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

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

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

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

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

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$450 postage paid in the US.                             Added 4/9/2017

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

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4920 Huge Aro Schulze Bandon Glass Art Studio Tidepool Paperweight. dated 2001.   Colorful underwater scene with anemones and coral.  The colors are stunning.  Signed on the side near the base "Aro Schulze #166 2001". 

Aro Schulze and her husband Dutch Schulze are the owners of the Bandon Glass Art Studio located in Bandon, Oregon.  Along with their son, Logan Schulze, they have been blowing glass and creating cast glass sculpture and cast glass vessels for about 30 years.  Aro Schulze began working with glass in 1989 and fusing hand blown roundels, cane and murrini into one of a kind jewelry.  She made a limited number of very large paperweights inspired by life forms hidden in the tidepools near her coastal home.  I believe she is now retired. 

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Very Large Size:   5" diameter by 4 1/2" high.  The base is ground flat.  This paperweight weighs over 5 1/2 pounds (89 ounces). 
Signature:  Signed on the side near the base "Aro Schulze #166 2001". 
Condition:  Excellent with no cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection except for quite a few scratches on the base. 

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$395 postage paid in the US.                        Added 4/9/2017

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

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1845 Peter McDougall Miniature Crown Paperweight with multicolored twists. Attractive miniature crown paperweight with a wonderful complex cane on top.  The crown is formed from 20 twist canes with alternating colors, 10 white twist canes and 10 multi-colored twists made  from yellow, white and blue stringers.  There is a dark ground in the center of this paperweight.  It is signed on the base with a complex cane made from four separate letter canes forming the signature PMcD.

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

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

Miniature Size:  Just over 1 3/4" diameter by 1 1/2" high. 
Condition:  Outstanding condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed with a complex "PMcD" cane on the base.  The signature is distinctive in that it is an early PMcD signature and tiny and can be hard to see without magnification.  There is no paper label on this paperweight. 

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$145 postage paid in the US.                             Added 4/9/2017

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

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4869 Huge Richard Satava Orange Ribbed Pacific Coast Side Swimmer Jellyfish Paperweight.  dated 2004.   This orange ribbed pacific coast jellyfish is depicted in its side swimming position with its long tentacles (or tendrils) trailing behind as it swims over a seascape bottom covered with barnacles and blue algae.  The artwork is truly amazing.  Signed on the base "Satava 1390-04". 

Richard Satava was introduced to glassblowing in 1969 while at Oceana High School in Pacifica, California. He subsequently studied art and glassblowing at the College of San Mateo and California State University, Chico.  He also worked as a technician in the glass shop at CSU, Chico.  In 1977 he founded Satava Art Glass in Chico, CA.  His glass art has several themes, mostly focusing on inspiration from nature.  During the 1990s he started to focus more attention on ocean life and nautical themes based on the jellyfish in the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  He has several different series of jellyfish, depicting them in upright and side swimming positions and also as a unusual flat depiction. 
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Very Large Size:   4 1/2" diameter by 4 3/4" high.  The base is ground flat.  This paperweight weighs almost five pounds (77 ounces). 
Signature:  Signed on the base "Satava 1390-04". 
Condition:  Excellent with no cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection except for some scratches on the base.  There are some striations in the glass. 

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SOLD.                        Added 4/2/2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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3217 Peter McDougall Small Daisy Millefiori Paperweight. This paperweight consists a closepacked arrangement millefiori arranged in an almost concentric pattern.  The paperweight has a daisy shape.  The ground is an opaque 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).  Unfortunately the cane was placed upside down in this paperweight reversing the letters.  It also has a paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Hand Made in Crieff Scotland." 

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

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

Small Size:  2 1/8" diameter by 1 1/4" high. 
Condition:  Outstanding condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed with a complex cane in the design and it also has a paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Hand Made in Crieff Scotland."  The signature cane was placed upside down in this paperweight reversing the letters. 

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$49 postage paid in the US.                            Added 4/2/2017

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

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3578 Early Pairpoint Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Rose Cane and Label. circa 1970.  This is a large paperweight with two rings of crude millefiori (fifteen in all) arranged around an early Pairpoint rose cane.  The design is placed over a translucent blue ground.  The pontil is unfinished.  This is an early example of Bryden Pairpoint's early efforts to make millefiori paperweights.  The result is crude but it represents a significant milestone.  Signed with a Pairpoint paper label on the base. 

Although the execution is somewhat primitive, this is an interesting historical addition to your Pairpoint collection. 

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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 1 15/16" high.  The base has a rough pontil. 
Condition:  Very good condition.  There are some tiny nicks in the side and some surface irregularities.  The glass has striations in it and also white flecks from the pot used to melt the glass. 
Signature:  This paperweight has an early Pairpoint paper label on the base. 

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$49 postage paid in the US.                             Added 3/19/2017

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

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4929 Unknown Maker 1998 Large Paperweight with two Stylized Red and White Fish Swimming in an Underwater Scene.    dated 1998.   This paperweight has two stylized red and white fish swimming in an underwater scene.  The fish are close to the surface, but not on the surface and are encased by a layer of glass.  An interesting paperweight. Signed, but I can't read the signature, dated 8-98. 

Unknown maker.  Even though the paperweight is signed, I can't identify the maker.  The placement of the signature suggests a North American maker.

Large Size:   2 15/16" diameter by just over 2 1/2" high.  The base is ground flat. 
Condition:  Excellent Condition.  No cracks or chips or scratches found on inspection. 
Signature:  Signed on the side just above the base.  I could not read the signature.  Dated 8-98. 

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$59 postage paid in the US.                             Added 3/19/2017

For more information about paperweights by unknown makers, see my Unknown Makers Paperweights Web Page

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4898 Unique 2000 Perthshire Picture Paperweight - Possibly Prototype for 2001 Miniature Picture Weight.   dated 2000.  This Perthshire paperweight 36 picture canes plus a 2000 date cane.  The date cane matches the date cane used in the Perthshire Millennium Paperweight.  The picture canes are not all different - several are repeated more than once.  The canes are closely packed with gaps over a clear glass ground.  It is engraved with a "P" near the base.  A unique paperweight, possibly one of a kind. 

This paperweight does not appear in the "Perthshire Paperweights - The Final Years", but it is similar to the Miniature Picture Cane Weight issued in 2001. Other than not being in the catalog, the other "wrong" feature is that the canes are uneven length. not production cut to even lengths and it is not as closely packed as we have come to expect from Perthshire weights.  Perthshire was known to produce prototypes to show to dealers and collectors prior to committing to a production design.  This may be such a prototype or may have been made at the request of a collector. 

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

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

Medium Size:  Just over 2 1/2" in diameter by just under  1 7/8" high.  The bottom is ground concave. 
Signature:  Engraved with a "P" on the side near the base. 
Condition:  Outstanding condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches. 

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SOLD.                                     Added 3/19/2017. 

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

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4674 Large Salamandra Glass Studios Vines and Flowers Paperweight. dated 1979.  Compound design of vines an millefiori flowers in a green, blue, and brown color scheme.  Alternatively, you could view this as a turbulent sea scene with three millefiori flowers floating above the sea.  This is a complex and intriguing paperweight by a relatively unknown studio that was in business for only a short while.  It is signed on the base "Salamandra Glass 8/79" 

Salamandra Art Glass of Portsmouth, New Hampshire was founded in 1975 by David Bellantone and Todd Phillips with apprentice George Cirocco. Todd Philips was a professional glassblower who studied in Venice, Italy.  David Bellantone had participated in the Haystack School of Crafts on Deer Isle, Maine.  The studio was known for their compound paperweights with multiple layers or depths and was included in a show of paperweights at the Elements Gallery in Greenwich, CT in January 1978.  In May 1977, David Bellantone and Todd Phillips, along with 35 other crafts people, were invited to a White House luncheon hosted by Rosalynn Carter.  The studio stayed in operation until 1991 although it is unclear if all three partners remained with the studio.  George Cirocco later re-opened the studio in 1996 in Dover, New Hampshire and continued until 2009.  Todd Phillips later became the President and CEO of the Quoizel Lighting Company. 

Large Size:   3 1/8" diameter by 2 5/8" high. The base is ground flat. 
Signature: Signed on the base "Salamandra Glass 8/79" 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks or chips.  I found no scratches on inspection other than minor scratches on the base. 

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SOLD.                       Added 3/19/2017 

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4752 Large Orient & Flume Figural Peach Paperweight.    circa 2003.  Wonderful hand crafted Orient & Flume peach paperweight having a stem and leaf.  The surface is has a pink iridescent sheen.  Signed on the base "Orient & Flume G6U7".  A wonderful example. 

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 in this vase.  Every Orient & Flume piece has a registration number which usually includes a date code.  In this case, I believe the "G" is for 2003. 

Large Size:  3" diameter by 2 3/4" high.  The bottom has been ground flat. 
Signature:    Signed in script on the bottom "Orient & Flume G6U7". 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips or cracks or scratches found on inspection. 

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$75 postage paid in the US.                                Added 3/12/2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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3949 Early Magnum James Lundberg 1973 Art Nouveau Iridescent Paperweight.   dated 1973.  This early Lundberg paperweight was most likely made during the experimental period when Lundberg first started producing glass paperweights with with iridescent surfaces and tiffany style designs.  The paperweight displays elements of the elaborate art nouveau designs that Lundberg was best known for.  The three part design incorporates surface decoration in yellow and red with section centered on a a millefiori star.  The surface is a deep iridescent purple.  It is signed in script on the side "Lundberg 73".  The surface is uneven in some areas near the top where the surface decoration has been applied, this is a splendid example of Lundberg's very early work. 

In 1970 James Lundberg founded a small "backyard" studio Nouveau Glass in San Jose, California.  The first paperweights were made in 1972 when, with the encouragement of Larry Selman, Lundberg began applying his iridescent glasses and Tiffany decorative techniques to paperweight design.  They were an immediate success and in such demand that a year later he, with college pal Mark Cantor, his younger brother Steven Lundberg and several other friends moved to set up a larger studio, renamed Lundberg Studios in Davenport, California.  James died in an accident in 1991.  Lundberg Studios were known for their surface decorated designs and torchwork and later for their lampwork.  Eventually Daniel Salazar, David Salazar, and several other glass artists joined Lundberg Studios.  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. 

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Very Large Size:   Just under 3 1/4" diameter by 2 3/16" high.  The base is ground flat. 
Signature: Signed on the side near the base "Lundberg 73". 
Condition:  Very good condition with no cracks or chips.  Some scratches on the base.  There are also some scratches or tool marks and some unevenness near the top near the top where the surface decoration has been applied. 

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$195 postage paid in the US.                        Added 3/12/2017

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

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3951 Colorful Rollin Karg Multicolor Twist Paperweight. circa 1983 to 2000.  This is an interesting sculptural paperweight in the shape of a twist.  White and clear glass were used to make the twist with added patches of blue, red, green and purple in the white glass.  It is signed "KARG" on the side near the base. 

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

Large Size:  2 1/2" at the widest by 3 3./4" tall.  The base is ground flat. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks found on inspection. There are some rough spots on the edge of the base probably from when the base was ground flat.  The base also has two holes in it that are the remnants of the pontil scar. 
Signature:  Engraved "KARG" on the side near the base. 

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$49 postage paid in the US.           Added 3/5/2017

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

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2887 Spectacular Peter McDougall  Karen Maxwell Special 2010 Collection Faceted Fruit Bouquet Paperweight.  circa 2010.  Spectacular bouquet arrangement of all sorts of  fruit in a large faceted paperweight.  The lampwork fruit arrangement is by Karen Maxwell and encasement by Peter McDougall.  The paperweight is signed next to the fruit with Peter's complex signature and date cane "PMcD 10".  It is faceted with a large top facet and 12 side facets.  It also has a paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Handmade in Crieff Scotland." 

This paperweight was one of the special annual editions made in only in 2010.  It was designated Collection 2010 Midyear #2. 

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. 

Large Size:  2 13/16" diameter by 2 3/16" high.  The base is ground concave.  It is faceted with a large top facet and 12 side facets. 
Condition:  Outstanding original condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed with a complex "PMcD 10" signature / date cane next to the fruit.  It also has a paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Handmade in Crieff Scotland." 

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SOLD.           Added 3/5/2017

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2791 Large St. Louis 1983 Faceted Bouquet Paperweight with two Pansies, Double Clematis, and a Fantasy Flower.  dated 1983.  This paperweight features a four flower bouquet of pansies, clematis, and a fantasy flower arranged over a clear ground.  The arrangement can also be called a cruciform style bouquet since the flowers and stems form a cross. There are two deep blue pansies with arrowhead millefiori canes for the lower petals.  There is also a great double layer white clematis with a bud and another three layer blue and white flower.  Each flower has a complex millefiori center.  The paperweight is 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, white and blue complex signature/date cane "SL 1983" on the underside of the bouquet.  It also has a gold foil label "CRISTAL SAINT LOUIS FRANCE" on the side.  A wonderful paperweight. 

This paperweight appears in the later of the two books on St. Louis paperweights, The Art of the Paperweight - Saint Louis (Second Edition - 1995) by Gerard Ingold.  It was issued in a limited edition of 300 paperweights. 

Cristalleries de Saint Louis was founded in 1767 in Lorraine, which became part of France in 1766.  The region was already home to several glassworks.  Paperweight production started at St. Louis in 1845 and most likely continued until about 1860.  Although the modern production of paperweights started in 1952, the output of millefiori and lampwork paperweights was small.  Fewer than 400 lampwork and millefiori paperweights were made between 1952 and 1955.  They were not all signed or dated.  The most successful product of this early revival period was the Queen Elizabeth sulphide which was made to commemorate her coronation in 1953.  After 1955, no additional weights were made at St. Louis until 1965.  In 1965 the factory resumed production of lampwork and millefiori paperweights and then in 1967 they began a series of sulphide weights.  Finally, in 1970 they started producing annual limited edition paperweights.  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 1/16" high.  The bottom is ground concave. 
Signature : Signed with a red, white, and blue complex signature/date cane "SL 1983" on the base.  It also has a gold foil label "CRISTAL SAINT LOUIS FRANCE" on the side. 
Condition :  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches. 

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SOLD.                           Added 2/27/2017 

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

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

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

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

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

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2246 Spectacular Peter McDougall Special 2005 Collection Large Barber Pole Checquer Millefiori Paperweight with Complex Canes.  circa 2005.  Spectacular large paperweight with a Clichy barber pole checquer design.  There are twenty complex canes arranged in two concentric circles around a larger complex cane.  The canes are separated by red and white striped barber pole latticinio twists. Underneath is layer of white latticinio twists.  The paperweight is signed on the base with Peter's complex signature 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." 

This paperweight was one of the special annual editions made in only in 2005.  It was designated Collection 2005 #5. 

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

Large Size:  3" diameter by 2 1/16" high. 
Condition:  Outstanding original 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, Handmade in Crieff Scotland." 

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$495 postage paid in the US.           Added 2/26/2017

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3958 Large Joe St. Clair Yellow and White Crimp Paperweight. circa 1970-1987.  Yellow and white 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 a large central bubble.  Yellow and white is an unusual color choice and the white does not stand out.  The signature "JOE ST CLAIR" is hot stamped on the base.  A great example. 

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

Large Size:   Just over 2 3/4" diameter by 1 7/8" high.  The base is fire finished and then hot stamped with the Joe St. Clair hot stamp signature. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Hot stamped "JOE ST CLAIR" on the bottom.  This dates from the 1970-1980s.  Joe St. Clair died in 1987.

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$49 postage paid in the US.                              Added 2/26/2017

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3678 Large Josh Simpson Inhabited Planet Paperweight.       dated 2013.    The basic theme of the inhabited planet series is that a new planet has been discovered with interesting features inviting exploration.  There is a light blue ocean swimming around green continents, forest filled mountain ranges and possibly inhabited cities.  Interesting, possibly manmade, structures require further exploration.  There is a yellow and green striped spaceship with an iridescent blue vapor trail on its way to investigate.  This is a work of astonishing depth and intricate beauty.  A magical paperweight packed with color and detail. 

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.

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Large Size:  Just under 3 1/8" diameter by 3" high. The base is ground flat.  A previous owner applied rubber bumps to the base to protect the bottom.
Signature:   Signed on the base "Simpson" and the serial number "10.42.13" indicating it was made in 2013. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips or scratches. 

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SOLD.                        Added 2/26/2017

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4211 Unusual  Antique Magnum Bohemian Millefiori Paperweight (Possibly Egermann or Riesengebirge).  circa 1850 - 1914.  Unusual antique paperweight with a thick layer of unusual millefiori arranged in close concentric patterns floating above a red, white, and blue frit ground.  Some of the millefiori are arranged horizontal, other are vertical.  The pattern seems to be deliberate with alternating concentric circles.  The paperweight has eight flat facets cut at the same level above the base.  The base is beveled.  Heavy grayish glass.  This is definitely a rare item. 

None of the experts I consulted with could identify this paperweight, but one suggested the millefiori canes might be the work of Friedrich Egermann (1777-1864).  A similar (but finer) paperweight with twists (not slices) laying lengthwise over a similar red, white, and blue frit ground appears in the book Glass Paperweights: The Heritage of the 19th Century Riesengebirge and Isergebirge Glassworks by Marek Kordasiewicz (see page See Figure 126 on page 90).  Kordasiewicz attributes his paperweight to Riesengebirge.  The paperweight in the book has overall faceting in addition to the eight large side facets. It is exactly the same diameter as the paperweight listed here.  The faceting on this paperweight matches pattern 31 in the book Paperweights: Historicism - Art Nouveau - Art Deco - 1842 to Today by Peter von Brackel. 

Large Size:  3 1/2" diameter by 2 5/8" high.  Faceted with eight flat facets cut at the same level above the base.  The base is beveled. 
Condition:  Very good condition for its age although with significant wear on the base.  There are also some small nicks and scratches.  No major damage found.  No cracks.  The glass is gray in color. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this is an antique paperweight, most likely from one of the regions in what used to be Czechoslovakia, possibly from Riesengebirge. 

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SOLD.                             Added 2/22/2017

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3174 Perthshire 1989 PP112 Limited Edition Medium Millefiori Paperweight.   dated 1989. This medium sized millefiori paperweight with a large complex millefiori center cane surrounded by two rings of complex canes.  This design is then surrounded by a pentagon of complex millefiori canes and twists, then by a pentagon of complex canes, and finally by another outer pentagon of twists with two canes in each corner.  The design is placed over a translucent blue ground.  It is signed on the base with a "P1989" signature cane.  It is a really flashy paperweight with great color. 

Perthshire made this design only in 1989. 

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

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

Size: 2 5/8" diameter by just under 2" high.  The base is ground concave. 
Signature:  This paperweight has a Perthshire complex "P1989" signature cane in the base. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches. 

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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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2834 Rare Caithness Whitefriars 1983 Zodiac Overlay Limited Edition Millefiori Paperweight.  dated 1983.  This is a hard to find Whitefriars Zodiac Paperweight featuring an inner design of twelve zodiac symbol canes and a Whitefriars date cane on a lace ground.  The design is encased in clear glass and then overlaid with a unique design of pink and white alternating latticino rods.   It is faceted with a large top facet and six side facets.  It comes with its original certificate and the special "Whitefriars Paperweight by Caithness" box.  The paperweight was made in a limited edition of 250 paperweights, of which only 155 were made.  It is signed in the design with the Whitefriars 1983 white monk and date cane and is also signed on the base "23/250 WHITEFRIARS THE ZODIAC".  A rare and historically important paperweight that marked the beginning of Whitefriars production at Caithness. 

This design is listed and designated CT-323 on page 53 of the Charlton Standard Catalog of Caithness Paperweights.  It was designed by Colin Terris as part of the Whitefriars Series and issued in 1983 in a limited edition of 250 paperweights, of which only 155 were made.  The original issue price in the US was $350.  It also appears in the book Scottish Paperweights by Robert Hall.  See page 109. 

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, tools, glass formulas, and designs.  Caithness produced paperweights under the Whitefriars label starting in 1983.  This design "The Zodiac " was one of the first such Whitefriars designs produced under the Caithness name.  More recently Caithness recently went through a number of changes of ownership.  After going into receivership in 2004, it was purchased by Edinburgh Crystal, but went into receivership again in 2006.  Finally, it was bought out of receivership by Dartington Crystal.  The factories in Wick, Oban and Perth all closed and were replaced by a smaller operation and visitors' center in Crieff.

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

Large Size:  3 1/8" diameter by just under 2 1/4" high.  The base is ground flat. The paperweight has a unique overlay of pink and white latticino rods and is faceted with a large top facet and six side facets. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips or cracks or scratches found on inspection. 
Signature:  It is signed on the base with an acid etch "WHITEFRIARS THE ZODIAC" and the engraved number "23/250".  It comes with its original certificate and box. 

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SOLD.                                   2/20/2017

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3957 Magnum Maude and Bob St. Clair 1975 Sulphide Owl Paperweight. Dated 1975.  A very large egg shaped paperweight with a sulphide of an owl sitting on a branch in a snow covered woods.  The owl sulphide is painted.  The ground is a pleated crimp ground of brown and white glass.  The signature "MAUDE AND BOB ST. CLAIR 1975" is hot stamped on the base.  This paperweight is huge.  A great example. 

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

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

Very Large Size:   3 5/8" diameter by 4 1/2" high.  The base is ground flat with a matte finish.  It weighs just over three pounds. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips or cracks.  There are a few small bubbles in the glass. 
Signature:  Hot stamped signature on the base "MAUDE AND BOB ST. CLAIR 1975". 

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$125 postage paid in the US.                              Added 2/20/2017

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4808 Ed Rithner Red and Green Eight Petal Flower Paperweight. circa 1940-1970.  An upright flower with eight red and green petals over a speckled red and green cushion ground.  Each petal has a white outline.  The cushion ground has four pleats with a carefully placed bubble between each pleat.  There is also a planned bubble in the center of the larger flower at the top.  A classic Rithner design. 

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

Very Large Size:  3 3/16" diameter by 2 5/8" high.  The base is fire finished and then ground to a matte finish in the center to remove the pontil mark. 
Condition:  Very good condition with no serious condition issues.   There are a few tiny scratches on the surface and striations in the glass. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this to be a paperweight by Ed Rithner from 1940 - 1970.  As is typical of Ed Rithner paperweights there are small bubbles in the design.  The bottom finish is typical of Rithner, with the remnants of the pontil mark ground out with a frosted finish.  The glass has a slight tint of color. 

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SOLD.                             Added 2/19/2017 

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4375 Perthshire Annual Collection 1980G Limited Edition Magnum Transportation Garland Paperweight.   dated 1980. This very large paperweight features a five loop garland (cinquefoil) with a complex cane in the center and a colored picture cane denoting an aspect of early transportation in the center of each loop.  The picture canes denote an old automobile, old steam boat, hot air balloon, old steam engine, and old fashioned high wheel bicycle.  Each loop is made up of complex canes of a different color.  The ground is white lace.  The base is ground concave and has the signature cane "P1980".  This design was made in an edition of 400 paperweights but only 285 were made.  A really flashy paperweight. 

Perthshire made this paperweight as one of their Annual Collection for 1980.  This means the design was made only that one year and never again.  The edition size for this paperweight was 400 weights, but only 285 were made.  Each year's Annual Collection designs were lettered to indicated this special status.  In 1980, there were nine Annual Collection designs, designated 1980A through 1980I. 

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 :  Just under 3 1/4" diameter by just under 2 1/2" high.  The base is ground concave. 
Signature:  This paperweight has a Perthshire complex "P1980" signature cane in the base. 
Condition: Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches. 

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$595 postage paid in the US.                                     Added 2/19/2017. 

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3186 Peter McDougall Medium Ribbed Millefiori Paperweight. This paperweight consists four concentric circles of millefiori around a central millefiori cane.  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). 

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. 

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.

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

Medium Size:  Just over 2 1/2" diameter by just over 1 1/4" high. 
Condition:  Outstanding condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed with a complex cane in the design and it also has a paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Handmade in Crieff Scotland." 

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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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4215 Colorful Antique Meisenthal France (Alsace Lorraine)  Five Bubble Two Layer Stem Paperweight with top facet.  circa 1870 - 1914.  Colorful antique paperweight with a five bubble design set in two colorful polychrome frit layers.  The top layer consists of larger polychrome frit bits, the lower layer consists of more granulated frit.  Each bubble is made by piercing the polychrome layers and leaving a stem.  There are four outside bubbles and one larger central bubble.  One extra (stray) bubble near the center does not have a piercing stem.  There is a concave facet on the top where the pontil.  The paperweight is mounted on a baluster stem with a collar on top and another collar or wafer at the base.  This is a relatively rare item.  Wonderful colors. 

A very similar example can be found in the book by von Brackel, Paperweights: Historicism - Art Nouveau - Art Deco - 1842 to Today .  See 460 (right) on page 201.  von Brackel attributes the paperweight to Meisenthal and assigns a value of $430 to $510. On pages 280 and 281 describes the process of making a five bubble paperweight. 

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:  2 5/8" diameter by 4 7/8" high.  The base is just under 2 7/8" diameter. 
Condition:  Excellent condition for its age.  There is one 1/2" scuffed area near the facet and another much smaller 1/8" scuff on the side.  No other significant damage found.  There are some small bubbles in the glass.  No chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this is an antique paperweight, most likely from the border area between France and Germany. 

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SOLD.                             Added 2/15/2017

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4753 Unknown Maker Small Surface Decorated Paperweight with Heart Canes.    circa 1960 - 2000.  This is a small three sided paperweight with a turquoise center/ground.  There are stringers and pieces of glass applied to the gold colored surface plus three heart canes. No signature other than possibly the heart canes. A very interesting paperweight.

Small Size:   2 5/8" high by 1 3/4" at the widest.  The base is ground flat. 
Condition:   Excellent Condition.  No cracks or chips or scratches found on inspection. 
Signature:  Unsigned.  I do not know the maker or country of origin. 

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$59 postage paid in the US.                             Added 2/12/2017

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4217 Mazzega IVR Murano Red Flower Paperweight with label.   circa 1950 -1970.  This paperweight features a red-orange lampwork five petal flower placed over a blue flowerpot ground.  The flower has a controlled bubble placed between each petal and a larger bubble in the center.  The petals are striped and textured and show variation in color.  The flowerpot ground has controlled bubbles on its surface.  An interesting paperweight with a relatively rare label.  The construction and finish are somewhat crude with roughness and ridges in the surface.  It may have been an experimental piece.  The paperweight has an early Mazzega IVR label. 

One of the interesting features of this paperweight is use of lampwork and the placement of bubbles between petals.  This is in contrast to icepick flowers which usually have a bubble at the tip of each petal. 

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 1950s.

Mazzega I.V.R. (Industrie Vetrarie Riunite) had a long history in Murano.  Romano Mazzega opened his glassworks in 1923 and later sold it to Aureliano Toso in 1937.   He then founded Fratelli Mazzega in 1938 with his brother Gino and sister Maria Mazzega.  The firm reorganized under the name Mazzega IVR in 1950.  Starting in 1954 the firm began a three year collaboration with Centro Studio Pittori nell'Arte del Vetro di Murano (Fucina degli Angeli) to produce works designed by Marc Chagall, Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso, Gio Ponti and Jean Cocteau.  They continued to be associated with many famous artists and glass blowers until the firm closed in 1983. 

Large Size:   2 13/16" diameter by 1 3/4" high.  The base is ground flat.  The top is almost flat. 
Condition:   Very Good Condition.  No cracks or chips, but there is some roughness and ridges on the surface.  The construction and finish are somewhat crude.  There is some wear on the base. 
Signature:  This paperweight has a paper label that reads "MAZZEGA I.V.R. FC FS 1600".  I believe the label is authentic.  I don't know when the paperweight was made, but the label predates the foil labels used later at Mazzega. 

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SOLD.                             Added 2/10/2017

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4801 Early Perthshire 1974 PP11 Large Spaced Millefiori With Picture Canes on White Lace Paperweight.  dated 1974. This is an early spaced millefiori paperweight with twelve very complex millefiori including three picture canes and a complex date cane.  The ground is a white lace.  There are picture canes of a flying albatross, a panda, and an unidentified animal.  The paperweight is signed with a "P1974" date cane in the design.  The paperweight also has the remnant of a Perthshire paper label on the base.  The millefiori in this paperweight are unusually complex.  A very nice example.  See note below about condition. 

Note:  This paperweight has a 1/4" circular impact fracture and a tiny pinprick and is offered at a reduced price. 

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

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

Large Size:  2 3/4" diameter by just under 2" high.  The base is ground flat. 
Condition:  Good condition.  This paperweight has a 1/4" circular impact fracture and a tiny pinprick.  No other damage found.  Some wear on the base.  The paperweight is offered at a reduced price. 
Signature:  Signed with a Perthshire "P1974" date-signature cane in the design.  The paperweight also has the remnant of a Perthshire paper label on the base. 

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Base
SOLD.                 Added 2/9/2017 

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4799 Perthshire PP75 Miniature Concentric Millefiori Paperweight. Circa 1985 - 1997.  This is a miniature concentric millefiori paperweight with a ribbed or fluted edge.  It has a center Perthshire "P" signature cane surrounded by four rings of millefiori canes.  The ground is an opaque blue.  The PP75 was made from 1985 to 1997. 

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

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

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

Miniature Size:  1 7/8" diameter by 1 3/8" high.  The base is ground concave. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks.  Some wear on the base. 
Signature:  Signed with a Perthshire "P" signature cane in the center of the design.  This paperweight does not have a Perthshire paper label. 

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$65 postage paid in the US.                 Added 2/8/2017 

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4831 Rare Magnum Justin Lundberg -  Lundberg Glass Art Compound Poppies with Moon and Stars Paperweight.   dated 1998.  This paperweight by Justin Lundberg features three large red poppies with yellow stamen in a night scene with the moon and stars as a background.  The leaves and the stem of the poppies are in dark green.  The fused glass stars and moon ground is a unique Justin Lundberg feature.  The paperweight a compound composition and is very three dimensional with two layers of lampwork over the iridescent fused glass ground.   Signed and dated on the edge just above the base "Jberg 11/98 Lundberg Glass Art  1998" along with a registration number "112010".  Although signed only by Justin Lundberg, I think the poppies may be Steve Lundberg's work.  Excellent condition.  A wonderful paperweight. 

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

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

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Very Large Size:   Just over 3 5/16" diameter by 2 9/16" high. The base is ground concave. 
Signature:   Signed on the side near the base "Jberg 11/98 Lundberg Glass Art  1998" along with a registration number "112010". 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips or scratches.  There is however an imperfection in the glass just below the signature (see picture).  This may be an area that needs further polishing. 

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Flaw in glass below signature
$495 postage paid in the US.                       Added 2/7/2017

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2236 Special Peter McDougall Miniature Millefiori Paperweight Made For 2005 PCA Convention.  This paperweight has random pattern of different millefiori set on an opaque black ground.  It was made as a table favor for the 2005 Paperweight Collectors Association convention in Appleton, Wisconsin.  This style could be called a two row concentric or it could be called "loosely packed".  There is a special convention complex cane in the center "PCA 05".  It also has Peter McDougall's "PMcD" complex signature cane made from four separate letter canes in the design. 

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 condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed with a special "PCA 05" complex cane in the center and  it also has Peter McDougall's "PMcD" complex signature cane made from four separate letter canes in the design. 

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Peter McDougall Signature Cane and PCA Convention Cane
SOLD.                           Added 2/5/2017 

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4822 Magnum Daniel Salazar Lundberg Studios Compound Burgundy Beta Fish and Anemones Paperweight.   dated 1997.  This paperweight by Daniel Salazar features a magnificent large beta fish swimming among ten blue-white millefiori anemones, red carpet anemones, pink corals and swaying green plants.  There is a neat arrangement of bubbles trailing the fish.  It is a compound composition and is very three dimensional with three layers of lampwork over an iridescent light blue watery ground. Signed and dated on the edge "Daniel Salazar Lundberg Studios 1997" along with a registration number "111303".  It also has a Daniel Salazar "D.S." lampwork signature on the underside of the ground.  Perfect condition.  A wonderful paperweight. 

The list price for this paperweight in May 2010 was $494.  It is also the current list price shown on the Lunderg web page.  My price is 20% lower. 

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

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

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Very Large Size:   3 5/8" diameter by 2 5/8" high. The base is ground concave. 
Signature: Signed on the side near the base "Daniel Salazar Lundberg Studios 1997" along with a registration number "111303".  It also has a Daniel Salazar "D.S." lampwork signature on the underside of the ground. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips or scratches. 

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$395 postage paid in the US.                        Added 2/5/2017

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4207 Large Murano Latticinio Swirl Crown Paperweight with KB Label.   circa 1970.  This paperweight is a good example of a Murano crown paperweight formed from 18 pink twists alternating between simple ribbon twists and latticinio twists.  The simple twists are edged with gold aventurine.  Underneath is a white ground.  Adding to the complexity, this paperweight has a swirl design.  A fun paperweight with good execution.  It has a blue and silver foil label from KB (Koscherak Brothers) stating that it is "An Original Creation by KB.  Made in Italy". 

Technically a crown weight should have a crown millefiori or group of millefiori on top.  This weight does not.  Crown weights are considered by some to be the most exciting of all millefiori designs.  They are extremely difficult to make. 

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

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

Large Size:   3" diameter by 2 3/8" high.  The base is ground flat. 
Condition:   Excellent Condition.  No cracks,  chips, or scratches with the exception of some scratches on the base.  There is some debris in the glass (shown in the pictures). 
Signature:  This paperweight has a foil label that reads "An Original Creation by KB.  Made in Italy".  Although I cannot identify the maker, I guarantee that this paperweight was made on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy. 

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$79 postage paid in the US.                             Added 2/5/2017

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4800 Perthshire PP61 Millefiori Looped or Cinquefoil Garland Paperweight.  Circa 1986 - 1988.  This is a medium sized millefiori paperweight with a ribbed edge.  The pattern consists of a five looped garland of complex millefiori canes.  The loops come together in a concentric design of complex canes with a complex Perthshire "P" signature cane in the center.  There is a complex millefiori cane between each loop.  The ground is an opaque blue.  It is signed in the center of the design with a complex Perthshire "P" signature cane in the center of two rings of canes.  There is also a worn Perthshire paper label taped to the base.  The PP61 was made from 1983 to 1988, but this design was made only from 1986 -1988. 

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. 

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

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

Medium Size:  2 1/2" diameter by 1 1/4" high.  The base is ground concave. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks.  The label is worn and has been taped to the base. 
Signature:  Signed with a complex "P" cane in the center of the design.  The paperweight also has a Perthshire paper label taped to the base. 

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SOLD.                 Added 2/4/2017 

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4212 AVEM Murano Scrambled Millefiori Paperweight with label.   circa 1950-1960.  Wonderful large scrambled millefiori paperweight filled with multiple layers of glass ribbon twists and latticinio.  The glass ribbon twists are edged with gold aventurine.  There are all shades of yellow, green, red, blue and white.  It is large and heavy.  It has the remnants of a Murano label on the base.  This is a truly wonderful paperweight. 

A.V.E.M. or Arte Vetraria Muranese was founded on the Island of Murano in Venice, Italy in 1932.  For more details see pages 48 & 49 of the book Fifties Glass by Leslie Pina.  The paperweights on page 49 are similar to this paperweight.

Large Size:  Just over 2 3/4" diameter by 2 1/2" high.   The base has been ground flat. 
Condition:     Excellent condition.  Some wear on the base. 
Signature:  This paperweight has a Murano import label.  I believe this paperweight was made at the AVEM factory on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy. 

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$75 postage paid in the US.                             Added 2/3/2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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4218 Magnum AVEM Murano Scrambled Millefiori Figural Apple Paperweight.   circa 1950-1960.  Wonderful large figural apple paperweight with stem and leaf filled with multiple layers of glass ribbon twists and latticinio.  The glass ribbon twists are edged with gold aventurine.  There are all shades of green, red, blue and white.  It is large and heavy.  This is a truly wonderful figural paperweight. 

A.V.E.M. or Arte Vetraria Muranese was founded on the Island of Murano in Venice, Italy in 1932.  For more details see pages 48 & 49 of the book Fifties Glass by Leslie Pina.  The figural paperweights on page 49 are similar to this paperweight.

Very Large Size:  Approximately 3 3/8" diameter by 3 1/4" high.  The paperweight weighs 28.1 ounces. The base has been ground flat. 
Condition:    Excellent condition.  Some wear on the base. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I believe this paperweight was made at the AVEM factory on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy. 

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SOLD.                             Added 1/22/2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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4666 Early 1978 Large Caithness Blue Myriad Abstract Paperweight.           circa 1978.  This early Caithness paperweight features an abstract design with a swirling tornado-like vortex rising from a bed of multi-colored glass bits.  The transparent blue ground has a ring of controlled bubbles placed just above the base.  There are larger bubbles deliberately placed above the vortex.  The paperweight is signed on the base "Caithness MYRIAD Scotland". 

This design is listed and designated CT-91 on page 21 of the Charlton Standard Catalog of Caithness Paperweights.  It was designed in 1978 at the Oban Studios as part of the Modern Design Series..  The paperweight came in many color variations, including Blue, Green, Purple and Red.  I also have other variations in stock (brown, green, amber, and red).

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

Very Large Size:  3 1/8" 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 on the base "Caithness MYRIAD Scotland". 

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$49 postage paid in the US.                                   1/20/2017

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

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

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

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

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

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3042 Early Paul Stankard 1978 Violets Floral Paperweight.              dated 1978.  This paperweight features a group of four violets and four buds with stems and heart shaped variegated leaves.  The flowers have realistic striping on the lower petals.  The buds are cup shaped.  It is signed signed with a "S" signature cane on the side and engraved "A057 1978" near the base.  A wonderful example from Paul Stankard's early work. 

This paperweight is almost identical to 43B (1978) on page 43 of the book PAUL JOSEPH STANKARD:  THE FIRST DECADE published by Wheaton Museum of Glass.  The paperweight appears again as 56A on page 56 of the same book.  A similar paperweight is shown on page 24 of FLORA IN GLASS Paperweights of Paul J. Stankard. 

Paul Joseph Stankard isconsidered 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:    Just over 2 7/8" diameter by 1 3/4" 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 "A057 1978" near the base. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection. 

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SOLD.                        Added 1/18/2017 

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2500 Large 1930s Chinese Close Concentric Millefiori Paperweight . circa 1930. This is a large colorful Chinese close concentric millefiori paperweight made in the 1930s.  It was intended to be a copy of a French antique concentric paperweight from 1845-1860 (probably Clichy).  The pattern mimics the typical Clichy pattern containing sequences of two or three identical canes.  It is scratch signed "CHINA" on the base in response to the US customs requirement that goods be marked with the country of origin in English starting about 1930.  As with most Chinese paperweights, this paperweight has a light weight glass mixture that is high in soda and has a greenish tinge.  The glass has a soft oily feel.  There are bubbles or debris in the glass.  A welcome addition to any collection of Chinese paperweights. 

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

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

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

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

Very Large Size:    3 1/8” diameter by 1 9/16"  high.  The base is fire finished and the center of the base is ground.  The profile is relatively low, as is typical of Chinese paperweights from this period. 
Signature: Scratch signed "CHINA" on the base. 
Condition:  Very good condition, perhaps better than the typical Chinese paperweight from this period.  Some tiny surface blemishes.  No chips and no cracks.  The glass has a soft oily feel.   There are bubbles and debris in the glass.

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$135 postage paid in the US.                             Added 1/16/2016 

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4812 Very Large Orient & Flume Bamboo Orchids Paperweight Vase by Greg Held with certificate.  circa 1992.  Wonderful hand crafted Orient & Flume vase having thick walled paperweight construction and featuring two yellow and pink centered three-dimensional blue orchids.  There are green bamboo stalks, light green stems and flowing light green leaves around the vase.  The three dimensional design is cased in clear glass.  It is signed in script on the bottom "Orient & Flume Held S0472K5".  There is also a paper label ""ORIENT & FLUME - CHICO, CA, USA"  It comes with its original certificate.  The certificate gives it the description "Crystal Cased Bamboo Orchid" and identifies the designer as Greg Held.  A wonderful example. 

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 in this vase.  Every Orient & Flume piece has a registration number which usually includes a date code.  In this case the "S" is for 1992. 

Greg Held was a senior artist at Orient & Flume.  He died in 1999 in his mid forties seven years after this vase was made.

Very Large Size:  Just over  5 1/2" diameter by approximately 6 7/8" high.  The bottom has been ground concave.  It weighs 105 ounces (6 pounds 9 ounces). 
Signature:    It is signed in script on the bottom "Orient & Flume Held S0472K5".  There is also a paper label ""ORIENT & FLUME - CHICO, CA, USA"  It comes with its original certificate. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips or cracks or scratches found on inspection. 

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$325 postage paid in the US.                                Added 1/16/2017

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4811 Large Orient & Flume Limited Edition Pink Orchids Paperweight Vase by Greg Held with certificate.  circa 1995.  Wonderful hand crafted Orient & Flume vase having thick walled paperweight construction and featuring two yellow centered three-dimensional pink orchids.  There are light green stems and flowing light green leaves around the vase.  The three dimensional design is cased in clear glass.  It is signed in script on the bottom "Orient & Flume Held 0871NZR209PCMI18S1979 2/500".  There is also a paper label ""ORIENT & FLUME - CHICO, CA, USA"  It comes with its original certificate.  The certificate has an additional "P" at the start of the registration number, making it "P0871NZR209PCMI18S1979".  The certificate gives it the description "Crystal Cased Pink Orchid" and identifies the designer as Greg Held.  It is number 2 of an edition of 500 pieces.  A wonderful example. 

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 in this vase.  Every Orient & Flume piece has a registration number which usually includes a date code.  In this case the "P" is for 1995. 

Greg Held was a senior artist at Orient & Flume.  He died in 1999 in his mid forties shortly after this vase was made.

Large Size:  4" diameter by 5 5/8" high.  The bottom has been ground concave.  It weighs 59 ounces (3 pounds 11 ounces). 
Signature: It is signed in script on the bottom "Orient & Flume Held 0871NZR209PCMI18S1979 2/500".  There is also a paper label ""ORIENT & FLUME - CHICO, CA, USA"  It comes with its original certificate which has an additional "P" before the registration number, making it "P0871NZR209PCMI18S1979". 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips or cracks or scratches found on inspection other than some light scratches on the base. 

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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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3341 Spectacular Peter McDougall Medium Closepack Millefiori Paperweight with complex canes. Spectacular paperweight with a closepack design featuring many large complex millefiori canes over a pink and blue frit ground.  It is signed in the design with a complex cane made from four separate letter canes forming the signature PMcD.  It also has a paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Handmade in Crieff Scotland." 

This style was made in a small, medium and a large size weight. 

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:  2 11/16" diameter by 1 13/16" high. 
Condition:  Outstanding condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed with a complex "PMcD" cane in the design.  It also has a paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Handmade in Crieff Scotland." 

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SOLD.           Added 1/2/2017

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2938 Antique Millville Style Rock of Ages Two Color Frit Paperweight. circa 1900-1920.  This frit paperweight features a Rock of Ages motif with a turquoise cross on a rock in the middle of the water.  There is a turquoise vine growing on the cross.  The text "ROCK OF AGES" appears in blue above the cross.  The design is set in colored frit on an opaque white enamel ground.  The ground color wraps around to the base and covers the base except for a clear circle in the center of the base where the pontil rod would have been.  This paperweight was probably made at the Whitall Tatum factory in Millville, New Jersey in the first quarter of the 19th century.

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

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

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

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

Large Size:  3 1/4" diameter by 2 1/4" high.  The base is ground flat with a clear glass circle where the pontil would have been. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with only a few tiny scratches.  No significant damage found.  There is appropriate wear on the base. 
Signature:  Unsigned but I believe this paperweight was made at Whitall Tatum in the Millville area of Southern New Jersey. 

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4618 Early Caithness Millefiori Reflections Concentric Paperweight with CG Signature Cane.  circa 1976.  This early Caithness paperweight features concentric millefiori design with two rings of complex millefiori.  Rather than have a center cane, this design places a large bubble above the center with Caithness Glass "CG" millefiori cane at the bottom of the bubble.  The bubble reflects the millefiori design, so the CG cane appears centered in the first ring of millefiori, hence the title "Millefiori Reflections".  There is a brown ground.  The paperweight is marked on the base "Caithness MILLIFIORI REFLECTIONS Scotland".  The word "MILLEFIORI" is misspelled "MILLIFIORI". 

This design is listed and designated CT-59 on page 16 of the Charlton Standard Catalog of Caithness Paperweights.  It was designed in 1976 by William Manson.  You can see the influence of Paul Ysart on this design.  The millefiori canes resemble Ysart family canes. 

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

William Manson, 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.

Large Size:  3" diameter by 2 5/8" high.  The base is ground flat. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips or cracks or scratches found on inspection except for some scratches on the base. The glass is slightly gray and has some tiny bubbles in it. 
Signature:  It is signed in the design with a Caithness "CG" signature cane and is also marked on the base "Caithness MILLIFIORI REFLECTIONS Scotland". The word "MILLEFIORI" is misspelled "MILLIFIORI". 

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SOLD.                                   1/1/2017

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3687 Antique New England Glass Company Millefiori Scramble Paperweight. c. 1860.  This is an antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) scramble or end of day paperweight.   It is loosely filled with a nice assortment of complex canes, pieces of lampwork, and twists in a variety of colors.  There are stars, crosses, and some unusual canes.  A great example with great color in excellent condition. 

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

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

Size:   2 1/2” diameter by 1 1/2” high.  The bottom is ground concave. 
Signature:  This paperweight is not signed, but I guarantee it to be an authentic antique New England Glass Company paperweight. 
Condition:  Excellent condition for its age with no noticeable scratches.  No cracks, impact marks, or chips. 

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$195 postage paid in the US.                          Added 1/1/2017.

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2702 Perthshire Annual Collection 1979E Limited Edition Seal Paperweight.   circa 1979.  This magnum sized paperweight features a performing circus seal perched on a red and white spiral striped stand and balancing a red and white striped ball on its nose.  This is one of a series of hollow weights each with a different animal.  The paperweight has a translucent ruby flash overlay and is faceted with one large top facet and 16 side facets (eight large and eight smaller facets).  It is signed with a "P" signature cane on the base of the seal's stand.  It comes with its original certificate identifying this as #250 out of a limited edition of 400 weights.  Only 275 were actually made in the series, making this one of the rarer paperweights. 

The hollow weights like this are one of the favorites of collectors since they are so difficult to make.  This one in particular is a joy to examine.  Take a look at the close-up picture to see the detail with the seal wrapping his limbs around the stand for balance as he maneuvers the ball. 

Perthshire made this paperweight as one of their annual collection items.  This means the design was made only that one year and never again. The Perthshire Annual Collection Paperweights were special limited edition designs that offered one year only.  Each year's editions were lettered to indicated this special status. 

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.

Magnum Size :  3 1/4" diameter by 2 5/8" high.  It is faceted with one large top facet and 16 side facets (eight large and eight smaller facets).  The base is ground concave. 
Signature : Signed with a Perthshire "P" on the base.  This paperweight does not have a paper label, but comes with the original box and the original certificate as shown in this link.
Condition :  Outstanding condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches except for a tiny bit of wear on the base. 

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SOLD.                          Added 12/30/2016. 

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

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

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

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$195 postage paid in the US.                             Added 12/12/2016 

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4619 Rare John Deacons St. Kilda Clichy Style Swirl Paperweight with Complex Millefiori Center.     circa 1978-1987 . A Clichy style swirl paperweight made of alternating strands of lilac and white.  There is a nice complex cane in the center with two rows of concentric canes around a central star cane.  Signed with the St. Kilda "StK" signature cane on the base. The ground is clear glass.  A challenging design from a great paperweight artist. 

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

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

Large Size:  Just over 2 5/8" diameter by 2" high. The bottom is ground concave. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed with the St. Kilda "StK" signature cane on the base. 

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SOLD.                 Added 12/11/2016 

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3021 Francis Whittemore Miniature Rose on Snow White Ground Paperweight .  circa 1975-1980.  This paperweight a vibrant red rose with leaves and stem lying on an opaque snow white ground.  It is signed on the base with a “W” in a circle nine cogged canes.  A beautiful example. 

Francis Whittemore is considered one of the pioneers of the modern paperweight renaissance.  He started working in glass in 1938, but did not start making paperweights until 1962.   His studio was in Lansdale, Pennsylvania.  Like many other early glass artists, Francis started his career as a scientific glass blower and then later taught glass as an instructor.  For five years, he spent one month a year (starting in 1975) consulting at Baccarat to help them refine their lampwork paperweight art.  The signature cane used on this paperweight was one he developed while at Baccarat.  Most of his paperweights are miniature to medium in size. 

You can read about Francis Whittemore in the book American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers by Jean Melvin (1970).

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Miniature Size:  Just over 2 1/16" diameter by 1 3/4" high. The bottom is ground concave. 
Signature:  Signed on the base with a “W” in a circle of nine cogged millefiori canes. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches. 
Execution:  When viewed under magnification, there are some irregularities in the white ground.  Perhaps this was done on purpose to create the appearance of snow.  Otherwise, the execution is perfect. 

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SOLD.                                                Added 12/10/2016 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2464 Graceful Calla Lily or Crocus Flower Paperweight - Green Dump From Pilkington in St Helens, UK.     circa 1960.  This paperweight features three graceful light colored calla lilies or crocus flowers in a light green ground.  There is a planned bubble in the center of each flower.  Made at the St Helens Glassworks on the grounds of the Pilkington factory in St Helens, United Kingdom.  An interesting addition to any collection of English paperweights. 

When I first acquired this paperweight, I believed it to be Bohemian in origin, but further research provided the correct attribution.  Special thanks to the members of the Glass Message Board for their help. 

This style is also called an icepick flower because of the sharp tool used to push each flower down to the base.   The flower is also called a trumpet flower. 

Pilkington Glass was founded in 1826 as a partnership between members of the Pilkington and Greenall families, based in St Helens, Lancashire.  Today they are a major international glass manufacturing company.  Paperweights were made at least as early as the 1960s at the St Helens Glassworks on the grounds of the Pilkington factory in St Helens.  The glassworks is known to have employed several glassworkers from Bohemia and the paperweights made there were often similar to Bohemian style paperweights.  Several styles are well documented including the style in this listing.  It was also possible to purchase a paperweight with a specific name in it at the glass museum on the site (World of Glass).   For further reference, search the discussions on the Glass Message Board relating to Pilkington paperweights.               Also consult the excellent display of Pilkington paperweights at the lustrousstone.co.uk website

Large Size:    2 7/8" diameter by just under 2"" high.  The base is unfinished with a nasty scar where the pontil was snapped off. 
Signature: Unsigned, but I believe this to have been made at the St Helens Glassworks on the grounds of the Pilkington factory in St Helens, United Kingdom.  The glassworks has evolved into a glass museum and is today called the St Helens World of Glass. 
Condition:  Very good condition.  The body of the paperweight is free of cracks and scratches with the exception of one small (1/8") circular impact mark on one side.  The base is unfinished with the pontil scar remaining. 

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SOLD.                                                Added 12/9/2016

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2963 Early Large Gordon Smith  1992 Tomato Clownfish with Coral and Pink Tipped Sea Anemone Paperweight.   dated 1992.  This paperweight features two bright orange-red tomato clownfish, each with with a white head stripe just behind the eyes.  The clownfish are depicted in a natural environment swimming among three green anemone plants with pink tips and brown, beige and green coral reefs.  There is a translucent blue ground.  Signed on the side with Gordon Smith's "GS" signature cane and the date 1992.  A fantastic paperweight. 

It is appropriate that Gordon has chosen to depict the clownfish with sea anemone in this paperweight.  Clownfish (also called anemonefish) form symbiotic mutualisms with sea anemones and are unaffected by the stinging tentacles of the host anemone.  The sea anemone protects the clownfish from predators, as well as providing food through the scraps left from the anemone's meals and occasional dead anemone tentacles.  In return, the clownfish defends the anemone from its predators, and parasites.  The clownfish is a small fish (up to 5 1/2" in length) and is native to the waters of the Western Pacific from the Japan to Indonesia.

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Gordon Smith has been working and experimenting in glass since he was fourteen years old.  He grew up in Southern New Jersey, a region rich in the heritage and traditions of glass working.  Gordon took formal training in Scientific Glass Technology at Salem Community College in 1977-78 and then worked as a Scientific Glassblower for three years at the shop owned by James and Nontas Kontes.  The Kontes brothers introduced Gordon to the art of lampwork paperweight making.  Gordon began experimenting himself, and this together with the Kontes' encouragement, lead him to Wheaton Village, where he volunteered to work on weekends. At Wheaton Village, Gordon continued to experiment, combining his flameworking abilities with his experiences from Wheaton Village, eventually producing his first paperweights.  The Kontes brothers mentored him by offering their advice, guidance, and suggestions.  Gordon's early designs featured stylized/realistic renderings of flowers and strawberries.  His more advanced motifs explore a wide range of subjects, including floral designs, aquatic environments, and also earthy environments which focus on snakes, reptiles, spiders, and the like.  Gordon Smith currently works at his own studio in Egg Harbor Township, NJ. 

Very Large Size:    3 3/16" diameter by 2 3/8"" high.  The base is ground concave.  The shape is obloid, with the top wider than the bottom, as shown in the pictures. 
Signature: Signed on the side with Gordon Smith's "GS" signature cane and the date 1992.  Gordon started using this cane in 1991. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips or scratches found on inspection. 

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SOLD.                                                Added 12/9/2016

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2499 Large Murano Three Row Close Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Complex Canes.   circa 1970.  Colorful millefiori three row close concentric with complex millefiori canes.  The primary colors are brown, white, green and red.  The ground is clear glass, although the glass in this paperweight has a slight green tinge. 

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

Large Size:  Just over 2 3/4" diameter by 2 1/2" high.  The bottom is ground concave (unusual for a Murano paperweight). 
Condition:   Very good  condition.  On inspection I found some tiny scratches on the side, to small to photograph. 
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee that this was made on the island of Murano. 

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SOLD.                             Added 12/6/2016

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4650 Early Debbie Tarsitano Three Tier Red Flower with Buds Paperweight.   undated circa 1977 -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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3952 Magnum Early Chris Sherwin Art Glass Strawberry Plant Paperweight.   dated 2006.  This is a wonderful example of Chris Sherwin's innovative work.  The paperweight features a strawberry plant with three strawberries, leaves and a stem on the front.  An additional three strawberries with their stems appear on the back.  There is some sort of bug or blight depicted on the stem.  The ground is an earth colored brown surface with lines of red and yellow running through it.  The ground is encased in clear glass so the strawberry plant is above the surface of the ground.  This gives the strawberry plant a three-dimensional look.  It is signed on the base "Sherwin Art Glass 2006". 

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

Very Large Size:    Ovoid shaped.  3 3/4" wide by 4 3/8"" high by 2 1/8" deep.  The base is ground flat. 
Signature: Signed on the base "Sherwin Art Glass 2006". 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips or scratches found on inspection, with the exception of scratches on the base. 

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SOLD.                                                Added 12/4/2016

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890
Rare John Deacons St. Kilda Complex Millefiori Closepack Paperweight - Signed StK 1987.   dated 1987.  A closepack millefiori paperweight with a variety of colorful complex canes.  Signed in the design "StK 1987".  The ground is a translucent blue.  An exceptional paperweight from this talented artist. 

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

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

Size:  Just over 2 3/8" diameter by just under 1 3/4" high. The bottom fire finished (not perfectly smooth) and then ground concave in the center. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed with the St. Kilda "StK 1987" signature cane in the design. 

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$145 postage paid in the US.                 Added 12/3/2016 

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3663 Perthshire Annual Collection 1972C Limited Edition Miniature Flower Paperweight.    circa 1972.  This paperweight features a red lampwork flower with a green stem and two leaves in a stave basket of amber canes each with a white and blue star center.  The Perthshire complex "P" signature cane is in the center of the flower.  In the signature cane, the "P" is surrounded by a ring of red floret canes.  This design was Perthshire's first use of a stave basket in a paperweight.  It was issued in a limited edition of 1,000 paperweights in 1972.  This little paperweight is a miniature jewel. 

Perthshire made this paperweight as one of their first annual collection items.  This means the design was made only that one year and never again.  They made a crown weight as the annual collection item for 1969.  In 1970, they made a dragonfly paperweight and a flash overlay millefiori weight.  There were four annual collection weights for 1971 and only three annual collection weights for 1972.  1972C paperweights have sold for $230 to $460 in Selman's auctions. 

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

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

Miniature Size :  1 15/16" diameter by just over 1 7/16" high.  The bottom is ground concave. 
Signature : Signed with a Perthshire "P" in the center. There is no paper label. 
Condition :  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches. 

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$295 postage paid in the US.                          Added 12/3/2016. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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4767 Large Early Grant Randolph Flowers and Pulled Feather Style Paperweight with Box and Certificate.   dated 1979.  This is a wonderful example of Grant Randolph's work featuring a surface decorated design with three red flowers, leaves and stems over an opaque white ground.  There is a Tiffany or Art Nouveau style pulled feather background.  It is signed on the base "Grant Randolph Studios 79/4015" and also has the studio's gold seal.  It comes with its original box and certificate. 

Grant Randolph started the Grant Randolph Studios in Santa Barbara, California in 1977, so this is a very early weight from this artist.  He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Glass from the University of Hawaii.  The studio has also been the home to other artists working with surface decorated designs, including Chris Buzzini.

Large Size:    2 3/4" diameter by 2 1/2"" high.  The base is ground flat. 
Signature: Signed on the base "Grant Randolph Studios 79/4015" and also has the studio's gold seal. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips or scratches found on inspection. 

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$145 postage paid in the US.                                                Added 11/18/2016

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3126 Special Edition Peter McDougall Large Closepacked Millefiori Paperweight with Stave Basket and Complex Canes.  circa 2003. This paperweight consists over fifty different millefiori canes arranged in a closepacked design inside an outer garland of 38 alternating blue and pink canes.  The outer circle of canes is drawn down to form a stave basket.  About half of the inner millefiori canes are large complex millefiori.  The ground is clear.  It is signed in the design with a complex cane made from four separate letter canes forming the signature "PMcD."  It also has a paper label, "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Hand Made in Crieff Scotland."  An outstanding paperweight. 

This paperweight is not one of the regular issue paperweights.  I believe it was a special offering shown to dealers in 2003. 

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

Large Size:    3" diameter by just under 2 1/8" high.  The base is ground concave. 
Condition:   Outstanding condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:   This paperweight is signed in the design with McDougall's "PMcD" complex signature cane made from four separate letter canes.  It also has a paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Hand Made in Crieff Scotland" on the base. 

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SOLD.    Price reduced 11/17/2016. 

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4636 Perthshire PP4 Medium Concentric Millefiori Paperweight. Circa 1972 - 1992.  Perthshire concentric design with six rings of floret canes around a center cane over a clear ground.  The rings are orange, blue, yellow, green, red, and white.  Signed with Perthshire's "P" signature cane in the outer row. 

Some, but not all, PP4 paperweights have a signature cane in the outer row.  This one has a signature cane.  The design was made with a hollow ground base from 1972 to 1992. 

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

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

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

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$110 postage paid in the US.     Price reduced (Was $150)                      11/16/2016. 

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4514 Huge Pairpoint Magnum Frit and Millefiori Scramble or End of Day Paperweight. Circa 1970-1990.  This is a huge end of day paperweight filled with multi-colored frit and also some Pairpoint millefiori canes.  It is huge and is 4 ¾” diameter by 3 ¾” high.   It weighs 5 pounds 5 oz.  This paperweight came from a collection that contained other Pairpoint items.  Although this paperweight is unsigned, I was able to find another much smaller signed example on eBay to confirm my attribution.  A wonderful curiosity from the Bryden period of Pairpoint production. It weighs 5 pounds 5 oz. 

The base has a sharp edge where the pontil has been ground off, so I will cover this with tape before shipping. 

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

Huge Size:  4 ¾” diameter by 3 ¾” high  It weighs 5 pounds 5 oz. The pontil has a sharp edge. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  With the busy design, it was hard to inspect, but I couldn't find any damage.. 
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee this paperweight to be by Pairpoint Glass. 

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$150 postage paid in the US.     Price reduced (was $195)                     11/16/2016.

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3750 Magnum Peter Holmes Scottish Borders Art Glass Four Leaf Clover in Garland Paperweight.  circa 2002 or later.  This paperweight consists large four leaf clover with a stem surrounded by a multi-colored garland of millefiori and twist canes.   The ground is a translucent purple.  It is signed with Peter Holmes "PH" signature cane in the design.  It is signed in script on the base "SCOTTISH BORDERS ART GLASS Pete Holmes".  The paperweight also has a paper label "SCOTTISH BORDERS ART GLASS - CRAFTED BY HAND HAWICK SCOTLAND".  A rare and interesting design. 

The four leaf clover has a root like structure on top.  I do not know the significance of this symbol. 

Peter Holmes started his glass working career at Caithness Glass (Scotland) in 1963 as an apprentice to Paul Ysart. He continued at Caithness until 1977, when he and Ron Hutchinson left Caithness to start Selkirk Glass.  They produced a wide range of paperweight styles including abstract, lampwork and millefiori paperweights.  The company was located in Selkirk, Scotland in the Borders Region.  Peter left Selkirk in 2002 to start Scottish Borders Art Glass with his son, Andrew, at Galalaw, Hawick.

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

Very Large Size:  3 1/8" diameter by 2 3/16" high. The bottom is ground flat. 
Signature:  Signed with Peter Holmes "PH" signature cane in the design.  It is signed in script on the base "SCOTTISH BORDERS ART GLASS Pete Holmes".  The paperweight also has a paper label "SCOTTISH BORDERS ART GLASS - CRAFTED BY HAND HAWICK SCOTLAND". 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips, cracks or scratches. 

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SOLD.          Added 11/14/2016

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3858 Rare Magnum Caithness "New Rose" Paperweight commemorating birth of Punk Rock.  circa 2007.  This limited edition Caithness paperweight features a pink rose (New Rose) over a yellow ground covered with images safety pins.  The paperweight commemorates the 30th anniversary number of the birth of Punk Rock in the United Kingdom.  It is number 24 in a very small limited edition of only 77 and is is part of the Punk Rock 30th Anniversary Collection designed by Gordon Hendry in 2007.  The paperweight has one large slanted facet.  It is signed on the bottom "New Rose Caithness Scotland 24/77". 

Those familiar with punk rock will probably recognize the symbolism of New Rose and the safety pin motif.   From Wikipedia: "In October [1976], the Damned became the first UK punk rock band to release a single, the romance-themed "New Rose"."

Information on this paperweight is hard to find.  The paperweight was designed in 2007 which is too late to be listed in the Charlton Guide to Caithness Paperweights (published in 2004).  Andrew Nowson's Encyclopedia of Caithness Glass mentions the Punk Rock Tribute Series on page 445 and shows a picture of the 2007 catalog on page 604 with an image of this weight.  It is also listed on Frank Andrews's Scotland's Glass website.

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.

Gordon Hendry worked at Caithness Glass from 1975 to 1982 and then from 1996 to 2007.  In 1975 he joined Caithness as a trainee glass engraver, working under the guidance of Helen MacDonald.  After leaving in 1982, he pursued an advanced education in design and illustration, returning to Caithness in 1996.  He worked primarily on vase and vessel design until 2004 when devoted his talents to paperweight design.  From 2004 to 2007 he designed 93 paperweight designs at Caithness.

Very large Size: Just under 3 1/2" diameter by just under 3 1/4" high.  The base is ground flat. It has one large slanted facet. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips or cracks or scratches found on inspection. 
Signature:  It is signed on the bottom "New Rose Caithness Scotland 24/77". 

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SOLD. Price reduced  11/14/2016

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2250 Rare Magnum AVEM Murano Scrambled Millefiori Doorstop or Paperweight.   circa 1950-1960.  Wonderful huge paperweight filled with multiple layers of glass ribbon twists and latticinio.  The glass ribbon twists are edged with gold aventurine.  There are all shades of green, red, blue and white.  It is very large and heavy.  This is a truly wonderful paperweight. 

A.V.E.M. or Arte Vetraria Muranese was founded on the Island of Murano in Venice, Italy in 1932.  For more details see pages 48 & 49 of the book Fifties Glass by Leslie Pina.  The figural paperweights on page 49 are similar in construction.

Very Large Size:  Approximately 3 3/4" diameter by 2 1/2" high.  The paperweight weighs almost three pounds. The base has been ground flat.  This paperweight has a low profile. 
Condition:   Very good to Excellent Condition.  Some wear on the base.  There are some tiny scratches and nicks on the body, but no other flaws that I could find.  No chips or cracks.  The surface is smooth but slightly irregular, as if shaped by hand due to its size. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I believe this paperweight was made at the AVEM factory on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy. 

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$225 postage paid in the US.                             Added 11/13/2016

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3406 Boda Atelje (Studio) Bluebirds and Palm Trees Paperweight Designed by Ulrica Hydman-Vallien.  Circa 1970-1990. This is an interesting Swedish Art Glass Paperweight from the glassworks in town of Boda,  It may pre-date the merger of Kosta and Boda. The paperweight features three blue birds and five palm trees.  The inner glass layer has a pink core or ground encased in a clear layer and then covered with a glossy blue overlay carved from a blue overlay.  The birds and palm trees are carved by removing overlay layer between them, leaving a frosted finish on the open areas.  The birds and palm trees are further decorated with red. yellow, and white enamel which is fired onto the body.  This is an impressive paperweight.  It is signed on the base "Boda Atelje 9048" followed by "Ulrica H.V." for Ulrica Hydman Vallien. 

Kosta is one of the oldest glass companies in the world, founded in 1742.  Today, the company remains in operation having merged with glassworks in Boda and Åfors.  The company name is now Orrefors Kosta Boda AB.   Ulrica Margaret Hydman Vallien, born in 1938 in Stockholm, is a Swedish artist who started as a ceramist and then expanded her expertise to glass.  Today she works mainly with glass and painting.  She also designs textile prints and carpets.  She is married to Kosta Boda artist / designer Bertil Vallien. 

Egg Shape:  2 5/8 diameter by 4 1/8" tall. 
Condition: Excellent condition. 
Signature:  Signed on the base "Boda Atelje 9048" followed by "Ulrica H.V." for Ulrica Hydman Vallien. 
Execution:    Perfect 

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$95 postage paid in the US.       Price reduced (was $135)                                           11/13/2016

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3146 Rare Julie Scrutton Lewis Emerald Isles Open Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Parabelle Canes.  Dated 1999. A wonderful concentric paperweight featuring a shamrock center pastry mold cane surrounded by two rings of complex canes.  The inner ring consists of ten complex floral canes with complex canes.  The outer ring has nineteen cog canes with complex centers.  The design is placed over an opaque emerald green ground.  The paperweight is signed on the base "Julie Scrutton Lewis 1999 ten of ten".  A great paperweight. 

This paperweight from Julie uses canes from Parabelle Glass, which closed in 1998.  The canes are deceptively simple.  If you look at the closeup picture, you can see each cane in the two rings is a complex cane embedded in the center of a simple outer cane. 

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.  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, Gary gave his cane supply and glass color formulas to their daughter Julie Scrutton Lewis and he continued to mentor her as she made her own designs.  Julie Scrutton Lewis has continued the tradition of making a limited number of fine paperweights and also jewelry using Parabelle millefiori canes. 

Small Size :  Just over 2 1/4" diameter by 1 3/4" high.  The base is ground concave. 
Signature : Signed on the base "Julie Scrutton Lewis 1999 ten of ten". 
Condition :  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches. 

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SOLD.     11/13/2016.

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4628 Perthshire PP46 Faceted Heart Pattern Closepack Millefiori Paperweight. Circa 1997-1999.    This is a millefiori paperweight with a closepack design in the shape of a heart in the center with a heart shaped border of identical lavender canes.  The design is set on a translucent ruby red ground with a garland of blue canes on the outside.  It is signed on the base with Perthshire's "P" signature cane and also a Perthshire paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND".  The paperweight has one large top facet and five side facets.. 

The PP46 was made with a heart design from 1981 to 1999.  It was also made as a Spade (1981-1985), Diamond (1981-86), and Club (1981-85).  Although the heart was made until 1999, this version was produced from 1997 to 1999.  The design was different during the earlier years from 1981-1995 and again different in 1996. 

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

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

Size:  2 1/2" diameter by 1 1/2" high. The base is ground concave.  There is one large top facet and five side facets.  .
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection. 
Signature:  It is signed on the base with Perthshire's "P" signature cane.  There is also a Perthshire paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND". 

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SOLD.                 Added 11/7/2016. 

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4620 Perthshire PP46 Heart Pattern Closepack Millefiori Paperweight. Circa 1981-1995.    This is a millefiori paperweight with a closepack design in the shape of a heart in the center with a heart shaped border of identical lime-green canes.  The design is set on a translucent ruby red ground with a garland of lime-green canes on the outside.  It is signed on the base with Perthshire's "P" signature cane.  The paperweight has one large top facet. 

The PP46 was made with a heart design from 1981 to 1999.  It ws also made as a Spade (1981-1985), Diamond (1981-86), and Club (1981-85).  Although the heart was made until 1999, this version was produced until 1995 and then the design was changed for 1996 and again for 1997-1999. 

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

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

Size:  2 9/16" diameter by 1 1/2" high. The base is ground concave.  There is one large top facet. 
Condition:  Very good condition with no cracks or scratches found on inspection.  There are several tiny flaws on the top facet, which may be tiny nicks or a manufacturing flaw.  Priced accordingly. 
Signature:  It is signed on the base with Perthshire's "P" signature cane.  There is no paper label. 

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SOLD.                Added 11/7/2016.

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4792 Perthshire 1991 PP134A Faceted Limited Edition Intricate Millefiori Paperweight. Circa 1991.    This is a millefiori paperweight with an intricate design consisting with a large square in the center.  The square consists of four large complex canes and is divided into quarters which are outlined by smaller canes and twists.  The central design is surrounded by a ring of complex canes.  In all, a very intricate design with a mix of large canes, smaller canes, and radial twists.  It has a Perthshire paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND".  The paperweight has one large top facet and six side facets.  It comes with its original certificate stating that it is number 233 of a limited edition of 400 paperweights. 

The PP134 (unfaceted) and PP134A (faceted) were made only in 1991.  The design is supposed to be signed on the base with a "P1991" cane, but the label covers any signature cane that is there.  I didn't remove the label. 

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

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

Large Size:  Just over 2 11/16" diameter by 1 3/4" high. The base is ground concave.  There is one large top facet and six side facets. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection. 
Signature:  It appears to be signed on the base by a "P" cane or a "P1991" cane, but the cane is covered by the paper label (see white circle in center of label).  I do not guarantee that the cane is there.  There is also a Perthshire paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND".  This paperweight comes with its original certificate. 

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SOLD.                 Added 10/16/2016.

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4321 Perthshire PP14 "G" Limited Edition Faceted Millefiori Cluster Paperweight.   Dated 1975.  This paperweight consists of five green and purple complex millefiori cane clusters each with a pink and white center cane surrounding a central blue cane cluster set on a clear ground.  Each cluster has six complex canes plus the center cane.  The central cluster contains the letter G for 1975.  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 "G" cane in the center of the design. 

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$150 postage paid in the US.                 Added 10/16/2016. 

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In addition to the 1975 G, I also have the PP14 for 1974 F and 1987 S weights in stock.  The PP14s are can be found on a separate Perthshire PP14 Web Page

PP14 paperweights in stock:
1974 F weight  $150
1975 G weight  $150
1987 S weight  $150

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4515 Rare Chinese White Paperweight with Painting of a Long Legged Bird.       Circa 1930.   This paperweight has a colored painting of a long legged bird surrounded by green foliage and pink berries.  The bird has a pink crest.  The painting is created on a white enamel base and then encased in glass.  The style dates from the 1920s or 1930s and is almost an antique. 

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

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.

Miniature Size:    2" diameter by 1" high.  The bottom is ground in the center to remove the pontil scar. 
Signature:    Unsigned but I guarantee that this is from China and dates from about 1930. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  I found only one tiny pinprick on the surface.  There is some debris or dirt in the glass on the bottom.  As with 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.  There are many tiny bubbles in the glass. 

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SOLD.                 Added 10/9/2016

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

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

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

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

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2626 Perthshire Annual Collection 1977A Limited Edition Nosegay Paperweight.  circa 1977.  Classic setup of three millefiori flowers (red, orange, and blue) to form a nosegay with four green leaves and a stem.  The arrangement is placed on a latticinio cushion of alternating bands of pink and green.  It is signed with a complex "P" cane on the base.  This paperweight was issued in a limited edition of 400, of which 315 were made. 

This is a Perthshire annual collection paperweight.  This means the design was made only in 1977 and never again.  The Perthshire Annual Collection Paperweights were special limited edition designs that offered one year only.  Each year's editions were lettered to indicated this special status. 

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 3/8" diameter by 1 1/2" high.  This paperweight has an unusual shape as shown in the pictures.  The base is ground flat. 
Condition:  Very good condition with no scratches, chips or cracks on the top or sides.  The base has a sharp edge and there are some nicks at the edge visible in the enlargement of the base.  There is also some wear on the base. 
Signature:  Signed with a complex "P" cane on the base. 

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SOLD.                 Added 10/2/2016. 

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

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

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

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

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

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3947 John Deacons 2006 Medium Double Overlay Millefiori Butterfly Crown Paperweight.  Dated 2006.  This paperweight has everything going for it.  It consists of an inner crown paperweight that is encased in clear glass and then encased again with a dark blue and white double overlay.  The crown is made of twenty blue & white and yellow & white twists.  There is an iridescent green and white millefiori and lampwork butterfly on top.  It is signed on the base with John Deacons' "JD 2006" signature cane.  The JD 2006 cane also has a green thistle with two green shamrocks just below the JD.  It also has a "HANDMADE IN SCOTLAND by John Deacons" label on the base.  The paperweight has a fancy faceting with one large top facet, ten side facets, and five additional small notches in the overlay.  An amazing, very attractive paperweight. 

This paperweight has three of the most difficult components all in a single paperweight, a crown, butterfly, and double overlay 

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

Medium Size:  2 1/2" diameter by 1 3/4" high.  It has a fancy faceting with one large top facet, ten side facets, and five additional small notches in the overlay. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No no scratches, chips or cracks found on inspection. 
Signature:  Signed on the base with John Deacons' "JD 2006" signature cane.  The cane also has a green thistle with two green shamrocks just below the JD.  It also has a "HANDMADE IN SCOTLAND by John Deacons" label on the base. 

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SOLD.                         Added 9/25/2016. 

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4751 Large Gilbert C. Johnson Sculptural Veiled Translucent Paperweight.  Dated 1985. This sculptural fish shaped paperweight consists of a multi-layered veiled design of transparent pale amber colored glass.  There is a tiny bit of blue color in the veiling.  It is scratch signed on the side near the base "Gilbert C. Johnson 1985".  A special object by an early founder of the American studio glass movement. 

This paperweight has a precise translucent design featuring a veil effect.  The "veil" effect created by using a metallic powder in the glass.  The veiling technique was first developed by Dominic Labino in the early 1970s.  Later it was used by Harvey Littleton in 1982.  Other artists like Johnson, O'Keefe, Eickholt, Nesteruk, Nourot, Burch and others adopted the technique a little later.  This paperweight is dated 1985. 

Gilbert C. Johnson , born 1930, was one of the earliest American studio glass artists.  In 1968 he was an instructor at the Society of Arts and Crafts in Detroit (later renamed the College for Creative Studies) and built the first glass workshop at the school.  One of his first students was Richard Ritter.  Johnson contributed to the early history of the American studio glass movement and was one of twelve glass artists whose work was displayed in the First Habitat Invitational exhibition in 1973 in Dearborn, Michigan.  He is best known for sculptural pieces with veiling.  Later in his career he worked in Burnsville, NC.  His work is in the collection of the North Carolina Museum of Art.

Large Size:     4 5/8" wide by just under 3 1/4" high by 1 9/16" thick. 
Signature: It is scratch signed on the side near the base "Gilbert C. Johnson 1985". 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection. 

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SOLD.                          Added 9/25/2016

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3659 Antique Miniature Clichy Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Pink and Green Rose Cane.  circa 1845-1860.  This is a very nice miniature antique Clichy concentric millefiori paperweight with nine colorful complex millefiori including a desirable pink and green rose cane.  The ground is clear glass.   The canes are intricate and very colorful.  See the close-up picture for more detail.  A fantastic paperweight at an inexpensive price. 

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

Miniature Size:  1 13/16" diameter by just under 1 1/4" high.  The base is ground concave. 
Condition:  Very good condition for its age.  There are scratches and tiny nicks on the surface, but no cracks.   There is also one faint portion of a circular impact mark less than 1/8" in diameter.  There is appropriate wear on the base.  There is plenty of glass and the paperweight could be restored, but I don't see any need to do so.  My photographs show the scratches, but this paperweight displays beautifully. 
Signature:    Unsigned but I guarantee this to be an authentic antique Clichy paperweight. 

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SOLD.           Added 9/25/2016

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2820 Baccarat Faceted Four Row Open Concentric Millefiori Paperweight.   Circa 1958 - 1965.  This paperweight has an open concentric design with four rows of pastel colored complex millefiori around a central complex cane.  It is signed with a Baccarat logo on the base and faceted with a large top facet and five side facets.  The paperweight contains examples of early Baccarat complex millefiori and dates from the first years of Baccarat modern millefiori production. 

The transparent pastel colors made this a difficult paperweight to photograph. 

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

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

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

Medium Size:   Just over 2 1/2” diameter by just over 1 1/2” high.  Bottom is ground flat.  It is faceted with a large top facet and five side facets. 
Signature:  Made by Baccarat in France.  Signed on the bottom with the Baccarat logo. 
Condition: Good condition with no cracks.  There is a faint scratch and "spot" on the top facet.  There is also a nick on one of the side facets (see pictures).  There is also minor wear on the bottom.  Normally this would be a $150 to $200 paperweight, but I have adjusted the price due to these scratches. 

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SOLD.          Added 9/25/2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Faint scratches on body
$595 postage paid in the US.          Added 9/20/2016

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

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3577 Rare Vintage Lewis Kain Chrysanthemum or Pompon Paperweight with Amber Ground. circa 1960-1979.  This paperweight features wonderful mauve and yellow pompon flower with leaves and stem placed over an amber colored ground.  The flower has many petals.  The center of the flower is blue, white, and yellow.  It is signed in the design with Lewis Kain's LK signature cane.  The ground takes on an amber coloration, but when viewed from the bottom it is orange. 

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

Medium Size :  2 1/3" diameter by 1 3/4" high.  The bottom is ground flat.  The paperweight has a high dome that is flat on top. 
Signature :  Signed with Lewis Kain's "LK" signature cane in the design. 
Condition :  Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection. 

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SOLD.                          Added 9/11/2016.

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3946 Large Colorful Murano Millefiori Paperweight with Millefiori Butterfly.   circa 1960-1980.  Colorful millefiori paperweight with an unusual millefiori and lampwork butterfly and an outer garland of millefiori canes.  The ground is a translucent green.  An interesting design. 

Note:  This paperweight was difficult to photograph due to the high dome and transparent butterfly design. 

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

Large Size:  Just over 3" diameter by 2 3/4" high. The bottom is ground flat. 
Condition:   Excellent condition.  There are some light scratches on the base.  No cracks or chips.  No scratches found on the dome. There are some bubbles in the glass. 
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee that this was made on the island of Murano. 

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SOLD.                             Added 9/6/2016

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3188 Peter McDougall Small Paneled Millefiori Paperweight. This paperweight consists of a paneled millefiori pattern of blue, yellow, and pink colors on a black ground.  There are six panels arranged around a central complex millefiori cane.  The panel dividers are white complex latticinio twists with a red, yellow and blue twist in the center.  This style has a 1 + 2 pattern of canes plus a ring of canes on the outside.  It is signed on the bottom with a complex cane made from four separate letter canes forming the signature "PMcD".  It also has a paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Hand Made in Crieff Scotland" on the base.  Great color. 

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

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

Small Size:     2 1/8" diameter by  1 7/16" 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 9/10/2016 

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4214 Magnum Peter Gentile Spiral Cone Shaped Wig Stand Paperweight. circa 1950-1970.  This is a large cone shaped paperweight with an internal red spiral design.  In addition to the red threading, there are six rings of bubbles which appear inside the spiral and a larger central bubble rising from the base.  A unusual design worthy of any collection of paperweights. 

Note:  Originally I listed this paperweight as a Murano paperweight.  That was an error.  This paperweight is identified as a Peter Gentile design in Jean Melvin's book American Glass Paperweights and their Makers (1970 revised edition) .  See the color plates between pages 32 and 33

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:  2 3/4" diameter at the base by 6 1/2" high.  The base is polished concave. It weighs almost two pounds. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this is a genuine Gentile paperweight. 
Condition:     Good condition.  There is one scuff or impact mark on the side and a small impact mark visible on the base.  There is also one spot that looks like a chip, but I believe it actually a popped bubble that is right at the surface.  See the pictures for more detail.  I did not find any significant scratches. 

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SOLD.           Added 9/10/2016 

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1629 Vintage American Messenger of Love with Engraved Name Frit Paperweight. circa 1900-1960.  This frit paperweight features a Messenger of Love motif with a dove and a small landscape consisting of a church with steeple, a two story residence building, and a tree.  The motto "Messenger of Love" appears below the dove and landscape.  The dove is carrying a letter wrapped in string from its beak.  The design is set in white frit over a white, yellow, and pink frit ground.  In addition, this paperweight has the name of the recipient in a fancy script engraving on the side "N. E. Stoneking".  Possibly a memorial paperweight for a deceased person.  Possibly made by Ed Rithner. 

This design is usually associated with Ed Rithner of Wellsburg, West Virginia, but I cannot be sure when or where this paperweight was made.  Rithner had a unique of finishing the pontil of his weights, but this weight is unfinished.  Most likely it was made in the glass producing areas of midwestern US (Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, or even New Jersey) in the first half of the 19th century.  Frit refers to the powdered glass used to make the design.  The design is set up in a metal die and then picked up with a gather of a ground color. 

According to Newell's Old Glass Paperweights of Southern New Jersey , frit weights were made as early as 1863.  Newell identifies this style as a true folk art. 

Medium Size:  Just under 2 1/2" diameter by 1 7/8" high.  The bottom is unfinished with the pontil scar remaining. 
Signature :  Unsigned.. 
Condition :  Good.  This paperweight has some nicks and one very faint 1/8" bruise on the side.  I show the worst of the nicks in the pictures. 

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Name engraved on side
Bruise 
Nicks
SOLD.                          Added 9/10/2016. 

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4667 Large Colorful Murano Millefiori Paperweight with Seven Large Flower Canes.   circa 1960-1980.  Colorful millefiori paperweight with a closepacked design consisting of seven identical large flower canes.   There is a clear ground.  An interesting design. 

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

Large Size:  2 7/8" diameter by 1 15/16" high. The bottom is ground flat. 
Condition:   Very good condition. I found two areas with minor damage, both on the side.  There was a faint 1/8" impact mark (shown in one of the pictures) and a 3/16" rough area nearby.  There was also a tiny bit of extra glass (shown in the picture with the impact mark), but this is a manufacturing flaw not damage. 
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee that this was made on the island of Murano. 

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Impact mark and bit of extra glass
SOLD.                             Added 9/6/2016

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2354 Peter McDougall Small Concentric Millefiori Paperweight. This paperweight consists four concentric circles of millefiori around a central millefiori cane.  This is one of the few designs that Peter made with a clear ground.  Clear grounds are more demanding to make because they require more precision.  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, Handmade in Crieff Scotland."  Wonderful colors and execution. 

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

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

Small Size:  2 1/8" diameter by 1 1/2" high.  The bottom is ground concave. 
Condition:  Outstanding condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed on the bottom with a "PMcD" signature cane.  The signature is small and some people may have difficulty reading the signature on these weights.  See PMcD cane at the tip of the arrow in the picture of the label.  It also has a paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Handmade in Crieff Scotland." 

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SOLD.                                                    Added 9/5/2016

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4639 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 :  3 1/8" diameter by just under 2" high.  The bottom is ground concave. 
Signature : Signed with a red and white complex signature/date cane "SL 1979" on the base. 
Condition :  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches. 

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SOLD.                          Added 9/4/2016 

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2498 Antique Silesia Thuringia Bohemia Miniature Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with White Basket Ground.  Circa 1870 - 1910.  Colorful antique paperweight with a two row concentric millefiori design. There are thirteen canes in the outer ring alternating between primarily white complex canes and larger red complex canes.  One cane is missing in the outer ring.  The inner ring contains eight millefiori canes alternating between yellow canes and red complex canes.  In the center is an unusual turquoise complex cane.  The pattern is arranged over a white spiral filigree cushion 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.  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.  Most likely from Silesia or Thuringia.  The glass is very slightly gray and has some tiny bubbles. 

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

Miniature Size:  Just under 2" diameter by just over 1 1/4" high. 
Condition: Poor to Fair condition for its age.  It has many nicks, chips, and scratches, but still displays nicely. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this is an antique paperweight from the regions described (Bohemia or Silesia or Thuringia). The bottom is ground flat. 

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SOLD.                             Added 9/4/2016

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3334 Dramatic Large Peter McDougall Patterned Millefiori Paperweight. This paperweight consists of a paneled millefiori pattern of wonderful green, yellow, white, and red millefiori canes on a black ground.  There are nine panels with a 1-1-2-3-3 pattern and a large complex millefiori cane in the center.  It is signed on the bottom with a complex cane made from four separate letter canes forming the signature PMcD and also has a paper label.  A wonderful paperweight with great color. 

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

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

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

Large Size:  Just over 2 7/8" diameter by 1 7/8" high.  The bottom is ground concave. 
Condition:  Outstanding condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed on the bottom with a "PMcD" signature cane.  The signature is small and some people may have difficulty reading the signature on these weights.  It also has a paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Handmade in Crieff Scotland." 
Execution:    The label was put on upside down  - not aligned with the signature cane.  In addition, the signature cane is tilted as shown in the picture of the base. 

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SOLD.                             Added 9/4/2016

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4609 Perthshire Annual Collection 1974B Limited Edition Large White Flower and Buds Paperweight.    circa 1974.  This paperweight features a white flower with six dark tipped petals with stems, leaves and two buds all on an opaque lilac ground.  The flower has a complex millefiori cane in the center.  This paperweight was made in a limited edition of 350 paperweights, of which 345 were made.  It is signed with a Perthshire complex "P" signature cane near the base of the stem.  It also has a Perthshire paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND" on the base.  A colorful paperweight. 

Note:  This was a difficult paperweight to photograph due to the reflective ground.  Please ignore the color variations as they are not present in the paperweight itself. 

Perthshire made this paperweight as one of their first annual collection items.  This means the design was made only that one year and never again.  They made a crown weight as the annual collection item for 1969.  In 1970, they made a dragonfly paperweight and a flash overlay millefiori weight.  There were four annual collection weights for 1971, only three annual collection weights for 1972, five designs in 1973, and five designs in 1974.  This paperweight is designated 1974B. 

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

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

Large Size :  3" diameter by 2 1/16" high.  The bottom is ground concave. 
Signature : Signed with a Perthshire complex "P" signature cane in the design.  It also has a worn Perthshire paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND" on the base. 
Condition :  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches.  The label is worn and has some writing on it. 

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SOLD.                          Added 8/28/2016. 

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4635 Modern St. Louis 1953 Queen Elizabeth II  Coronation Commemorative Sulphide Paperweight.   Circa 1953.  This is a modern St. Louis sulphide paperweight featuring a ceramic image of Queen Elizabeth II set on a clear ground and surrounded by a garland of red, white, and blue millefiori canes.  It is signed on the base "ST. LOUIS CRISTAL FRANCE".  The sulphide has been treated to produce a silver finish.  An early example of St. Louis artistic accomplishment.  It is faceted with a large top facet and five side facets.  A significant historical paperweight. 

According to the two books on St. Louis paperweights, the QE II sulphide was issued in an edition of 1,226 regular sulphides on a variety of grounds and with and without millefiori garlands.  There were also some overlay versions produced.  All were supposed to be marked "Couronnement 2.6.53 Saint Louis - France" on the back of the sulphide and reserved for the American market.  This was St. Louis earliest sulphide and one of the company's earliest modern paperweights.  It was much in demand and the famous French writer Colette requested one for her collection. 

Note:  The sulphide in this paperweight is not marked as described above with the special "Couronnement" marking.  It may have been an early sample or the literature may be incorrect and some may have been produced for other markets or escaped the special marking. 

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:  2 7/8" diameter by 1 3/4" high.  The bottom is ground concave. 
Signature : Signed on the base with the etched signature "ST. LOUIS CRISTAL FRANCE". 
Condition :  Excellent condition with no no cracks or chips.  No scratches found on inspection.  The picture of the base shows what appears to be a small nick.  It is a a tiny white "stone" in the glass just below the surface of the base.  This pot used to hold molten glass will sometimes throw off stones when it is first used. 

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SOLD.                          Added 8/27/2016 

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4630 Perthshire Annual Collection 1972B Limited Edition Faceted Cushion Millefiori Paperweight.    dated 1972. This paperweight features a complicated patterned millefiori design with five latticinio rods and five red complex canes forming a pentagon.  Inside the pentagon is a three ring concentric design with a white center cane.  The outer ring of three rings is made up of complex turquoise colored canes.  The two inner rings are green and white and yellow and white.  Outside the pentagon is a garland of twenty green complex canes.  The design is set on an opaque black (actually very dark purple) ground.  It is faceted with ten side facets in two rows and a larger top facet.  This paperweight was made in a limited edition of 300 paperweights.  It is signed with a Perthshire "P1972" signature cane on the base.   A wonderful paperweight. 

Perthshire made this paperweight as one of their first annual collection items.  This means the design was made only that one year and never again.  They made a crown weight as the annual collection item for 1969.  In 1970, they made a dragonfly paperweight and a flash overlay millefiori weight.  There were four annual collection weights for 1971 and only three annual collection weights for 1972.  This paperweight is designated 1972B. 

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 9/16" diameter by 1 11/16" high.  The bottom is ground concave. 
Signature : Signed with a Perthshire "P1972" signature cane on the base.  There is no paper label. 
Condition :  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches.  The exception is that the "P1972" signature cane on the base is cracked due to incompatibilities in the glass.  This happened when the paperweight was made. 

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SOLD.                         Added 8/26/2016. 

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4626 Perthshire Annual Collection 1972C Limited Edition Miniature Flower Paperweight.    circa 1972.  This paperweight features a red lampwork flower with a green stem and two leaves in a stave basket of blue and white floret canes each with a pale green center.  The Perthshire complex "P" signature cane is in the center of the flower.  In the signature cane, the "P" is surrounded by a ring of red floret canes.  This design was Perthshire's first use of a stave basket in a paperweight.  It was issued in a limited edition of 1,000 paperweights in 1972. 

This was a difficult paperweight to photograph.  The stave basket in the background makes the pictures look dark, but the actual glass is clear and this little paperweight is a miniature jewel. 

Perthshire made this paperweight as one of their first annual collection items.  This means the design was made only that one year and never again.  They made a crown weight as the annual collection item for 1969.  In 1970, they made a dragonfly paperweight and a flash overlay millefiori weight.  There were four annual collection weights for 1971 and only three annual collection weights for 1972.  1972C paperweights have sold for $230 to $460 in Selman's auctions. 

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

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

Miniature Size :  Just under 2 1/16" diameter by just under 1 5/8" high.  The bottom is ground concave. 
Signature : Signed with a Perthshire "P" in the center. There is no paper label. 
Condition :  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches. 
Execution : The center "P" signature cane is slightly deformed.  There is also a bit of black debris on some of the basket canes. 

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SOLD.                          Added 8/25/2016.

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4633 Antique New England Glass Company Leaf Spray with Millefiori Paperweight. c. 1860.  This is a rare antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) Leaf Spray paperweight.  It has an unusual floral arrangement of colored leaves used as petals and four green leaves and stem plus a millefiori cane for the center.  There are three red, three yellow and two blue leaves (petals).  The center millefiori is a large red, white, and yellow cane.  The floral arrangement is placed over a nice double latticinio ground.  Unfortunately the execution is poor.  Priced accordingly. 

Note:  Obviously, this paperweight had problems in execution, with a separated blue leaf, a large bubble in the middle of a yellow leaf, and distorted leaves on the left.  I have priced it more in line with a scramble rather than the normal high value for a weight of this type.  If perfect, the price would be closer to $1,500. 

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

Size:    2 7/8” diameter by just over 1 3/4” high.  The bottom is fire finished with a remnant of the pontil mark remaining. 
Signature:  This paperweight is not signed, but I guarantee it to be an authentic antique New England Glass Company paperweight. 
Condition:  Good condition with no cracks.  There are several small circular impact marks and nicks on the side.  The top is relatively free of defects with no noticeable scratches or impact marks. 
Execution:  This paperweight exhibits problems in execution, with a separated blue leaf, a large bubble in the middle of a yellow leaf, and distorted leaves on the left.  There are also a few small bubbles in the latticinio ground, typical for NEGC weights with a latticinio ground. 

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SOLD.                      Added 8/24/2016 

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4637 Small Colorful Murano Fratelli Toso Style Egg Shaped Ribbon Cane Paperweight.   circa 1960-1980.  Colorful egg shaped paperweight consisting of vertical multi-colored canes arranged like a ribbon.  It has a shiny finish.  A fun paperweight. 

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

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

Small Size:  Just under 1 7/8" diameter by 2 15/16" high. The bottom is ground flat. 
Condition:   Excellent condition. No scratches, chips, or cracks. 
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee that this was made on the island of Murano.  It was made in a style pioneered by Fratelli Toso. 

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SOLD.                             Added 8/24/2016

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4634 Magnum Baccarat 1976 Limited Edition Red Rose with Bud on Spiral Latticinio Paperweight.   Dated 1976.  This is a spectacular large many petaled red rose with stem, leaves and a bud over a spiral latticinio ground.   The rose is exceptional with a three-dimensional setup and velvet like petals moist with dew drops.  It is signed in the design with a millefiori signature cane "B 1976" and also signed on the bottom with the Baccarat logo.  An outstanding paperweight. 

This design was produced only in 1976 in a limited edition of 150 paperweights.  This is number 97 in that series.  There is a signature cane "B 1976" shown in the pictures.  The bottom has the acid etched Baccarat logo plus it is engraved with the year (1976) and the number (97 / 150). 

Magnum Size: 3 3/16" diameter by 2 3/16" high.  Bottom is ground concave. 
Condition: Outstanding condition with no cracks or chips or scratches.  It is in perfect original condition. 
Signature:  Made by Baccarat in France in 1976.  Signed in cane "B 1976" by the stem and on the bottom with the Baccarat logo.

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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SOLD.          Added 6/22/2016

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4396 Magnum Millville Style Home Sweet Home Colored Frit Paperweight. circa 1900-1940.  This frit paperweight features a Home Sweet Home motif with a two story building, trees, grass, path, and the more.  The design is set in white and colored frit over a clear ground.  The two chimneys are red with white smoke.  The trees have green foliage.  The grass is green.  And the path is a reddish brown.  As shown in the pictures, the Home Sweet Home text is incomplete. 

Note:  Unfortunately the pontil scar is unfinished and shows through the design.  The paperweight would benefit from a restoration to remove the blemishes and pontil. 

I cannot be sure when or where this paperweight was made.  Most likely it was made in Millville, New Jersey in the first half of the 19th century.  This type of construction has been associated with factories such as Whitall Tatum that operated in the early 1900s in the Millville area of Southern New Jersey.  Frit refers to the powdered glass used to make the design.  The design is set up in a metal die and then picked up with a gather of a ground color.  This weight has the typical Millville two piece construction, as shown in the bottom view. 

According to Newell's Old Glass Paperweights of Southern New Jersey , frit weights were made as early as 1863.  Newell identifies this style as a true folk art. 

Very Large Size :  3 1/4" diameter by just under 2" high.  The bottom is unfinished with the pontil scar remaining. 
Signature :  Unsigned.. 
Condition :  Fair to Poor.  This paperweight has extensive scratching and also one 1/4" bruise on the side.  The paperweight could be refinished to remove the scratching and pontil scar. 
Execution:    The base still has the pontil scar.  The Home Sweet Home text is incomplete.  There are some bubbles in the glass. 

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$39 postage paid in the US.                          Added 8/21/2016. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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3945 Large Murano Three Row Concentric Millefiori Paperweight.   circa 1960-1980.  Colorful millefiori three row concentric with large cane slices.  The primary colors are amber, blue, green and yellow. 

Note:  This paperweight has some scratches on one side and on the base.  It also has a chip near the center of the base and one very small chip at the edge of the base.  However, it displays beautifully.  The scratches are noticeable under bright light. 

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

Large Size:  Just under 3" diameter by just under 2 1/8" high. The bottom is ground flat. 
Condition:   Good condition. This paperweight has some scratches on one side and on the base and also has a chip near the center of the base and one very small chip at the edge of the base.  The scratches are noticeable under bright light. 
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee that this was made on the island of Murano. 

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SOLD.                             Added 8/21/2016

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3944 Large Gary Jones Orient & Flume Flowers and Vines Paperweight.  dated 1984.  This is a wonderful example of an early Orient & Flume surface decorated paperweight with a flowers and vines design.  It has an gold iridescent surface decorated with purple and white flowers and green and gold vines.  The flowers have red, green, yellow, and dark blue centers.  It has a rough signature "G. Jones 1984 O&F" on the base, but this signature may have been added after it left the Orient and Flume.  A beautiful paperweight. 

Note:  The signature is not the typical stylized script signature found on Orient & Flume paperweights.  It may be that this was viewed as a sample or second and was possibly signed after it left the glass studio.  If it is a second, I don't see any imperfections other than possibly the open spaces to each side of the vine.  Maybe the artist planned to add a butterfly or another flower, but never  did so. 

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.

Gary Jones worked at Orient & Flume in the early 1980s and possibly later.  There are many examples of signed Gary Jones paperweights on the web and they match the style of this paperweight.  I was unable to find any other information on Gary Jones.  There was a glass artist of the same name who operated a business "The Glass Menagerie" in Round Lake, IL.  He made lampwork figures and had a web page www.glassaffair.com from 2000 to 2012.  I don't know if this is the same person who made the paperweight. 

Large Size:    3 1/8" diameter by 2 5/8" high.  The base is ground flat. 
Signature: Signed "G. Jones 1984 O&F" on the base. 
Condition:  Excellent condition but the paperweight does have some scratches on the base. The rest is perfect. 

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SOLD.                        Added 8/20/2016 

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3943 Unusual Magnum Murano Millefiori Scramble Paperweight with Large Cane Pieces.   circa 1970-1990.  Colorful millefiori scramble filled with large pieces of complex millefiori cane.  The canes are brown and white, blue and white, and turquoise and white. An unusual example.  Good quality glass and nice colors. 

Note:  The brown canes have a tiny red center that must have been incompatible with the surrounding glass resulting in tiny incompatibility cracks.  This may be the reason the maker chose to use such large pieces in this scramble. 

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

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

Very Large Size:  3 3/8" diameter by 2 1/4" high. The bottom is ground flat.  The profile is relatively low. 
Condition:  Very good condition. No chips or scratches found on inspection.  There are, however, small incompatibility cracks at the centers of two brown canes.  This is due to incompatibility between the red center and the surrounding glass. 
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee that this was made on the island of Murano. 
Execution:   The canes do not fill the paperweight entirely.  There are some voids in the arrangement as shown in the pictures. 

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SOLD.                             Added 8/17/2016

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3202 Peter McDougall Miniature Concentric Millefiori Paperweight. This paperweight consists three concentric circles of millefiori around a central millefiori cane.  This is one of the few designs that Peter makes with a clear ground.  Clear grounds are more demanding to make because they require more precision.  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, Handmade in Crieff Scotland."  Wonderful colors and execution. 

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

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

Miniature Size:  1 15/16" diameter by 1 1/3" high.  The bottom is ground concave. 
Condition:  Outstanding condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed on the bottom with a "PMcD" signature cane.  The signature is small and some people may have difficulty reading the signature on these weights.  It also has a paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Handmade in Crieff Scotland." 

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SOLD.                             Added 8/17/2016

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3333 Peter McDougall Small Paneled Millefiori Paperweight. This paperweight consists of a paneled millefiori pattern of blue, yellow, and amethyst colors on a black ground.  There are six panels arranged around a central complex millefiori cane.  The panel dividers are white complex latticinio twists with a red white and blue twist in the center.  This style has a 1 + 2 pattern of canes plus a ring of canes on the outside.  It is signed on the bottom with a complex cane made from four separate letter canes forming the signature "PMcD".  It also has a paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Hand Made in Crieff Scotland" on the base.  Great color. 

The ground color looks black but may actually be a very dark blue.  Ignore the white areas, they are glare from the lights. 

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

Small Size:    2 1/4" diameter by  1 1/2" high.  The base is ground concave. 
Condition:    Outstanding condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:    This paperweight is signed on the base with McDougall's "PMcD" complex signature cane made from four separate letter canes.  The signature cane is small and some people may have difficulty reading the signature on these weights.  It also has a paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Hand Made in Crieff Scotland" on the base. 

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SOLD.                          Added 8/17/2016.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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4401 Perthshire 1995 PP19A Limited Edition Small Millefiori Scramble Paperweight with Silhouette Canes.   Dated 1995.  This is a small scramble millefiori paperweight with three picture canes over a black ground.  The three picture canes are silhouettes of a swan, kangaroo, and camel.  This paperweight is signed on the base with Perthshire's "P 1995" signature cane and a number 11 for its sequence in the edition.  I believe the edition size was limited to 300 paperweights. 

The PP19A was made in a limited edition from 1995 to 2002.  I don't know the exact edition size in 1995, but in 1997 it was 300 paperweights.  The larger size PP19 version was made in a limited edition from 1969 to 1980 and from 1987 to 2002. 

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

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

Small Size:  2 1/16" diameter by just under 1 1/2" high. The base is ground concave. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks or scratches found on inspection. 
Signature:  It is signed on the base with Perthshire's "P 1995" signature cane and a number 11 for its sequence in the edition.  There is no label. 

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SOLD.                           Added 8/13/2016. 

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

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3941 Large Degenhart "Home Sweet Home" Decorated Plaque Paperweight. circa 1964-1980.  Classic later style Degenhart paperweight with a decorated name plaque "Home Sweet Home" on a rectangular white plaque with a border of decorative flowers.  The plaque is placed on a multi-colored frit ground with a second white ground below.  Signed with a "D." in the design.  A wonderful large paperweight with a great design and great color. 

Note:  There is a defect in the finish on one side.   This is shown in one of the pictures.  It looks like that side was allowed to cool too fast resulting in a slightly crackled finish.  Price greatly reduced as a result. 

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 .

Very Large Size:  3 3/16" diameter by 2 3/8" high.  The bottom is ground flat. 
Condition:  Very good condition with no chips or cracks.  There is a defect in the finish on one side.  This is shown in one of the pictures.  It looks like that side was allowed to cool too fast resulting in a slightly crackled finish.  Price greatly reduced as a result. 
Signature:  Signed with a "D." in the design.  I guarantee this is a genuine Degenhart paperweight. 

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$55 postage paid in the US.            Added 8/12/2016

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

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4439 Magnum Murano Latticinio and Twist Crown Paperweight. circa 1970.  Wonderful example of a Murano crown paperweight formed from 24 colorful twists alternating in color.  Every other twist is a white latticinio twist.  Alternating colors are blue, green, red,  pink, and yellow.  Some of the twists have gold aventurine edges.  A fun paperweight with brilliant colors. 

Technically a crown weight should have a crown millefiori or group of millefiori on top.  This weight does not.  Crown weights are considered by some to be the most exciting of all millefiori designs.  They are extremely difficult to make.  Pedestal crowns are the most desirable. 

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

Very Large Size:  3 1/8" diameter by just over 2 3/4" high.  The base is ground flat. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No scratches, chips, or cracks found on inspection. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this is from the island of Murano circa 1970. 
Execution:  There are some bubbles in the paperweight and some debris in the latticinio. 

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SOLD.            Added 8/12/2016

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

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

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

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$195 postage paid in the US.                         Added 8/12/2016.

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

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

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

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

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

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4397 Miniature Perthshire Concentric Millefiori Paperweight Made for 1997 PCA Convention.  Dated 1997.   This is a miniature pressed concentric millefiori paperweight with fluted sides.  It has a central complex cane, with the letters "P C A," encircled by three concentric rings of millefiori canes on cobalt blue ground.  It was made by Perthshire in a limited edition of 500 paperweights as a table favor for the 1997 Paperweight Collectors Association convention in San Diego, CA.  It is signed on the base with a complex cane "P 1997".  Great color and a crisp execution. 

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

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

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

Miniature Size: 1 3/4" diameter by 1 1/3" high.  The base is ground concave. 
Condition:  Excellent original condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  It is signed in the center on the base with Perthshire's "P 1997" signature cane. 

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SOLD.                           Added 8/8/2016. 

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4418 Large Pairpoint Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Rose Canes and Old Label. Circa 1965-1975.  This is an interesting concentric millefiori paperweight with seven wonderful green and white rose canes in the center, surrounded by six star canes and a row of  ring of primitive canes.  There is the remnant of an early Bryden Pairpoint paper label on the base.  A wonderful curiosity from the Bryden period of Pairpoint production. 

This is an unusual paperweight.  When viewed from the top, the outer ring of millefiori canes is primitive and lacking in detail.  Viewed from the bottom they are more distinct and resemble 1970s canes from Murano.  The same for the six star canes.  It is possible that Pairpoint used Murano canes to surround its rose canes, but smudged them in the encasement process. 

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

Large Size:  2 3/4” diameter by 2 high  The base is ground flat in the center. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  There is one very small (less than 1/16") circular impact mark near the base.  No other chips, cracks, or scratches. 
Signature:  Signed with the remnant of an early Bryden Pairpoint paper label on the base.  I guarantee this attribution. 

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SOLD.                          Added 8/8/2016.

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4610 Rare Perthshire 1974 PP26 Limited Edition Large Millefiori Paperweight. Circa 1974.    This is a large paneled millefiori paperweight with a center cane surrounded by a ring of six canes, then eight short twists separating groups of 1-2-3 canes.  The design is further surrounded by three more rings of canes.  It is signed with Perthshire's "P" signature cane in the outer ring.  The two outer rings are made up of two types of canes and alternate between the two cane types in groups of four.  The ground is a translucent red.  An unusual design. 

The PP26 paperweight was made only in 1974. 

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

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

Large Size: Just over 2 13/16" diameter by 1 15/16" high. The base is ground concave. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  It is signed in the outer ring of the design with Perthshire's "P" signature cane.  There is no label. 

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SOLD.                           Added 8/8/2016.

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

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

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

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

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

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4624 Perthshire PP170 Small Daisy Shaped Millefiori Paperweight. Circa 1997-2002.    This is a small pressed paperweight with a paneled millefiori pattern around a central signature cane.  There are six twists and an outer ring of millefiori canes on a cobalt blue ground.  The daisy shape has eight petals or scallops. It is signed in the center with Perthshire's "P" signature cane.  It also has a Perthshire paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND" on the base.  Great color and a crisp execution. 

The PP170 paperweight was also made in 1996, but with twelve petals.  From 1997-2002 it had eight petals. 

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

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

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

Small Size: Just over 2 1/16" diameter by 1 3/16" high. The base is ground concave. 
Condition:  Excellent original condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  It is signed in the center of the design with Perthshire's "P" signature cane.  It also has a Perthshire paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND" on the base. 

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SOLD.                           Added 8/1/2016. 

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

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2497 Rare Chinese Scramble Paperweight with "MADE IN CHINA" Signature Canes.  circa 1930.  A humorous addition from China.  Since this style was intended to be a copy of a French scramble or end of day weight from 1845-1860 (probably St. Louis or Clichy), it leaves you wondering why they chose to add the "MADE IN CHINA" canes at the bottom.  Perhaps it was a response to the US customs requirement that goods be marked with the country of origin in English starting about 1930.  Some importers complied by scratch signing the word CHINA on the bottom.  In any event, this is a rare and welcome addition to any collection of Chinese paperweights.  As with most Chinese paperweights, this paperweight has a light weight glass mixture that is high in soda and has a greenish tinge. The glass has a soft oily feel.   There are bubbles or debris in the glass. 

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

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

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

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

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

Small Size:   2 1/8” diameter by 1 3/16"  high. 
Signature: Signed "MADE IN CHINA" on three white signature canes in the design. 
Condition:  Good condition typical of Chinese paperweights from this period.  Some light scratches and small nicks.  No cracks.  The glass has a soft oily feel.   There are bubbles and debris in the glass.

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SOLD.                             Added 8/1/2016

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3939 Medium Colorful Strathearn Paneled Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1963-1968.  This very attractive paperweight consists of a paneled millefiori pattern with seven sections of 1+2+2 millefiori patterns each separated by a white latticinio cane.  There is a central ring of seven millefiori canes and then a center millefiori cane.  The canes are early Scottish millefiori canes on an opaque blue ground.   This is a very nice example.   A great addition to any collection of Scottish paperweights. 

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

Medium Size:   2 1/2” diameter by just under 2” high.  Bottom is fire polished. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  I could find no flaws. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this to be a Strathearn paperweight from Scotland. 

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SOLD.                  Added 8/1/2016 

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2943 Vasart / Lassman Millefiori Paperweight Handle Double Jigger. circa 1950-1960.  The firm of Lassman & Co designed and produced this double jigger and a variety of other useful objects during the 1950s and 1960s.  The millefiori paperweight handle was made by the Ysart family of Scotland and has a concentric design on a dark blue colored ground that matches the setup and canes of other Vasart paperweights. 

The double jigger has two measuring cups marked 1 oz. (ounce) and 1 1/2 oz.  The 1 oz. cup is also marked "Made in England".  The finish is chrome.  This is the rarest of the pieces of barware by this maker.  I have never seen one boxed individually.  This item came from a set that was purchased without its case. 

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

Size:  4 1/8" wide by 4 1/8" long.  The handle is 1 1/2" diameter. 
Condition :  Excellent condition although showing some wear on the metal part.  The paperweight head is in excellent condition with no cracks or chips or noticeable scratches. 
Signature :  Unsigned, but I guarantee this is a genuine Lassman double jigger with a Vasart paperweight handle. "Made in England" appears in the center of the 1 ounce cup. 

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SOLD.          Updated 7/24/2016

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2642 Large Faceted Baccarat Limited Edition Fruit Basket Paperweight. Circa 1976.  Classical design with a lampwork basket of fruit over an opaque white milk glass ground.  The basket is filled with luscious strawberries with leaves attached.  It is signed with a Baccarat signature cane "B 1976" and also signed again on the bottom with the Baccarat logo.  The paperweight is faceted with a large convex top facet and six smaller convex side facets.  Perfect execution. 

The price has been reduced considerably from the earlier price of $675.  No issues with this paperweight, but I want to move it.

This is a difficult to find older Baccarat paperweight.  The design was produced only in 1976 in a limited edition of 300 paperweights. This is number 13 in that series.  There is a signature cane B 1976 shown in the pictures.  The bottom has the acid etched Baccarat logo plus it is engraved with the year (1976), the number (13) and the size of the series (300).  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 as a contrast to the delicate fruit basket. 

Large Size: Just over 3" diameter by just over 1 7/8" high. The bottom is ground flat.  Faceted with a large top facet and six side facets. All the facets are convex. 
Condition: Excellent condition with no cracks or chips.  With the exception of a couple of scratches on the base, it is in perfect original condition. 
Signature:  Made by Baccarat in France in 1976.  Signed in cane and on the bottom. 
Execution:  Perfect execution. 

Baccarat currently suggests a retail price of $3,542 for this paperweight, but my price is much lower. 

Baccarat started making lampwork paperweights in the early 1970s, following the introduction of  modern sulphide paperweights in 1953 and modern millefiori paperweights in 1958. 

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SOLD.          Updated 7/24/2016

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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

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

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4538 Magnum Faceted Antique Bohemian or Belgian Colored Frit Christmas-themed Paperweight. circa 1850-1900.  This is an unusual large antique frit paperweight with an unusual pattern of red, green, and white with a little light blue and pink arranged in a spoked or paneled design.  There are six panels arranged around a central circle.   Three of the panels are filled with white frit and a red dot in the center.  Another two panels are filled with pink frit.  The last panel is open ended and has a green and white bow with a red center.  The paperweight has three rows of complex faceting with eleven facets in each row, plus the top and bottom facets, for a total of 35 facets.  An interesting addition to any collection of antique paperweights. 

Another collector has suggested that this design might be of significance to a specialist in military medals.  My thinking is that it is from Bohemia or Belgium.  It came from a home that had another Bohemian paperweight. 

Frit paperweights consist of ground glass arranged in a pattern, then encased in clear or colored glass.  Usually the pattern is created first in a mold made of metal or another durable material.  This makes it easier to repeat the design and yet vary the colors. 

Very Large Size:  3 7/8" diameter by 1 7/8" high. The paperweight has three rows of complex faceting with eleven facets in each row, plus the top and bottom facets.  Because of wear, it is difficult to decide which surface is the bottom. 
Signature:  Unsigned.  I do not know the maker or country of origin with certainty.  I will however guarantee that this is an antique paperweight originating in Europe. 
Condition:  Good condition.  There is wear and a numerous scratches on the top and base, a couple of small nicks on the facets, but no significant damage.  It displays well on either the large facet 

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SOLD.                                                                                                                             Added 7/17/2016

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

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

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

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

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3937 Small Early Orient & Flume Art Nouveau Style Paperweight. Dated 1981.  This is a wonderful example of an early Orient & Flume art nouveau style paperweight.  It has an iridescent surface decorated with an art nouveau style feather pulled floral design set against a dark blue background.  The colors are shades of green, blue and ivory.  Four ivory peacock feathers (or flowers) are incorporated in the design.  It is signed "Orient & Flume M2M 1981" on the base.  A wonderful example. 

Note :  Unfortunately, this paperweight has a 1/4" circular mark on the side.  The price has been reduced to reflect this damage. 

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.

Small Size:   2 1/4" diameter by 1 15/16"" high. The bottom is ground flat. 
Signature: Signed "Orient & Flume M2M 1981" on the base. 
Condition:  Good condition.  It has a 1/4" circular impact mark on the side (see pictures).  The price reflects this damage.  There is also quite a bit of wear on the base. 

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SOLD.                       Added 7/10/2016 

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2495 Rare Large Vasart Paneled Millefiori Paperweight Pin Dish.  circa 1946-1963.  This pin dish features a paneled millefiori design with seven panels with a 1-2 cane pattern separated by colored twists over an orange ground.  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 pin dishes started off as a paperweight.  The maker found a defect or problem and rather than stop, turned it into a pin dish.

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

Large Size:  4 1/16” diameter by 1 5/8” high.  The center well is 2 5/8" diameter.  Bottom is fire polished and the pontil mark is ground down. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  I could find no flaws.  There are some scratches from wear on the base. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this is an early Scottish pin dish made by Vasart or possibly later by Strathearn. 
Execution:   There are some glittery areas indicating tiny incompatibilities in the glass. 

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SOLD.                  Added 7/8/2016 

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2395 Murano Zanfirico Footed Candy Dish Possibly by Fratelli Toso. circa 1950-70.  This footed Murano dish or bowl consists of canes of clear glass and white zanfirico netting alternating with pink twisted ribbons edged with gold aventurine.  The stripes radiate from the center of the dish.  The top edges are pinched with tool marks remaining.  The clear foot has many fine bubbles in it.  Although not a paperweight, this dish is made using the same techniques found in some paperweights.  It is unsigned.  Possibly made by Fratelli Toso. 

The dish is unsigned.  I found other similar examples on the internet identified as made by Fratelli Toso, but it is also possible that a different skilled Murano maker created this item. 

This dish 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.  Venetian glass is regarded by many as the most advanced form of art glass.  A similar dish is shown on page 19 of the book Fifties Glass by Leslie Piña. 

Size:     4 1/2" diameter at the widest point by 2 11/16" high.  The foot is 2 1/4" diameter.  The pontil mark on the foot is unfinished. 
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee it was made on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy. 
Condition:  Excellent condition. 

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$95 postage paid in the US.            Added 7/6/2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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3936 John Deacons Medium Paneled Millefiori Paperweight with Thistle Cane and Twists.  Circa 2000-2010.  This paperweight consists a paneled millefiori design arranged around John Deacon's complex thistle signature cane in the center over a translucent blue ground.  The paneled design has five sections of 1-2-3 canes each bordered by a pink, yellow, and white twist and an outer ring of canes.  The paperweight is ribbed and every other rib has the unusual feature that there is a pink, yellow, and white twist embedded in the rib.  The paperweight also has a "HANDMADE IN SCOTLAND by John Deacons" label on the base. 

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.  The additional feature of a twist embedded in every other rib makes this paperweight extra special. 

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

Medium Size:  2 5/8" diameter by 1 5/8" high. 
Condition:  Outstanding condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed with John Deacon's complex thistle cane in the center and it also has a paper label "HANDMADE IN SCOTLAND by John Deacons" on the bottom. 

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SOLD.                 Added 7/4/2016

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3935 Phoenix Paperweights Limited Edition FP16 2002 Christmas Rose Paperweight with Millefiori Garland.  Dated 2002. This paperweight has a white stylized rose with two large leaves and three berries set on a lilac colored opaque ground.  There is also an outer garland of millefiori canes.  The paperweight was issued in a limited edition of 50 paperweights.  It is signed and numbered "PHOENIX 2002 5/50" on the base.    Perfect condition. 

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 1 7/8" high. The base is ground concave. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed and numbered "PHOENIX 2002 5/50" on the base.  There is also a PP signature cane in the design. 

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SOLD.                          Added 6/12/2016. 

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

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

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

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

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3157 John Deacons Magnum Crown Paperweight.   circa 2005.  A wonderful very large crown paperweight  The paperweight is formed from 32 alternating strands of multi-colored twists and white twists.  The multi-colored twists are alternate between blue, green and white twists and red green and white twists.  .  The pink twists have gold aventurine borders to add sparkle.  The white twists are made up of a ribbon of six white rods.  A complex millefiori cane of blue and green canes forms the crown on top.  Signed "JD 2005" in a cane on the base.  A fantastic addition to any collection of Scottish paperweights. 

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

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

Very Large Size:  3 1/4" diameter by 2 5/8" high.  The bottom is ground concave. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed with John Deacons "JD 2005" signature cane with a thistle on the base.  The date 2005 is reversed. 

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SOLD.                 Added 4/26/2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2085 Vasart / Lassman Millefiori Paperweight Handle Bottle Opener.  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. 

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 9/16" diameter by just over 3 3/4" 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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$145 postage paid in the US.                                                                                                                                                           Added 3/17/2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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3864 Vintage Magnum Trumpet Flower and Lily Paperweight. circa 1930-1950.   Great magnum trumpet flower paperweight by unknown maker.  The design consists of a turquoise five petal lily surrounded by a multi-colored bouquet of five trumpet flowers or icepick flowers (red, yellow, green, white and blue).  The ground is a multi-colored frit.  There are six flowers in all each with a  bubble in the center.  In addition there is a small bubble at the tip of each petal of the turquoise lily.  The design is on two layers.  This has all the characteristics of a true whimsy, made in spare time by a glass worker.  I believe this was made in the midwest US around the middle of the 20th century.  A very showy paperweight. 

Note :  Although the glass appears yellow in the pictures, the glass is clear and not colored. 

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

Very Large Size:  Just over  3 3/8" diameter by 2 9/16" high.  This paperweight weighs just over two pounds.  The bottom is finished flat. 
Fair condition:    No chips or cracks, but there are many scratches on the surface.  It also has one faint 1/4" impact mark on the side and a couple of tiny pinpricks.  Priced accordingly. 
Signature:    Unsigned and made by an unknown maker.  I will guarantee that it is vintage and made by a US maker. 

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SOLD.                          Added 2/20/2016.

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2062 Vintage Molded Spiral Glass Paperweight with Brass Base. circa 1890-1920This is a molded paperweight with a brass base. It shows considerable age and is probably an antique.  The paperweight was molded in a three part mold.  The mold lines remain.  The glass is lightweight, but it appears to be solid (not hollow).  It is fastened to the base with a plaster like substance, the same manner used to fasten antique glass doorknobs to the doorknob hardware. 

Large Size:  Just under 2 3/4" diameter by just over 2 1/4" high.  Lightweight glass.  The paperweight weighs 9.2 ounces. 
Condition:  Very good condition.  There are a couple of surface blemishes that may be chips or bubbles in the glass.  Plus some tiny scratches and nicks. 
Signature:  Unsigned.  I don't know where this was made or who made it.  It is clearly old. 

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SOLD.                           Added 2/10/2016

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4412 Rare Large Caithness Limited Edition "Irish Bouquet" Paperweight.  circa 1999.  This limited edition Caithness paperweight features a bouquet of pink and blue flowers with leaves, stems, and a shamrock over a white upset muslin ground.  The paperweight was designed by Colin Terris and commissioned byCashs of Ireland.  It is numbered 139 out of a limited edition of 150 paperweights and is signed on the bottom "Irish Bouquet Caithness Scotland 139/150". 

This design is listed on page 331 of the Charlton Standard Catalog of Caithness Paperweights.  It was designed in 1999 by Colin Terris and commissioned by Cashs of Ireland, a US based distributor of fine crystal.  The edition of 150 paperweights sold out. 

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: Just over 3" diameter by just over 2 5/8" high.  The base is ground flat. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips or cracks or scratches on the dome.  Some scratches on the base. 
Signature:  It is signed on the bottom "Irish Bouquet Caithness Scotland 139/150". 

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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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4485 Antique Floral Paperweight possibly from Meisenthal in Alsace Lorraine. circa 1880 - 1920.  Antique floral paperweight with a red flower with white center, green stem and leaf.  There are white branches below the flower.  This paperweight has a broad base ring and concave center.  The maker of this paperweight is unknown, but it was probably made in Meisenthal area of Alsace Lorraine (currently part of France).  An interesting addition to any collection of antique paperweights. 

Special thanks to the Glass Message Board for providing a possible identification of this paperweight as originating in Meisenthal.  This attribution is based on the white branches below the flower, as similar elements are found in other Meisenthal paperweights.  You can read more about paperweights from Meisenthal in the book Paperweights - Historicism - Art Nouveau - Art Deco by Peter von Brackel.

Large Size: Just under 3 1/8" diameter by 2 1/8" high.  The bottom is ground concave with a broad base ring. 
Signature:  Unsigned.  I believe the paperweight originated in Meisenthal Alsace Lorraine.  In any event, I will however guarantee that this is an antique paperweight originating in Europe. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips or cracks.  I found only a few faint scratches on inspection. 

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$245 postage paid in the US.                                                                                                                                                           Added 1/10/2016

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3570 Perthshire PP4 Medium Concentric Paperweight.  Circa 1972 - 1992.  Perthshire concentric design with five rings of floret canes over a clear ground.  The rings are shades of light blue, green, and purple with a green center cane.  There is a worn paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND". 

Some, but not all, PP4 paperweights have a signature cane in the outer row.  This one does not have a signature cane.  The design was made with a hollow ground base from 1972 to 1992. 

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

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

Size:  Just under 2 1/2” diameter by just under 1 3/4" high. The base is hollow ground. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips, cracks or scratches. 
Signature:  This paperweight has a worn paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND". 
Execution:  Perfect execution. 

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3407 Caithness 1976 Limited Edition Magnum Trio Paperweight Set - One. Dated 1976.  This set of three paperweights comes with its original box and framed certificate.  The set of three magnum paperweights was the first set made by Caithness using colorless glass, clear crystal only.  The design theme was based on the number three and represents three different interpretations of the number.  The visual effects were created using hand shaped forms.  Each motif grows from or is suspended above a fine layer of miniature bubbles.  The edition was limited to 750 sets although only 646 were produced.  This is set number 46.  Each paperweight is signed on the base "Trio Caithness 1976  46/750.  This is a really interesting set that displays well in the box or without it. 

This paperweight set CT-47 was designed by Colin Terris in 1976. This design is listed on page 15 of the Charlton Standard Catalog of Caithness Paperweights.  The original issue price was £70 (British Pounds Sterling).  The Charlton Standard Catalog lists its current value (in 2004) as $900 in the US.  This set has minor damage on each paperweight and is priced considerably lower.  Please see the condition statement below for more details. 

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

Very Large Size: The three paperweights are each approximately 3 5/8" diameter by 3" high.  Individually they range in size from 3 9/16" diameter to just over 3 5/8" diameter.  They range in height from just under 2 15/16" tall to 3 1/8" tall.  The bottoms are ground flat.  With the original box and framed certificate, the set weights just under eight pounds. 
Condition:  Very good condition, although each has minor scratches that were hard to photograph because of the colorless glass.  See picture for typical damage.  No chips or cracks. Some scratches on the base of each.  The box is aged (40 years old) and doesn't close fully.  The hinges of the box show signs of rust.  See pictures of the box. 
Signature:  Each paperweight is signed on the base "Trio Caithness 1976  46/750".  One has a remnant of a paper label with the words "MADE" and "SCOTLAND" still visible.  It comes with a certificate of authenticity in a leatherette frame. 

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SOLD.                  Added 12/4/2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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3817 Magnum Jerpoint Glass Studio Flower Burst Paperweight (Ireland). circa 1995.   This Flower Burst paperweight evokes images reminding us of celebrations with their firework display burst of color.  It is a very large heavy paperweight featuring an icepick flower with a white center and stem pushed down through a heather colored ground.  The base is fire finished.  It has a foil label covering the pontil "Jerpoint Glass Studio Made in Ireland". 

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

Jerpoint Glass Studio is an Irish handmade glass company established in 1979 by Keith and Kathleen Leadbetter.  Together with their small team of glass blowers, they produce a wide range of glassware.  The studio is located in Stoneyford, County. Kilkenny.  Keith initially worked in pottery and in laboratory glassblowing in the UK.  In the late sixties, he attended the prestigious Orrefors Glass School in Sweden to formally train as a master glassblower.  After traveling extensively throughout Europe to develop his skills as a glass maker, Keith returned to Ireland.  Kathleen is a self-taught artist who is passionate about aesthetics and design. She has created the unique colored glass palette now synonymous with Jerpoint Glass. 

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

Very Large Size:     3 5/8" diameter by just over 3 1/2" high.  It weighs 2 1/2 pounds. The base is fire finished with a remnant of the pontil mark. 
Signature: It has a foil label covering the pontil "Jerpoint Glass Studio Made in Ireland". 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips or scratches found on inspection.  It does however, have one rippled area (see picture with arrow) near the top which happened when the paperweight was made. 

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3795 Robert Eickholt Reptile Series Three sided Abstract Paperweight.Circa 1991.  This paperweight has an abstract design with one large controlled bubble.  The iridescent colors progress in layers from light blue to dark blue to black.  This style has been given the name "Reptile Series" because the imagery resembles a reptilian skin.  The shape is a rounded three sided shape that transforms to a round base. It is signed "Eickholt 1991" on the base. 

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

Medium Size:  2 9/16" diameter by 2 7/8"" high. 
Signature: Signed "Eickholt 1991" on the base. 
Condition:  Very good condition, although one surface has a number of scratches (see picture with arrow pointing to scratched area).  I noticed the scratches only when photographing the paperweight in bright light.  They are slight and hard to see.  Priced accordingly. 

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SOLD.                       Added 7/2/2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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4230 Large Murano Trumpet Flower Paperweight with Label. Circa 1970.  Murano trumpet or icepick flower paperweight with five blossoms.  Each flower is made from a turquoise and white millefiori slice that has been pushed down to the gold aventurine cushion ground.  There is a planned bubble in the center of each flower.  This paperweight has its original foil label identifying the importer "GOLDEN CROWN E&R ITALY" with a picture of a crown.  The paperweight was probably made by Fratelli Toso.  A very nice example of this style of paperweight. 

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

E&R is the importer of this paperweight.  They were a major importer of ceramics, porcelain, and glassware from Europe from 1886 until 2002.  At one time they were the exclusive distributor for the Crystal Signature line of Swarovski figures.  The firm was originally founded as  Zeh, Ebeling & Reuss Co. by German emigrants Theodore Ebeling and Frederick Reuss who joined up with the owner of a glassware and china business, John E. F. Zeh.  The firm was renamed to Ebeling & Reuss Co. in 1900 and remained in business until at least 2002.  They were located in the Philadelphia area.  The trademark depicted in the label was registered with the US Patent Office in 1956. 

Large Size: 3 1/16" diameter by 2 1/2" high.  The bottom is ground flat. 
Condition:  Very good condition.  There are minor scratches or abrasions on the dome and a few tiny chips at the edge of the base, but no significant chips or cracks or impact marks.  There is also appropriate wear on the base. 
Signature :  Unsigned, by I guarantee that this is a vintage paperweight from the Island of Murano in Venice, Italy.  It has the importer's label "GOLDEN CROWN E&R ITALY" with a picture of a crown. 
Execution:  Execution is very good.  The design is well executed and balanced. 

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$49 postage paid in the US.               Added 5/30/2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2482
Vasart / Lassman Millefiori Paperweight Handle Claret Spoon. circa 1950-1960.  The firm of Lassman & Co designed and produced this claret spoon (or stirrer) and a variety of other useful objects during the 1950s and 1960s.  The millefiori paperweight handle was made by the Ysart family of Scotland and has a concentric design on a light blue colored ground that matches the setup and canes of other Vasart paperweights. 

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

Size: 1 7/16" diameter by 10 1/4" long. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with just a tiny bit of wear on the spoon.  No cracks or chips or scratches on the paperweight. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this is a genuine Lassman spoon with a Vasart paperweight handle. 

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SOLD.                 Added 12/5/2014

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1282
Magnum Elizabeth Degenhart Bicentennial Paperweight with Horse and Buggy.   circa 1976.  This Degenhart paperweight features a black drawing of a horse and buggy with the dates "1776-1976" on a white plaque.  It was created to celebrate the bicentennial in 1976.  The plaque has the Degenhart signature of a D inside a heart.  This signature was adopted when Elizabeth Degenhart was running the factory after the death of John Degenhart.  There is a multi-colored frit layer just below the plaque and a second white frit ground below. 

An example of this paperweight is shown in the book 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 1/3" diameter by 2 2/3" high.  The bottom is ground flat with a clear finish. 
Condition:  Very good condition with small (1/8") nick on the side near the base.  No significant scratches found on inspection. 
Signature: Signed on the plaque with a D inside a heart outline. 

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$95 postage paid in the US.                            Added 7/16/2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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$75 postage paid in the US.            Added 5/4/2014

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467
Large Murano Faceted Closepack Millefiori Paperweight.   circa 1960-1970.  A wonderful Murano faceted closepack millefiori paperweight.  The closepack millefiori design is over a gold or aventurine ground.  There are five side facets and a top facet.  The facets are flat.  Probably made in the 1960s by Fratelli Toso. A classic design. 

Large Size:  3" diameter by 2 3/8" high.  There are five side facets and a top facet.  The bottom is ground flat. 
Condition:  Very good condition.  It does, however, have a few scuffed areas between the facets at the widest point.
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee that this is a paperweight from the island of Murano in Venice, Italy. This was probably made in the 1960s by Fratelli Toso. 
Execution:  Excellent execution.  The design is balanced and well executed.  The design is well centered within the facets. 

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$125 postage paid in the US.            Added 5/4/2014

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

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

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

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

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