 

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.

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.

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Rare 1970 Baccarat Yellow Flower Paperweight
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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$125 postage paid in the US.         Price reduced (was $245)                    Revised  4/16/2021 

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4623 Perthshire Annual Collection 1979C Limited Edition Miniature Overlay Paperweight.  This paperweight features an upright six petaled red flower and leaves within a double overlay of blue over white.  It has one top facet and eight side facets.  The flower is very three dimensional and should be viewed from the side.  The base is finished with a grid cut.  It is signed with a complex "P" signature cane in the center of the flower.  This design is a limited edition of 400 paperweights, of which only 351 were made.  Although Perthshire called this a miniature, it is actually larger with a diameter of just under 2 5/16".  There is no paper label on this example.  A nice crisp design with great color.

Note on condition:  This paperweight has a 1/4" scratch on the overlay between two side facets below the widest point.  I am offering it at a greatly reduced price.

Perthshire made this paperweight as one of their Annual Collection designs for 1979.  This means the design was made only that one year and never again.  There were seven Annual Collection designs in 1979, designated A through G.  The annual collection paperweights are the most desirable of the Perthshire line, with the exception of one of one items. 

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:  Just under 2 5/16" diameter by just over 1 9/16" high.  The base is ground concave and finished with a grid cut. 
Signature:  This paperweight has a Perthshire complex "P" signature cane in the center of the flower.  It does not have a paper label.
Condition:  Very good condition although it has a 1/4" scratch on the overlay between two side facets below the widest point.  No other cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.

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$195 postage paid in the US.                                                  Added 4/16/2021 

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Perthshire Annual Collection 1979C Limited Edition Miniature Overlay Paperweight
4836 Whitefriars Magnum 1977 Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Millefiori Limited Edition Paperweight.  dated 1977.  This paperweight has a large crown millefiori design commemorating the twenty-fifth anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II on February 6, 1952.  It has separate 1952 and 1977 complex date canes and also a special EiiR cypher cane (for Elizabeth II Regina).  It is one of a series of paperweights produced by Whitefriars to celebrate the Silver Jubilee.  This paperweight is faceted with six side facets and one top facet.  It is signed with an oversized Whitefriars signature cane (white monk) in the crown and is marked on the base "No. 21" designating its edition number in a limited edition of 1,500 paperweights made in this design.  Typical heavy Whitefriars lead crystal.

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.

Very large size:  3 7/16" diameter by 2" 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.  Other than faint wear on the base, no cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.
Signature:  Signed with an oversized Whitefriars signature cane (white monk) in the crown. 

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Whitefriars Magnum 1977 Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Millefiori Limited Edition Paperweight
4041 Orrefors Jan Johansson Crystal Egg Paperweight.  circa 1969 - 1989.  This is dramatic Swedish art glass egg paperweight designed by the famous Swedish designer Jan Johansson for Orrefors.  The egg shaped crystal paperweight has twelve subtle ribbed arches rising to a point on top.  It is formed from brilliant clear crystal.  The egg is signed on the base "Orrefors 9000576 Jan Johansson 54/99" and also has an "Orrefors Sweden" foil label on the side.  It is a very striking and bold paperweight. 

Note:  The 54/99 in the signature would lead me to believe that this might be a limited edition design.  However the edition size of 99 would seem small so I cannot guarantee this is a limited edition item. 

Orrefors Glassworks was founded in 1898 in Swedish village Orrefors in Småland on the same site where iron works operations had been run since 1726.  In the same year that the glassworks was founded, a hot shop was built for making technical, medical and household glass and stemware.  Glass now replaced the less profitable iron works operations.  In 1913, Consul Johan Ekman from Gothenburg became the new owner of Orrefors Glassworks.  He appointed Albert Ahlin as manager of the glassworks and this marked the start of a new era.  In 1914, Orrefors started manufacturing crystal products, and as well as cut crystal.  They also made art glass using the overlay technique with etched decoration. The new management quickly saw that artists were needed in the business, so Simon Gate was employed in 1916 and was joined by Edward Hald in 1917.  Gate and Hald experimented with with figure engraving and with the new innovative graal glass technique that was developed at Orrefors by the master glassblower Knut Bergqvist, resulting in major recognition at the Gothenburg Exhibition in 1923 and the Paris Exhibition in 1925.  In 1989, Orrefors and Kosta Boda merged to form Orrefors Kosta Boda AB.  Ownership changed again 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.

Jan Johansson came to Orrefors in 1969 after training as a silversmith in Stockholm at the College of Arts, Craft and Design. As an artist, he is interested in refining the optical effects of pure, sculptural crystal, as in his cut-glass Horizon Arizona and his barware series Street.  Cut crystal sculptures set on a solid marble stand are an important component of his art glass production.

Size:  2 3/16" diameter by 3 1/4"high.  The base is polished flat.   
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.
Signature:  Signed on the base "Orrefors 9000576 Jan Johansson 54/99" and also has an "Orrefors Sweden" foil label on the side.

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Orrefors Jan Johansson Crystal Egg Paperweight
4777 Medium Colorful Strathearn Paneled Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1963-1968.  This very attractive paperweight consists of a paneled millefiori pattern with nine panels of 1+1+2 millefiori patterns each separated by a white latticinio twist cane.  There is a central ring of seven millefiori canes and then a center millefiori cane.  The canes are early Scottish millefiori canes on an opaque green ground.   This is 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.  The company is no longer in existence.

Medium Size:   2 9/16” diameter by 1 15/16” high.  Bottom is fire polished. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection other than mild wear on the base.  There are some tiny bubbles in the glass. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this to be a Strathearn paperweight from Scotland.  There is the remnants of a Strathearn label on the base. 

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SOLD.                                                 Added 4/14/2021    

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Medium Colorful Strathearn Paneled Millefiori Paperweight
4022 Large Blue Iridescent Abstract Paperweight with Gecko Pontil Stamp by Unknown Maker.  dated 1999.  This is a large mystery abstract iridescent blue paperweight made by an unknown maker.  The signature is legible with the date 99 but I have not been able to identify the maker.  The pontil stamp is a long tailed lizard or gecko or something similar.  Not much I can say about the design - it is a blue abstract blob.  A mystery for future study.

The maker of this paperweight is unknown. 

Large Size:  2 7/8" diameter by 2 13/16" high.  The base is fire finished with a pontil stamp.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.
Signature:  Signed and dated but I do not recognize the name.  There is also a pontil stamp with a long tailed lizard or gecko or something similar.

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$49 postage paid in the US.                                       Added 4/14/2021 

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Large Blue Iridescent Abstract Paperweight with Gecko Pontil Stamp by Unknown Maker
3906 Early Steven Correia Mirror Surface Psychedelic Waves Paperweight.   dated 1975.  This highly reflective paperweight has a surface decorated psychedelic design resembling stylized waves.  The surface is like a mirror and it has a small circle on top that will reflect your own image back to you.  I call the design psychedelic because it reminds me of the posters of the 1960s and 1970s.  The design with shades of blue and gold is set on an off-white ground.  There is an interesting ladder like pattern that alternates between shades of blue and a contrasting color.  It is signed on the base  "Roland R. Correia 9716.12.75" and there is also a worn Correia paper label.  An amazing paperweight.

Note:  This was another challenging paperweight to photograph.  The mirror-like surfaces showed every speck of dust and every fingerprint.  It was hard to get the lighting to work with it. 

Steven Valentine Correia received his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Hawaii in 1972.  He earned a masters in art degree from UCLA and then a second masters degree in fine art from the University of Hawaii.  He was drawn to sculpture and design.  Steven founded Correia Art Glass in 1973, along with a business partner Roger Roland.  It was one of the first privately owned art glass studios to spearhead the Art Glass Movement in the early 1970’s, creating a new American market for contemporary decorative arts.  The company continued to operate under the artistic guidance of Steven Correia until 1987.  The studio is located in Santa Monica, California and is currently operated by Steven Correia's sister and brother Algerine Correia and Jeffrey Correia.

In 1987 Steven Correia left Correia Art Glass and founded Correia Crystal in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania where he focuses his attention on creating sculptural objects.  He also has an interest in large-scale environmental kinetic light sculpture as well as his audio and visual performance art.  Roger Roland withdrew from the partnership in 1975 and established his own independent Roland Art Glass studio in Ketchum, Idaho. 

Additional note on signatures:  The history of Correia is confusing because this and other early paperweights and other art glass were signed "Roland R. Correia".  There are some sites on the internet that incorrectly give Roger Roland credit for the early paperweights.  There is a paperweight in the MMA collection incorrectly identified as being by Roger Roland Correia.  There was no such person.  It was a signature used by the partnership.  It is also possible to find paperweights signed "Roland" probably made later by Roger Roland.  These are distinctly different from the style of Correia Art Glass paperweights.

Large size:  3 1/16" diameter by 2 7/8" high.  The base is ground flat. 
Signature:    Signed on the base "Roland R. Correia 9716.12.75" and there is also a worn Correia paper label.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No cracks or chips.  Other than some scratches on the base, no other scratches found on inspection.

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$145 postage paid in the US.                                          Added on 4/9/2021

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Early Steven Correia Mirror Surface Psychedelic Waves Paperweight
4036 Rare Early David Lindsay Nourot Art Glass Beehive Faceted Paperweight.  dated 1988.  This is an amazing beehive shaped paperweight made by David Lindsay.  It has a single large window opening to reveal an inner gold foil covered center.  It is as if we are looking inside a hive with flying insects and combs dripping in honey.  The exterior is a precision shaped swirl of black or very dark red "tubes" with blue insides.  Aside from the black / blue tubes on the exterior and the black and gold inner core, the glass is clear.  It is signed on the base "Nourot PB9-88-DLL".  An amazing paperweight with mirror like black surfaces.

Note:  This was a challenging paperweight to photograph.  The dark mirror-like surfaces showed every speck of dust. 

Micheal Nourot's first glass studio Light Opera Glass was founded in 1972 in San Francisco's Ghirardelli Square.  Ann Corcoran Nourot, originally from New Jersey and a textile student at Rochester Institute of Technology's School for American Craftsman,  relocated to California and changed majors from textiles to glass.  They met at the California College of Arts and Crafts (CCAC) and were married in 1974.  The same year, they moved the glass studio to an abandoned warehouse on East "H" Street in Benicia, California.  The studio was renamed Nourot Art Glass.  During his time at CCAC, Micheal was part of a scholarship program in which he helped build the famed glass school at Pilchuk in Washington, working with Dale Chihuly and others.  After graduation Micheal traveled to Murano where he spent a year studying glassmaking from Italian masters at the Venini factory.  He also assisted in a glassblowing workshop taught by Marvin Lipofsky.  Micheal Nourot (born Riverside, CA 1949) passed away in 2015.  The glass studio remains in operation today under the leadership of their son Nicholas.

David L. Lindsay is a self-taught glass artist.  He became an apprentice at Nourot Glass Studio in 1976 and advanced from apprentice to assistant glass blower to gaffer.  David became proficient in all aspects of the glass production process and was made a partner in the studio in 1982, where he stayed until 1998.  In 1998, David and his wife, Ann, started Lindsay Art Glass nearby on East "F" in Benicia.  They retired in 2020. 

Large size:  2 15/16" diameter by 3 3/16" high.  The base is ground flat.   
Signature: Signed on the base "Nourot PB9-88-DLL".  
Condition:  Very good condition with no cracks or chips.  There is one tiny (1/16") scuff mark on the top of the beehive and minor wear on the base.  

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$165 postage paid in the US.                                                   Added 4/6/2021

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Rare Early David Lindsay Nourot Art Glass Beehive Faceted Paperweight
4328 Rare Early Lundberg Studios Starry Night with Bat or Dragonfly Paperweight.  dated 1979.  Wonderful dark night theme with stars, waves and a bright colored bat or possibly a dragonfly with a red body and tail and orange eyes and wings flying over a body of swirling water.  The ground is an opalescent white.  It is signed on the base "Lundberg Studios 1979 LS92120".  An amazing paperweight.

Note:  Special thanks to another collector who pointed out that this doesn't look like a bat and is probably a dragonfly.  I agree that other Lundberg designs more closely resemble a bat.  With the long coiled tail it doesn't look like a dragonfly either, so I don't know what it is supposed to be.

Note2:  Intentional or not, you can see the outlines of some of the millefiori canes used to make the stars.  The surface is not completely smooth and shows traces of the surface work done to create the design.

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. 

Large Size:  Just under 2 3/4" diameter by just under 2 1/2" high.  The base is ground flat.   
Signature: Signed on the base "Lundberg Studios 1979 LS92120".  
Condition:  Very good condition with no cracks or chips.  There are scratches and wear on the base.  The surface is not completely smooth and shows traces of the surface work done to create the design.  

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$195 postage paid in the US.                                                   Added 4/5/2021

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Rare Early Lundberg Studios Starry Night with Bat or Dragonfly Paperweight
4829 Rare Magnum Justin Lundberg 2002 One of One Compound Lavender Scalloped Irises Paperweight.   dated 2002.  This paperweight by Justin Lundberg features two large three dimensional lavender and blue irises and a buds surrounded by green leaves.and stalks.  The petals of the irises are scalloped and have yellow and blue streaks and transparent blue sepals fused in.  The paperweight is a compound composition and is very three dimensional with four layers of lampwork over a colorful iridescent fused glass ground.  Underneath the fused iridescent ground there is a second translucent blue ground.  The novel use of a mix of fused and lampwork items is the creative touch that make's Justin's work unique.  It is signed and dated on the edge just above the base "Jberg 9/02 1/1 "Sketch".  This is edition #1 of 1.  A wonderful paperweight.

Note:  A very similar Justin Lundberg one of one "Sketch" paperweight from 2001, recently sold in an LH Selman auction for $2,700 including bidders premium (Lot 254, Auction 77).  My price is much lower.

Note2:  Please forgive my lack of knowledge about flower names and parts.  These hallucinogenic creations defy my vocabulary and my knowledge.

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.  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.

Steven Lundberg left Lundberg Studios in 1997 and set up his own studio in Santa Cruz, CA under the name of “Contemporary Art Glass”.  Legal entanglements caused the company name to be changed to “Steven Lundberg Glass Art”.  His son, Justin Scott Lundberg (born 1978), joined him in the business.  Justin Lundberg paperweights often have a unique look and incorporate a new experimental technique to incorporate pieces of fused glass cut with a water jet.  The studio was moved from California to Oregon in 2001.  Steven Lundberg died from ALS in 2008.  Justin Lundberg passed away in 2019.  

Very Large Size:  4 1/4" diameter by 2 7/8" high.  The base is ground concave.  Very heavy, it weighs 44 ounces (2 pounds 12 ounces).
Signature:   Signed on the side near the base "Jberg 9/02 1/1 "Sketch".  
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips or scratches on the body.  A few scratches on the base.

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$950 postage paid in the US.            US Sales only, no international shipping.                            Added 4/5/2021

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Rare Magnum Justin Lundberg 2002 One of One Compound Lavender Scalloped Irises Paperweight
3172 Perthshire PP136 1991 Limited Edition Patterned Millefiori Paperweight.  This medium to large sized paperweight has a complex design with brilliant colors.  There is a large complex millefiori center surrounded by two rings of complex canes.  This cluster forms the center of a seven-pointed star that is formed using fourteen short twist segments.  Each point of the star is filled with a 1-1 pattern of canes.  The space between the points is filled with cane groups having a 1-2-3 pattern.  There is also an outer ring of canes.  The design is placed on a translucent red ground.  This example is unsigned (see comment below).  A wonderful addition to any collection of Perthshire paperweights. 

Perthshire made the limited edition PP136 only in 1991.  According to the Perthshire book, this design is supposed to be signed with a "P1991" signature cane, but this example does not have a signature cane.  The edition size is not known.

Note:  This example has a small 1/8" scratch on the side.  It displays beautifully.  There is also a tiny bubble near the surface visible in the side view, which is from the making (not damage). 

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).  This 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 to large size:  Just under 2 3/4" diameter by 2 1/16" high.  The bottom is ground concave.    
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee that this is a genuine 1991 Perthshire PP136 paperweight.  This paperweight does not have its original paper label. 
Condition:  Very good condition with no cracks or chips.  It has a small 1/8" scratch on the side.  There is also a tiny bubble near the surface visible in the side view, which is from the making (not damage).

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SOLD.                                               Added 4/4/2021

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Perthshire PP136 1991 Limited Edition Patterned Millefiori Paperweight
4032 Colorful Guernsey Island Studio Paperweight with Silverplate Base by Sileda Ltd.  dated 1986This colorful glass paperweight was most likely made by the Guernsey Island Studio (also known as Guernsey Glass).  The Sheffield silverplate base was added by Sileda Ltd. (Wales) and has the silver marks indicating Sileda was the maker of the base and it was made in 1986.  There are several discussions on the Internet about this type of paperweight and I was able garner the basic facts about the makers and the date (see below).  The silver plate has been lost some of its silver layer and the underlying copper is visible.  There is a felt cover in the center base.  I did not remove the felt to see if there was a Guernsey mark on the glass.  This is an odd item, but it will make a good conversation piece.   

Guernsey Island Studio (also known as Guernsey Glass) was located at the Oatlands Craft Centre, St Sampson, Guernsey, Channel Islands.  It was founded about 1980 with advice and assistance from Michael Harris of the Isle of Wight Studio Glass. They made small souvenir pieces, such as vases, animal figures, and paperweights and often marked them on the base with the trademark Guernsey mark, which was three lions passant on a shield.  They closed sometime in the 1990s. 

Sileda Ltd was founded in Cefn-y-bedd Wales UK about 1980.  They were a small silver company that registered their punches at the Sheffield Assay Office from 1980 to 2000.  The makers mark is "SL" with a small indent between the two letters.  In addition to any other silver work they may have done, they were known for sourcing (purchasing) glass objects such as paperweights and vases from UK glass studios and adding silver enhancements or decorations to the glass objects.  For paperweights, the enhancement was a silverplate base, for vases it was often a silver collar.  In many cases, collectors could identify the original source of the glass object.  

Size:  2 3/4" diameter by 1 15/16" high.  The base is covered with a silverplate covering and a felt cover in the center.  I did not remove the felt to see if the Guernsey mark is under the felt.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips or cracks or noticeable scratches.  The silver plate has been lost some of its silver layer and the underlying copper is visible.   
Signature:  Signed with Sileda Ltd.'s silver mark on the base.  The mark is on a raised area which is 3/16" across.  The mark consists of the Sileda "SL" registered mark as registered at the Sheffield Assay Office and below that the three tiny punches: Sheffield Tudor Rose (for the Assay office in Sheffield), Britannia quality mark (which is meaningless for silver plate), and a script M, establishes the date as 1986.  There is a felt cover in the center base.  I did not remove the felt to see if there was a Guernsey mark on the glass.

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$65 postage paid in the US.                                                                        Added 4/3/2021 

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Colorful Guernsey Island Studio Paperweight with Silverplate Base by Sileda Ltd
4406 Francis Whittemore Blue Crimp Rose Upright Pedestal Paperweight.  circa 1970.  This upright pedestal paperweight features a magnificent blue crimp rose with fifteen variegated blue petals and four upturned green sepals.  The petals are arranged in Whittemore's 4+4+4+3 crimp pattern.  It is signed on the underside of the rose with an early Whittemore signature cane.  The cane has a black "W" on a yellow background.  The design is set on a clear ground and supported by a pedestal base.  A fantastic addition to any collection of glass paperweights.

Francis Dyer Whittemore, Jr. is considered one of the pioneers of the modern paperweight renaissance.  He started working in glass in 1938, originally as a scientific glass maker and instructor in South Jersey.  He did not start making paperweights until 1962 when he set up a studio in Lansdale, Pennsylvania.  For five years, he spent one month a year consulting at Baccarat to help them refine their lampwork paperweight art.  Some sources have this consulting work from 1971 to 1976.  Other sources have it starting later.  The signature cane used on this paperweight was one he developed prior to working at Baccarat.  Most of his paperweights are miniature to medium in size.  You can read about Francis Whittemore in the book American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers by Jean Melvin (1970).

Size:  1 15/16" diameter by 2 7/16" high.  The base of the pedestal has a 1 3/4" diameter.  The bottom is ground concave.
Signature:  Signed on the underside of the rose with an early Whittemore signature cane.  The cane has a black "W" on a yellow background. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.    

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$545 postage paid in the US.                                            Added 3/30/2021

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Francis Whittemore Blue Crimp Rose Upright Pedestal Paperweight
3959 Peter Holmes Selkirk 1993 Floral Bouquet Paperweight.  dated 1993.  This Peter Holmes Selkirk paperweight has a colorful lampwork floral bouquet of three flowers plus buds, leaves, and stems.  The design is set on an opaque magenta ground.  The underside of the ground is a magenta and white jasper that flares out to create a magical effect around the bouquet.  The paperweight is faceted with one large top facet and five side facets.  It is signed in script on the base "SELKIRK GLASS SCOTLAND 1993" and there is also a distorted Peter Holmes "PH" signature cane next to the stem in the design.  A colorful example from Selkirk Glass / Peter Holmes.

Note:  This paperweight is marked 1/1 and may or may not actually be a one of one limited edition.  The script is in a different hand from the other lettering on the base.  Use your own judgment

Selkirk Glass founded in 1977 by Peter Holmes and Ron Hutchinson.  Peter apprenticed under Paul Ysart at Caithness from 1963 and continued at Caithness until 1977.  Ron Hutchinson was also at Caithness.  Selkirk produced a wide range of paperweight styles including abstract, lampwork and millefiori paperweights.  The company was located in Selkirk, Scotland in the Borders Region.  At some point they were purchased by Edinburgh Crystal and remained in operation until 2006.

Peter Holmes started his glass working career at Caithness Glass (Scotland) in 1963 as an apprentice to Paul Ysart.  He continued at Caithness until 1977, when he and Ron Hutchinson left Caithness to start Selkirk Glass.  Peter left Selkirk in 2002 to start Scottish Borders Art Glass with his son, Andrew, at Galalaw, Hawick. 

Large size:  3 1/8" diameter by 1 7/8" high. The base is ground concave. 
Signature:  Signed in script on the base "SELKIRK GLASS SCOTLAND 1993" to which a 1/1 has been added, but I can't guarantee this was added at the factory.  There is also a distorted Peter Holmes "PH" signature cane in the design.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.

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SOLD.                                            Added 3/29/2021

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Peter Holmes Selkirk 1993 Floral Bouquet Paperweight
2714 Peter McDougall (PMcD) Special 2009 Midyear Collection Double Overlay Closepack Millefiori Paperweight with Complex Canes.  dated 2009.  This rare red and white double overlay paperweight features a closepack millefiori design placed on an opaque red ground.  The millefiori canes are a mix of complex and simple canes.  There are some wonderful complex canes in the pattern.  It is signed in the design with Peter's complex signature and date cane "PMcD 09" and also has a paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Handmade in Crieff Scotland."  This was a special midyear offering from Peter McDougall in 2009.  This paperweight is faceted with one large top facet and twelve side facets (six large and six smaller).  A special paperweight for the collector seeking unique paperweights.

This paperweight was one of the special annual editions made in only in 2009.  It was designated Collection 2009 Midyear #2.

Note:  The red overlay is a deep red that my camera failed to capture.  The pictures show it as a slightly less intense red.   

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:  2 13/16" diameter by 2 1/8" high.  The base is ground concave.  This paperweight is faceted with one large top facet and twelve side facets (six large and six smaller).
Condition:  Outstanding original condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  It is signed in the design with Peter's complex signature and date cane "PMcD 09" and also has a paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Handmade in Crieff Scotland."

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SOLD.                                             Added 3/29/2021               

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Peter McDougall (PMcD) Special 2009 Midyear Collection Double Overlay Closepack Millefiori Paperweight
4815 Magnum 1989 Orient & Flume Limited Edition Scott Beyers Angelfish Paperweight.    dated 1989.  This wonderful paperweight features a beautifully detailed lampwork angelfish swimming over a sandy undersea bottom while navigating between green foliage.  It is signed on the base "Orient & Flume O601V5SFN0121 5/250 S. Beyers".  The code indicates the paperweight is number 5 out of a limited edition of 250 paperweights and was the first paperweight made in June 1989.  A wonderful paperweight.

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.  Douglas Boyd passed away in 2018.  David Hopper and his wife Shari retired to nearby Paradise California.  They survived the wildfire that destroyed most of Paradise in 2018.  Orient & Flume continues in Chico with new owners Bruce Sillars and Ronda Davis.  Bruce was one of the original Orient and Flume artists and Ronda has spent the last 30 years at the studio handling sales and other responsibilities.  They are joined by another early O&F artist Scott Beyers.

Scott Beyers is an early Orient & Flume artist who has worked at Orient & Flume almost since the beginning.  For a short while starting in 1980, Scott partnered with Lee Hudin in their own studio Ophir Studios in Oroville, CA.  The studio was short-lived and both Hudin and Beyers went back to O&F by the mid-1980s.  The exact history is elusive, but Scott is now at Orient & Flume under the new owners.

Very Large Size:  3 3/16" diameter by just under 2 13/16" high.  The bottom has been ground flat.
Signature:    Signed on the base "Orient & Flume O601V5SFN0121 5/250 S. Beyers".
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips or cracks or scratches found on inspection.

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SOLD.                                          Added 3/27/2021

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Magnum 1989 Orient & Flume Limited Edition Scott Beyers Angelfish Paperweight
4035 Large Murano Spaced Millefiori on Lace Paperweight - Probably by Fratelli Toso.   circa 1960s - 1970s.  This paperweight is a good example of a Murano spaced millefiori paperweight with a lace ground.  There are eleven bright colored millefiori canes near the surface of the paperweight.  Bright and colorful.  A fun paperweight.

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

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

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

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SOLD.                                         Added 3/27/2021 

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Large Murano Spaced Millefiori on Lace Paperweight - Probably by Fratelli Toso
4034 Medium Colorful Strathearn Close Packed Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1963-1968.  This is a very attractive and colorful Strathearn close packed millefiori paperweight.  The design is placed over an opaque pink- beige ground.  A nice 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.  The company is no longer in existence.

Medium size:   Just over 2 3/8” diameter by 2 1/16” high.  The base is fire polished and ground concave in the center. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.  There are some small bubbles in the glass.
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this to be a Strathearn paperweight from Scotland. 

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$89 postage paid in the US.                                                 Added 3/27/2021    

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Medium Colorful Strathearn Close Packed Millefiori Paperweight
3573 Early 1975 David Salazar Lundberg Studios Surface Decorated Floral Design Paperweight.  dated 1975.  This brilliant surface decorated paperweight by David Salazar at Lundberg Studios features a large eight petal yellow flower on top of a shiny foil background.  The sides are decorated with a wave design made up a dazzling arrangement of blue, green, gold, and silver layers over an opaque white ground.  Signed and dated on the base "LUNDBERG STUDIOS DS 310 1975".  It is a very early paperweight by David Salazar.  A wonderful composition.

Special Thanks:  Special thanks to an expert on Lundberg who corrected my original attribution to Daniel Salazar.  This paperweight was made by David Salazar.

Note:  The signature on the white base is hard to read, so I colored it with a green washable marker to enhance the writing.  The green marker ink has since been removed.

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

David P. Salazar was born in Del Rio, Texas.  His fascination with glass started in college, when he began making scientific glassware.  In 1972, he started working as an apprentice at Lundberg Studios, and quickly moved into the more creative aspects of designing and torchwork.  After 10 years in the studio environment, he decided to strike out on his own in order to develop new designs and techniques.  Initially he rented space from Zephyr Studios in Santa Cruz, California, staying there from 1982 to 1985.  When Zephyr went out of business, Salazar took over the building and started his own studio.

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.  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.

Large size:   2 13/16" diameter by just over 2" high.  The base is ground flat. 
Signature: Signed and dated on the base "LUNDBERG STUDIOS DS 310 1975".  The signature is hard to see on the white base so I colored it with a green washable marker to enhance the writing.  The green marker ink has since been removed. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips or scratches found on inspection.

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$165 postage paid in the US.                                            Added 3/27/2021

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Early 1975 David Salazar Lundberg Studios Surface Decorated Floral Design Paperweight
3130 David Salazar Heart Shaped Iridescent Hearts and Vines Paperweight.  dated 2004.  This is a fun paperweight with a surface decorated hearts and vines design on the top of an iridescent pink heart shaped paperweight.  The surface is pink iridescent glass and the underlying glass is clear.  It is signed on the base "D P Salazar 1/04".  It is a fun paperweight.

David P. Salazar was born in Del Rio, Texas.  His fascination with glass started in college, when he began making scientific glassware.  In 1972, he started working as an apprentice at Lundberg Studios, and quickly moved into the more creative aspects of designing and torchwork.  After 10 years in the studio environment, he decided to strike out on his own in order to develop new designs and techniques.  Initially he rented space from Zephyr Studios in Santa Cruz, California, staying there from 1982 to 1985.  When Zephyr went out of business, Salazar took over the building and started his own studio.

Size:  Just under 2 5/8" high by just under 2 1/2" wide by 1 1/4" thick.  The base is fire finished.
Signature: Signed on the base "D P Salazar 1/04". 
Condition:  Excellent Condition.  No chips or cracks or scratches found on inspection.

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$79 postage paid in the US.                         Added 3/27/2021 

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David Salazar Heart Shaped Iridescent Hearts and Vines Paperweight
4031 Large Maude and Bob 1976 Blue Icepick Flower Candle Holder Paperweight.  dated 1976.  This large candle holder paperweight features five light blue icepick flowers over an dark blue ground.  As is typical of the St. Clair style, there is a carefully placed bubble in the center of each flower and also a carefully placed bubble in the ground in between each flower.  There is a ribbed handle on one side.  It is hot stamped on the base "MAUDE AND BOB ST CLAIR 1976".  Maude and Bob St. Clair produced paperweights under their own label for less than fifteen years.  A great addition to any collection of St. Clair items. 

This style of flower is called an ice-pick flower because of the icepick like tool used to push each flower down to the ground to form a stem.

Note:  In the pictures, the handle shows a yellow color.  This is a reflection from something in my work area.  The handle of the candle holder is clear colorless glass. 

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 Jensen on Fifth Avenue in New York. Joe retired (the first time) in 1971 and sold the factory to new owners in Elwood, Indiana.  About the same time, Bob St. Clair and his wife Maude opened a new factory in Elwood.  Paul St. Clair retired from General Motors and joined Bob, along with Ed St. Clair and a nephew, Joe Rice.  Sometime later after Bob opened his factory, the new owners of the original factory sold the factory back to Joe.  So, for a while, there were two St. Clair Glass factories.  Bob St. Clair died in 1986.  Joe St. Clair died in 1987.  Ed St. Clair died in 1989 and the last brother,  Paul St. Clair died in 2000.

Robert (Bob) St. Clair was born May 18, 1919 and passed away in 1986.  He is known to have used two signatures from 1971 to 1986.  Most of the time he included his wife and used the stamp "MAUDE AND BOB ST. CLAIR", often with a date with raised lettering.  Less frequently, he used the stamp "BOB ST. CLAIR" with no date.  This stamp, with only BOB, can be found with either raised or indented lettering.

Size:  The center paperweight portion is just under 3" diameter.  With the handle and the cup for the candle it is 4 1/16" wide by just under 3" deep by 3 1/16" high.  The base is finished flat and hot stamped in the center with the signature. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.
Signature:  Hot stamped on the base "MAUDE AND BOB ST. CLAIR 1976". 

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$85 postage paid in the US.                           Added 3/26/2021

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Large Maude and Bob 1976 Blue Icepick Flower Candle Holder Paperweight
3896 John Deacons 2007 Pansy in a Torsade Paperweightdated 2007.  This paperweight features a wonderful blue and yellow pansy with five leaves and stem placed inside a multi-color torsade.  The pansy has two rich blue upper petals and three striped yellow lower petals.  Each of the lower petals has a blue tip.  There is a complex millefiori cane in the center of the pansy.  The design is placed over black (or very dark purple) opaque ground.  The paperweight is signed on the base with a John Deacons complex JD 2007 signature cane with the letters "JD", then a pansy cane between two cog canes, and the numbers "2007".  The paperweight also has a "MADE IN SCOTLAND by John Deacons" paper label with a thistle logo.  A great design from this talented artist.  Please see my note below that I consider this to be a second because of production issues.

Note:  There are some tiny pieces of white debris in the glass.  This sometimes happens when a new pot is used to melt the glass and it throws off small bits of ceramic as it is being broken in.  See pictures.  There are also some tiny bubbles in the glass.  I consider this paperweight a second and have reduced the price accordingly.

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.  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.  The St. Kilda line was produced from 1978 or 1979 through 1987.   He now works with his son Craig Deacons in their studio in Crieff.  You can read about John Deacons in the book by Hall - Scottish Paperweights

Size:  Just over 2 3/8" diameter by 1 11/16" high.  The bottom is ground concave. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks.  There are some tiny pieces of white debris in the glass.  This sometimes happens when a new pot is used to melt the glass and it throws off small bits of ceramic as it is being broken in.  See pictures.  There are also some tiny bubbles in the glass.  I consider this paperweight a second and have reduced the price accordingly.
Signature:  Signed on the base with a John Deacons complex JD 2007 signature cane with the letters "JD", then a pansy cane between two cog canes, and the numbers "2007".

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SOLD.                                                        Added 3/25/2021

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John Deacons 2007 Pansy in a Torsade Paperweight
4746 Chris Sherwin Art Glass Black-Capped Chickadee Paperweight.  dated 2017.  This black-capped chickadee paperweight is a wonderful example of Chris Sherwin's recent work.  The figural paperweight was created for a meeting of the Founders Chapter of the National American Glass Club.  It is signed on the base "Sherwin Art Glass 2017".

The black-capped chickadee is the state bird of Massachusetts and of Maine in the United States, and the provincial bird of New Brunswick in Canada.

Chris Sherwin has worked in glass for 25 years, specializing in designs inspired by nature.  Almost all of his work involves some aspect of torchwork decoration applied to the surface or encased torchwork creations.  He makes his own glass and canes in his environmentally conscious hydro-powered studio.  Chris studied glassblowing at Southern Connecticut State University and apprenticed at Simon Pearce.  He also spent seven years at Orient & Flume Art Glass, an internationally renowned glass studio in Chico, CA known for their iridescent vases, intricate paperweights, and torchwork designs.  At O&F he was able to create designs of his own and collaborative pieces that earned him a separate section in the O&F retail showroom. He opened his own studio in Bellows Falls, VT in 2005 and makes a variety of paperweights, vessels, animal sculptures, seasonal themed and other objects. 

Size:  3 7/8" long by 1 7/8" wide by just under 3 1/16" high.  The base is ground flat.
Signature: Signed on the base "Sherwin Art Glass 2017". 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips or scratches. 

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$85 postage paid in the US.                                                                 Added 3/24/2021    

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Chris Sherwin Art Glass Black-Capped Chickadee Paperweight
5375 Early Debbie Tarsitano Faceted Pansy with Buds Paperweight.   undated circa 1978 - 1980.  This paperweight features an unusual blue and red pansy with two buds, stems, seven striped green leaves, and five smaller striped sepals around the flower.  The pansy flower has two blue and white upper petals and three variegated red lower petals with a yellow tuft center.  The ground is clear glass.  The paperweight is 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.  It is faceted with a large top facet and five side facets.  A fantastic paperweight.

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 5/8" diameter by just under 1 3/4" high.  The base is ground concave.  It is faceted with one larger top facet and five side facets. 
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.  Two tiny pinpricks on the side (too small to measure).  No other cracks, chips or scratches found on inspection.

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SOLD.                              Added 3/20/2021

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Early Debbie Tarsitano Faceted Pansy with Buds Paperweight
1851 Rare Large Vasart or Strathearn Paneled Millefiori Paperweight Pin Dish.  circa 1946-1969.  This pin dish features a paneled millefiori design with seven panels with a 1-2 cane pattern separated by colored twists over an orange ground.  There is a ring of pink canes with blue centers in the center of the design.  The dish is heavy with thick walls and a depressed center.  An interesting historical addition to any collection of Scottish paperweights, Ysart glass or millefiori collectibles. 

Items like this were made by the many of the Scottish paperweight companies (Ysart Brothers, Vasart Glass, Strathearn Glass, or even Perthshire Paperweights).  Some of the products made by Vasart were also sold with a Pirelli label.  It is important to note that most pin dishes started off as a paperweight.  The maker found a defect or problem and rather than stop, turned it into a pin dish.

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 GlassStrathearn Glass was formed in a reorganization of Vasart glass in 1963.  The new company was owned by Teachers Whiskey.

Large Size:  3 7/8” diameter by 1 5/8” high.  The center well is 2 13/16" diameter.  The base is fire polished and the pontil mark is ground down. 
Condition:  Very good condition.  I found two small scratches on the side, plus some scratches from wear on the base.  No chips or cracks.
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this is an early Scottish pin dish made by Vasart or possibly later by Strathearn. 

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$125 postage paid in the US.                 Added 3/20/2021

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Rare Large Vasart or Strathearn Paneled Millefiori Paperweight Pin Dish
4027 Magnum Joe St. Clair Greentown Colors Icepick Flower Paperweight.  circa 1960-1970.  This very large paperweight features five beige and white ice-pick flowers over an amber ground.  As is typical of this style, there is a carefully placed bubble in the center of each flower and also a carefully placed bubble in the ground in between each flower.  There is a layer of controlled bubbles surrounding the design.  This paperweight comes with the original two by four inch Joe St. Clair information insert.  It is hot stamped "JOE ST CLAIR" on the bottom.  A very flashy paperweight.

This style of flower is called an ice-pick flower because of the ice-pick like tool used to push each flower down to the ground to form a stem.

Note:  In the 1960s the St. Clairs started making replicas of pressed items previously associated with the Indiana Tumbler and Goblet Company in Greentown, Indiana.  These items were made in the Greentown colors of brown, amber, and caramel and often included fragments of glass dug up at the Greentown site.  The colors came to be known as Greentown colors.

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 Jensen on Fifth Avenue in New York. Joe retired (the first time) in 1971 and sold the factory to new owners in Elwood, Indiana.  About the same time, Bob St. Clair and his wife Maude opened a new factory in Elwood.  Paul St. Clair retired from General Motors and joined Bob, along with Ed St. Clair and a nephew, Joe Rice.  Sometime later after Bob opened his factory, the new owners of the original factory sold the factory back to Joe.  So, for a while, there were two St. Clair Glass factories.  Bob St. Clair died in 1986.  Joe St. Clair died in 1987.  Ed St. Clair died in 1989 and the last brother,  Paul St. Clair died in 2000.

Very Large Size:  Just under 3 1/4" diameter by just under 3 1/2" high.  It weighs just under two pounds.  The base is finished flat and hot stamped in the center with the signature. 
Condition:  Excellent Condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.
Signature:  Hot stamped JOE ST. CLAIR on the base.  This probably dates from the 1960s or 1970s, but may be earlier.  Joe St. Clair died in 1987. 

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

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

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

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

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$69 postage paid in the US.                            Added 3/18/2021

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Small Colorful Murano Hand Cooler or Egg Shaped Millefiori Paperweight
5219 Early Ray Banford Fancy Faceted Red Rose Paperweight.  circa  1975 - 1977.  This small paperweight has a wonderful many petaled variegated red rose with seven green leaves and a stem.  It is signed near the stem with an early Ray Banford signature cane having a blue "B" on a white background.  The design is set over an opaque white ground.  This paperweight has a fancy cut with a large top facet and seven deep long oval facets similar to that found on Gillinder antique paperweights.  A wonderful three dimensional design from this skilled artist.  

Note:  The glass contains many tiny bubbles, a characteristic of the Conlan crystal used by Ray and Bob Banford from 1973-1977.  The paperweight displays beautifully, but the magnification of today's digital cameras show even the smallest defect. 

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.  Both father and son started using signature canes in 1975.  According to Andrew Dohan's Dictionary of Paperweight Signature Canes, "In the early years, Ray Banford used many different color combinations of a “B” signature cane."  The signature cane used here, a blue  “B” in a white background is referenced as Ray Banford-3 and was used during the period 1975-1979.  Starting in 1980, Ray started a signature cane with a black B and continued to use that cane until he died in 2003. 

Small size:  2 1/4" diameter by 1 13/16" high.  The base is ground flat.  This paperweight has a fancy cut with a large top facet and seven deep long oval facets similar to that found on Gillinder antique paperweights.   
Signature:  Signed near the stem with an early Ray Banford signature cane having a blue "B" on a white background.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.  The glass contains many tiny bubbles, a characteristic of the Conlan crystal used by Ray and Bob Banford from 1973-1977.

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$345 postage paid in the US.                      Added 3/17/2021 

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Early Ray Banford Fancy Faceted Red Rose Paperweight
2159 Peter McDougall Millefiori Pin or Candy Dish with Complex Canes on White Lace.  circa 2004.  Colorful pin dish or candy dish with a two ring concentric design with complex millefiori canes on a white lace or upset muslin ground.  There are seventeen complex canes, all of which appear to be different.  It is signed with a paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Handmade in Crieff Scotland" on the base.  This is especially nice.

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 some are also made to order.

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 under 3 7/8" diameter by just over 1 3/4" high. The base is ground concave. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks found on inspection. 
Signature:  Signed with a paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Hand Made in Crieff Scotland." 

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Peter McDougall Millefiori Pin or Candy Dish with Complex Canes on White Lace
4356 William Manson Phoenix Paperweights Limited Edition FP14 Paneled Millefiori Paperweight.  Dated 2003.  This paperweight has a paneled millefiori design with twelve panels of 1 - 2 millefiori in each panel.  The panels are separated by black and white twist canes.  In the center is a large closepack design of millefiori canes.  The entire design is set on glittery translucent green ground.  The paperweight was issued in a limited edition of 75 paperweights of which this is number 51.  It is signed and numbered "PHOENIX 2003 51/75" on the base (although a mistake was made and corrected in engraving the 75).    It also has a Phoenix Paperweights "PP" signature cane set in the center of the base.  Perfect condition with certificate (#51/75).   

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. 

Size:  Just over 2 9/16" diameter by just under 1 3/4" high. The base is ground flat with a concave center.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed and numbered "PHOENIX 2003 25/75" on the base.  It also has a Phoenix Paperweights "PP" signature cane set in the center of the base.  This paperweight comes with its original certificate. 

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$195 postage paid in the US.                         Added 3/16/2021   

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William Manson Phoenix Paperweights Limited Edition FP14 Paneled Millefiori Paperweight
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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SOLD.                                     Updated 3/16/2021

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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.  

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$175 postage paid in the US.       Price reduced (was $275)                    Revised  3/11/2021

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5280 Chinese Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with 1856 Date Cane.  circa 1960 - 1990.  This paperweight is a large two ring concentric millefiori paperweight with an unusual large "1856" date cane.  The ground is clear glass.  It is intended to replicate antique American and French millefiori paperweights with date canes, although none of the real antiques used the date 1856.  Earlier 1930s Chinese paperweights sometimes had dates but they were painted in black on white plaques, not canes.  In this case, the 1856 date is a real cane - the number goes all the way through the glass and can be see in reverse from the base.  A fun collectible.

Note:  The condition is rated fair because of many light scratches, pinpricks, and abrasions on the surface.  In spite of this, it displays well.  Please review the pictures. 

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. 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.  Chinese paperweights made later usually have better quality glass and are free of debris.  This paperweight probably dates from the 1960s or later. 

Size:  Just under 2 5/8” diameter by 2 1/4" high.  The base is ground flat with a matte finish.  As is typical of modern Chinese paperweights, the base is not a perfect circle.   
Signature: Unsigned but I guarantee this to be of Chinese origin from the 1960s or later.    
Condition:  Fair condition.  This paperweight has light scratches and abrasions on the surface, including an area "below the waist" with many tiny pinpricks.  No significant chips or cracks.  It displays well.  Please review the pictures.

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$69 postage paid in the US.                                        Added 3/10/2021 

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Chinese Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with 1856 Date Cane
4023 Small Colorful Strathearn Paneled Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1963-1968.  This attractive blue themed paperweight consists of a paneled millefiori pattern with nine sections of 1 + 1 + 2 millefiori patterns each separated by a white latticinio twist cane.  The smallest canes are visible only from the side.  There is a central ring of six yellow millefiori canes and then a center pink millefiori cane.  The canes are early Scottish millefiori canes on a transparent blue ground.  There is a tiny dimple on the top of the dome (from the making).  This is a great example.   A nice 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.  The company is no longer in existence.

Small to medium size:   2 5/16” diameter by just over 1 13/16” high.  The base is fire polished and ground concave in the center. 
Condition:  Very good condition.  One faint scratch low on the side (see side view).  No other cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection other than mild wear on the base.  There is a tiny dimple on the top of the dome from the making, not damage (see side view).  
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this to be a Strathearn paperweight from Scotland. 

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$59 postage paid in the US.                                                 Added 3/9/2021    

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Small Colorful Strathearn Paneled Millefiori Paperweight
5276 Very Early Francis Whittemore Miniature White Millefiori Flower with Leaf and Blue Bud on a Pink Ground Paperweight.  circa 1962 - 1969.  This very early paperweight by Francis Whittemore features a five petal white flower constructed from millefiori canes, a blue twist bud, and one green leaf and stem.  It is signed in the design with an early Whittemore signature cane.  The cane has a black "W" on a yellow background.  The design is placed on a powdery pink ground which penetrates the clear encasement at the edges.  This is an important early example of  Francis Whittemore's work and worthy of any collection of Whittemore paperweights.

Note:  This paperweight is almost the same as the examples offered in Larry Selman's first two editions of "CATALOGUE OF COLLECTORS' PAPERWEIGHTS".  See the 1970 Catalog (robins egg blue cover) or the 1971 Catalog (olive green cover).

Note on execution:  The pictures of the edge of the base show that Whittemore had not yet mastered the encasement of the pink ground.  He must have used a frit powder for the pink ground and you can see a splatter of the powder into the clear encasement.

Francis Dyer Whittemore, Jr. is considered one of the pioneers of the modern paperweight renaissance.  He started working in glass in 1938, but did not start making paperweights until 1962.   His studio was in Lansdale, Pennsylvania.  Like many other early glass artists, Francis started his career as a scientific glass blower and then later taught glass as an instructor.  For five years, he spent one month a year consulting at Baccarat to help them refine their lampwork paperweight art.  Some sources have this consulting work from 1971 to 1976.  Other sources have it starting later.  The signature cane used on this paperweight was one he developed prior to working at Baccarat.  Most of his paperweights are miniature to medium in size.  You can read about Francis Whittemore in the book American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers by Jean Melvin (1970).

Size:  2 3/8" diameter by 1 1/16" high.  This paperweight has a very low profile.  The bottom is ground concave.
Signature:  Signed in the design with an early Whittemore signature cane.  The cane has a black "W" on a yellow background. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.  There is a flaw in the encasement process where the pink powder lifted into the clear encasement (see pictures).  This is not damage - rather it shows how every artist encounters challenges when learning a new medium.    

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$165 postage paid in the US.                                            Added 3/6/2021

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Very Early Francis Whittemore Miniature White Millefiori Flower with Leaf and Blue Bud on a Pink Ground Paperweight
4319 Caithness Kingfisher 1984 Limited Edition Paperweight - Alexandrite or Neodymium Glass.  circa 1984.  This paperweight features a stately looking Kingfisher resting on a branch with blue water below.  The design is three dimensional with a lampwork bird and green foliage on two levels.  The paperweight was designed by William Manson and issued in a limited edition of 250 paperweights, of which this example is number 192.  It is signed with an engraved script signature on the base "Kingfisher Caithness Scotland 192/250".  The ground changes color depending on the kind of light you are using.  It is a light lavender or reddish purple in sunlight or with newer LED lighting, but turns blue under incandescent light.  This type of glass is called Alexandrite or Neodymium Glass.  It is caused by the addition of neodymium oxide to the glass melt.  A large paperweight with great color and depth. 

This design is listed and designated CT-383 on page 63 of the Charlton Standard Catalog of Caithness Paperweights.  It was designed in 1984 by William Manson and issued in a limited edition of 250 paperweights.  Of these, all were made.  The original issue price in the US was $265.

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.

William Manson, Snr. 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.  During this period he also had a small studio at home.  In 1997 he left for good to form his own studio William Manson Paperweights.  After Perthshire closed in January 2002, William Manson Sr. started Phoenix Paperweights to engage three workers from Perthshire.  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.  For a brief period (2004-2006), William Manson, Sr. made collaborative paperweights with John Deacons.

Very Large Size:  3 1/8" diameter by 2 1/2" high.  The base is ground flat. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.  There are some bubbles in the glass.  
Signature:  It is signed with an engraved script signature on the base "Kingfisher Caithness Scotland 192/250".

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SOLD.                                                                    Added 3/5/2021   

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Caithness Kingfisher 1984 Limited Edition Paperweight - Alexandrite or Neodymium Glass
4257 John Deacons Large Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Thistle Cane.  circa 2000-2010.  This paperweight consists six concentric circles of millefiori around John Deacon's complex thistle signature cane in the center over an almost opaque lime green ground.  It also has a slightly worn "HANDMADE IN SCOTLAND by John Deacons" label on the base.  A great example of John Deacons precision work.

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 (or sometimes Jay 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  

Large size:  Just under 2 7/8" diameter by 2 1/4" high.  The base is ground concave.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks.  The label is slightly worn.
Signature:  Signed with John Deacon's complex thistle cane in the center and it also has a slightly worn paper label "HANDMADE IN SCOTLAND by John Deacons" on the base.

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$135 postage paid in the US.                                                          Added 3/4/2021

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John Deacons Large Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Thistle Cane
5223 D'Albret 1975 Double Overlay Sulphide Paperweight of Charles Lindbergh.  dated 1975.  This modern sulphide paperweight features a large three dimensional figure of the Charles Augustus Lindbergh.  The sulphide figure was designed by Gilbert Poillerat.  It has a light blue and white overlay with a clear glass ground and a fancy cut cog edged footed base.  This paperweight is faceted with one large top facet and six side facets.   Only 170 copies were made with an overlay.  It is signed on the front edge of the sulphide "C A LINDBERGH GP 75".  It is also etch signed in the center of the base "CR. D'ALBRET - FRANCE".  The paperweight comes with its original Paul Jokelson blue box marked "CHARLES A. LINDBERGH by G. POILLERAT CRISTAL D'ALBRET FRANCE P.J."  A great addition to any collection of historical sulphides. 

This paperweight was made in two formats for a total of 570 paperweights, including 170 blue and white overlays and 400 non-overlays.  All of the non-overlay paperweights had a cobalt blue ground.

Charles Augustus Lindbergh was an American aviator, military officer, author, inventor, and activist. At the age of 25 in 1927, he went from obscurity as a U.S. Air Mail pilot to instantaneous world fame by making a nonstop flight from New York City to Paris. (from Wikipedia)

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. 

Cristalleries et Verreries de Vianne was founded in 1918 with the reorganization and reestablishment of a glassworks in the town of Vianne, France following World War I.  The company specialized in making lighting fixtures when they were approached in 1967 by Paul Jokelson with a proposal to make sulphide paperweights.  They accepted Jokelson's proposal and successfully made a variety of sulphide paperweights under the label Cristal d'Albret.  Jokelson was the US distributor for most, if not all, of these products.

Large Size:  3 1/8" diameter by just under 1 15/16" high.  The clear base has a fancy cut with a concavity in the center.  The paperweight is faceted with one large top facet and six side facets and is footed. 
Signature:  The paperweight is signed with an acid etched "CR. D'ALBRET - FRANCE" in the center of the base.  The sulphide is marked "C A LINDBERGH GP 75".  The paperweight comes with its original Paul Jokelson blue box marked "CHARLES A. LINDBERGH by G. POILLERAT CRISTAL D'ALBRET FRANCE P.J."  
Condition:   Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, scratches or other flaws found on inspection.

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"C A LINDBERGH GP 75" incised on sulphide
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$145 postage paid in the US.                         Added 3/4/2021

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

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

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

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$65 postage paid in the US.                                         Added 3/1/2021

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Large Murano Closepacked Millefiori Paperweight with Frit Ground
4312 Early Large Caithness Peter Holmes Cascade - Rainbow Two Layer Fountain Paperweight.  circa 1975.  This large egg shaped Caithness paperweight features a wonderful two layer fountain design with a rainbow of colors.  The fountains "cascade" down to a black ground dusted with grey frit.  It is etched on the base "Caithness CASCADE Scotland".  There is also a two color  "CG" signature cane on the base.  The glass has a grayish tinge.  A beautiful paperweight with great color.

Note on condition:  There is extensive scratching on the base including some rough areas on the edge of the base.  I have rated the condition Good rather than Very Good because this is an abnormal amount of wear for a contemporary paperweight.  The body of the paperweight is great and I found no chips, cracks or scratches on the body.

The CASCADE - RAINBOW design is listed and designated CT-32 on page 11 of the Charlton Standard Catalog of Caithness Paperweights.  It was designed in 1974 by Peter Holmes.  The Charlton Standard Catalog lists two versions of CASCADE, CT-31 on page 10 with silver fountains and CASCADE - RAINBOW, CT-32 on page 11 with the rainbow of colors.  Both started production in 1974, originally with a Peter Holmes "PH" signature cane and finished production with a Caithness Glass "CG" signature cane.  It is possible the switch to "CG" was the result of Holmes planning to depart Caithness which happened in 1977.  The paperweight offered here is clearly the Rainbow version. 

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.

Peter Holmes started his glass working career at Caithness Glass (Scotland) in 1963 as an apprentice to Paul Ysart.  He continued at Caithness until 1977, when he and Ron Hutchinson left Caithness to start Selkirk Glass.  Peter left Selkirk in 2002 to start Scottish Borders Art Glass with his son, Andrew, at Galalaw, Hawick. 

Very large size:  2 13/16" diameter by 4" high.  The base is ground flat. 
Condition:  Good condition.  There is extensive scratching on the base including some rough areas on the edge of the base.  I have rated the condition Good rather than Very Good because this is an abnormal amount of wear for a contemporary paperweight.  The body of the paperweight is great and I found no chips, cracks or scratches on the body. 
Signature:  It is signed with an acid etch on the base "Caithness CASCADE Scotland".  There is also a two color  "CG" signature cane on the base, indicating it was made in 1975 or later.

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$85 postage paid in the US.                                     Added 2/28/2021   

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Early Large Caithness Peter Holmes Cascade - Rainbow Two Layer Fountain Paperweight
4894 Perthshire 1998 PP192A Faceted Butterfly Limited Edition Paperweight   dated 1998.  This faceted paperweight features a lampwork butterfly with millefiori wings.  The body of the butterfly is green with a yellow head and black antennae.  The design is set on an opaque bright red ground.  This paperweight is faceted with a large top facet and six side facets.  It is signed with Perthshire's complex "P1998" signature cane on the base and also has a very worn Perthshire paper label.  The edition number "162" is engraved on the base next to the signature cane.  This design was a limited edition made only in 1998.  A nice crisp design.

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).  This 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 3/8" diameter by 1 9/16" high.  The base is ground concave.  It is faceted with a large top facet and six side facets.       
Signature:  It is signed with Perthshire's complex "P1998" signature cane on the base and also has a very worn Perthshire paper label.  The edition number "162" is engraved on the base next to the signature cane.   
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches.  The Perthshire paper label is very worn. 

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SOLD.                                               Added 2/27/2021

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Perthshire 1998 PP192A Faceted Butterfly Limited Edition Paperweight
5185

Large Joe St. Clair Icepick Flower Teapot Ring Holder Paperweight.  circa 1960 - 1980.  This teapot shaped figural paperweight is intended for use as a ring holder and is a very popular design.  It has five light blue icepick flowers  over a white chipped glass ground.  As is typical of this style, there is a carefully placed bubble in the center of each flower and also a carefully placed bubble in the ground in between each pair of flowers.  It is hot stamped "JOE ST CLAIR" on the bottom.  A very flashy figural paperweight.

This style of flower is called an icepick flower because of the ice-pick like tool used to push each flower down to the ground to form a stem. 

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 the Georg Jensen Shop 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.

Size:  4 7/8" wide by 4" high.  The center paperweight portion is 2 1/2" in diameter. The bottom is finished flat and hot stamped in the center with the signature. 
Condition:  Excellent Condition with no chips or cracks.  No scratches found on inspection.
Signature:  Hot stamped "JOE ST. CLAIR" on the bottom.  This probably dates from the 1960s or 1970s, but may be earlier.  Joe St. Clair died in 1987. 

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$59 postage paid in the US.                                       Added 2/24/2021

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Large Joe St. Clair Icepick Flower Teapot Ring Holder Paperweight
2805 Peter Holmes Selkirk 1985 Limited Edition Floral Bouquet with Millefiori Garland Paperweight.  dated 1985.  This paperweight has a wonderful lampwork floral bouquet surrounded by a millefiori garland.  The bouquet consists of six multicolored flowers each with its own leaves set on a bed of larger leaves.  It is number 147 out of a limited edition of 250 paperweights.  The design is placed over a clear ground and faceted with one large top facet and five side facets.  It is signed in script on the base "SELKIRK GLASS SCOTLAND 147/250 1985" and there is also a Peter Holmes "PH" signature cane.  A colorful  example from Selkirk Glass.

Selkirk Glass founded in 1977 by Peter Holmes and Ron Hutchinson.  Peter apprenticed under Paul Ysart at Caithness from 1963 and continued at Caithness until 1977.  Ron Hutchinson was also at Caithness.  Selkirk produced a wide range of paperweight styles including abstract, lampwork and millefiori paperweights.  The company was located in Selkirk, Scotland in the Borders Region.  At some point they were purchased by Edinburgh Crystal and remained in operation until 2006. .

Peter Holmes started his glass working career at Caithness Glass (Scotland) in 1963 as an apprentice to Paul Ysart.  He continued at Caithness until 1977, when he and Ron Hutchinson left Caithness to start Selkirk Glass.  Peter left Selkirk in 2002 to start Scottish Borders Art Glass with his son, Andrew, at Galalaw, Hawick. 

Large size:  3" diameter by 2" high. The bottom is ground concave. 
Signature:  It is signed in script on the base "SELKIRK GLASS SCOTLAND 147/250 1985" and there is also a Peter Holmes "PH" signature cane..
Condition:  Very good condition with some wear on the base.  Two tiny pinpricks and one faint scratch on the side found on inspection.  The paperweight displays beautifully.

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$195 postage paid in the US.                                            Added 2/23/2021

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Peter Holmes Selkirk 1985 Limited Edition Floral Bouquet with Millefiori Garland Paperweight
842 Magnum 1930s Chinese Scrambled Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1930.  This is an extra large example of a 1930s scrambled millefiori paperweight from China filled with a nice assortment of millefiori canes and twist canes.  This style was intended to be a copy of a French scramble or end of day weight from 1845-1860 (probably St. Louis or Clichy), but it will not fool today's collectors.  This example is scratch signed "CHINA" on the base.  As with most Chinese paperweights of 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 oily feel and there are many light scratches and scuff marks.  There are also striations (sugaring) in the glass.  An unusually large example worthy of any collection of Chinese paperweights.

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.  Chinese paperweights made in the 1970s and later usually have better quality glass and are free of debris. 

Very large size:   Just under 3 7/16” diameter by 2 7/16"  high.  The base is rough, fire finished, and ground concave in the center.  A remnant of the pontil scar remains in the center.
Signature:  Scratch signed "CHINA" on the base.  
Condition:  Good condition.  It has many surface scratches and scuffs.  No cracks or chips.  Striations in the glass.  The quality of the glass is poor with some debris - as is typical of early Chinese paperweights. The glass has a greenish tinge and it has a soft oily feel.  

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$125 postage paid in the US.                                  Added 2/23/2021

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Magnum 1930s Chinese Scrambled Millefiori Paperweight
4026 Miniature Strathearn Eight Pointed Star Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Opaque Lime Green Ground.  circa 1963-1968.  This miniature paperweight features a three ring concentric millefiori design and is finished as a eight pointed star.  The ground is an opaque lime green.  The star points give the glass a glittery appearance.  This paperweight has a worn Strathearn paper label with a leaping salmon and "STRATHEARN HAND MADE IN SCOTLAND" on the base.  A great addition to any collection of Scottish glass. 
 
This is called a pressed weight because a mold is used to form the shape.  The top is flattened.  The star points give the glass a real glittery appearance as you can see in the pictures. 

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.

Miniature size:   2 1/16” diameter by 1 1/8” high.  The base is fire polished. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No damage found on inspection.   
Signature:  This paperweight has a worn Strathearn paper label with a leaping salmon and "STRATHEARN HAND MADE IN SCOTLAND" on the base. 

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$59 postage paid in the US.                                                 Added 2/22/2020

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Miniature Strathearn Eight Pointed Star Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Opaque Lime Green Ground
2321 Super Magnum Antique Bavarian / Bohemian Trumpet Paperweight with Picture of Young Girl.   circa 1890-1930.  This is a huge trumpet flower paperweight with a picture of a young girl on top.  The picture is printed on a round, slightly oval, white enamel plaque placed just below the surface of the dome.  There is a large yellow trumpet flower with red and white jasper pleated surround in the center and a rich blue outer edging with five stems pushed down to the base.  Unfortunately a bubble formed under the girl's picture causing her shoulder area to balloon.  The base is ground flat with a matte finish.  A rare item.   

Von Brackel discusses similar paperweights in his book Paperweights - Historicism - Art Nouveau - Art DecoHe shows one example with a round picture on top on page 105, but his example is constructed differently.  Still I believe this paperweight originated in either Bavaria or Bohemia.  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 or Germany.  Another possibility is that the paperweight was made in the midwest US by glass workers who emigrated from the areas described above.  It remains the only example I have seen with a round picture at the top of the paperweight.  Most American photo paperweights have the picture on a flat enamel plaque with substantial clear glass above the picture.   

Very Large Size:  4" diameter by 3 13/16" high.  The bottom is ground flat with a matte finish.  The paperweight weighs 53 ounces (three pounds five ounces).  When boxed, it will weigh over four pounds. 
Condition:  Very good condition.  There are some minor scratches and scuffs, but no cracks or chips. 
Signature :  Unsigned, but I guarantee that this is a vintage paperweight, most likely from the Bohemia / Czech region.  It dates from approximately 1890-1930. 

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$165 postage paid in the US.                                                           Added 2/21/2021

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Super Magnum Antique Bavarian / Bohemian Trumpet Paperweight with Picture of Young Girl
2836 Selkirk 1996 Stylized Blue Flower Paperweight.  dated 1996.  This paperweight has an stylized or abstract blue floral design with five trumpet shaped petals and a green center.  Each of the trumpet shapes has an elongated bubble in the center.  The design is placed over a translucent blue ground.  It is signed in script on the base "SELKIRK GLASS SCOTLAND 1996".  It also has a worn paper label "SELKIRK GLASS HANDMADE IN SCOTLAND".  A colorful  example from Selkirk Glass.

Selkirk Glass founded in 1977 by Peter Holmes and Ron Hutchinson.  Peter apprenticed under Paul Ysart at Caithness from 1963 and continued at Caithness until 1977.  Ron Hutchinson was also at Caithness.  Selkirk produced a wide range of paperweight styles including abstract, lampwork and millefiori paperweights.  The company was located in Selkirk, Scotland in the Borders Region.  At some point they were purchased by Edinburgh Crystal and remained in operation until 2006. .

Peter Holmes started his glass working career at Caithness Glass (Scotland) in 1963 as an apprentice to Paul Ysart.  He continued at Caithness until 1977, when he and Ron Hutchinson left Caithness to start Selkirk Glass.  Peter left Selkirk in 2002 to start Scottish Borders Art Glass with his son, Andrew, at Galalaw, Hawick. 

Large size:  2 13/16" diameter by 2 5/8" high. The bottom is ground concave. 
Signature:  It is signed in script on the base "SELKIRK GLASS SCOTLAND 1996".  It also has a worn paper label "SELKIRK GLASS HANDMADE IN SCOTLAND".
Condition:  Excellent condition with some wear on the base and one faint scuff or scratch (less than 1/8" long) on the side.  No other scratches, cracks or chips found on inspection. 

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$95 postage paid in the US.                                            Added 2/18/2021

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Selkirk 1996 Stylized Blue Flower Paperweight
3436 Robert Townsend Translucent Veiled Yellow Abstract Faceted Paperweight.  circa 1980s or later.  This distinctive paperweight with three top facets has an abstract multi-layered veiled design of transparent pale yellow and clear colored glass.  The veiling technique allows the glass to react to light and create a fluid, airy effect.  It is signed on the base "Robert Townsend", but it is possible that I am reading the signature incorrectly.  I show the signature as it appears and then darkened to make it easier to read.  An interesting paperweight that shows considerable skill.

This paperweight has a translucent design was difficult to photograph.  It has "veil" effect created by using a metallic powder in the glass.  The veiling technique was first developed by Dominic Labino in the early 1970s.  Later it was used by Harvey Littleton (1980), Ed Nesteruk (1982), Michael O'Keefe (1984), Robert Eickholt, Gilbert C. Johnson, and others. 

The paperweight is signed Robert Townsend, but I have been unable to learn anything about the artist.  It is professionally executed and finished.  I purchased the paperweight as part of a Massachusetts collection of quality paperweights.

Size:  Just over 2 7/8" diameter by just over 2 5/8" high.  The base is polished flat. 
Signature: Signed "Robert Townsend" on the base.  The signature was difficult to photograph, so I show the signature as it appears and then darkened to make it easier to read.   
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks or chips.  Some wear on the base.

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$69 postage paid in the US.                                                     Added 2/15/2021

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Robert Townsend Translucent Veiled Yellow Abstract Faceted Paperweight
5265 Francis Whittemore Miniature Yellow Pears with Leaves and Seed Pod Paperweight.  circa 1971 - 1980.  This paperweight features two yellow pears along with three green leaves, and a seed pod.  It is signed in the design with a fancy Whittemore "W" compound signature cane.  The signature cane is a white "W" on a blue background surrounded by a ring of white stars.  The design is placed on a translucent green ground.  Whittemore revisited this theme several times during his career as a paperweight maker.  A beautiful example.

Note:  This was a difficult paperweight to photograph.  The highly reflective surface even picked up a reflection of my hand and my camera.  If you need more pictures please let me know.

Francis Dyer Whittemore, Jr. is considered one of the pioneers of the modern paperweight renaissance.  He started working in glass in 1938, but did not start making paperweights until 1962.   His studio was in Lansdale, Pennsylvania.  Like many other early glass artists, Francis started his career as a scientific glass blower and then later taught glass as an instructor.  For five years, he spent one month a year consulting at Baccarat to help them refine their lampwork paperweight art.  Some sources have this consulting work from 1971 to 1976.  Other sources have it starting later.  The signature cane used on this paperweight was one he developed during the period that he was consulting at Baccarat.  Most of his paperweights are miniature to medium in size.  You can read about Francis Whittemore in the book American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers by Jean Melvin (1970).

Miniature size:  Just under 2 1/16" diameter by 1 11/16" high. The bottom is ground concave.
Signature:  Signed in the design with a Whittemore "W" complex signature cane.  The one used in this paperweight has a white W on a blue background surrounded by a ring of white stars.  It helps to date the paperweight to after 1971 when he started working with Baccarat. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches.

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$375 postage paid in the US.                                            Added 2/14/2021

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Francis Whittemore Miniature Yellow Pears with Leaves and Seed Pod Paperweight
2843 Edinburgh Crystal Caithness 1986 Double Trefoil "Ring of Roses"Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1986.  This is a rare example made by Caithness Glass for Edinburgh Crystal.  It features a double trefoil design titled "Ring of Roses" with green and pink millefiori and an Edinburgh "E" signature cane in the center.  The design is placed over a dark purple almost opaque ground.   

Note:  Most Edinburgh paperweights were also signed with an acid etch or sandblasted signature - this example is not.  It is possible that this is an early prototype or even a second.  

The Ring of Roses design is shown in the 1986 Edinburgh Crystal Paperweights catalog as an unlimited issue paperweight.  The 1986 catalog showed eight unlimited designs and twelve limited edition paperweights.

Edinburgh Crystal originated as a glassworks in Scotland at Leith in 1664.  The company had a long history as a glassworks, merging with and acquiring other companies, eventually becoming part of  Webb Glass after World War I, although they retained the name Edinburgh and Leith Glassworks until 1955.  In 1955, the name was changed to Edinburgh Crystal Glass Co.  Edinburgh never made glass paperweights.  Paperweights were made for Edinburgh by Caithness Glass in 1985 and 1986.  Later production appears to have been outsourced to other countries.  In 2004 Edinburgh Crystal purchased Caithness Glass out of receivership.  Finances did not work out and Edinburgh ceased to exist in 2006 with Dartington Crystal acquiring some of the remaining assets.

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.

Large Size:  2 7/8" diameter by just under 2 3/16" high.  The base is ground flat.
Condition:  Good to Very Good condition.  There is considerable wear and scratches on the base.  There is also one 3/4" long scratch on the side next to the base - shown in the picture of the base.  No other damage or scratches were found on the dome. 
Signature:  It is signed with an Edinburgh "E" signature cane in the center of the design.  The signature cane has a flaw on one side - bubbles in the glass.

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$75 postage paid in the US.                                         Added 2/7/2021 

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Edinburgh Crystal Caithness 1986 Double Trefoil "Ring of Roses"Millefiori Paperweight
4744 Large 1930s Chinese Close Packed Patterned Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1930.  This is a large colorful Chinese close packed patterned millefiori paperweight with a complex design made in the 1930s.  It was intended to be a copy of a French antique concentric paperweight from 1845-1860 (probably Baccarat or Clichy).  The pattern mimics the typical Baccarat pattern with a mix of concentric designs and roundels forming a garland.  This paperweight is unsigned.  As with most Chinese paperweights, this paperweight has a light weight glass mixture that is high in soda and has a greenish tinge.  The glass has a soft oily feel.  There are bubbles or debris in the glass.  A welcome addition to any collection of Chinese paperweights. 

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.

Very large size:  Just under 3 1/16” diameter by 1 9/16"  high.  The base is fire finished and the center of the base is ground.  The profile is relatively low, as is typical of Chinese paperweights from this period. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee that this paperweight is from China and was made around 1930. 
Condition:  Very good condition, perhaps better than the typical Chinese paperweight from this period.  Some small surface blemishes.  No chips and no cracks.  The glass has a soft oily feel.   There are bubbles in the glass.

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$95 postage paid in the US.                            Added 1/5/2021

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Large 1930s Chinese Close Packed Patterned Millefiori Paperweight
4856 Baccarat 1976 Gridel Series Magnum Millefiori White Monkey Limited Edition Paperweight.  dated 1976.  This modern millefiori paperweight features a large central Gridel white monkey silhouette on a black background surrounded by a ring of white canes.  The white monkey cane is set in the center of a paneled pattern with six panels of blue and green millefiori and surrounded by a ring of identical green canes.  The panels are divided by rays of smaller Gridel canes plus Baccarat's complex signature / date cane "B 1976".  Each ray contains three Gridel canes, with the exception of one ray which contains two Gridel canes plus the signature / date cane.  The design is set on a translucent white ground.  This design was released in 1976 in a limited edition of 350 pieces.  This is number 186 in that edition.  This paperweight is also signed on the base with an acid etched Baccarat mark along with the year (1976) and edition number (186).  A fantastic paperweight. 

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 the other 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.

Very Large Size:  Just under 3 7/16" diameter by just under 2 5/16" high.  The base is ground flat.
Signature:  The paperweight is signed with Baccarat's complex signature cane "B 1976" in the design.  It also has one acid etched Baccarat mark on the base along with the year (1976) and edition number (186). 
Condition:   Excellent condition.  There is some minor wear on the base, but no other cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.   

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$395 postage paid in the US.                                                         Added 1/30/2021.

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Baccarat 1976 Gridel Series Magnum Millefiori White Monkey Limited Edition Paperweight
2544 Antique Green and White Jasper Ground Paperweight.   circa 1845-1890.  This is an unusual antique jasper ground paperweight - unusual in that there is no other motif present.  Normally we find a jasper ground paperweight with a flower or a millefiori pattern.  It could be a practice piece made by a glass worker learning how to create a jasper ground, or it could be that the flower or design wasn't ready when it needed to be picked up.  I don't know which factory made it.  Among antique American paperweight makers, both the New England Glass Company and the Boston and Sandwich Glass Company made floral paperweights with jasper grounds.  In France, St. Louis made jasper ground paperweights during the classic period (1845 - 1860).  Other factories probably did as well.  So the origin remains a mystery.  A colorful example that you will keep on your desk and use as - a paperweight.

Large Size:  2 3/4" diameter by 2 1/16" high. The bottom is ground concave with a pontil scar remaining.
Signature: Unsigned, but I guarantee this is an antique paperweight from an unidentified factory.  Most likely it is antique French or American.
Condition:  Good condition.  There are some minor scratches on the surface and tiny nicks on the edge of the base.  The base is not perfectly round as there is a spot where a chip or flaw was removed from edge of the base.  The jasper is not perfect and has some black specks and bubbles in it.

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$95 postage paid in the US.                                            Added 1/29/2021  

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Antique Green and White Jasper Ground Paperweight
3405 Baccarat Modern Four Row Open Concentric Millefiori Paperweight.   Circa 1958 - 1965.  This paperweight has an open concentric design with four rows of pastel colored millefiori around a central complex cane.  It is signed with an etched Baccarat logo on the base.  The paperweight contains examples of early Baccarat complex millefiori and dates from the first years of Baccarat modern millefiori production.

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.

Medium Size:  Just over 2 1/2” diameter by 2” high.  Bottom is ground flat.
Signature:  Made by Baccarat in France.  Signed on the base with an etched Baccarat logo.  The logo is hard to see and harder to photograph.
Condition: Excellent condition.  Other than some wear on the base, no other chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.

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$165 postage paid in the US.                                         Added 1/27/2021

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Baccarat Modern Four Row Open Concentric Millefiori Paperweight
5376 Francis Whittemore Limited Edition Mistletoe and White Berries with Two Bells Paperweight.  circa 1965 - 1975.  This paperweight features an innovative presentation of a bunch of mistletoe and white berries with two three-dimensional pink bells.  Each bell has a Whittemore black on yellow "W" signature cane as a clapper.  The design is placed on a translucent blue ground.  It is part of a limited edition of 100 paperweights and is engraved "54" on the base.  I don't have the original limited edition certificate.  A beautiful example.

Note:  There is a small rough area on the edge of the base.  I don't think this is damage, but rather an area left unpolished when the paperweight was made.  Today's cameras pick up the smallest defect.

Francis Dyer Whittemore, Jr. is considered one of the pioneers of the modern paperweight renaissance.  He started working in glass in 1938, but did not start making paperweights until 1962.   His studio was in Lansdale, Pennsylvania.  Like many other early glass artists, Francis started his career as a scientific glass blower and then later taught glass as an instructor.  For five years, he spent one month a year consulting at Baccarat to help them refine their lampwork paperweight art.  Some sources have this consulting work from 1971 to 1976.  Other sources have it starting later.  The signature cane used on this paperweight was one he developed prior to working at Baccarat.  Most of his paperweights are miniature to medium in size.  You can read about Francis Whittemore in the book American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers by Jean Melvin (1970).

Size:  2 3/8" diameter by 1 15/16" high. The bottom is ground concave but a small area was left unpolished (see picture)
Signature:  Signed in the design with two Whittemore signature canes used as clappers for the bells.  Each signature cane is a black "W" on a yellow background. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches.  There is, however, a small rough area on the edge of the base.

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$375 postage paid in the US.                                               Added 1/27/2021

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Francis Whittemore Limited Edition Mistletoe and White Berries with Two Bells Paperweight
2863 Early Selkirk 1980 Poinsettia Paperweight.  dated 1980.  This paperweight has a pale green five petal poinsettia on a translucent cobalt blue ground.  The flower has five dark green sepals and a pink and white millefiori cane in the center.  It is signed in script on the base "SELKIRK GLASS SCOTLAND 1980".  It also has a worn paper label "SELKIRK GLASS HANDMADE IN SCOTLAND".  An colorful  early example from Selkirk Glass.

Selkirk Glass founded in 1977 by Peter Holmes and Ron Hutchinson.  Peter apprenticed under Paul Ysart at Caithness from 1963 and continued at Caithness until 1977.  Ron Hutchinson was also at Caithness.  Selkirk produced a wide range of paperweight styles including abstract, lampwork and millefiori paperweights.  The company was located in Selkirk, Scotland in the Borders Region.  At some point they were purchased by Edinburgh Crystal and remained in operation until 2006. .

Peter Holmes started his glass working career at Caithness Glass (Scotland) in 1963 as an apprentice to Paul Ysart.  He continued at Caithness until 1977, when he and Ron Hutchinson left Caithness to start Selkirk Glass.  Peter left Selkirk in 2002 to start Scottish Borders Art Glass with his son, Andrew, at Galalaw, Hawick. 

Small size:  2 5/16" diameter by 1 5/8" high. The bottom is ground flat. 
Signature:  It is signed in script on the base "SELKIRK GLASS SCOTLAND 1980".  It also has a worn paper label "SELKIRK GLASS HANDMADE IN SCOTLAND".
Condition:  Excellent condition with some wear on the base, but no other scratches, cracks or chips found on inspection. 

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$90 postage paid in the US.                                            Added 1/25/2021

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Early Selkirk 1980 Poinsettia Paperweight
5383 Rare Harold J. Hacker Snake Paperweight.   circa 1966 - 1980.  This wonderful Harold Hacker lampwork snake paperweight.  The long brown snake with two white eyes and a long slender tongue has a yellow stripe down its back.  It blends perfectly with the copper colored frit ground.  It is engraved "HJH" on the base.  A very similar example is shown on page 172 of Melvin's book American Glass Paperweights and their Makers (Revised 1970).  A desirable example of Hacker's work.

Harold James Hacker (1906 - 1989) was born in Weston, West Virginia and, at the age of thirteen, took a job at the Weston Glass Plant.  Later he worked at the West Virginia Specialty Glass Company and learned some of the rudiments of blowing glass.  In 1936 he moved to California and worked at the Technical Glass Company in Los Angeles.  After service in the armed services during world war II, he obtained a concession at the Knott's Berry Farm making miniature glass objects, built on a hobby of lampworking that started back in West Virginia.  In 1966 Hacker and a friend from West Virginia, A. F. Carpenter, started experimenting with glass paperweights at a small studio near Hacker's home in Buena Park, CA.  In the beginning they made more traditional lampwork floral arrangements and millefiori paperweights, but then focused on lampwork snakes, reptiles, turtles, and other animals.  Their output was low and, even with two helpers, never exceeded 200 paperweights a year.  All were signed with variations of Hacker's signature, "Hacker", "Harold Hacker", "Harold J Hacker", or just the initials "HJH".  It is not possible to specifically identify which lampwork animals were made by A. F. Carpenter, but it is believed that Carpenter was the better lampwork artist and Hacker did some of the simpler designs.  Hacker also did the encasement.  Their work was considered good enough to earn an entry in  Dunlop's Dictionary of Glass Paperweights.  Both men are included in Jean Melvin's book American Glass Paperweights and their Makers (revised edition 1970) and Hacker has a page in Larry Selman's All About Paperweights.  Harold Hacker wrote an article "The Art of Paperweights" for the 1968 Annual Bulletin of the Paperweight Collectors' Association. 

Size:  2 3/4" diameter by 1 1/16" high.  The base is ground flat.  Note the low profile.
Condition:  Very good condition.  There are some scuff marks on the widest part of the paperweight.  No other chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.
Signature:  Engraved "HJH" on the base. 

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$165 postage paid in the US.                          Added 1/22/2021

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Rare Harold J. Hacker Snake Paperweight
5379 Antique Belgian or Bohemian Doorknob with Miniature Concentric Millefiori Paperweight Handle.   circa 1850-1900.  This is an antique doorknob with a concentric millefiori paperweight handle.  The handle has bright translucent colors on a clear ground.  It has two concentric circles of complex canes around a complex center cane.  The theme colors are orange, lilac, turquoise, and green and the canes are various combinations of six pointed star canes.  The outer circle of canes alternate between orange and lilac complex canes.  The inner circle of canes alternate between green and turquoise complex canes.  There is a larger orange complex cane in the center.  The maker of this paperweight is unknown.  It has similarities to a group of paperweights believed to have originated at an unidentified glass factory in Belgium, Northern Europe, or even Bohemia.  The hardware portion is in good condition with holes for a cross pin to anchor the spindle.  There is no spindle.  The design is well centered and a wonder to study. 

Note on condition:  This paperweight knob has a fracture in the stem (and possibly a repair), but seems solid and unlikely to crack further.  There is light wear at the widest part of the handle visible in the pictures. 

This paperweight has a strong similarity to a group of paperweights and doorknobs that are believed to have originated at an unidentified glass factory in Belgium or Northern EuropeBohemian 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 1 15/16" long including the hardware.  No spindle.   
Condition: Very good condition for its age.  The paperweight knob has a fracture in the stem (and possibly a repair), but seems solid and unlikely to crack further.  There is light wear at the widest part of the handle visible in the pictures.     
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this is an antique paperweight doorknob from Bohemia or Belgium or Northern Europe.  

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$165 postage paid in the US.                            Added 1/19/2021

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Antique Belgian or Bohemian Doorknob with Miniature Concentric Millefiori Paperweight Handle
4881 Perthshire Annual Collection 1994F Limited Edition Fruit Bouquet Paperweight.    dated 1994.  This large faceted paperweight features a fruit bouquet with two oranges, two bunches of purple grapes, a pear, a lemon, and six cherries arranged on a bed of leaves.  The design is placed over a clear ground.  The paperweight is faceted with a large top facet and eighteen side facets in three rows.  The base is finished with what Perthshire called a feather cutting.  It is signed with an engraved "P" on the base near the edge of the feather cutting.  This paperweight was made in a limited edition of 300 paperweights of which 266 were made.  There is no paper label on this paperweight and I do not have the original certificate.  A nice crisp design with Perthshire's version of the antique fruit paperweights.

Perthshire made this paperweight as one of their annual collection items for 1994.  This means the design was made only that one year and never again.  There were eight annual collection designs in 1994, designated A through G plus one that is not given a letter.  The annual collection paperweights are the most desirable of the Perthshire line, with the exception of one of one items.

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).  This 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 3/4" diameter by 2 1/4" high.  The bottom is ground concave and finished with a feather cutting.    
Signature:  This paperweight is signed with an engraved "P" near the edge of the feather cutting.  There is no paper label on this paperweight and I do not have the original certificate.   
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches. 

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$495 postage paid in the US.                                               Added 1/18/2021

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Perthshire Annual Collection 1994F Limited Edition Fruit Bouquet Paperweight
600 Early Mark Matthews 1981 Experimental Spiral Paperweight.  dated 1981.  This is an early Mark Matthews Translucent Swirl Paperweight.  It features a precise gold swirl applied to a dark brown or dark red surface.  It was made in 1981 before Mark started his studio in 1985, so it may have been made during his student days.  I have labeled this as an experimental piece because there are many surface "flaws".  These flaws don't appear to be damage but rather the result of an unfinished or experimental process.  Marble collectors are familiar with this amazing artist but he made relatively few paperweights.  His focus is spheres and some of them sell for thousands of dollars.  This is a chance to own an early Mark Matthews work.

Mark Matthews started working in glass in 1974 while he was still an undergraduate at glorious Kent State University and continued his studies at Ohio University, receiving an MFA.  Since 1985 he as worked full time in glass as an independent glass artist with his studio located within the Sauder Village in Archbold, Ohio.  Matthews has become internationally recognized for his mastery of the glass sphere.  His stated goal is to explore the ways radically different designs and techniques can be used within a well-defined category such as spheres.  Mark Matthews work has been published in many books and is held in museums such as the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, England, the Corning Museum of Glass in New York, the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio and the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.   

Large Size:  Just under 3 1/16" diameter by 2 7/16" high.  The base is unfinished with a broken pontil scar. 
Signature: It is signed in script on the base "Mark Matthews 1981".
Condition:  Good condition.  There are many surface flaws and this appears to be an experimental piece or prototype.  No cracks or chips.  

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$395 postage paid in the US.                                          Added 1/17/2021

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Early Mark Matthews 1981 Experimental Spiral Paperweight
2951 John Deacons J Glass Millefiori Butterfly Paperweight.  circa 1978-1983This paperweight features a delightful millefiori buterfly placed on an opaque black ground.  The wings of the butterfly are formed from stretched millefiori canes and each wing is surrounded by a millefiori garland.  The body and antennae are dark green lampwork.  It is signed with a complex J Glass "J" signature cane below the butterfly.  A great example of John Deacons work during the J Glass period. 

Note:  The color of the butterfly body and antennae are darker in the pictures than in actuality. 

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.  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.  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

Small size:  2 1/4" diameter by just under 1 11/16" high.  The bottom is ground concave. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks on the dome.  A few light scratches on the base. 
Signature:  Signed with a complex J Glass "J" signature cane just below the butterfly.  

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$165 postage paid in the US.                                                        Added 1/16/2021

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John Deacons J Glass Millefiori Butterfly Paperweight
2697 Perthshire Annual Collection 1978B Limited Edition Heather Paperweight.    dated 1978.  This paperweight features a Scottish heather sprig surrounded by a ring of alternating amethyst and green complex millefiori canes.  The design is set on a deep blue translucent ground.  It is signed with a Perthshire complex "P1978" signature cane on the base.  The paperweight comes with its original worn box and worn certificate stating that it is number 341 out of a limited edition of 500 paperweights (452 were made).  It  also has a worn Perthshire paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND" on the base.  A nice crisp design with great color.

Perthshire made this paperweight as one of their Annual Collection designs for 1978.  This means the design was made only that one year and never again.  There were six Annual Collection designs in 1978, designated A through F.  The annual collection paperweights are the most desirable of the Perthshire line, with the exception of one of one items. 

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:  Just over 2 5/8" diameter by 1 15/16" high.  The base is ground concave. 
Signature:  This paperweight has a Perthshire complex "P1978" signature cane on the base.  It comes with its original worn box and worn certificate stating that it is number 341 out of a limited edition of 500 paperweights (452 were made).  It  also has a worn Perthshire paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND" on the base.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches.  The box, label, and certificate are worn.  A previous owner had added a sticker to the box and also wrote on the label as shown in the pictures.

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$285 postage paid in the US.                            Added 1/8/2021 

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Perthshire Annual Collection 1978B Limited Edition Heather Paperweight
4646 Magnum Victor Trabucco Pink Clematis Paperweight with Buds on Trellis.  dated 1983.  This Victor Trabucco paperweight consists of a large pink clematis with two buds and leaves and stems on a white trellis.  The clematis flower has five textured petals with dark bushy stamens in the center.  One bud is about to open.  There are ten veined leaves.  The design is set on a clear ground.  It is signed on the side near the base "Trabucco 1983".  There is also a "VT" signature cane on the underside of a leaf.  A beautiful paperweight. 

Victor Trabucco's original career was as a steelworker.  He began working with glass in 1974 after seeing a flameworker make a sculpture. He knew this was what he wanted to do for his life's work. Trabucco says that “Glass is the ultimate challenge; it has properties of no other material and offers the artist possibilities that are inspiring for the creative process. His work is often inspired by nature, capturing the beauty and motion of the subject and freezing a moment in time. His work is in the collection of many major museums.  Victor set up his first studio in the basement of his house and learned by experimentation.  He now works with his sons Jon and David in a large studio in Clarence, NY. 

Very Large Size:   Just over 3 1/8" diameter by 2 1/2" high.  The base is ground concave. 
Signature:  Signed "Trabucco 1983" on the side near the base. There is also a "VT" signature cane on the underside of a leaf. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks found on inspection.  One tiny imperfection found on the side that appears to be a speck of dirt in the glass. 

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$675 postage paid in the US.                                                                        Added 1/5/2021

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Magnum Victor Trabucco Pink Clematis Paperweight with Buds on Trellis
4566 Large Whitefriars Early Faceted Six Ring Concentric Millefiori Paperweight.  dated 1970.  This paperweight has six concentric rings of canes (blue, white, turquoise, dark blue, red, and white) around a larger center cane with a star center.  The ground is clear crystal.  Typical heavy Whitefriars lead crystal.  The paperweight is faceted with a large top facet and five large side facets.  It has a Whitefriars signature cane with a white monk and the date 1970 in the outermost white ring and also has an early paper label used from the mid 1950s into the early 1970s.  With its bold colors, this is a very nice addition to any collection of  millefiori paperweights.    

Modern Whitefriars paperweights are prized by collectors for their high quality glass and millefiori designs. The 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. 

Large Size:  Just over 3" diameter by 1 7/8" high.  The base is ground concave.  Faceted with a total of one large top facet and five large side facets.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks or scratches found on inspection.  There are some small bubbles in the glass.
Signature:  It has a Whitefriars signature cane with a white monk and the date 1970 in the outermost white ring and also has an early paper label used from the mid 1950s into the early 1970s.

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$275 postage paid in the US.                                           Added 1/4/2021

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Large Whitefriars Early Faceted Six Ring Concentric Millefiori Paperweight
5147 Caithness Period Whitefriars 1982 Double Trefoil Millefiori Paperweight.  dated 1982.  This paperweight has a double trefoil with red and blue canes and a Whitefriars signature cane in the center.  The design is placed on a very dark brown (almost black) ground.  It is signed and dated in the center of the design with the Whitefriars signature cane featuring a white friar silhouette and the date 1982.  The paperweight is faceted with one large top facet and six smaller side facets.  It was issued by Caithness Glass under the Whitefriars label in 1982.  There is an engraved number "1764" on the base.  This is probably the edition number.  A great example of an early Caithness period Whitefriars paperweight.

This paperweight is one of the transition period paperweights issued after Caithness purchased the Whitefriars name in 1980.  Based on the construction and millefiori canes which resemble other Caithness millefiori products, it was probably made at a Caithness factory in Scotland.  It does not appear in any of the Whitefriars catalogs nor in the Colin Terris publications on Caithness.

Note:  This paperweight has a tiny nick on the top facet.  That is the only damage I could find.

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.

Modern Whitefriars paperweights are prized by collectors for their high quality glass and millefiori designs. The 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.

Medium size:  2 7/16"" diameter by just over 1 1/2" high.  The base is ground flat.  Faceted with one large top facet and six smaller side facets.
Condition:  Very good condition.  This paperweight has a tiny nick on the top facet.  There is also minor wear on the base.  No other damage found on inspection.
Signature:  Signed in cane with a Whitefriars 1982 cane in the center of the design.

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$95 postage paid in the US.                                12/27/2020

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Caithness Period Whitefriars 1982 Double Trefoil Millefiori Paperweight
3027 Very Early Paul Stankard Pink and White Striped Dahlia Pedestal  Paperweight.  undated 1968-1969.  This paperweight features a pink and white striped dahlia with a black and white center.  The flower has no leaves and no stem.  It is mounted on a clear glass foot or pedestal.  This is one of the earliest paperweights made by Paul Stankard.  Although it is primitive compared to later work, the paperweight shows the features Stankard was experimenting with at an early time in his artistic development.  If you have ever watched Paul work, you can imagine him pulling the fine tip of each petal and then assembling them to create the flower.  It is signed under the flower with an early "S" signature cane having a black S on a white background.  This is an important early example of Paul Stankard's work and worthy of any collection of Stankard paperweights. 

Note:  Please ignore the white areas, they are glare from the light.

Paul Joseph Stankard is considered to be the father of modern glass paperweights.  He has a degree in Scientific Glassblowing from the Salem Vocational Technical Institute (now Salem Community College) in Salem, New Jersey and worked for ten years as a glassblower making scientific instruments for various chemical laboratories before turning his attention to creating glass art.  He made his first paperweights in 1968 focusing on a realistic replication of nature.  Today he is one of the premier lampwork artists and has shared his knowledge with many other fine glass artists.  Paul's studio is in Mantua, NJ.  His work is on display at over 60 museums worldwide and there are several excellent books on this artist. 

Miniature size:   Just over 1 15/16" diameter by 1 13/16" tall.  The base is just under 1 5/16" diameter.  The paperweight has a relatively flat profile and has a pedestal base (or footed base).  The base is ground flat.    
Signature:  Signed signed with a black "S" signature cane under the flower. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.

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SOLD.                                                          Added 12/27/2020

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Very Early Paul Stankard Pink and White Striped Dahlia Pedestal  Paperweight
5102 Large Antique Clichy Spaced Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with 25 canes including a Green and Pink Rose.  circa 1845-1860.  This wonderful antique Clichy spaced millefiori paperweight contains an arrangement of 25 millefiori canes on lace ground.  There are three rings with 12 canes in the outer ring, six in the middle ring and six in the inner ring plus a wonderful large green and pink rose cane in the center.  The canes are intricate and very colorful.  See the close-up picture for more detail.  A fantastic paperweight.

Clichy paperweights are highly sought after by collectors for their complex canes and brilliant colors.  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:  Just over 3 1/16" diameter by 2 1/8" high.  The base is ground concave. 
Condition:  Very good condition.  No cracks, chips or scratches found on inspection.  The profile is slightly flat and not completely smooth, resulting in a tiny bit of distortion.
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee this to be an authentic antique Clichy paperweight.   

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$995 postage paid in the US.                                        Added 12/26/2020

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Large Antique Clichy Spaced Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with 25 canes including a Green and Pink Rose
4393 Large Pairpoint Robbie Mason Pink Footed Crimp Rose Paperweight.  circa 2000.  This is a rare footed lush pink crimp rose paperweight made by Robbie Mason at Pairpoint Glass in Sagamore, Massachusetts.  It has 13 petals with a 4-4-3-2 pattern and 4 outer green leaves. It has a styled foot.  This is an unusual rose style for Pairpoint which is better known for their assembled roses with eight leaves (or four large leaves and four narrow sepals).  The attribution is based on comparison to signed examples made by Robbie Mason.  A wonderful and rare example of the best of modern Pairpoint production. 

Note:  Crimp roses from Pairpoint are rare.  More typically, the rose is fashioned from a frit pickup or assembled.  The leaves are identical to the large leaves in other Pairpoint rose paperweights.  Several experts have reviewed this example and agree with the attribution. 

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 old New Bedford factory burned down in 1965.  In its latest iteration, Robert Bryden moved Pairpoint to Sagamore, Massachusetts in 1969.  Attempts were made to resume glassmaking in New Bedford for five years (1977-1982), but this was not successful.  Bryden retired in September 1988.  Since then, the Pairpoint Glass Company has changed owners several times. It continues to operate at that location today. 

Robert (Robbie) C. Mason (1935-2020) started his glass career in 1950 as an apprentice with Edinburgh Crystal, Scotland (part of the Thomas Webb and Sons).  With exception of three years in the Army (1960-1963), he continued to gain seniority and expertise as a glass maker.  In 1968, Thomas Bryden advertised in the Edinburgh Evening News for experienced glass workers emphasizing the need for hand made experience.  Robbie Mason decided to take a chance on a new employer and joined Pairpoint in 1969.  With his experience, he became a gaffer by 1971.  He stayed at Pairpoint as a master glassblower until he retired in 2005.  A number of well known glass artists apprenticed with him.  He retired in 2005 and passed away from complications of COVID-19 in April 2020.

Large Size:  Just under 2 7/8” diameter by just under 3” high.  The foot is 2 3/8" in diameter.  There is a remainder of a pontil mark in the center of the foot. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No damage found.
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee that this paperweight was made by Robbie Mason at Pairpoint Glass.

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$595 postage paid in the US.                                          Added 12/24/2020

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Large Pairpoint Robbie Mason Pink Footed Crimp Rose Paperweight
4899 Perthshire PP23 Paperweight Creamer or Pitcher with Concentric Millefiori Design.  circa 1973 - 1975.  This paperweight pitcher has a concentric millefiori pattern over a translucent green ground.  There are six concentric rings of millefiori canes surrounding a single center cane.  The pattern is mirrored in the bowl of the pitcher, making it look like there is a second concentric pattern in the bowl (but there is not).  The pitcher is signed with a worn Perthshire paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND" on the base.  This is a very nice example.

Note:  The PP23 was made only from 1973 to 1975.

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:  Approximately 4 1/4" high with a diameter of just over 2 13/16" (not counting the handle).  It is 4 1/8" wide at the widest point.  The base is hollow ground. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips, cracks or scratches found on inspection.  The paper label is worn.
Signature:  Signed with a a worn Perthshire paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND" on the base.

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$245 postage paid in the US.                                                    Added 12/18/2020.

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Perthshire PP23 Paperweight Creamer or Pitcher with Concentric Millefiori Design
4576 Charles Kaziun Jr. Miniature Pansy Paperweight with Gold Bee.  circa 1960-1980.  This wonderful Charles Kaziun pansy paperweight has a classic pansy design with a bud, stem, and five green leaves.  The pansy has a bright yellow stardust cane in the center, two notched purple upper petals, and three crisp blue and white lower petals.  The lower petals have yellow crows feet arrowheads pointing to the center.  The design is set on a pink and white jasper ground.  The paperweight is signed with Kaziun's gold foil "K" on the base and also has Kaziun's signature gold foil bee on one of the leaves.  A great example of Charlie Kaziun's exquisite artistry.

Note:  On close inspection, I found a faint scratch and a tiny pinprick.  Although these flaws were too small to capture in my pictures, I am selling the paperweight at reduced price. 

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:

Miniature Size:  2 1/16" diameter by 1 9/16" high. 
Signature:  This paperweight is signed with Kaziun's gold K on the base. 
Condition: Very good condition.  There is a faint scratch and a tiny pinprick on the side of this paperweight.  No other chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection. 

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SOLD.                      Added 12/17/2020

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Charles Kaziun Jr. Miniature Pansy Paperweight with Gold Bee
4797 Antique Faceted Baccarat Type III Pansy Paperweight with Star Cut Base.   circa 1845-1860.  Baccarat Pansy paperweight with leaves and stem.  The base is finished with a Baccarat star cut.  This style of pansy is called a type III pansy.  It consists of two large dark purple petals above over three lower petals.  The lower petals are yellow over a white base which can be seen from the back.  Each lower petal has a purple tip and three dark lines radiating from the central cane consisting of star canes with a red whorl center.  This paperweight is faceted with one large top facet and six side facets.  A wonderful paperweight in perfect condition shape.

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.

You can read more about the Baccarat paperweights in the 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:  2 3/8" diameter by 1 7/16" high.  The bottom is ground concave and finished with a Baccarat star cut base.  This paperweight is faceted with one large top facet and six side facets.
Condition: Excellent condition.  This paperweight has been professionally restored.  There are no chips, cracks, or scratches.  There are some small bubbles in the glass.
Signature:  Made by Baccarat in France.  Unsigned, but I guarantee that this is an antique Baccarat paperweight from the classic period 1845-1860. 

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$645 postage paid in the US.                                                                              Added 12/16/2020

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Antique Faceted Baccarat Type III Pansy Paperweight with Star Cut Base
2374
Spectacular Super Magnum Peter McDougall (PMcD) Special Checker Board on Lace Ground Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 2006-2007.  This paperweight features an extra large checker board arrangement of 96 millefiori canes plus four signature canes.  The checker board is created using 18 pink stringers.  The design is placed on a lace ground.  This paperweight was part of a special offering that Peter McDougall made at the end of 2006 or early 2007.   It is signed on each side of the checker board with a complex "PMcD" signature cane made from four separate letter canes and it also has a paper label on the base "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Handmade in Crieff Scotland."  A well executed design with great color.

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 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.

Very Large Size:  4 3/16" diameter by 2 3/4" high.  The base is ground concave.  It weighs just over 41 ounces. 
Condition:  Outstanding original condition with no scratches, chips or cracks.  
Signature:  Signed on each side of the checkerboard with a complex "PMcD" signature cane and it also has a paper label on the base "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Handmade in Crieff Scotland." 

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$1,775 postage paid in the US.                US Sales only, no international shipping.                   Added 12/1/2020

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Spectacular Super Magnum Peter McDougall (PMcD) Special Checker Board on Lace Ground Millefiori Paperweight
5428 Rare 1974 Strathearn Faceted Upright Red Flower Paperweight with Original Box.  dated 1974.  This is a rare Strathearn faceted five petal upright red flower with three leaves and a stem.  There is a translucent red ground.  It is designated PSF62 in the catalog on Scotland's Glass and is part of the second series of upright flower.  It has a polished flat base.  The paperweight is faceted with a small top facet and eight side facets (four large and four smaller below).  There is a paper label "STRATHEARN HAND MADE IN SCOTLAND" and Strathearn's "S 74" signature cane on the base.  It comes with its original satin lined blue Strathearn Glass box.  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.  The company is no longer in existence.

Large Size:  2 5/16” diameter by 3 1/2” high.  It has a polished flat base.  The paperweight is faceted with a small top facet and eight side facets (four large and four smaller below).  The box is 6 1/2" long by 4" wide by 3" high.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.  The box is also in very good shape with only a bit of tarnish on the brass fittings.
Signature:  This paperweight has a paper label "STRATHEARN HAND MADE IN SCOTLAND" and Strathearn's "S 74" signature cane on the base. 

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$175 postage paid in the US.                                                                           Added 11/30/2020

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Rare 1974 Strathearn Faceted Upright Red Flower Paperweight with Original Box
5249 Perthshire 1975 Limited Edition Christmas Rose Paperweight with Box and Certificate.  circa 1975.  This paperweight features a white Christmas rose with a bud over a clear ground.  It has one top facet and an unusual star cut base.  It is signed in the center of the flower with a Perthshire "P" signature cane.  This paperweight does not have a paper label.  It comes with its original box and original certificate stating that it is number 129 in a limited edition of 350.  A great holiday paperweight.   

The Perthshire Christmas Paperweights were special limited editions that changed design each year starting in 1971.  There was no Christmas paperweight in 1974, so this is the fourth Christmas design.  The Christmas paperweights 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.

Size: 2 5/8" diameter by just over 1 9/16" high. The base is ground concave and is finished with an unusual star cut pattern. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  It is signed in the center of the flower with a Perthshire "P" signature cane and comes with its original certificate. 

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SOLD.                                           Added 11/29/2020

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Perthshire 1975 Limited Edition Christmas Rose Paperweight
5294 Medium Colorful Strathearn Paneled Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1963-1968.  This attractive paperweight consists of a paneled millefiori pattern with eleven sections of 1orange +1 green +2 tiny blue millefiori patterns each separated by a white latticinio twist cane.  The blue canes are visible only from the side.  There is a central ring of eight millefiori canes and then a center millefiori cane.  The canes are early Scottish millefiori canes on a transparent brown ground.   This is a great example.   A nice 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.  The company is no longer in existence.

Medium Size:   2 9/16” diameter by 1 3/4” high.  Bottom is fire polished. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection other than mild wear on the base. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this to be a Strathearn paperweight from Scotland. 

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$85 postage paid in the US.                                                 Added 11/21/2020    

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Medium Colorful Strathearn Paneled Millefiori Paperweight
5350 Magnum Ken Rosenfeld 1988 Floral Bouquet Paperweight.  dated 1988This paperweight has a stylized bouquet of a seven clematis style flowers and buds with stamens, leaves and stems over a clear glass ground.  There are three pink flowers with yellow centers, two purple flowers with red and blue centers, and two blue flowers with white centers plus three blue buds.  It is signed on the side with Ken Rosenfeld's "R" signature cane and engraved signature "Ken Rosenfeld '88".   This is a beautiful large paperweight with a great composition. 

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

Ken Rosenfeld works at his own studio, Ken Rosenfeld Glass, in Milwaukie, Oregon.  Ken's paperweight expertise arose from a formal art education and a technical background.  He has a Bachelor's degree in art from the University of California and a Master's of Fine Arts degree from Southern Illinois University.  His technical experience in scientific glasswork and his studio glass experience contributed to his superb ability as a glass artist.  Ken has been a paperweight artist since the mid 1980s.  He started at Correia Glass, leaving after five years to set up his own studio in 1983.

Very Large Size:   3 7/16" diameter by 2 3/8" high.  It has a relatively flat top / profile.  The base is ground concave.  It weighs just over 23 ounces.
Signature:  Signed with Ken Rosenfeld's "R" cane and signature "Ken Rosenfeld '88". 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks found on inspection. 

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SOLD.                          Added 11/21/2020

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Magnum Ken Rosenfeld 1988 Floral Bouquet Paperweight
4742 Antique Millville Style Magnum Rock of Ages Four Color Frit Paperweight.  circa 1900-1920.  This frit paperweight features a rare four color Rock of Ages motif with a turquoise cross on a rock in the middle of the water.  There is a brown or dark red vine growing on the cross.  The text "ROCK OF AGES" appears in blue and red above the cross.  The design is set in colored frit on an opaque white enamel ground.  The white ground color wraps around to the base and covers the base except for a clear circle in the center of the base where the pontil rod would have been.  This paperweight was probably made at the Whitall Tatum factory in Millville, New Jersey in the first quarter of the 19th century.  Some collectors believe that the clear circle on the base points to the Corning, NY area rather than Millville as the place of manufacture.  A great addition to any collection of antique American paperweights. 

Note: This is a very nice clean example but I did find a very faint small (1/8”) partial circular impact mark on careful inspection.  Please review the pictures.

Frit refers to the powdered glass used to make the design.  The design is set up in frit in a metal die and then picked up with a gather of the ground color.  When encased, there is sometimes a ridge or crease line between the solid (in this case white) base area and the clear encasement.  Some collectors refer to this as two piece construction.  This type of construction has been associated with Whitall Tatum and other factories in the Millville area.  There is no crease on this paperweight, but the encasement stops where the white ground color starts. 

Whitall Tatum was one of the first glass factories in America.  Located in Millville, New Jersey, it was in operation from 1806 through 1938.  The factory in Millville was purchased by a series of companies and eventually shut down in 1999.  It is believed that Whitall Tatum workers were allowed to make paperweights from as early as 1860 until the practice was discouraged sometime after 1912. 

Some collectors believe that the clear circle on the base points to the Corning, NY area rather than Millville as the place of manufacture.  There is no documentary proof to support this, but a number of weights of this type (with the clear circle on the base) have been found in the Corning area. 

According to Newell's Old Glass Paperweights of Southern New Jersey , frit weights were made as early as 1863.  Newell identifies this style as a true American folk art and gives a history of paperweight making at Whitall Tatum and other South Jersey factories. 

Very large size:  3 11/16” diameter by 2 9/16” high.  The base is ground flat.  This paperweight weighs 34 ounces.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  This is a very nice clean example but I did find a very faint small (1/8”) partial circular impact mark on careful inspection.  Please review the pictures.  There is appropriate wear on the base. 
Signature:  Unsigned but I believe this paperweight was made at either Whitall Tatum in the Millville area of Southern New Jersey or in the Corning NY area.  

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$195 postage paid in the US.                                       Added 11/11/2020

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Antique Millville Style Magnum Rock of Ages Four Color Frit Paperweight
4028 Magnum Gene Crabtree Icepick Flower Paperweightcirca 1970s.  This paperweight has four brown icepick flowers over a yellow cushion ground.  There is a large bubble in the center and between the flowers and also a pattern of smaller bubbles surrounding the design.  The base is fire finished and is signed with a pontil stamp on the base “Gene Crabtree”.    This paperweight probably dates from the early 1970s.  A very large showy paperweight with great color.

This design is sometimes called an icepick flower design because an icepick type tool is pushed down through the colored layer to create the stem for the flower.  The design is made by placing the brown frit (ground glass) in a metal template, then picking it up with a gather of clear glass.  An icepick like tool is then used to create a stem and center bubble in each petal.    

Eugene Crabtree who was one of the earliest glass workers at Wheaton Village in Millville, New Jersey.  He made paperweights at Wheaton Village starting in the 1960s and also worked at a number of other glass factories.   

Magnum Size:  3 9/16” diameter by 3 1/4” high.  The base is fire finished with a pontil signature stamp.  This paperweight weighs 34 ounces. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips, or cracks found on inspection. 
Signature:  Signed on the base with a "Gene Crabtree" pontil stamp.  

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$95 postage paid in the US.                                       Added 11/11/2020

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Magnum Gene Crabtree Icepick Flower Paperweight
4004 Early Ysart Brothers Paneled Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1946-1960.  This colorful paperweight consists of a paneled millefiori pattern with nine sections of 1+2 millefiori patterns each separated by a white twist cane.  There is a central cluster of fourteen smaller canes.  The design is set on an transparent dark brown or reddish brown ground.   The glass is slightly gray.  There are some great complex canes in the design.  Most likely this paperweight was made by Augustine or Vincent Ysart or their father Salvador Ysart at Ysart Brothers Glass in Perth, Scotland.  It is also possible, but unlikely, that it was made earlier when Salvador and Paul Ysart were collaborating.  Either way, it is a very nice example with a fantastic variety of early Scottish millefiori canes.   A great addition to any collection of Scottish paperweights.

Note:  This paperweight has been professionally restored to remove extensive scratching on the dome and an uneven 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.  Paul Ysart (1904-1991), originally Pablo Moreno Isart, was apprenticed to his father as a glass worker at Moncrieff in 1922.  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.

Size:   2 5/8" diameter by 1 5/8" high.  The base is ground concave.  
Condition:  Excellent condition.  This paperweight has been professionally restored to remove extensive scratching on the dome and an uneven base.  There are no cracks, chips, or scratches.   
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this to be an early Ysart family paperweight from Scotland. 

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$295 postage paid in the US.                                                      Added 10/30/2020

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Early Ysart Brothers Paneled Millefiori Paperweight
5283 Antique Clichy Spaced Concentric Millefiori on Lace Paperweight with Rose.  circa 1845-1860.  This antique Clichy spaced concentric millefiori paperweight has a two concentric rings of complex millefiori around a central red pastry mold cane.  There is a wonderful large green and pink Clichy rose in the inner ring.  There are 19 canes in all, all placed on an upset muslin or lace ground.  The canes are intricate and very colorful.  See the close-up picture for more detail.  A especially nice antique Clichy 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.  

Small Size:  2 1/4" diameter by just over 1 5/8" high.  The base is ground slightly concave. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  There is wear on the base but no other chips, cracks, or scratches were found on inspection.  This paperweight has probably been restored in the past.
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee this to be an authentic antique Clichy paperweight. 

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$1,125 postage paid in the US.                                               Added 10/25/2020 

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Antique Clichy Spaced Concentric Millefiori on Lace Paperweight with Rose
5405 Large Whitefriars 1974 Faceted Closepack Millefiori Paperweight.  dated 1974.  Wonderful design with many elaborate complex millefiori canes tightly packed into rich mosaic of canes.  There is a black button ground underneath the design.  Faceted with one top facet and a total of 30 side facets in three rows (12 small + six large + 12 small side facets).  There is a Whitefriars signature cane with a white monk and the year 1974.  It comes with its original round Whitefriars box.  One of my favorite Whitefriars designs.  A great addition to any collection of millefiori paperweights.

Modern Whitefriars paperweights are prized by collectors for their high quality glass and millefiori designs. The 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. 

Large Size:  Just over 3" diameter by 1 15/16" high.  The base is ground concave.  Faceted with a total of 31 facets, one top facet and 30 side facets in three rows (12 + 6 + 12)
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks or scratches found on inspection. 
Signature:  Signed in the design with a Whitefriars 1974 date cane.  It comes with its original Whitefriars round box.   

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$325 postage paid in the US.                                           Added 10/23/2020

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Large Whitefriars 1974 Faceted Closepack Millefiori Paperweight
5122 Large Antique St. Louis Millefiori Scramble Paperweight with Arrow Canes.   circa 1845-1860.  This is a fantastic large St. Louis scrambled millefiori paperweight.  It is just packed with a variety of millefiori canes and twists, including several canes with a St. Louis arrow or a six pointed star in the center.  There is also a cane with a ring of arrow canes.  And more.  A colorful large weight with a great variety of complex canes to examine. 

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.

Note:  Please ignore the white spots - they are glare caused by my light.

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. 

Very Large Size:  Just over 3 1/16" diameter by 2 1/4" high. The bottom is ground concave.  The profile is unusually high.
Signature: Unsigned, but I guarantee this is an antique paperweight from the Saint-Louis factory in France.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks or scratches found on the body but age appropriate wear on the base.

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SOLD.                                            Added 10/18/2020  

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Large Antique St. Louis Millefiori Scramble Paperweight with Arrow Canes
4699 Charles Kaziun Jr. Miniature Blue and White Convolvus (Morning Glory) with Bud and Bee on Dark Red Ground.  circa 1960-1980.  This is a graceful three-dimensional blue and white Convolvus (or Morning Glory) flower with a bud, four leaves, and stem.  There is a miniature gold foil bee on one of the leaves.  The ground is a very dark red (almost black).  The red layer is slightly transparent but it is backed with an opaque white layer which makes the ground overall opaque.  The paperweight is signed on the white underside of the ground with a gold foil K.  This is a very attractive addition to any collection of Kaziun paperweights. 

This design was one of Charles Kaziun's signature designs.  There are variations with and without the gold bee.  

Note:  The mirror like dark ground made this paperweight very difficult to photograph.  Please ignore the reflections from the lights and from my camera and lens.   

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:

Small Size:  2 1/8" diameter by 1 5/8" high.  The base is ground concave.
Signature:  Signed on the white underside of the dark red ground with Kaziun's gold K. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips or cracks or scratches. 

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$750 postage paid in the US.                               Added 10/15/2020

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Charles Kaziun Jr. Miniature Blue and White Convolvus (Morning Glory) with Bud and Bee on Dark Red Ground
5292 Large Strathearn Paneled Millefiori Paperweight with Transparent Green Ground.  circa 1963-1968.  This very attractive paperweight consists of a paneled millefiori pattern with ten sections each with one small and one large millefiori cane and separated by a white latticinio twist cane.  There is a central ring of eight millefiori canes and then a center millefiori cane.  There are a two stray small bubbles over the center cane.  The canes are early Scottish millefiori canes on a transparent green ground.   This is a very nice example.  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.

Large Size:   Just under 3 1/8” diameter by 2 1/16” high.  The base is fire polished. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  Some wear on the base, but no other chips, cracks, or scratches. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this to be a Strathearn paperweight from Scotland. 

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$120 postage paid in the US.                                                 Added 10/14/2020

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Large Strathearn Paneled Millefiori Paperweight with Transparent Green Ground
3070 Special Peter McDougall Medium Ribbed Millefiori Paperweight Made For 2011 PCA Convention.  This ribbed millefiori paperweight has a paneled millefiori pattern with set in red, white, and blue.  It was made as a table favor for the 2011 Paperweight Collectors Association convention in Washington, DC.  There are seven panels, each with a 1-2 pattern of red, white and blue millefiori separated by red, white and blue twists.  There is a special convention complex cane in the center "WDC 2011".  The ground is a opaque black.  It is scratch signed PCA on the back and also has a paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Hand Made in Crieff Scotland." 

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

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.

Medium Size:  Just over 2 1/2" diameter by 1 1/4" high.  The base is ground concave.
Condition:  Outstanding condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed with a special "WDC 2011" 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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$195 postage paid in the US.                          Added 10/13/2020 

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Special Peter McDougall Medium Ribbed Millefiori Paperweight Made For 2011 PCA Convention
5284 Antique Clichy Miniature Faceted Concentric Millefiori on Lace Paperweight with Rose.  circa 1845-1860.  This antique Clichy concentric millefiori paperweight has a two concentric rings of complex millefiori around a central blue pastry mold cane.  There is a wonderful green and pink Clichy rose in the outer ring.  There are 18 canes in all, all placed on an upset muslin or lace ground.  The canes are intricate and very colorful.  See the close-up picture for more detail.  This paperweight has a complex faceting with a top facet, five side facets and an additional five lower facets.  A fantastic miniature 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.  

Miniature Size:  Just over 2" diameter by 1 3/8" high.  The base is ground slightly concave.  This paperweight is faceted with a top facet, five side facets, and five more lower side facets. 
Condition:  Good condition.  Under enlargement the pictures show considerable wear, but no major chips and no cracks.  I don't recommend refinishing this paperweight.  It displays beautifully.
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee this to be an authentic antique Clichy paperweight. 

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$795 postage paid in the US.           Added 10/10/2020 

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Antique Clichy Miniature Faceted Concentric Millefiori on Lace Paperweight with Rose
3668 Antique Bohemian Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Complex Canes.   circa 1850-1900.  This is an antique Bohemian millefiori paperweight with some interesting complex millefiori canes.  The paperweight has three concentric circles of canes around a complex center star cane.  The design consists almost entirely of complex canes, with the exception of the red and white canes in the second ring.  In all a complex design built from a variety of canes with many star canes.  The design is well executed and it is in perfect condition.  The glass is slightly grey.  This paperweight has been professionally restored.       

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:  Just over 2 1/4" diameter by 1 5/16" high.  The base is ground concave.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  This paperweight has been professionally restored.       
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this is an antique paperweight from Bohemia.  The specific factory has not been identified.  

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$295 postage paid in the US.                            Added 10/10/2020

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Antique Bohemian Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Complex Canes
4020 Supermagnum 2007 Translucent Pink Seaform Paperweight with Sea Anemone Murrini - Probably by Robert Eickholt.  dated 2007.  This huge upright semi-transparent pink paperweight has six round sea anemone-like roundels or murrini set shallowly into the surface.  There are tentacles or vines completing the structure.  The shape is non-traditional and is high and wide, but not as deep.  I believe this probably is a late career experimental work by Robert Eickholt.  It has a minimalist signature on the base that looks like an abbreviated "E 2007".  An awesome paperweight.

Note:  I consulted with several other collectors on the maker of this paperweight.  Most felt this had several features that pointed to Robert Eickholt.  Those who did not believe it to be Eickholt had no alternate maker to suggest.  If you have a different maker in mind, please let me know.  

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 in 2013. 

Very Large Size:  8 1/2" high by 4 5/8" wide by 2 7/8" deep.  It weighs 55 ounces.  The base has been polished flat. 
Signature:  Signed "E 2007" on the base.  I believe this was probably made by Robert Eickholt. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No damage found on inspection.

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$295 postage paid in the US.                                                       Added 8/29/2020

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Supermagnum 2007 Translucent Pink Seaform Paperweight with Sea Anemone Murrini - Probably by Robert Eickholt
3069 Special Peter McDougall Small Daisy Millefiori Paperweight Made For 2011 PCA Convention.  This daisy shaped paperweight has a paneled millefiori pattern with set in red, white, and blue.  It was made as a table favor for the 2011 Paperweight Collectors Association convention in Washington, DC.  There are six panels, each with a 1-2 pattern of red, white and blue millefiori separated by red, white and blue twists.  There is a special convention complex cane in the center "WDC 2011".  The ground is a opaque black.  It is scratch signed PCA on the back and also has a paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Hand Made in Crieff Scotland." 

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

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.

Small Size:  Just over 2 1/8" diameter by 1 3/16" high. 
Condition:  Outstanding condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed with a special "WDC 2011" 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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$145 postage paid in the US.                          Added 8/29/2020 

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Special Peter McDougall Small Daisy Millefiori Paperweight Made For 2011 PCA Convention
4016 Large Mdina Glass Swirl Paperweight.  circa 1968-1985.  Wonderful paperweight with a dark interior of red, green, blue, yellow, and other colors.  There are additional swirls that surround the core and extend out to the surface.  The glass encasement is a dark grey or green.  Made on the island of Malta in the Mediterranean Sea.  It is signed "Mdina"in script on the base.  

Mdina Glass was founded on the Island of Malta in 1968 by Michael Harris (1933-1994) and Eric Dobson with financial incentives and the encouragement of the Maltese government.  Initially it was called the Maltese Glass Industries, but the name was changed to Mdina Glass shortly later.  Michael Harris received his training in glass at several institutions graduating from the Royal College of Art in London in 1959.  He later became an RCA tutor setting up hot glass facilities there in 1967.  He was a pioneer of the studio glass movement in the UK.  Eric Dobson was also at the Royal College of Art.  Mdina Glass was a successful venture and gave rise to a significant glass craft industry on the Island of Malta.  Michael Harris left Malta in 1972 to establish Wight Glass in the UK.  In 1971, two Italian maestros, the father and son team of Vincente and Ettore Boffo joined Mdina Glass to introduce Italian glassmaking techniques.  Eric Dobson continued until about 1985 working with the local glass artists that he and Michael had trained. Eventually Mdina Glass was taken over by Joseph Said, a Maltese glassworker who had trained at Mdina.

For context, during this period Malta gained independence from Britain in 1964 after 150 years as a British colony.  In 1974 it became the Republic of Malta, and in 2004 joined the European Union.

Large Size:  3" diameter and just under 4 1/4" high.  The bottom is fire finished with a left hand flame pontil mark. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with only minor wear to the base.  Because of the dark colors it was hard to inspect, but I found no damage.
Signature:  Signed with in script on the base "Mdina". 

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$85 postage paid in the US.                                                 Added 8/14/2020. 

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Large Mdina Glass Swirl Paperweight
4012 Stunning Magnum Jungle Fusion Studio (Hawaii) Molten Lava Paperweight.  This extra large paperweight depicts a hot molten flow of lava emerging from the copper colored mouth of an erupting volcano.  At least, that is my interpretation.  It has rich iridescent colors and an exciting appearance.  The paperweight is signed on the backside with a pontil stamp that says in part "JUNGLE FUSION STUDIO" with the image of a group of mountains surrounded by a ring of fire.  The text at the bottom is hard to read, but I believe it says "HANA-MAUI".  The paperweight is tall and wide, but not very deep.   It is a fun paperweight with great color. 

I was unable to find out anything about the Jungle Fusion Studio, but believe it was located in or near the small town of Hana on the Hawaiian island of Maui.  The island of Maui was formed by the eruptions of two volcanoes, Haleakalā (East Maui Volcano) and Mauna Kahalawai (West Maui Mountains).

Very large Size:  5 5/16” high by 3 11/16" wide by 1 5/8” deep.   The bottom ground flat.
Signature: Signed on the backside with a pontil stamp that says in part "JUNGLE FUSION STUDIO" with the image of a group of mountains surrounded by a ring of fire.  The text at the bottom is hard to read, but I believe it says "HANA-MAUI". 
Condition:  Excellent Condition.  No chips or cracks.  No scratches found other than light wear on the base and a scuffed area above the maker's mark.   

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$195 postage paid in the US.                         Added 8/14/2020

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Stunning Magnum Jungle Fusion Studio (Hawaii) Molten Lava Paperweight
4011 Vintage Magnum John D. Murphy Multi-layer Frit Icepick Flower Paperweight.  circa 1970.  The paperweight features a blue and white multi-layer design with at least two layers of colored frit flowers.   Each layer has icepick flowers with carefully placed bubbles in the center of the flower.  The stems of each flower go through the lower layers.  The paperweight is signed "J Murphy" on the flat polished base.  A large dramatic paperweight that looks much better in real life than in the pictures.

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

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 glassworkers, 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).

Very Large Size: 3 13/16" diameter by just under 3 3/8" high. It weighs 41 ounces.  The base is polished flat with an added signature. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  Minor wear and scratches on the base, but no other damage found on inspection.
Signature:  Signed. "J Murphy" on the base. 

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$125 postage paid in the US.                                                      Added 8/11/2020

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Vintage Magnum John D. Murphy Multi-layer Frit Icepick Flower Paperweight
4015 Vintage Magnum Wheaton Village Blue Flower in Flowerpot Paperweight.  circa 1970s-1980s.  The paperweight features a five petal robins egg blue flower with a long stem and yellow and brown pleated flowerpot.  The design is rendered in frit (ground glass) over a clear crystal ground.  At the bottom, there is a pleated yellow and brown flowerpot.  There is a tiny bubble at the tip of each petal and a larger controlled bubble between each petal.  The paperweight is signed on the base with a pontil stamp "WHEATON VILLAGE" indicating it was made in normal production at The Glass Studio at Wheaton Village.  A pleasing design that is well executed.  Great color. 

This design is sometimes called an icepick flower design because an icepick type tool is pushed down through the colored layer to create the stem for the flower.  The design is made by placing the colored frit (ground glass) in a metal template, then picking it up with a gather of clear glass.  An icepick like tool is then used to create a stem and the bubbles in the design.  

Wheaton Village (now called the Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center or WheatonArts) was founded in 1968 in Millville, NJ.  It is non-profit arts education organization with a focus on the medium of glass.  The center's mission is to engage artists and audiences in an evolving exploration of creativity.  Many paperweight collectors and artists have visited Wheaton Village to participate in the biennial Paperweight Fest.  The village hosts a variety of crafts studios including a The Glass Studio.  It also houses the Museum of American Glass - a comprehensive collection of glass produced in America.  Over the years a number of volunteers and paid glass workers have produced paperweights at Wheaton Village.  Some of the names are Henry Davis, Kenyon Brown, Anthony “Tony” DePalma, and others.  When the work was production work for The Glass Studio, it usually had a superimposed WV or WHEATON VILLAGE pontil stamp.  Work that represented the artist's own effort would have additional initials to identify the artist.  

Magnum Size: 3 5/8" diameter by 3 1/2" high. The base is fire finished with a pontil signature stamp.  The paperweight weighs 37 ounces (2 pounds 5 ounces).
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips, or cracks found on inspection. 
Signature:  Signed on the base with a "WHEATON VILLAGE" pontil stamp.  

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$95 postage paid in the US.                            Added 8/10/2018

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Vintage Magnum Wheaton Village Blue Flower in Flowerpot Paperweight
4013 Small Glass Eye Studio 2003 Colorful Iridescent Egg Shaped Abstract Paperweight.  dated 2003.  This egg shaped paperweight features a multi-colored four section abstract design with iridescent glass.  It's hard to design, but it looks different from each side.  Please review the pictures.  Signed with an acid etch on the base "GES 03".  It is a fun paperweight with great color. 

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. 

Size:    1 15/16" diameter by just under 3 3/16" high.   The bottom ground flat. 
Signature: Signed with an acid etch on the base "GES 03". 
Condition:  Excellent Condition. No chips or cracks.  No scratches found other than light wear on the base. 

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$39 postage paid in the US.                         Added 8/9/2020

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Small Glass Eye Studio 2003 Colorful Iridescent Egg Shaped Abstract Paperweight
4007 Murano Trumpet Flower Paperweight with Label.  Circa 1970.  Murano trumpet or icepick flower paperweight with seven flowers and a center bubble cushion ground.  The flowers are arranged in two circles of three around a center flower.  Each flower is made from a red, white, and blue millefiori slice that has been pushed down to the bubble cushion ground.  There is a planned bubble in the center of each flower.  This paperweight has its original red and silver foil label identifying it as "MADE IN MURANO ITALY".  A very nice example of this style of paperweight. 

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

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

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

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$49 postage paid in the US.                                                 Added 8/1/2020

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Murano Trumpet Flower Paperweight with Label
3062 Kosta Boda Bertil Vallien Galaxy Blue Artist Collection Abstract Paperweight.  circa 1981 or later.  This is dramatic Swedish art glass paperweight was designed in 1981 by the famous Swedish designer Bertil Vallien for the Kosta Boda glassworks at Boda, Sweden.  The surface decorated paperweight has a series blue threads and two large blue dots on an almost opaque textured light blue surface.  There also smaller blue spatters on the surface.  At first glance, it could be mistaken for a piece of pottery with a heavy glaze.  The underlying ground is clear glass.  It is an example of Bertil Vallien’s popular Galaxy Blue Series of glass objects, each of which share similar visual effect.  The paperweight is signed on the base "BODA ARTIST COL BVALLIEN 98113".  There is also the remnant of the original silver Boda Artist Collection label, but the printed text has washed off.  An visually exciting paperweight designed by the most famous of the Kosta Boda designers.      

Note:   In 1976 Bertil Vallien started his "Artist collection" at Åfors glassworks.  This collection consisted of art glass in large editions where each glass blower was allowed considerable freedom in executing the design.  There was a definite basic form, but it was the craftsman's skill and feeling that completed the work.  This was in contrast to the Bertil Vallien "Atelje" (Studio) series where each object was made in a limited edition and under the artist's supervision and were signed and numbered.  The Galaxy Blue Artist Collection series was designed by Vallien in 1981 for the Boda Glassworks.   I believe there are fifteen different objects in the series.  The series includes paperweights, vases, bowls, an oil lamp, and a wine glass.

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.  

Bertil Vallien (1938-) initially studied Ceramics, first at the art school Konstfack in Stockholm and then at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA).  While in the US he also worked as a designer at a ceramics factory.  After returning to Sweden in 1963, he began to focus on glass while continuing his work in ceramics, and developed an innovative sand-casting technique.  He was hired as a designer for the glassworks at Åfors and given the freedom to also work on his own designs part of the time.  The merger of Kosta, Boda and Åfors in 1976 made it possible to devote more capacity to Vallien's designs.  In 1963, he married Ulrica Margaret Hydman Vallien (1938-2018) a Swedish artist and fellow Konstfack student who started as a ceramist and then expanded her expertise to glass.

Large Size:  3 3/16" diameter by 2 1/8" high.  The base is ground flat.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  Although the surface is textured by design, no chips, cracks, or scratches were found on inspection.  There are some rub marks on the surface that may have been there from when the paperweight was made.  These marks don't seem to be damage.  Please review the pictures.
Signature:  Signed on the base "BODA ARTIST COL BVALLIEN 98113", which indicates it was designed in 1981.  There is also a silver label which is blank, but originally read "BODA ARTIST COLLECTION SWEDEN".

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$95 postage paid in the US.                                                      Added 7/31/2020

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Kosta Boda Bertil Vallien Galaxy Blue Artist Collection Abstract Paperweight
4009 Joe St. Clair Multicolored Ribbon Crimp Paperweight - Signed.  circa 1941-2000.  Multi-colored stylized crimp flower in the unique St. Clair style.  I refer to this style as a rainbow ribbon crimp weight.  It has has eight pleats or crimps with a carefully placed bubble between each.  A showy paperweight with great color.  Very collectible. 

Similar examples are shown American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers by Jean Melvin (1967 and 1970) and the St. Clair Collectors Guide by Bonnie Pruitt. 

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 Jensen 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.

Large Size:  Just over 2 3/4" diameter by 2" high.  The bottom is fire finished and hot stamped with the signature. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.
Signature:  Hot stamped "JOE ST CLAIR" on the base. 

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$69 postage paid in the US.                       Added 7/28/2020

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Joe St. Clair Multicolored Ribbon Crimp Paperweight - Signed
4005 Caithness Confusion 1989 Limited Edition Abstract Paperweight.  circa 1979.  This is a modern looking design with three blue figures facing center while a swirl of blue and white whirls around them.  The figures are rooted to a green and white bubble ground.  The lack of clarity denotes the confusion of our times.  Or put your own interpretation on it.  The paperweight is a limited edition designed by Colin Terris and issued in an edition of 750 paperweights, of which this example is number 346.  The paperweight is signed with an engraved script signature on the base "Confusion Caithness Scotland 346/750".  The signature is faint and I could not get single picture with the entire signature.  Great color.  

This design is listed and designated CT-652 on page 101 of the Charlton Standard Catalog of Caithness Paperweights.  It was designed in 1989 by Colin Terris and issued in a limited edition of 750 paperweights.  Of these, 716 were made.  The original issue price was $210.

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:  3 1/16" diameter by 2 11/16" high.  The base is ground flat. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  Some scratches on the clear base, but no other cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection. 
Signature:  It is signed with an engraved script signature on the base "Confusion Caithness Scotland 346/750".  The signature is faint and I could not get single picture with the entire signature. 

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$79 postage paid in the US.                                                                    Added 7/28/2020   

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Caithness Confusion 1989 Limited Edition Abstract Paperweight
1585 Very Rare Chinese Quatrefoil Faceted Blue Flower with Bud on Double Latticinio Paperweight - copy of NEGC.  circa 1930.  This is an almost antique Chinese copy of a New England Glass Company (NEGC) Blue Flower with Bud Paperweight made circa 1860.  It has the fancy NEGC quatrefoil faceting and double latticinio ground.  There is a blue flower with five petals and a millefiori center and also a large blue bud and two large green leaves and a stem.  The design is set on a great double latticinio ground.  The paperweight is faceted with a four part top facet and eight side facets (four large and four smaller).  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 often have large bubbles or other defects in the latticinio.

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 2 5/8" diameter by 1 7/82" 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 one tiny nick on where two parts of the top facets come together.  There is noticeable 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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$295 postage paid in the US.                             Added 7/27/2020

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Very Rare Chinese Quatrefoil Faceted Blue Flower with Bud on Double Latticinio Paperweight - copy of NEGC
2907 Charles Kaziun Jr. Crimp Rose Upright Pedestal Paperweight - Dark Pink.  circa 1960-1980.  This upright pedestal paperweight features a magnificent crimp rose with fifteen variegated dark pink petals, a center pistil, and four upturned dark green leaves.  The petals are arranged in Kaziun's 4+4+4+3 crimp pattern.  It is signed on the underside of the rose with Kaziun's complex signature cane having a K in the center surrounded by six heart canes.  The design is set on a clear ground and supported by a large pedestal base.  A fantastic addition to any collection of glass paperweights.

After being introduced to the Millville glass artist Emil Larson, Charles Kaziun set a goal to create and perfect his own version of Larson's famous Millville Rose.  This was considered the ultimate icon of glass perfection.  It took Charles almost four years and many thousands of dollars worth of experimentation to succeed.  Many collectors consider the pedestal rose the pinnacle of Kaziun's artistry.

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 under 2 3/16" diameter by 2 11/16" high.  The pedestal base has a diameter of just over 1 7/16".  The base is ground flat with a concavity in the center.
Signature:  Signed on the underside of the rose with Kaziun's complex signature cane having a K in the center surrounded by six heart canes. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips. cracks, or scratches. 

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$850 postage paid in the US.                               Added 7/22/2020

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

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

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

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

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$125 postage paid in the US.                                         Added 7/21/2020 

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Huge Murano Millefiori Scramble Paperweight
3411 Large Orient & Flume Ed Seaira Canada Goose Limited Edition Paperweight.  dated 1986.  This is a wonderful large hand crafted three-dimensional paperweight with  Canada Goose swimming on a torchworked painterly blue waterway and moving among green plant life.  The design is set on a speckled blue frit ground.  It is an interesting construction.  Signed on the base "Orient & Flume SFN11 98/250 jn 1986 E. Seaira".  It also comes with its original worn registration certificate.  A wonderful paperweight.

Orient & Flume was started in 1972 in Chico, California by Douglas Boyd and David Hopper.  The 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 Canada Goose shown here.  Every Orient & Flume piece has a registration number.  

Ed Seaira (aka Ed Alexander) worked as a glass blower at Orient & Flume for 20 years.  He died in 2010.

Large Size:  3 1/16" diameter by 2 11/16" high.  The bottom has been ground flat. 
Signature:    Signed on the base "Orient & Flume SFN11 98/250 jn 1986 E. Seaira".  It also comes with its original worn registration certificate. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  Some scratches on the base.  No other chips or cracks or scratches found on inspection.

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$295 postage paid in the US.                         Added 7/19/2017.

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

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

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

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

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$195 postage paid in the US.                                         Added 7/19/2020 

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Large Murano Spaced Millefiori on Lace Paperweight with Rare Signature Cane and KB Label - Probably by Fratelli Toso
4578 Perthshire PP81 Limited Edition Golfer Paperweight with Complex Millefiori Canes on Lace  1985-1991.  This large paperweight consists of a black, blue, and white image of a golfer surrounded by three rings of twists and complex canes.  The golfer image was created using a transfer (similar to a decal but able to survive the heat of the glass encasement).  The inner ring has twists and canes.  The two outer rings consist of canes only.  The design is set on a lace ground.  The paperweight is faceted with one large facet on top.  It is signed on the base with a complex Perthshire signature cane "P".  It also has a worn Perthshire paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND" on the base.  A nice design with great millefiori canes.

Perthshire made the PP81 in several variations starting in 1985.  From 1985 to 1991 the design was as shown in this example with the transfer image surrounded by three rings of millefiori.  A golfer picture cane was created for the 1992 to 1995 and the 1997 versions and the millefiori patterns became more complex.  The lace ground appears only in the 1985-1991 design.  The PP81 was not made 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.

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).  This 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:  3 1/16" diameter by 1 13/16" high.  The bottom is ground concave.  It is faceted with one large top facet.    
Signature:  Signed on the base with a complex "P" Perthshire signature cane.  It also has a worn Perthshire paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND" on the base.     
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches.  Minor wear on the base.  The label is worn.

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$235 postage paid in the US.                                               Added 7/8/2020

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Perthshire PP81 Limited Edition Golfer Paperweight with Complex Millefiori Canes on Lace
5159 Robert Eickholt 1993 Magnum Blue Iridescent Abstract Paperweight.   dated 1993.  This paperweight has an abstract design with a deceptive three dimensional design.  Unlike other works where the peaks and valleys are physical, in this paperweight the peaks and valleys are created using the veiling technique.  The dark blue inner core has a mostly smooth surface with only a few depressions to anchor the larger bubbles.  Additional texture and depth are the result of adding transparent and translucent layers to blanket the core.  Two large bubbles and an arc of smaller bubbles add to the magic.  The iridescent colors progress in layers in shades of light to dark blue.  It is signed "Eickholt 1993 EMAS" on the base.  An excellent large example of Eickholt's work.  

Note:  Please ignore the white areas, they are glare from the light.

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 in 2013. 

Very Large Size:  5 9/16" tall by 3 3/16" diameter.  The base has been ground flat. 
Signature:  Signed "Eickholt 1993 EMAS" on the base. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No damage found on inspection.  Minor wear on the base.

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$195 postage paid in the US.                                                       Added 7/4/2020

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Robert Eickholt 1993 Magnum Blue Iridescent Abstract Paperweight
5208 Magnum Vandermark-Merritt 1976 Pulled Feather Tiffany Style Art Nouveau Hollow Paperweight.  dated 1976.  This very large hollow egg shaped paperweight features a surface decorated Tiffany style art nouveau feather pulled design with iridescent shades of gold and white.  The outer layer of glass is a translucent purple.  It is signed "Vandermark 1976".  The original name of the studio was Vandermark Glasshouse at Liberty Village, later changed to Vandermark-Merritt Glass Studios.  This paperweight has one large (1/4" by 3/8") tool mark or gouge and also some small surface defects such as popped surface bubbles, tool marks, and debris in the glass from when the paperweight was made.  It is priced accordingly.  The paperweight is hollow with a large opening at the base and may have been intended to be used with a small light inside or placed on a lighted stand.  A nice example of early work by this studio.

Note:  From the signature, we can't be sure which artist at Vandermark-Merritt made this paperweight.  The primary glass artists at the time were Jerry Vandermark, Doug Merritt and Stephen Smarr.

Jerry Vandermark apprenticed with Carl Erickson in 1943 at Erickson Art Glass in Bremen, Ohio.  In 1959, Vandermark left Erickson to direct the Colonial Glasshouse at Jamestown, Virginia for the National Park Service.  In 1968, working with Thomas Merritt, he established the Vandermark Glasshouse at Liberty Village, Flemington, New Jersey.  Jerry later took Thomas Merritt's son Doug Merritt as an apprentice and they paired up to form the Vandermark-Merritt Glass Studios in 1972.  The studio evolved from producing replicas of 18th century glassware to more wide-ranging reproductions, and then added some original art glass designs.  It built its reputation with museum quality colonial reproductions, original art glass in the art nouveau and art deco traditions, crystal sculpture, contemporary designs and cameo creations.  Their work can be found in a number of major collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Toledo Museum, Corning Museum, and Wheaton Museum of American Glass.  Stephen Smarr was a master glass artist for Vandermark Merritt Glass Studios in Branchburg, NJ for 38 years until his death in 2010. 
Vandermark-Merritt Glass Studios closed in December 2015.

Very Large Size:  3 5/16" diameter x 4 11/16" high.  The paperweight is hollow with a large opening on the base.
Condition:  Good condition.  This paperweight has one large (1/4" by 3/8") tool mark or gouge and also some small surface defects such as popped surface bubbles, tool marks, and debris in the glass from when the paperweight was made. 
Signature:  Signed "Vandermark 1975" on the base.     

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Magnum Vandermark-Merritt 1976 Pulled Feather Tiffany Style Art Nouveau Hollow Paperweight
4556 Charles Kaziun Jr. Miniature Tilted Pedestal Spider Lily Paperweight with Double Latticinio Ground and Cobalt Blue Lower Ground.  circa 1960-1980.  This is a miniature pedestal paperweight with a yellow spider lily and four leaves on a placed on a swirling double latticinio ground over a cobalt blue ground.  The flower has a red center with a yellow star cane in the middle.  The paperweight is tilted at a 45 degree angle so it displays beautifully.  Signed on the bottom of the ground with a gold K.  With its dramatic swirling double latticinio ground and cobalt blue under layer, this paperweight will be a wonderful addition to any collection of Kaziun miniature paperweights.

The tilted pedestal spider lily design was Charles Kaziun's signature design and one of the most popular with collectors.  The most common variety was often referred to as a #1.  This example is larger than a #1 and has the rarer double latticinio ground. 

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:

Miniature Size:  Just under 1 1/2" diameter by just over 2" high.  The pedestal base has a diameter of 1 7/8". 
Signature:  Signed on the bottom of the ground with Kaziun's gold K. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips or cracks. 

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Charles Kaziun Jr. Miniature Tilted Pedestal Spider Lily Paperweight with Double Latticinio Ground and Cobalt Blue Lower Ground
5127 Antique Baccarat Type III Pansy Paperweight with Star Cut Base.   circa 1900-1920.  Baccarat Pansy paperweight with leaves and stem.  The base is finished with a Baccarat star cut.  It is probably from Baccarat's Dupont period.  This style of pansy is called a type III pansy.  It consists of two large velvet purple petals above over three lower petals.  The lower petals are amber yellow over a white base which can be seen from the back.  Each lower petal has a purple tip and three dark lines radiating from the central cane consisting of star canes with a red whorl center.  A wonderful paperweight in great shape.

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.

You can read more about the Baccarat paperweights in the 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 over 2 1/4" diameter by 1 1/2" high.  The bottom is ground slightly concave and finished with a Baccarat star cut base.
Condition: Excellent condition.  This paperweight has been professionally restored.  There are no chips, cracks, or scratches.  Minor wear remains on the base. 
Signature:  Made by Baccarat in France.  Unsigned, but I guarantee that this is an antique Baccarat paperweight, probably from the Dupont period. 

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Antique Baccarat Type III Pansy Paperweight with Star Cut Base
3454 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.  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.  A wonderful example.

Note:  This was a difficult paperweight to photograph due to the clear glass and white sulphide.  Some of the pictures look darker but you can rest assured that the glass is clear crystal, although some striations (sugaring) are visible. 

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 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. 

Most authors agree that this is a Clichy paperweight, but there are some older books that attribute it to Baccarat in France or even to New England Glass Company in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  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.

Size:  Just over 2 1/2" diameter by 1 13/16" high.  The base is ground concave. 
Condition:  Outstanding condition.  No chips, cracks or scratches.  The paperweight has been professionally restored.  There are some striations (sugaring) and bubbles in the glass from when it was made.   
Signature:   Unsigned, but I guarantee this to be an authentic antique paperweight, most likely from Clichy in France.  Circa 1851.

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Antique Clichy Sulphide Paperweight of Victoria and Albert
2976 Rare Magnum Rick Ayotte 2003 Artist Proof Desert Scene with Bird, Lizards, Insect, Flowering Cacti Paperweight.  dated 2003.  This very large paperweight is teeming with life in a crowded rocky and sandy space.  There are three different varieties of flowering cacti with red, white, and yellow flowers, a blue bird, two lizards (salamanders?), and a large insect (tarantula?).  And maybe a snake, or is it dried up plant material.  It is hard to be sure of everything.  The second lizard is hiding under the red flowered cactus.  This piece is an artist's proof and as such should be viewed as a unique study piece.  Rick made artist proofs like this to work out details and arrangement of a challenging new design.  It is signed "Rick Ayotte AP/1 2003" on the near the base.  A great example of Rick Ayotte's artistry.

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.  Artist proofs are mentioned in the book in the context of miniatures, "One also finds a number of rare artist proof miniatures.  These study pieces were created in the process of mapping out a larger design."  It is fair to speculate that this magnum artist proof was useful in planning a complex design with many elements.  As far as I know, the desert scene was never made as a regular production item. 

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. 

Very Large Size:  3 5/8" diameter by 2 5/8” high.  The base has been ground concave. 
Signature:   Signed “Rick Ayotte AP/1 2003" on the near the base. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.  

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Rare Magnum Rick Ayotte 2003 Artist Proof Desert Scene with Bird, Lizards, Insect, Flowering Cacti Paperweight
1390 Antique Bohemian Enameled Paperweight "Bund der Deutschen in Böhmen 1894".   circa 1900.  This unusual paperweight is made of clear glass enameled on top with a shield displaying German colors, oak leaves, and a banner "Bund der Deutschen in Böhmen 1894" (League of Germans in Bohemia 1894).  There is also a worn gold edge decoration visible in the larger picture.  The members of the league were people of German heritage living in Western Bohemia.  An organization of the same name exists today.  There may be more than one such organization as I found images with an 1894 date and others with an 1896 date.  I believe the paperweight was decorated locally in Western Bohemia using glass produced nearby. 

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.     

Size:  2 9/16" diameter by 1 3/16" high. The base is ground flat but not entirely smooth.  The glass is clear. 
Condition:  Very good condition for its age, but it does have some nicks and scratches.
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this is paperweight is from Bohemia or Germany and that it is old.  

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Antique Bohemian Enameled Paperweight "Bund der Deutschen in Böhmen 1894"
4680 Large Early Selkirk Peter Holmes 1979 Aquarius Limited Edition Footed Paperweight.  dated 1979.  In my mind, this paperweight has an abstract representation of the expression "the dawning of the age of Aquarius" from the 1967 musical Hair, which was released on film in 1979.  That's my interpretation, you can have your own.  I see a large silvery bubble charged with green energy suspended above a green sea.  There are undefined bodies rising from the surface to join the sphere.  The paperweight is an early design from Peter Holmes created shortly after founding Selkirk Glass.  It is signed in script on the edge of the base "SELKIRK GLASS SCOTLAND AQUARIUS 102/350 1979", indicating it is number 102 in a limited edition of 350 paperweights.  It also has an early Peter Holmes "PH" signature cane.  Pedestal or footed paperweights like this from Selkirk are rare, with only a few designs made in this form.  A imaginative paperweight in excellent condition.

Selkirk Glass founded in 1977 by Peter Holmes and Ron Hutchinson.  Peter apprenticed under Paul Ysart at Caithness from 1963 and continued at Caithness until 1977.  Ron Hutchinson was also at Caithness.  Selkirk produced a wide range of paperweight styles including abstract, lampwork and millefiori paperweights.  The company was located in Selkirk, Scotland in the Borders Region.  At some point they were purchased by Edinburgh Crystal and remained in operation until 2006. .

Peter Holmes started his glass working career at Caithness Glass (Scotland) in 1963 as an apprentice to Paul Ysart.  He continued at Caithness until 1977, when he and Ron Hutchinson left Caithness to start Selkirk Glass.  Peter left Selkirk in 2002 to start Scottish Borders Art Glass with his son, Andrew, at Galalaw, Hawick. 

Large Size:  3" diameter by 2 7/8" high. There is a footed base, which is 2 3/8" diameter.  The bottom of the foot is ground flat. 
Signature:  It is signed in script on the base "SELKIRK GLASS SCOTLAND AQUARIUS 102/350 1979".  It also has an early Peter Holmes "PH" signature cane in the base.
Condition:  Excellent condition with a couple of tiny scratches on the base, but no other scratches, cracks or chips found on inspection. 

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Large Early Selkirk Peter Holmes 1979 Aquarius Limited Edition Footed Paperweight
2257 Large Antique Dorflinger Red over White Petaled Lily-Style Paperweight.  circa 1895-1920This lily paperweight has four large red petals or panels, each with a red color over a white base.  The petals form a deep well in the center.  They are pleated with a large bubble and second smaller bubble between each pleat.  There is also a larger center bubble.  The petals are formed by pushing the top of the design down with a crimp.  The paperweight is confirmed to have been made at Dorflinger Glass.  An amazing large paperweight with considerable depth.

This style of paperweight is referred to as a lily paperweight.  It is similar to the pleated umbrella-style paperweights and paperweight inkwells made at Whitall Tatum in Millville, NJ (circa 1900-1912).  The Millville umbrella designs usually have more pleats, typically eight, but four paneled examples also exist.  The umbrella shaped weights were originally modeled to resemble the wild tiger lily of Southern New Jersey.

C. Dorflinger & Sons Glass Company was founded by Christian Dorflinger in White Mills, PA in 1865.  Paperweight stoppers for bottles were made by Nicholas and Francois Lutz at Dorflinger during the period 1866-1870.  Lily style paperweights and other large paperweights, some with foil lettering and dates, were made by other glass workers at Dorflinger from 1895 to 1920.  Recent research at the Dorflinger Glass Museum has located a catalog including references to paperweights.  Most of the credit for the later styles of paperweights has been given to Tobias N. Hagberg and Ernst Von Dohln, although other Dorflinger workers also tried their hand.  None of the paperweights is dated later than 1915.  Christian Dorflinger died in 1915 and the business closed in 1921.

Large Size :  3 5/`6” diameter by 3 3/4" high.  The base is ground flat.
Signature :  Unsigned, but I will guarantee that this was made at the Dorflinger Glass Company during the period 1895-1920. 
Condition :  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches.  There are some bubbles in the glass that show in the pictures, but these are not damage.

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Large Antique Dorflinger Red over White Petaled Lily-Style Paperweight
3066 Large Antique Baccarat Macédoine (Scramble) Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1845-1860.  This paperweight is made up of multi-colored striped millefiori segments arranged at (mostly) right angles.  This is a antique paperweight made during the classic period of paperweight making (1845-1860).  A great example of this unique style of antique Baccarat paperweight.  Great color.

The Macédoine is a uniquely Baccarat style in which the short sections of latticinio (twists, filigree, lace) are arranged in a quilt-like pattern with many of the sections at right angles to each other.  Usually there are no millefiori present.   This pattern was originally made during the classic period of French paperweights (1845-1860).  A modern version was produced in the 1960s and is similar to but different from the antique version. 

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.

Large Size:  Just over 2 7/8" diameter by 2" high.   The bottom is ground concave. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches.  This paperweight has been professionally restored.  Some wear was left on the base by the restorer.   
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee that this is an antique Baccarat paperweight dating from the classic period (1845-1860).  

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Large Antique Baccarat Macédoine (Scramble) Millefiori Paperweight
3112 Magnum Antique Union Glass (Somerville, Massachusetts) Paperweight "GEORGE M FLINT". Circa 1900-1929.  This is a great Union Glass Company Paperweight featuring a garland of eight lampwork flowers and the name "GEORGE M FLINT" in the center.  There are four red flowers and four blue flowers, each with four petals, four light blue sepals, and a white dot in the center.  The letter "G" at the beginning of "GEORGE" is reversed.  In perfect condition.

Union Glass Company 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 Bulletin.  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 11/16" diameter by 2 5/16" high.   It weighs 2 pounds 2 ounces.  The bottom is ground flat with a clear finish. 
Signature: Unsigned, but I guarantee this to be an authentic Union Glass paperweight. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks or chips.  This paperweight has been professionally restored.

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Magnum Antique Union Glass (Somerville, Massachusetts) Paperweight "GEORGE M FLINT"
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Antique St. Mandé Miniature Closepack Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1841 - 1857.  This is an antique St. Mandé closepack millefiori paperweight.  I'm describing this as a closepack because the canes are all upright, not tipped over.  However there are some open areas.  There are many different and interesting canes in this paperweight.  The bright yellow cane is something rarely found except in St. Mandé paperweights.  The glass has a very slight grayish tint and has a lot of bubbles.  The design is set high in the dome.  And there is a a characteristic groove low down on the side.  The condition is very good to excellent with a few scuffed areas on the dome, but there is plenty of glass and it could be restored.  I wouldn't do so because polishing might remove the St. Mandé characteristic groove on the side.  A rare example for the advanced collector.

Very little is known about the St. Mandé factory.  This was a small one pot glass factory in the village of St. Mandé, France.  Operated by Joseph Nocus, the factory was in operation from 1841 to 1857.  During that period the factory won several awards and mentions in trade journals.  When signed, the weights have an StM signature cane.  Paul Hollister incorrectly referred to the factory as St. Maude in his Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights, but George Kulles persisted and eventually identified the correct name in 1991.  There is a section on St. Mandé  in the Kulles book Identifying Antique Paperweights - The Less Familiar.  Since then additional documentation and evidence has been uncovered.  There have also been several articles on St. Mandé in the PCA Annual Bulletins, notably in 1991, 1999, and newer issues.  Originally it was estimated that only a few hundred St. Mandé paperweights exist, but in recent years many more have been correctly identified.

Very Small Size:  Just over 1 7/8" diameter by just under 1 1/2" high.  The base is ground concave. 
Condition:  Very good to excellent condition with a few scuffed areas on the dome.  There is plenty of glass and it could be restored.  I wouldn't do so because polishing might remove the characteristic groove on the side.  The glass has a lot of bubbles.
Signature:  Unsigned, but  I guarantee this to be an authentic antique paperweight from St. Mandé.  I have consulted with other experts and they agree with this attribution. 

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Antique St. Mandé Miniature Closepack Millefiori Paperweight
2267 Large Millefiori Paperweight with Frit Ground by Unknown Maker.   This is a large mystery millefiori paperweight made by an unknown maker.  There are ten millefiori canes (two designs) in brown, white, and black. Nine are arranged in a circle alternating in an irregular pattern between two cane types.  And the tenth cane is a slightly larger black and white cane in the center.  All over a colorful frit ground.  The base is ground concave.  A mystery for future study.

The maker of this paperweight is unknown.  It is probably European in origin.  Possibly early 20th century Murano, but it could also have originated at one of the many glass houses in Bohemia.

Large Size:  2 15/16" diameter by 1 15/16" high.  The base is ground concave.
Condition:  Good condition with a few light surface scratches.  There is one 1/8" chip shown in the pictures.  No cracks.
Signature:  Unsigned.  I do not know the age, maker, or country of origin for this paperweight. 

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Large Millefiori Paperweight with Frit Ground by Unknown Maker
2958 Antique Baccarat Roundels or Circlets Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1845-1860.  Antique Baccarat millefiori paperweight with a red, white, and blue garland pattern consisting of seven circles of millefiori canes, each with a single complex cane in the center.  Six of the roundels are arranged in a a circle around the center roundel.  The design is placed over a clear ground.  The paperweight is unsigned but has several unique Baccarat canes and I guarantee that this is a genuine Baccarat millefiori paperweight from the classic period 1845-1860.  A desirable addition to any collection of antique paperweights.  Great color. 

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 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:  2 5/8" diameter by 1 3/4" high.  The bottom is ground concave. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches.  This paperweight has been professionally restored. 
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee that this is a genuine Baccarat millefiori paperweight from the classic period 1845-1860.

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Antique Baccarat Roundels or Circlets Millefiori Paperweight
5125 Large Antique Dorflinger Paneled Lily-Style Paperweight.  circa 1895-1920This paperweight has four sections or panels, each with a center stripe of pink or green flanked on both sides with a white border.  The panels are pleated with a large bubble and second smaller bubble between each pleat.  There is also a larger center bubble.  The pleats are created by pushing the top of the design down with a crimp.  When viewed from the bottom, the paperweight gives the the appearance of an umbrella with four white panels and four ribs.  The paperweight is confirmed to have been made at Dorflinger Glass.  An interesting paperweight worthy of further study.

This style of paperweight is referred to as a lily paperweight.  It is similar to the pleated umbrella-style paperweights and paperweight inkwells made at Whitall Tatum in Millville, NJ (circa 1900-1912).  The Millville umbrella designs usually have more pleats, typically eight, but four paneled examples also exist.  The umbrella shaped weights were originally modeled to resemble the wild tiger lily of Southern New Jersey.

Special thanks to a Dorflinger collector who confirmed the Dorflinger attribution and drew my attention to a group of similar paperweights found in the Dorflinger Glass Museum in White Mills, PA. 

C. Dorflinger & Sons Glass Company was founded by Christian Dorflinger in White Mills, PA in 1865.  Paperweight stoppers for bottles were made by Nicholas and Francois Lutz at Dorflinger during the period 1866-1870.  Lily style paperweights and other large paperweights, some with foil lettering and dates, were made by other glass workers at Dorflinger from 1895 to 1920.  Recent research at the Dorflinger Glass Museum has located a catalog including references to paperweights.  Most of the credit for the later styles of paperweights has been given to Tobias N. Hagberg and Ernst Von Dohln, although other Dorflinger workers also tried their hand.  None of the paperweights is dated later than 1915.  Christian Dorflinger died in 1915 and the business closed in 1921.

Large Size :  3 1/4” diameter by 2 1/2" high.  The base is ground slightly concave.
Signature :  Unsigned, but I will guarantee that this was made at the Dorflinger Glass Company during the period 1895-1920. 
Condition :  Very good condition with some minor wear on the base and a few faint scratches on the body.  There is some debris in the glass.

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$195 postage paid in the US.                            Description updated 5/24/2020.

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Large Antique Dorflinger Paneled Lily-Style Paperweight
3576 Rare Vintage Lewis Kain Blue and White Dahlia Paperweight with Green Ground.  circa 1960-1979.  This paperweight features wonderful sparkly blue and white striped dahlia flower with leaves and stem placed over an transparent green ground.  The flower has many long pointed blue and white striped petals arranged in three layers.  The center of the flower is a yellow and white cane.  Underneath the transparent green ground is a a partial white layer.  The design is reminiscent of antique St. Louis dahlias.  It is signed in the design with Lewis Kain's LK signature cane.  A great addition to any collection of early American studio paperweights.

Note:  Primitive as this paperweight is, it should be kept in mind that the artist was working at the very beginning of the American studio paperweight period.  It has many of the elements that later glass workers would struggle to master.  The paperweight is in good condition although there is one small 1/16"chip and also some scratches on the side.  There are also many bubbles and some areas with black debris in the glass.  The paperweight displays well and is offered at a bargain price.     

Lewis Kain was one of the early pioneers of the modern paperweight movement.  He worked in southern New Jersey making small lampwork flower weights in the 1960s and 1970s.  His paperweights are hard to find.

Small Size:  2 1/4" diameter by 1 1/2" high.  The bottom is ground flat.  The base is ground flat. 
Signature :  Signed with Lewis Kain's "LK" signature cane in the design.  The signature cane is small and distorted. 
Condition :  This paperweight is in good condition although there is one small 1/16"chip and also some scratches on the side.  There are also many bubbles and some areas with black debris in the glass.  The paperweight displays well. 

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Rare Vintage Lewis Kain Blue and White Dahlia Paperweight with Green Ground
2044 Antique Thuringia or Silesia Bohemia Miniature Concentric Millefiori Paperweight.  Circa 1870 - 1940.  Colorful antique concentric paperweight with millefiori canes arranged in two rings of alternating canes around a center cane.  The design is placed over a multi-colored frit ground.  This paperweight is in unusually good condition but does have a 1/8" chip on the top and tiny chips around the base.  It has many small bubbles as shown in the pictures.  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.  The glass has a gray tint.  A nice example with great color.

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 Peter von Brackel, Paperweights: Historicism - Art Nouveau - Art Deco - 1842 to Today (see examples on page 94-95).    

Miniature Size:  Just over 1 7/8" diameter by just over 1 5/8" high.  The top has a flattened profile.  The base is ground flat.  The glass is grayish. 
Condition:  Very good condition for its age, but it does have a shallow 1/8" chip on the top and tiny chips around the base.  There are many small bubbles in the glass.
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this is paperweight is from the regions described (Bohemia or Silesia or Thuringia) and was most likely made pre-WWI.

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$135 postage paid in the US.                                         Added 5/11/2020  

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Antique Thuringia or Silesia Bohemia Miniature Concentric Millefiori Paperweight
1929 Colorful Miniature Antique Bohemian Concentric Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1880-1920.  Colorful small antique Bohemian millefiori paperweight with a concentric design of two rings of complex multi-colored millefiori around a central blue and white complex millefiori cane.  The outer ring alternates between several different complex canes, primarily green and white with some red and blue mixed in.  The inner ring consists of identical canes made up of red and white elements with a touch of other colors.  Wonderful complex canes and a nice balance of colors.

Note:  Please ignore the white areas, they are glare from the light.

There is a debate as to where this paperweight was made.  Some paperweight experts, including myself, believe that this paperweight was made by an unknown European maker, probably in the region along the Czech - German border, hence the label Bohemian.  Others believe that the paperweight is of Chinese origin because the cane structure shares some similarities to known early 1930’s Chinese millefiori.  The glass is good quality crystal and and the bottom finish is consistent other Bohemian paperweights.

Very Small Size:  Just over 1 7/8" diameter by just over 7/8"  high.  The bottom is ground flat. 
Signature:  This paperweight is unsigned.  See paragraph above for a discussion of the origin.
Condition:  Very good condition with no cracks or chips.  Very minor surface and bottom wear consistent with its age.

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$69 postage paid in the US.                                                                  Added 5/4/2020 

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Colorful Miniature Antique Bohemian Concentric Millefiori Paperweight
2793 Medium Colorful Strathearn Paneled Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1963-1968.  This very attractive paperweight consists of a paneled millefiori pattern with eight sections of 1+2+2 millefiori patterns each separated by a white latticinio twist cane.  There is a central ring of six millefiori canes and then a center millefiori cane.  The canes are early Scottish millefiori canes on an opaque blue ground.   This is a very nice example.   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.

Medium Size:   2 9/16” diameter by 1 7/8” high.  Bottom is fire polished. 
Condition:  Very good condition.  There are a couple of very faint scratches on the body and some wear on the base.  No chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this to be a Strathearn paperweight from Scotland. 

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Medium Colorful Strathearn Paneled Millefiori Paperweight
3360 Antique Miniature Clichy Millefiori Nosegay Paperweight.  circa 1845-1860.  This antique Clichy nosegay paperweight has an exquisite setup with three very nice Clichy complex pastry mold canes (pink, red, and blue) plus five perfect leaves and a stem.  It is well centered over a clear ground.  This paperweight has been professionally restored to remove surface defects and is in excellent condition.  The colors are perfect and this will be a delightful addition to any collection of antique paperweights. 

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. 

Very small size:  1 11/16” diameter by 1 3/16” high.  The base is ground concave. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks.  This paperweight has been professionally restored.  There are some small bubbles in the glass.
Signature:   Unsigned but I guarantee this to be an authentic antique Clichy paperweight. 

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$475 postage paid in the US.                                                  5/3/2020

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Antique Miniature Clichy Millefiori Nosegay Paperweight
1462 Antique Thuringia or Silesia Bohemia Scramble Millefiori Paperweight.  Circa 1870 - 1940.  Colorful antique paperweight with millefiori canes and twists arranged in a tight pattern.  This paperweight is in unusually good condition but has many small bubbles as shown in the pictures.  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.  The glass has a slightly gray tint.  A nice example with great color.

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.

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 Peter von Brackel, Paperweights: Historicism - Art Nouveau - Art Deco - 1842 to Today (see examples on page 94-95).    

Small Size:  Just over 2 1/16" diameter by just under 1 1/2" high.  The base is ground flat.  The glass is grayish. 
Condition:  Very good condition for its age, but there are a few scratches and tiny nicks on the surface and wear on the base.  I did not see any circular impact marks or cracks.  There are many small bubbles in the glass.
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this is paperweight is from the regions described (Bohemia or Silesia or Thuringia) and was most likely made pre-WWI.

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Antique Thuringia or Silesia Bohemia Scramble Millefiori Paperweight
1872 Mystery Magnum Star Millefiori Paperweight by Unknown Maker.   This is a very large mystery paperweight made by an unknown maker.  There are 13 black five pointed stars each with a white background arranged in a 1-4-3-4-1 pattern.  The design is placed over a large bubble with a funnel like hole on the base which leads to the bubble.  There is no pontil mark.   

The maker of this paperweight is unknown.  One collector has suggested that glass artist Richard Ritter made paperweights with similar star shaped millefiori, but that isn't enough to attribute this paperweight.  So, it remains by an unknown maker.

Very Large Size:  3 9/16" diameter by 2 1/4" high.  There is no pontil mark on the base, but there is an unusual funnel shape that leads to the large bubble in the design.
Condition:  Good condition with surface scratches.  No chips or cracks.  There are some striations in the glass.    
Signature:  Unsigned.  I do not know the age, maker, or country of origin for this paperweight. 

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Mystery Magnum Star Millefiori Paperweight by Unknown Maker
4245 Antique Baccarat Miniature Spaced Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Four Gridel Canes on a Lace Ground.  circa 1847-1860.  Antique Baccarat spaced concentric millefiori paperweight with seven complex millefiori canes, including four Gridel figures, the butterfly, dog, goat, and deer.  There are also two arrowhead canes and a multicolored complex cane.  Six canes are arranged in a circle around a great center cane.  The design is placed on a white lace ground with bits of colored filigree.  This perfectly balanced miniature paperweight will be a wonderful to any collection antique paperweights. 

According to Paul Dunlop in the Dictionary of Glass Paperweights, the first Gridel cane to appear was the lovebirds cane, which appeared in some 1846 paperweights.  The others appeared in 1847 or later.

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 in the 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.

Miniature Size:  Just under 2" diameter by 1 3/8" high.  The bottom is ground concave..
Condition:  Outstanding condition with no scratches, cracks, or chips.  There is minor wear on the base.  This paperweight has been professionally restored.    
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this to be a Baccarat antique paperweight from the period 1847-1860.

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$1,250 postage paid in the US.                         US sales only for this paperweight.               Added 4/24/2020

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Antique Baccarat Miniature Spaced Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Four Gridel Canes on a Lace Ground
1090 Czech / Bohemian Morning Glories Trumpet Flower Paperweight.   circa 1880-1925.  Trumpet flower paperweight with five blossoms.  There is one large center flower and four smaller ones under it.  There is a planned bubble in the center of each flower.  The flowers are pushed down to a green frit flower pot shaped ground.  The glass is heavy crystal.

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

Von Brackel discusses this style in his book   He lists many variations on pages 106 to 149 with a wide range of values up to $300 and more.  On pages 278 & 279 he describes the process used to make a trumpet flower paperweight.  

Size:  2 3/4" diameter by 3 5/16" high.  The bottom is ground flat.
Condition:  Very good condition.  There are minor scratches on the dome and base plus some debris and bubbles in the glass.  No significant chips or cracks.
Signature:  Unsigned, by I guarantee that this is a vintage paperweight from the Bohemia / Czech region and it originates from approximately 1880-1925. 

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Czech / Bohemian Morning Glories Trumpet Flower Paperweight
2920 Perthshire Annual Collection 1973E Limited Edition Miniature Amber Flower Paperweight with certificate.  This paperweight features a five-petaled amber flower with a stem set over a clear ground.  It is faceted with one top facet and eight side facets and finished with a brilliant grid cut base.  This was the first design Perthshire made with the grid cut base, which they called a strawberry-cut.  It is signed with Perthshire's "P" signature cane in the center of the flower.  This paperweight was made in a limited edition of 600 paperweights of which 563 were made.  This comes which its original certificate which identifies it as #554 in the edition.  There is no paper label on this paperweight.  A nice crisp design with great color.

Perthshire made this paperweight as one of their annual collection items for 1973.  This means the design was made only that one year and never again.  There were five annual collection designs in 1973, designated A through E, of which this is 1973E.  The annual collection paperweights are the most desirable of the Perthshire line, with the exception of one of one items.

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).  This 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 and finished with a grid-cut.  This paperweight is faceted with a larger top facet and eight small side facets.    
Signature:  This paperweight is signed with a "P" signature cane in the center of the flower.  It also comes with its original certificate.   
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches. 

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Perthshire Annual Collection 1973E Limited Edition Miniature Amber Flower Paperweight with certificate
3529 Early Kenyon Brown 1990 Multi-Color Swirl Paperweight.  dated 1990.  This paperweight features a blue, white, green, and brown swirl design with the swirl winding from the base up to a tight point on top.  The ground is clear.  It is signed with an engraved "Ken Brown '90" on the fire finished base.  One of Ken Brown's earliest paperweights.  A rare item.   

Kenyon Brown was originally an auctioneer in Buckingham, PA.  After his retirement he developed an interest in glass and volunteered at Wheaton Village (now WheatonArts) in Millville, NJ.  He experimented for more than a decade making paperweights.  While he did some of the setups at his home in Lahaska, PA, he would do the encasement in the hot shop at Wheaton Village.  Ken passed away in 2017 at the age of 94. 

Large Size:  2 13/16” diameter by 2 1/4" high.  The base is fire finished.
Signature:  Engraved "Ken Brown '90" on the base.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips, cracks or scratches.  There are some bubbles in the glass.  

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$65 postage paid in the US.                                                  Added 3/12/2020   

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Early Kenyon Brown 1990 Multi-Color Swirl Paperweight
2238 Chinese Millefiori Perfume Bottle or Inkwell. c.1930.  Matching concentric millefiori pattern in the base and the stopper.  Each has four rings of millefiori around a central floral cane.  The base is footed.  I would call this bottle a scent or perfume bottle because of the long stopper that reaches almost to the bottom of the well.  A very desirable Chinese paperweight collectible.

This is a copy of a Whitefriars inkwell from about 1920.  You can see the Whitefriars version by clicking this link.  Note the similarity right down to the footed base. 

Size:  3 1/8" diameter by 5 1/2" high.  Excellent condition with only minor wear consistent with age.  As is typical of Chinese paperweights from this period, there is some debris in the glass and it has a greenish hue.

For comparable pricing, check lot 288 in Selman's Fall 2002 auction, in which a similar sized bottle brought $303 against an estimate of $275-$400.

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.  Chinese paperweights made in the 1970s and later usually have better quality glass and are free of debris. 

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$150 postage paid in the US.     Price reduced (was $195)     Revised  2/1/2020

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Click on the picture to see a larger imageChinese Millefiori Perfume Bottle or Inkwell
4678 Early 1978 Large Caithness Amber Myriad Abstract Paperweight.  circa 1978.  This early Caithness paperweight features an abstract design with a swirling tornado-like vortex rising from a bed of multi-colored glass bits.  The transparent amber ground has a ring of controlled bubbles placed just above the base.  There are larger bubbles deliberately placed above the vortex.  The paperweight is signed with an acid etch on the base "Caithness MYRIAD Scotland".  Great color.  

This design is listed and designated CT-91 on page 21 of the Charlton Standard Catalog of Caithness Paperweights.  It was designed in 1978 at the Oban Studios as part of the Modern Design Series..  The paperweight came in many color variations, including Blue, Green, Purple and Red.  And this one - which is Amber.  

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.

Large Size:  3 1/16" diameter by 2 9/16" high.  The base is ground flat. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips or cracks or scratches found on inspection except for some wear on the base. 
Signature:  It is signed with an acid etch on the base "Caithness MYRIAD Scotland". 

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$59 postage paid in the US.                                                                    1/30/2020   

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Early 1978 Large Caithness Amber Myriad Abstract Paperweight
5138 Large Blue Glass Dump Paperweight with Flowers - Unknown Maker.   This is a large blue / turquoise glass dump with five petaled icepick flowers inside, each with five or six petals.  Crude unfinished base.  It is possibly made as a whimsy by workers in a bottle factory.  Although it is similar to antique English green and blue dumps, there are no known Victorian period dumps with this color or with this style of flowers.  I believe this paperweight originated at a factory that worked with blue or turquoise colored bottle glass, probably in the early 1900s and possibly in the UK or Bohemia.  Since the origin is uncertain, I can only attribute it to an unknown maker in an unspecified country.  An interesting paperweight worthy of further study. 

Green and Blue glass dump 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. 

Large Size:  3 1/16" diameter by just under 2 1/2" high.  The base is unfinished and rough.
Condition:  Very good condition with a few surface scratches.  It has a small less than 1/16" chip on the side.  The base is unfinished.   
Signature:  Unsigned. The age, maker, and country of origin are unknown, but I believe it was made in the UK or Bohemia between 1900 - 1940.  

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$95 postage paid in the US.                                                       Added 1/30/2020

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Large Blue Glass Dump Paperweight with Flowers - Unknown Maker
5200 Rare Baccarat 1952-1953 Experimental or Prototype Dwight Eisenhower Sulphide Paperweight.   This modern sulphide paperweight features a three dimensional figure of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.  The sulphide was made directly from a campaign medal.  The Eisenhower sulphide was the first modern sulphide paperweight made by Baccarat and was considered experimental.  It preceded the larger editions produced later.  After much experimentation, Baccarat produced an edition of 153 of these paperweights, of which 103 were on a blue ground and 50 were on a clear ground.  An unknown number of those on a clear ground were finished with a diamond-cut base.  This example has a clear ground.  The sulphide is a bit cruder than others I have seen, indicating to me that this may be a prototype made to demonstrate feasibility.  The glass is heavy crystal typical of Baccarat paperweights, but it is unsigned.

Note:  Please ignore the white areas, they are glare from the light.  

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 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 under 2 7/8" diameter by 1 7/8" high.    The base is slightly convex. 
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee that this is an original Baccarat product or prototype.     
Condition:   Excellent condition.  The paperweight has some minor wear on the edge of the base, but no chips, cracks, or scratches were found on inspection.  There are some striations in the glass which are not damage but were flaws from when it was made.   

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$95 postage paid in the US.                         Added 1/29/2020

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Rare Baccarat 1952-1953 Experimental or Prototype Dwight Eisenhower Sulphide Paperweight
5027 Faceted Harlequin Type Paperweight with Five Icepick Bubbles - Possibly Unknown European or Scottishcirca 1950 -1980Most likely made at an unknown European factory although there is a slight possibility that it was made by a member of the Ysart family.  This paperweight has a large central bubble and four side bubbles pushed down to a multi-colored frit ground.  It is similar to the Harlequin paperweights shown in Colin Mahoney's book on Paul Ysart paperweights, but it not good enough to be called a Paul Ysart Harlequin weight.  There is a tight ring of twelve thumbprint facets around the side near the base.  The glass has a lot of small bubbles.  An interesting study paperweight. 

Note:  My first inclination was to call this Bohemian or unknown European, but I could not find any close matches in the literature.  Similarly, it shares some characteristics with the harlequin paperweights shown in Colin Mahoney's book Masterpieces:  The Paperweights of Paul Ysart, but is not a good match there either.

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 Pe