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New Additions - Paperweights for Sale


This page displays new additions and also price changes with the newest items at the top.  Starting on January 15, 2020, these new additions are available only on this website for the first two weeks (sometimes more).  That gives my website customers first choice.  After two weeks, they are also listed on eBay.    All descriptions, identifications, and your satisfaction are guaranteed.

If you would like to purchase any of these paperweights, e-mail me at:
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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

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

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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

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

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Robert Eickholt 1993 Magnum Blue Iridescent Abstract Paperweight
5100 Magnum Whitefriars 1976 Concentric Millefiori Butterfly Paperweight.   dated 1976.  This hard to find concentric millefiori butterfly paperweight features a wonderful millefiori mosaic of a butterfly in the center of a four row millefiori concentric pattern.  The butterfly mosaic is set on a white background with a blue surround.  The four concentric rings are green, red, white, and a blue outer row.  The Whitefriars signature cane with a white monk and the year 1976 is in the white ring below the butterfly.  Faceted with one top facet and five side facets.  A desirable Whitefriars paperweight with great color.

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.

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 1/8" diameter by 1 13/16" high.  The base is ground concave.  Faceted with one top facet and five side facets.
Condition:  Outstanding condition.  No chips, cracks or scratches found on inspection.  There are some bubbles in the glass from the making. 
Signature:  Signed in the design with a Whitefriars 1976 signature / date cane in the white row. 

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$285 postage paid in the US.                                                 Added 7/4/2020.

For more information about Whitefriars and other paperweights from England,see my English Paperweights Web Page.

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Magnum Whitefriars 1976 Concentric Millefiori Butterfly Paperweight
4883 Perthshire Annual Collection 1995B Limited Edition Flowers with Picture Canes on Lace Paperweight.    dated 1995.  This large paperweight consists of a pink lampwork flower surrounded by three additional lampwork flowers alternating with three picture canes.  The flowers are attached to a green stem and each flower has a complex millefiori center.  The three picture canes are a dalmatian dog, squirrel, and kangaroo.  The design is set on a lace ground.  It is signed on the base with a complex Perthshire signature cane "P 1995".  This paperweight was made in a limited edition of 300 paperweights of which only 204 were made.  It  is engraved with the edition number "165" above the signature cane.  There is no paper label on this paperweight and I do not have the original certificate.  A nice crisp design with great color.

Perthshire made this paperweight as one of their Annual Collection designs for 1995, with some of the edition having pink flowers and some having blue flowers.  This means the design was made only that one year and never again.  There were eight Annual Collection designs in 1995, designated A through G plus a magnum millefiori paperweight which has no letter designation.  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:  2 15/16" diameter by 2 1/8" high.  The bottom is ground concave.    
Signature:  Signed with a complex Perthshire signature cane "P 1995" on the base and engraved with the edition number "165".  There is no paper label.      
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches.  Minor wear on the base. 

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$275 postage paid in the US.                                               Added 7/4/2020

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

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Perthshire Annual Collection 1995B Limited Edition Flowers with Picture Canes on Lace 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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$85 postage paid in the US.                                   Added 7/3/2020

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

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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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$395 postage paid in the US.                                                    Added 7/3/2020

For more paperweights by Charles Kaziun, see my Kaziun Paperweights Web Page.      (dl-kaz-ca)

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Charles Kaziun Jr. Miniature Tilted Pedestal Spider Lily Paperweight with Double Latticinio Ground and Cobalt Blue Lower Ground
5043 Mike Hunter Twists Glass 2018 Closepack Millefiori Paperweight with Complex Canes, Roses, and Silhouettes.  dated 2018.  This wonderful paperweight is a close packed design with an amazing variety of complex millefiori canes and three silhouette canes.  The silhouette canes are a cat, moth, and butterfly.  There are also at least six rose canes (white, lilac, two gold/orange, two red).  There are also pansy and flower canes and many other wonderful canes.  The design is set in a stave basket pulled to the bottom and has a translucent blue ground.  Mike Hunter's "MH" signature cane is near the edge of the design.  It is also signed on the base with  an engraved signature "M Hunter Twists 18 1 of 1" and has the Twists Glass clear plastic label.  An amazing paperweight.

Note:  All of Michael Hunter's paperweights are unique and not replicated.  This paperweight and all others are signed 1 of 1.  As Mike says, “One Of One Means One Only!"  Please ignore the white areas, they are glare from the lights.

Michael James Hunter is one of the United Kingdom’s foremost glass artists.  He has over 40 years of experience, starting as an apprentice at age 16 at Wedgwood Glass (1974-1986).  He has worked at the Welsh Royal Crystal Company in Rhayader, Wales (1986-1989) as glass master and Chair and at the Lindan Mill Glass Studio in Selkirk, Scotland (1989-1998) as a production manager.  In 1998 he established his own studio Twists Glass in Selkirk, Scotland with his wife Susan Hunter as his partner and business manager.  He made his first ventures into paperweights in 2004.  All his works of art are unique and are not replicated.  They are signed 1 of 1.

Michael often says that his training as apprentice at Wedgwood taught him the foundations of glass work, he self-taught everything else.  He has demonstrated that he is the master of many glass techniques including Vetro a Fili, Vetro a Retortoli (Filigree), Reticello, Latticinio, Incalmo, Merletto, Murrine, Pate de Verre, Cameo, Graal, Incalmo and torch work.  Michael Hunter is the recipient of many awards for his excellence in design and execution and his work can be found in many museum collections.  

Large Size:  2 7/8" diameter by 1 7/8" high.  The base is ground flat.   
Signature:  It is signed on the base with an engraved signature "M Hunter Twists 18 1 of 1" and the Twists Glass clear plastic label.  Mike Hunter's "MH" signature cane appears near the edge of the design.  
Condition:  Excellent original condition with no cracks or chips or scratches. 

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$595 postage paid in the US.                                               Added 7/3/2020

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

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Mike Hunter Twists Glass 2018 Closepack Millefiori Paperweight with Complex Canes, Roses, and Silhouettes
4655 Antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) Plymouth Rock Pressed Glass Paperweight. circa 1876 and later.  This is one of the best known pressed designs made at the New England Glass Company.  It was made for the Providence Inkstand Company and was one of the souvenir paperweights of the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia.  It is a faithful representation of the actual Plymouth Rock right down to the crack that supposedly happened during an attempt to move the rock.  It has the year "1620" molded in the top of the rock.  Around the outer edge of the base, the history of Mary Chilton is molded in tiny letters "MARY CHILTON WAS THE FIRST TO LAND UPON THE ROCK. DEC. 21, 1620.  PILGRIM ROCK TRADE MARK PROVIDENCE INKSTAND CO. 1876".  Around edge of underside, molded in larger letters in two rows of text "A ROCK IN THE WILDERNESS WELCOMED OUR SIRES / FROM BONDAGE FAR OVER THE DARK ROLLING SEA, / ON THAT HOLY ALTAR THEY KINDLED THE FIRES / JEHOVAH! WHICH GLOW IN OUR BOSOMS FOR THEE".  All of this writing is extremely hard to read, but with a bright light and some magnification it is possible.  An identical paperweight is in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum in NY (Accession Number 40.230).  An amazing feat to show off the technical ability of the American glass industry.  A wonderful example.

Note:  This was a difficult paperweight to photograph due to the clear glass pressed glass.  The texture ends up looking metallic.  Some of the pictures look darker and dirty but you can rest assured that the glass is clear crystal and clean.

Note:   This paperweight was made in several variations and also in two sizes, this one (3 3/8" wide) and a larger one (4" wide).  A rarer version was pressed in blue glass.  Versions exist with "1620" in gold lettering.  Metal versions also exist.  A local souvenir store in Plymouth, MA  continued to offer at least one variation until the 1920s or later, it is possible that some of the paperweights on the market are later production made from the original molds.  There are also variations in the wording from one variation to another.  The text on the larger version is longer.  Also, at least one author claims this paperweight was made by the Providence Inkstand Company using a die made by Gillinder Brothers.  The expert on NEGC, John Hawley, states it was made by NEGC for the Providence Inkstand Company.  

The 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 John Hawley.  The Art of the Paperweight  - The Boston & Sandwich and New England Glass Companies covers both B&S and NEGC. 

Size:  3 3/8" wide by 2 5/16" deep by 1 7/16" high.   
Condition:  Excellent condition.  With the exception of one tiny nick (less than 1/16") to the edge of the base between the words "THE" and "ROCK", no other chips, cracks or scratches found on inspection. 
Signature:  Impressed with the name Providence Inkstand Company.   

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$75 postage paid in the US.                                            Added 7/2/2020

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

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Antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) Plymouth Rock Pressed Glass Paperweight
2023 Antique Miniature Clichy Scramble Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1845-1860.  This antique Clichy scramble paperweight has an especially nice assortment of millefiori canes and pieces of canes.  It includes moss canes, complex canes, pastry mold canes and more than half of a green and pink rose cane and what I think is a hidden rose cane.  It has been professionally restored and is in excellent condition.  A great example.    

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

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 1/4” high.  The base is ground concave. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  This paperweight has been professionally restored.  
Signature:   Unsigned but I guarantee this to be an authentic antique Clichy paperweight. 

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$425 postage paid in the US.                                         Added 6/27/2020

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

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Antique Miniature Clichy Scramble Millefiori Paperweight
1539 Vintage American George Washington Sulphide Paperweight - Made by Eustachius and Ursula Koering.  dated 1949.  This vintage sulphide paperweight features a sulphide bust of George Washington.  Although it is encased in poor quality glass partially obscuring sulphide, it is significant in that it is one of the earliest confirmed examples of an American made sulphide paperweight.  The sulphide was sculpted by the well known illustrator Ursula Koering and encased by her glassworker father Eustachius W. Koering, possibly at the Koering Glass Company in Vineland, NJ.  The sulphide rests on a ground of clear glass with a concentric bubble pattern on the base.  It is signed on the back of the sulphide "U.K. 3-18-49 EWK".  The Koerings also made sulphide paperweights of Abraham Lincoln, Pius XII, and a few others.  The plaster mold for the George Washington and other sulphides is in the collection of the Museum of American Glass (Millville, NJ).  These paperweights sold in 1949 for $4.95 to $8.75 each.  An important historical item worthy of a place in any sulphide paperweight collection.

Special thanks to Dr. James Barton for identifying the maker of this paperweight and for providing other background information about this maker.

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. 

Eustachius Wolfgang Koering (1886-1970) was a principal in the Durand-Koering Glass Company founded in Vineland NJ in 1915 by Louis. J. Koering, George Deleruyelle, and Charles Durand.  Eustachius (sometimes spelled Eustacius) graduated from the Rensselaer Institute of Technology with a degree in Chemical Engineering in 1917.  His thesis topic was “Design for a Glass Factory with a 14 Pot Furnace.”  By the 1920s, Eustachius was the head of the Koering Glass Company (also of Vineland) in the 1920s and applied for a trademark in 1928.  He also applied for several patents for glass towel bars in 1924 and 1926.  I was unable to determine whether this was the same firm as Durand-Koering with a new name or a completely new firm. 

Ursula Koering (1921-1976), daughter of Eustachius, came from an artistic family.  Her father, Eustachius W. Koering, and her maternal grandfather, Amour LeFevre, were glassblowers.  Her paternal grandfather, Louis Koering, was a wagon maker and wood carver.  Ursula's mother, Mariette LeFevre Koering, was a painter.  When Ursula was a child, Mariette took her to the Philadelphia Museum of Art for Saturday art classes.  Ursula loved working in clay and took classes in clay modeling and ceramics, eventually graduating from the Philadelphia College of Art which was then part of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and was later renamed the Philadelphia Museum School of Art.  She was not able to develop a career as a sculptor and instead became an illustrator with children's magazine Jack and Jill and later for the publishers of children's books, illustrating more than two hundred books.  Her original love for sculpting and ceramics no doubt led to the collaboration with her father in producing the Koering sulphides in the late 1940s.

Large Size:  2 15/16" diameter by 2 3/8" high.  The base is concave with a snapped pontil mark (rough pontil) in the center.
Signature:  It is signed on the back of the sulphide "U.K. 3-18-49 EWK".  
Condition:   Very good condition although it was difficult to inspect completely.  The poor quality glass with extensive striations distracts from my efforts to examine the surface.  No chips or cracks were found on inspection.    

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$145 postage paid in the US.                                                       Added 6/27/2020. 

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

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Vintage American George Washington Sulphide Paperweight - Made by Eustachius and Ursula Koering
5082 Antique Belgian or Bohemian Miniature Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Clear Ground.   circa 1850-1900.  This is an antique concentric millefiori paperweight with bright translucent colors on a clear ground.  It has two concentric circles of canes around a complex center cane.  The theme colors are red, pink, blue, and green and the canes are various combinations of six pointed star canes with colored surrounds.  The inner circle of canes alternates between two types of large complex canes.  One type is a complex cane with two rings of six pointed stars each with a pink center arranged around a larger all white six pointed star set against a green background.  These alternate with a different design having all white canes with a red surround, and a single cane in the center with a pink surround.  The outer circle also has an alternating design between red and green cased canes.  The center cane has a similar complex design with a blue outer surround.  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 design is well centered and a wonder to study. 

Note on condition:  This paperweight has two fractures on top, one noticeable and one tiny.  The paperweight has been restored but the larger fracture was too deep to remove.  

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 Europe

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.   

Very Small Size:  1 7/8" diameter by just over 1" high.  The base is ground concave.    
Condition: This paperweight has two fractures on top, one noticeable and one tiny.  The paperweight has been restored but the larger fracture was too deep to remove.  No other scratches, chips, or cracks.  There are bubbles in the glass from when the paperweight was made. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this is an antique paperweight from Northern Europe or Belgium or Bohemia.  

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Antique Belgian or Bohemian Miniature Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Clear 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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$495 postage paid in the US.                                                                              Added 6/20/2020

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Antique Baccarat Type III Pansy Paperweight with Star Cut Base
4670 Early 1979 Large Caithness Dawn Limited Edition Abstract Paperweight - Alexandrite or Neodymium Glass.  circa 1979.  I like to think this early Caithness paperweight depicts a red dawn on Mars with its barren features and red ground.  There are some sharp narrow features rising from the red ground, and some large planned bubbles swirling around.  One surprising feature is that the color of the glass changes 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.  I've never noticed it in a paperweight before.  I've included examples of each color in the pictures.  This limited edition design was designed by Colin Terris and issued in an edition of 750 paperweights, of which this example is number 85.  The paperweight is signed with an acid etch on the base "Caithness DAWN Scotland" and engraved with the edition number "85/750".  Great color.  

This design is listed and designated CT-122A on page 26 of the Charlton Standard Catalog of Caithness Paperweights.  It was designed in 1979 by Colin Terris and was originally issued in a box set with CT-122B "DUSK".  The original issue price was $295 for the box set.

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 1/4" diameter by 2 15/16" high.  The base is ground flat. 
Condition:  Very good condition.  There is one area on the side about 3/16" wide that is scuffed and has two pinpricks - shown in the pictures.  No other chips or cracks or scratches found on inspection except for wear on the base. 
Signature:  It is signed with an acid etch on the base "Caithness DAWN Scotland" and engraved with the edition number 85/750. 

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Another view (lavender color)
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Early 1979 Large Caithness Dawn Limited Edition Abstract Paperweight - Alexandrite or Neodymium Glass
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
4738 Antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) Millefiori Scramble Paperweight with Rare White Ground.  circa 1860.  This is a nice antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) scramble or end of day paperweight with a rare white ground.   It is filled with a good assortment of colorful complex canes and twists.  There also some larger pieces which are probably bits of lampwork fruit or flowers.  The colors and ground make this a nice addition to any collection of NEGC paperweights.  This paperweight has been professionally restored although the base has been left with its original wear.

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

The 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 John Hawley.  The Art of the Paperweight  - The Boston & Sandwich and New England Glass Companies covers both B&S and NEGC. 

Size:  2 3/8” diameter by 1 11/16” high.  The bottom is ground concave with a partial pontil scar remaining.
Signature:  This paperweight is not signed, but I guarantee it to be an authentic antique New England Glass Company paperweight. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips, cracks or scratches.  There is appropriate age wear and a remainder of the pontil scar on the base.  This paperweight has been professionally restored.

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Antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) Millefiori Scramble Paperweight with Rare White Ground
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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$2,250 postage paid in the US.           US Sales only, no international shipping.               Added 6/16/2020

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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"
3735 Large Baccarat Nine Row 1968 Close Concentric Millefiori Paperweight.  dated 1968.  This magnificent close concentric millefiori paperweight has nine rings or rows with the outer ring pulled down to the center of the base to form a stave basket.  Baccarat made this design in 1968.  This paperweight is one of the early unlimited edition millefiori paperweights made just prior to starting its series of limited edition paperweights in 1970.  The paperweight is signed in the design with a "1968" date cane in the next to the last ring and it also has an acid etched Baccarat mark in the center of the base.  This is possibly one of the best of the unlimited production weights.  Very tight concentric setup and great colors.

Note:  No significant damage was found when examining this paperweight, but under bright lighting I found a faint scuffed area less than 1/8" wide on the dome.  This does not affect how the paperweight displays and it could be polished out.  Given the difficulty of seeing and photographing this damage, I chose not to have it polished.  Please review the pictures.

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:  2 7/8" diameter by 1 15/16" high.    The base is ground flat.
Signature:  The paperweight is signed with an acid etched Baccarat mark in the center of the base.  It also has a "1968" date cane in the next to the last ring. 
Condition:   Very good to Excellent condition.  No significant damage was found when examining this paperweight, but under bright lighting I found a faint scuffed area less than 1/8" wide on the dome.  There is also a couple of faint scratches on the base.  No other chips, cracks, or scratches were found.

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Large Baccarat Nine Row 1968 Close Concentric Millefiori Paperweight
4598 Antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) Blown Glass Pear Paperweight.  circa 1860.  This is a wonderful antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) life-size blown pear placed on a round clear glass cookie.  The pear is hollow.  It is complete with blossom end up in the air and an intact stem resting on the clear cookie.  The coloration shades from a light red to a yellow-green.  The deepest red portion of the exterior has extensive cracks or crackling.  There is also a spot in the area of crackling that appears to be an attempt to paint or fill a small spot - perhaps it hides a hole in the exterior.  The paperweight displays best with the yellow side and stem showing.  The base has remnants of museum accession number "8.36 P".  If you don't already have one in your collection, this is a chance to acquire a NEGC blown pair at a bargain price. 

The most common NEGC blown fruit are apples and pears, although some collectors have seen other fruits.  It is not unusual to find pieces of these fruit in scramble paperweights, mixed in with millefiori and twist canes.  The shading of the colors on the exterior often leads to crackling and this flaw is found in varying degrees in many blown fruit paperweights.  Normally a NEGC hollow blown pear paperweight would be a $800 to $1,000 paperweight but this one is offered at a considerably reduced price to compensate for the extensive crackling.    

Provenance:  The previous owner of this paperweight identified this item as coming coming from the Museum of the City of New York.  I was not able to confirm the provenance.  It has the remnants of the accession numbers on the base.

The 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 John Hawley.  The Art of the Paperweight  - The Boston & Sandwich and New England Glass Companies covers both B&S and NEGC or the newer book by John Hawley devoted just to NEGC, The Art of the Paperweight - The New England Glass Company.  

Size:  The pear itself is 2 3/16” diameter by 3 3/16” long.  Overall dimensions are 3 3/16" diameter by 2 7/16" high. 
Signature:  This paperweight is not signed, but I guarantee it to be an authentic antique New England Glass Company blown glass pear paperweight. 
Condition:  Fair condition.  While there are no chips, this red area of the finish has considerable crackling and a possible earlier repair.  The clear glass cookie shows minor wear.  The pear itself is complete with stem and blossom end.  

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Antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) Blown Glass Pear Paperweight
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
3797 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 with the exception of chips on the edge of the base.  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 is grayish with bubbles.  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 under 2 1/4" diameter by just under 1 5/8" high.  The base is ground flat.  The glass is grayish with bubbles. 
Condition:  Very good condition for its age, but there are a scratches on the body and chips on the edge of the base.  And wear on 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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Antique Thuringia or Silesia Bohemia Scramble Millefiori Paperweight
4586 Magnum St. Clair Style Multi-Colored Icepick Flower Paperweight with Pairpoint Glass Label.   circa 1952-1975.  This very large paperweight features five multi-colored ice-pick flowers over a white chipped glass ground.  The ice-pick flowers are arranged around a large central bubble.  As is typical of this style, there is a carefully placed bubble in the center of each flower.  Often these paperweights are made by members of the St. Clair family in Elwood, Indiana and have a pontil mark identifying the maker.  This paperweight does not have a pontil mark, but instead has a partial Pairpoint Glass paper label.  Although I don't know for sure, I believe the paperweight was made at one of the St. Clair factories and was sold under the Pairpoint label.  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 about the Pairpoint Label:  Sometime after the formation of Gunderson - Pairpoint in 1952, some glass not characteristic of Pairpoint was sold with Pairpoint labels.  I have seen examples of Murano and St. Clair style with Pairpoint labels.  While it is possible that Pairpoint made glass in these styles, a more likely explanation is that the company (or unscrupulous others) deliberately added the labels to improve the variety of products offered for sale.  There were certainly left over labels when the factory closed and also new labels could have been printed.  In the case of the paperweight offered here, we know that some St. Clair paperweights were being sold through major sales outlets, such as Georg Jenson in New York.  Is it possible that the factory had a similar arrangement with Pairpoint?

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

Pairpoint Glass has a long history extending back to its earliest origins with Mount Washington Glass in 1837.  Owners and locations changed a number of times and the name Pairpoint was first used in the 1890s.  The original Pairpoint companies were located in New Bedford, Massachusetts.  In 1938, it was reorganized as Gunderson Glass Works by owner Robert Gunderson and later renamed the Gunderson - Pairpoint Glass Works in 1952.  The name was acquired by Robert Bryden and the company moved briefly to East Wareham, MA in 1957 where it operated as the Pairpoint Glass Company.  They leased production facilities in Spain.  The last New Bedford factory burned down in 1965.  In its latest iteration, Robert Bryden moved Pairpoint to Sagamore, Massachusetts in 1970.  It continues to operate at that location today (2018) although under new owners.

Very Large Size:  3 1/2" diameter by just under 3 7/16" high.  The bottom is finished flat with an indentation in the center where the hot stamp pontil mark would normally be. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips or cracks.  No scratches found on inspection.
Signature:  No pontil mark.  This paperweight has a partial Pairpoint paper label.  I believe this was made at one of the St. Clair factories and sold under the Pairpoint label.

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Magnum St. Clair Style Multi-Colored Icepick Flower Paperweight with Pairpoint Glass Label
4652 Great Early Robert Eickholt Translucent Paperweight.  dated 1980.  This paperweight consists of a multi-layered swirling design of transparent pale gold and clear colored glass.  It shows the early adoption of veiling techniques by Robert Eickholt.  This is an early Robert Eickholt paperweight and is signed on the bottom "R. Eickholt 1980".  A stunning paperweight with great iridescence.  The colors change as you rotate the paperweight.

Note:  I think the pink color in some of the pictures is caused by the iridescence of the glass. 

This paperweight has a translucent design was difficult to photograph.  It has paperweight has a "veil" effect created by using a metallic powder in the glass.  The veiling technique was first developed by Dominic Labino back in the early 1970s.  Later it was used by Harvey Littleton (1980) and Ed Nesteruk in 1982.  By 1980, Eickholt also adopted the technique. 

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 years, Eickholt experimented with other methods to add texture to the interior design.  He retired in 2013. 

Large Size:  2 15/16" diameter by 2 3/4" high.  The base is ground flat. 
Signature: Signed "R. Eickholt 1980" faintly on the base.  The signature is difficult to read.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks or chips.  No scratches found on inspection other than slight wear on the base.   

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$69 postage paid in the US.                                                                   Added 6/10/2020

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Great Early Robert Eickholt Translucent Paperweight
4677 Early 1978 Large Caithness Red 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 red ground has a ring of controlled bubbles placed near the base and 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 Red.

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.

Size:  Just under 3" diameter by just over 2 5/8" 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.                                                                    Added 6/10/2020   

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Early 1978 Large Caithness Red Myriad Abstract Paperweight
2796 1930s Chinese Scrambled Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1930.  This is a good example of a 1930s scrambled millefiori paperweight from China 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.  Often these paperweights can be found scratch signed on the base or more rarely signed with a cane signature, but 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 and there are some light scratches and small nicks.  Good color and condition. 

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. 

Size:   Just under 2 5/8” diameter by 1 5/8"  high.  The base is fire finished flat. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee that this was made in the 1930s in China.  
Condition:  Very good condition with some light scratches and small nicks.  No cracks.  The glass has a soft oily feel.  

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1930s Chinese Scrambled Millefiori Paperweight
2975 Early David Garcia Flat Fused Colorful Glass Cityscape Paperweight.  dated 1987.  This brilliant fused glass paperweight presents a multilayered cityscape with multilayered geometric shapes.  The paperweight is created by layering pieces of flat glass, round glass rods, and what may be copper wire and heating the assemblage to fuse (melt) the glass.  It  reflects David Garcia's interest in architecture and cityscapes.  Signed on the base "D. Garcia '87".  A different paperweight with great color and whimsy.    

David Garcia was born in San Francisco, CA in 1957.  Originally trained as a landscape architecture at Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge, he became interested in hot and flat glass and studied under several noted glass artists including Paul Dufour (stained glass), John Leighton (at San Francisco State University) and Martin Lipofsky (at the California College of Arts and Crafts).  Garcia ultimately built his own glass studio in 1987.  Licensed to practice landscape architecture and the son of an architect, Garcia admits that his work is at times reminiscent of cityscapes through his use of line and multilayered geometric shapes. He also imbues his work with a sense of life and movement by incorporating brilliant colors, random patterns and changeable evolving forms into the same piece.  Garcia now works in his own studio in Yacolt, WA.

Size:  Just under 2 15/16" wide by just under 2 15/16" high by just under 1 1/8" deep.  The base is finished flat with some texture.
Signature:   Signed on the base "D. Garcia '87". 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no damage found on inspection.

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Early David Garcia Flat Fused Colorful Glass Cityscape Paperweight
5064 Dramatic Large Peter McDougall Patterned Millefiori Paperweight on Red Ground.  circa 2002-2012This paperweight consists of a paneled millefiori pattern of wonderful multi-colored canes on an opaque tomato red ground.  There are nine panels with a 1-1-2-3-3 pattern each separated by a white twist cane and a large complex millefiori cane in the center.  It is signed on the bottom with a complex cane made from four separate letter canes forming the signature PMcD.  The signature cane was put in upside down, so the letters are reversed.  This example does not have a paper label.  A wonderful paperweight with great color. 

Note:  The signature cane was put in upside down - the letters are reversed.   

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

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

Large Size:  Just over 2 15/16" diameter by 1 1/8" high.  The bottom is ground concave. 
Condition:  Outstanding condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed on the bottom with a "PMcD" signature cane - although the cane is reversed.  The signature is small and some people may have difficulty reading the signature on these weights without magnification.  

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Dramatic Large Peter McDougall Patterned Millefiori Paperweight on Red Ground
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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$395 postage paid in the US.                                                           Added 6/7/2020.

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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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$595 postage paid in the US.                                                                              Added 6/7/2020        

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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"
4653 Large Early Selkirk Peter Holmes 1979 Winter Dream Limited Edition Paperweight.  dated 1979.  This paperweight has an impressionist representation of a tree with its frozen branches covered with ice crystals alone on a snow covered opaque white ground.  The ice crystals reflect the glow of the sun in a dreamy golden bubbles.  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 WINTER DREAM 205/350 1979", indicating it is number 205 in a limited edition of 350 paperweights.  It also has a worn paper label "SELKIRK GLASS HANDMADE IN SCOTLAND" and an early Peter Holmes "PH" signature cane.  A imaginative paperweight in excellent condition.

Note:  This was a difficult paperweight to capture in correct color.  The only colors present are the white of the snow and ice crystals and the dreamy golden bubbles.  Everything else is clear 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 15/16" diameter by just under 2 3/8" high. The bottom is ground flat. 
Signature:  It is signed in script on the base "SELKIRK GLASS SCOTLAND WINTER DREAM 205/350 1979".  It also has a worn paper label "SELKIRK GLASS HANDMADE IN SCOTLAND" and an early Peter Holmes "PH" signature cane.  The signature cane is slightly distorted and looks like a "DH".  The script signature is tiny and hard to read without magnification.
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 Winter Dream Limited Edition Paperweight
3446 Kosta Morales Trapped Bubble Cubed Sphere Paperweight designed by Mona Morales-Schildt.  circa 1958 - 1976.  This is dramatic Swedish art glass paperweight designed in 1958 by the famous Swedish designer Mona Morales-Schildt for Kosta Glasbruk.  The cube paperweight is formed by faceting a sphere and has a single, perfectly centered spherical glass bubble in brilliant clear crystal.  There are six circular facets including the top and the base.  It is signed on the base "Kosta 95833 Morales".  It is a very striking and bold paperweight. 

Note:  The second and third digits "58" in the style number "95833" identifies 1958 as the year of the design.  This is consistent with Morales-Schildt's years at Kosta (1958-1971).  From the Kosta signature on the base, the paperweight was made before 1976 when the name changed to Kosta Boda. 

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

Mona Morales-Schildt (1908-1999) was educated at the Higher Art Industrial School in Stockholm and at the poster artist Paul Colin's advertising and painting school in Paris.  She has worked at Gustavsberg's porcelain factory, at Arabia and then at Kosta glassworks (1958-1971).  At Kosta, she was one of the first two female artists (with Tyra Lundgren).  She is best known for the exclusive glass series Ventana (windows in Spanish), heavy glass pieces with enclosed paint layers.  The Ventana series began in 1959 and was inspired by Venetian glass artist Paolo Venini.

Small Size:  1 7/8" cube derived from a 2 3/8" diameter sphere. 
Condition:  Good condition for its age but it does have scratches on the base and the body and a tiny chip on the edge of the base.  Some of the edges have tiny nicks.
Signature:  Signed on the base "Kosta 95833 Morales".

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Kosta Morales Trapped Bubble Cubed Sphere Paperweight designed by Mona Morales-Schildt
4839 Perthshire PP18 Closepack Millefiori Paperweight Doorknob.  circa 1984-1997.  This paperweight doorknob consists a close packed design of millefiori canes over an opaque cobalt blue ground.  This example is signed with Perthshire's "P" signature cane near the center of the design.  The brass door plate has four holes for mounting.  Mounting screws are not included.  Every collector should have at least one of these paperweight.  Many collectors use them in their homes. 

Perthshire made this PP18 doorknob from 1969 to 1978 and from 1984 to 1997.  It was part of the general line.  Only the earliest knobs were unsigned.  After the first few years, they were signed with a "P" signature cane near the center of the design.  Judging from the crisp execution, I believe this was part of the second period production (1984-1997).

Interestingly, the PP18 is the only simple closepack that Perthshire made until 1997.  All of Perthshire's other closepack designs were limited edition or annual collection designs and had complex canes.  In 1997, I asked Peter McDougall if he would make one for me as a paperweight rather than a doorknob.  He did and they liked the result so much that they decided to put it into regular production in two sizes.  They also made a miniature closepack for in this design for the 2001 PCA Convention. 

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 1/4" diameter by just over 3" long (including the brass mounting).  The brass plate is 2 3/8" diameter.   
Signature : Signed with Perthshire's "P" signature cane near the center of the design.
Condition :  Excellent condition with no chips or cracks or scratches on the glass.  There is some aging on the brass.  

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Perthshire PP18 Closepack Millefiori Paperweight Doorknob
2314 Very Rare Antique American 1884 Memorial or Name Paperweight with Sulphide Lettering.  circa 1880-1930.  This is an unusual memorial paperweight with the inscription "JFF - BORN SEP 20TH 1884 JF".  There is a border of multi-colored frit.  The letters and numbers have three dimensional depth and seem to be cast in plaster or ceramic - i.e., they are individual sulphides.  There is a star or x spacer between each group or "word" and at the beginning and end of each line of text.  It is almost as if the maker was setting a line of text using moveable type and needed visible spaces and indicators to mark the beginning and end of each line.  This is a very unusual paperweight and only a few examples of this type are known to exist.  It is believed to have been made somewhere in the US.  A rare and unusual addition to any collection of name or motto paperweights.

Most collectors are familiar with other methods of creating name or memorial paperweights.  Most common is the use of lampwork lettering, as in Union Glass Paperweights (Somerville, MA) or at Millville, NJ.  Another type is the hand decorated enamel plaque weights, such as those made by Degenhart and other makers in Ohio.  These two types are hand made and created with a unique setup for each name.  There are also frit (ground glass) memorial or motto paperweights created using a template or die, a technique more suitable for creating many with the same design or motto.  The best example is the frit style Home Sweet Home paperweights created in Southern NJ and across the midwest.  A less common type involves the creation of a decal to imprint the design onto a plaque, such as that used by Tom Mosser and others in the midwest US.  There is also a photographic process for printing directly onto an enamel plaque.  And now we have the type shown in this listing.  I'm sure there are other types as well.

Large Size:  2 15/16" diameter by 1 7/8" high.  The bottom is ground flat.
Signature :  Unsigned, but I am confident that this is of North American origin. 
Condition :  Fair condition.  This paperweight has considerable wear everywhere, including some small impact marks, some small chips, many scratches, and other wear.  It could be restored, but I would leave it as is. 

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Very Rare Antique American 1884 Memorial or Name Paperweight with Sulphide Lettering
4645 Magnum 1973 St. Louis Limited Edition White Flower with Bud on Pistachio Ground Paperweight.  dated 1973.  This extra large paperweight features a large white flower with five white cane petals, a bud, five green leaves, and stems.  In the center of the flower is a large complex signature cane "SL 1973".  The design is placed on an opaque pistachio colored ground.  Only 400 paperweights were made with this design and color scheme.  A great addition to any collection of modern French lampwork paperweights.  

This paperweight was made in a limited edition of 800 paperweights, of which 400 were had a pistachio ground and another 400 had an orange ground.  500 of the total were reserved for the American market. 

Note:  The pictures do not do justice to this paperweight.  Please ignore the white areas, they are reflections and glare from my photo lights. 

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.

Very Large Size:  Just under 3 3/8" diameter by 2 7/16" high.  The base is ground concave. 
Signature:  Signed in the center of the flower with a complex "SL 1973" signature cane. 
Condition:  Outstanding condition with no scratches, chips or cracks.  There are a few tiny bubbles on the ground.

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$450 postage paid in the US.                                        Added 5/30/2020

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Magnum 1973 St. Louis Limited Edition White Flower with Bud on Pistachio Ground Paperweight
50 Early Perthshire PP3 Miniature Concentric Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1969-1973.  This is an early Perthshire miniature concentric millefiori paperweight three rings of millefiori canes around a central cane.  Below the design, there is an opaque light green ground.  This version of the PP3 was made from 1969.  It is unsigned and the base is fire finished.  A early example from Perthshire with nice soft pastel colors.

Note:  The PP3 design was made from 1969 to 1973 and then again from 1983 to 1998.  The earlier version had a fire finished base and was not signed.  When production resumed in 1983, the PP3 was signed with a central signature cane and had a hollow ground base. 

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

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.

Miniature Size:  Very small 1 11/16" diameter by 1 1/8" high. The base is ground concave. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee that this is a Perthshire PP3 paperweight, dating from 1969-1973.  This paperweight does not have a paper label.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.  There are many tiny bubbles in the glass in this early Perthshire paperweight.

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Early Perthshire PP3 Miniature Concentric Millefiori 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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$135 postage paid in the US.                                                                Added 5/30/2020

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Magnum Murano Faceted Double Overlay Six Row Concentric Millefiori Paperweight
5181 Josh Simpson Inhabited Planet with Globe Stand and Blue and Pink Spaceship.  dated 1999.  This a hard to find variation on the Josh Simpson Inhabited Planets.  The planet in this case is a sphere and is supported by a miniature four legged brass globe stand.  The planet can be rotated freely in the stand so it can be viewed from any angle.  The stand is made of two pieces allowing the planet to be removed for close examination.  The basic theme of the inhabited planet series is that a new planet has been discovered with interesting features inviting exploration.  There are interesting multi-colored structures rising above the surface.  Some structures, possibly man made, require further exploration.  There is a blue and pink twisted ribbon shaped spaceship on its way to investigate.  Signed "JS99".  With the whimsical globe stand, this inhabited planet calls out for attention in any collection of Josh Simpson glass.     

Notes:  The black marble stand shown in the picture is not included.  It is for illustration only.  Also, please ignore the white areas which are glare from the light used to take pictures.

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.

Size:  1 7/8" diameter glass sphere.  With the stand, the overall dimensions are 2 7/16" diameter by approximately 2 9/16" high.  
Signature:   Signed "JS99".
Condition:  Very good condition, with one small 1/8" nick near the spaceship.  No other damage found.  The four legged brass globe stand has some tarnish or aging.  There are some bubbles in the glass. 

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Josh Simpson Inhabited Planet with Globe Stand and Blue and Pink Spaceship
5040 Colorful Murano Concentric Millefiori Pin Box.   circa 1990 or later.  This is an eight sided pin box or trinket box with a colorful concentric millefiori slice on top.  The millefiori slice has its origin in Murano, but I can't be sure the box itself was made on the island of Murano.  There are two pieces: the bottom part with a concave area in the center and the top with the millefiori slice.  Both pieces are tiered with three layers for the bottom and three layers for the top.  The box is probably machine made (molded), although I don't see any mold lines.  The glass is good quality and heavy.  A fun item.  Unsigned.

Note:  The millefiori slice is thin and sits in a recessed area on top of the box lid.  I suspect an adhesive was used to attach the millefiori slice as opposed to a hot glass process.     

The millefiori cane used to make the decorative top of this pin box 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" wide by 1 3/8" high.  The bottom piece is ground flat with a concave center. 
Condition:   Excellent condition.  I couldn't find any damage but believe this is a used item and has some faint signs of wear.
Signature:  Unsigned.  I don't know where the box was made, but believe the millefiori cane used was made on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy.

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Colorful Murano Concentric Millefiori Pin Box
2827 Perthshire PP43 Paperweight Shot Glass with Red Flower Base.   circa 1980 - 1983.  This paperweight shot glass with a red lampwork flower in the bottom was offered by Perthshire from 1980-1983.  The lampwork flower has six red petals and six green sepals.  There is a complex "P" signature cane in the center.  The design is set over a translucent blue ground.  The lower half of the exterior is fluted with sixteen flutes.  The effect of the fluting is to mirror the design over and over.  This is a very nice example.

Note:  The PP43 was made from 1980 to 1983 and again from 1987 to 1994.  The earlier version offered here had a red lampwork flower in the base.  The later version had a concentric millefiori pattern and no fluting on the exterior.

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 1 7/8" diameter at the top by 2 5/8" high.  The base is ground flat. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips, cracks or scratches found on inspection.
Signature:  Signed with a complex Perthshire "P" signature cane in center of the design.  This paperweight does not have a paper label.   

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$175 postage paid in the US.                                                    Added 5/28/2020. 

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Perthshire PP43 Paperweight Shot Glass with Red Flower Base
3915 Large John Deacons 2005 Blue Flowers on a Pink Ground Paperweightdated 2005.  This paperweight features a flowering plant with two five petaled blue and white flowers, seven leaves, and woody brown stems.  Each flower has an intricate yellow millefiori center.  The design is impressed into an opaque pink ground.  The paperweight is signed on the base with a John Deacons complex JD 2005 signature cane with the letters "JD", then a thistle cane between two swirls, and the numbers "2005".  The paperweight also has a "MADE IN SCOTLAND by John Deacons" paper label with a thistle logo.  A great paperweight from this talented artist.

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

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

Large Size:  Just over 3" diameter by 2 3/8" high.  The bottom is ground concave. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks.  There are a few tiny bubbles in the ground and in the clear glass.
Signature:  Signed on the base with a John Deacons complex JD 2005 signature cane with the letters "JD", then a thistle cane between two swirls, and the numbers "2005".  The paperweight also has a "MADE IN SCOTLAND by John Deacons" paper label with a thistle logo.

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$195 postage paid in the US.                                                        Added 5/28/2020 

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Large John Deacons 2005 Blue Flowers on a Pink Ground Paperweight
2178

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
4886 Perthshire Annual Collection 1998D Limited Edition Garlanded Pansy.  circa 1998.  This paperweight features an amethyst and yellow pansy with leaves and stem surrounded by a garland of red and yellow flowers and leaves.  The design is set on a clear ground with a grid cut base.  Perthshire called this a strawberry cut base.  The paperweight has one large top facet, five large side facets and ten smaller side facets.  It is scratch signed on the base along with the edition number “P 66”.  There is no paper label on this paperweight.  A nice crisp design with great color.  This is an opportunity to own one of last annual collection paperweights from Perthshire before it closed early in 2002. 

Perthshire made this paperweight as one of their annual collection items for 1998.  This means the design was made only that one year and never again.  There were eight annual collection designs in 1998, designated A through G plus a special overlay with no letter designation.  This is 1998D.  It was limited to a maximum of 200 paperweights, of which this one is engraved "66".  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.

Size:  Just over 2 5/8" diameter by 1 5/8" high.  The bottom is ground concave and finished with a grid-cut.  This paperweight is faceted with a large top facet and 15 side facets, five large and ten smaller.      
Signature:  This paperweight is engraved on the base "P 66".   
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches. 

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$375 postage paid in the US.                                               Added 5/23/2020

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Perthshire Annual Collection 1998D Limited Edition Garlanded Pansy
5012 John Deacons Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Thistle and Stave Basketcirca 1980-2010This paperweight features a wonderful concentric design with four concentric rings of millefiori canes around and a complex thistle cane in the center.  The outer ring of lime green canes is pulled down to the base to form a stave basket.  The design is placed over a transparent red ground.  The paperweight is signed with John Deacons' thistle cane in the center and a paper label on the base.  A great example of John Deacons artistic skill.   

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

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

Size:  2 11/16" diameter by 1 15/16" high.  The bottom is ground concave. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks.   
Signature:  Signed with a complex thistle cane in the center of the design and a "MADE IN SCOTLAND by John Deacons" paper label with a thistle logo.

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Click on the picture to see a larger imageJohn Deacons Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Thistle and Stave Basket
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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$95 postage paid in the US.                          Added 5/22/2020 

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Rare Vintage Lewis Kain Blue and White Dahlia Paperweight with Green Ground
4594 Bob Banford Magnum Red Spotted Salamander with Two Flowers Paperweight.  circa  1978-2006.  This paperweight has a red spotted salamander moving through a desert scene between two large upright flowers, one white and one red.  The dark colored salamander is executed in exacting detail with three rows of spots from the head to the end of the tail.  The ground has the appearance of a sandy desert.  It is signed near the tail of the salamander with Bob Banford's red "B" signature cane.  A fantastic paperweight from this skilled artist.  

Note:  Please ignore the bright white spot left by my lighting.  Also, the ground is very reflective and some of the pictures look lighter than the actual ground color.  The color shown in the picture of the base is closest to the true ground color. 

Bob 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.   

Very large Size:  Just under 3 3/16" diameter by 2 1/4" high.  The bottom is ground concave.  
Signature:  Signed near the tail of the salamander with Bob Banford's red "B" signature cane.  The B is on a white background with a blue surround.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection. 

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SOLD.                      Added 5/21/2020    

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Bob Banford Magnum Red Spotted Salamander with Two Flowers Paperweight
3798 Antique New England Glass Company Millefiori Nosegay or Posy Paperweight with Garland.  circa 1860.  This is an interesting antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) Millefiori Nosegay with a double latticinio ground and a millefiori garland.  The three flower nosegay has four perfect "rabbits ear" leaves typical of NEGC.  The design is set on an exquisite swirling double latticinio ground and surrounded by a ring of multi-colored complex canes.  It is unusual to find both a latticinio ground and outer garland in a NEGC nosegay paperweight.  Unfortunately the three millefiori canes that make up the nosegay are smudged and I am offering this paperweight at a bargain price.  There are many bubbles in the glass.  This paperweight appears to have been restored in the past but still has a tiny chip below the stem of the nosegay.  An interesting paperweight that shows the NEGC setup and colors. 

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

Size:  Just under 2 1/4” diameter by 1 1/2 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:  Excellent condition with the exception of a tiny chip or pinprick below the stem at the 7 o'clock position.  The paperweight appears to have been restored in the past. There are many bubbles in the glass. 

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$295 postage paid in the US.                       Added 5/20/2020     

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ntique New England Glass Company Millefiori Nosegay or Posy Paperweight with Garland
2324 Chinese White Paperweight with Portrait of Fierce Warrior or maybe an Emperor.  Circa 1930.  This miniature paperweight has a colored painting of a fierce looking Chinese warrior or maybe an emperor.  The figure speaks for itself, with a thick beard, makeup, and some sort of ornamentation.  The painting is created on a white enamel base and then encased in glass.  The style dates from the 1930s.  With bright colors and an unusual subject, this is a fun collectible. 

This paperweight is a form of Chinese folk art although it was most likely inspired by frit weights from Southern New Jersey.  I believe the Chinese were given examples of Millville frit weights to duplicate.  Since they were already experienced in painting on ceramics, they applied their own unique interpretation to paperweights using a white enamel disk as the base and incorporating familiar themes already found in Chinese art. 

Note:  It is possible to display the paperweight upside down and it becomes even more fierce.  I think I have it right, but it is fun to speculate.  Is that a beard or a hairdo? 

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.

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.

Miniature Size:   1 3/4" diameter by 1 3/8" high.  The bottom is ground flat.    
Signature:   Unsigned but I guarantee that this paperweight is from China and dates from about 1930. 
Condition:  Very good condition.  The surface has a few flaws but no major chips or cracks. 

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Chinese White Paperweight with Portrait of Fierce Warrior or maybe an Emperor
5018 Early Vasart Paneled Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1946-1960.  This colorful paperweight consists of a paneled millefiori pattern with eight sections of 1+1+2 millefiori patterns each separated by a transparent twist cane.  There is a central cluster of seven smaller canes.  The design is set on an opaque orange-red ground.   There are internal flaws, specifically sugaring or striations and bubbles that are visible in the pictures.  Nevertheless, this is a very nice example with a fantastic variety of early Scottish millefiori canes.   A great addition to any collection of Scottish paperweights.

Note:  It is often difficult to attribute early Scottish paperweights when the choices are Vasart or Strathearn.  The usual distinguishing characteristic is whether or not the millefiori canes stand proud ... stand above the ground layer.  This is because Strathearn had a glory hole permitting reheating the paperweight as the surface is worked smooth, Vasart did not.  In this case, based on the fact that the canes stand above the layer of the ground, I have attributed the paperweight to Vasart. 

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

Large Size:   Just over 2 13/16” diameter by just under 2 1/4” high.  Bottom is fire polished. 
Condition:  Very good condition.  There are some light scratches on the sides, but I could find no cracks or chips.  There are internal flaws: striations and bubbles that are visible in the pictures. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this to be an early Vasart paperweight from Scotland. 

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Early Vasart Paneled Millefiori Paperweight
4648 Bob Banford Purple Clematis with Buds and Trellis on Aventurine Ground Paperweight.  circa  1978-2000.  This paperweight has two purple clematis flowers with two buds and green leaves and stems placed on a white trellis.  The clematis petals are textured to give them a variegated appearance.  The flowers each have a three dimensional cane center.  Similarly the leaves are crimped to provide shadow and a variegated affect.  The design is placed over a glittery gold aventurine and green ground.  It is signed near the base of the trellis with Bob Banford's red "B" signature cane.  A wonderful design from this skilled artist.  

Note:  The aventurine ground is actually a layer of gold color placed over a green base layer.  The green sometimes peeks through the aventurine.  This is typical of aventurine grounds and even occurs in antique paperweights.  My lighting exaggerates this effect. 

Bob 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.   

Small Size:  Just under 2 1/4" diameter by 1 15/16" high.  The bottom is ground flat.  
Signature:  Signed near the base of the trellis with Bob Banford's red "B" signature cane.  The B is on a white background with a blue surround.  In this paperweight the signature cane is upside down.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.  The gold aventurine layer is placed over a green base layer which sometimes peeks through the gold color.  My lighting exaggerates the effect. 

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$325 postage paid in the US.                      Added 5/14/2020    

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Bob Banford Purple Clematis with Buds and Trellis on Aventurine Ground Paperweight
2912 Rare Allan Scott John Deacons J Glass Faceted Garlanded Dog Rose Paperweight.     circa 1978-1983This paperweight features a delightful white edged red dog rose flower and bud with stems and leaves surrounded by a miniature garland of alternating pink and blue complex millefiori canes.  There is also a complex millefiori cane in the center of the flower.  It is signed in the garland with a J Glass "J" signature cane and Allan Scott's "A" signature cane.  Allan's "A" cane has a black A on a white background and is surrounded by a ring of white star canes each with green casing.  The J Glass "J" cane has a blue J on a white background and is surrounded by a ring of blue canes.  The paperweight is faceted with one top facet and six side facets.  A great example. 

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

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

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

Medium Size:  Just over 2 5/16" diameter by just over 1 9/16" high. The bottom is ground concave.  The paperweight is faceted with one top facet and six side facets.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks.  There are some tiny bubbles in the glass. 
Signature:  Signed with the J Glass "J" signature cane and Allan Scott's "A" signature cane in the garland.  

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$245 postage paid in the US.                      Added 5/14/2020

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Rare Allan Scott John Deacons J Glass Faceted Garlanded Dog Rose Paperweight
2380 Special John Deacons Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Torsade Made for 2007 PCA Conventiondated 2007.  This paperweight features a delightful ring of eight Clichy style rose canes arranged around a large center cane commemorating the 2007 PCA Convention in Rhode Island.  The rose canes alternate between two color schemes, green and white with a pink center and green and lilac with a blue center.  The center cane is  a complex cane with "PCA 2007" on a white background and red casing surrounded by eight cog canes alternating between blue and green each with a star center.  The design is surrounded by a wonderful multi-colored torsade and placed on a translucent blue ground.  It is also signed with John Deacons "JD" signature cane on the base.  The paperweight was made as a table favor for the 2007 Paperweight Collectors Association convention.  A great example of John Deacons work. 

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

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 ten 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.  Allan Scott and Harry McKay followed John to J Glass and stayed at J Glass until it closed in March 1983.  The St. Kilda line was produced from 1978 or 1979 through 1987.  He continues to work in his own studio, Deacons Glass, in Crieff, Scotland now assisted by his son Craig Deacons.   

You can read about John Deacons in the book by Hall - Scottish Paperweights. 

Small Size:  2 1/8" diameter by just under 1 9/16" high.  The bottom is ground concave. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed with a complex John Deacons "JD" signature cane on the base.  

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Special John Deacons Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Torsade Made for 2007 PCA Convention
3660 Antique Miniature Clichy Spaced Concentric Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1845-1860.  This antique Clichy spaced concentric paperweight has a stunning setup consisting of a large center pastry mold cane surrounded by a ring of pastry mold and edelweiss canes.  The twenty canes in the ring alternate with each large green and white pastry mold cane followed by three edelweiss canes.  The large complex center cane is composed of pink and white cross canes and white edelweiss canes with black centers.  The over all color scheme is pink, green, and white.  It is well centered over a clear ground.  This paperweight has been professionally restored 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 15/16” 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 tiny bubbles in the glass.
Signature:   Unsigned but I guarantee this to be an authentic antique Clichy paperweight from approximately 1845-1860.

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$645 postage paid in the US.                                                  5/12/2020

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Antique Miniature Clichy Spaced Concentric Millefiori Paperweight
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
4846 Baccarat 1974 Gridel Series Millefiori Swan Limited Edition Paperweight.  dated 1974.  This modern millefiori paperweight features a large central white swan  silhouette on a black background.  The swan cane is surrounded by six groups of three smaller canes each, for a total of eighteen smaller canes.  Seventeen of these smaller canes are Gridel canes.  The eighteenth small cane is Baccarat's complex signature / date cane "B 1974".  In all, there are eighteen Gridel canes (one large and seventeen small).  The design is placed on a white lace ground.  There is a small defect in the lace ground - some dirt on the surface of the ground - visible in the pictures at one o'clock.  This happened when the paperweight was made and is not damage.  This dirt is barely visible without magnification and does not affect the display of the paperweight.  In addition to the "B 1974" signature cane, this paperweight is also signed on the base with two acid etched Baccarat marks along with the year (1974) and edition number (332).  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 332, 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 swan in that year had the engraved edition size (e.g., 157/240) on the base and only the higher numbers had a single number.  Or they just messed up.  Take your choice. 

Note:  I have almost the entire modern Gridel series available for sale.  Please let me know if you would like to purchase a different modern Gridel paperweight.  Also, please ignore the white areas, they are glare from the lights.

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 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 (332). 
Condition:   Excellent condition.  Some light scratches on the base, but no other chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection. There is a small defect in the lace ground - some dirt on the surface of the ground - visible in the pictures at one o'clock.  This happened when the paperweight was made and is not damage.  It is hard to see without magnification. 

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$275 postage paid in the US.                                                                    Added 5/11/2020.          

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Baccarat 1974 Gridel Series Millefiori Swan Limited Edition Paperweight
3525 Magnum Chinese Millefiori Scramble Paperweight with Tomato Red Ground.  circa 1960 - 1990.  This paperweight is a large scramble millefiori paperweight with an unusual opaque tomato red ground.  It is intended to replicate antique American and French millefiori scramble paperweights.  There are millefiori slices and twists in the design.  A fun collectible.

Note:  The condition is rated fair because of light scratches 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. 

Very Large Size:  Just under 3 1/4” diameter by 2 9/16" 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, but no chips or cracks.  It displays well.  Please review the pictures.

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SOLD.                                                       Added 5/8/2020       

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Magnum Chinese Millefiori Scramble Paperweight with Tomato Red Ground
2595 Antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) Mixed Fruit Paperweight.  circa 1869.  This is a wonderful antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) Mixed Fruit Paperweight, consisting of five apples (or pears), four radishes (or cherries), four large leaves and four smaller leaves over a nearly perfect double swirl latticinio ground.  The apples have bright vivid colors.  The design is beautifully composed, but slightly off center.  There are small bubbles in the fruit setup and some small bubbles in the latticinio, but nothing that detracts from the enjoyment of this paperweight.  The leaves show good definition. This is a fantastic paperweight in excellent condition. 

Many authors call the fruit pears and cherries.  I feel that they look more like apples and radishes.

The 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 John Hawley.  The Art of the Paperweight  - The Boston & Sandwich and New England Glass Companies covers both B&S and NEGC. 

Medium Size:  Just under 2 1/2" diameter by 1 3/4" high.  The base is ground concave.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches on the dome. This paperweight has been professionally restored. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this to be an authentic NEGC antique paperweight.   

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$695 postage paid in the US.                                                                      Added 5/5/2020

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Antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) Mixed Fruit 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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$95 postage paid in the US.                                                 Added 5/4/2020    

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Medium Colorful Strathearn Paneled Millefiori Paperweight
4565 Large Baccarat 1968 Spaced Millefiori on Lace Paperweight.   dated 1968.  This wonderful spaced millefiori paperweight from Baccarat contains a 3-4-5-4-3 arrangement of 19 complex millefiori canes plus a "1968" date cane on a lace or upset muslin ground.  The canes are intricate and very colorful.  See the close-up picture for more detail.  During restoration to remove chips, the original etched Baccarat logo on the base was removed.  A crisp colorful example. 

This design was produced in 1968.  It is not a limited edition as limited editions did not start until 1970 with the exception of a special version produced in 1964.   

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

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

Large Size:  2 11/16" diameter by just over 1 3/4" high.  The bottom is ground concave. 
Signature:  Made by Baccarat in France and has a date cane "1968" in the design.  The original etched Baccarat logo on the base was removed during restoration.
Condition:    Excellent condition with no chips, cracks or scratches.  This paperweight has been professionally restored.

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

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

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Large Baccarat 1968 Spaced Millefiori on Lace 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
3181 Peter McDougall (PMcD) Miniature Millefiori Paperweight.   This paperweight consists four concentric circles of millefiori around a central group of millefiori canes.  Although it is not a true concentric, it gives the appearance of a concentric because the pattern is so regular.  The ground is black.  It is signed in the design with a complex cane made from four separate letter canes forming the signature PMcD.  The signature cane is distorted (as shown in the close-up).  It also has a paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Hand Made in Crieff Scotland." 

This is often called a pressed weight because a mold is used to form the outside ribbing.  The top is flattened.  The ribbing gives the glass a real glittery appearance as you can see in the picture. 

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

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

Miniature Size:  Just over 1 3/4" diameter by just over 1 1/8" high.  The base is ground concave.
Condition:  Outstanding original condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed with a (distorted) 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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Peter McDougall (PMcD) Miniature Millefiori Paperweight
1552 Chinese Brush Holder Paperweight with Colorful Bird on Engraved Flower.  circa 1940 or later.  This is a uniquely Chinese invention.  The form is intended to be a brush rest or chopstick holder with two notches on the top.  This version has a flower with leaves and stem engraved on the base and the brightly colored bird is standing upright on the flower.  An unusual combination of lampwork and engraving.  The paperweight is nicely beveled.  A fun collectible.

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 1940s or later. 

Size:  Just over 2 1/2” long by just under 1 3/8" deep by just over 1 1/8" high.  There is a flower with leaves and stem engraved on the base.  The form is nicely beveled.  
Signature: Unsigned but I guarantee this to be of Chinese origin from the 1940s or later.    
Condition:  Very good condition.  This paperweight has some light scratches and a few tiny pinpricks, but no significant damage.

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SOLD.                                                       Added 5/2/2020       

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Chinese Brush Holder Paperweight with Colorful Bird on Engraved Flower
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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$79 postage paid in the US.                                       Added 5/1/2020 

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Mystery Magnum Star Millefiori Paperweight by Unknown Maker
3571 Perthshire PP53 Medium Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Fluted Edges - minor damage.  circa 1982 - 1995.  This is a medium concentric millefiori paperweight with a ribbed or fluted edge.  It has a center Perthshire "P" signature cane surrounded by five rings of millefiori canes.  The ground is an opaque blue.  This example has damage two two of the ribs on the base, one slight and the other more noticeable.  Please review the pictures.  The PP53 was made from 1982 to 1995.     

This is often called a pressed weight because a mold is used to form the outside ribbing or flutes.  The top is flattened.  The ribbing gives the glass a real glittery appearance as you can see in the picture. 

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.

Medium Size:  2 7/16" diameter by 1 1/2" high.  The base is ground concave. 
Condition:  Good condition.  There is damage to two ribs on the base as shown in the pictures.  No other scratches, chips or cracks.  
Signature:  Signed with a Perthshire "P" signature cane in the center of the design.  This paperweight does not have a Perthshire paper label. 

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$65 postage paid in the US.                                     Added 5/1/2020    

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Perthshire PP53 Medium Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Fluted Edges - minor damage
4854 Baccarat 1977 Gridel Series Millefiori Stork Limited Edition Paperweight.  dated 1977.  This modern millefiori paperweight features a large central stork silhouette on a white background surrounded by a ring of identical white canes.  This large ring is surrounded by six smaller rings of red, blue, and yellow canes.  In between each of the smaller single color rings is a grouping of three canes, usually three small Gridel canes, or in one case two small Gridel canes and a signature / date cane.  In all, there are eighteen Gridel canes (one large and seventeen small).  The design is placed over a transparent blue ground with a white base.  This paperweight is signed in the design with Baccarat's complex signature cane "B 1977".  It also has an acid etched Baccarat mark on the base along with the year (1977) and edition number (193).  A fantastic paperweight. 

Note:  I have almost the entire modern Gridel series available for sale.  Please let me know if you would like to purchase a different modern Gridel paperweight.  Also, please ignore the white areas, they are glare from the lights.

This design was released in 1977 in a limited edition of 350 pieces.  This is number 193 in that series.  There is a signature cane "B 1977 shown in the pictures.  The bottom has the acid etched Baccarat logo plus it is engraved with the year (1977) and the number (193). 

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 3/16" diameter by 2 7/16" high.    The base is ground flat.
Signature:  The 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 the year (1977) and edition number (193). 
Condition:   Excellent condition.  Some light scratches on the base, but no other chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.

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Baccarat 1977 Gridel Series Millefiori Stork Limited Edition Paperweight
977 Antique St. Mandé Concentric Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1841 - 1857.  This is an antique St. Mandé concentric paperweight with two rings of colorful millefiori canes around a complex central cane.  Each ring consists of identical canes.  There are contrasting rings, an outer ring of white complex canes with blue centers and an inner ring of blue complex canes with mostly white centers.  The glass has a very slight grayish tint.  The design is set high in the dome.  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.

Small Size:  2 1/8" diameter by 1 5/16" high.  The base is ground concave. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  This paperweight has been professionally restored.  There are no scratches, chips or cracks except for wear on the base.  The base has a slight indent where a chip was removed.
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 Concentric Millefiori Paperweight
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
3401 Perthshire PP75 Miniature Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Fluted Edges.  circa 1985 - 2002.  This is a miniature concentric millefiori paperweight with a ribbed or fluted edge.  It has a center Perthshire "P" signature cane surrounded by four rings of millefiori canes.  The signature cane in this example is very small and hard to see without magnification.  The ground is an opaque blue.  The PP75 was made from 1985 to 2002.     

This is often called a pressed weight because a mold is used to form the outside ribbing or flutes.  The top is flattened.  The ribbing gives the glass a real glittery appearance as you can see in the picture. 

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.

Miniature Size:  Just under 1 11/16" diameter by just over 1" high.  The base is ground concave. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks.  
Signature:  Signed with a Perthshire "P" signature cane in the center of the design.  The signature cane in this example is very small and hard to see without magnification.  This paperweight does not have a Perthshire paper label. 

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Perthshire PP75 Miniature Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Fluted Edges
4557 Paul Ysart Signed Red Flower with Eight Leaves and Stem in Millefiori Garland Paperweight.  circa 1946-1972.  Large red flower with eight leaves and a stem placed in the center of a colorful millefiori garland.  There is a millefiori cane in the center of the flower.  The leaves and flower are striped and variegated.  The ground is a transparent amber color.  This paperweight is signed with Paul Ysart's "PY" cane near the stem.  It dates from the postwar period and is from his postwar Moncrieff period or his Caithness period (1962-1972).  Excellent condition. 

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

Large Size:  Just over 2 7/8" diameter by just under 2 1/16" high.  The base is ground flat. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  One very tiny nick on the edge of the base.  No other scratches, chips or cracks.  Some bubbles in the glass.      
Signature:  Signed with a PY at the bottom of the stem. 

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Paul Ysart Signed Red Flower with Eight Leaves and Stem in Millefiori Garland Paperweight
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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$125 postage paid in the US.                              Added 4/5/2020    

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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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$265 postage paid in the US.                                               Added 4/5/2020

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Perthshire Annual Collection 1973E Limited Edition Miniature Amber Flower Paperweight with certificate
1772 Rare Chinese Scramble Paperweight with "MADE IN CHINA" Signature Canes.  circa 1930.  A humorous addition from China.  Since 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), it leaves you wondering why they chose to add the "MADE IN CHINA" canes at the bottom.  Perhaps it was a response to the US customs requirement that goods be marked with the country of origin in English starting about 1930.  Some importers complied by scratch signing the word CHINA on the bottom.  In any event, this is a rare and welcome addition to any collection of Chinese paperweights.  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 and there are some light scratches and small nicks.  This example is especially colorful.

Special thanks to another collector who pointed out that the words are actually word canes rather than painted plaques.  The lettering goes all the way through the white background from top to bottom.  You can see the letters in reverse from the bottom.  This is in contrast to a painted plaque where the letters would be visible on only the top surface.

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. 

Small Size:   Just over 2” diameter by 1 5/16"  high.  The base is fire finished flat. 
Signature:  Signed "MADE IN CHINA" on three white signature canes in the design. 
Condition:  Good condition typical of Chinese paperweights from this period.  Some light scratches and small nicks.  No cracks.  The glass has a soft oily feel.  There are bubbles and debris in the glass.

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Rare Chinese Scramble Paperweight with "MADE IN CHINA" Signature Canes
4736 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 3/4" wide by 2 11/16" 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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Chris Sherwin Art Glass Black-Capped Chickadee Paperweight
992 Perthshire 2000 PP19 Large Limited Edition Millefiori Scramble Paperweight with Five Silhouette Canes, Box & Certificate.   Dated 2000.  This is a large scramble millefiori paperweight with five picture canes over a black ground.  The five picture canes are silhouettes of a hare, sailboat, swallow, flower, and one that I can't identify, maybe a stag.  This paperweight is signed on the base with Perthshire's "P 2000" signature cane and an engraved number 63 for its sequence in the edition (out of a total of 300 weights).  It also has the original Perthshire paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND".  This paperweight comes with its original box and certificate.     

The PP19 was made in a limited edition from 1969 to 1980 and again from 1987 to 2002.  In 2000, the edition size was 300 paperweights.  There was also a smaller version called the PP19A.  

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

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

Large Size:  Just under 2 7/8" diameter by 2 1/16" high. The base is ground concave. 
Condition:  Excellent original condition.  No chips, cracks or scratches.  The paper label on the base has been pulled back to reveal the signature cane.  
Signature:  Signed on the base with Perthshire's "P 2000" signature cane and an engraved number 63 for its sequence in the edition (out of a total of 300 weights).  It also has the original Perthshire paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND".  This paperweight comes with its original box and certificate.  The label has been peeled back to reveal the signature cane (see pictures). 

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Perthshire 2000 PP19 Large Limited Edition Millefiori Scramble Paperweight with Five Silhouette Canes, Box & Certificate
3409 Early Correia Iridescent Surface Decorated Dogwoods Paperweight.   dated 1981.  This paperweight features three silver and blue dogwood flowers with stylized stems on the surface of an iridescent silver paperweight.  The flowers have red centers. It is signed on the base "Correia IFCL.4.81.4".  An amazing paperweight.  

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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 children 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 some of the early paperweights and other art glass were signed "Roland R. Correia".  There are some sites on the internet that give Roger Roland credit for the early paperweights.  The paperweight in the MMA collection is identified as being by Roger Roland Correia.  This is incorrect.  There was no such person.  The signature was misleading.  It was a signature used by the partnership.  It is also possible to find paperweights signed "Roland".  These are distinctly different from the style of Correia Art Glass paperweights.

Large Size:  Just over 3" diameter by 2 11/16" high.  The bottom is ground flat. 
Signature:    Signed on the base "Correia IFCL.4.81.4". 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches. 

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$125 postage paid in the US.                                          Added on 3/26/2020

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Early Correia Iridescent Surface Decorated Dogwoods Paperweight
2609 Magnum Parabelle Glass 1995 Limited Edition Patterned Millefiori Garland Paperweight with Pansy and Clichy Rose Canes on a Lace Ground.  dated 1995 This paperweight has a complex pattern of millefiori consisting of two concentric rings of complex canes surrounded by eight smaller rings.  The larger rings have a magnificent red and green Clichy style rose cane in the center, surrounded by a ring of moss canes, and then an alternating pattern of eight blue pansy canes and eight red flower canes.  Each of the eight smaller rings has a yellow and white Clichy style rose cane in the center surrounded by red, blue, and green canes.  The design is placed on a white lace ground.  The paperweight is signed on the base with an engraved signature "Parabelle Glass 1995 three of ten", which makes this one of the smaller limited edition designs.  It does not have a paper label.  There are some minor striations (also called sugaring) in the glass visible in bright light (see side view).  A wonderful paperweight with great color.

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Parabelle Glass was a small company created in 1981 by Gary and Doris Scrutton in Portland, Oregon.  High quality paperweights were made in small quantities from 1983 to 1998 when they retired.  Their best weights are some of the finest ever made, comparing favorably to the best classical French paperweights.  Most designs were produced in limited editions of 10 to 25 paperweights, although some editions were larger.  They also made some one of a kind paperweights.  Doris passed away in 2013 and Gary followed in 2014. 

After the Scruttons retired in 1998, their daughter Julie Scrutton Lewis made some paperweights and jewelry using Parabelle millefiori canes. 

Very Large Size:  3 1/2" diameter by 2 1/2" high.  The base is ground concave.  
Signature: Signed on the base with an engraved signature "Parabelle Glass 1995 three of ten".  It does not have a paper label.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no damage found, no chips, cracks, or scratches.  Minor striations in the glass show up in bright light.  

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$1,500 postage paid in the US.    US Sales Only                                      Added 3/25/2020  

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Magnum Parabelle Glass 1995 Limited Edition Patterned Millefiori Garland Paperweight with Pansy and Clichy Rose Canes on a Lace Ground
5009 Perthshire PP4 Medium Concentric Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1972 - 1992.  Perthshire concentric design with six rings of floret canes around a center cane over a clear ground.  The rings are pastel colors:  pink, white, blue, lime, pink, and yellow.  It has a hollow ground base.  It is signed with Perthshire's "P" signature cane in the outer row. 

The PP4 design was made from 1969 to 1994.  Those made from 1969 to 1971 have a flat, polished, star-cut base.  Those made from 1972 to 1994 have a hollow ground base.  PP4s made from 1969 to 1992 have a clear ground.  Those made in 1993 and 1994 have a color ground.  Some, but not all, PP4 paperweights have a signature cane in the outer row.  This one does have a signature cane, a clear ground, and a hollow ground base so it was made in the period 1972 to 1992. 

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:  Just over 2 1/2” diameter by 1 13/16" high.  The base is hollow ground. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips, cracks or scratches. 
Signature:  Signed with Perthshire's "P" signature cane in the outer row.  This paperweight does not have a paper label. 

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SOLD.                                                            3/24/2020

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Perthshire PP4 Medium Concentric Millefiori Paperweight
5165 Magnum James Wilbat Underwater Scene Paperweight with Coral, Starfish, Twistscirca 1980-2010.  This large paperweight features a rugged underwater surface with ridges and crevices filled with glass objects of all sorts.  There is a starfish, whorled beads, twists, and millefiori slices.  The colors range from green to blue to brown with some dichroic glass also.  It looks different every time you look at it.  It is signed on the side near the base "James Wilbat" and there is also a code that I can't fully decipher, "KOG WPW 002 ??? 06".  Perhaps the last part is a date code.  My description can't match the beauty of this paperweight.  Worthy of any collection of glass.  

James Wilbat was introduced to glassblowing while studying ceramics at the Illinois State University (Normal), where he earned a BS in Fine Arts (1977).  He then continued his glass education and earned an MFA in Design from the University of Kansas (Lawrence) in 1980.  Since graduating, Wilbat has continued to develop his personal style and manage his own glass business.  He currently works out of his own studio in Deerfield, Illinois.  He has received many awards for his work and can be found in a number of museum and private collections.  

Very Large Size:  Just under 3 1/2" diameter by 3 1/8" high.  The bottom is ground flat. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks or scratches were found. 
Signature:  Signed on the side near the base "James Wilbat" and there is also an illegible code "KOG WPW 002 ??? 06".

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SOLD.                                         Added 3/23/2020

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Magnum James Wilbat Underwater Scene Paperweight with Coral, Starfish, Twists
5207 Large Vandermark-Merritt Liberty Village 1979 Pulled Feather Tiffany Style Art Nouveau Paperweight.  dated 1979.  This large paperweight features a surface decorated Tiffany style art nouveau feather pulled design of blues and greens.  There is a single a barely visible millefiori cane on top.  The outer layer of glass is a satin iridescent glass applied above a a clear layer.  A milk glass ground is visible beneath the clear layer.  It is signed "Liberty Village 1979" on the base.  The original name of the studio was Vandermark Glasshouse at Liberty Village, later changed to Vandermark-Merritt Glass Studios.  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.  The signature is by the same hand as a similar paperweight that I have had, signed "Vandermark 1979".  

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.

Large Size:  Just over 3" diameter by 2 5/8" high.  The bottom is ground flat. 
Condition:  Very good condition.  There is some minor wear on the base and I found one small mark (3/16" across) that may be an impact mark below the surface.  It can't be felt.  No other chips, cracks or significant scratches were found. 
Signature:  Signed "Liberty Village 1979" on the base.  

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$85 postage paid in the US.                                         Added 3/22/2020

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Large Vandermark-Merritt Liberty Village 1979 Pulled Feather Tiffany Style Art Nouveau Paperweight
5013 Caithness Faceted Miniature Scots Thistle Paperweight.  circa 1987.  This Caithness paperweight a stylized thistle flower with leaves and stem surrounded by a garland of identical millefiori canes.  The design is place over a deep blue transparent ground and is faceted with one larger concave top facet and five smaller side facets.  It was designed by Allan Scott in 1987 as part of the Millefiori Miniatures Series.  The paperweight is signed on the base with an acid etch "Caithness MINIATURE SCOTS THISTLE Scotland" and also has an engraved serial number "E33697".  Great design.  

This design is listed and designated CT-531 on page 84 of the Charlton Standard Catalog of Caithness Paperweights.  It was designed by Allan Scott in 1987 as part of the Millefiori Miniatures Series.  The original issue price in the US was $65.  Although this is called a miniature, it is actually 2 1/4" diameter.

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.

Small Size:  2 1/4" diameter by 1 3/4" high.  The base is ground flat.  It is faceted with one larger concave top facet and five smaller side facets.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches. 
Signature:  It is signed on the base with an acid etch "Caithness MINIATURE SCOTS THISTLE Scotland" and also has an engraved serial number "E33697". 

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SOLD.                                                                   Added 3/22/2020   

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Caithness Faceted Miniature Scots Thistle Paperweight
3025 Early Victor Trabucco Violet Flower Paperweight.  circa 1975-1980.  This paperweight consists of  a violet flower with three green leaves and stems on a clear ground.  It is an early Trabucco paperweight and is signed with Victor's earliest "T" signature cane underside of one of the leaves.  There are some bubbles in the glass.  One of the best of Trabucco's early works.  

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

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. 

Small Size:   2 1/4" diameter by 1 11/16" high.  The base is ground slightly concave. 
Signature:  Signed with an early Trabucco "T" signature cane on the underside of a leaf. 
Condition:  Outstanding condition with no scratches, chips or cracks.   

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$275 postage paid in the US.                      Added 3/21/2020 

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Early Victor Trabucco Violet Flower Paperweight
850 Rare Antique Boston & Sandwich (B&S) Glass Company Weedflower Paperweight - Unusual Configuration.  circa 1871-1889.  This is an antique red, white, and blue Boston & Sandwich Weedflower with millefiori center, three leaves, and a stem.  Normally a B&S Weedflower will have two matching upper petals and three matching lower petals, but this one has two of the lower petals in white with red and blue stripes and the other lower petal is red with blue stripes.  There is a great red, white, and blue complex millefiori cane in the center of the flower.  The green leaves are well formed.  This is a rare and unusual configuration with great color.  A wonderful addition to any collection of antique paperweights.

Note:  The flower is a tiny bit off center.  There is a slight dimple on the top, an imperfect circle on the base, and light scratches on the body.  Please review the pictures.  It is possible that the paperweight has been partially restored to remove a chip on the base.  

The Boston & Sandwich Glass Company (B&S) operated in Sandwich , Massachusetts on Cape Cod from 1826 to 1889.  You can read about paperweights from B&S in the books by John Hawley.  The Art of the Paperweight  - The Boston & Sandwich and New England Glass Companies covers both B&S and NEGC.  There is also a newer book The Art of the Paperweight:  The Boston & Sandwich Glass Company.   

Large Size:  Just over 3 1/8" diameter by 1 5/8" high.  Flat profile with a slight dimple on top.  The base is ground concave with an imperfect circle - possibly a chip was removed. 
Condition:  Very good condition for its age.  This paperweight has light scratches but no chips or cracks on the surface.  There is one tiny chip on the edge of the base and it may have been polished in the past to remove another chip on the base.
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee this to be an authentic Boston & Sandwich antique paperweight.  Circa 1871-1889. 

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$745 postage paid in the US.                                                        Added 3/20/2020  

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Rare Antique Boston & Sandwich (B&S) Glass Company Weedflower Paperweight - Unusual Configuration
1920 Magnum Baccarat Ten Row 1973 Close Concentric Millefiori Paperweight.  dated 1973.  This magnificent close concentric millefiori paperweight has ten rings or rows with the outer ring pulled down to the center of the base to form a stave basket.  Baccarat made this design in 1973 and it has an edition number of 106, but no edition size.  The paperweight is signed in the design with Baccarat's complex signature cane "B 1973" in the next to the last ring.  It also has an acid etched Baccarat mark appearing twice on the base along with the year (1973) and edition number (106).  One of the best of the Baccarat concentric paperweights.  Large and showy.    

Note:  According to Paul Dunlop, this design is not a limited edition and the number made is unknown. 

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.

Very Large Size:  Just under 3 1/4" diameter by just under 2 1/2" high.    The base is ground flat.
Signature:  The paperweight is signed with Baccarat's complex signature cane "B 1973" in the next to the last outer ring.  It can be hard to spot.  In addition it is double signed with the acid etched Baccarat mark appearing twice on the base along with the the year (1973) and edition number (106). 
Condition:   Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.

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$850 postage paid in the US.                         Added 3/19/2020.

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Magnum Baccarat Ten Ring 1973 Close Concentric Millefiori Paperweight
5203 Rare 1925 Edison Pioneers Sulphide Paperweight - Unknown Maker.  dated 1925.  This is a rare sulphide paperweight of Thomas Edison made to celebrate a meeting of The Edison Pioneers on or around February 11, 1925, which was Edison's 78th birthday.  The sulphide shows the name of the organization (The Edison Pioneers), Edison's bust, denotes that this was his 78th birthday, and even has a faint Edison signature below the profile.  The maker of this paperweight is unknown, although I assume it is an American glassworker.  The sulphide is also unusual in that the image of Edison appears to have a foil or thin metal backing.  I speculate that the maker was having trouble with cracks in the sulphide and added the backing to prevent further cracking.  The sulphide is entirely encased in glass so this is not a later addition.  The glass has a greenish grey tinge.  A great addition to any collection of sulphide paperweights or Thomas Edison memorabilia.    

I could not find another example of this paperweight.  It was probably made from a medallion or coin.  The New York Historical Society Luce Center has a square green glass paperweight in their collection with a such a medallion in the center (and an identical image) (Luce Center, INV.3505).

According to Wikipedia, "The Edison Pioneers was an organization composed of former employees of Thomas Edison who had worked with the inventor in his early years. Membership was limited to people who had worked closely with Edison before 1885.  On February 11, 1918, the Edison Pioneers met for the first time, on the 71st birthday of Edison. There were 37 people at the first meeting."  

Medium Large Size:  Just over 2 1/2" diameter by 1 7/8" high.  The base is ground flat.   
Condition:  Good condition with some scratches on the body and on the base.  There is one noticeable 3/8" chip on the edge of the base.  There are cracks in the sulphide - which happened when it was made.
Signature:  Unsigned.  Unknown maker, but probably made by an American glass maker.  

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SOLD.                                            Added 3/19/2020

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Rare 1925 Edison Pioneers Sulphide Paperweight - Unknown Maker
3346 Rare Peter McDougall (PMcD) Special 2012 Magnum Spaced Millefiori on Lace Paperweight.  dated 2012.  This magnum paperweight features a spaced arrangement of 23 different complex millefiori canes plus a complex signature/date cane.  It has two rings of canes, with an outer ring of twelve canes, an inner ring of nine canes, and two canes in the center.  The design is placed over a lace ground.  It is one of the last paperweights made by Peter McDougall before he closed his studio in 2012.  The paperweight is signed in the design with Peter's complex signature/date cane "PMcD 12" and also has a paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Handmade in Crieff Scotland."  A rare 2012 paperweight from this gifted glass artist.   

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:  3 1/8" diameter by 2 1/16" high.  The base is ground concave.   
Condition:  Outstanding original condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed in the design with a complex "PMcD 12" signature cane and it also has a paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Handmade in Crieff Scotland."

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 $525 postage paid in the US.                                            Added 3/19/2020

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Rare Peter McDougall (PMcD) Special 2012 Magnum Spaced Millefiori on Lace Paperweight
49 Perthshire PP3 Miniature Concentric Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1983-1998.  This is a Perthshire miniature concentric millefiori paperweight four rings of millefiori canes around a central signature cane.  The ground is an opaque rust (reddish brown).  This version of the PP3 has a hollow ground base and is signed in the center of the design with a Perthshire "P" signature cane.  An extra nice example with crisp setup and bright colors.

Note:  The PP3 design was made from 1969 to 1973 and then again from 1983 to 1998.  The earlier version had a fire finished base and was not signed.  When production resumed in 1983, the PP3 was signed with a central signature cane and had a hollow ground base. 

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

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.

Miniature Size:  Just under 1 15/16" diameter by 1 7/16" high. The base is ground concave. 
Signature:  Signed with a Perthshire "P" signature cane in the center of the design.  This paperweight does not have a paper label.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.

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SOLD.                                         Added 3/15/2020 

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Perthshire PP3 Miniature Concentric Millefiori Paperweight
4589 Charles Kaziun Jr. Miniature Pansy Paperweight.  circa 1960-1980.  This miniature paperweight features a wonderful pansy with a bright yellow stardust cane in the center, two slightly notched purple upper petals, and three crisp blue and white lower petals.  The lower petals have red crows feet arrowheads pointing to the center.  There is a tiny green stem.  The design is placed on an opaque white ground.  It is signed with a gold foil K on the base.  A great example of Charlie Kaziun's exquisite 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:

Miniature Size:  1 13/16" diameter by 1 3/16" high. 
Signature:  This paperweight is signed with Kaziun's gold K on the bottom. 
Condition: Excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection. 

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$475 postage paid in the US.                      Added 3/12/2020

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Charles Kaziun Jr. Miniature Pansy Paperweight
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
3520 Gentile Glass 1980 Frit Butterfly Paperweight.  dated 1980.  This paperweight features a frit (ground glass) butterfly surrounded by a controlled arrangement of bubbles.  The wings of the butterfly are made with a speckled mixture of blue frit.  The body and antennae are made with yellow frit.  This design was set up in a metal die having the butterfly design and then finished by adding the bubbles with a larger mold.  It is signed on the base with a 1980 pontil stamp having the outline of West Virginia and the letter G where Star City is located.  An nice example.

According to Jean Melvin's 1970 book American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers, this design was patented by John Funfrock in 1948.  Funfrock made the die (mold) and Peter Gentile made the first paperweights with this design.  At the time, Peter Gentile and John Funfrock were partners in the G. and F. Glass Co.  The earliest design had the butterfly hovering over a flower.  The paperweight is made by arranging ground glass with the desired colors in a die with depressions for the wings, body, and flower.  The design is then picked up with a gather of clear glass and finished into a paperweight.  The bubbles are added by pressing the nearly finished paperweight into a larger mold with points where the bubbles are to be.  You can see a picture of the mold used in Melvin's book. 

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:  2 15/16" diameter by 2 15/16" high.  The base is finished with a pontil stamp.
Signature:  Signed with the pontil stamp used only in 1980.  It has the outline of West Virginia and the letter G where Star City is located.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips, cracks or scratches.  

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SOLD.                                                  Added 3/11/2020   

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Gentile Glass 1980 Frit Butterfly Paperweight
455 Baccarat 1975 Gridel Series Millefiori Black Monkey Limited Edition Paperweight.  dated 1975.  This modern millefiori paperweight features a large central black monkey silhouette on a white background surrounded by two concentric rings of picture canes (seventeen Gridel canes plus a signature / date cane.  The design is placed over a green carpet ground.  The paperweight is signed in the design with Baccarat's complex signature cane "B 1975".  It also has an acid etched Baccarat mark on the base along with the year (1975) and edition number (179).  This is the most popular of the Gridel series paperweight.

Note on condition and price:  This example has a 1/8" scratch on the side.  The scratch is not easy to find and does not affect the way the paperweight displays.  Normally this would be an $800 paperweight but I have reduced my price to $595.

Note:  I have almost the entire modern Gridel series available for sale.  Please let me know if you would like to purchase a different modern Gridel paperweight.  Also, please ignore the white areas, they are glare from the lights.

This design was released in 1975 in a limited edition of 350 pieces.  This is number 179 in that series.  There is a signature cane "B 1975" shown in the pictures.  The bottom has the acid etched Baccarat logo plus it is engraved with the year (1975) and the number (179). 

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.

Large Size:  3" diameter by 2 5/16" high.    The base is ground flat.
Signature:  The paperweight is signed with Baccarat's complex signature cane "B 1975" in the design.  It also has an acid etched Baccarat mark on the base along with the the year (1975) and edition number (179). 
Condition:   Very good condition.  There is a 1/8" scratch on the side and some scratches on the base.  No other chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.

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Base
SOLD.                                                                    Added 3/10/2020.          

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Baccarat 1975 Gridel Series Millefiori Black Monkey Limited Edition Paperweight
2533 John Deacons Magnum Close Concentric Millefiori Piedouche Paperweightcirca 1995-2000This paperweight features a wonderful close concentric design with five concentric rings of complex canes and a single complex cane in the center.  The design is placed over a cobalt blue ground and supported by a great blue and white basket pedestal (piedouche) in the classic style of Clichy pedestal paperweights.  A two color "JD" signature cane is in the middle ring.  The paperweight is not dated but the use of two different colors in the JD indicates a late 1990s origin.  A great example of John Deacons technical wizardry.   

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

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

Very Large Size:  3 1/8" diameter by 3 5/16" high.  The bottom is ground concave. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks on the body.  There are some tool scars and scratches on the base.  There is also a piece of debris trapped in the glass at the base.   
Signature:  Signed with a complex "JD" signature cane in the design.

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SOLD.                                                        Added 3/7/2020 

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John Deacons Magnum Close Concentric Millefiori Piedouche Paperweight
5161 Robert Eickholt 1991 Magnum Reptile Series Abstract Paperweight.   dated 1991.  This paperweight has an abstract design with six large controlled bubbles and two rows of smaller bubbles.  The iridescent colors progress in layers from light blue to dark blue.  This style has been given the name "Reptile Series" because the imagery resembles a reptilian skin.  It is signed "Eickholt 1991" on the base.  Extra large and dramatic. 

Note:  The brown color in the pictures is a reflection.  It does not appear in the paperweight.

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:  Irregular shape, it is 3 7/16" wide by just over 3 3/4" high by 2 1/8" deep.  The base is ground flat. 
Signature: Signed "Eickholt 1991" on the base. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No damage found on inspection. 

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$185 postage paid in the US.                             Added 3/7/2020

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Robert Eickholt 1991 Magnum Reptile Series Abstract Paperweight
2735 Spectacular Peter McDougall (PMcD) Special 2009 Midyear Collection Butterfly on Lace Paperweight.  dated 2009.  This paperweight features a lampwork butterfly with stretched millefiori wings surrounded by a garland of  twelve different large complex millefiori canes.  The design is set on a lace ground.  It is signed on the base with Peter's complex signature and date cane "PMcD 09" and also has a worn paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Handmade in Crieff Scotland."  A great design with a wonderful assortment of complex canes.

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

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

Large Size:  2 7/8" diameter by just over 2 1/16" high.  The base is ground concave.   
Condition:  Outstanding original condition with no scratches, chips or cracks.  The paper label shows some wear. 
Signature:  Signed on the base with a complex "PMcD 09" signature / date cane and it also has a worn paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Handmade in Crieff Scotland."

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SOLD.                                            Added 3/7/2020 

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Spectacular Peter McDougall (PMcD) Special 2009 Midyear Collection Butterfly on Lace Paperweight
3467 Antique St. Louis Miniature Millefiori Scramble Paperweight with Complex Canescirca 1845-1860This is a miniature antique St. Louis scramble paperweight with an interesting variety of millefiori canes and twists.  Included are some star canes, floret canes, an arrow (anchor) cane and other twists and complex canes.  A small paperweight with a lot going for it.   

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.

Miniature Size:  1 7/8" diameter by 1 3/8" high.  The bottom is ground slightly concave.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  There is age appropriate wear on the base plus a very small chip in the center of the base.  No scratches, chips, or cracks found on the body.  This paperweight may have been restored.
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this to be a genuine St. Louis antique paperweight.      

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SOLD.                                                        Added 2/17/2020   

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Antique St. Louis Miniature Millefiori Scramble Paperweight with Complex Canes
5198 Baccarat 1976 Mount Rushmore Sulphide with Red and White Double Overlay and Blue Ground.  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 Joseph Goy.  It is signed with the Baccarat acid etch logo, the edition number number "690/1000" (of which only 789 were made), and the date "1976".  This is the largest of the modern Baccarat sulphide paperweights.

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 no variations.  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" by 1 15/16" 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 an acid etched Baccarat mark on the base, along with the date (1976) and the edition number.  
Condition:   Excellent condition.  I found minor wear on the base but no damage. 

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$195 postage paid in the US.                         Added 2/12/2020. 

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
5063 Wonderful Peter McDougall (PMcD) Special 2008 Collection Spaced Concentric Millefiori on Lace Paperweight.  dated 2008.  This paperweight features an interesting concentric arrangement of complex millefiori canes on a lace ground.  There is an outer ring of eleven larger complex canes each separated by a short orange and white twist cane.  The middle ring has nine smaller complex canes surrounding four complex canes in the center.  It is signed on the base with Peter's complex signature "PMcD" and also has a worn paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Handmade in Crieff Scotland."  In addition, there is an engraved signature "2008 PMcD" on the base below the signature cane.  A well balanced design with great color.

This paperweight was one of the special annual editions made in only in 2008.  It was designated Collection 2008 #5. 

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:  2 5/8" diameter by 1 13/16" high.  The base is ground concave.   
Condition:  Outstanding original condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed on the base with a complex "PMcD" signature cane and it also has a paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Handmade in Crieff Scotland."  Below the signature cane, Peter has engraved "2008 PMcD". 

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SOLD.                                            Added 2/8/2020

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Wonderful Peter McDougall (PMcD) Special 2008 Collection Spaced Concentric Millefiori on Lace Paperweight
5166 Large Robert Burch Ocean Turbulence Paperweight.  dated 1992.  This paperweight is reminiscent of the ocean and aquatic forms, with a turbulent waves and interesting bubble patterns.  The ground is a mix of light and dark translucent blue glass, with increasing darkness towards the base.  On the surface are four large bubbles, each surrounded by a treelike lifeform and many tiny controlled bubbles.  The entire design is surrounded by more controlled bubbles on the outer edge.  This paperweight is signed with "Burch 92" engraved on the base.

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

Robert Burch has been working in blown glass since 1971.  His glasswork consists of vases, perfume bottles, paperweights and sculptural pieces.  He is best known for works that incorporate veiled silver glass with delicate bubble patterns.  Some of his paperweights incorporate delicate lines of controlled bubbles sometimes called "necklaces of pearls".  His studio is located Putney, VT. 

Large Size:  2 15/16" high by 2 3/4" high.  The base has been ground flat. 
Signature:  Engraved on the base "Burch 92". 
Condition:  Excellent with no scratches, chips, or cracks found on inspection.   

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SOLD.                                                         2/1/2020

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Large Robert Burch Ocean Turbulence 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
3524 Chinese Millefiori Red Peacock Paperweight.  circa 1945 -1970.  This is a uniquely Chinese invention.  The paperweight is in the form of an upright peacock with its brilliant red plumage (train) on display.  The feathers have yellow and blue feather eyes.  There is a molded neck and head on the lower surface.  There are three types of millefiori used in the construction:  red feather canes, yellow and blue eye canes, and a single large mosaic cane for the body.  We don't know exactly when these first appeared but they were found in the US during the 1960s, so I believe this is a post WWII product.  There is a single flat facet on the lower edge to allow the paperweight to stand upright.  A fun collectible.

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. 

Large Size:  3 3/16" at the widest by 3" high by 1 3/8" thick.  The base is ground flat.  The lower edge has been ground flat to allow the peacock to rest upright.
Signature: Unsigned, but I guarantee this is a Chinese paperweight, made approximately 1960.  
Condition:  Excellent condition.  There are a few minor scratches on the base, but no other scratches or chips found on inspection.   

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SOLD.                                                       Added 2/1/2020

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Chinese Millefiori Red Peacock Paperweight
5196 Antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) Scramble Paperweight.  circa 1860.  This is a colorful antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) scramble or end of day paperweight.  It is filled with an especially nice assortment of twists in a variety of colors.   The twists are pulled down to the base to form a mushroom shape.  With the exception of one chip (about 1/4" across) and a few slight scratches, the surface is in very good condition. 

Note:  Please read the description of condition below.  This paperweight has one small chip on the surface plus other flaws.

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 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 John Hawley.  The Art of the Paperweight  - The Boston & Sandwich and New England Glass Companies covers both B&S and NEGC. 

Medium Size:   2 9/16” diameter by just over 1 5/8" high.  The bottom is ground concave with the remnant of a pontil scar.
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 the exception of one chip (about 1/4" across) and a few surface scratches.  No cracks or other chips.  The base edge shows considerable wear.

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SOLD.                                                                      Added 1/31/2020

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Antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) Scramble Paperweight
3491 Early Paul Stankard Compound Meadow Wreath Floral Paperweight.  undated 1972-1987.  This paperweight features an advanced Meadow Wreath study with two yellow flowers, well defined variegated green leaves, stems, an elaborate root system, seed pod, and the hint of the circle of life.  The ground is a wine color with a base color of light blue.  It is signed on the base with an early "S" signature cane.  This is an amazing early example with many of the features that would later define the best of Paul Stankard's work.

According to Paul Stankard, the Meadow Wreath is a stylized imaginary flower.  Most of his examples have a five petal yellow flower, but this piece experimented with a more full bodied many petaled flower.  Paul did several studies utilizing this flower as a concept starting about 1972.  When I sent Paul pictures of this paperweight, he responded "This piece is interesting and predicts elaborate root systems and seed pods. I'm not sure of the date maybe late seventies instead of the mid-eighties."

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. 

Medium Size:   Just under 2 7/16" diameter by just under 1 1/2" tall.  The paperweight has a flat profile.  The base is ground concave.  
Signature:    Signed signed with a light blue "S" signature cane on the base.  This cane was in use during the early to mid 1980s, but Paul says the paperweight may date from the late 1970s.  
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.

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SOLD.                                                          Added 1/30/2020.

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Early Paul Stankard Compound Meadow Wreath Floral Paperweight
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
1588 Chinese Hexagon Aquarium Paperweight with Millefiori Canes.  circa 1930.  This is a Chinese invention.  It is intended to be placed  in an aquarium along with the rocks and plants.  This hexagon shaped paperweight features a close packed arrangement of millefiori canes on the base.  The edges are faceted and beveled.  Novelty items like this started appearing in the US in the 1930s and some were sold at the 1939 World's Fair, but I believe this one may be earlier.  A fun collectible.

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 1960s and later usually have better quality glass and are free of debris. 

Size:  1 5/8" at the widest by just under 1 5/8" high.  The base is ground flat.  The edges are beveled.
Signature: Unsigned, but I guarantee this is a Chinese paperweight, made approximately 1930.  
Condition:  Good condition.  There are a few minor scratches and two small chips.  The larger chip is in a top corner, the other is in the middle of a side facet.  The glass has a slight green tinge and a soft feel.   

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SOLD.                                                       Added 1/30/2020

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Chinese Hexagon Aquarium Paperweight with Millefiori Canes
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
4735 Wonderful Cape Cod Glass Works 1992 Signed Millefiori Scramble Paperweight.   dated 1992.  Colorful scramble paperweight packed with a variety of millefiori canes and twist canes.  The paperweight includes a signature cane and two of William Burchfield's unique rose canes.  The signature cane is a distorted Cape Cod Glass Works 1992 date cane "CCGW 92".  A colorful example by this talented artist. 

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

The Cape Cod Glass Works was operated by William Clark Burchfield in Sagamore, Massachusetts from 1976 to 2000.  It then continued briefly in Crossville, Tennessee until 2001.  Bill Burchfield died in 2012.  Bill's son Mark was also at the glass works until 1998.  Bill started making paperweights at Pairpoint Glass in 1970.

Medium Size:   2 9/16” diameter by 2” high.  The bottom is ground concave with a remnant of the pontil mark in the center.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips, or cracks found on inspection.  It has a remnant of the pontil mark in the center of the base.
Signature:  This paperweight has two of Bill Burchfield's rose canes and also has a distorted "CCGW 92" cane. 

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SOLD.                                                                  Added 1/26/2020

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Wonderful Cape Cod Glass Works 1992 Signed Millefiori Scramble Paperweight
1844 Peter McDougall (PMcD) Miniature Crown Paperweight with multicolored twists.  Attractive miniature crown paperweight with a wonderful complex cane on top.  The crown is formed from 20 twist canes with alternating colors, 10 white twist canes and 10 multi-colored twists made  from green, white and pink stringers.  There is a dark ground in the center of this paperweight.  It is signed on the base with a complex cane made from four separate letter canes forming the signature PMcD.

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

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.

Miniature Size:  Just over 1 13/6" diameter by just over 1 9/16" high.  The base is ground concave.
Condition:  Outstanding condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed with a complex "PMcD" cane on the base.  The signature is distinctive in that it is an early PMcD signature and tiny and can be hard to see without magnification.  There is no paper label on this early PMcD paperweight. 

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SOLD.                            Added 1/23/2020 

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Peter McDougall (PMcD) Miniature Crown Paperweight with multicolored twists
3652 Large Parabelle Glass 1986 Spaced Millefiori Paperweight with Top Facet.  dated 1986 This early Parabelle Glass paperweight has a classical spaced arrangement of nineteen different millefiori canes arranged over a white lace ground.  There is a wonderful variety of mostly complex canes, including a pansy cane in the center, a white and green rose cane, a white edelweiss cane, and others that I can't name.  The paperweight is signed with a "PB 1986" cane in the design - although the cane was placed wrong side up.  It also has a silver label with two bells, "PARABELLE GLASS Rings True HANDMADE IN USA" on the base.  There is one large top facet on this paperweight.  A great paperweight.

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

Parabelle Glass was a small company created in 1981 by Gary and Doris Scrutton in Portland, Oregon.  High quality paperweights were made in small quantities from 1983 to 1998 when they retired.  Their best weights are some of the finest ever made, comparing favorably to the best classical French paperweights.  Most designs were produced in limited editions of 10 to 25 paperweights, although some editions were larger.  They also made some one of a kind paperweights.  Doris passed away in 2013 and Gary followed in 2014. 

After the Scruttons retired in 1998, their daughter Julie Scrutton Lewis made some paperweights and jewelry using Parabelle millefiori canes. 

Large Size:  Just over 3 3/16" diameter by just under 2" high.  The base is ground concave and the paperweight has a single large top facet.  
Signature: Signed in the design with a signature cane "PB 1986".  The signature cane was placed wrong side up.  This paperweight also has a silver label on the base that has a drawing of two bells and the text "PARABELLE GLASS Rings True HANDMADE IN USA"  
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.  The signature cane is placed wrong side up.

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SOLD.                                                         Added 1/21/2020

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Large Parabelle Glass 1986 Spaced Millefiori Paperweight with Top Facet
2739 Peter McDougall (PMcD) Special 2009 Midyear Collection Amber Flower with Complex Canes Paperweight.  dated 2009.  This paperweight features a delightful amber flower with five amber petals and five green sepals surrounded by a garland of five identical complex millefiori canes.  The flower has a great millefiori cane at its center.  Peter describes the ground as black, but it is actually a very dark blue.  It is signed on the base with Peter's complex signature and date cane "PMcD 09" and also has a paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Handmade in Crieff Scotland."  A balanced design with great color.

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

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:  2 1/8" diameter by 1 9/16" high.  The base is ground concave.   
Condition:  Outstanding original condition with no scratches, chips or cracks.   
Signature:  Signed on the base with a complex "PMcD 09" signature / date cane and it also has a paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Handmade in Crieff Scotland." 

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SOLD                                                        Added 1/19/2020  

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Peter McDougall (PMcD) Special 2009 Midyear Collection Amber Flower with Complex Canes 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 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" at the widest by 2 9/16" high.  The bottom is ground slightly concave.  There are twelve flat side facets    
Condition:  Very Good condition.  There are a few faint scratches on the dome, but one tiny nick on a facet.  No other damage found on inspection.  The glass has many small bubbles in it, as shown in the pictures. 
Signature:  Unsigned.    

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$95 postage paid in the US.                                                        Added 1/17/2020

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Faceted Harlequin Type Paperweight with Five Icepick Bubbles - Possibly Unknown European or Scottish
3506 Antique Baccarat Miniature Single Clematis with Millefiori Garland Paperweight.  circa 1845-1860.  Antique Baccarat miniature red/orange single clematis with six ribbed petals, five leaves, and a stem.  The center of the flower is a complex millefiori cane with two rings of white star shaped canes arranged around a red bulls-eye cane.  The clematis is surrounded by an outer garland of alternating ten white and ten blue and white complex millefiori canes.  The white canes in the garland match the cane at the center of the clematis flower.  The blue and white canes have a ring of arrowhead canes around a Baccarat star cane.  The design is placed over a clear ground and finished with a Baccarat star cut on the base.  The paperweight is unsigned but I guarantee that this is a genuine Baccarat millefiori paperweight from the classic period 1845-1860.  A unique addition to any collection of miniature paperweights.  Great color. 

Note:  The flower is noticeably off-center in this paperweight. 

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

According to Paul Dunlop in Baccarat Paperweights: two centuries of beauty, the single clematis is much rarer than the double clematis.

Miniature Size:  1 15/16" diameter by just under 1 7/16" high.  The bottom is ground slightly concave and is finished with a Baccarat star.    
Condition:  Excellent condition.  There is a slight amount of wear on the base, but no other scratches, chips, or cracks were found on inspection.  The flower is off-center.
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee that this is a genuine Baccarat millefiori paperweight from the classic period 1845-1860.

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$1,750 postage paid in the US.                         US sales only for this paperweight.               Added 1/17/2020

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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 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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Antique Baccarat Miniature Single Clematis with Millefiori Garland Paperweight
3488 Large Baccarat 1971 Spaced Millefiori on Lace Paperweight.   dated 1971.  This wonderful spaced millefiori paperweight from Baccarat contains an arrangement of 19 complex millefiori canes on a lace or upset muslin ground.  The canes are intricate and very colorful.  See the close-up picture for more detail.  It is signed with a Baccarat logo etched twice on the base.  The edition number 662 is engraved over one of the Baccarat logos and the date is also engraved on the base.  In addition, it has an illegible "B1971" signature cane in the design.  A large colorful example. 

This design was produced in 1971.  It is not listed as a limited edition, but the individual paperweights were numbered sequentially.  This is number 662 in that series.  There is an illegible signature cane "B 1971 in the design.  The bottom has the acid etched Baccarat logo twice plus it is engraved with the year (1971) and the number (662). 

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

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

Large Size:  Just over 3 1/8" diameter by 2 1/2" high.  The bottom is ground very slightly concave. 
Signature:  Made by Baccarat in France in 1971.  Signed twice on the bottom with the etched Baccarat logo and also with an illegible "B1971" signature cane in the design.
Condition:    Very good condition with no cracks or chips.   There are quite a few scratches on the base, but no damage was found on the body of the paperweight.

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

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

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Signature cane (hard to see)
Base
$375 postage paid in the US.                                                            Added 1/16/2020.   

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Large Baccarat 1971 Spaced Millefiori on Lace Paperweight
5026 Faceted Fountain Paperweight - Probably Paul Ysart Harland Periodcirca 1972 -1979Most likely made by Paul Ysart, this paperweight features a "fountain" of six yellow, blue, and white twist canes joined in the center by a large bubble.  The twist canes curve up and out and then turn down to touch the opaque green and white frit ground.  Paul Ysart made most of his fountain weights like this during his Harland period from 1972 to 1979.  While most Ysart fountain paperweights were unfaceted, this example is faceted with six large flat side facets and a smaller flat top facet.  The faceting may have been added to remove manufacturing flaws or later to remove damage.  A very interesting example. 

Note:  Originally I thought this paperweight originated in Bohemia or Czechoslovakia based on Peter von Brackel's book Paperweights - Historicism - Art Nouveau - Art Deco 1842 to today (plates 52 & 53).  However the experts on Ysart persuaded me that the correct attribution is to Paul Ysart.  Colin Mahoney shows similar examples in his book Masterpieces:  The Paperweights of Paul Ysart. 

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 9/16" at the widest by 2 7/16" high.  The bottom is ground flat.  There are six flat side facets and a flat top facet which may have been added to remove manufacturing flaws or later to remove damage.   
Condition:  Good to Very Good condition.  There are a few nicks on the edge of the facets as well as grind marks on the facets from the grinding wheel.  There are also a few faint scratches and wear, but no major damage was found on inspection.
Signature:  Unsigned.    

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SOLD.                                                        Added 1/12/2020

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Faceted Fountain Paperweight - Probably Paul Ysart Harland Period
1507 Wonderful Antique Clichy Miniature Concentric Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1845-1860.  This wonderful antique Clichy concentric millefiori paperweight has a classic concentric millefiori arrangement.  Six smaller canes arranged around a larger center rose cane on a clear ground.  A nice assortment of canes with a perfect Clichy pink and green rose in the center. 

Note:  There are several bubbles in the glass.  The largest is 1/8" across.  Refer to the pictures. 

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 1 3/4" diameter by 1 5/16" high.  The base is ground concave.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips, cracks or scratches found on inspection.  This paperweight has been professionally restored.  
Signature:   Unsigned but I guarantee this to be an authentic antique Clichy paperweight.  

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$425 postage paid in the US.                                                          Added 1/12/2020

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Wonderful Antique Clichy Miniature Spaced Millefiori Paperweight
4530 John Deacons J Glass Two Color Double Poinsettia on Lace Paperweight.  circa 1978-1983This paperweight features a delightful pink and lilac double poinsettia with leaves and stem on a white lace ground.  The flower has a complex millefiori center.  It is with a complex J Glass "J" signature cane at the tip of the stem.  A great example of John Deacons work during the J Glass period. 

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

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

Large Size:  2 7/8" diameter by 2 1/8" high.  The bottom is ground concave. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks.  A tiny bit of wear on the edge of the base. 
Signature:  Signed with a complex J Glass "J" signature cane at the tip of the stem.  

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John Deacons J Glass Two Color Double Poinsettia on Lace Paperweight
4904 Daniel Salazar Lundberg Studios 1992 Rose Vine Paperweight Perfume Bottle.  dated 1992.  This elegant paperweight perfume bottle features six deep red roses with dark green leaves on vines at the top of a gracefully shaped bottle.  The vines wrap around the lip of the bottle.  There is a ball stopper extending into the bottle.  Signed and dated on the edge near the base "Daniel Salazar 0714100 Lundberg Studios 1992".  A great three dimensional design that is hard to find.

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Daniel Salazar is one of the lead gaffers at Lundberg Studios in Davenport, California and is their primary paperweight designer and maker.  He joined Lundberg in 1975.   The studio was founded by James Lundberg in the early 1970s.  Steven Lundberg joined shortly later.  The first paperweights were made in 1972.  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.   Each paperweight produced at Lundberg Studios is signed and dated by the studio and signed by the artist. 

Large Size:    3" diameter by 5 5/8" tall with the stopper.  It is 4 3/16" tall without the stopper.  The bottom is ground concave with a remnant of pontil mark in the center. 
Signature: Signed on the side near the base "Daniel Salazar 0714100 Lundberg Studios 1992".
Condition:  Excellent condition.  I found one faint 1/8" scratch on the side of the ball part of the stopper.  There is also a tiny bit (1/16" or less) of white glass or debris in the ball (not damage). No other flaws found on inspection.   

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$395 postage paid in the US.                                                           Added 1/11/2020  

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Daniel Salazar Lundberg Studios 1992 Rose Vine Paperweight Perfume Bottle
3038 Large David and Jon Trabucco Pink and Turquoise Bouquet Paperweight with Engraved Exterior.  dated 1989.  This paperweight consists of two large pink flowers with four buds and a bunch of smaller turquoise flowers.  There are also green stems and leaves.  The paperweight is frosted with a clear top facet.  There are four engravings in the frosted exterior.  It is signed on the base "Trabucco 1989 DJ".  There is also a "T" signature cane on the underside of a leaf.  A great paperweight.

Twin brothers David and Jon Trabucco learned glass working under the direction of their father, the accomplished glass artist Victor Trabucco.  When they first started out, David made the floral setups and Jon did the encasement and cutting, but over time they both became involved in all aspects of paperweight production. They are now accomplished glass artists in their own right and continue to work with Victor at the large Trabucco Glass Studio in Clarence, NY.  

Large Size:   Just under 2 15/16" diameter by just over 2" high.  The base is ground slightly concave. 
Signature:  Signed "Trabucco 1989 DJ" on the base. There is also a "T" signature cane on the underside of a leaf. 
Condition:  Outstanding condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 

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$395 postage paid in the US.                                                           Added 1/9/2020

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Large David and Jon Trabucco Pink and Turquoise Bouquet Paperweight with Engraved Exterior
3542 Large 1974 Baccarat Limited Edition Strawberries Paperweight.  dated 1974.  Popular design with three ripe red strawberries, leaves, stems, and a white strawberry flower arranged over a transparent blue ground.  It is signed with a Baccarat signature cane "B 1974" and also signed again on the bottom with two etched Baccarat logos.  A wonderful paperweight. 

This is a hard to find Baccarat paperweight.   The design was produced only in 1974 in a limited edition of 240 paperweights.  This is number 217 in that series.  There is a signature cane "B 1974" shown in the pictures.  The bottom has the etched Baccarat logo twice plus it is engraved with the year (1974), the number (217) and the size of the series (240). 

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

Large Size: Just under 2 7/8" diameter by just over 1 15/16" high.  The bottom is ground concave. 
Condition: Excellent condition with no cracks or chips or scratches.   
Signature:  Made by Baccarat in France in 1974.  Signed with a signature cane in the design and double signed with two Baccarat etched logos on the bottom. 

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

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

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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SOLD.                                                   Added 1/9/2020.

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Large 1974 Baccarat Limited Edition Strawberries Paperweight
2637 Magnum 1975 Baccarat Limited Edition Grapes Paperweight.  dated 1975.  Classical design with a lampwork cluster of dark purple grapes with leaves and tendrils over an opaque white milk glass ground.  It is signed with a Baccarat signature cane "B 1975" and also signed again on the bottom with the Baccarat logo.  A magnificent paperweight. 

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

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

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

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. 

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.

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

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$395 Postage paid in the US (Price reduction from $595) on 1/6/2020.

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5164 Super Magnum Glass Eye Studio 2002 Underwater Scene Paperweight.   Dated 2002.  This is a huge underwater scene paperweight filled with abstract bits of sea life.  Interesting design of objects wrapped around a center core, like a hill rising from the sea bottom.  There is an engraved signature on the base "Glass Eye Studio 2002".  

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

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. 

Huge Size:  Just under 4" diameter by just under 3 3/4" high.  The bottom ground flat.  The paperweight weighs three pounds (48 ounces). 
Signature: Signed with an engraved signature on the base "Glass Eye Studio 2002". 
Condition:  Excellent Condition. No chips or cracks or scratches found on inspection. 

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SOLD.                             Added 1/6/2020

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Super Magnum Glass Eye Studio 2002 Underwater Scene Paperweight
5049 Mike Hunter Twists Glass 2018 Closepack Millefiori Paperweight with Complex Canes, Roses, and Silhouettes.  dated 2018.  This wonderful paperweight is a close packed design with an amazing variety of complex millefiori canes and three silhouette canes.  The silhouette canes are a sheep, moth, and swallow.  There are also at least eight rose canes (two white, two gold, two red, and two lilac).  There is also a magnificent pansy cane surrounded by a ring of hearts.  And many other wonderful canes.  In addition the design is set in a stave basket pulled to the bottom and has a translucent blue ground.  Mike Hunter's "MH" signature cane is near the edge of the design.  It is also signed on the base with  an engraved signature "M Hunter Twists 18 1 of 1" and has the Twists Glass clear plastic label.  An amazing paperweight.

Note:  All of Michael Hunter's paperweights are unique and not replicated.  This paperweight and all others are signed 1 of 1.  As Mike says, “One Of One Means One Only!"  Please ignore the white areas, they are glare from the lights.

Michael James Hunter is one of the United Kingdom’s foremost glass artists.  He has over 40 years of experience, starting as an apprentice at age 16 at Wedgwood Glass (1974-1986).  He has worked at the Welsh Royal Crystal Company in Rhayader, Wales (1986-1989) as glass master and Chair and at the Lindan Mill Glass Studio in Selkirk, Scotland (1989-1998) as a production manager.  In 1998 he established his own studio Twists Glass in Selkirk, Scotland with his wife Susan Hunter as his partner and business manager.  He made his first ventures into paperweights in 2004.  All his works of art are unique and are not replicated.  They are signed 1 of 1.

Michael often says that his training as apprentice at Wedgwood taught him the foundations of glass work, he self-taught everything else.  He has demonstrated that he is the master of many glass techniques including Vetro a Fili, Vetro a Retortoli (Filigree), Reticello, Latticinio, Incalmo, Merletto, Murrine, Pate de Verre, Cameo, Graal, Incalmo and torch work.  Michael Hunter is the recipient of many awards for his excellence in design and execution and his work can be found in many museum collections.  

Large Size:  2 7/8" diameter by just over 2" high. 
Signature:  It is signed on the base with an engraved signature "M Hunter Twists 18 1 of 1" and the Twists Glass clear plastic label.  Mike Hunter's "MH" signature cane appears near the edge of the design.  
Condition:  Excellent original condition with no cracks or chips or scratches. 

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SOLD.                               Added 1/5/2020

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Mike Hunter Twists Glass 2018 Closepack Millefiori Paperweight with Complex Canes, Roses, and Silhouettes
1234 Chinese Cube Aquarium 1930s Paperweight with Sitting Buddha Figure.   circa 1930.  This is a Chinese invention.  It is intended to be placed  in an aquarium along with the rocks and plants.  This cube shaped paperweight features a painted sitting Buddha figure sitting on a mound of green grass or moss.  The cube has beveled edges.  Approximately cube shaped, but it is higher than it is deep or wide.  Novelty items like this started appearing in the US in the 1930s and some were sold at the 1939 World's Fair.  A fun collectible.

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. 

Size:  Just under 1 5/16" wide by 1 1/4" deep by just under 1 1/2" high.
Signature: Unsigned, but I guarantee this is a Chinese paperweight, made in the 1930s or later.  
Condition:  Very good condition.  There is one tiny fracture in a corner of a bevel (see red arrow in the pictures).  And also a few more minor scratches and nicks.  No other cracks or chips.  The glass has a slight green tinge and a soft feel. 

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SOLD.                                                       Added 1/5/2020   

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Chinese Cube Aquarium 1930s Paperweight with Sitting Buddha Figure
2736 Spectacular Peter McDougall (PMcD) Special 2009 Midyear Collection Butterfly on Lace Paperweight.  dated 2009.  This paperweight features a lampwork butterfly with stretched millefiori wings surrounded by a garland of  identical complex millefiori canes.  The design is set on a lace ground.  It is signed on the base with Peter's complex signature and date cane "PMcD 09" and also has a worn paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Handmade in Crieff Scotland."  A well balanced design with great color.

This paperweight was one of the special annual editions made in only in 2009.  It was designated Collection 2009 Midyear #8. 

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

Large Size:  Just over 2 15/16" diameter by 2" high.  The base is ground concave.   
Condition:  Outstanding original condition with no scratches, chips or cracks.  The paper label shows some wear. 
Signature:  Signed on the base with a complex "PMcD 09" signature / date cane and it also has a worn paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Handmade in Crieff Scotland." 

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SOLD.      I have one more of this design in stock.  Please contact me if interested.                                      Added 1/4/2020  

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Spectacular Peter McDougall (PMcD) Special 2009 Midyear Collection Butterfly on Lace Paperweight
4990 Antique Baccarat 1848 Small Spaced Millefiori Paperweight with Six Gridel Canes on a lace or muslin ground.  dated 1848.  Antique Baccarat spaced millefiori paperweight with fourteen complex millefiori canes, including six Gridel figures and a B1848 signature cane.  The six Gridel figures are the rooster, dog, lovebirds, hunter, goat and deer.  The design is placed on a white lace ground with bits of colored filigree.  The paperweight is signed and dated with a "B1848" cane in the design.  This is a truly wonderful paperweight to own. 

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.   The only known dated antique Baccarat closepack weights are 1846, 1847,1848, 1849, 1853, and 1858.

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 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.

Small Size:  Just over 2 1/2" diameter by just over 1 3/4" high.  The bottom is ground slightly concave..
Condition:  Excellent condition for its age.  There are a couple of tiny nicks on the edge of the base and one faint scratch on the dome, but no other scratches, chips, or cracks found on inspection.  
Signature:  Signed and dated with a "B1848" cane in the design.

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$1,850 postage paid in the US.                         US sales only for this paperweight.               Added 1/4/2020

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Antique Baccarat 1848 Small Spaced Millefiori Paperweight with Six Gridel Canes on a lace ground
4697 Charles Kaziun Jr. Miniature Three Color Rope Roses Nosegay Bouquet Paperweight.  circa 1960-1980.  This miniature paperweight has a nosegay or bouquet with red, blue, and yellow pink roses along with three dark green leaves and a dark green stem.  There is a center patch of aventurine.  The design is placed on a transparent cobalt blue ground.  Signed on the bottom of the ground with a gold K.  A special paperweight by this talented artist. 

Note:  There are some tiny bubbles in the glass.  Please examine the pictures carefully.  Ignore the white areas, they are glare from the lights.

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 7/8" diameter by just over 1 9/16" high.  The base is ground concave. 
Signature:  Signed on the bottom of the ground with Kaziun's gold K. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips, or cracks.  There is a tiny bit of wear on the edge of the base.  There are some tiny bubbles in the glass. 

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$395 postage paid in the US.                               Added 11/11/2019     

For more paperweights by Charles Kaziun, see my Kaziun Paperweights Web Page.

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

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

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

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

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

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$65 postage paid in the US.                                             Added 11/11/2019   

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Large Murano Scramble Paperweight
5177 Perthshire Annual Collection 1975C Limited Edition Millefiori Circlets Paperweight.    made only in 1975.  This large millefiori paperweight consists of a complex millefiori center cluster surrounded by five spaced complex clusters.  The design is surrounded by a garland of complex millefiori canes and placed on an opaque dark green ground.  It is signed in the center of the design with Perthshire's "P" signature cane.  This paperweight was made in a limited edition of 400 paperweights of which all 400 were made.  There is no paper label on this paperweight and I do not have the original certificate.  A nice crisp design with great color.

Perthshire made this paperweight 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.  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:  2 7/8" diameter by 2" high.  The bottom is ground concave.    
Signature:  This paperweight is signed with a "P" cane in the center of the design.    
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches. 

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SOLD.                                               Added 8/18/2019    

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Perthshire Annual Collection 1975C Limited Edition Millefiori Circlets Paperweight
1312 Early Pairpoint Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Heart Canes - CRACKED.  circa 1970 or earlier.  This is a concentric millefiori paperweight with three identical canes in the center, each with a blue and white heart cane in the center. The outer ring consists of eleven identical pastry mold canes, each with an eight armed cog in the center.  The design is placed over a transparent amber ground or flash layer.  Although the glass is clear on top, the amber base color gives it an overall appearance of color.  The canes are all close to the base.  And please make note that there is an internal fracture.  Although the execution is somewhat primitive, this is an interesting historical addition to your Pairpoint collection.  I suspect this is an early example of Bryden Pairpoint's early efforts to make millefiori paperweights.

NoteThis paperweight has an internal fracture and also a flat spot on the top. 

Note 2:  Please ignore the white areas, they are glare from the lights.

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

Large Size:  2 11/16" diameter by just over 1 11/16" high.  The base is ground concave and has an amber flash or stain finish giving the entire paperweight an amber appearance. 
Condition:  Fair condition.  The paperweight has an internal fracture (crack) and the top was flattened at some point during the making.  There are some minor striations in the glass.
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee that this is an early Pairpoint paperweight.  The millefiori canes in this paperweight have been verified as early Pairpoint canes.   

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$85 postage paid in the US.                                Added 8/17/2019

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Early Pairpoint Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Heart Canes
3107 Magnum Antique Baccarat Rock or Sand Dune Paperweight.  circa 1880. This paperweight consists of a sandy ground flecked with green glass particles and mica.  There are two large hills plus one smaller hill in this example.  This type is also sometimes called a Sand Dune Paperweight.  This is an extra large sized example in very good condition.

According to Sibylle Jargstorf (Paperweights), Baccarat started making this type of weight in 1880.  She advances the theory that Baccarat issued these weights in response to the reptile weights shown by Pantin at the 1878 Paris Exhibition. Some Baccarat rock weights contain reptiles or flowers, but almost all contain just rock motifs.  Often these weights have incompatibility cracks throughout the weight, causing a glittery appearance which is part of the appeal. 

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

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

  • 1845-1860 - Classic period
  • 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.

Very Large Size:  Just over 3 3/16" diameter by 2 5/16" high.  The bottom is ground concave. 
Condition:  Very good condition.  As shown in the pictures, this paperweight has some scratches and wear on the surface and some irregular areas near the top, but is in exceptionally good condition considering its age.  While most rock weights have major fractures on the base, this example has only two small fractures.  The glass on the bottom is intact and the internal fractures are well contained inside the weight.  There is plenty of glass and the paperweight can be refinished if desired. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this to be an authentic Baccarat antique paperweight. 

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SOLD.                                            Added 8/4/2019

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Magnum Antique Baccarat Rock or Sand Dune Paperweight
5148 Rare Baccarat 1987 Faneuil Hall Sulphide Paperweight - Shreve, Crump & Low Exclusive.   This modern Baccarat sulphide paperweight features a three dimensional image of the Faneuil Hall in Boston, Massachusetts.  The sulphide is an accurate representation of the building as it stood in the 1898 time frame.  This sulphide paperweight does not appear in any of the Baccarat catalog listings and appears to be a special offering created exclusively for Shreve, Crump & Low possibly as part of their "Museum Collection" exhibition or even the "Remembering Boston" series in 1987.  The May 17, 1987 Boston Globe advertisement (see picture) offering this paperweight states "Baccarat crystal … paperweight commemorating historic Boston ... Exclusively at Shreve’s $245".  The paperweight has a translucent cobalt blue foot and is signed with the etched Baccarat logo on the base.  It is also faceted with one large top facet and six side facets.  Faneuil Hall is one of the most popular locations in Boston to visit, shop, or have a meal.  This is an exceptional find for any collector of Baccarat paperweights or Boston memorabilia. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Large Size:  2 3/4" diameter by 1 7/16" high.    The paperweight has a translucent cobalt blue foot and is faceted with one large top facet and six side facets.   
Signature:   Signed with the Baccarat logo etched on the base.       
Condition:   Excellent condition.  There are some scratches on the base, but no other scratches, chips, or cracks found on inspection.   
 

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SOLD.                                                                    Added 6/30/2019   

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Rare Baccarat 1987 Faneuil Hall Sulphide Paperweight - Shreve, Crump & Low Exclusive
4900 Perthshire PP48 Old Fashioned Paperweight Tumbler with Concentric Millefiori Base.   circa 1981 - 1994.  This paperweight glass or tumbler was offered by Perthshire from 1981-1982 and 1987-1994.  I suspect that this example dates from the later period (1987-1994).  The paperweight base has a concentric pattern of five rings of millefiori canes surrounding a central complex "P" signature cane.  The millefiori pattern is set on a translucent blue ground.  This is a very nice example with brilliant glass and a precision setup.

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:  3 7/16" diameter at the top by 3 9/16" high.  The base is ground concave. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips, cracks or scratches found on inspection.
Signature:  Signed with a complex Perthshire "P" signature cane in center of the design.  This paperweight does not have a paper label.   

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SOLD.                                                    Added 6/16/2019.       

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Perthshire PP48 Old Fashioned Paperweight Tumbler with Concentric Millefiori Base
968 Fantastic Charles Kaziun Jr. Checkerboard (Chequer) Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1960-1980.  This is a fantastic Charles Kaziun Jr. chequer millefiori paperweight with nine complex millefiori canes spaced out and divided by a grid of gold aventurine on a translucent dark burgundy turquoise ground.  The central cane is a wonderful complex rose cane.  There is also a heart cane and shamrock cane.  One of the other canes has a shamrock in the center.  This paperweight is signed on be base with Kaziun's gold "K".  Kaziun chequer paperweights are hard to find.  This will make a wonderful addition to any collection of Kaziun paperweights. 

A similar weight was in the Spring 2003 Selman catalog with a $1700 to $2000 estimate.  I am offering this paperweight at the lower end of that estimate and will consider serious offers.

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.   Charles Kaziun Jr.'s son, Charles Kaziun III is also a paperweight maker and signs his weight with a silver "K" on the base.  You can read about Charles Kaziun Jr. in many books, including:

Small Size: 2 1/8" diameter by just over 1 7/16" high.  The base is ground concave.
Signature:  This paperweight is signed with Kaziun's gold K on the base.
Condition: Excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.  There are some small bubbles in the design.

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$1,595 postage paid in the US.                                            Added 6/16/2019     (dl-kaz-ca)

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Fantastic Charles Kaziun Jr. Checkerboard (Chequer) Millefiori Paperweight
1367 Rare Large Vasart or Strathearn Close Packed Millefiori Paperweight Dish.  circa 1946-1969.  This oblong shaped dish features a close packed millefiori design in the center.  The ground is an opaque turquoise.  The dish is heavy with thick walls and a depressed center.  I believe this to be an early item, hence my attribution to Vasart.  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 dishes started off as paperweights.  The maker found a defect or problem and rather than stop, turned it into a 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:  Slightly oval shaped 5 9/16" at the widest, 5 1/4” at the narrowest, by about 2” high.  The bottom is polished flat. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  I could find no damage.  There are some scratches from wear on the base and some bubbles in the glass.
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this is an early Scottish dish made by Vasart or possibly later by Strathearn. 

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$125 postage paid in the US.                                                Added 5/12/2019

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Rare Large Vasart or Strathearn Close Packed Millefiori Paperweight Dish
5087 Vintage Thuringia Lauscha Bohemia Paperweight with  Name Plaque "Karl Laur".  Circa 1920-1939.  Colorful vintage paperweight with a central name plaque over a two layer frit ground.  There are four icepick flowers each with a bubble in the center.  The name on the plaque is Karl Laur.  An interesting example of a name weight that is popular with many some collectors.

The maker of this paperweight is unknown, except that it is believed to originate either in Thuringia (now part of Germany) or 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 Thuringia.   

Some examples can be found in the book by von Brackel, Paperweights: Historicism - Art Nouveau - Art Deco - 1842 to Today   See pages 220-221 in particular figure 510.  Both paperweights in this figure may have been decorated by the same hand as this paperweight.

Size:  2 1/3" diameter by 1 11/16" high. The base is ground flat.  There is a small circular remainder of the pontil mark in the center.
Condition: Excellent condition for its age.  There are a few faint scratches on the surface as shown in the pictures and appropriate wear on the base.
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this is paperweight is from the regions described (Bohemia or Silesia or Thuringia) and was most likely made pre-WWII.

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$75 postage paid in the US.                            Added 4/27/2019

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Click on the picture to see a larger imageVintage Thuringia Lauscha Bohemia Paperweight with  Name Plaque "Karl Laur"
664 Antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) Millefiori Scramble Paperweight. c. 1860.  This is a wonderful antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) scramble or end of day paperweight.   It is filled with an especially nice assortment of complex canes and twists in a variety of colors.  A great example that has been professionally restored. 

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 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 John Hawley.  The Art of the Paperweight  - The Boston & Sandwich and New England Glass Companies covers both B&S and NEGC. 

Size:   2 1/2” diameter by 1 11/16” 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:  Excellent condition with no chips, cracks or scratches.  It has been professionally restored.

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SOLD.                      Added 4/16/2019

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

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

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

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

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$395 postage paid in the US.                                                 Added 3/18/2019     (dl-kaz-ca)

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5066 Large Antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) Red Double Poinsettia Paperweight on Double Latticinio Ground.  circa 1860 - 1888.  This is an antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) double poinsettia with a two rings of five red petals arranged around an interesting millefiori center.  There are also three well formed NEGC leaves and a stem.  The design is placed over a perfect double swirl latticinio ground.  Unlike many NEGC poinsettias, the flower is fairly well centered, placed maybe just slightly to the left.  Four of the top petals in the flower show tool or crimp marks, but are not cracked.  This is an unusual composition for NEGC and is a worthwhile addition to any collection of antique American paperweights.  This paperweight has been professionally restored and is in perfect condition.

Note on execution:  Four of the top petals in the flower show tool or crimp marks, but are not cracked.  The double swirl latticinio ground is perfect and there are only a few extra bubbles in the design.   

The 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 John Hawley.  The Art of the Paperweight  - The Boston & Sandwich and New England Glass Companies covers both B&S and NEGC.  

Large Size:  Just over 3" diameter by just under 2" high.  The base is ground concave. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches.  This paperweight has been professionally restored.  
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee this to be an authentic New England Glass Company antique paperweight.  Circa 1860 - 1888. 

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$595 postage paid in the US.                                            Added 3/17/2019

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Large Antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) Red Double Poinsettia Paperweight on Double Latticinio Ground
3065 Antique Baccarat Dupont Period Miniature Concentric Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1900-1932.  This is a very nice example of a Dupont period paperweight from Baccarat.  The middle (red) ring has great Baccarat star and arrow canes.  The inner ring has nice white stardust canes with blue whorls in the center.  There is a slight chance that this is from the classic period, but the outer ring is less distinct which is why I think it is Dupont.  The design is off center.  A very nice example.

Miniature Size:  Just under 2 1/16” diameter by 1 1/2” high.  Base is slightly concave.    
Condition:  Very good condition.  There is one tiny pinprick on top and some faint scratches.  Wear on the base. 
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee that this paperweight was made by Baccarat in France, most likely during the Dupont period 1900-1932.

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

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

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$295 postage paid in the US.                         Added 3/4/2019.

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Antique Baccarat Dupont Period Miniature Concentric Millefiori Paperweight
3920 Daniel Salazar Lundberg Studios 2007 Dark Red Beta Fish Paperweight.  dated 2007.  This wonderful paperweight features a lampwork three-dimensional dark red beta fish swimming over some green leaves.  Underneath there is a large brown coral with blue anemones and pink corals or other growths.  The beta fish has long white fins with gold stripes.  There is a trail of fine bubbles rising above the fish.  Below the coral is a light green translucent ground.  Signed and dated on the edge near the base "Daniel Salazar Lundberg Studios 2007 102608".  The paperweight also has a lampwork "D.S." signature on the underside of the ground.  A great three dimensional design that is one of Daniel Salazar's signature designs.

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

Daniel Salazar is one of the lead gaffers at Lundberg Studios in Davenport, California and is their primary paperweight designer and maker.  He joined Lundberg in 1975.   The studio was founded by James Lundberg in the early 1970s.  Steven Lundberg joined shortly later.  The first paperweights were made in 1972.  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.   Each paperweight produced at Lundberg Studios is signed and dated by the studio and signed by the artist. 

Large Size:    Just over 3" diameter by just under 2 5/8" high.  The bottom is ground concave.
Signature: Signed on the side near the base "Daniel Salazar Lundberg Studios 2007 102608".   The paperweight also has a lampwork "D.S." signature on the underside of the ground.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips or scratches. 

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$295 postage paid in the US.                                  Added 11/25/2018  

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Daniel Salazar Lundberg Studios 2007 Dark Red Beta Fish Paperweight
4696 Charles Kaziun Jr. Blue Poinsettia on Red and White Jasper Ground Paperweight. circa 1950. Charles Kaziun Jr. blue poinsettia paperweight with eight blue petals and three green sepals.  The design is set on a red and white jasper ground.  Large by Kaziun standards, it is 2 9/16" diameter.  The paperweight is signed in the center of the flower with a wonderful yellow signature cane with a center K surrounded by six red hearts.  Excellent condition.

Note:  Since adding this listing, I have learned from Alan Kaplan (of Antiques Roadshow and Leo Kaplan Antiques) that this is an early design from Charles Kaziun.

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:  2 9/16" diameter by 1 7/16" high.  This is large by Kaziun's standards.  The base is ground concave.
Signature:  This paperweight is signed Kaziun's complex signature cane in the design. 
Condition: Excellent condition with no chips or cracks or scratches found on inspection.

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$495 postage paid in the US.                                                            Added 9/16/2018   

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Charles Kaziun Jr. Blue Poinsettia on Red and White Jasper Ground Paperweight
4595 Large Ray Banford Pink Rose with Buds on Aventurine Ground Paperweight.  circa  1990.  This paperweight has a soft pink rose with two buds, leaves, and stem.  The design is placed on a glittery dark indigo aventurine ground.  It is signed near the stem with Ray Banford's black "B" signature cane.  A wonderful three dimensional design from this skilled artist.  

Note:  A similar paperweight with a white rose was in the most recent Selman auction (Auction 69, Lot 138) and sold for $780 including the bidders premium.   

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.  Ray used the signature cane shown here, a black “B” in a white background, from about 1980 until he died in 2003. 

Large Size:  2 15/16" diameter by 2 3/8" high.  The bottom is ground flat.  
Signature:  Signed near the stem with Ray Banford's black "B" signature cane.  Undated
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.

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$545 postage paid in the US.                      Added 8/21/2018    

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Large Ray Banford Pink Rose with Buds on Aventurine Ground Paperweight
5060 Large Parabelle Glass 1990 Limited Edition Looped Millefiori Garland on Opaque Blue Ground Paperweight.  Dated 1990 This paperweight has a hexafoil six-looped garland of alternating pink pastry mold canes and white edelweiss canes.  There is a pastry type green cane in the center of each loop and another larger cane in the center of the design.  All of the canes are pressed into an opaque blue ground in the style of Clichy color ground paperweights.  The paperweight is signed with a "PB 1990" cane in the design and also has a worn silver label with two bells, "PARABELLE GLASS Rings True HANDMADE IN USA" on the base.  This paperweight was issued in a limited edition of 75 paperweights, but there are no edition markings on the paperweight.  A wonderful paperweight with great color.

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Parabelle Glass was a small company created in 1981 by Gary and Doris Scrutton in Portland, Oregon.  High quality paperweights were made in small quantities from 1983 to 1998 when they retired.  Their best weights are some of the finest ever made, comparing favorably to the best classical French paperweights.  Most designs were produced in limited editions of 10 to 25 paperweights, although some editions were larger.  They also made some one of a kind paperweights.  Doris passed away in 2013 and Gary followed in 2014. 

After the Scruttons retired in 1998, their daughter Julie Scrutton Lewis made some paperweights and jewelry using Parabelle millefiori canes. 

Large Size:  Just under 2 7/8" diameter by 1 7/8" high.  The base is ground concave.  
Signature: Signed in the design with a signature cane "PB 1990".  This paperweight also has a worn silver label on the base that has a drawing of two bells and the text "PARABELLE GLASS Rings True HANDMADE IN USA"  
Condition:  Excellent condition with minor wear on the base but no other cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection. 

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$650 postage paid in the US.                 Added 7/30/2018  

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Large Parabelle Glass 1990 Limited Edition Looped Millefiori Garland on Opaque Blue Ground Paperweight
5058 Dramatic Marcolin (Sweden) Sfumato Technique Owl Figural Paperweight.  circa 1961-1991.  This dramatic owl figural paperweight demonstrates the excellence of Marcolin's use of the sfumato technique to create a smokey feathered appearance. The upper figural owl portion is clear glass with a round sfumato paperweight base.  There is a slight reddish tinge to the grey color of the sfumato.  This paperweight design was unique to Marcolin.  It is unsigned but I guarantee the attribution.  A fantastic example.

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Note:  Please review the pictures.  This paperweight has a large (3/4") scratch on the back next to base.

FM Marcolin Art Crystal or FM Marcolin Konstglas was founded Sweden in 1961 by two Italian brothers, Josef and Benito Marcolin.  They learned their glass making skills on the island of Murano, Venice, and later worked at Reijmyre before starting their own company.  FM stands for Färe-Marcolin.  The company went through several name changes as they moved from one location to another, including "FM Konstglas, Eneryda""FM Konstglas, Ronneby", and then "FM Konstglas / Marcolin".  "Konstglas" is Swedish for "Art Glass".  The company changed its name to FM Marcolin Art Crystal in 1983, and in 1988-89 changed again to Marcolin Art Crystal.  The Swedish factory closed in 1991, and production was moved to Sardinia, Italy.  The Marcolin brothers left and went their separate ways, Benito moved back to Sweden, while Josef moved to Austria and continued production under the name Marcolin Art Crystal, which is still operating today.

Marcolin pieces are often signed, including a pattern number, on the base, which consists of the initial of the designer, and model number of the item, sometimes followed by the size of the item in millimeters.  Designer codes include: M - Josef Marcolin, B - Benito Marcolin, and F - Inga-Lill Färe.  Production was mainly glass figurines, with a unique blended style of Swedish and Murano. They use traditional Murano techniques such as millefiori, sommerso, zanfirico, and sfumato (as in this piece). 

The term Sfumato originated in painting.  Leonardo da Vinci described the technique as blending colors, without the use of lines or borders "in the manner of smoke".  In glass, it is the use of a smokey bubbled texture to create a soft feathered or quilted appearance.  Marcolin often used sfumato on bird figurines. 

Large Size:  The rounded base is 3 1/8" diameter.  The paperweight is 3" (80 mm) high. The bottom ground flat.     
Condition:  Very good condition overall.  There are some scratches on the base and one large scratch on the back next to the base that is just over 3/4" long.  Otherwise in excellent condition with no other scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee that this was made by Marcolin in Sweden.  

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$69 postage paid in the US.                                                       Added 7/15/2018

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Dramatic Marcolin (Sweden) Sfumato Technique Owl Figural Paperweight
3980 William Manson, Sr. Small 2007 Yellow and Black Striped Snake Desert Ground Paperweight.  dated 2007.  This paperweight features a yellow and black striped snake with brown spots coiled on a green, orange, and aventurine sandy desert ground.  The paperweight is signed with William Manson's "WM" signature cane near the snake.  It is also signed on the base "William Manson, SNR 2007".  A very attractive paperweight.

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

Small Size:  Just under 2 1/4" diameter by just over 1 11/16" high. The bottom is ground concave. 
Signature:  Signed with William Manson's "WM" signature cane near the snake.  It is also signed on the base "William Manson, SNR 2007". 
Condition:  Excellent condition with chips or cracks.  There are some light scratches on the base near the signature, but no other scratches found on inspection. 

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$245 postage paid in the US.                                      Added 6/16/2018

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William Manson, Sr. Small 2007 Yellow and Black Striped Snake Desert Ground Paperweight
4219 Mystery Millefiori Scramble Paperweight with Character Canes from Unknown Maker - possibly Antique.  vintage or antique.  This is a mystery paperweight. At first glance, I thought this might be a 1960s Murano scramble due to the glittery aventurine and frit ground  The weight is a scramble with smudged canes placed over a frit ground. When viewed from the bottom, there is a void in the frit where the pontil scar has been ground off. When I look through the void I can see character canes that are unfamiliar. There are at least six well defined mystery canes. I was able to capture pictures of four of them, the others are just as interesting. 

Large Size:  2 3/4" diameter by 1 7/8" high.  The base is flat with the center ground concave. 
Condition:  Very good to excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, noticeable scratches.  There are some tool marks on the dome and some striations within the glass.
Signature:  Unsigned, but not likely to be made recently.  I believe this was made earlier than the 1970s, possibly even in the early 1900s. 

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$145 postage paid in the US.              Added 3/21/2018

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Mystery Millefiori Scramble Paperweight with Character Canes from Unknown Maker - possibly Antique
4389 Large Antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) Red Double Poinsettia Paperweight with Bud on Double Latticinio Ground.  circa 1860 - 1888.  This is an antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) double poinsettia with a two rings of five red petals arranged around an interesting lampwork center.  There is a crisp rose-type bud, three well formed NEGC leaves, and a stem.  The design is placed over a perfect double swirl latticinio ground.  As is typical of NEGC poinsettias, the flower is placed leaning off to the left.   Please review the two notes below.  Was this intended to be a rose rather than a poinsettia?  I don't know.  An interesting addition to any collection of antique American paperweights.

Note on execution:  The design is set unusually low in the paperweight with little glass under the latticinio.  There is considerable wear on the base, so I don't think the base has been ground down.   Also, many NEGC flowers and also millefiori paperweights, have extra bubbles in the design.  This example is no exception with a medium bubble below the flower. 

Note - What shall I call thee:  Some collectors have called this a rose rather than a double poinsettia.  The bud in this weight shares some of the qualities found in the true rose weights but the blossom differs. The center swirl component differs also to the cane centers found in NEGC poinsettias. 

The 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 John Hawley.  The Art of the Paperweight  - The Boston & Sandwich and New England Glass Companies covers both B&S and NEGC.  

Large Size:  2 11/16" diameter by just over 1 7/8" high.  The base is ground concave. 
Condition:  Very good condition for its age.  This paperweight has a few light scratches and two small chips at the edge of the base.  There are some striations within the glass and one small stone or stray piece of latticinio. 
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee this to be an authentic New England Glass Company antique paperweight.  Circa 1860 - 1888. 

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$495 postage paid in the US.              Added 3/11/2018

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Large Antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) Red Double Poinsettia Paperweight with Bud on Double Latticinio Ground
4689 Colorful Avondale Vertical Paperweight from Kilgetty near Tenby SW Wales UK.  This is fun item.  A vertical paperweight with three colorful green and blue spheres separated by spacers of clear glass.  It was made at  Avondale Glass in Kilgetty Wales (near Tenby).  It is not signed.   A fun paperweight.

Note:  Special thanks to Cameron McBurnie who identified this as an Avondale product.  Avondale glass is no longer in business although there is a small craft shop on the site where Avondale glass is sold and demonstrations are sometimes scheduled.

Size:  2 1/16" diameter by 3 1/4" tall.  The base is finished flat.
Condition:  Very good condition.  Two small scratches found near the base.  No other chips, cracks or scratches found on inspection.  
Signature:  Unsigned, but I will guarantee this as a product of Avondale glass. 

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$39 postage paid in the US.                            Added 1/28/2018

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Colorful Vertical Paperweight from Avondale Glass
4963 Rare Vasart / Lassman Checquer Pattern Millefiori Paperweight Handle Bottle Opener.  circa 1950s-1960s.  This bottle opener has a rare checquer pattern on the millefiori handle.  It is possibly unique.  The firm of Lassman & Co. designed and produced this bottle opener opener and a variety of other useful objects during the 1950s and 1960s.  The attractive millefiori paperweight handle was made by the Ysart family of Scotland under the Vasart label.  The handle has a checquer design with nine millefiori canes arranged in a square surrounded by a latticinio square made up of four short twist canes.  There is a millefiori cane in the each corner of the latticinio.  The design is set on an amber colored opaque ground.  The chrome plated opener was made by Lassman and the assembly was also done by them.

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

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

Size:  1 1/2" diameter.  With the opener hardware, it is 3 15/16" long. 
Condition:  Excellent condition although showing a tiny bit of wear.  The paperweight handle has no chips, cracks or noticeable scratches. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this is a genuine Lassman bottle opener with a Vasart paperweight handle. The word "ENGLAND" appears on the metal part. 

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$245 postage paid in the US.                                                        Added 1/26/2018    

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Vasart / Lassman Checquer Pattern Millefiori Paperweight Handle Bottle Opener
4871 Perthshire PP15 Magnum Faceted Millefiori Paperweight Inkwell.  1969 -1994. This is a magnum faceted millefiori inkwell with a close packed arrangement of complex millefiori canes in both the bottle bottom and the stopper, each with a translucent blue ground.  There is a complex "P" signature cane in the stopper setup.  It also has a Perthshire paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND" on the base.  This bottle is faceted with two rows of facets.  Each row has four large oval facets and four slightly smaller oval facets, for a total of sixteen facets.  The stopper has a top facet plus eight side facets, four large oval facets and four smaller oval facets.  A magnificent very large inkwell from Perthshire that makes a statement.   

The PP15 was made from 1969 to 1994.  There was some variation in size and features over the years.   

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

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

Very Large Size: 6" high with the stopper by 3 3/4" diameter.  The stopper is just over 2 3/8" diameter by 2" long.  The base is ground concave.  This bottle is faceted with a total of sixteen side oval facets.   The stopper is faceted with a top facet plus eight oval side facets. 
Signature:  This paperweight has a Perthshire complex "P" signature cane in the top.  It also has a Perthshire paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND" on the base. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  I found one tiny nick on one of the side facets.  No other cracks, chips, or scratches.  There is a little roughness at the tip of the stopper.

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$475 postage paid in the US.                                                   Added 1/15/2018     

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Perthshire PP15 Magnum Faceted Millefiori Paperweight Inkwell
2640 Large Baccarat 1975 Limited Edition Sea Horse Paperweight.   dated 1975.  This is a limited edition Baccarat Sea Horse Paperweight from 1975.  The paperweight has a wonderful yellow and brown lampwork sea horse in the ocean depths wrapping its tail around a green underwater plant.  There are green, red and white colored rocks scattered along the bottom on both sides of the sea horse.   The ground is a translucent turquoise color with bubbles added for an underwater life scene effect.  It is signed in the design with a Baccarat signature cane "B 1975" and also signed on the bottom with the Baccarat logo.  Perfect execution and perfect condition.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Large Baccarat 1975 Limited Edition Sea Horse Paperweight
2020 Vasart / Lassman Millefiori Paperweight Handle Bottle Opener with Original Box.  circa 1950s-1960s.  The firm of Lassman & Co. designed and produced this bottle opener opener and a variety of other useful objects during the 1950s and 1960s.  The attractive millefiori paperweight handle was made by the Ysart family of Scotland under the Vasart label.  The handle has a concentric design on a rust colored ground that matches the setup and canes of other Vasart paperweights.  The chrome plated opener was made by Lassman and the assembly was also done by them.  This item comes with its original box and celluloid cover.  The box is fabric lined (the original advertisements said "silk lined")  with elastics to hold the bottle opener in place.  A rare find for collectors of barware and Scottish paperweights. 

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

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

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

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Opener with closed box
$345 postage paid in the US.                                                        Added 10/8/2017   

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

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

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

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

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

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Magnum Rare Antique 1890s Folk Art Lampwork Name Paperweight "P. A. PREDLE"
4355 William Manson Phoenix Limited Edition FP13 Paneled Millefiori Paperweight.  Dated 2003.  This paperweight has a paneled millefiori design with seven panels of 1-1-2-3 millefiori and an outer circle of millefiori on an opaque green ground.  The paperweight was issued in a limited edition of 75 paperweights of which this is number 25.  It is signed and numbered "PHOENIX 2003 25/75" on the base.    Perfect condition with certificate (#25/75) in the original (slightly torn) Phoenix gift box. This is the domed example. 

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

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

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

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Phoenix Limited Edition FP13 Paneled Millefiori Paperweight
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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$275 postage paid in the US.                            Added 8/26/2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information about paperweights from China, see my Chinese Paperweights Web Page.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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