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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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3481 Large Perthshire Uncataloged (Smithsonian?) Paneled Complex Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1985A large patterned millefiori paperweight with four sections of complex canes arranged in a cross pattern over a dark blue ground. A stunning paperweight with dramatic colors.  I have chosen to call this an uncataloged Smithsonian paperweight - see the explanation below.  That designation may be incorrect.  In any event, this is a fantastic paperweight with a complex and unusual design consisting of only complex millefiori.  It has a worn paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND" and is signed with the Perthshire "P" signature cane on the base.   

Explanation of Smithsonian Designation:  This design is not cataloged in any of the books on Perthshire paperweights.  However, the design is identical to another 1985 dated paperweight previously in my collection that came with a certificate stating that it was a unique pattern created especially for the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC in 1985.  The certificate also stated that it was number 180 out of a limited edition of 500 weights.  And that paperweight was signed on bottom "P1985", which matched the year for the certificate.  This paperweight has only a "P" signature cane with no date, but is otherwise identical to the one sold earlier.  The book  The Complete Guide to Perthshire Paperweights" by Mahoney & McClanahan identifies a different weight as being the 1985 Smithsonian, so my designation may be incorrect.  Or it is possible that the Smithsonian placed follow-up orders of a new design to fill demand.  

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:  2 15/16" diameter by 2" high. 
Signature: Signed on the bottom with a Perthshire "P" cane.  It also has a worn paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND".  
Condition:  Outstanding condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches.  The paper label is worn.

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$435 postage paid in the US.                                                    Added 7/9/2017.   

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

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2969 Colorful Richard Olma 1998 Surface Design Floral Paperweight.   dated 1998.  Colorful floral paperweight with three large blue flowers with orange millefiori centers along with vines and leaves.  The style is similar to the surface decorated designs by California artists in that the design is applied to the surface of a clear glass ball and then encased with additional clear glass.  The resulting design is below the surface.  This is a wonderful paperweight by a relatively unknown artist.  It is signed on the base "Richard Olma 1998".

Richard Olma is a third generation glass artist born in Poland.  He worked in Czechoslovakia and Germany before coming to the US in 1960.  With his wife, Christine, he established the Olma Art Glass Studio in 1962 in the Chicago suburb of Norridge, Illinois.  In addition to paperweights, the studio made other forms of art glass and reproductions and did repairs.  His son, Robert, also makes glass paperweights.  Richard Olma is now deceased.   

Large Size:   2 15/16” diameter by 2 1/2” high.  The bottom is ground flat.
Condition:  Very good condition with no major scratches.  No chips or cracks.  I found one faint 1/2" scratch on the top as shown in the pictures and reduced the price accordingly. 
Signature:  Signed on the base "Richard Olma 1998".   

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SOLD.                                                                  Added 7/8/2017

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

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3500 Wonderful Cape Cod Glass Works 1993 Triple Signed Millefiori Scramble Paperweight.   dated 1993.  Colorful scramble paperweight packed with a variety of millefiori canes and twist canes.  The paperweight includes two signature canes.  One is the William Clark Burchfield signature rose canes at the top of the paperweight, with the initials "WBC" in the center of the rose.   The other signature cane is a Cape Cod Glass Works 1993 date cane "CCGW 93".  There is also a second rose case that is not a signature cane.  The paperweight is also engraved "W. Burchfield" on the base.  

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

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

Medium Size:   2 9/16” diameter by 2 1/16” high.  The bottom is ground concave with a remnant of the pontil mark in the center.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips, or cracks found on inspection.  It does have a remnant of the pontil mark in the center of the base.
Signature:  This paperweight has two of Bill Burchfield's signature canes plus his engraved signature on the base.  It has both the "CCGW 93" cane and the rose cane with "WBC" in the center.   

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Base with engraved signature and remnant of pontil mark
Rose cane with WCB in center
CCGW 93 cane
Top view
$145 postage paid in the US.                                                                  Added 7/7/2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Baccarat 1955 engraved on side near base
G. POILLERAT incised on sulphide
Pinprick on dome
$95 postage paid in the US.                         Added 7/4/2017. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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4910 Peter McDougall 2008 Special Edition Large Checker Board on Lace Ground Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 2008.  This large paperweight consists a checker board design with 21 different complex millefiori separated by multi-colored triple strand dividers.  The design is placed over a lace ground.  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."  The paperweight was one of the special designs that Peter showed at Wheaton Village in 2008.  It was designated #47 in this offering.  A rare paperweight from this studio.

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

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

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

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$475 postage paid in the US.                                  Added 7/2/2017.  

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

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4838 Magnum Whitefriars 1977 Concentric Millefiori Owl Paperweight with Box.   dated 1977.  This is a hard to find Concentric Millefiori Owl paperweight.  It features a millefiori mosaic of an owl in the center of a four row millefiori concentric pattern.  The owl mosaic is set on a white background with a blue surround.  There is a Whitefriars signature cane with a white monk and the year 1977 in the second ring from the center.  It also has a Whitefriars paper label.  It comes with its original round Whitefriars box.

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

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

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

Large Size:  3 1/8" diameter by 1 7/8" high.  The base is ground concave. Faceted with one top facet and five side facets.
Condition:  Outstanding condition.  No chips, cracks or scratches. 
Signature:  Signed in the design with a Whitefriars 1977 signature / date cane and also has a Whitefriars paper label.  It comes with its original Whitefriars round box.

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SOLD.                                  Added 7/2/2017.  

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

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1407 Old Murano Concentric Millefiori Paperweight Doorknob.   circa 1950 -1970.  This doorknob features a three row concentric millefiori paperweight handle.  The glass knob is fastened to the metal parts using a plaster or similar adhesive as is typical of older glass doorknobs.  The round brass rosette has three holes for mounting to a door and the knob takes a standard 9/32" to 11/32" square spindle.  This doorknob is used.  There is slight distortion of the metal around the screw holes and the glass part has some scratches.

Note:  If you plan to use this knob, you may have to adapt your hardware.  Because there is no setscrew, this style of doorknob works best when paired with a similar knob screwed into the other side of the door. 

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.

Size:   Just under 2 7/16" diameter by 3" high.  The circular  brass rosette is just under 2" diameter.
Condition:   Good Condition.  No cracks or chips, but there are some scratches on the glass knob.  There is also some distortion of the metal around the screw holes on the rosette.  
Signature:  This paperweight is unsigned.  I believe it was made on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy. 

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$49 postage paid in the US.                                                  Added 7/2/2017.

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

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2177 Old English Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Cross Canes.   circa 1920.  This paperweight has four rings of transparent blue, white, yellow, and red millefiori canes around a dark red and white central cane.  The outer ring and the 2nd ring are white with a yellow center.  The design is off center.  The maker cannot be identified.  However, it has a cross cane found in the group of paperweights known as Old English group 1.  It has the setup and low profile typical to old English paperweights from factories such as Walsh-Walsh and Arculus.

Size:  3 1/8" diameter by just under 2" high.  It has the setup and low profile typical to old English paperweights from factories such as Walsh-Walsh and Arculus.
Signature:  Unsigned.  The maker cannot be identified, but I can guarantee that it is an old English paperweight probably from the 1920s.  
Condition:  Good condition although it has some noticeable surface wear and nicks.

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SOLD.                                                  Added 7/1/2017.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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3693 Antique New England Glass Company Miniature Millefiori Nosegay or Posy Paperweight.  circa 1860.  This is an antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) Millefiori Nosegay with unusual millefiori star canes.  Unfortunately, the paperweight is in poor condition.   

Note:  As stated above, the paperweight is in poor condition.  It probably can be restored.  

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:  1 3/4” diameter by 1 1/8" 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:  Poor condition with many small nicks, chips, and scratches.  There is also one noticeable circular impact mark on the side near the base.  There are also bubbles in the glass. 

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SOLD.                             Added 6/24/2017

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

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

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

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

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1400 Vintage Czech / Bohemian Morning Glories Trumpet Flowers Paperweight.   c.1900-1970.  Trumpet flowers or Morning Glories paperweight with three blossoms.  Each flower consists of a multi-colored disk that has been pushed down to a green frit ground.  The disks are orange, green, and white.  There is a planned bubble in the center of each flower.  This example is not faceted.  The glass is good quality clear glass.  Because of the relative simplicity of the design, this paperweight may have been made anywhere in the Bohemia / Czech region or even in nearby countries.  Most likely it dates from the pre-WWII period, but that is not guaranteed.

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

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

Size:  2 7/8" diameter by just over 2 1/2" high.  The bottom is ground flat with a matte finish.
Condition:  Very good condition.  There are minor scratches or abrasions,but no chips or cracks or impact marks.
Signature:  Unsigned.  I believe this is a vintage paperweight from the Bohemia / Czech region and it originates from the pre-WWII period, but it is also possible that it was made in a nearby country and later.   

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$49 postage paid in the US.                                Added 6/20/2017

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3512 Perthshire 1982 PP49 Limited Edition Medium Garland Millefiori Paperweight.  dated 1982. This is medium sized millefiori paperweight with a complex center cane surrounded by a closely packed cluster of four large complex canes and many smaller canes.   The central cluster is surrounded by three pairs of spaced larger canes.  Outside of this design is a garland of canes that form three large half circles and three small half circles.  Each half circle contains a single large complex cane.  The design is set on a translucent blue ground.  The paperweight is signed and dated on the base with a "P1982" signature cane.  It comes with its original box.  This is a really flashy paperweight with great color. 

The PP49 design was made only in 1982 as a limited edition weight,  The edition size was never stated.  

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 9/16" diameter by just under 1 15/16" high.  The base is ground concave. 
Signature:  This paperweight has a Perthshire complex "P1982" signature cane in the base.  It comes with its original box.  It does not have a paper label.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches.  

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SOLD.                                                              Added 6/18/2017   

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2746 Large Rare Bob St. Clair  White Icepick Flower Paperweight. circa 1970-1986.  This paperweight features five white ice-pick flowers over a red, white, and blue colored frit center and ground.  As is typical of this style, there is a carefully placed bubble in the center of each flower and also a carefully placed bubble in the ground in between each flower.  It is hot stamped "BOB ST CLAIR" on the bottom.  It is unusual to find a Bob St. Clair with this signature. 

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

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

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

Very Large Size:   2 7/8" diameter by 2 1/8" high.  The base is ground flat with a matte finish.  
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips or cracks.  There are a few small bubbles in the glass.
Signature:  Hot stamped signature on the base "BOB ST. CLAIR". 

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$69 postage paid in the US.                              Added 6/18/2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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4840 Whitefriars 1979 Faceted Garland Paperweight with Rose Center - Marked Second.   dated 1979.  This medium sized garland has a great setup with a six lobed garland of green complex canes and a center rose cane.   Surrounding the rose cane is a complex pattern of six yellow star canes alternating with pairs of complex pink canes.  The design is set over a translucent blue ground.  The paperweight is made using full lead crystal which gives it a brilliant finish.  It is faceted with a top facet and five side facets.

Unfortunately, the garland in this paperweight was left with a gap as shown in the pictures and it was designated a second with an "S" mark on the base.

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

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

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

Medium Size:  2 7/16" diameter by just over 1 3/8" high.  The base is ground concave. Faceted with one top facet and five side facets. 
Condition:  Outstanding condition.  No chips, cracks or scratches.  This is considered a second because of the gap in the garland and is marked with an "S" on the base.
Signature:  Signed in the design with a Whitefriars signature / date cane with a white monk and the date 1979.   The base is marked with an "S" to designate it a second. 

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SOLD.                         Added 6/17/2017.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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$39 postage paid in the US.                            Added 6/15/2017

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4911 Peter McDougall Mini Checker Board on Lace Ground Millefiori Paperweight.  This small paperweight consists a checker board design with 21 different complex millefiori separated by pink colored dividers.  The design is placed over a lace ground.  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."  The paperweight was first made in 2007 and continued to be made until the studio closed in 2012.

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

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

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

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SOLD.                             Added 6/14/2017   

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3692 Two Chinese Aquarium Paperweights with Fish and Foliage.   circa 1930.  This is a Chinese invention.  They are intended to be placed  in an aquarium along with the rocks and plants.  One has a pink goldfish along with green plants, the other has a green and a yellow fish plus a red plant.  One is cube shaped, the other is hexagon shaped .  The edges of each paperweight are beveled, except for the vertical edges on the hexagon shaped weight.  Novelty items like this started appearing in the US in the 1930s and some were sold at the 1939 World's Fair.  These are fun collectibles.

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

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

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

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

Size:  The cube shaped aquarium paperweight is approximately 1 3/16" by 1 3/16" x 1 3/8" high.  All of the edges are beveled.  The hexagon shaped weight is just under 1 1/2" across the widest width by 1 3/8" high.  The top and bottom edges are beveled.  The six vertical edges are not beveled.
Signature: Unsigned, but I guarantee these are both Chinese paperweights from approximately 1930.
Condition:  Very good condition with only a few minor scratches and some nicks.  The glass has some bubbles and a green tinge. 

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SOLD.                                                       Added 6/13/2017   

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

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

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

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

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

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3690 Very Early Michael Egan / Alan Goldfarb Black Trout Series Abstract Paperweight.  dated 1993.  This paperweight has a texture and coloration that mimics the skin of a black trout.  It has a random pattern of dark red murrini with touches of orange.  Each murrine is outlined in teal blue and this creates the impression that there is a teal blue ground (but the ground is clear).  It is an amazing effect from the very early work of an artist whose paperweights now look very different.  It is signed "MICHAEL EGAN Vt.  93" on the base. This is one of the earliest paperweights by Michael Egan.  It dates from the period when he was doing an apprenticeship with Alan Goldfarb and resembles Alan's Black Trout series.  A rare early work by Michael Egan.

Michael Egan has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sculpture from the University of Vermont. He apprenticed at the hot glass shop of Alan Goldfarb in Burlington, Vermont from 1991 to 1995.  Over the years he did additional apprentice work with many prominent glass artists including Richard Marquis, Jack Wax and Lino Tagliapietra.  In 2000, he opened the Green Mountain Glassworks in Granville, Vermont.

Glass artist Alan Goldfarb, formerly of Burlington, Vermont is responsible for the design of the paperweight featured here.  His Black Trout Series vases are much sought after.   Alan is now retired from hot glass work.  He currently lives and works with wood in Mexico.  His hand blown art glass pieces are in many museums including the Smithsonian Renwick Gallery, Corning Museum of Glass and Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.    

Medium Size:  Just under 2 1/2" diameter by 1 3/4" high.  The bottom is fire finished with a depression in the center. 
Signature: Signed "MICHAEL EGAN Vt.  93" on the base. 
Condition:  Very good  to excellent condition. There are no chips or cracks.  I could find no scratches on the body, but there is one very small abrasion on the side (shown in the pictures).  

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

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

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

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

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

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4940 Very Early Large Robert Eickholt Abstract Iridescent Paperweight.  dated 1980.  This paperweight has an abstract design of iridescent valleys and peaks with colors progressing from white or very light blue to dark blue to black.  The valleys look as if they have been carved out of a sphere with an ice cream scoop.  The inner surface has an amazing texture.  This texture is only on the inside, as the design is encased in an outer layer of smooth clear glass.  It is signed "R. Eickholt 1980" on the base. This is one of the earliest paperweights by Robert Eickholt. 

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

Large Size:  3" diameter by just under 2 3/4"" high.  The bottom is ground flat.
Signature: Signed "R. Eickholt 1980" on the base. 
Condition:  Very good  to excellent condition. There are no chips or cracks.  I could find no scratches on the body, but there is some wear on the base.   

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SOLD.                      Added 6/11/2017   

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4809 Mayauel Ward Magnum Lilac Orchids Paperweight.   dated 2008.  This compound three-dimensional paperweight features two large lilac orchids with leaves and stems.  The paperweight is three dimensional with two layers of lampwork over an innovative earth and water ground.  Mayauel has integrated the layers so one of the orchids is almost hiding behind the foliage and the stems wrap under the edge of the ground.  Signed and dated "Mayauel Ward 2008" on the base.  This is a fantastic paperweight. 

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

Very Large Size:   3 7/16" diameter by just under 2 15/16" tall.  The base is ground flat.
Signature:   Signed "Mayauel Ward 2008" on the base. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks or chips.  I could not find any scratches. 

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SOLD.                       Added 6/11/2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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3903 Mayauel Ward Orange Butterfly with Pink Flowers Paperweight.   dated 2004.  This compound three-dimensional paperweight features a large orange butterfly flying under a canopy of pink flowers.  The flower plant has three flowers, two leaves, and a stem.  The paperweight is three dimensional with two layers of lampwork over an almost clear iridescent ground.  Signed and dated "Mayauel Ward 2004" on the base.  This is an absolutely wonderful paperweight. 

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

Size:   2 5/8" diameter by 2 3/8" tall.  The base is ground flat.
Signature:   Signed "Mayauel Ward 2004" on the base. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks or chips.  I could not find any scratches. 

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SOLD.                                                       Added 6/11/2017

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Mayauel Ward Butterfly and Pink Flowers
4537 Antique Faceted Bohemian Engraved Paperweight of Flowers and Butterfly, possibly by the Friedrich Egermann Glassworks.  Circa 1840-1900.  Interesting faceted antique paperweight with with a butterfly and flowers engraved deeply in the base through the ruby stain ground.  The paperweight has 24 side facets in three rows plus a top facet.  Unfortunately, the paperweight has extensive wear on the base which has almost entirely obliterated the design.  Possibly made by the Friedrich Egermann glassworks.

The condition of this paperweight is very poor.  Damage to the base has almost entirely obliterated the design and the original ruby stain.  It is offered at a low price to the knowledgeable collector. 

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

Large Size:  2 7/8" diameter by 1 7/8" high. The base is flat with a ruby stain.  The images of the flowers and butterfly are engraved into the base.  The paperweight has 24 side facets in three rows plus a top facet. 
Condition:  Very poor condition. The base has significant damage from wear as shown in the pictures.  This wear has almost entirely obliterated the ruby stain and the engraved design.  There is also damage to the top facet and some nicks on the side facets.    
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this is an antique paperweight from Bohemia.  

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$49 postage paid in the US.                            Added 6/10/2017

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

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

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

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

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

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4790 Perthshire PP14 "S" Limited Edition Faceted Millefiori Cluster Paperweight.   Dated 1987.  This paperweight consists of five mostly blue complex millefiori cane clusters each with a green and white center cane surrounding a central blue and gold concentric cane set on a clear ground.  Each of the outer clusters has six complex canes plus the center cane.  The central cane is a three row concentric design with the letter S for1987 in the center.  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:  Just under 2 5/8" 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 "S" cane in the center of the design. 

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$150 postage paid in the US.                            Added 6/6/2017   

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

In addition to the 1987 S, I also have the PP14 for 1974 F weight 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   SOLD
1987 S weight  $150

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

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

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

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

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

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2268 Antique Belgian Sulphide Paperweight of the Crucifixion of Jesus.  circa 1880-1920.  Antique sulphide paperweight featuring a silver colored sulphide of the Crucifixion of Jesus.  The sulphide appears to have been painted a silver color or else is made from metal.  The sulphide is pressed into a multi-colored frit ground.  The maker of this paperweight is unknown but several experts have attributed it to the Glassworks at Chênée in Belgium.  Possibly it was made at a different glassworks in Belgium or possibly even Bohemia.  The sulphide was pressed into the frit layer and this created an impression of the cross when viewed from the bottom.  The pontil mark is unfinished.  It has a few condition issues, but displays beautifully.  Please read the detailed note on condition below.  An interesting addition to any collection of antique paperweights. 

Paul Hollister (Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights) identified this paperweight as a product of the Chênée Glassworks in Belgium founded in 1874.  See pages 187 and 264.  At the time he wrote the Encyclopedia in 1957, no sulphide paperweights from Bohemian had been identified.  Better quality paperweights with this theme were made at Val St. Lambert, also in Belgium, but those are identifiable by other elements such as millefiori canes or ribbons.  A more recent book by von Brackel  (Paperweights - Historicism - Art Nouveau - Art Deco  1842 to today) also focuses on Chênée or Val St. Lambert as the source of similar paperweights.

Note on condition:  The condition of this paperweight is good to very good.  It has four small circular impact marks near the base, the worst of which is shown in one of the pictures.  There is also a small 3/4" incompatibility fracture below the frit ground.  It is shown in the same picture as the impact mark and does not affect the way the paperweight displays.  There are some minor scratches and one 1/8" nick on the dome.  There are several larger bubbles in the glass and a line of tiny bubbles above the sulphide. 

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. 

Large Size:  2 3/4" diameter by just over 2 1/4" high.  The bottom has an unfinished pontil.  
Signature:  Unsigned.  I do not know the maker or country of origin with certainty.  I will however guarantee that this is an antique paperweight most likely from Belgium.  
Condition:  Good to very good condition.  The paperweight displays beautifully.  It has four small circular impact marks near the base, the worst of which is shown in one of the pictures.  There is also a small 3/4" incompatibility fracture below the frit ground.  It is shown in the same picture as the impact mark and does not affect the way the paperweight displays.  There are some minor scratches and one tiny nick on the dome.  There are several larger bubbles in the glass and a line of tiny bubbles above the sulphide.  

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Impact mark and fracture
$165 postage paid in the US.                                            Added 6/5/2017

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2090 Large Chinese Aquarium Paperweight with two Pandas.   This is a Chinese invention.  It is intended to be placed  in an aquarium along with the rocks and plants.  Often this type of paperweight is found in a smaller size, but this one is unusually large.  The paperweight features two black and white pandas sitting and eating.  They are surrounded by foliage.  The pandas are all black and white except for a red spot over their eyes.  I don't know why they have the red spots.  The composition is placed on a white base and is encased in a rectangular block of glass.  The edges of the block are beveled.  Novelty items like this started appearing in the US in the 1930s and some were sold at the 1939 World's Fair, but I believe this paperweight has a more recent origin.  A fun collectible.

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

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

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

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

Size:  2 1/2” long by 2 1/8" deep 2 1/8" high.
Signature: Unsigned, but I guarantee this is a Chinese paperweight, probably made in the 1970s or later.  
Condition:  Very good condition with only a few minor scratches and no cracks or chips.  The glass appears to be good quality but has a slight green tinge. 

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SOLD.                                                       Added 5/30/2017   

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

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

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

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

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4906 Magnum Daniel Salazar Lundberg Studios Compound Monet Water Garden Paperweight.   dated 2005.  This paperweight by Daniel Salazar features a multi-layer composition of muted pastels with dense lush foliage and soft impressionistic flowers.  The lampwork flowers are on at least three distinct layers, with four petaled pink flowers and fuzzy blue flowers on the top two layers and water lilies on a watery layer down below.  The pink and blue flowers look like pink dogwoods and blue ageratum.  The composition is teeming with foliage and presents a glass artist's impressionistic view of Monet's water garden.  Signed and dated on the edge "Daniel Salazar Lundberg Studios 2005" along with a registration number "021409".  It also has a Daniel Salazar "D.S." lampwork signature on the underside.  A fantastic imaginative paperweight.

The list price for this paperweight in May 2010 was $693.  It is also the current list price shown on the Lundberg web page.  My price is 40% lower. 

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

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

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

Very Large Size:   Just over 3 3/16" diameter by 2 5/8" high. The base is ground concave. 
Signature: Signed on the side near the base "Daniel Salazar Lundberg Studios 2005" along with a registration number "021409".  It also has a Daniel Salazar "D.S." lampwork signature on the underside. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips or scratches.  There are some striations in the glass (visible in the side view).

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SOLD.                                            Added 6/1/2017

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3960 Early Correia Iridescent Crescent Moon and Seas Art Glass Paperweight.   dated 1983.  This paperweight features crescent moon over windswept waves.  The moon and waves are depicted on the surface of the paperweight in silver and gold tones with a very dark blue, almost black background.  It is signed on the base "Correia PWMSC2M.16.83.7".  An amazing paperweight.  

Please ignore the white glare from the lights.  A similar paperweight by Steven Correia is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.  The paperweight is incorrectly attributed to Roland R. Correia.

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

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

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

Small Size:  2 3/8" diameter by 2 1/4" high. The bottom is ground flat. 
Signature:    It is signed on the base "Correia PWMSC2M.16.83.7". 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks or chips.  There is considerable wear and many scratches on the base, but the body is in excellent condition.

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$95 postage paid in the US.        Added on 5/31/2017

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Early Correia Iridescent Crescent Moon and Seas Art Glass Paperweight
3688 1930s Chinese Millefiori Brushholder Paperweight. c.1930-1940. This is another uniquely Chinese invention.  This has also been described as a chopstick holder.  Novelty items like this started appearing in the US in the 1930s and some were sold at the 1939 World's Fair. I call this shape the Aladdin's lamp shape.  A fun collectible.

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

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

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

In general, Chinese paperweights from 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 5/8” long by 1 13/16" tall by 1 3/8" deep.
Signature: Scratch signed on the base with the word "CHINA".  I guarantee that this is an authentic 1930s Chinese paperweight. 
Condition:  Very good condition with no cracks or chips.  Some very minor surface scratches.  As is typical of Chinese paperweights from this period, the glass has a slightly green tint and has some tiny bubbles and debris in it.

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$49 postage paid in the US.                                                       Added 5/30/2017   

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

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

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

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

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

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$295 postage paid in the US.                                                                       Added 5/28/2017

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4225 Vintage Magnum Two Layer Icepick Flower Paperweight. circa 1900-1950.  Great example of a two layer icepick flower paperweight.  The top layer consists of multi-colored frit with six icepick stems pushed down towards the base each with a planned bubble in the center.  The bottom layer consists of five icepick flowers placed between the stems from the top layer.  The icepick flowers are turquoise, yellow, blue, pink, and white.  Each flower has a stem going down to the base and a small bubble in the center.  The ground is clear.  A great example of this vintage American paperweight style. 

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 in the first half of the 20th century. 

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:   3 1/2" diameter by just over 3 5/8" high.  The bottom is finished flat.
Signature: Unsigned, but I believe this was made in the midwest US in the first half of the 20th century. 
Condition:  Good condition for its age.  It has one faint circular impact mark shown in one of the pictures and minor scratches shown in several views.  The base has considerable wear. 

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SOLD.                                             Added 5/14/2017

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4905 Magnum Daniel Salazar Lundberg Studios Compound Paperweight with Dragonfly and Pink Dogwood Flowers.   dated 1996.  This paperweight by Daniel Salazar features a wonderful large dragonfly hovering over a cluster of pink dogwood flowers.  The dogwood flowers are complete with stems and leaves.  It is a compound composition and is very three dimensional with three layers of lampwork over a clear ground. Signed and dated on the edge "Daniel Salazar Lundberg Studios 1996" along with a registration number "052206".  It also has a Daniel Salazar "D.S." lampwork signature on the underside of a large leaf.  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 Lundberg 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:   Just over 3 9/16" diameter by 2 3/4" high. The base is ground concave. 
Signature: Signed on the side near the base "Daniel Salazar Lundberg Studios 1996" along with a registration number "052206".  It also has a Daniel Salazar "D.S." lampwork signature on the underside of a large leaf. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips or scratches.  There is one bubble in the glass visible on the underside. 

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SOLD.                                             Added 5/14/2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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SOLD.                        Added 4/9/2017

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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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SOLD.                             Added 4/9/2017

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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SOLD.                            Added 4/2/2017

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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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SOLD.                             Added 3/19/2017

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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

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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. 

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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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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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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 Elwood, Indiana.  About the same time, Bob St. Clair and his wife Maude opened a new factory in Elwood.  Paul St. Clair retired from General Motors and joined Bob, along with Ed St. Clair and a nephew, Joe Rice.  Sometime later after Bob opened his factory, the new owners of the original factory sold the factory back to Joe.  So, for a while, there were two St. Clair Glass factories.  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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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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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 Elwood, Indiana.  About the same time, Bob St. Clair and his wife Maude opened a new factory in Elwood.  Paul St. Clair retired from General Motors and joined Bob, along with Ed St. Clair and a nephew, Joe Rice.  Sometime later after Bob opened his factory, the new owners of the original factory sold the factory back to Joe.  So, for a while, there were two St. Clair Glass factories.  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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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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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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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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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. 

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

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

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

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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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SOLD.                                                            Added 1/1/2017.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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4650 Early Debbie Tarsitano Three Tier Red Flower with Buds Paperweight.   undated circa 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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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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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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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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3953 Small Murano Spaced Millefiori Paperweight with Five Large Complex Canes.   circa 1960-1980.  Colorful millefiori paperweight with a spaced millefiori design consisting of five identical large pink canes with multi-colored centers.   There is an opaque lilac colored ground.  An interesting design.  This could also be called an open concentric arrangement. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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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