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3178 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 (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 1/16" high.  The base is ground concave.
Condition:  Outstanding original condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed with a complex cane in the design and it also has a paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Hand Made in Crieff Scotland."   

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Closeup
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Signature Cane
Peter McDougall Label on base
Side View
$39 postage paid in the US.                         Added 11/11/2019.      

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

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Peter McDougall Miniature Millefiori Paperweight
3328 Whitefriars 1977 Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Millefiori Paperweight.   dated 1977.  This paperweight has a double trefoil design commemorating the twenty-fifth anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II on February 6, 1952.  It is one of a series of paperweights produced by Whitefriars to celebrate the Royal Jubilee.  The double trefoil consists of two interlaced three lobed garlands, one pink and one white.  There are four special complex mosaic millefiori canes.  In the very center is a large crown cane.  In addition, there is a 1952 date cane, a 1977 date cane, and a special EiiR cypher cane (for Elizabeth II Regina).  This paperweight is faceted with six side facets and one top facet.  It is signed with a Whitefriars signature cane (white monk) at approximately the 12 o'clock position on the pink garland.  Typical heavy Whitefriars lead crystal.

Note:  This paperweight has one slight scratch mark on the top facet and several small bubbles in the glass.  Because of these flaws, it is offered at a reduced price.

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

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

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

Large Size:  3 3/16" diameter by 1 7/8" tall.  It is faceted with one top facet and six side facets.  The bottom is ground concave with the millefiori set close to the base (typical of Whitefriars weights).
Condition:  Very good condition.  There is a faint scratch on the top facet, but no other chips, cracks or scratches were found on inspection. 
Signature:  Signed with a Whitefriars signature cane (white monk) at the 12 o'clock position on the pink garland. 

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Base
$135 postage paid in the US.                                           Added 11/11/2019.    

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

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Whitefriars 1977 Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Millefiori Paperweight
2369 Peter McDougall (PMcD) Small Concentric Millefiori Paperweight.  This small paperweight consists of a four concentric circles of millefiori around a central millefiori cane.  The ground is black.  It is signed on the bottom with a complex cane made from four separate letter canes forming the signature PMcD.  It also has a paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Hand Made in Crieff Scotland."  A wonderful bright paperweight that just stands out. 

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

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

Small Size:  Almost a miniature.  2 1/16" diameter by 1 7/16" high.  The base is ground concave.
Condition:  Outstanding original condition with no scratches, chips or cracks.  The label is a little worn.
Signature:  Signed with a complex PMcD cane on the base and it also has a paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Hand Made in Crieff Scotland."   

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Signature Cane and label on base
Side View
$79 postage paid in the US.                         Added 11/11/2019.      

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

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Peter McDougall (PMcD) Small Concentric Millefiori 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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Scratch and debris
Top view
Base
Closeup of debris in glass
$65 postage paid in the US.                                             Added 11/11/2019   

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

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Large Murano Scramble Paperweight
4720 Charles Kaziun Jr. Miniature Tilted Pedestal Spider Lily Paperweight with cobalt blue aventurine ground.  circa 1960-1980.  This is a miniature pedestal paperweight with a pink spider lily and four leaves on a cobalt blue aventurine ground.  There is a yellow and orange millefiori stamen in the center.  The paperweight is tilted at a 45 degree angle so it displays beautifully.  Signed on the bottom of the cobalt blue aventurine ground with a gold K. 

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

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

Miniature Size:  1 5/16" diameter by 2" high.  The pedestal base has a diameter of just over 1 5/8". 
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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Close-up of the detail in this paperweight
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Another view
Gold foil K signature on underside of ground
Another view of K
Base
$295 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 Tilted Pedestal Spider Lily Paperweight with cobalt blue aventurine ground
3195 Small Peter McDougall (PMcD) Scramble or End of Day Millefiori Paperweight.  This charming paperweight consists of an end of day design over a translucent ruby ground.  It is one of Peter McDougall's earliest designs.  It is signed in the design with a complex cane made from four separate letter canes forming the signature PMcD.  It also has a paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Handmade in Crieff Scotland" on the base. 

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

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

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

Small Size:  Just under 2 1/8" diameter by 1 7/16" high.  The base is ground concave.
Condition:  Outstanding original condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed in the design with a PMcD signature cane.  It also has a paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Handmade in Crieff Scotland." 

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

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Label on base
Signature cane
Side View
$59 postage paid in the US.                         Added 11/9/2019.      

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

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Small Peter McDougall (PMcD) Scramble or End of Day Millefiori Paperweight
2904 Modern St. Louis Sulphide Amour Paperweight with Certificate and Box.   dated 1979.  This is a modern St. Louis sulphide paperweight featuring a ceramic image of cupid set on a opaque red ground and surrounded by a garland of lampwork flowers with millefiori centers.  The paperweight was issued in a limited edition of 400 in 1979.  It is faceted with a large top facet and six side facets.  It is signed on the bottom with a millefiori signature "SL 1979" and retains its original foil label.  The paperweight comes with its original box and a somewhat wrinkled certificate numbered 85.  A great paperweight with fantastic color.   

The conceptual design for the paperweight was by Linda Pope-Selman.  Gilbert Poillerat sculpted the model for the image of cupid.  The sulphide bears the title AMOUR and the initials of the sculptor (GP). 

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

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

Large Size:  Just over 3" diameter by 1 5/8" high.  The bottom is ground concave. 
Signature: Signed with a complex millefiori cane "SL 1979" on the bottom.  It also has its original certificate, label, and box.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, cracks, or chips found on inspection. 

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Signature cane
Label
Box
Certificate
Base
Paperweight in Box
Side view
$395 postage paid in the US.                                              Added 11/9/2019

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

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Modern St. Louis Sulphide Amour Paperweight with Certificate and Box
5176 Early John Deacons Double Clematis Paperweight.  undated, circa 1990.  This colorful paperweight features two five petal clematis flowers, one pink and white and one dark blue, with white millefiori centers and green foliage.  The design is placed on a light green frit ground.  There is a "JD" signature cane near the base of the stems.  A great paperweight from this talented artist.

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

John Deacons trained at the Edinburgh College of Art and started his career at Strathearn Glass in Crieff, Scotland in 1967.  When Perthshire was formed in 1968, he left Strathearn to move to Perthshire and worked there for 10 years before leaving in 1978 to start his own glass studio. He has produced paperweights and other glass objects under a variety of labels, including J Glass, St. Kilda, and now under his own name.  The St. Kilda line was produced from 1978 or 1979 through 1987.  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.

Medium Size:  Just under 2 1/2" diameter by just under 1 7/8" high.  The base is fire finished. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed with a "JD" signature cane in the design.

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Signature cane
Base
Closeup

$95 postage paid in the US.                                                                Added 11/9/2019.

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

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Early John Deacons Double Clematis Paperweight
5163 Rare Free State Glass 1996 Magnum Abstract Paperweight.  dated 1996.  This is a very large contemporary abstract paperweight with a large controlled bubble and several smaller ones.  The iridescent colors progress in layers from light blue to dark blue to black with some green and some white spots mixed in.  There are also some spots of gold leaf and gold dust.  The paperweight is signed on the base "Free State 1996".

The style of this paperweight resembles the Robert Eickholt's Reptile Series, so named because the imagery resembles a reptilian skin.  However we know of no connection between the Free State artists and Robert Eickholt. 

Free State Glass was founded in 1984 by Dick Rector and Jim Slough, both from Lawrence, Kansas.  The studio was operated for thirty years in an historic 1869 building, the Turnhalle, in East Lawrence, Kansas.  They made a variety of glass objects from paperweights to chandeliers.  Unfortunately, the building was deemed unsafe and in need of significant improvements and repairs and the studio was closed in 2014.  I was not able to learn anything more about the studio or its founders.  

Very Large Size:  Just under 3 1/2" diameter by 3 1/2" high.  The base is ground flat.  This paperweight weighs just over two pounds.
Condition:  Very good condition with no scratches, chips or cracks found on inspection.  Some scratches / wear on the base.
Signature:  This paperweight is signed on the base "Free State 1996".

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$175 postage paid in the US.                         Added 11/9/2019.  

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

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Rare Free State Glass 1996 Magnum Abstract Paperweight
1980 Peter McDougall (PMcD) Small Closepack Millefiori in a Basket Paperweight.  This paperweight has a closepacked arrangement of millefiori arranged inside an outer garland of yellow and blue canes.  The blue canes in the outer garland form a basket.  The design is placed over a translucent rose colored ground.  It is signed in the design with with a complex cane made from four separate letter canes forming the signature PMcD.  This early example does not have a paper label.  A colorful paperweight that stands out. 

Note:  Please ignore the white areas, they are glare from the lights.  Peter McDougall called this a scramble but I think the closepack designation is more fitting.

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

Small Size:  Almost a miniature.  Just over 2 1/8" diameter by just over 1 1/2" high.  The base is ground concave.
Condition:  Outstanding original condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed with a complex PMcD cane in the design.  This early example does not have a paper label.   

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

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Side View
Base
$95 postage paid in the US.                                                                      Added 11/9/2019.      

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

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Peter McDougall (PMcD) Small Closepack Millefiori in a Basket Paperweight
2956 Miniature Antique Concentric Millefiori Paperweight - Probably Clichy.  circa 1845-1860.  This unusual antique concentric millefiori paperweight has many characteristics that point to Clichy as the maker, although the attribution is not 100% certain.  It has a typical Clichy concentric pattern with two rings of millefiori canes around a complex center cane.  The outer ring has an alternating pattern of five large red canes and ten smaller green and white canes.  Each of the red canes each has a ring of pale green (eau-de-nil) whorl canes and a daisy floret in the center  The inner ring consists of nine deep blue pastry mold canes each with a mysterious red "C" in the center, which I believe to be accidental.  The center cane consists of twenty four six petaled white daisy floret canes arranged in two rings around a yellow center.  There is a lot of extra glass on this paperweight which leads me to believe this was a practice piece or an experiment and was originally intended to be faceted.  The unusual green and white canes with green on every other cog also point to an experiment.  The canes are uneven in length and there are some bubbles in the glass.  An interesting paperweight worthy of further study.   

Price Reduction:  Originally priced at $295, I have decided to relist this paperweight at $185 to see if there is any interest.

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:  Just under 2” diameter by just under 1 1/2” high.  Base is slightly concave. 
Condition:  Very good condition.  A couple of faint scratches and some bubbles in the glass.  The canes are uneven in length and there are some bubbles in the glass.
Signature:   Unsigned but I guarantee this to be an authentic antique paperweight, most likely from the Clichy factory. 

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$185 postage paid in the US.  Price Reduction was $295.                                            Reduced 8/31/2019

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

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

Dramatic Price Reduction:  Originally priced at $475, I have decided to relist this paperweight at $185 to see if there is any interest.

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

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

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

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

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

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$185 postage paid in the US.  Price Reduction was $475.                                            Reduced 8/31/2019

For more information about Antique Paperweights, see my Antique Paperweights Web Page.     (dl-ant-bac)

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5178 Peter McDougall (PMcD) Small Paneled Millefiori Paperweight.  This paperweight consists of a paneled millefiori pattern of pink, red, blue, and white colors on an opaque lime green ground.  There are six panels arranged around a central complex millefiori cane.  The panel dividers are white complex latticinio twists with a blue, green, and white twist in the center.  This style has a 1 + 2 pattern of canes plus a ring of canes on the outside.  It is signed on the bottom with a complex cane made from four separate letter canes forming the signature "PMcD".  This example does not have a paper label.  Great color.

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

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

Small Size:  Just under 2 3/16" diameter by 1 1/2" high.  The base is ground concave. 
Condition:  Outstanding condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  It is signed on the bottom with a complex cane made from four separate letter canes forming the signature "PMcD".  This example does not have a paper label.   

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SOLD.                                                     Added 8/22/2019.      

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Peter McDougall (PMcD) Small Paneled Millefiori Paperweight
5167 Perthshire PP2 Medium Paneled Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1978 - 1997.  This is a medium patterned millefiori paperweight with Perthshire's "P" signature cane in the center surrounded by two rings of colorful millefiori and then 10 short radial twists.  Each panel has a 1-1-2-2 pattern of millefiori.  The ground is an opaque royal blue.  This version of the PP2 with a signature cane and hollow ground base was made from 1978 to 1997.  It also has a stained Perthshire paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND" on the base.  An extra nice example with crisp setup and bright colors.

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.

Medium Size:  Just over 2 9/16" diameter by just under 1 15/16" high. The base is hollow ground. 
Signature:  Signed with Perthshire's "P" signature cane in the center of the design.  It also has a stained Perthshire paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND" on the base.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.  Minor wear on the base.

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SOLD.                                         Added 8/21/2019. 

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Perthshire PP2 Medium Paneled Millefiori Paperweight
5155 Large Josh Simpson Inhabited Waterworld Planet Paperweight.  dated 1992.  The basic theme of the inhabited planet series is that a new planet has been discovered with interesting features inviting exploration.  Interesting, possibly man made, structures require further exploration.  In this waterworld example, there is an interesting lattice network of lighted points on the surface of the water and several smaller land masses poking through the oceans.  Signed on the base "Simpson 1992" and the number "11-70".  This is a work of astonishing beauty. 

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

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.

Large Size:  3" diameter by 2 13/16" high. The base is ground flat.  
Signature:   Signed on the base "Simpson 1992" and the number "11-70".  The number "11-70" designates this as the 70th paperweight made in November, 1992. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips or scratches. 

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SOLD.                                                                Added 8/20/2019    

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Large Josh Simpson Inhabited Waterworld Planet Paperweight
5162 Large Robert Eickholt Pleated and Veiled Iridescent Paperweight.  dated 1992.  This paperweight has an amazing design with pleated iridescent peaks and valleys.  The colors progress from very light blue to dark blue.  The opaque darker blue hills are shadowed with an amber gossamer veiling that makes this paperweight magical.  There are eight pleats with a carefully placed bubble between each hill.  It is signed "Eickholt 1992 WMSU" on the base.  A magnificent paperweight by Robert Eickholt. 

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

Large Size:  Just under 3 1/8" diameter by 2 7/8" high.  The bottom is ground flat.
Signature: Signed "Eickholt 1992 WMSU" on the base. 
Condition:  Excellent condition. There are no chips or cracks.  I could find no scratches on the body, but there is some wear on the base.   

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SOLD.                      Added 8/19/2019    

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Large Robert Eickholt Pleated and Veiled Iridescent Paperweight
5174 Magnum Peter Gentile Three Color Swirl and Bubble Paperweight.   circa 1950-1970.  This design was first developed by Peter Gentile in the 1940s and was continued in the Gentile family product line in subsequent years.  This is an especially nice example with a three color swirl made from six rods of green, blue, and yellow.  In the center is a controlled bubble swirl pattern and a carefully placed large tear shaped bubble on top.  This is an exceptionally large example worthy of any collection of paperweights. 

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 to 1963.  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)

Very Large Size:  3 3/8" diameter by just under 3 1/2" high.  The base is polished concave with a remainder of the pontil mark.
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this is a genuine Gentile paperweight. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips, cracks or scratches.  

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SOLD.                                                  Added 8/18/2019

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Magnum Peter Gentile Three Color Swirl and Bubble 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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$295 postage paid in the US.                                               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
5007 Fantastic Large Cape Cod Glass Works Bill Burchfield Double Signed 1994 Limited Edition Crown Paperweight.   Dated with Signature Cane Used in 1994.  Colorful large crown paperweight with Bill Burchfield's rose "WBC" signature cane on the top.  The design has twenty twist canes with alternating color schemes.  Each colored twist cane appears twice alternating with variations of the white twist canes.  Bill Burchfield changed his signature cane each year and this paperweight is signed on top with the rose signature cane used in 1994.  It is also signed on the base "W. Burchfield 14 of 20".  A rare chance to acquire a fantastic limited edition crown paperweight from this outstanding artist.   

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

Crown weights are considered by some to be the most exciting of all millefiori designs.  They are extremely difficult to make.  

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.

Large Size:   3 1/8” diameter by 2 1/2” high.  The base is ground concave.   
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection. 
Signature:  This paperweight is signed on top with the rose signature cane used in 1994.  It is also signed on the base "W. Burchfield 14 of 20".    

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SOLD.                                                                  Added 8/11/2019

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Fantastic Large Cape Cod Glass Works Bill Burchfield Double Signed 1994 Limited Edition Crown Paperweight
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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$145 postage paid in the US.                                            Added 8/4/2019

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Magnum Antique Baccarat Rock or Sand Dune Paperweight
4520 Colorful Antique Bohemian Concentric Millefiori Paperweight.   circa 1880-1920.  Colorful antique Bohemian millefiori paperweight with a concentric design of two rings of complex multi-colored millefiori around a central red, white, and green complex millefiori cane.  The outer ring alternates between two different red, white, and blue canes.  The inner ring consists of identical canes made up of blue and white elements with a touch of red.  Wonderful colors and complex canes.

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

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.

Small Size:  2 1/4" diameter by just under 1 1/8"  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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SOLD.                                                                                      Added 8/4/2019       

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Colorful Antique Bohemian Concentric Millefiori Paperweight
4519 Rare 1930s Chinese Butterfly Paperweight.  circa 1930.  This paperweight features a yellow winged lampwork butterfly flying with wings extended over millefiori frit ground.  The wings are covered with multi-colored dots.  The butterfly body is a bright orange red with two well defined antennae.  The frit ground consists of ground up millefiori canes with the familiar colors found in Chinese millefiori canes.  This paperweight is signed on the base with a scratch signature "CHINA" (as circled in one of the pictures).  A great example.

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

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. 

Medium Size:  Just over 2 1/2" diameter by just over 1 13/16"  high.  The bottom is ground flat.
Signature:  This paperweight is signed on the base with a scratch signature "CHINA" (as circled in one of the pictures).
Condition:  Good condition with no cracks or big chips.  There are many tiny surface nicks and scratches can be felt with your fingernails and which show up in the pictures.  As is typical of Chinese paperweights from this period, the glass has many tiny bubbles and some debris.

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SOLD.                                                       Added 7/30/2019 

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1930s Chinese Butterfly Paperweight
3395 Drew Ebelhare Sue Fox 2012 Collaborative Latticinio Button and Concentric Millefiori Paperweight.  dated 2012.  This is a unique new design created by Drew Ebelhare and Sue Fox in 2012.  It features a miniature flower with six miniature hearts, a millefiori center, and three striped leaves placed on top of a miniature latticinio button.  The button, in turn, is at the center of a six ring concentric millefiori design. The entire design is placed over an opaque dark amber ground.  The flower is slightly off-center and this paperweight is being offered at a greatly reduced price.  It is signed on the base "Fox / Ebelhare 10-12".  An awesome paperweight with amazing detail.  

Note:  This is a very difficult design to execute and the flower in the center of the latticinio button is slightly off center.  As a result, this paperweight is being offered at a greatly reduced price.  It would normally sell for $600-$700.

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

Drew Ebelhare has been making glass paperweights since 1983, focusing on millefiori paperweights.  Drew graduated from Florida State University in 1977 with a Bachelors Degree in technical theater and scene design.  After graduating and working at the Alley Theater in Houston, he made a career change becoming one of the founding members of The Houston Glass Art Society.  In 1981, Drew set up his first hot glass shop in Houston.  He now works out a new studio in Cañon City, Colorado.  His millefiori canes have evolved so he now produces his own unique style of floral millefiori canes, including Clichy style roses, camomiles, pansies, primroses, sunflowers and others.  Paul Dunlop calls Drew the preeminent millefiori paperweight artist in the United States.

Sue Fox explored several careers before turning to glass.  In the early 1990's, she was introduced to flame working during a trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Sue returned home to South Carolina and set up a glass studio in 1994, making miniature glass objects including beads, buttons, and doll house miniatures.  She created tiny flowers, birds, and insects over a small torch and encased them in clear glass.  Sue has won several national awards at Bead and Button Shows for her paperweight buttons. She is a juried member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and has attained Artisan status in the International Guild of Miniature Artists.  Her work can be found in the permanent collection of the Bergstrom-Mahler Paperweight Museum, as well as in private collections.  

Since 2009 Drew Ebelhare and Sue Fox have collaborated to make wonderful paperweights featuring Sue's delicate lampwork surrounded by Drew's distinctive style of floral millefiori.

Medium Size:  Just over 2 1/2" diameter by 1 3/4" high.  The base is ground flat. 
Signature: Signed "Fox / Ebelhare 10-12" on the base. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, cracks, or chips.  The flower is slightly off-center.

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SOLD.                               Added 7/29/2019

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Drew Ebelhare Sue Fox 2012 Collaborative Latticinio Button and Millefiori Paperweight
5006 Early Victor Trabucco Three Violets Paperweight.  circa 1975-1980.  This paperweight consists of three violet flowers with stems and leaves 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 tiny striations (also called sugaring) in the glass visible in the side view.  An early paperweight by this important paperweight artist.  

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. 

Size:   Just over 2 5/8" 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.  There are some tiny striations (also called sugaring) in the glass visible in the side view. 

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$295 postage paid in the US.                      Added 7/28/2019

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Early Victor Trabucco Three Violets Paperweight
4851 Baccarat 1978 Gridel Series Millefiori Goat Limited Edition Paperweight.  dated 1978.  This modern millefiori paperweight features a large central black goat silhouette on a white background surrounded by an unusual concentric pattern of millefiori canes.  The goat cane is surrounded by a ring of white snowflake canes.  The next ring consists of six large square complex canes, each with four snowflake canes in the center and an outer border of twelve red and white canes.  The outer two rings include the other seventeen Gridel figures and a Baccarat signature / date cane interspersed with twelve more of the red and white canes.  The design is placed over an opaque amber ground.  The paperweight is signed in the design with Baccarat's complex signature cane "B 1972".  It also has an acid etched Baccarat mark on the base along with the year (1978) and edition number (153). 

Note:  I have 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 1978 in a limited edition of 350 pieces.  This is number 153 in that series.  There is a signature cane "B 1978" shown in the pictures.  The bottom has the acid etched Baccarat logo plus it is engraved with the year (1978) and the number (153). 

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:  Just under 3 1/16" diameter by just over 2 3/16" high.    The base is ground flat.
Signature:  The paperweight is signed with Baccarat's complex signature cane "B 1978" in the design.  It also has an acid etched Baccarat mark on the base along with the the year (1978) and edition number (153). 
Condition:   Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection with the exception of slight wear on the base. 

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SOLD.                         Added 7/26/2019. 

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Baccarat 1978 Gridel Series Millefiori Goat Limited Edition Paperweight
4518 Rare John Deacons 1999 Two Flower Paperweight with Millefiori Garland and White Stave Basket Ground.   dated 1999.  This colorful paperweight features two five petal flowers, one red and white and one light blue, with white millefiori centers and green foliage.  The design is placed inside a garland of complex red, white, and blue millefiori.  Underneath is a fantastic stave basket made from twenty white twist canes.  There is a "JD1999" signature cane on the base.  A fantastic paperweight from this talented artist.

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

John Deacons trained at the Edinburgh College of Art and started his career at Strathearn Glass in Crieff, Scotland in 1967.  When Perthshire was formed in 1968, he left Strathearn to move to Perthshire and worked there for 10 years before leaving in 1978 to start his own glass studio. He has produced paperweights and other glass objects under a variety of labels, including J Glass, St. Kilda, and now under his own name.  The St. Kilda line was produced from 1978 or 1979 through 1987.  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:  2 3/4" diameter by 2 1/8" high.  The base is ground concave.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed with a "JD1999" signature cane on the base.

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SOLD.                                                                Added 7/22/2019 

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Rare John Deacons 1999 Two Flower Paperweight with Millefiori Garland and White Stave Basket Ground
1912 Chinese Hexagon Aquarium Paperweight with Blue Flower.   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 five petaled blue flower with red center and green foliage.  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 1970s and later usually have better quality glass and are free of debris. 

Size:  1 7/8' at the widest by 1 7/8' high.
Signature: Unsigned, but I guarantee this is a Chinese paperweight, made in the 1930s or later.  
Condition:  Very good condition.  There are a few minor scratches.  No other cracks or chips.  The glass has a slight green tinge and a soft feel.  There is a small bubble near the center of the flower. 

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SOLD.                                                       Added 7/22/2019   

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Chinese Hexagon Aquarium Paperweight with Blue Flower
2512 Peter McDougall (PMcD) Medium Paneled Millefiori Paperweight.  This paperweight consists of a paneled millefiori pattern of mostly blue and white millefiori canes over a rust brown ground.  There are twelve panels arranged around a central concentric pattern.of two rings of canes.  The panel dividers are light blue and white twists.  This style has one small cane and one larger cane between each twist plus a ring of alternating canes on the outside.  The two inner rings are an outer alternating ring and an inner ring of identical canes.  It is signed on the bottom with a complex cane made from four separate letter canes forming the signature "PMcD".  It also has a paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Hand Made in Crieff Scotland" on the base.  A great paperweight with a complex pattern.   

Note:  Please 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.

Medium Size:   Just under 2 5/8" diameter by 1 7/8" high.  The base is ground concave. 
Condition:  Outstanding condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  This paperweight is signed on the base with McDougall's "PMcD" complex signature cane made from four separate letter canes.  The signature cane is small and some people may have difficulty reading the signature on these weights.  It also has a paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Hand Made in Crieff Scotland" on the base. 

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SOLD.                                         Added 7/18/2019.  

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Peter McDougall (PMcD) Medium Paneled Millefiori Paperweight
3084 Mats Jonasson Blue Harbell (Blaklocka) Målerås Sweden Paperweight - Bellflower.  This paperweight features a wonderful three dimensional engraving of a blue harebell, a member of the bellflower family.  The three sided cast crystal block is sandblasted and painted with the harebell motif.  It comes with its (slightly worn) original box.  A wonderful item.

Mats Jonasson is notable for his engraved lead crystal sculptures of flowers and wildlife that are made at the glassworks in Målerås, Sweden.  He began as an apprentice engraver at the glassworks in 1959 and has evolved to be the lead engraver / designer.  Known for his natural style, he says, "Our forests have since ancient times affected the soul of the people." 

Large Size:  Just under 4 1/8” high by 2 1/4" wide.  The crystal block is three sided with a polished base.   
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks or scratches found on inspection.   
Signature:  Signed on the base with a engraved signature "MJ Sweden 3878". 

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SOLD.                                                                      Added 7/4/2019

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Mats Jonasson Blue Harbell (Blaklocka) Målerås Sweden Paperweight - Bellflower
3895 Large St. Louis 1979 Faceted Tutankhamen Gold Mask and Millefiori Garland Paperweight.   dated 1979.  This paperweight features a 24 karat gold death mask of the boy king Pharaoh Tutankhamen is surrounded by a white, blue, red, and yellow complex millefiori garland.  The design is placed on an opaque orange ground and faceted with six side facets and one large top facet.  The paperweight was issued in a limited edition of 300 paperweights.  It is signed with a red and white complex signature/date cane "SL 1979" on the base.  The gold inclusion was created from a medal by Arthus Bertrand Co., Paris.  A wonderful paperweight. 

According to the two books on St. Louis paperweights, this design was issued with two different color grounds, orange and turquoise.  There were 300 issued in each color.  The original price in 1979 was $490.  Examples sold at auction have sold for $720 and up.  This paperweight is an example of the fourth type of paperweight made by St. Louis, namely the paperweight incorporates a gold inclusion. 

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

Very Large Size :  Just under 3 1/8" diameter by 1 15/16" high.  The bottom is ground concave.  It is faceted with six side facets and one large top facet.
Signature : Signed with a red and white complex signature/date cane "SL 1979" on the base. 
Condition :  Excellent condition with slight wear on the base, but no other cracks, chips, or scratches.

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SOLD.                                                      Added 6/30/2019  

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Large St. Louis 1979 Faceted Tutankhamen Gold Mask and Millefiori Garland 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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$395 postage paid in the US.                                                                    Added 6/30/2019   

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

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Rare Baccarat 1987 Faneuil Hall Sulphide Paperweight - Shreve, Crump & Low Exclusive
3225 Large Parabelle Glass 1989 Closepack Millefiori Paperweight.  Dated 1989 This paperweight has a closepacked millefiori design with a wonderful variety of millefiori canes placed over a translucent blue ground.  There are rose canes, silhouette canes, rose canes, bell canes, and many complex canes in the setup.  The paperweight is signed with a "PB 1989" cane in the design and also has a worn silver label with two bells, "PARABELLE GLASS Rings True HANDMADE IN USA" on the base.  A wonderful 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:  2 11/16" diameter by 2 1/16" high.  The base is ground concave.  
Signature: Signed in the design with a signature cane "PB 1989".  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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SOLD.                                                      Added 6/28/2019  

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Large Parabelle Glass 1989 Closepack Millefiori Paperweight
5140 Peter Raos 2003 Vincent Van Gogh Series Summer in Arles Millefiori Paperweight.  dated 2003.  This paperweight features a impressionist interpretation of a wildflower meadow created using hundreds of millefiori flowers with a blue ground.  It was made by Peter Raos in New Zealand.  It is signed on the side near the base "Peter Raos 2003 NZ".  This is a hard to find item.  A wonderful paperweight.

A similar paperweight is shown on Peter Raos website at $675 NZ or $453 US. 

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

Very Large Size:  Just under 3 1/4” diameter by just over 3 5/8" tall. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks or scratches found on inspection.   
Signature:  Signed near the base with a engraved signature "Peter Raos 2003 NZ". 

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SOLD.                                                                      Added 6/28/2019

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Peter Raos 2003 Vincent Van Gogh Series Summer in Arles Millefiori Paperweight
4002 Rare Milon Townsend 2007 Miniature Underwater Reef Scene Paperweight.  dated 2007.  This wonderful paperweight features a highly detailed underwater scene with three dimensional life of all sorts reaching up from the bottom.  A whimsical piece.  The scene resembles a face, doesn't it?  Signed with a hard to read "Milon" and a conjoined "TD" for Townsend plus the 2007 date on the base.  Miniature size at 1 13/16" diameter by 1 1/8" high. This is a rare opportunity to own a piece by this talented glass artist whose works can sell for thousands of dollars.

Milon Townsend has been working with glass for more than 35 years, in flameworking, cold working, and kiln casting.  He is the author of numerous books, videos, and articles on glass, art, and marketing.  He frequently presents at workshops, classes, and conferences and his work is represented in many fine galleries, museums, and private collections around the world.  He is currently listed as an instructor on the staff of the Corning Museum of Glass. 

Miniature Size:  1 13/16" diameter by 1 1/8" high  The bottom is fire finished.  
Signature:    Signed on the base "Milon Townsend 2007".  The signature is not entirely legible.  Milon followed by a conjoined "TD" for Townsend plus the 2007 date.  
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips or cracks or scratches found on inspection.

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$195 postage paid in the US.                                        Added 6/25/2019. 

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Rare Milon Townsend 2007 Miniature Underwater Reef Scene Paperweight
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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$175 postage paid in the US.                                                    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
3897 Early 1976 Lundberg Studios Surface Decorated Angelfish and Waves Paperweight.   dated 1976.  This paperweight by Lundberg Studios features three silver angelfish swimming among swirling waves.  The waves are a dazzling arrangement of blue, gold, and silver layers over an opaque white ground.  You can see tiny bubbles above the fish.  Signed and dated on the base "LUNDBERG STUDIOS 1976" and the number "673".  A wonderful composition. 

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

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

Large Size:   3" diameter by 2 7/16" high.  The base is ground flat. 
Signature: Signed and dated on the base "LUNDBERG STUDIOS 1976" and the number "673".  The signature is hard to see on the white base. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips or scratches found on inspection.

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SOLD.                                            Added 6/10/2019   

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Early 1976 Lundberg Studios Surface Decorated Angelfish and Waves Paperweight
2014

Peter McDougall (PMcD) 2004 Annual Collection Red Swirl with Yellow Flower Paperweight.  This wonderful paperweight from Peter McDougall consists of a five petal yellow flower with two leaves and a millefiori center perfectly placed on a dainty red swirl latticinio bed.  This is one of the exciting paperweights in the 2004 Collection.  I think the result is absolutely fantastic.  It is signed on the bottom with a complex cane made from four separate letter canes forming the signature PMcD. 

This paperweight was one of the special 2004 Annual Collection paperweights.  It was made only in 2004 and is designated 2004-1.

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

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.

Size:  Just under 2 11/16" diameter by just over 1 15/16" high.  The base is ground concave.
Condition:  Outstanding original condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed on the bottom with a complex cane made from four separate letter canes forming the signature PMcD.  The signature is small and some people may have difficulty reading the signature on these weights.  There is no paper label on this paperweight.

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SOLD.                                            Added 6/9/2019 

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Peter McDougall (PMcD) 2004 Annual Collection Red Swirl with Yellow Flower Paperweight
2974 Baccarat 1999 "Versailles" Formal Garden Limited Edition Millefiori Paperweight.  dated 1999.  This modern millefiori paperweight features a millefiori representation of  a formal garden at the Château de Versailles in France.  There are four sectors arranged around a central area.  The design is placed on a green ground.  This is one of three garden designs made by Baccarat in 1999.  It is signed with a complex signature cane "B 1999" in the design.  It has an acid etched Baccarat mark on the base and is engraved "80/150 1999" for the edition number (80), edition size (150) and year (1999).  An unusual paperweight worthy of any collection.      

There were three formal gardens in this series produced only in 1999.  Each issued in an edition of 150 paperweights.  The Château de Versailles Formal Garden design is shown here.  The other two were the gardens at Château de Chambord and Château de Chenonceau. 

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

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

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

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

Large Size:  2 3/4" diameter by 1 13/16" high.    The opaque green base is ground flat.
Signature:  The paperweight is signed in the design with Baccarat's complex signature cane "B 1999".  It also has an acid etched Baccarat mark on the base along with "80/150 1999" for the edition number (80), edition size (150) and year (1999).
Condition:   Excellent condition.  I found no damage except for scratches and wear on the base. 

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SOLD.                         Added 6/3/2019.    

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Baccarat 1999 "Versailles" Formal Garden Limited Edition Millefiori Paperweight
2563 Peter McDougall (PMcD) Miniature Spaced Millefiori Paperweight with Complex Canes.  Wonderful miniature paperweight with a spaced pattern of fourteen large complex canes over a translucent cobalt blue ground.  It is signed in the design with a complex cane made from four separate letter canes forming the signature "PMcD".  It also has a paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD Handmade in Crieff Scotland".  Complex canes involve much more preparation than the simple canes.

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

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:  1 7/8" diameter by 1 3/8" high.  The base is ground concave.
Condition:  Outstanding original condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed in the design with a complex cane made from four separate letter canes forming the signature "PMcD".  It also has a paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD Handmade in Crieff Scotland".

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SOLD.                                            Added 6/2/2019 

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Peter McDougall (PMcD) Miniature Spaced Millefiori Paperweight with Complex Canes
4798 Large Antique St. Louis Millefiori Scramble Paperweight.   circa 1845-1860.  This is a fantastic large St. Louis scrambled millefiori paperweight.  It is just packed with a variety of millefiori canes and twists, plus a patch of aventurine.  The paperweight was professionally restored and is in excellent condition.  A colorful large weight with a nice variety of canes.

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

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

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

Very Large Size:  3 1/16" diameter by 2" high. The bottom is ground concave.  The profile is low, possible as the result of another restoration in the past.
Signature: Unsigned, but I guarantee this is an antique paperweight from the Saint-Louis factory in France.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks or scratches.  This paperweight has been professionally restored. 

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$495 postage paid in the US.                                            Added 5/26/2019

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Large Antique St. Louis Millefiori Scramble Paperweight
3994 Fantastic Cathy Richardson 2005 Starfish and Anemone Marble / Paperweight with Stand.  dated 2005.  This wonderful marble features a pink and white starfish surrounded by groups of blue, yellow-orange, pink, and white anemone blooms.  The design is placed over a lush green ground.  It is signed "CKR 2005" on the base.  The acrylic stand shown will be included with this item.  A wonderful example. 

Cathy Richardson was born in Washington D.C. and grew up in Falls Church, Virginia.  She was always interested in art and nature and learned to draw and paint at a very early age.  Her formal education was capped with a Ph.D. in geology from Harvard, University.  In the 1980s she returned to art and built a stained glass studio in Iowa which she named "Nature's Image".  In 1996, she studied lampworking with Bandhu Scott Dunham at the Corning School of Glass and in 1997 enrolled at Bowling Green State University and learned to blow glass.  In 2000 she again studied lampworking at Corning School of Glass — this time with Shane Fero and Fred Birkhill.  Her early appreciation of paperweights came from her mother who had a small collection of paperweights.  She and her husband moved one more time to Winona, Minnesota in 1999 and she started a new studio named Touchstone Glass, making paperweights and marbles.  Her earliest paperweights were made at the end of 2001 or early 2002. 

Cathy Richardson's earliest paperweights and marbles were starfish and coral reef designs and also torch-drawn "California style" paperweights.  In 2004 she started to make more lampwork paperweights.  Cathy still makes a combination of California style paperweights"and her more detailed lampwork designs.  More recently she studied engraving and her latest works demonstrate an amazing ability to integrate traditional paperweights and an elaborate engraved surface.  Touchstone Glass has grown into a family business, with Cathy's son, Colin Richardson, joining as a full-time glass artist in 2006, and Cathy's husband becoming one of the team when he retired from his University career.  Colin now has his own studio in Minneapolis, MN.  

Medium Marble:  1.95" diameter.
Signature : Signed "CKR 2005" on the base. 
Condition :  Excellent condition.   No cracks, chips or scratches found on inspection.

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SOLD.                              Added 5/19/2019

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Fantastic Cathy Richardson 2005 Starfish and Anemone Marble / Paperweight with Stand
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
3965 Early  Rare Roger Gandelman 1990 Single Facet Abstract Paperweight.  dated 1990.  Contemporary abstract paperweight with gold leaf outer layer made by Roger Gandelman.  The paperweight features a cool cobalt blue center covered by a layer of clear glass.  The outer surface is decorated with nicely balanced layers of gold leaf and gold dust.  An amazing paperweight from a relatively unknown paperweight maker who is best known for his amazing art glass perfume bottles.  This paperweight is signed twice near the base "R. Gandelman" (one signature is only partially legible) and also dated 1990.   It has a single angled facet or window.  An amazing piece.

Roger Gandelman studied at University of Denver, Colorado, University of Hartford, Connecticut, Southern Connecticut University, and the Penland School of Crafts, North Carolina.  While he was at Southern Connecticut University, he took a night class in glass blowing.  Since then, he has been working in glass for about 30 years.  While most paperweight workers are torch (or lamp) workers or millefiori specialists, Roger Gandelman is primarily a furnace worker although he does do some torch work.  He builds his creations by working the hot glass and adding layers until the final creation is done.   His work has been displayed in over 800 galleries and shops located around the work.  It has been featured in many major glass museums including the Smithsonian Museum, the Hudson River Museum, Corning Museum Shop, Old State House Museum (Hartford, CT), Sandwich Glass Museum, New Bedford Glass Museum, and many others.  Gandelman has also exhibited at an impressive number of Arts and Craft Shows across the country.  He works alone in his studio West Rock Art Glass in Branford, CT.

Size:  2 5/8" diameter by 3 3/16" high.  There is one angled facet.  The base is ground flat with a matte finish.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks.
Signature:  This paperweight is signed twice near the base "R. Gandelman" (one signature is only partially legible) and also dated 1990. 

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SOLD.                                                Added 5/5/2019

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Early  Rare Roger Gandelman 1990 Single Facet Abstract Paperweight
4775 Early Chris Buzzini / Bridgeton Studios Angelfish and Millefiori Flowers Paperweight.  circa 1978.  Contemporary surface decorated paperweight created by Chris Buzzini of Bridgeton Studios.  The paperweight has a red and white angelfish swimming amidst vines with millefiori flowers.  The design is just below the surface of the glass.  Underneath there is a aqua colored sea ground.  It is signed on the base "Bridgeton Studios Buzzini '78 F-465".   An early paperweight by one of the country's most talented glass artists.

Chris Buzzini studied at Shasta Junior College in Redding, CA and California State University at Chico, CA.  While at Shasta, Chris was exposed to glassblowing for the first time by Chris Sowder (1970).  Buzzini pursued glassblowing, eventually setting up his own “backyard” studio.  From 1972 to 1975, Chris worked at Orient & Flume Art Glass in Chico, CA.  Later from 1976 to 1978, he operated a glass studio Bridgeton Studios in New Jersey with the backing of a collector and a partner.  Eventually he moved back to California and worked at Lundberg Studios and Correia Art Glass.  Since 1986 he has been an independent studio artist.  His designs often sell for several thousand dollars.

Large Size:  2 3/4" diameter by 2 9/16" high.  The base is ground flat.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks on the body of the paperweight.  There are scratches and some tiny nicks at the base as shown in the view of the base. 
Signature:  Signed on the base "Bridgeton Studios Buzzini '78 F-465" on the base. 

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SOLD.                                                Added 5/2/2019

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Early Chris Buzzini / Bridgeton Studios Angelfish and Millefiori Flowers Paperweight
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"
2914 Paul Stankard 1991 Compound Cube Botanical Paperweight with Pink and White Mountain Laurel Flowers, Berries, and Blue Flowers.  dated 1991.  This paperweight features a natural arrangement of flowers and berries in a free floating setup inside a clear cube format.  There are two white mountain laurel flowers, two pink mountain laurel flowers, four blue flowers, two berries, and assorted buds and foliage.  This compound arrangement is placed over a clear ground.  It is signed signed "Paul J. Stankard C36 '91" near the base.  A wonderful example of one of Paul Stankard's more advanced pieces.   

The mountain laurel flower has been the subject of many of Paul Stankard's design studies, progressing from simple arrangements to more complex three dimensional arrangements like this one.  Examples appear in almost every book about Paul Stankard.  This paperweight is almost identical to M483 (priced at $4,500) in the Leo Kaplan paperweight catalog supplement published in September 1992.  Other examples of the cube form botanical appear in books published 1990 and later. 

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. 

Large Size:   It is not a perfect cube, roughly 2.58” x 2.61” x 3.15” tall.  The base is ground concave.  There are four rubber bumpers placed on the base to protect it.
Signature:    Engraved "Paul J. Stankard C36 '91" near the base.  The C36 designates this as one of the cube series. 
Condition:  One very tiny nick found where the left side meets the base.  Otherwise in excellent condition with no other chips, cracks, or scratches.

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SOLD.                                                               Added 4/22/2019.

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Paul Stankard 1991 Compound Cube Botanical Paperweight with Pink and White Mountain Laurel Flowers, Berries, and Blue Flowers
4959 Magnum Baccarat 1994 Pink Tulip "Tulipe jaspée" Limited Edition Paperweight.  dated 1994.  This modern lampwork paperweight features a three dimensional pink tulip with stem and three leaves on an opaque green ground.  The base is an opaque white.  This paperweight was made in a limited edition of 100 paperweights, of which this is number 14.  The paperweight is signed with Baccarat's complex signature cane "B 1994" placed near the end of the stem.  It also has an acid etched Baccarat mark on the base along with the the edition size (100) and edition number (14).  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SOLD.                         Added 4/17/2019.    

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Magnum Baccarat 1994 Pink Tulip "Tulipe jaspée" Limited Edition Paperweight
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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$275 postage paid in the US.                      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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2782 Large Pairpoint Three Color Swirl Crown Paperweight.  Circa 1970-1980.  This paperweight features three color swirl (blue, white, and green) with a nice millefiori cane to crown the top.  The paperweight is signed with Pairpoint's engraved "P in a diamond" on the base.  A great example of modern Pairpoint production.

Note on white glare:  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 (2019) although under new owners. 

Size:  Just under 2 3/4" diameter by just under 2 1/2" high.  The bottom is fire finished with a remnant of the pontil scar.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or noticeable scratches.  There is some debris in the glass.    
Signature:  Signed with Pairpoint's engraved "P in a diamond" in the center of the base. 

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SOLD                                            Added 3/17/2019  

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Large Pairpoint Three Color Swirl Crown Paperweight
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
4823 Magnum Daniel Salazar Lundberg Studios Compound Monet Water Garden Paperweight.   dated 2000.  This paperweight by Daniel Salazar features a multi-layer composition of muted pastels with dense lush foliage and soft impressionistic flowers.  The lampwork flowers are on at least three distinct layers, with four petaled pink flowers and fuzzy violet flowers on the top two layers and water lilies on a watery layer down below.  The pink and blue flowers look like pink dogwoods and violet ageratum.  The watery layer contains a variety of plants including at least eight water lilies that resemble Clichy style roses with a ring of heart canes in the center.   The composition is teeming with foliage and presents a glass artist's impressionistic view of Monet's water garden.  Signed and dated on the edge "Daniel Salazar Lundberg Studios 2000" along with a registration number "100453".  It also has a Daniel Salazar "D.S." lampwork signature on the underside.  This is an extra large example.  A fantastic imaginative paperweight.

The current list price for this paperweight is $840.  My price is 30% lower. 

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

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

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

Very Large Size:   3 11/16" diameter by 3 3/16" high. The base is ground concave. 
Signature: Signed on the side near the base "Daniel Salazar Lundberg Studios 2000" along with a registration number "100453".  It also has a Daniel Salazar "D.S." lampwork signature on the underside. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips or scratches.

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SOLD.                                            Added 3/5/2019

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Magnum Daniel Salazar Lundberg Studios Compound Monet Water Garden Paperweight
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
2186 Magnum Pink and Red Crimp Rose with Unusual Base - Unknown American Maker.  This paperweight features a magnificent eighteen petal pink and red crimp rose on an unusual four segment base.  The crimp pattern is 4+4+4+4+2 for a total of 18 petals.  Of the two innermost petals, one appears to have broken off in the making. There are four green leaves underneath.  Underneath the center of the green leaves, there is a mark which appears to be a signature cane - maybe L or V.   The base is segmented into four sections.  There are some striations and bubbles in the glass but it is not noticeable except in the top view picture.  A beautiful paperweight in excellent condition. 

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

Very Large Size:  3 3/8" diameter by 3 5/8" high.  The base is fire finished with a depression in the center.    
Condition:  Excellent condition.  There is some wear and nicks on the base but no cracks, chips, or scratches found on the dome.  There are some striations and bubbles in the glass.
Signature:  I guarantee this paperweight to be of American origin.  Underneath the center of the green leaves, there is a mark which appears to be a signature cane - maybe L or V.     

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SOLD.                         Added 3/3/2019. 

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Magnum Vintage Pink and Red Crimp Rose with Unusual Base - Unknown American Maker
2086 James Hart Closepacked Complex Millefiori Paperweight with Outer Garland.  circa 2004.  This paperweight features a closepacked design of 29 different complex canes in the center of an outer garland of twenty identical light blue complex canes.  There are a total of 49 complex canes in all.  The design is placed over a gold aventurine ground.  The paperweight is signed on the base with Hart's white "H" signature cane which he used in 2004.  There is also a second red cane on the base which may be a misshapen red heart cane.  A fantastic example of James Hart's work. 

James Hart is a paperweight artist working in Nevada.  He started working in glass in 1985 focusing initially on millefiori designs and more recently on floral encasements.  He studied murrine making with Lauren Stump.  His signature has evolved from a simple red heart to more complex signature canes.  His millefiori designs initially included canes from Murano, but over time he created  a wonderful assortment of his own complex canes, some incorporating Murano canes. 

Medium Size:  2 3/8" diameter by 1 1/2" high.  The bottom is concave.  Unlike his earlier works, this paperweight is encased with a clear layer below the ground. 
Signature:  Signed on the base with Hart's "H" signature cane.  There is a second red cane on the base which may be a misshapen red heart cane. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no damage found on inspection. 

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SOLD.                                  Added 3/2/2019   

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James Hart Closepacked Complex Millefiori Paperweight with Outer Garland
3422 Perthshire Annual Collection 1983C Limited Edition Posy Ring Paperweight.    dated 1983.  This paperweight features five small florets (flower canes) and five pairs of green leaves all on a circular stem.  The posy ring is surrounded by a garland of alternating yellow and blue millefiori canes on a white lace ground.  The paperweight is faceted with one large top facet and twenty eight side facets in three rings of eight, ten, and ten facets.  It is signed with a "P1983" cane on the base.  This paperweight was made in a limited edition of 300 paperweights of only 187 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 and a fancy cutting.

Perthshire made this paperweight as one of their annual collection items.  This means the design was made only that one year and never again.  There were seven annual collection designs in 1983, designated A through G.  

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.

Very Large Size:  3 1/16" diameter by 2 7/8" high.  The bottom is ground concave.  The paperweight is faceted with one large top facet and twenty eight side facets in three rings of eight, ten, and ten facets.  
Signature:  This paperweight is signed with a "P1983" cane on the base.  There is no paper label on this paperweight and I do not have the original certificate.   
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches. 

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SOLD                                                       Added 1/18/2019. 

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Perthshire Annual Collection 1983C Limited Edition Posy Ring Paperweight
5019 Large Paul Ysart Harlequin Paperweight - Postwar Moncrieff Period.  circa 1946-1962.  This large paperweight features a brilliantly colored ground of bits of millefiori canes.  The ground is punctured with a large central bubble and eight outside bubbles.  Each bubble has a stem extending to a hollow in the ground.  The underside of the ground is an opaque white.  This paperweight probably dates from Paul Ysart's postwar Moncrieff period.  The paperweight has brilliant colors and the glass is clear. 

Note:  This paperweight does not sit flat on its base, but has a round pontil scar on the base.

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:  3 1/4" diameter by 2 1/2" high.  The bottom is fire finished with a round pontil scar remaining that keeps the paperweight from sitting flat on its base.   
Condition:  Excellent condition.  I found no cracks, chips, or scratches on inspection.
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee that this is a genuine Paul Ysart Harlequin paperweight.

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SOLD.                                 Added 1/16/2019

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Large Paul Ysart Harlequin Paperweight - Postwar Moncrieff Period
2448 Spectacular Peter McDougall 2007 Super Magnum Barber Pole Checquer Millefiori Paperweight with Complex Canes.  circa 2007.  Spectacular huge paperweight with a Clichy barber pole checquer design.  There are thirty three complex canes arranged in three concentric circles around a larger complex cane.  The canes are separated by blue and white striped barber pole latticinio twists. Underneath is layer of white latticinio twists.  The paperweight is signed with a paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Handmade in Crieff Scotland."  I could not find a signature cane in this design.   

This paperweight was part of a special order placed in Spring 2007 and received by me later in 2007.  The design later showed up in Peter's offering described as Special Pieces for 2008.

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.

Extra Large Size:  4 5/16" diameter by 2 13/16" high.  The base is ground concave.  This paperweight is huge and weighs almost three pounds ( 44 ounces or 2 pounds 12 ounces).
Condition:  Outstanding original condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed with a paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Handmade in Crieff Scotland."  I could not find a signature cane in this design.

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SOLD.                                                  Added 1/13/2019 

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Spectacular Peter McDougall 2007 Super Magnum Barber Pole Checquer Millefiori Paperweight with Complex Canes
4763 Magnum 1990 Orient & Flume Limited Edition Scott Beyers Millefiori and Lampwork Butterfly and Flower Paperweight.    dated 1990.  This wonderful paperweight features a blue millefiori and lampwork butterfly hovering over a three-dimensional red lampwork flower with bud, stems and leaves.  The flower has a great complex millefiori center.  The design is set over a clear ground.  It is signed on the base "Orient & Flume O272UASFN0105P 41/250 Beyers".  The code indicates the paperweight is number 41 out of a limited edition of 250 paperweights and was the 72nd paperweight made in February 1990.  The paperweight comes with its original certificate, which includes the registration number and refers to this as a "Crystal Cased Butterfly - Pink Flower - Scott Byers".  It also has a worn Orient & Flume paper label on the base.  A wonderful paperweight.

Orient & Flume was started in 1972 in Chico, California by Douglas Boyd and David Hopper.  It studio took its name from its initial location which was at the corner of Orient & Flume.  Their early weights adopted a style that has become known as the California style of  iridescent paperweights with surface torchworked art nouveau motifs on the outside surface of the weight.  Later work involved interior lampworked designs such as the floral design found encased here.  Every Orient & Flume piece has a registration number which usually includes a date code.  Douglas Boyd passed away in 2018.  David Hopper and his wife Shari retired to nearby Paradise California.  They survived the wildfire that destroyed most of Paradise in 2018.  Orient & Flume continues in Chico with new owners Bruce Sillars and Ronda Davis.  Bruce was one of the original Orient and Flume artists and Ronda has spent the last 30 years at the studio handling sales and other responsibilities.  They are joined by another early O&F artist Scott Beyers.

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

Very Large Size:  3 3/16" diameter by 2 7/8" high.  The bottom has been ground flat.
Signature:    Signed on the base "Orient & Flume O272UASFN0105P 41/250 Beyers".  It also has a worn Orient & Flume paper label on the base and comes with its original O&F certificate. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips or cracks or scratches found on inspection.

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SOLD.                              Added 1/5/2019

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Magnum 1990 Orient & Flume Limited Edition Scott Beyers Millefiori and Lampwork Butterfly and Flower Paperweight
4879 Perthshire Annual Collection 1992E Limited Edition Overlay Basket Paperweight.    circa 1992.  This paperweight features a spray of flowers and buds on a double spiral latticinio cushion.  In the center there is a larger blue flower with a complex millefiori center.  The design is surrounded by a translucent amethyst overlay.  It is faceted with one top facet and twelve side facets (six large and six small).  It is signed with a "P" cane next to the floral arrangement.  This paperweight was made in a limited edition of 300 paperweights of which all were made.  The engraved number "120" on the base indicates this was number 120 in that series.  There is no paper label on this paperweight and I do not have the original certificate.  A nice well balanced design with great color and a fancy cutting.

Perthshire made this paperweight as one of their annual collection items.  This means the design was made only that one year and never again.  There were seven annual collection designs in 1992, designated A through G.  

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.

Very Large Size:  Just under 3 1/8" diameter by 2 5/16" high.  The bottom is ground concave.  The paperweight is faceted with one top facet and twelve side facets (six large and six small).  
Signature:  This paperweight is signed with a "P" cane next to the floral arrangement.  The engraved number "120" on the base indicates this was number 120 out of 300 paperweights made in this design.  There is no paper label on this paperweight and I do not have the original certificate.   
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches. Slight wear and some scratches on the base. 

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Perthshire Annual Collection 1992E Limited Edition Overlay Basket 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
5057 Wonderful Cape Cod Glass Works Millefiori Scramble Paperweight Made for the Sandwich Glass Museum.   undated.  Colorful scramble paperweight packed with a variety of millefiori canes and twist canes.  The paperweight includes two of William Burchfield's rose canes and also a Sandwich Glass Museum "SGM" cane.  The paperweight also has a paper label "CAPE COD GLASS WORKS SAGAMORE, MA" on the base. 

Note:  This paperweight has a faint scratch near the rose on top and a tiny pinprick near the base.  The price has been reduced to account for this very minor damage.

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.

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

Medium Size:   2 5/8” diameter by just under 2 3/16” high.  The base is ground concave.   
Condition:  Very good condition. I could find only minor damage on inspection.  There is a faint scratch near the rose on top (see picture) and a tiny pinprick near the base.  There is also wear on the base.
Signature:  This paperweight includes two of William Burchfield's rose canes and also a Sandwich Glass Museum "SGM" cane.  The paperweight also has a paper label "CAPE COD GLASS WORKS SAGAMORE, MA" on the base.   

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Rose cane on top
Second rose cane and SGM cane
Base with label
Scratch near top rose
Top view
SOLD.                                                                  Added 11/25/2018  

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Wonderful Cape Cod Glass Works Millefiori Scramble Paperweight Made for the Sandwich Glass Museum
2594 Antique Venetian Scrambled Millefiori Paperweight with Twists and Aventurine.   circa 1840-1900.  Colorful Venetian scrambled paperweight dating from the early years of Venetian paperweight making.  It is filled with large pieces of twist cane and filigree including some with aventurine.  It is not possible to identify the exact maker, but it is definitely from Venice and probably from the island of Murano.  This example has a neat button shaped pontil mark.  An important example that every collector should covet.  Great color.

Note:  Some of the pictures show very light colors.  The actual colors are more accurate in the side views.

Some of the earliest paperweights were made in Venice in the 1840s. They were gathered together out of scraps of latticinio and other types of cane, as well as chunks of aventurine quartz, which would be picked up by a ball of hot glass at the end of a pipe and covered with more clear glass.  The glass was of poor quality and the collection of scrambled scraps within was a random jumble, at best.  Often these paperweights were not properly annealed and would later develop internal cracks due to incompatibility between the different types of glass.

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

Medium Size:  Just under 2 1/2” diameter by 1 7/16” high.  The base is fire finished with a button shaped pontil mark.
Condition:  Good condition.  This example has a somewhat uneven original surface and many minor scratches and some tiny nicks.  See pictures for surface condition.  No cracks.
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this to be an antique Venetian paperweight.

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Side
Another side view

SOLD.                                                Added 11/21/2018 

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Antique Venetian Scrambled Millefiori Paperweight with Twists and Aventurine
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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Signature Cane
$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
3194 Small Peter McDougall (PMcD) Scramble or End of Day Millefiori Paperweight.  This charming paperweight consists of an end of day design over a translucent turquoise ground.  It is one of Peter McDougall's earliest designs.  It is signed in the design with a complex cane made from four separate letter canes forming the signature PMcD.  It also has a paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Handmade in Crieff Scotland" on the base. 

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

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

Peter McDougall started his 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.

Size:  Just under 2 1/8" diameter by just under 1 1/2" high. 
Condition:  Outstanding original condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed in the design with a PMcD signature cane.  It also has a paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Handmade in Crieff Scotland." 

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

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Label
Signature cane
SOLD.                            Added 9/6/2018 

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Small Peter McDougall (PMcD) Scrambled Millefiori Paperweight
1669 Peter McDougall Medium Crown Paperweight with Multicolored Twists.  Attractive crown paperweight with a wonderful complex cane on top.  The crown is formed from 20 twist canes with alternating colors, 10 white twist canes and 10 multi-colored twists made  from yellow, white and green stringers.  There is a dark ground in the center of this paperweight.  It is signed on the base with a complex cane made from four separate letter canes forming the signature PMcD in the center of a cogged cane.  There is no paper label on this paperweight.

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

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

Medium Size:  Just over 2 5/16" diameter by 2" high.  The base is ground concave. 
Condition:  Outstanding original condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed on the base with a complex cane made from four separate letter canes forming the signature PMcD in the center of a cogged cane.  There is no paper label on this paperweight. 

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

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Base
Profile view
SOLD.                            Added 9/6/2018 

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Peter McDougall Medium Crown Paperweight with Multicolored Twists
4517 Large Pairpoint Faceted Purple Rose Paperweight - See Condition Statement.  Circa 1970-1980.  This paperweight features a purple rose and eight sepals placed over clear ground.  The rose has fourteen purple or lilac petals in a 4+4+3+3 crimp pattern. In the typical Pairpoint style, there are four wide green sepals and four skinny sepals.  It is faceted with one top facet and five side facets placed high on the dome.  The paperweight is unsigned but I guarantee that it was made by Pairpoint glass.  Please see the note below about condition and other faults.  A beautiful example of modern Pairpoint production.

Note on condition:  No major damage found, but I have rated this good condition, rather than very good condition or excellent condition, because there are at least two tiny nicks on the facets and some scratches on the surface.  The worst of the scratches is clearly visible in two of the pictures.  There is also minor wear and scratching on the base.  Although it is not damage, I want to mention that is a small elongated bubble above the rose that obscures a clear view of the center of the rose.  This is a beautiful paperweight but is being sold for a bargain price due to these faults. 

Note on white glare:  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 (2018) although under new owners. 

Size:  Just over 2 13/16" diameter by just over 2 5/16" high.  The bottom is ground flat. It is faceted with one top facet and five side concave facets.  The side facets are placed high on the dome.
Condition:  Good condition.  No major damage found, but I have called this "good condition", rather than "very good condition" or "excellent condition", because there are at least two tiny nicks on the facets and some scratches on the surface.  The worst of the scratches is clearly visible in two of the pictures.  There is also minor wear and scratching on the base.  Although it is not damage, I want to mention that is a small elongated bubble above the rose that obscures a clear view of the center of the rose.   
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee this paperweight to be by Pairpoint Glass. 

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

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Scratch between two facets
Side view
Profile view
Base
SOLD.                          Added 9/3/2018.   

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Large Pairpoint Faceted Purple Rose Paperweight - See Condition Statement
3490 Early Paul Stankard 1982 Compound Spring Beauty Floral Paperweight.  dated 1982.  This paperweight features a natural arrangement of two spring beauty flowers, with three opening buds, three more unopened buds, leaves, stems, and root ball.  The delicate petals have a faint pink and white striping.  This compound arrangement is placed over a translucent blue ground.  It is signed signed with a "S" signature cane on the side and engraved "B739 1982" near the base.  A wonderful example from Paul Stankard's early work. 

The Spring Beauty flower has been the subject of many of Paul Stankard's design studies, progressing from simple arrangements to more complex three dimensional arrangements like this one.  Examples appear in almost every book about Paul Stankard.  This paperweight is almost identical to M101 (priced at $800) in Leo Kaplan original paperweight catalog published in 1984.  A more stylized example M420 (priced at $1,750) appeared in a supplement published in April 1991.  Other examples appear in the books PAUL JOSEPH STANKARD:  THE FIRST DECADE published by Wheaton Museum of Glass and FLORA IN GLASS Paperweights of Paul J. Stankard published by Spink.. 

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. 

Large Size:   3 1/16" diameter by 1 15/16" tall.  The paperweight has a flat profile.  The base is ground concave. 
Signature:    Signed signed with a "S" signature cane on the side and engraved "B739 1982" near the base. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection. There are a few tiny bubbles in the design.

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Signature cane, study number, and date
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Side View
SOLD.                                                                    Added 9/3/2018.

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Early Paul Stankard 1982 Compound Spring Beauty Floral Paperweight
4419 Magnum Vintage Pairpoint Red, White and Blue Twist Swirl and Bubble Paperweight.  This paperweight features a central red, white, and blue twist swirl surrounded by an amazing swirling bubble pattern.  The center twist is made up of 12 colored stringers (rods), four in each color.  It is a very large paperweight.  The paperweight is unsigned but I guarantee that it was made by Pairpoint glass.  Although it appears to be an older piece of Pairpoint glass, I am uncertain of the precise age.  The design is slightly off center.  A beautiful paperweight in outstanding condition. 

Note:  This design is slightly off center.  Condition is outstanding as this paperweight has been professionally polished to remove scratches on the dome and on the base.  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 (2018) although under new owners. 

Very Large Size:  3 1/2" diameter by 2 3/8" high.  The bottom is ground flat.  
Condition:  Outstanding condition.  This paperweight has been professionally polished to remove scratches on the dome and on the base.  There were no cracks or chips or other repairs.
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee this paperweight to be by Pairpoint Glass. 

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

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Base
Closeup
SOLD.                         Added 9/1/2018. 

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Magnum Pairpoint Twist Swirl and Bubble Paperweight
2535 Large Pairpoint Faceted White Rose Paperweight - See Condition Statement.  Circa 1970-1980.  This paperweight features a white rose and eight sepals placed over clear ground.  The rose has fourteen white petals in a 4+4+3+3 crimp pattern. In the typical Pairpoint style, there are four wide green sepals and four skinny sepals.  It is faceted with one top facet and five side facets.  The paperweight is unsigned but I guarantee that it was made by Pairpoint glass.  Please see the note below about condition and other faults.  A beautiful example of modern Pairpoint production.

Note:  No major damage found, but I have rated this good condition, rather than very good condition or excellent condition, because there are at least six tiny nicks and some faint scratches on the surface and the facets.  There is also minor wear and scratching on the base.  Although it is not damage, I want to mention that there is waviness and leftover tool marks near the top facet.  The worst of these flaws are shown in the pictures.  This is a beautiful paperweight but is being sold for a bargain price due to these faults. 

Note on white glare and blue spot:  Please ignore the white areas, they are glare from the lights.  Also, the blue color is not in the paperweight, it is a reflection of another object.

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. 

Size:  Just over 2 3/4" diameter by 2 5/16" high.  The bottom is ground flat. It is faceted with one top facet and five side concave facets. 
Condition:  Good condition.  No major damage found, but I have called this "good condition", rather than "very good condition" or "excellent condition", because there are at least six tiny nicks and some faint scratches on the surface and the facets.  There is also minor wear and scratching on the base.  Although it is not damage, I want to mention that there is waviness and leftover tool marks near the top facet. 
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee this paperweight to be by Pairpoint Glass. 

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

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Wavy area near top with tool marks
Side view
Profile view - ignore blue reflection
Base
SOLD.                         Added 8/30/2018.   

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Large Pairpoint Faceted White Rose Paperweight
1684 Fantastic Peter McDougall (PMcD) Robins Egg Blue Flower and Millefiori on Lace Paperweight.  This paperweight consists of a five robins egg blue lampwork flower over a lace or upset muslin ground.  The flower has a complex millefiori center cane and there is also a carefully placed millefiori cane between each of the petals.  The lace ground give this paperweight a special special touch.  It is signed on the bottom with a complex cane made from four separate letter canes forming the signature PMcD.  This example does not have a paper label.  A wonderful paperweight with great color.

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.

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

Small Size:  2 1/16" diameter by 1 1/2" high.  The base is ground concave.
Condition:  Outstanding original condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed on the bottom with a PMcD signature cane. The signature is small and some people may have difficulty reading the signature on these weights, but I guarantee the attribution of this paperweight.  The pictures show the exact paperweight you will get.   

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SOLD.                                                                 Added 8/26/2018  

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Fantastic Peter McDougall (PMcD) Robins Egg Blue Flower and Millefiori on Lace Paperweight
5069 Large Vandermark 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 greens, blues, and browns.  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 "Vandermark #21 1979" on the base. 

Note:  From the signature, we can't be sure whether this was made by Jerry Vandermark alone or jointly with one of the other Vandermark glass artists, Doug Merritt or 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.

Large Size:  Just under 3" diameter by 2 11/16" high.  The bottom is ground flat. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips, cracks or significant scratches found on inspection other than some minor wear on the base.
Signature:  Signed "Vandermark #21 1979" on the base.  

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Another view
SOLD.                                                                 Added 8/26/2018

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Large Vandermark Pulled Feather Tiffany Style Art Nouveau 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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Base
$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
3986 Large Caithness 1997 Rhythm 'N Blues Paperweight.  designed 1997.  This Caithness paperweight features a swirling arrangement of blue musical notes and staffs to create a vision of intertwined music and listeners (or musicians) swaying together.  The design is created using blue and white frit (ground glass) over a clear ground.  It was designed in 1997 by Helen MacDonald.  The paperweight is signed in script on the base "Rhythm 'N Blues Caithness Scotland".  There is also an engraved number "Y53000".  It comes with an original Caithness cloth bag.  Imaginative color and design.

Note:  The pictures do not do justice to this paperweight.  Please ignore the white areas; they are glare from the lights.

This design is listed and designated CT-1452 on page 209 of the Charlton Standard Catalog of Caithness Paperweights.  It was designed by Helen MacDonald as part of the Modern Design Series.  The design was issued in 1997 with an original US price of $95.  

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” diameter by 2 3/4” 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 in script on the base "Rhythm 'N Blues Caithness Scotland".  There is also an engraved number "Y53000".

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Another view
SOLD                                                             Added 8/20/2018   

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Large Caithness 1997 Rhythm 'N Blues Paperweight
4779 Magnum James Lundberg 1989 Lundberg Studios Worldweight Paperweight.   dated 1989.  This Worldweight paperweight was created by by James Lundberg in 1989 and became one of the Lundberg Studio's most famous products.  It depicts a whole earth representation of the planet earth with its continents, oceans, arctic regions, and many other features depicted in amazing detail.  The paperweight even includes wispy cloud formations.  This is one of the earliest of this design made and is signed by James Lundberg and dated on the base "James Lundberg Lundberg Studios 1989 022402".  This is a rare opportunity to own a paperweight made by James Lundberg who died three years after creating this piece of art.  A wonderful paperweight. 

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

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

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

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

Very Large Size:   3 3/4" diameter by 3 1/2" high. The base is ground flat.  The paperweight weighs over 2 pounds 9 ounces (41 ounces).
Signature:  Signed and dated on the base "James Lundberg Lundberg Studios 1989 022402".  This paperweight was made the same year as the original design in 1989 and is one of the earliest examples of this design.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks or chips.  There are no scratches except for minor wear on the base. 

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SOLD.                                                          Added 8/20/2018  

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Magnum James Lundberg 1989 Lundberg Studios Worldweight Paperweight
4761 Magnum Steven Lundberg 1990 (Lundberg Studios) Double White Water Lilies Paperweight.   dated 1990.  This paperweight by Steven Lundberg features two white water lilies each with a double layer of pointed ribbed petals, large tufts of yellow stamens, and pointed green sepals.  The flowers rise above lily pads from a watery blue translucent ground.  This is a compound paperweight with lampwork at several levels.  The flowers are very three dimensional and intertwined with the stems.  It is signed and dated on side just above the base "Steven Lundberg Lundberg Studios 1990 052320".  It also has a signature cane in the design “LS 90”.  This is a hard to find item that is not part of Lundberg Studios standard offering.  A wonderful high quality example of Steven Lundberg's artistry.

Note:  A slightly smaller example of this design is listed on the LH Selman site for $600.  My price is considerably lower.

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

Steven Lundberg left Lundberg Studios in 1997 and set up his own studio in Santa Cruz, CA under the name of “Contemporary Art Glass”.  Legal entanglements caused the company name to be changed to “Steven Lundberg Glass Art”.  His son, Justin Scott Lundberg (born 1978), joined him in the business.  Steven Lundberg died from ALS in 2008.

Very Large Size:  3 1/4" diameter by 2 5/8" high.  The bottom has been ground concave.  It weighs just over 23 ounces (1 pound 7 ounces). 
Signature:  It is signed in script on the side near the base "Steven Lundberg Lundberg Studios 1990 052320".  It also has a signature cane in the design “LS 90”.  
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips or cracks or scratches found on inspection other than slight wear on the base. 

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SOLD.                                                 Added 8/16/2018  

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Magnum Steven Lundberg 1990 (Lundberg Studios) Double White Water Lilies Paperweight
4448 Cracked Antique Venetian Scrambled Millefiori Paperweight with Knob.   circa 1840-1900.  Colorful Venetian scrambled paperweight with a knob on top dating from the early years of Venetian paperweight making.  It is filled with large pieces of twist cane and filigree including some with aventurine.  Unfortunately this example has a large internal crack which is shown in the pictures.  This is not unusual since the early paperweights were not properly annealed.  It is not possible to identify the exact maker, but it is definitely from Venice and probably from the island of Murano.  An important example that every collector should covet.

Some of the earliest paperweights were made in Venice in the 1840s. They were gathered together out of scraps of latticinio and other types of cane, as well as chunks of aventurine quartz, which would be picked up by a ball of hot glass at the end of a pipe and covered with more clear glass.  The glass was of poor quality and the collection of scrambled scraps within was a random jumble, at best.  Often these paperweights were not properly annealed and would later develop internal cracks due to incompatibility between the different types of glass.

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.

Small to Medium Size:  2 3/8” diameter by 2 3/8” high.  The base is fire finished with a remainder of the pontil scar.
Condition:  Fair condition.  This example has a large internal crack which wraps around to the base as shown in the pictures.  Otherwise it has a somewhat uneven original surface and minor scratches.
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this to be an antique Venetian paperweight.

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SOLD.                                                Added 8/12/2018 

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Cracked Antique Venetian Scrambled Millefiori Paperweight with Knob
4577 Magnum Ken Rosenfeld 1988 Vegetables Bouquet Paperweight.  dated 1988This paperweight consists of vegetable bouquet of radishes, carrots, asparagus spears, and turnips (or beets).  There are seven red radishes with leafy tops, six tapered orange carrots, three asparagus spears and two purple turnips.  They are placed over a clear ground.  It is signed on the side with Ken Rosenfeld's "R" cane and engraved signature "KEN ROSENFELD '88".   Please read the note below about the condition.  It is a beautiful paperweight with its unusual composition of vegetables.  An early paperweight from Ken Rosenfeld. 

NotesThis paperweight has a small circular impact mark (approximately 1/8") on the side away from the signature.  It does not show when the paperweight is displayed, but I have reduced the price accordingly.  It can be restored if you wish.  Normally this would be a $400 paperweight.  Also, the pictures do not do justice to this paperweight.  Please ignore the white areas, they are reflections and glare from the lights.      

Ken Rosenfeld works at his own studio, Ken Rosenfeld Glass, in Milwaukie, Oregon.  Ken's paperweight expertise arose from a formal art education and a technical background.  He has a Bachelor's degree in art from the University of California and a Master's of Fine Arts degree from Southern Illinois University.  His technical experience in scientific glasswork and his studio glass experience contributed to his superb ability as a glass artist.  Ken has been a paperweight artist since the mid 1980s.  He started at Correia Glass, leaving after five years to set up his own studio in 1983.  This 1988 vegetable bouquet is an early paperweight made by Ken.

Very Large Size:   3 5/16" diameter by just under 2 7/16" high.  The base is ground concave. 
Signature:  It is signed on the side with Ken Rosenfeld's "R" signature cane and engraved signature "KEN ROSENFELD '88".
Condition:  This paperweight has a small circular impact mark (approximately 1/8") on the side away from the signature.  Otherwise it is in excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks.   

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SOLD.                                                            Added 8/5/2018  

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Magnum Ken Rosenfeld 1988 Vegetables Bouquet Paperweight
3925 Magnum Cathy Richardson 2007 Winter Scene Egg Shaped Paperweight.  dated 2007.  This three dimensional winter scene is part of Cathy Richardson's Four Seasons series.  The scene consists of three trees, barren of their leaves, and covered with snow.  The ground shows snow, rocks, and roots to complete a wonderful is a wonderful winter scene.  The egg shape allows the trees to come together at the top to provide a snow covered canopy.  It is signed "C RICHARDSON 2007" on the base.  A wonderful paperweight. 

Cathy Richardson was born in Washington D.C. and grew up in Falls Church, Virginia.  She was always interested in art and nature and learned to draw and paint at a very early age.  Her formal education was capped with a Ph.D. in geology from Harvard, University.  In the 1980s she returned to art and built a stained glass studio in Iowa which she named "Nature's Image".  In 1996, she studied lampworking with Bandhu Scott Dunham at the Corning School of Glass and in 1997 enrolled at Bowling Green State University and learned to blow glass.  In 2000 she again studied lampworking at Corning School of Glass — this time with Shane Fero and Fred Birkhill.  Her early appreciation of paperweights came from her mother who had a small collection of paperweights.  She and her husband moved one more time to Winona, Minnesota in 1999 and she started a new studio named Touchstone Glass, making paperweights and marbles.  Her earliest paperweights were made at the end of 2001 or early 2002. 

Cathy Richardson's earliest paperweights were starfish and coral reef paperweights and also torch-drawn "California style" paperweights like the one in this listing.  In 2004 she started to make more lampwork paperweights.  Cathy still makes a combination of California style paperweights"and her more detailed lampwork paperweights.  More recently she studied engraving and her latest works demonstrate an amazing ability to integrate traditional paperweights and an elaborate engraved surface.  Touchstone Glass has grown into a family business, with Cathy's son, Colin Richardson, joining as a full-time glass artist in 2006, and Cathy's husband becoming one of the team when he retired from his University career.  Colin now has his own studio in Minneapolis, MN.  

Very Large Size:  3 1/8" diameter by 5" high.  The base is ground flat. 
Signature : Signed "C RICHARDSON 2007" on the base. 
Condition :  Excellent condition.   No cracks, chips or scratches found on inspection.  Some wear on the base.

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SOLD.                              Added 7/31/2018  

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Magnum Cathy Richardson 2007 Winter Scene Egg Shaped 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.

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 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
4895 Perthshire 1999 PP206 Limited Edition Magnum Millefiori Nosegay with Garland on Lace Paperweight.  dated 1999. This limited edition magnum nosegay was made only in 1999.  The nosegay consists of three large complex canes with four green leaves and a stem.  It is surrounded by a complex garland pattern of complex millefiori, short twists, and outer concentric concentric rings.  All of the of millefiori canes are complex canes.  The design is set on a white lace or upset muslin ground.  The paperweight was made only in 1999 in a limited edition of 200 paperweights of which some were faceted.  There is a complex "P1999" signature cane on the base and also the engraved edition number "119".  A magnificent very large paperweight from Perthshire that makes a statement.   

The PP206 was made only in 1999.  It was made in a limited edition of 200 paperweights, some of which were faceted.

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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:  3 7/16" diameter by 2 7/16" high.  The base is ground concave.
Signature:  This paperweight has a Perthshire complex "P1999" signature cane on the base and also the engraved edition number "119".  This example does not have a Perthshire paper label.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  I found no cracks, chips, or scratches.

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SOLD.                                                   Added 7/30/2018     

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Perthshire 1999 PP206 Limited Edition Magnum Millefiori Nosegay with Garland on Lace Paperweight
3919 Magnificent Eric Hansen Magnum Pink Crimp Rose Paperweight with Blue Cushion Swirl Ground.  dated 2007.  This is a magnificent crimp rose paperweight with three wonderful large leaves and a blue cushion swirl ground.  The rose has twelve petals in a 4+4+4 pattern plus two smaller parts (stamens or pistils).  The underside reveals a neat blue cushion swirl ground.  It is signed "Eric W. Hansen 2007-5095" on the base.  Fancy grounds like this are usually found in lampwork or millefiori paperweights.  This treatment is rare in a crimp paperweight.  Also especially nice is the way the rose is fully open.  A superb paperweight. 

Eric W. Hansen is a second generation glassworker who grew up in a family of glassworkers and paperweight  makers.  His learned lampworking from his father Richard Hansen and was also influenced by the work of his uncles Ronald and Robert Hansen.  He currently works in a home studio in Argyle, Texas.  He is known for his floral motifs and iridescent lusters in his paperweights and blown designs.

Large Size:  3 5/16" diameter by 2 3/4" high.  The base is ground flat. 
Signature : Signed "Eric W. Hansen 2007-5095" on the base. 
Condition :  Excellent condition.   No cracks, chips or scratches found on inspection. 

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SOLD.                              Added 7/15/2018  

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Magnificent Eric Hansen Magnum Pink Crimp Rose 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.

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

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
4908 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.  There are two rows of red canes, then a yellow row, and a blue outer row.  The Whitefriars signature cane with a white monk and the year 1976 is in the yellow row, just above 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:  Just over 3 3/16" diameter by 1 7/8" high.  The base is ground concave.  Faceted with one top facet and five side facets.
Condition:  Outstanding condition.  No chips, cracks or scratches. 
Signature:  Signed in the design with a Whitefriars 1976 signature / date cane in the yellow row. 

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SOLD.                                                 Added 7/7/2018.    

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Magnum Whitefriars 1976 Concentric Millefiori Butterfly Paperweight
1885 Chinese 1930 Tetradecahedron Double Marble Aquarium Paperweight.   circa 1930.  This paperweight features a double marble inside a 14 faced three dimensional figure.  It is a uniquely Chinese invention.  It is intended to be placed  in an aquarium along with the rocks and plants.  The inner two spheres inside resemble a double marble.  The figure can be referred to as a tetradecahedron or more specifically as a hexagonal bifrustum.  The top and bottom are hexagon shaped, the other twelve faces are trapezoidal.  Novelty items like this started appearing in the US in the 1930s and some were sold at the 1939 World's Fair and I believe this is an early example.  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 15/16” long by 1 11/16" wide.
Signature: Unsigned, but I guarantee this is a Chinese paperweight, made in the 1930s or later.  
Condition:  Good condition.  One corner has a small impact fracture.  There are a few minor scratches.  No other cracks or chips.  The glass is poor quality, has a green tinge, and has quite a bit of dirt of debris or dirt in it.  

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Chinese 1930 Tetradecahedron Double Marble Aquarium Paperweight
4291 Drew Ebelhare 1993 Blue, Orange, and White Crown Paperweight.  dated 1993.  This crown paperweight is made up of an alternating pattern of eight blue twists and eight white twists.  The blue twists have an orange strip down the center.  There is a very nice crown on top - a complex blue, orange, and white complex signature cane with an "E" in the center.  The design is arranged over a clear ground.  It is also signed on the bottom "Ebelhare 6-93 Houston".  A vibrant colorful paperweight that demonstrates Drew Ebelhare's versatility.

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

Crown weights are considered by some to be the most exciting of all millefiori designs.  They are extremely difficult to make.

Drew Ebelhare has been making glass paperweights since 1983, focusing on millefiori paperweights.  Drew graduated from Florida State University in 1977 with a Bachelors Degree in technical theater and scene design.  After graduating and working at the Alley Theater in Houston, he made a career change becoming one of the founding members of The Houston Glass Art Society.  In 1981, Drew set up his first hot glass shop in Houston.  He now works out a new studio in Cañon City, Colorado.  His millefiori canes have evolved so he now produces his own unique style of floral millefiori canes, including Clichy style roses, camomiles, pansies, primroses, sunflowers and others.  Paul Dunlop calls Drew the preeminent millefiori paperweight artist in the United States.

In 2009 Drew started collaborating with lampwork artist Sue Fox.  Sue started making beads, buttons, and doll house miniatures in 1994.  Their wonderful collaborative works feature Sue's miniature lampwork surrounded by Drew's distinctive style of floral millefiori.

Medium Size:  Just under 2 5/8" diameter by 1 3/16" high.  The base is ground flat.
Signature:  Signed "Ebelhare 6-93 Houston" on the base.  It is also crowned with Drew Ebelhare's complex signature cane with an "E" in the center.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks or chips or scratches. 

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SOLD.                                                             Added 7/3/2018

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Drew Ebelhare 1993 Blue, Orange, and White Crown Paperweight
3154 Ken Rosenfeld 2006 Berry Bouquet Paperweight.  dated 2006. This paperweight consists of a berry and flower bouquet of a five pink, blue, and purple flowers, two blackberries and three pink berries.  The flowers are complete with stamens, sepals, and stems over a clear glass ground.  It is signed on the side with Ken Rosenfeld's "R" cane and engraved signature "KR 2006".   It is a beautiful paperweight with a natural composition. 

The picture does not do justice to this paperweight.  Ignore the white areas, they are reflections and glare from the lights.   A similar paperweight sold in Selman's Summer 2011 Auction (Lot 268) for $330.   

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

Medium Size:   Just under 2 1/2" diameter by 1 7/8" high.  The base is ground concave. 
Signature:  Signed with Ken Rosenfeld's "R" cane and engraved signature "KR 2006". 
Condition:  Outstanding condition with no scratches, chips or cracks.   

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Base
SOLD.                          Added 7/1/2018  

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Ken Rosenfeld 2006 Berry Bouquet Paperweight
3977 Early Large 1982 Orient & Flume Bruce Sillars White Water Lily Flower and Bud Paperweight.    dated 1982.  This wonderful paperweight features a large white water lily flower and pad along with a smaller opening bud.  The lampwork design is placed above a shimmering transparent blue ground.  There are some reddish-brown color flecks in the ground.  It is signed on the base "Orient & Flume B. Sillars CZ32M1982".  An intriguing paperweight.

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

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

Bruce Sillars was the first employee hired by Orient & Flume and is still at O&F today.  Since 1973 Bruce has been responsible for many of Orient & Flume's most successful designs.  He grew up in the Los Angeles suburbs and worked in ceramics in High School, later becoming a technician in the ceramic studio at Moorpark College.  Sillars shifted from ceramics at Chico State University to metal and sculpting to glass blowing, earning a BA in Art with an emphasis in ceramics, glass, and sculpture from California State University, Chico.  In the beginning he created iridescent vases and paperweights that incorporated both geometric and naturalistic floral motifs. Over time the designs became more and more complex and sophisticated and by the early 80's his work began to move away from iridescent glass focusing on three-dimensional motifs and employing both "torch worked" and "lamp worked" design elements.

Large Size:  Just under 3" diameter by 2 11/16" high.  The bottom has been ground flat. 
Signature:    Signed on the base "Orient & Flume B. Sillars CZ32M1982".
Condition:  Very good condition.  There is noticeable wear on the base but elsewhere I found no chips or cracks or scratches. 

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Base
SOLD.                              Added 7/1/2018  

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Early Large 1982 Orient & Flume Bruce Sillars White Water Lily Flower and Bud Paperweight
4297 Drew Ebelhare 1994 Pink and White Clichy Style Swirl Paperweight "Pink Carousel".  dated 1994.  This is a Clichy style swirl paperweight made up of thirteen pink and thirteen white glass rods with a miniature light green complex millefiori flower in the center.   When viewed from the bottom, the image is almost the same except that the swirl is reversed and there is a Drew Ebelhare "E" signature cane in the center.  It is also signed on the bottom "Ebelhare 4-94".  A vibrant colorful paperweight.

Note:  This paperweight (or one just like it) appeared on the cover of an L.H. Selman promotional brochure featuring Drew Ebelhare's work.  In describing the paperweight, Selman names it "Pink Carousel" and states "This pink and white pinwheel is in perfect balance with the light green complex floret which crowns its center."

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

Drew Ebelhare has been making glass paperweights since 1983, focusing on millefiori paperweights.  Drew graduated from Florida State University in 1977 with a Bachelors Degree in technical theater and scene design.  After graduating and working at the Alley Theater in Houston, he made a career change becoming one of the founding members of The Houston Glass Art Society.  In 1981, Drew set up his first hot glass shop in Houston.  He now works out a new studio in Cañon City, Colorado.  His millefiori canes have evolved so he now produces his own unique style of floral millefiori canes, including Clichy style roses, camomiles, pansies, primroses, sunflowers and others.  Paul Dunlop calls Drew the preeminent millefiori paperweight artist in the United States.

In 2009 Drew started collaborating with lampwork artist Sue Fox.  Sue started making beads, buttons, and doll house miniatures in 1994.  Their wonderful collaborative works feature Sue's miniature lampwork surrounded by Drew's distinctive style of floral millefiori.

Medium Size:  Just under 2 5/8" diameter by 1 7/8" high. 
Signature: Signed "Ebelhare 4-94" on the base.  There is also Drew Ebelhare's signature cane "E" in the center of the swirl (bottom view only)
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks or chips. 

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

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Drew Ebelhare 1994 Pink and White Clichy Style Swirl 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.

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

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
3898 Drew Ebelhare 2007 Millefiori Scramble Millefiori Paperweight.  dated 2007.  This is a scramble paperweight packed full of Drew Ebelhare's complex millefiori canes.  There are Clichy style rose canes and many other distinctive canes on a pink and white jasper ground.  It is signed on the bottom "Ebelhare 8-07". A vibrant colorful paperweight.

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

Drew Ebelhare has been making glass paperweights since 1983, focusing on millefiori paperweights.  Drew graduated from Florida State University in 1977 with a Bachelors Degree in technical theater and scene design.  After graduating and working at the Alley Theater in Houston, he made a career change becoming one of the founding members of The Houston Glass Art Society.  In 1981, Drew set up his first hot glass shop in Houston.  He now works out a new studio in Cañon City, Colorado.  His millefiori canes have evolved so he now produces his own unique style of floral millefiori canes, including Clichy style roses, camomiles, pansies, primroses, sunflowers and others.  Paul Dunlop calls Drew the preeminent millefiori paperweight artist in the United States.

In 2009 Drew started collaborating with lampwork artist Sue Fox.  Sue started making beads, buttons, and doll house miniatures in 1994.  Their wonderful collaborative works feature Sue's miniature lampwork surrounded by Drew's distinctive style of floral millefiori. 

Medium Size:  2 11/16" diameter by 1 13/16" high. 
Signature: Signed "Ebelhare 8-07" on the base.  The signature is clear but I had trouble getting a picture of it.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks or chips. 

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SOLD.                               Added 6/14/2018

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Drew Ebelhare 2007 Millefiori Scramble Millefiori Paperweight
4591 Antique St. Louis Concentric Millefiori Paperweight.   circa 1845-1860.  This is a small St. Louis concentric millefiori paperweight.  It is made up of a mix of wonderful complex and simple millefiori canes.  The outer ring has canes with the dominant color alternating between red and white.  The inner ring consists of five larger blue and white complex canes with a lime green center arranged around a lime green and white complex cane with a blue center.  All of this is set over a clear ground.  A nice colorful example.

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. 

Small Size:  2 1/16" diameter by 1 7/16" high. The bottom is ground concave.
Signature: Unsigned, but I guarantee this is an antique paperweight from the Saint-Louis factory in France.
Condition:  Excellent condition for its age with no cracks or chips. No significant scratches found on inspection.  There is wear consistent with the age of the paperweight on the base ring. 

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Still another large picture
$295 postage paid in the US.                           Added 5/28/2018  

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Antique St. Louis Concentric Millefiori 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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Four of the character canes
Base
Close up view
First character cane
Second character cane
Third character cane
Fourth character cane
$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
3153 Lost Coast Jesse Taj 2001 Butterfly Murrini Miniature Pedestal Paperweight.  dated 2001.  This is a wonderful example of the murrini work of Jesse Taj Karolczuk assembled into a miniature pedestal paperweight.  The paperweight features a butterfly in the center of two rings of flower murrini on the top, with additional murrini of butterflies, flowers, swirls, and other design elements on the sides.  A blue and white twist torsade encircles the footed base.   It is signed on the bottom "Jesse Taj #9 2001".  A great example from this talented artist.

Note:  Most Taj murrini paperweights are limited editions, so I suspect the paperweight is also a limited edition.  The #9 indicates the sequence, but I don't know the size of the edition.

Murrini often depict abstract designs, flowers and and even portraits of famous figures.  They differ from millefiori in that molds are not used to create them.  Rather the artist will build up a glass cane (cylinder shaped glass rod) by "painting" layer upon layer of glass until every cross sections of the glass cane contains the same image throughout its length.  The art of murrini making goes back at least 2,500 years, but contemporary murrini makers like Dinah Hulet, Loren Stump, and Jesse Taj have elevated the art to amazing new heights.

The Lost Coast Glass Studio is a collaboration of Jesse Taj Karolczuk and Jared DeLong.

Jesse Taj Karolczuk was born in Wareham Massachusetts and now lives and works in Humboldt county, California.  Jesse Taj began working with glass using lampwork techniques in 1994 in Eugene Oregon.  He uses murrini of flowers and animals as subject matter in his paperweights and marbles.  His murrini canes are sought after by collectors worldwide.  There is a permanent exhibit of his work at the Palazzo Rota museum in Venice, Italy.  He has taught glassblowing in Italy, Japan, and the U.S. 

Miniature Size:    Just over 1 1/2" diameter by just over 1 11/16"" high. 
Signature: It is signed on the bottom "Jesse Taj #9 2001". 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks or chips.

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SOLD.                                                                              Added 3/8/2018

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Lost Coast Jesse Taj 2001 Butterfly Murrini Miniature Pedestal Paperweight
3120 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.  Wonderful 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.

Medium Size:  2 1/2" 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.  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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Base with some wear
SOLD.                                                                              Added 3/3/2018                    

For more information about Baccarat paperweights, see my Baccarat Paperweights Web Page.      (dl-bac-ant)

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Antique Baccarat Macédoine (Scramble) Millefiori Paperweight
1091 Rare John Deacons Large Dated 2000 Millefiori Scramble Paperweight with Name Canes.   dated 2000.  This is a colorful scramble made by John Deacons.  It contains a very nice quilted arrangement of millefiori canes, including complex canes and three name canes.  The name canes are "TERRY", "ALAN" and a third that I can't read.  There is a "JD2000" signature cane in the design.  And there is a paper label with a thistle and "HANDMADE IN SCOTLAND by John Deacons" on the base.  A fun item from 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.

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

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

Large Size:  3" diameter by just under 2 1/4" high.  The base is ground concave although the ground portion is not a perfect circle.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks.  Minor wear on the base.
Signature:  Signed with a "JD2000" signature cane in the design and also a paper label with a thistle and "HANDMADE IN SCOTLAND by John Deacons" on the base.

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Closeup

$195 postage paid in the US.                                                    Added 2/7/2018   

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Rare John Deacons Large Dated 2000 Millefiori Scramble Paperweight with Name Canes
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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Stamp mark "ENGLAND"
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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     

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

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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).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SOLD.                                                                   Added 10/20/2017   

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

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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   

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

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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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Another view of incompatibility crack
$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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Paperweight with box and certificate
$195 postage paid in the US.                         Added 9/15/2017.   

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

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Phoenix Limited Edition FP13 Paneled Millefiori Paperweight
3117 Magnum Antique English Green Glass Dump Paperweight with Sulphide Goat.   circa 1840-1900.   This unusual glass paperweight is made of green bottle glass and contains a sulphide of what appears to be a goat with horns.  There is also a flowerpot on the bottom of the type typically find in floral dumps.  I have no idea why the maker put that in.  The goat sulphide has many small and larger bubbles on its surface.  These were trapped when the sulphide was inserted.  Unknown maker and age.  It has considerable surface wear and scratches.  Also base wear consistent with its age and two small circular impact marks.  No cracks or chips (other than the two impact marks).  There are many fine bubbles in the glass.  A great addition to a collection of old English paperweights.

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

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

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

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

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Side view
Surface with scratches and impact mark
SOLD.                                                 Added 8/31/2017

For more information about paperweights made by Whitefriars and other English factories, see my English Paperweights Web Page

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Large Antique English Green Glass Dump Paperweight with Sulphide Goat
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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Still another view
View of worn area
Large scratch 
$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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4950 Baccarat 1970 President James Monroe Sulphide on Red Ground.    issued in 1970.  This modern sulphide paperweight features a three dimensional figure of President James Monroe.  The sulphide was modeled in 1955 by Gilbert Poillerat and is signed on the edge of the sulphide with an incised "G. POILLERAT 1955", but the paperweight was not issued until 1970.  The paperweight also has a "B" incised on the edge of the sulphide and an acid etched Baccarat mark on the base.  This example has a red base with no cutting on the base.  The paperweight is faceted with one large top facet and six side facets and is footed. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information about sulphide paperweights, see my Sulphide Paperweights Web Page

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Baccarat 1970 President James Monroe Sulphide on Red Ground
3503 Rare Allan Scott John Deacons J Glass Faceted Garlanded Pansy Paperweight.     circa 1978-1983This paperweight features a delightful white edged pansy and bud with stems and leaves surrounded by a miniature garland of alternating green and blue complex millefiori canes.  There is also a complex millefiori cane in the center of the pansy.  It is signed in the garland with a J Glass "J" signature cane and Allan Scott's "A" signature cane.  Allan's "A" cane has a black A on a white background and is surrounded by a ring of white star canes with green backgrounds.  The J Glass "J" cane has a blue J on a white background and is surrounded by a ring of blue canes.  The paperweight is faceted with one top facet and six side facets.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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$245 postage paid in the US.                                     Added 1/4/2017. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Click on the picture to see a larger imagePaul Ysart Signed Red Flower with Seven Leaves and Stem in Millefiori Garland Paperweight
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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Magnum Antique Union Glass (Somerville, Massachusetts) Paperweight "MINNIE". Circa 1900-1929.  This is a fantastic Union Glass Company Paperweight featuring a garland of Lutz style four and five petal flowers with leaves and the name "MINNIE" in the center.  Each flower has gold aventurine in the center for accent.  The lettering is set off by two red white and blue colored stripes. 

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

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

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

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