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

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

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

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

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$950 postage paid in the US.                                       Added 5/13/2021 

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

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

Daniel Salazar is one of the lead gaffers at Lundberg Studios in Davenport, California and is their primary paperweight designer and maker.  He joined Lundberg in 1975.   The studio was founded by James Lundberg in the early 1970s.  Steven Lundberg joined shortly later.  The first paperweights were made in 1972.  In 1973 the firm was renamed Lundberg Studios and moved to Davenport, California.  James died in an accident in 1991.  Steven left Lundberg Studios in 1997 and set up his own studio.  He died from ALS in 2008.   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 were not dated and some did not have the artists signature. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Damage - larges chip (3/8" across)
Base with wear
$145 postage paid in the US.                                       Added 4/24/2021 

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

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

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

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

William Manson, Snr. started his glass working career at Caithness Glass at the age of 15 in the 1960s.  He apprenticed with Paul Ysart.  Manson left Caithness in 1971 to work at Ysart's Harland Glass and rejoined Caithness several years later in 1974.  He was at Caithness on and off between 1974 and 1997.  During this period he also had a small studio at home.  In 1997 he left for good to form his own studio William Manson Paperweights.  After Perthshire closed in January 2002, William Manson Sr. started Phoenix Paperweights to engage three workers from Perthshire.  They only lasted a year and issued paperweights in 2002 and 2003 before closing in August 2003.  Phoenix operated in the Manson works in Perth, Scotland.  For a brief period (2004-2006), William Manson, Sr. made collaborative paperweights with John Deacons.

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

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$195 postage paid in the US.                                                                    Added 4/24/2021   

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

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

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

Baccarat was founded in 1776 in Alsace-Lorraine with the name of Verrerie de Sainte Anne.  The original location was near the town of Baccarat.  Today the firm is known as Compagnie des Cristalleries de Baccarat.  Most collectors refer to three periods of Baccarat paperweight production.
  •     1845-1860 - Classic period
  •     1900-1934 - Dupont period
  •     1953 - on - Modern period
This classification is definitely an over simplification as it is likely that Baccarat made some paperweights on and off through most of 19th century.  The best millefiori and lampwork paperweights were made during the classic period (1845-1860).  Pansy weights and rock weights continued in production until much later.  Some paperweights are identified as Dupont period and were made at the end of the 19th Century or early in the 20th century.

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

In 1846 Baccarat introduced the popular Gridel figures in their closepack millefiori paperweights.  It was named after Emil Gridel, the nephew of Jean-Baptiste Toussaint the general manager of Baccarat.  Toussaint saw Gridel making paper cutouts of animals and saw an opportunity to incorporate these silhouettes in millefiori paperweights.   From 1971 to 1979 Baccarat issued a modern Gridel series of millefiori paperweights based on eighteen Gridel figures.  Each paperweight has a large Gridel figure in the center with smaller versions of the other figures included in the design.  There are variations in orientation and color as well as the types of canes in each design and it is possible to amass a very large collection covering just this series.

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

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Signature cane "B 1974"
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SOLD                                                         Added 4/22/2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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$245 postage paid in the US.                                            Added 4/21/2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information about paperweights made by the St. Clair family, see my St. Clair Paperweights Web Page

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In 1952, Paul Jokelson approached Baccarat with the idea of making sulphide paperweights again.  In 1953 Baccarat resumed paperweight production with a series of sulphide paperweights the first of which were the unsuccessful Eisenhower sulphide followed by the Queen Elizabeth coronation sulphide.  Millefiori paperweight production was resumed in 1957 and lampwork paperweights were re-introduced in the early 1970s.  Baccarat stopped making this type of fine glass paperweights in 2002.  You can read more about the Baccarat paperweights in the new book Baccarat Paperweights - two centuries of beauty by Paul Dunlop or one of the older books on paperweights in general, such as The Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights by Paul Hollister or World Paperweights by Robert Hall.

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$295 Postage paid in the US.                                                   Added 4/16/2021

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Rare 1970 Baccarat Yellow Flower Paperweight
2692 Perthshire Annual Collection 1977B Limited Edition Damson Plums Paperweight.   circa 1977.  This paperweight features three rich purple colored plums with green stems and leaves on a clear ground.  It is faceted with a complex faceting of one large top facet and 16 side facets (eight large and eight smaller facets).  The base is ground concave and finished with a grid cut pattern that Perthshire calls a strawberry cut.  It is signed with a small engraved "P" on a tiny extra facet near the base.  The "P" is engraved in reverse so it displays correctly when viewed from the top.  It also has a Perthshire paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND" on the base.  It comes with its original box and original certificate identifying this as #108 out of a limited edition of 500 weights. 

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

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

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

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

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$125 postage paid in the US.         Price reduced (was $245)                    Revised  4/16/2021 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Very large size:  3 7/16" diameter by 2" tall.  It is faceted with one top facet and six side facets.  The bottom is ground concave with the millefiori set close to the base (typical of Whitefriars weights).
Condition:  Excellent condition.  Other than faint wear on the base, no cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.
Signature:  Signed with an oversized Whitefriars signature cane (white monk) in the crown. 

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SOLD.                                           Added 4/15/2021

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

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

Orrefors Glassworks was founded in 1898 in Swedish village Orrefors in Småland on the same site where iron works operations had been run since 1726.  In the same year that the glassworks was founded, a hot shop was built for making technical, medical and household glass and stemware.  Glass now replaced the less profitable iron works operations.  In 1913, Consul Johan Ekman from Gothenburg became the new owner of Orrefors Glassworks.  He appointed Albert Ahlin as manager of the glassworks and this marked the start of a new era.  In 1914, Orrefors started manufacturing crystal products, and as well as cut crystal.  They also made art glass using the overlay technique with etched decoration. The new management quickly saw that artists were needed in the business, so Simon Gate was employed in 1916 and was joined by Edward Hald in 1917.  Gate and Hald experimented with with figure engraving and with the new innovative graal glass technique that was developed at Orrefors by the master glassblower Knut Bergqvist, resulting in major recognition at the Gothenburg Exhibition in 1923 and the Paris Exhibition in 1925.  In 1989, Orrefors and Kosta Boda merged to form Orrefors Kosta Boda AB.  Ownership changed again in 2005 with the purchase of the glassworks by the New Wave Group which decided to close the Orrefors glassworks in December 2012.  After that, all glass production was done under the KostaBoda brand label.

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

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

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SOLD.                                                           Added 4/15/2021

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Orrefors Jan Johansson Crystal Egg Paperweight
4777 Medium Colorful Strathearn Paneled Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1963-1968.  This very attractive paperweight consists of a paneled millefiori pattern with nine panels of 1+1+2 millefiori patterns each separated by a white latticinio twist cane.  There is a central ring of seven millefiori canes and then a center millefiori cane.  The canes are early Scottish millefiori canes on an opaque green ground.   This is a great addition to any collection of Scottish paperweights. 

The birth of Scottish paperweight making is credited to the glass making family of Salvador Ysart, who moved to Crieff, Scotland in 1922.  They worked first at John Moncrieff Ltd and made the earliest Scottish paperweights during that period.  In 1946 Salvadore and his sons Augustine and Vincent founded Ysart Brothers Glass and produced glass wares under the Vasart label.  Salvador Ysart died in 1955  The company name was later changed to Vasart Glass.  Strathearn Glass was formed in a reorganization of Vasart glass in 1963.  The new company was owned by Teachers Whiskey.  The company is no longer in existence.

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

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$95 postage paid in the US.                                                 Added 4/14/2021    

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

The maker of this paperweight is unknown. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SOLD.                                               Added 4/4/2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SOLD.                                            Added 3/29/2021

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

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

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

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

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

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SOLD.                                             Added 3/29/2021               

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

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

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

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

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SOLD.                                          Added 3/27/2021

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

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

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

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

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SOLD.                                         Added 3/27/2021 

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Large Murano Spaced Millefiori on Lace Paperweight - Probably by Fratelli Toso
4034 Medium Colorful Strathearn Close Packed Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1963-1968.  This is a very attractive and colorful Strathearn close packed millefiori paperweight.  The design is placed over an opaque pink- beige ground.  A nice addition to any collection of Scottish paperweights.

The birth of Scottish paperweight making is credited to the glass making family of Salvador Ysart, who moved to Crieff, Scotland in 1922.  They worked first at John Moncrieff Ltd and made the earliest Scottish paperweights during that period.  In 1946 Salvadore and his sons Augustine and Vincent founded Ysart Brothers Glass and produced glass wares under the Vasart label.  Salvador Ysart died in 1955  The company name was later changed to Vasart Glass.  Strathearn Glass was formed in a reorganization of Vasart glass in 1963.  The new company was owned by Teachers Whiskey.  The company is no longer in existence.

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

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

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

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

Daniel Salazar is one of the lead gaffers at Lundberg Studios in Davenport, California and is their primary paperweight designer and maker.  He joined Lundberg in 1975.   The studio was founded by James Lundberg in the early 1970s.  Steven Lundberg joined shortly later.  The first paperweights were made in 1972.  In 1973 the firm was renamed Lundberg Studios and moved to Davenport, California.  James died in an accident in 1991.  Steven left Lundberg Studios in 1997 and set up his own studio.  He died from ALS in 2008.   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 were not dated and some did not have the artists signature.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The St. Clair line (as far as paperweights are concerned) started with John "Pop" St. Clair, Sr. who worked at the George MacBeth Glass Works in Elwood from around 1903 to 1938.  Local natural gas production faltered in 1938 and the St. Clairs began to develop their ideas for a new business of their own.  Joe St. Clair (1909 - 1987) did the original experimentation and the business was formally started in 1941 in Elwood, Indiana.  John, Sr. and the brothers John, Jr., Joe, Ed and Bob all participated, while another brother, Paul, did not at first.  By 1944 St. Clair paperweights were being sold through Georg Jensen on Fifth Avenue in New York. Joe retired (the first time) in 1971 and sold the factory to new owners in Elwood, Indiana.  About the same time, Bob St. Clair and his wife Maude opened a new factory in Elwood.  Paul St. Clair retired from General Motors and joined Bob, along with Ed St. Clair and a nephew, Joe Rice.  Sometime later after Bob opened his factory, the new owners of the original factory sold the factory back to Joe.  So, for a while, there were two St. Clair Glass factories.  Bob St. Clair died in 1986.  Joe St. Clair died in 1987.  Ed St. Clair died in 1989 and the last brother,  Paul St. Clair died in 2000.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SOLD.                                                        Added 3/25/2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Size:  2 5/8" diameter by just under 1 3/4" high.  The base is ground concave.  It is faceted with one larger top facet and five side facets. 
Signature:  Signed at the base of the stem with the Delmo and Debbie Tarsitano conjoined "DT" signature cane.  This cane was use from about 1978 to 1980. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  Two tiny pinpricks on the side (too small to measure).  No other cracks, chips or scratches found on inspection.

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$495 postage paid in the US.                              Added 3/20/2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The St. Clair line (as far as paperweights are concerned) started with John "Pop" St. Clair, Sr. who worked at the George MacBeth Glass Works in Elwood from around 1903 to 1938.  Local natural gas production faltered in 1938 and the St. Clairs began to develop their ideas for a new business of their own.  Joe St. Clair (1909 - 1987) did the original experimentation and the business was formally started in 1941 in Elwood, Indiana.  John, Sr. and the brothers John, Jr., Joe, Ed and Bob all participated, while another brother, Paul, did not at first.  By 1944 St. Clair paperweights were being sold through Georg Jensen on Fifth Avenue in New York. Joe retired (the first time) in 1971 and sold the factory to new owners in Elwood, Indiana.  About the same time, Bob St. Clair and his wife Maude opened a new factory in Elwood.  Paul St. Clair retired from General Motors and joined Bob, along with Ed St. Clair and a nephew, Joe Rice.  Sometime later after Bob opened his factory, the new owners of the original factory sold the factory back to Joe.  So, for a while, there were two St. Clair Glass factories.  Bob St. Clair died in 1986.  Joe St. Clair died in 1987.  Ed St. Clair died in 1989 and the last brother,  Paul St. Clair died in 2000.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ray Banford worked in Southampton, NJ.  He started making paperweights in 1971 along with his son, Bob Banford.  He continued to make paperweights until his death in 2003.  Bob and Ray did not date their paperweights.  Both father and son started using signature canes in 1975.  According to Andrew Dohan's Dictionary of Paperweight Signature Canes, "In the early years, Ray Banford used many different color combinations of a “B” signature cane."  The signature cane used here, a blue  “B” in a white background is referenced as Ray Banford-3 and was used during the period 1975-1979.  Starting in 1980, Ray started a signature cane with a black B and continued to use that cane until he died in 2003. 

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

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

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

Scottish makers have a history of making candy dishes and other shapes out of paperweights when they realize that the product is flawed in some way.  I suspect that some are also made to order.

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

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

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SOLD.                                                            Added 3/16/2021   

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

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

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

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

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William Manson Phoenix Paperweights Limited Edition FP14 Paneled Millefiori Paperweight
4650 Early Debbie Tarsitano Three Tier Red Flower with Buds Paperweight.   undated circa 1978 - 1980.  This paperweight features a three layer red flower with upright yellow stamens.  The flower with two buds and striped green leaves are placed on a curved stem that follows the curvature of the paperweight.  The ground is clear glass.  The petals sparkle with gold aventurine - although it was hard to capture this in the pictures.  Signed at the base of the stem with the conjoined "DT" Tarsitano signature cane used by both Delmo and Debbie Tarsitano from about 1978 to 1980.  A fantastic paperweight. 

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

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

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

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

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$395 postage paid in the US.         Price reduced (was $595)                    Revised  3/16/2021

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3737 James Landgraf 2008 Red Spotted Frog Paperweight.  dated 2008.  This is a charming red spotted frog paperweight.  The frog is shown sitting on a clear rock.  It is signed "JDL 08" on the base.  An fun addition to any collection.

James Landgraf is a contemporary American studio artist.  In 2004 he founded the Oregon Fusion Glass Studio in Terrebonne, OR with his wife Deborah.  Not much else is known about this artist other than that he also made pipes and accessories for recreational marijuana.  In 2016 he was successfully sued for copyright and trademark infringement after one of his designs borrowed elements from the Starbucks' classic plastic cup and signature bubble lid. 

Size:  2 11/16" wide by diameter by 2 5/8" deep by 1 7/8" high.  The base is finished flat.
Signature:   Signed "JDL 08" on the base. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection. 

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SOLD.                                                            Added 3/15/2021

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James Landgraf 2008 Red Spotted Frog Paperweight
4794 Antique Bohemian Doorknob with Concentric Millefiori Handle on clear ground.   circa 1850-1900.  This is an antique Bohemian doorknob with a millefiori paperweight handle.  The handle has two concentric circles of complex canes around a complex two ring center star cane.  The entire design consists of complex canes, sometimes complex canes inside complex canes.  There is a large amber cane that occurs in the very center and also five times in the inner circle.  Each cane has two rings of canes around a complex cane.  There is an outer ring of amber floret canes with white centers.  Inside is a ring of all white five pointed star canes with outer rings of white.   The center cane in this amber cane is a complex cane made up of green and white star canes with a red outer layer.  Also in the inner circle are five large red and white complex canes with star canes in the center and a red outer layer.  This same cane also occurs nine times in the outer row, alternating with similar blue and white and green and white complex canes.  In all a complex design built from a variety of canes with many star canes.  The design is well centered, although not perfectly and some canes are tipped or out of place.  The hardware portion is in good shape.  There is no spindle.     

Bohemian Glass generally refers to the glass made in the regions that form the border area between the Czech Republic, Poland, and Germany.  Most of these areas are now parts of the western Czech Republic.   

Size:  The knob is 1 13/16" diameter by 2 1/8" high.  No spindle.   
Condition: Very good condition for its age.  It has a worn area on the face about 7/8" wide (shown in one of the pictures) across plus other scratches.  The hardware is worn in places but intact.  There is no spindle.     
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this is an antique paperweight from Bohemia.  

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

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

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

Chinese Paperweights were made in the late 1920s and throughout the 1930s as an attempt to duplicate 19th Century antique weights made in the United States and France. In general, Chinese paperweights from the 1930s have a light weight glass mixture that is high in soda and has a greenish tinge. The glass also has a soft almost oily feel. Frequently they have bubbles or debris in the glass.  And because of their age, many of these have minor scratches or other surface defects.  Chinese paperweights made later usually have better quality glass and are free of debris.  This paperweight probably dates from the 1960s or later. 

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

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

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Chinese Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with 1856 Date Cane
5210 Large Baccarat 1977 Limited Edition Escargot (Snail) Paperweight.   dated 1977.  This is a limited edition Baccarat Escargot or Snail Paperweight from 1977.  The paperweight has a wonderful brown and beige lampwork snail slowly navigating a path among three large flowers and four small rocks on an opaque dark green glittery ground.   It is signed in the design with a Baccarat signature cane "B 1977".  It is also signed on the base with an acid etched Baccarat logo and is engraved with the year (1977), the number (23) and the size of the series (300).  Perfect execution and perfect condition.

This is a hard to find Baccarat paperweight.  This design was produced only in 1977 in a limited edition of 300 paperweights.  This is number 23 in that series.  There is a signature cane "B 1977" in the design.  The base has the acid etched Baccarat logo plus it is engraved with the year (1977), the number (23) and the size of the edition (300).

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

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

In 1952, Paul Jokelson approached Baccarat with the idea of making sulphide paperweights again.  In 1953 Baccarat resumed paperweight production with a series of sulphide paperweights the first of which were the unsuccessful Eisenhower sulphide followed by the Queen Elizabeth coronation sulphide.  Millefiori paperweight production was resumed in 1957 and lampwork paperweights were re-introduced in the early 1970s.  Baccarat stopped making this type of fine glass paperweights in 2002.  You can read more about the Baccarat paperweights in the book Baccarat Paperweights - two centuries of beauty by Paul Dunlop or one of the older books on paperweights in general, such as The Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights by Paul Hollister or World Paperweights by Robert Hall.

Large Size:  Just over 3" diameter by just under 2 1/4" high.  Bottom is ground slightly concave. 
Condition:  Outstanding condition with no cracks or chips or scratches.  It is in perfect original condition. 
Signature:  Made by Baccarat in France in 1977.  Signed in the design with a "B 1977" signature cane and on the base with the etched Baccarat mark, edition number, edition size, and year. 

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SOLD.                                                  Added 3/9/2021

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Large Baccarat 1977 Limited Edition Escargot (Snail) Paperweight
4023 Small Colorful Strathearn Paneled Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1963-1968.  This attractive blue themed paperweight consists of a paneled millefiori pattern with nine sections of 1 + 1 + 2 millefiori patterns each separated by a white latticinio twist cane.  The smallest canes are visible only from the side.  There is a central ring of six yellow millefiori canes and then a center pink millefiori cane.  The canes are early Scottish millefiori canes on a transparent blue ground.  There is a tiny dimple on the top of the dome (from the making).  This is a great example.   A nice addition to any collection of Scottish paperweights. 

The birth of Scottish paperweight making is credited to the glass making family of Salvador Ysart, who moved to Crieff, Scotland in 1922.  They worked first at John Moncrieff Ltd and made the earliest Scottish paperweights during that period.  In 1946 Salvadore and his sons Augustine and Vincent founded Ysart Brothers Glass and produced glass wares under the Vasart label.  Salvador Ysart died in 1955  The company name was later changed to Vasart Glass.  Strathearn Glass was formed in a reorganization of Vasart glass in 1963.  The new company was owned by Teachers Whiskey.  The company is no longer in existence.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

William Manson, Snr. started his glass working career at Caithness Glass at the age of 15 in the 1960s.  He apprenticed with Paul Ysart.  Manson left Caithness in 1971 to work at Ysart's Harland Glass and rejoined Caithness several years later in 1974.  He was at Caithness on and off between 1974 and 1997.  During this period he also had a small studio at home.  In 1997 he left for good to form his own studio William Manson Paperweights.  After Perthshire closed in January 2002, William Manson Sr. started Phoenix Paperweights to engage three workers from Perthshire.  They only lasted a year and issued paperweights in 2002 and 2003 before closing in August 2003.  Phoenix operated in the Manson works in Perth, Scotland.  For a brief period (2004-2006), William Manson, Sr. made collaborative paperweights with John Deacons.

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

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$235 postage paid in the US.                                                                    Added 3/5/2021   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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$145 postage paid in the US.                         Added 3/4/2021

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D'Albret 1975 Double Overlay Sulphide Paperweight of Charles Lindbergh
4025 Josh Simpson Inhabited Planet Miniature Marble with Pink and Blue Spaceship.  This a 1 7/8" miniature Inhabited Planet Marble made by Josh Simpson.  It has a pink and blue twist that Josh uses to represent a spaceship.  The basic theme of the inhabited planet series is that a lush new blue planet has been discovered with interesting features inviting exploration.  There are interesting multi-colored structures on the surface of the planet.  Some structures, possibly man made, require further exploration.  There is a pink and blue twisted ribbon shaped spaceship with a trail of bubbles on its way to investigate.  See the note below about the large bubble and surface scratches.  This example is unsigned.    

Notes:  This marble has a large bubble that is in the middle of the trail of bubbles behind the spaceship.  Also there are some tiny scratches on the surface as shown in the pictures.  Because of these flaws, the marble is offered at a discount.  The black stand shown in the pictures is not included.  It is for illustration only.  

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

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

Miniature Size:  1 7/8" diameter glass sphere.
Signature:   This example is unsigned, but I guarantee that it is a genuine Josh Simpson marble.
Condition:  Good condition with flaws.  This marble has a large bubble that is in the middle of the trail of bubbles behind the spaceship.  Also there are some tiny scratches on the surface as shown in the pictures.

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SOLD.                                         Added 3/2/2021

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Josh Simpson Inhabited Planet Miniature Marble with Pink and Blue Spaceship
5186 Large Murano Closepacked Millefiori Paperweight with Frit Ground.  circa 1965 - 1975.  Colorful Murano paperweight with a great assortment of colorful cogged and complex millefiori canes set over a multicolored frit ground.  The glass is slightly yellow - this is exaggerated in the pictures.  There are a few faint scratches, but the paperweight displays beautifully.  A colorful addition to any collection of millefiori paperweights. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Medium Size:  2 3/8" diameter by 1 9/16" high.  The base is ground concave.  It is faceted with a large top facet and six side facets.       
Signature:  It is signed with Perthshire's complex "P1998" signature cane on the base and also has a very worn Perthshire paper label.  The edition number "162" is engraved on the base next to the signature cane.   
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches.  The Perthshire paper label is very worn. 

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$295 postage paid in the US.                                               Added 2/27/2021

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Perthshire 1998 PP192A Faceted Butterfly Limited Edition Paperweight
1856 Drew Ebelhare Miniature Four Row Close Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Stave Basket.  dated 1996.  This is an early miniature concentric millefiori paperweight with an outer stave basket.  There are three tightly packed inner rings of millefiori and then an alternating ring of red and white canes which make up the stave basket.  It is signed in the center with Ebelhare's complex "E" signature cane.  In addition, it is signed on the base "Ebelhare 3-96".  An awesome paperweight with amazing detail.

Drew Ebelhare has been making glass paperweights since 1983, focusing on millefiori paperweights, especially miniature designs.  Drew graduated from Florida State University in 1977 with a Bachelors Degree in technical theater and scene design.  After graduating and working at the Alley Theater in Houston, he made a career change becoming one of the founding members of The Houston Glass Art Society.  In 1981, Drew set up his first hot glass shop in Houston.  He now works out a new studio in Cañon City, Colorado.  His millefiori canes have evolved so he now produces his own unique style of floral millefiori canes, including Clichy style roses, camomiles, pansies, primroses, sunflowers and others.  Paul Dunlop calls Drew the preeminent millefiori paperweight artist in the United States.  Starting in 2009,  Drew Ebelhare and Sue Fox collaborated to make wonderful paperweights featuring Sue's delicate lampwork surrounded by Drew's distinctive style of floral millefiori.  Sue Fox passed away early in 2020.

Very small size: Just under 1 13/16" diameter by just under 1 3/8" high.  The base is ground flat. 
Signature:  Signed in the center with Ebelhare's complex "E" signature cane.  In addition, it is signed on the base "Ebelhare 3-96".  
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, cracks, or chips.  There are tiny bubbles in the glass.  

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SOLD.                                                                Added 2/27/2021           

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Drew Ebelhare Miniature Four Row Close Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Stave Basket
4745 Tom Hesse Miniature Flower Paperweight - Signed.  undated.  This miniature paperweight has a miniature yellow flower with five spotted transparent petals.  There is a controlled bubble next to each petal.  It is signed on the side near the base "Hesse".  An interesting addition to any collection of miniature paperweights.

Tom Hesse is a contemporary American studio artist who has worked in Kansas (and may still do so).  Special thanks to Rick Pfliger who was able to decipher the signature.  At one time Tom Hesse's work was sold by the Courtyard Gallery (now closed) in Lindsborg, KS.  I have not been able to find out anything more about this artist.

Tiny size:  1 9/16" diameter by 1 3/16" high.  The base is ground flat with a matte finish.
Signature:   Signed "Hesse" on the side near the base. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection. 

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$45 postage paid in the US.                                                            Added 2/26/2021

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Tom Hesse Miniature Flower Paperweight - Signed
5185

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

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

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

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

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

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Large Joe St. Clair Icepick Flower Teapot Ring Holder Paperweight
3410 Early Correia Iridescent Surface Decorated Hearts and Vines Paperweight.   dated 1982.  This iridescent paperweight features a surface decorated design of five red hearts with a tangle of stylized golden vines.  Although the surface is iridescent and appears amber in color, the glass underneath is clear.  It is signed on the base "Correia HCLM.62.82.1".  An amazing paperweight.

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

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

Additional note on signatures:  The history of Correia is confusing because 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.

Medium size:  Just under 2 7/16" diameter by just over 2 1/8" high.  The bottom is ground flat. 
Signature:    Signed on the base "Correia HCLM.62.82.1". 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection. 

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SOLD.                                          Added on 2/24/2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Miniature Strathearn Eight Pointed Star Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Opaque Lime Green Ground
4758 Large Perthshire Uncataloged Smithsonian Paneled Complex Millefiori Paperweight.  dated 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 identified this as an uncataloged Smithsonian paperweight - see the explanation below.  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 "P1985" 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.  The book  The Complete Guide to Perthshire Paperweights by Mahoney & McClanahan identifies a different weight as being the 1985 Smithsonian, but I believe my designation is correct.  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.

Very Large Size:  Just under 3 1/8" diameter by just under 2 1/8" high.  The base is ground concave in the center. 
Signature: Signed on the base with a Perthshire "P1985" cane.  The signature cane is slightly distorted.  It also has a worn paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND".  
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches.  The paper label is worn.

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SOLD.                                                    Added 2/22/2021

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

Von Brackel discusses similar paperweights in his book Paperweights - Historicism - Art Nouveau - Art DecoHe shows one example with a round picture on top on page 105, but his example is constructed differently.  Still I believe this paperweight originated in either Bavaria or Bohemia.  Bohemian Glass generally refers to the glass made in the regions that form the border area between the Czech Republic, Poland, and Germany.  Most of these areas are now parts of the western Czech Republic or Germany.  Another possibility is that the paperweight was made in the midwest US by glass workers who emigrated from the areas described above.  It remains the only example I have seen with a round picture at the top of the paperweight.  Most American photo paperweights have the picture on a flat enamel plaque with substantial clear glass above the picture.   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Selkirk 1996 Stylized Blue Flower Paperweight
3528 Rare Vintage Old South Jersey Art Glass (Oscar “Skip” Woods) Teardrop Bubble Paperweightdated 1978.  The paperweight features a single teardrop bubble in clear glass.  The glass appears slightly green in the pictures but is actually clear.  It is signed on the base with a pontil stamp "OSJAG 1978".  OSJAG stands for Old South Jersey Art Glass.  A simple design nicely done.

Oscar “Skip” Woods was a well known paperweight maker in the South New Jersey near Millville, New Jersey.  He is known for making a variety of paperweight styles including a Bicentennial Series, Crimp Roses, and other types.  He sometimes demonstrated at Wheaton Village in Millville.  He worked there throughout the 1960s and 1970s.   

Large size:  2 3/4" diameter by 2 3/4" high.  The base is fire finished with a pontil signature stamp.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips, or cracks found on inspection.  There are a few tool marks near the base.  
Signature:  Signed on the base with a pontil stamp "OSJAG 1978".  

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SOLD.                            Added 2/18/2021

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Rare Vintage Old South Jersey Art Glass (Oscar “Skip” Woods) Teardrop Bubble Paperweight
2803 William Manson, Snr.  Spotted Butterfly and Pink Flower Upright Faceted Paperweight.  dated 1992.  This is an unusual upright paperweight featuring a spotted butterfly hovering over a multicolored ten petaled flower.  The butterfly has a blue and aventurine (sparkly) body, white eyes, white wings with black spots, black antennae.  The flower has variegated pink and grey petals, a yellow frit center, and striped green sepals.  The design is set over a burgundy red stain ground.  The paperweight is designed to be displayed upright resting on a small facet.  The back is polished flat and there is one large front facet.  It is signed on the small facet / base "William Manson 1992".  Please see my notes below on the signature and also on the condition of this paperweight.  Although it has a few minor flaws, this unusual paperweight displays beautifully and will augment any collection of Scottish paperweights. 

Note on signature:  The signature made me wonder which William Manson (father or son) made this paperweight.  In later years, the father always added a Snr. to his signature and the son signed his weights with just William Manson.  After consulting with his son, William David Manson, I was able to establish that this paperweight was made by his father, William Manson, Snr. during a period that he was employed by Caithness but also had a small studio at home.

Note on condition:  This paperweight has a few scratches and flaws which I will list here and also display in the pictures.  There are two tiny (less than 1/16") scratches on the face of the paperweight and a scuff on the side near the back.  On the back, there is a small area where a piece of tape or label has discolored the red stain used for the ground.  And, not shown are some minor scratches on the back.  As stated above, the paperweight displays beautifully.  

William Manson, Snr. started his glass working career at Caithness Glass at the age of 15 in the 1960s.  He apprenticed with Paul Ysart.  Manson left Caithness in 1971 to work at Ysart's Harland Glass and rejoined Caithness several years later in 1974.  He was at Caithness on and off between 1974 and 1997.  During this period he also had a small studio at home.  In 1997 he left for good to form his own studio William Manson Paperweights.  After Perthshire closed in January 2002, William Manson Sr. started Phoenix Paperweights to engage three workers from Perthshire.  They only lasted a year and issued paperweights in 2002 and 2003 before closing in August 2003.  Phoenix operated in the Manson works in Perth, Scotland.  For a brief period (2004-2006), William Manson, Sr. made collaborative paperweights with John Deacons.

William Manson, Jr. started making paperweights alongside his father starting in 1992, but did not take that up as a career until 1996 (age 18) and continued until the market cooled in 2003-2004. He is now in the process of setting up his own studio.  

Large Size:  Just under 2 5/8" wide (diameter) by 2 7/16" high by 1 1/2" thick.  There is a small facet for the base and a larger facet for the face. 
Signature:  Signed on the small facet / base "William Manson 1992". 
Condition:  Very good condition.  There are two tiny (less than 1/16") scratches on the face of the paperweight and a scuff on the side near the back.  On the back, there is a small area where a piece of tape or label has discolored the red stain used for the ground.  And, not shown are some minor scratches on the back.  All of  these flaws require careful examination to see.   

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Base (small facet)
Two tiny scratches on face
Scuff on side and tape mark on back
SOLD.                                                                 Added 2/15/2021 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Francis Whittemore Miniature Yellow Pears with Leaves and Seed Pod Paperweight
5458 Antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) Millefiori Scramble Paperweight with Eagles, Rabbits, and Stars.  circa 1860.  This is an antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) scramble or end of day paperweight.  It is filled with a great assortment of colorful complex canes and twists.  One complex cane, viewed from the bottom, has a ring with five running rabbit canes alternating with five pink ruffled canes and a star cane in the center.  Another cane, partially visible from the bottom, has four eagle canes alternating with ruffled canes.  Another complex cane, viewed from the top has seven star canes.  Unfortunately the paperweight has a fold or dimple at the top which causes considerable distortion.  In addition there are a few scratches on the dome and striations in the glass.  Although there is sufficient glass to have this paperweight restored, I have decided to offer it as is.

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

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

Size:  2 5/16” diameter by 1 15/16” high.  The base is ground concave.
Signature:  This paperweight is not signed, but I guarantee it to be an authentic antique New England Glass Company paperweight. 
Condition:  Good condition.  This paperweight has a fold or dimple at the top which causes considerable distortion.  In addition there are a few scratches on the dome and striations in the glass.

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Another view
SOLD.                                                Added 2/14/2021

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Antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) Millefiori Scramble Paperweight with Eagles, Rabbits, and Stars
3131 David Salazar Iridescent Swirl Paperweight.  dated 1991.  This unique swirl design is associated with David Salazar and Zephyr Art Glass.  The surface is clear-colored iridescent glass and is semi-transparent.  The underlying glass is clear.  It is signed on the base "D P Salazar 91-4".  It is a fun paperweight.

Zephyr Studios was a small group studio that existed for only a few years in the late 1970s and early 1980s.  It was located in Santa Cruz, California.

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

Size:  2 5/8" diameter by 2 3/16" high.  The base is ground mostly flat with a small depression where the signature is.
Signature: Signed on the base "D P Salazar 91-4". 
Condition:  Excellent Condition.  No chips or cracks or scratches found on inspection.

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SOLD.                         Added 2/13/2021

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David Salazar Iridescent Swirl Paperweight
5234 Charles Kaziun Jr. Millefiori Heart Paperweight.  circa 1960-1980.  Charles Kaziun Jr. millefiori paperweight with a wonderful large heart cane in the center of a heart shaped garland of identical white floret canes.  Each floret cane has a white six pointed star with a blue background in the center.  All of this is set on an pink aventurine ground backed with an opaque white layer.  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:  2 3/16" diameter by 1 9/16" high.  The base is ground concave. 
Signature:  This paperweight is signed with Kaziun's gold foil "K" on the base. 
Condition: Excellent condition with no chips or cracks or scratches. 

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$595 postage paid in the US.                      Added 2/13/2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Edinburgh Crystal Caithness 1986 Double Trefoil "Ring of Roses"Millefiori Paperweight
5160 Magnum Robert Eickholt Reptile Series Abstract Paperweight.  dated 1991.  This paperweight has an abstract design with one large controlled bubble.  The iridescent colors progress in layers from light blue to dark blue to black.  This style has been given the name "Reptile Series" because the imagery resembles a reptilian skin.  It is signed "Eickholt 1991" on the base.  An extra large example.

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

Very large size:  3 7/16" diameter by 3 13/16"" high.  The base is ground flat.
Signature: Signed "Eickholt 1991" on the base. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No damage found on inspection.  Some wear on the base.

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Magnum Robert Eickholt Reptile Series Abstract Paperweight
5267 Paul Ysart Signed Millefiori Butterfly in Latticinio Basket Paperweight with Original Ysart Jokelson Box.  circa 1972-1979.  Large paperweight with a small millefiori butterfly in the center of a latticinio basket - more accurately a basket composed of white twist canes.  Each twist cane has a tiny bubble at the top.  The butterfly's wings are made from bundles of millefiori canes with the upper wings cased in blue.  The copper colored  body has a green head and dark colored antennae.  Below the butterfly is a complex "PY" signature cane, on of the rarer type three canes according to Colin Mahoney's book.  There is also a Paul Ysart "PY Made in Scotland" paper label on the base.  This paperweight comes with its original (although distressed) box imprinted "PAUL YSART LIMITED P.J." reflecting the Harland period when Paul Jokelson was the exclusive US distributor of Paul Ysart paperweights.  To the eye this paperweight is perfect, however the pictures reveal a tiny annealing or incompatibility fracture in the body of the butterfly.  A rare and desirable example of Paul Ysart's magnificent use of close packed millefiori canes to create butterfly wings. 

Note:  The butterfly is small and the body even smaller, but the butterfly body has a tiny incompatibility  or annealing fracture that is shown in the pictures.  The fracture also extends slightly above and below the body as shown in the side views.  Normally this would be an $800 paperweight, but I am offering it at a greatly reduced price because of this flaw. 

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

Large Size:  2 7/8" diameter by 2 1/4" high.  The base is ground flat. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no damage.  Slight wear on the base.  However, as stated above, the butterfly body has a tiny incompatibility or annealing fracture from when it was made.  The fracture also extends slightly above and below the body as shown in the side views.  The original box is distressed.      
Signature:  Signed with a "PY" complex signature cane in the design and also with a Paul Ysart "PY Made in Scotland" paper label on the base.   The box is imprinted "PAUL YSART LIMITED P.J." reflecting the Harland period when Paul Jokelson was the exclusive US distributor of Paul Ysart paperweights.   

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Paul Jokelson Box
$485 postage paid in the US.                   US Sales only, no international shipping.            Added 2/7/2021               

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Paul Ysart Signed Millefiori Butterfly in Latticinio Basket Paperweight with Original Ysart Jokelson Box
5262 Early Paul Stankard White Dogwood Paperweight - 1973 Limited Edition.  dated 1973.  This paperweight features a dogwood flower with four striated white petals with brown tips.  There is a yellow stamen cluster in the center.  There are also three large variegated green leaves and a brown stem.  The design is set on a translucent cobalt blue ground.  This paperweight is part of a limited edition of 75 paperweights.  However, Paul often did not complete the entire planned edition.  It is signed on the base with a "PS" Signature cane and engraved with a date "1973" and numbered "7 / 75".  There is also a copyright mark as part of the signature.  This is a hard to find early limited edition paperweight.  A beautiful addition worthy of any collection of contemporary American paperweight. 

The paperweight is part of Paul Stankard's American Floral Series.  It appears in the book published by the Wheaton Museum of Glass Paul Joseph Stankard: The First Decade on pages 15 (Figure 15F) and 17.  This small book catalogs the artist's proof collection.  It also appears in the Leo Kaplan, Ltd. catalog on page 4/91 as a faceted version where it is priced at $1,750.

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

Medium size:  2 3/8" diameter by just under 2" high.  The base is ground concave.    
Signature:  Signed signed with a black "PS" signature cane on the base.  It is also dated 1973 and numbered 7/75 on the base. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.

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Early Paul Stankard White Dogwood Paperweight - 1973 Limited Edition
4744 Large 1930s Chinese Close Packed Patterned Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1930.  This is a large colorful Chinese close packed patterned millefiori paperweight with a complex design made in the 1930s.  It was intended to be a copy of a French antique concentric paperweight from 1845-1860 (probably Baccarat or Clichy).  The pattern mimics the typical Baccarat pattern with a mix of concentric designs and roundels forming a garland.  This paperweight is unsigned.  As with most Chinese paperweights, this paperweight has a light weight glass mixture that is high in soda and has a greenish tinge.  The glass has a soft oily feel.  There are bubbles or debris in the glass.  A welcome addition to any collection of Chinese paperweights. 

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

In the United States, the Tariff Act of 1930 required that every imported item must be conspicuously and indelibly marked in English with its country of origin.  As a result, many of these Chinese paperweights are scratch signed on the bottom "CHINA".  Many are also not signed, suggesting that either they were imported prior to 1930 or the importer ignored the requirement.  Most likely the earliest Chinese paperweights were made prior to 1930.  The Chinese makers often combined design features found in paperweights from different makers.  For example they copied the latticinio grounds used by New England Glass Company and used them with copies of Baccarat Pansy weights.  The original Baccarat pansy paperweights never had a latticinio ground.  They copied the pedestal rose from Millville and then used the pedestal bottom with other weights.  It is fun to collect all the variations.  In general, Chinese paperweights from this period have a light weight glass mixture that is high in soda and has a greenish tinge. The glass also has a soft almost oily feel. Frequently they have bubbles or debris in the glass.  And because of their age, many of these have minor scratches or other surface defects.

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

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

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Large 1930s Chinese Close Packed Patterned Millefiori Paperweight
3127 Drew Ebelhare Clichy Style Miniature Scramble Paperweight.  dated 2002.  This tiny Drew Ebelhare paperweight is a Clichy style scramble complete bits and pieces of millefiori canes, flower canes, and a green and white Clichy style rose.  The millefiori canes fill the paperweight and are pulled down to the base.  There is a clear ground underneath.  There is a purple and white complex signature cane with a black "E" in the center.  This paperweight is also signed on the base "Ebelhare 2-02".  An awesome paperweight with amazing detail.  

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

Very small size:  Just over 1 5/8" diameter by 1 1/8" high.  The base is ground flat. 
Signature:  Signed with a Drew Ebelhare complex "E" signature cane in the center of the design and also signed "Ebelhare 2-02" on the base. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, cracks, or chips.

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Drew Ebelhare Clichy Style Miniature Scramble Paperweight
3417 Large Early Orient & Flume Art Nouveau Style Paperweight with Millefiori Crown.  dated 1979.  This is a great example of an early Orient & Flume art nouveau style paperweight.  It has an iridescent surface decorated with a gold, silver, blue and white art nouveau style feather pulled design set against a clear ground.  There is a wonderful complex millefiori cane on top.  It is signed on the base "Orient & Flume 192 S 1979".  A fantastic example with glowing colors.

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.

Large size:  3 1/16" diameter by 2 3/8" high. 
Signature: Signed "Orient & Flume 192 S 1979" on the base.  There is no paper label on this paperweight. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks or chips. 

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Large Early Orient & Flume Art Nouveau Style Paperweight with Millefiori Crown
5386 Antique Devil's Fire Footed Mantle Ornament or Obelisk Paperweight.   circa 1900.  This is an antique footed devil's fire paperweight with a cone shape and a pronounced knop in the stem.  Devil's fire paperweights have a motif that looks like fingers of fire raising from the base.  Paperweights of this style were found in most glass making countries at one time or another, but often the shape is a hint to the country of origin.  Usually, but not always, these were whimsies made in the glass workers free time.  In Peter von Brackel's book "Paperweights - Historicism - Art Nouveau - Art Deco - 1842 to Present", there are some examples on pages 57, 63, and 274-275.  von Brackel calls them Stalagmite Paperweights, while other authors call them Devil's Fire Obelisks or Mantle Ornaments.  Based on the shape, von Brackel attributes examples similar to the one offered here to Val St. Lambert's Namur works in Belgium.  I suspect that similar shapes were made across Europe and Bohemia.  Devil's fire paperweights were also made in Scotland and in Southern New Jersey, but in a more traditional paperweight shape.  Holmegaard in Denmark made devil's fire obelisks in a different shape and using colored glass around 1900.  They called it a “sølvpyramide” (silver pyramid).

Note on Provenance:  This paperweight came from the estate of Summer Lieberman, a paperweight dealer in the 1980s and earlier.  His notation said the paperweight was acquired at the Bourne Auctions, Lot 506, 6/27/1978.  I have not verified the auction information.

Large Size:  11 1/4" high.  The cone has a diameter of 2 1/2".  The base has a diameter of 2 15/16".
Signature: Unsigned, but I guarantee this is an antique paperweight from an unidentified factory.  This devil's fire paperweight was probably made in Belgium or Northern Europe, although an exact attribution is probably not possible.
Condition:  Very good condition for its age.  There are some minor scratches on the surface but is free of cracks and chips.  There are some noticeable scratches or tool marks on the base (up to 1 1/2").

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Antique Devil's Fire Footed Mantle Ornament or Obelisk Paperweight
3457 Early Buzzini Ziegler Bridgeton Studio Butterfly and Millefiori Flowers Paperweight.  dated 1978.  Contemporary surface decorated paperweight created by Chris Buzzini of Bridgeton Studio.  The paperweight has a brown and white butterfly flying above vines with millefiori flowers and green leaves.  There is a millefiori cane in the center of each wing.  There is also a pulled feather design resembling waves.  Underneath there is a opaque white ground.  The entire design is encased in a clear glass layer adding depth.  Signed "Bridgeton Studio '78 B-388 Ziegler" on the side near the base.  It was difficult to photograph, so I used a black marker to darken the signature.  This will be removed after the paperweight is sold.   An early paperweight by one of the country's most talented glass artists.

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

Large Size:  2 15/16" diameter by 2 11/16" high.  The base is ground flat.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks found on inspection.
Signature:  Signed "Bridgeton Studio '78 B-388 Ziegler" on the side near the base.  It was difficult to photograph, so I used a black marker to darken the signature.  This was removed after taking the pictures.

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

In 1846 Baccarat introduced the popular Gridel figures in their closepack millefiori paperweights.  It was named after Emil Gridel, the nephew of Jean-Baptiste Toussaint the general manager of Baccarat.  Toussaint saw Gridel making paper cutouts of animals and saw an opportunity to incorporate these silhouettes in millefiori paperweights.   From 1971 to 1979 Baccarat issued a modern Gridel series of millefiori paperweights based on eighteen Gridel figures.  Each paperweight has a large Gridel figure in the center with smaller versions of the other figures included in the design.  There are variations in orientation and color as well as the types of canes in each design and it is possible to amass a very large collection covering just this series.

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

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

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Baccarat 1976 Gridel Series Magnum Millefiori White Monkey Limited Edition Paperweight
2913 Allan Scott John Deacons J Glass Limited Edition Ruffled Edge Primrose Paperweight.  dated 1980This paperweight features a delightful white primrose with five blue edged petals, five leaves and a stem.  The petals are ruffled and there is a complex millefiori cane in the center of the primrose.  The design is set on a clear ground.  It is signed on the back of two of the petals with a J Glass "J 1980" 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 1980" cane has a blue J on a white background and the date is in red, green, and blue.  The paperweight was part of a limited edition of 101 paperweights and comes with its original certificate indicating it is #56 in the edition. 

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 (or sometimes Jay Glass), St. Kilda, and now under his own name. Some of the lines were produced simultaneously.  J Glass was produced from 1978 to 1983.  The St. Kilda line was produced from 1978 or 1979 through 1987.  You can read about John Deacons in the book by Hall - Scottish Paperweights

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.

Size:  2 5/16" diameter by 1 13/16" high. The base is ground concave in the center.  The base has a wide shoulder.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  There is some wear on the shoulder of the base, but no other scratches, chips or cracks found on inspection.
Signature:  Signed with the J Glass "J1980" signature cane and Allan Scott's "A" signature cane on the back of two petals.  This paperweight comes with its original certificate.

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SOLD.                                             Added 1/30/2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Francis Whittemore Limited Edition Mistletoe and White Berries with Two Bells Paperweight
3362 Drew Ebelhare Sue Fox 2012 Collaborative Pansy and Concentric Millefiori Paperweight.  dated 2012.  This is a unique new design created by Drew Ebelhare and Sue Fox in 2012.  It features a central pansy flower with five petals, a millefiori center, and three dark green sepals.  The pansy is in the center of a four ring concentric millefiori design.  The entire design is placed over an opaque lavender ground.  It is signed on the base "Fox / Ebelhare 5-12".  An awesome paperweight with amazing detail.  

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

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

Sue Fox explored several careers before turning to glass.  In the early 1990's, she was introduced to flame working during a trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Sue returned home to South Carolina and set up a glass studio in 1994, making miniature glass objects including beads, buttons, and doll house miniatures.  She created tiny flowers, birds, and insects over a small torch and encased them in clear glass.  Sue has won several national awards at Bead and Button Shows for her paperweight buttons. She is a juried member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and has attained Artisan status in the International Guild of Miniature Artists.  Her work can be found in the permanent collection of the Bergstrom-Mahler Paperweight Museum, as well as in private collections.  Sue Fox passed away early in 2020.

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

Size:  2 5/8" diameter by just under 1 7/8" high.  The base is ground flat. 
Signature:  Signed "Fox / Ebelhare 5-12" on the base. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, cracks, or chips.

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Drew Ebelhare Sue Fox 2012 Collaborative Pansy and Concentric Millefiori Paperweight
2863 Early Selkirk 1980 Poinsettia Paperweight.  dated 1980.  This paperweight has a pale green five petal poinsettia on a translucent cobalt blue ground.  The flower has five dark green sepals and a pink and white millefiori cane in the center.  It is signed in script on the base "SELKIRK GLASS SCOTLAND 1980".  It also has a worn paper label "SELKIRK GLASS HANDMADE IN SCOTLAND".  An colorful  early example from Selkirk Glass.

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

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

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

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

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Early Selkirk 1980 Poinsettia Paperweight
5372 Magnum Antique English Green Glass Dump Paperweight with Six Foil Flowers.   circa 1840-1860.   This is an unusual example with six foil flowers on two levels.  Each flower has four foil petals and a stem that goes down to the flower pot.  This dump is unsigned, so the maker is not known.  A very showy example.  A great addition to a collection of old English paperweights.

Note:  I had difficulty getting good pictures of this paperweight.  Please ignore the glare from the lights.  The paperweight looks a lot better than the pictures show. 

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

Very large size:   3 3/8" diameter by 3 5/8" tall.  The base is shaped concave with a remnant of the pontil scar.   
Condition:  Very good condition for its age.  As is typical for this type of paperweight, there are some scratches and abrasions on the surface, but this paperweight has no chips, cracks or impact marks.  The bottom has a rough pontil scar.
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this is an antique English green glass paperweight. 

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Magnum Antique English Green Glass Dump Paperweight with Six Foil Flowers
3894 Early Daniel Salazar Lundberg Studios Magnum Surface Decorated Floral Design Paperweight.  circa 1975.  This surface decorated paperweight by Daniel Salazar at Lundberg Studios features two large gold foil flowers with green leaves and yellow vines.  The design is set on the surface of an iridescent opaque white ground.  Signed on the base "Daniel Salazar Lundberg Studios".  This paperweight does not have a date or a serial number.  It is a very early paperweight by Daniel Salazar.  A wonderful composition. 

Daniel Salazar is one of the lead gaffers at Lundberg Studios in Davenport, California and is their primary paperweight designer and maker.  He joined Lundberg in 1975.   The studio was founded by James Lundberg in the early 1970s.  Steven Lundberg joined shortly later.  The first paperweights were made in 1972.  In 1973 the firm was renamed Lundberg Studios and moved to Davenport, California.  James died in an accident in 1991.  Steven left Lundberg Studios in 1997 and set up his own studio.  He died from ALS in 2008.   Although in later years, each paperweight produced at Lundberg Studios was signed and dated by the studio and signed by the artist, the earliest paperweights like this one were not dated and some did not have the artists signature.

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

Very large size:   Just under 3 3/8" diameter by 2 9/16" high.  The base is ground flat. 
Signature: Signed on the base "Daniel Salazar Lundberg Studios".  The signature is hard to see on the white base. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  Some light scratches on the base, but no other cracks, chips or scratches found on inspection.

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$145 postage paid in the US.                                            Added 1/23/2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

This paperweight has a strong similarity to a group of paperweights and doorknobs that are believed to have originated at an unidentified glass factory in Belgium or Northern EuropeBohemian Glass generally refers to the glass made in the regions that form the border area between the Czech Republic, Poland, and Germany.  Most of these areas are now parts of the western Czech Republic.   

Size:  The knob is 1 13/16" diameter by 1 15/16" long including the hardware.  No spindle.   
Condition: Very good condition for its age.  The paperweight knob has a fracture in the stem (and possibly a repair), but seems solid and unlikely to crack further.  There is light wear at the widest part of the handle visible in the pictures.     
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this is an antique paperweight doorknob from Bohemia or Belgium or Northern Europe.  

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

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

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

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

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

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Perthshire Annual Collection 1994F Limited Edition Fruit Bouquet Paperweight
5008 Wonderful 2000 Bill Burchfield Cape Cod Glass Works Scramble Paperweight.   dated 2000.  Colorful scramble paperweight packed with a variety of millefiori canes and twist canes.  The paperweight includes a Bill Burchfield rose cane at the top and a tiny "CCGW 2000" signature cane on the side (see pictures).  The signature cane is challenging to find.  In addition, there is a paper label on the base "CAPE COD GLASS WORKS SAGAMORE, MA" with the phone number.  A great paperweight from the last year of operation in Sagamore, MA. 

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. 

Size:  Just under 2 13/16” diameter by 2 1/4” high.  The bottom is ground concave with a matte finish and polished in the center.   
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips, or cracks found on inspection.  There is one tiny surface bubble, but this is not damage (see picture). 
Signature:  This paperweight has Bill Burchfield's rose cane on the top and a tiny "CCGW 2000" signature cane on the side.  In addition, there is a paper label on the base "CAPE COD GLASS WORKS SAGAMORE, MA" with the phone number. 

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Wonderful 2000 Bill Burchfield Cape Cod Glass Works Scramble Paperweight
600 Early Mark Matthews 1981 Experimental Spiral Paperweight.  dated 1981.  This is an early Mark Matthews Translucent Swirl Paperweight.  It features a precise gold swirl applied to a dark brown or dark red surface.  It was made in 1981 before Mark started his studio in 1985, so it may have been made during his student days.  I have labeled this as an experimental piece because there are many surface "flaws".  These flaws don't appear to be damage but rather the result of an unfinished or experimental process.  Marble collectors are familiar with this amazing artist but he made relatively few paperweights.  His focus is spheres and some of them sell for thousands of dollars.  This is a chance to own an early Mark Matthews work.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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John Deacons J Glass Millefiori Butterfly Paperweight
5145 Antique Baccarat Type III Pansy Paperweight with Star Cut Base - Poor Condition.   circa 1845-1860.  Antique Baccarat Pansy paperweight with bud, seven leaves and stem.  The base is finished with a Baccarat star cut.  This style of pansy is called a type III pansy.  It consists of two large dark purple petals above over three lower petals.  The lower petals are yellow over a white base (which can be seen from the back).  Each lower petal has a purple tip and three dark lines radiating from the central cane consisting of star canes with a red whorl center.  See the close-up picture for more detail.  There is an internal fracture separating the lower petals from the upper petals and another fracture through two of the lower petals.  In addition there is considerable wear and scratches on the dome.  This antique paperweight is being offered for a bargain price.

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

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

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

Size:  2 11/16" diameter by 1 15/16" high.  The bottom is ground concave and finished with a Baccarat star cut base.
Condition: Poor condition.  This paperweight has an internal fracture separating the lower petals from the upper petals and another fracture through two of the lower petals.  In addition there is considerable wear and scratches on the dome. 
Signature:  Made by Baccarat in France.  Unsigned, but I guarantee that this is an antique Baccarat paperweight from the classic period 1845-1860. 

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SOLD.                                                                              Added 1/16/2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Perthshire Annual Collection 1978B Limited Edition Heather Paperweight
4772 Early 1981 Lundberg Studios Surface Decorated Iridescent Butterfly and Waves Paperweight.   dated 1981.  This paperweight by Lundberg Studios features a large white butterfly flying above the swirling waves.  The waves are a dazzling arrangement of blue, white, gold, and silver layers over an opaque white ground.  The waves are outlined in dark blue or black.  Signed and dated on the base "Lundberg Studios 1981 LS020517" and comes with its original embossed certificate identifying this as a "Paperweight . Iridescent Butterfly".  A wonderful composition. 

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

Size:   Just over 2 5/8" diameter by just under 2 3/8" high.  The base is ground flat. 
Signature: Signed and dated on the base "Lundberg Studios 1981 LS020517".  It comes with its original embossed certificate identifying this as a "Paperweight . Iridescent Butterfly".
Condition:  Very good condition.  I found a couple of tool marks and stray bits of color from the making but no other cracks, chips or scratches were found on inspection.

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SOLD.                                            Added 1/5/2021

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Early 1981 Lundberg Studios Surface Decorated Iridescent Butterfly and Waves Paperweight
4646 Magnum Victor Trabucco Pink Clematis Paperweight with Buds on Trellis.  dated 1983.  This Victor Trabucco paperweight consists of a large pink clematis with two buds and leaves and stems on a white trellis.  The clematis flower has five textured petals with dark bushy stamens in the center.  One bud is about to open.  There are ten veined leaves.  The design is set on a clear ground.  It is signed on the side near the base "Trabucco 1983".  There is also a "VT" signature cane on the underside of a leaf.  A beautiful paperweight. 

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

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

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

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

Modern Whitefriars paperweights are prized by collectors for their high quality glass and millefiori designs. The paperweights with mosaic canes are especially sought after.  The name Whitefriars Glass dates from sometime in the 1600s.  The original site had been occupied by a community of Carmelite monks known as White Friars, hence the name taken by the glass company.  Some sources state that at least a portion of the company operated under the name of James Powell and Sons from 1834 to 1962.  Other sources state that the Whitefriars name was used from 1680 to 1980.  Limited production of millefiori paperweights and other millefiori items started some time in the 1930s and first appeared in the 1938 catalog.  Millefiori items were made using English full lead crystal (33% lead oxide).  It is difficult to associate specific paperweights with this production.  After 1945, they made colored glass and bubble design paperweights until the modern millefiori production started about 1951.  Even then relatively few designs were produced until the 1970s.  In 1980, Whitefriars glass went out of business. After Whitefriars Glass was liquidated, Caithness Glass purchased the rights to the name and produced paperweights under the Whitefriars name for awhile. 

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

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

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Large Whitefriars Early Faceted Six Ring Concentric Millefiori Paperweight
2831 Perthshire 1987 PP47 Limited Edition Orange Latticinio Millefiori Paperweight with Picture Canes.  dated 1987.  This is small sized millefiori paperweight with two concentric rings of complex canes on an orange latticinio ground.  The inner ring consists of four picture canes (sailboat, horse and rider, camel, and crab).  It is signed and dated in the center of the design with a "P1987" signature cane.  It comes with its original (worn) box and (worn) certificate stating that it is number 188 out of a limited edition of 400 paperweights.  This is a really flashy paperweight with great color. 

Perthshire calls this a miniature, but it is 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 1987. 

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: 2 3/16" diameter by just under 1 9/16" high.  The base is ground concave. 
Signature:  This paperweight has a Perthshire complex "P1987" signature cane in the center of the design.  It comes with its original worn box and worn certificate stating that it is number 188 out of a limited edition of 400 paperweights.  It  does not have a Perthshire paper label. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches.  The box and certificate are worn. 

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SOLD.                            Added 1/2/2021 

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Perthshire 1987 PP47 Limited Edition Orange Latticinio Millefiori Paperweight with Picture Canes
5090 Antique Clichy Miniature Faceted Concentric Millefiori - Poor Condition.  circa 1845-1860.  This tiny antique Clichy concentric millefiori paperweight has a classic design with two concentric rings of complex millefiori around a central complex cane.  The design is placed over a clear ground.  There are 24 complex canes in all.  The outer ring consists of fifteen canes in pattern that alternates between pairs of green and white florets and larger purple pastry mold canes.  The inner ring consists of eight identical blue and red pastry mold canes each with a complex white center.  The center cane itself consists of a miniature two ring concentric design, with a green outer ring, a yellow inner ring, and a white edelweiss in the very center.  The canes are intricate and very colorful.  See the close-up picture for more detail.  This paperweight is faceted with a top facet and five side facets.  There is considerable wear and damage and this complex paperweight is being offered for a bargain price.

Note:  This tiny paperweight has many small nicks and scratches and at least two faint circular impact marks.  Please review the condition statement below.  It displays well in spite of the damage.

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

Miniature Size:  1 11/16" diameter by 1 1/4" high.  The base is ground slightly concave.  This paperweight is faceted with a top facet and  five side facets. 
Condition:  Poor condition with many small nicks and scratches, mostly on the sides.  There are also at least two faint circular impact marks.  Someone probably attempted an unprofessional restoration in the past, leaving facets that are more rectangular than round.  It displays well in spite of the damage.  Offered at a bargain price. 
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee this to be an authentic antique Clichy paperweight. 

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SOLD.                                          Added 1/1/2021 

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

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

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

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

Modern Whitefriars paperweights are prized by collectors for their high quality glass and millefiori designs. The paperweights with mosaic canes are especially sought after.  The name Whitefriars Glass dates from sometime in the 1600s.  The original site had been occupied by a community of Carmelite monks known as White Friars, hence the name taken by the glass company.  Some sources state that at least a portion of the company operated under the name of James Powell and Sons from 1834 to 1962.  Other sources state that the Whitefriars name was used from 1680 to 1980.  Limited production of millefiori paperweights and other millefiori items started some time in the 1930s and first appeared in the 1938 catalog.  Millefiori items were made using English full lead crystal (33% lead oxide).  It is difficult to associate specific paperweights with this production.  After 1945, they made colored glass and bubble design paperweights until the modern millefiori production started about 1951.  Even then relatively few designs were produced until the 1970s.  In 1980, Whitefriars glass went out of business. After Whitefriars Glass was liquidated, Caithness Glass purchased the rights to the name and produced paperweights under the Whitefriars name for awhile.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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$595 postage paid in the US.                                                          Added 12/27/2020

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

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

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

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

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Large Antique Clichy Spaced Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with 25 canes including a Green and Pink Rose
4842 Baccarat 1971 Gridel Series Magnum Millefiori Rooster Limited Edition Paperweight.  dated 1971.  This modern millefiori paperweight features a large central black Gridel rooster silhouette on a white background.  The rooster cane is set in the center of a concentric design with four rings of millefiori canes, including a ring of all 18 Gridel canes.  The design is set on a lace ground.  Baccarat's complex signature / date cane "B 1971" is in the third ring at 2 o'clock.  The rooster appears twice, once in the center and a smaller one facing left at 10 o'clock.  This design was released in 1971 in a limited edition of 1,200 pieces.  This is number 504 in that edition.  This paperweight is also signed on the base with two acid etched Baccarat marks along with the year (1971) and edition number (504).  A fantastic paperweight. 

In 1846 Baccarat introduced the popular Gridel figures in their closepack millefiori paperweights.  It was named after Emil Gridel, the nephew of Jean-Baptiste Toussaint the general manager of Baccarat.  Toussaint saw Gridel making paper cutouts of animals and saw an opportunity to incorporate these silhouettes in millefiori paperweights.   From 1971 to 1979 Baccarat issued a modern Gridel series of millefiori paperweights based on eighteen Gridel figures.  Each paperweight has a large Gridel figure in the center with smaller versions of the other figures included in the design.  There are variations in orientation and color as well as the types of canes in each design and it is possible to amass a very large collection covering just this series.

Very Large Size:  Just over 3 3/16" diameter by 2" high.    The base is ground flat.
Signature:  The paperweight is signed with Baccarat's complex signature cane "B 1971" in the design.  It also has two acid etched Baccarat marks on the base along with the year (1971) and edition number (504). 
Condition:   Excellent condition.  There is some minor wear on the base, but no other cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.   

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SOLD.                                                        Added 12/26/2020.

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Baccarat 1971 Gridel Series Millefiori Rooster Limited Edition Paperweight
2939 Vintage American "A MERRY XMAS & HAPPY NEW-YEAR" Frit Paperweight.  circa 1900-1960.  This frit paperweight features a holiday greeting in white frit with a Christmas bell.  The design is placed over a multi-colored ground of larger glass chips.  A great holiday paperweight to brighten your holiday table.   

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

Large Size:  3 1/16" diameter by 2 7/16" high.  The base is ground flat and finished with a matte finish. 
Signature :  Unsigned.
Condition :  Excellent condition.  No damage found on inspection.

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SOLD.                         Added 12/25/2020 

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

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

Pairpoint Glass has a long history extending back to its earliest origins with Mount Washington Glass in 1837.  Owners and locations changed a number of times and the name Pairpoint was first used in the 1890s.  The original Pairpoint companies were located in New Bedford, Massachusetts.  In 1938, it was reorganized as Gunderson Glass Works by owner Robert Gunderson and later renamed the Gunderson - Pairpoint Glass Works in 1952.  The name was acquired by Robert Bryden and the company moved briefly to East Wareham, MA in 1957 where it operated as the Pairpoint Glass Company.  They leased production facilities in Spain.  The old New Bedford factory burned down in 1965.  In its latest iteration, Robert Bryden moved Pairpoint to Sagamore, Massachusetts in 1969.  Attempts were made to resume glassmaking in New Bedford for five years (1977-1982), but this was not successful.  Bryden retired in September 1988.  Since then, the Pairpoint Glass Company has changed owners several times. It continues to operate at that location today. 

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

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

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

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Large Pairpoint Robbie Mason Pink Footed Crimp Rose Paperweight
4347 William Manson Phoenix Faceted Limited Edition FP5 Blue Flowers and Millefiori Garland Paperweight.   Dated 2002.  This paperweight has a bouquet of two blue flowers with yellow millefiori centers and leaves and stems surrounded by a garland of millefiori canes.  It is faceted with a large top facet and fourteen side facets.  The paperweight was issued in a limited edition of 50 paperweights of which this is number 31.  It is signed and numbered "PHOENIX 2002 31/50" on the base and also has a Phoenix "PP" signature cane near the stems of the bouquet.    Perfect condition with its original slightly worn Phoenix box.  A great addition to any collection of Scottish paperweights. 

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

Large Size: 2 7/8" diameter by just under 1 3/4" high. The base is ground concave.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed and numbered "PHOENIX 2002 31/50" on the base and also has a Phoenix "PP" signature cane near the stems of the bouquet.  This paperweight comes with its original slightly worn box. 

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SOLD.                         Added 12/23/2020   

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William Manson Phoenix Faceted Limited Edition FP5 Blue Flowers and Millefiori Garland Paperweight
5462 Unusual Red Icepick Flower Paperweight with "D" Plaque - Probably Degenhart.   circa 1950 - 1964.  This is an unusual icepick flower paperweight with five red icepick flowers and a white enamel plaque in the center with a fancy "D".  The plaque rests on a white frit ground.  The icepick flowers each have a small bubble in each one (although they are off-center).  The entire design is off-center as well.  The base is polished flat.  Although it is not a typical Degenhart paperweight in style, the construction and base convince me that this is probably a product of the Degenhart factory, Crystal Art Glass Company.

A more typical Degenhart paperweight would have a name plaque in the center with four icepick flowers (typically of two or more colors) in each corner of the plaque.  John Degenhart usually made the paperweight.  The name plate or plaque was decorated by Ray Bichard.

Note:  Icepick flowers are named after the icepick type tool is pushed down through the color to create a stem for the flower.  The process of making the flower also leaves a void to becomes an air bubble.

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.

Ray Bichard decorated the name plates, scenes, and other designs for the Degenhart Factory.  He also worked for Tom Mosser at Variety Glass, also in Cambridge. 

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.

Large Size:  2 7/8" diameter by 2 3/8" high.  The bottom is ground flat. 
Condition:  Very good condition.  One small (1/8") circular impact mark on the side.  Minor wear on the base.  No other damage found on inspection.
Signature: Unsigned except for the "D" plaque, but I believe this paperweight was made by John Degenhart.  

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SOLD.                           Added 12/21/2020

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Unusual Red Icepick Flower Paperweight with "D" Plaque - Probably Degenhart
4912 Early Joseph Morel Zellique Studio 1991 Paperweight with Angelfish, Anemones, and Other Sea life.  dated 1991.  This is an early Joseph Morel Zellique Studio lampwork design.  It has three angelfish swimming in a three dimensional aquatic scene of green seaweed and white anemones.  Or are they limpets?  The design includes a three dimensional blue and brown center ground that looks like deep blue water and a rocky ledge.  The ground has a hollow area in the center.  The seaweed vines wrap around to the bottom of this paperweight.  It is signed in script on the base "Zellique Studio JM 1991 SSMA196".  A wonderful paperweight from this accomplished artist.

Zellique Studio was founded in 1980 by Joseph Morel.  Morel began his career as a glass artist at California State University, Chico in 1971.  Graduating in 1973, he found employment at Orient and Flume Art Glass, another famed glass studio in Chico.  In 1980, Morel opened Zellique in Benicia, California near the glass studios of Nourot and Smyers.  In 2005 Morel closed his studio in Benicia so he could focus on teaching.  Since then he lives and teaches in Fresno, California, where he works as the glass instructor at California State University, Fresno. 

Large Size:  3" diameter by 2 15/16" high.  The bottom has been ground flat. 
Signature: It is signed in script on the bottom "Zellique Studio JM 1991 SSMA196".
Condition:  Very good condition.  Scratches on the base, but no other chips or cracks or scratches found on inspection. 

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SOLD.                                          Added 12/21/2020

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Early Joseph Morel Zellique Studio 1991 Paperweight with Angelfish, Anemones, and Other Sea life
4899 Perthshire PP23 Paperweight Creamer or Pitcher with Concentric Millefiori Design.  circa 1973 - 1975.  This paperweight pitcher has a concentric millefiori pattern over a translucent green ground.  There are six concentric rings of millefiori canes surrounding a single center cane.  The pattern is mirrored in the bowl of the pitcher, making it look like there is a second concentric pattern in the bowl (but there is not).  The pitcher is signed with a worn Perthshire paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND" on the base.  This is a very nice example.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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$545 postage paid in the US.                      Added 12/17/2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Antique Faceted Baccarat Type III Pansy Paperweight with Star Cut Base
4743 Unknown Maker Paperweight Style Perfume Bottle with Flower Stopper - Signed.  undated.  This paperweight style perfume bottle has a nice four petal flower in the stopper.  It is signed on the side next to the base but the signature is unclear - it is in two parts.  The first part is CBA or GBA or CBR or GBR.  The second part is not as clear, maybe GSS.  The tip of the stopper is finished with a slant.  An interesting item. 

Note:  The maker of this perfume bottle is unknown, but I believe it is by a contemporary American studio artist (1970s or later) based on the way it is signed and the construction.

Size:  2 7/8" diameter by 4" high with the stopper.  The stopper is 1 7/8" diameter by 2 1/8" long.  The base is ground flat with a frosted finish.  There are four marks on the base as shown in the pictures.
Signature:   Signed in two parts on the side next to the base.  The first part is CBA or GBA or CBR or GBR.  The second part is not as clear, maybe GSS.  The maker is unknown but I believe this was made by a contemporary American studio artist. 
Condition:  Good condition with a few faint scratches or scuffed areas.  There is some debris in the bowl of the bottle - I did not attempt to clean it.  It looks better in real life than in the pictures. 

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SOLD.                                                            Added 12/16/2020

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Unknown Maker Paperweight Style Perfume Bottle with Flower Stopper - Signed
3145 Rare Julie Scrutton Lewis Cloud Nine Open Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Parabelle Canes.  dated 1999A wonderful Clichy style concentric paperweight featuring two spaced rings of millefiori canes with alternating colors and designs around a center turquoise and white primrose cane.  The design is placed on an opaque blue ground.  There are 35 millefiori canes in all, 22 canes in the outer ring, 12 canes in the inner ring, plus the center cane. The paperweight is signed on the base "Julie Scrutton Lewis 1999 fourteen of fifteen".  A great paperweight. 

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

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

After the Scruttons retired in 1998, Gary gave his cane supply and glass color formulas to their daughter Julie Scrutton Lewis and he continued to mentor her as she made her own designs.  Julie Scrutton Lewis has continued the tradition of making a limited number of fine paperweights and also jewelry using Parabelle millefiori canes. 

Small Size :  2 5/16" diameter by 1 3/4" high.  The base is ground concave. 
Signature : Signed on the base "Julie Scrutton Lewis 1999 fourteen of fifteen". 
Condition :  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches.  Minor wear on the base.

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SOLD.                                    12/15/2020

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Rare Julie Scrutton Lewis Cloud Nine Open Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Parabelle Canes
3909 Early Large Orient & Flume 1980 Angelfish, Anemones, and Vines Paperweight.  dated 1980.  This is a wonderful example of an early Orient & Flume lampwork design with a large blue angelfish swimming in an aquatic scene of green and white anemones and vines.  The design is set over a blue and brown bubble ground that looks like deep blue water and a rocky ledge.  The vines wrap around to the bottom of this paperweight.  It is signed in script on the base "Orient & Flume CZ7M1980".  There is also a slightly worn paper label "Orient & Flume - Chico, Calif."  A wonderful paperweight.

Note:  Sometimes the Orient & Flume signature includes the name of the artist, but this example does not.  The CZ in the signature does not indicate a particular artist, but most likely is an inventory designation (shop, special order, etc.).  For comparison, I have had another paperweight signed "Orient & Flume B. Sillars CZ32M1982".  In that case, the signature indicated it was made by Bruce Sillars and was the 32nd paperweight made in May 1982.

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. 

Large Size:  3" diameter by just over 2 3/4" high.  The bottom has been ground flat. 
Signature: It is signed in script on the bottom "Orient & Flume CZ7M1980".  There is also a slightly worn paper label "Orient & Flume - Chico, Calif."
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips or cracks or scratches found on inspection. Minor wear on the base.

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Early Large Orient & Flume 1980 Angelfish, Anemones, and Vines Paperweight
4301 Perthshire PP79 1985 Limited Edition Patterned Millefiori Paperweight.  dated 1985.  This large millefiori paperweight has a complex design with with soft pastel colors.  It has a center complex millefiori cane surrounded by four complex canes and eight radial twists.  Each radial twist separates a cane group with a 1-2-3 pattern.  There is also an outer ring of canes that is segmented by four of the twists.  The design is set on a translucent red ground.  It is signed on the base with a complex "P1985" cane.  There is also a worn Perthshire paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND" on the base.  An early limited edition paperweight with an advanced / complicated design.  A wonderful addition to any collection of Perthshire paperweights. 

Perthshire made the limited edition PP79 only in 1985.  The edition size is not known.    

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

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

Large Size:  Just under 3" diameter by 2 1/8" high.  The bottom is ground concave.    
Signature:  Signed on the base with a complex "P 1985" Perthshire signature /date cane.  There is also a worn Perthshire paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND" on the base. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.  Minor wear on the base.  The paper label is worn.

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SOLD.                                                         Added 12/14/2020           

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Perthshire PP79 1985 Limited Edition Patterned Millefiori Paperweight
5048 Mike Hunter Twists Glass 2018 Closepack Millefiori Paperweight with Complex Canes, Roses, and Silhouettes.  dated 2018.  This wonderful paperweight is a close packed design with an amazing variety of complex millefiori canes and three silhouette canes.  The silhouette canes are a dog, rabbit and moth.  There are also at least seven rose canes (white, light blue, purple, lavender, gold, yellow, and red).  And two magnificent pansy canes, a star cane surrounded by heart canes, and a heart cane surrounded by star canes.  And many other wonderful canes.  In addition the design is set in a stave basket pulled to the bottom and has a translucent blue ground.  Mike Hunter's "MH" signature cane is near the edge of the design.  It is also signed on the base with  an engraved signature "M Hunter Twists 18" followed by "1 of 1" and has the Twists Glass clear plastic label.  An amazing paperweight.

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

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

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

Large Size:  Just under 2 13/16" diameter by just over 1 7/8" high. 
Signature:  It is signed on the base with an engraved signature "M Hunter Twists 18" followed by "1 of 1" and the Twists Glass clear plastic label.  Mike Hunter's "MH" signature cane appears near the edge of the design.  
Condition:  Excellent original condition with no cracks or chips or scratches. 

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SOLD.                                                             Added 12/14/2020    

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Mike Hunter Twists Glass 2018 Closepack Millefiori Paperweight with Complex Canes, Roses, and Silhouettes
2374
Spectacular Super Magnum Peter McDougall (PMcD) Special Checker Board on Lace Ground Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 2006-2007.  This paperweight features an extra large checker board arrangement of 96 millefiori canes plus four signature canes.  The checker board is created using 18 pink stringers.  The design is placed on a lace ground.  This paperweight was part of a special offering that Peter McDougall made at the end of 2006 or early 2007.   It is signed on each side of the checker board with a complex "PMcD" signature cane made from four separate letter canes and it also has a paper label on the base "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Handmade in Crieff Scotland."  A well executed design with great color.

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

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

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

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

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Spectacular Super Magnum Peter McDougall (PMcD) Special Checker Board on Lace Ground Millefiori Paperweight
5428 Rare 1974 Strathearn Faceted Upright Red Flower Paperweight with Original Box.  dated 1974.  This is a rare Strathearn faceted five petal upright red flower with three leaves and a stem.  There is a translucent red ground.  It is designated PSF62 in the catalog on Scotland's Glass and is part of the second series of upright flower.  It has a polished flat base.  The paperweight is faceted with a small top facet and eight side facets (four large and four smaller below).  There is a paper label "STRATHEARN HAND MADE IN SCOTLAND" and Strathearn's "S 74" signature cane on the base.  It comes with its original satin lined blue Strathearn Glass box.  A great addition to any collection of Scottish paperweights. 

The birth of Scottish paperweight making is credited to the glass making family of Salvador Ysart, who moved to Crieff, Scotland in 1922.  They worked first at John Moncrieff Ltd and made the earliest Scottish paperweights during that period.  In 1946 Salvadore and his sons Augustine and Vincent founded Ysart Brothers Glass and produced glass wares under the Vasart label.  Salvador Ysart died in 1955  The company name was later changed to Vasart Glass.  Strathearn Glass was formed in a reorganization of Vasart glass in 1963.  The new company was owned by Teachers Whiskey.  The company is no longer in existence.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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$295 postage paid in the US.                       11/29/2020

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Perthshire 1975 Limited Edition Christmas Rose Paperweight
5354 Bob Banford Desert Scene Paperweight with Striped Snake and Pink Upright Flower.  circa  1978-2006.  This paperweight has a red and yellow striped snake moving through a desert scene near a pink and yellow upright flower.  The ground has the appearance of a sandy desert.  It is signed near the flower with Bob Banford's red "B" signature cane.  A fantastic paperweight from this skilled artist.  

Note:  Please ignore the bright white spot left by my lighting.  Also, the ground is very reflective and some of the pictures look lighter than the actual ground color.

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

Large Size:  2 15/16" diameter by 2 1/4" high.  The bottom is ground concave.  
Signature:  Signed near the flower with Bob Banford's red "B" signature cane.  The B is on a white background with a blue surround.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection. 

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SOLD.                      Added 11/29/2020

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Bob Banford Desert Scene Paperweight with Striped Snake and Pink Upright Flower
4930 Vasart Paneled Millefiori Paperweight with Rare Pirelli Label.  circa 1946-1963.  This medium sized paperweight features a paneled millefiori pattern with five sections of 2+2 millefiori patterns each separated by double orange and white twists.  There is a central ring of six millefiori canes and then a center millefiori cane.  The canes are early Scottish millefiori canes on an opaque lime green ground.  It is signed with a partial Pirelli label.  The label makes this a nice addition to any collection of Scottish paperweights. 

The birth of Scottish paperweight making is credited to the glass making family of Salvador Ysart, who moved to Crieff, Scotland in 1922.  They worked first at John Moncrieff Ltd and made the earliest Scottish paperweights during that period.  In 1946 Salvadore and his sons Augustine and Vincent founded Ysart Brothers Glass and produced glass wares under the Vasart label.  Salvador Ysart died in 1955  The company name was later changed to Vasart Glass.  Strathearn Glass was formed in a reorganization of Vasart glass in 1963.  The new company was owned by Teachers Whiskey.  The company is no longer in existence.

Pirelli Glass was a London based company owned by
George Dunlop who offered some financial, marketing, and distribution support to Vasart.  They did not make paperweights, but obtained them from Vasart.  Pirelli made lampwork animals and also decorated glass from other makers.  Some Vasart products were shown Pirelli advertisements.  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.

Medium Size:  2 1/2” diameter by 1 3/4” high.  The base is fire polished and the pontil mark is ground down. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.  There are some striations and bubbles in the glass which show in the side view.
Signature:  This paperweight has a partial Pirelli label and I guarantee that it was made by Vasart.

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SOLD.                                                                           Added 11/28/2020

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Vasart Paneled Millefiori Paperweight with Rare Pirelli Label
2737 Spectacular Peter McDougall (PMcD) Special 2009 Midyear Collection Butterfly on Lace Paperweight.  dated 2009.  This paperweight features a lampwork butterfly with stretched millefiori wings surrounded by a garland of  identical complex millefiori canes.  The design is set on a lace ground.  It is signed on the base with Peter's complex signature and date cane "PMcD 09" and also has a paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Handmade in Crieff Scotland."  A well balanced design with great color.

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

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

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

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SOLD.                                            Added 11/28/2020

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Spectacular Peter McDougall (PMcD) Special 2009 Midyear Collection Butterfly on Lace Paperweight
1795 Peter McDougall (PMcD) 2003 Magnum Millefiori Ball Paperweight.  circa 2003.  This is a rare Magnum Peter McDougall closepack millefiori ball from 2003.  Although Peter called this a ball, it does have a base which is ground concave.  It is filled with a variety of millefiori canes of all sizes.  There are many wonderful complex canes in the design.  This was a special offering from Peter McDougall in 2003.  As far as I know, this never became a regular production item.  The paperweight is signed with a Peter McDougall signature cane - in this case it is a complex cane spelling out PMcD inside a cog cane.  An earlier edit stated it is unsigned, but a careful observer pointed out that it is signed.  A special paperweight for the collector seeking unique paperweights.

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

Very Large Size:  3  5/16" diameter by just under 2 3/4" high.  The base is ground concave.  It weighs just over 26 ounces.
Condition:  Outstanding original condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  The paperweight is signed with a Peter McDougall signature cane - in this case it is a complex cane spelling out PMcD inside a cog cane.  

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SOLD.                                                             Added 11/24/2020

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Peter McDougall (PMcD) 2003 Magnum Millefiori Ball Paperweight
5340 Rare Carolyn Smith Orange Double Poinsettia with Bud Paperweight.   circa 1968 -1975.  This wonderful Carolyn Smith paperweight features a rare orange double poinsettia with bud on a clear ground.  The flower has a five over five arrangement of ten petals with a small bud, five nicely formed leaves and a stem.  There is a three dimensional yellow center.  It is signed near the end of the stem with Carolyn Smith's "CS" signature cane with light green letters on a white background.  An advanced and desirable example of Carolyn Smith's art.  Carolyn Smith made only a small number of paperweights and many stayed in her family.  Carolyn Smith paperweights with clear grounds are very rare. 

Note:  There are two areas on the dome with faint scratches or scuffs.  These are hard to see and can be removed by a paperweight restoration, but I don't feel that is necessary.  The paperweight displays beautifully.  Also, please ignore the white areas in the pictures; they are caused by the light.

Carolyn Marie Smith and Hugh Edmund Smith were paperweight collectors in Millville, New Jersey who also made paperweights from 1967 to about 1978.  Both husband and wife made small paper weights often featuring a single flower and usually set on a jasper ground.  Initially Carolyn Smith used a single "C" signature cane, but switched to a "CS" cane in 1968.  Hugh used an HS cane.   Both sometimes scratch signed a signature on the base.  Hugh Smith also made some crimp roses.  Their total output was very small.  Their work was considered good enough to earn an entry in  Dunlop's Dictionary of Glass Paperweights.

Size:  Just under 2 3/8" diameter by 1 15/16" high.  The base is ground flat.
Condition:  Very good condition.  There are two areas on the dome with faint scratches or scuffs. No cracks or chips. 
Signature:  Signed with an CS cane at the base of the stem. 

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SOLD.                          Added 11/23/2020

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Rare Carolyn Smith Orange Double Poinsettia with Bud Paperweight
5294 Medium Colorful Strathearn Paneled Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1963-1968.  This attractive paperweight consists of a paneled millefiori pattern with eleven sections of 1orange +1 green +2 tiny blue millefiori patterns each separated by a white latticinio twist cane.  The blue canes are visible only from the side.  There is a central ring of eight millefiori canes and then a center millefiori cane.  The canes are early Scottish millefiori canes on a transparent brown ground.   This is a great example.   A nice addition to any collection of Scottish paperweights. 

The birth of Scottish paperweight making is credited to the glass making family of Salvador Ysart, who moved to Crieff, Scotland in 1922.  They worked first at John Moncrieff Ltd and made the earliest Scottish paperweights during that period.  In 1946 Salvadore and his sons Augustine and Vincent founded Ysart Brothers Glass and produced glass wares under the Vasart label.  Salvador Ysart died in 1955  The company name was later changed to Vasart Glass.  Strathearn Glass was formed in a reorganization of Vasart glass in 1963.  The new company was owned by Teachers Whiskey.  The company is no longer in existence.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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$595 postage paid in the US.                          Added 11/21/2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Antique Millville Style Magnum Rock of Ages Four Color Frit Paperweight
5289 Large Strathearn Paneled Millefiori Paperweight with Opaque Rust Red Ground.  circa 1963-1968.  This very attractive paperweight consists of a paneled millefiori pattern with twelve sections each with one small and one large millefiori cane and separated by a white latticinio twist cane.  In the center there is a concentric design with nineteen canes arranged in two rings and a single center millefiori cane.  The ground is an opaque rust red.  This is an especially nice example.  A great addition to any collection of Scottish paperweights. 

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

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

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Large Strathearn Paneled Millefiori Paperweight with Opaque Rust Red Ground
4028 Magnum Gene Crabtree Icepick Flower Paperweightcirca 1970s.  This paperweight has four brown icepick flowers over a yellow cushion ground.  There is a large bubble in the center and between the flowers and also a pattern of smaller bubbles surrounding the design.  The base is fire finished and is signed with a pontil stamp on the base “Gene Crabtree”.    This paperweight probably dates from the early 1970s.  A very large showy paperweight with great color.

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

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

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

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

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

Note:  This paperweight has been professionally restored to remove extensive scratching on the dome and an uneven base.   

The birth of Scottish paperweight making is credited to the glass making family of Salvador Ysart, who moved to Crieff, Scotland in 1922.  They worked first at John Moncrieff Ltd and made the earliest Scottish paperweights during that period.  Paul Ysart (1904-1991), originally Pablo Moreno Isart, was apprenticed to his father as a glass worker at Moncrieff in 1922.  In 1946 Salvadore and his sons Augustine and Vincent founded Ysart Brothers Glass and produced glass wares under the Vasart label.  Salvador Ysart died in 1955.  The company name was later changed to Vasart Glass.  Strathearn Glass was formed in a reorganization of Vasart glass in 1963.  The new company was owned by Teachers Whiskey.  The factory was taken over by Stuart Glass in 1980, and renamed Stuart Strathearn Ltd.  Production ceased in 1992.

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

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

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Early Ysart Brothers Paneled Millefiori Paperweight
1906 Peter McDougall (PMcD) Unique 2003 Faceted Closepack Mushroom / Piedouche Paperweight.  circa 2003.  This is a  rare, possibly unique, Peter McDougall closepack millefiori design with an outer stave basket of blue and pink canes pulled down to form a mushroom shape.  There are some wonderful complex canes in the pattern.  The style mimics the familiar Clichy mushroom setup with alternating colored stave canes.  It is signed in the design with a complex "PMcD" cane made from four separate letter canes.  This was a special offering from Peter McDougall in 2003.  He stated each example made would be different enough to be considered unique.  As far as I know, this never became a production item.  This paperweight is faceted with one large top facet and ten side facets (five large and five smaller).  A special paperweight for the collector seeking unique paperweights. 

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  1/16" diameter by 2 3/16" high.  The base is ground concave.  This paperweight is faceted with one large top facet and ten side facets (five large and five smaller).
Condition:  Outstanding original condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  It is signed in the design with a complex "PMcD" signature cane.   

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SOLD.                            Added 10/26/2020

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Peter McDougall (PMcD) Unique 2003 Faceted Closepack Mushroom / Piedouche Paperweight
5283 Antique Clichy Spaced Concentric Millefiori on Lace Paperweight with Rose.  circa 1845-1860.  This antique Clichy spaced concentric millefiori paperweight has a two concentric rings of complex millefiori around a central red pastry mold cane.  There is a wonderful large green and pink Clichy rose in the inner ring.  There are 19 canes in all, all placed on an upset muslin or lace ground.  The canes are intricate and very colorful.  See the close-up picture for more detail.  A especially nice antique Clichy paperweight. 

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

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

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

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Antique Clichy Spaced Concentric Millefiori on Lace Paperweight with Rose
4567 Large Whitefriars Early Faceted Concentric Millefiori Paperweight - with damage.  undated circa 1955 to 1965.  This paperweight has five concentric rings of canes (yellow, dark blue, green, white, and red) around a larger center cane with a cross center.  Each color has a different shape center, including hearts.  The big yellow canes with star centers and the white canes with blue heart centers are especially nice.  The ground is clear crystal.  Typical heavy Whitefriars lead crystal.  The paperweight is faceted with a large top facet and five large side facets.  It has an early paper label used from the mid 1950s until the mid 1960s.  This is a very nice early addition to any collection of  millefiori paperweights. 

Note:  There is noticeable damage to one facet and less obvious damage elsewhere as shown in the pictures.  I have chosen to offer this at a bargain price rather than have it restored.  

Modern Whitefriars paperweights are prized by collectors for their high quality glass and millefiori designs. The paperweights with mosaic canes are especially sought after.  The name Whitefriars Glass dates from sometime in the 1600s.  The original site had been occupied by a community of Carmelite monks known as White Friars, hence the name taken by the glass company.  Some sources state that at least a portion of the company operated under the name of James Powell and Sons from 1834 to 1962.  Other sources state that the Whitefriars name was used from 1680 to 1980.  Limited production of millefiori paperweights and other millefiori items started some time in the 1930s and first appeared in the 1938 catalog.  Millefiori items were made using English full lead crystal (33% lead oxide).  It is difficult to associate specific paperweights with this production.  After 1945, they made colored glass and bubble design paperweights until the modern millefiori production started about 1951.  Even then relatively few designs were produced until the 1970s.  In 1980, Whitefriars glass went out of business. After Whitefriars Glass was liquidated, Caithness Glass purchased the rights to the name and produced paperweights under the Whitefriars name for awhile. 

Large Size:  Just over 3" diameter by 1 5/8" high.  The base is ground concave.  Faceted with a total of one large top facet and five large side facets.
Condition:  Fair condition.  There is one large chip and a tiny nick on the same facet.  Another nick more noticeable elsewhere - shown in the pictures.  I didn't find any other chips, cracks or scratches.  There are some small bubbles in the glass.
Signature:  Signed with an early Whitefriars paper label.   

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SOLD.                                           Added 10/25/2020

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Large Whitefriars Early Faceted Concentric Millefiori Paperweight - with damage
3664 Antique St. Louis Single Millefiori Paperweight with Red and White Jasper Ground.   circa 1845-1860.  This is an unusual antique St. Louis paperweight with a single large complex millefiori cane placed in the center of a red and white jasper ground.  The millefiori cane is constructed with two rings of millefiori canes around a center cane.  In this example, the central cane is slightly off center.  I believe this design is only found in St. Louis paperweights.  A colorful example that you will keep on your desk and use as - a paperweight.

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. 

Medium Size:  2 7/16" diameter by 1 9/16" high. The bottom is ground concave.
Signature: Unsigned, but I guarantee this is an antique paperweight from the Saint-Louis factory in France.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks or scratches found on inspection.  The large center millefiori cane is slightly off center.  The paperweight has been restored in the past. 

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SOLD.                                            Added 10/24/2020  

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Antique St. Louis Single Millefiori Paperweight with Red and White Jasper Ground
4661 Early 1978 Large Caithness Purple Myriad Abstract Paperweight.  circa 1978.  This early Caithness paperweight features an abstract design with a swirling tornado-like vortex rising from a bed of multi-colored glass bits.  The transparent purple ground has a ring of controlled bubbles placed just above the base.  There are larger bubbles deliberately placed above the vortex.  The paperweight is signed with an acid etch on the base "Caithness MYRIAD Scotland".  Great color. 

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

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

Large Size:  3 1/8" diameter by just over 2 11/16" high.  The base is ground flat. 
Condition:  Very good condition.  There are some scratches on the base and also some tiny nicks at the edge of the base.  No other chips or cracks or scratches found on inspection. 
Signature:  It is signed with an acid etch on the base "Caithness MYRIAD Scotland". 

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SOLD.                                         Added 10/23/2020   

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Early 1978 Large Caithness Purple Myriad Abstract Paperweight
5405 Large Whitefriars 1974 Faceted Closepack Millefiori Paperweight.  dated 1974.  Wonderful design with many elaborate complex millefiori canes tightly packed into rich mosaic of canes.  There is a black button ground underneath the design.  Faceted with one top facet and a total of 30 side facets in three rows (12 small + six large + 12 small side facets).  There is a Whitefriars signature cane with a white monk and the year 1974.  It comes with its original round Whitefriars box.  One of my favorite Whitefriars designs.  A great addition to any collection of millefiori paperweights.

Modern Whitefriars paperweights are prized by collectors for their high quality glass and millefiori designs. The paperweights with mosaic canes are especially sought after.  The name Whitefriars Glass dates from sometime in the 1600s.  The original site had been occupied by a community of Carmelite monks known as White Friars, hence the name taken by the glass company.  Some sources state that at least a portion of the company operated under the name of James Powell and Sons from 1834 to 1962.  Other sources state that the Whitefriars name was used from 1680 to 1980.  Limited production of millefiori paperweights and other millefiori items started some time in the 1930s and first appeared in the 1938 catalog.  Millefiori items were made using English full lead crystal (33% lead oxide).  It is difficult to associate specific paperweights with this production.  After 1945, they made colored glass and bubble design paperweights until the modern millefiori production started about 1951.  Even then relatively few designs were produced until the 1970s.  In 1980, Whitefriars glass went out of business. After Whitefriars Glass was liquidated, Caithness Glass purchased the rights to the name and produced paperweights under the Whitefriars name for awhile. 

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

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

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Large Whitefriars 1974 Faceted Closepack Millefiori Paperweight
4551 Max Erlacher 1970 "The Bird and the Nest" Limited Edition Engraved Paperweight.  dated 1970.  Max Erlacher made a series of engraved paperweights starting in the late 1960s.  This one, "The Bird and the Nest" is probably the most popular of this limited edition series.  Engraved out of clear crystal with a copper wheel, The Bird and the Nest paperweight features a detailed engraving of a bird perched on the edge of a nest containing three eggs.  The nest is in the crook of a tree branch with many leaves.  The engraving is on the flat back of the disk shaped piece of crystal which if rounded on the top.  It is signed below the engraving "MRE '70  NO. 22", indicating it is edition #22 of a limited edition of 100.

Note:  An identical paperweight sold recently for $780 in the LH Selman Summer 2020 Auction (see lot 189).  My price is considerably lower. 

Notes:  This is a clear paperweight and was photographed with a dark background to show the finely engraved details.  Also, please ignore the white areas which are glare from my lights.

Max Roland Erlacher (1933-) is a master glass engraver with more than 40 years of experience with copper, stone, diamond engraving, and cold working techniques.  Born in Austria, he originally wanted to be a sculptor, but could not find a teacher who was accepting new apprentices.  Instead he entered the Glasfachschule in Kramsach, Austria to study with the master-engraver Hermann Schiller.  After a three year journeyman’s course, he joined Lobmeyr in Austria where he received his Master Engraver Certification.  In 1957, he moved to Corning, NY to work for Steuben Glass.  Today Erlacher is an instructor at The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass.  Since 1974, he has also had his own studio Erlacher Glass in Corning and his wife Kitty has a shop on Market Street in Corning featuring vintage Steuben.  He has collaborated with other glass artists, including a long collaboration with Debbie Tarsitano starting in 1976 and collaborations with glass artists Erik Hilton and Kiki Smith.  Max Erlacher's work can be found in many museum and private collections.

Large Size:  3 7/16" diameter by 1 1/4: high.  The paperweight is disk shaped with a flat bottom and a curvature to the top.  The engraving is on the base / bottom.  
Signature:   Signed on the bottom with an engraved "MRE '70 NO. 22" indicating it was made by Max Roland Erlacher in 1970 and is edition number 22 out of a limited edition of 100 of this design.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.

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SOLD.                                                          Added 10/21/2020

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Max Erlacher 1970 "The Bird and the Nest" Limited Edition Engraved Paperweight
5122 Large Antique St. Louis Millefiori Scramble Paperweight with Arrow Canes.   circa 1845-1860.  This is a fantastic large St. Louis scrambled millefiori paperweight.  It is just packed with a variety of millefiori canes and twists, including several canes with a St. Louis arrow or a six pointed star in the center.  There is also a cane with a ring of arrow canes.  And more.  A colorful large weight with a great variety of complex canes to examine. 

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

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

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

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

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$495 postage paid in the US.                                            Added 10/18/2020  

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Large Antique St. Louis Millefiori Scramble Paperweight with Arrow Canes
5389 Caithness Period Whitefriars 1987 Sherlock Holmes Centenary Millefiori Paperweight with Calabash Pipe.  dated 1987.  This paperweight has four concentric rings of millefiori canes around central image of a curved pipe with smoke curling upwards.  The design is placed on a translucent blue ground.  It is signed and dated on the bottom with the Whitefriars signature cane featuring a white friar silhouette and the date 1987.  The paperweight is faceted with one large top facet and six smaller side facets.  It was issued by Caithness Glass under the Whitefriars label in 1987 to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the publication of the first Sherlock Holmes story “A Study in Scarlet" in Beeton’s Christmas Annual in 1887.  A wonderful paperweight that every Whitefriars or Holmes fan should covet.

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

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

Modern Whitefriars paperweights are prized by collectors for their high quality glass and millefiori designs. The paperweights with mosaic canes are especially sought after.  The name Whitefriars Glass dates from sometime in the 1600s.  The original site had been occupied by a community of Carmelite monks known as White Friars, hence the name taken by the glass company.  Some sources state that at least a portion of the company operated under the name of James Powell and Sons from 1834 to 1962.  Other sources state that the Whitefriars name was used from 1680 to 1980.  Limited production of millefiori paperweights and other millefiori items started some time in the 1930s and first appeared in the 1938 catalog.  Millefiori items were made using English full lead crystal (33% lead oxide).  It is difficult to associate specific paperweights with this production.  After 1945, they made colored glass and bubble design paperweights until the modern millefiori production started about 1951.  Even then relatively few designs were produced until the 1970s.  In 1980, Whitefriars glass went out of business. After Whitefriars Glass was liquidated, Caithness Glass purchased the rights to the name and produced paperweights under the Whitefriars name for awhile.

Large Size:  Just under 3" diameter by 2 1/4" high.  The base is ground flat.  Faceted with one large top facet and six smaller side facets.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips or cracks.  The base has minor wear.  The signature cane is cracked.
Signature:  Signed in cane with a Whitefriars 1987 cane on the base.  The signature cane is cracked.

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SOLD.                                10/16/2020

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Caithness Period Whitefriars 1987 Sherlock Holmes Centenary Millefiori Paperweight with Calabash Pipe
5065 Peter McDougall (PMcD) Edition of One Paneled Complex Millefiori on Clear Ground Paperweight.  circa 2002-2012.  This is a  wonderful paneled millefiori paperweight consisting of all complex millefiori canes placed on a clear ground.  It is a unique paperweight made in an edition of one and marked "1/1".  The paperweight has a central red and white complex millefiori cane surrounded by a ring nine blue complex canes, then nine panels each containing a 1-1-2 pattern of canes.  The panels are separated by nine white twist canes.  It is signed on the base with a complex "PMcD" cane made from four separate letter canes.  It is also engraved "PMcD 1/1" just above the upside down signature cane.  A special paperweight for the collector seeking unique paperweights. 

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

Medium Size:  2  9/16" diameter by just over 1 3/4" high.  The base is ground concave.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  It is signed on the base with a complex "PMcD" signature cane.  It is also engraved "PMcD 1/1" just above the signature cane.  The engraved signature was added with the signature cane upside down.   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Charles Kaziun Jr. Miniature Blue and White Convolvus (Morning Glory) with Bud and Bee on Dark Red Ground
3175 Peter McDougall Karen Maxwell Limited Edition 2011 Christmas Paperweight.   Attractive limited edition Christmas paperweight featuring a three dimensional bouquet of a Poinsettia, Christmas Rose, and Holly with stems, berries, and leaves.  The bouquet was made by Karen Maxwell and is set on a clear ground  with a dramatic star cut base.  The paperweight is faceted with a top facet and six side facets.  It is signed near the tip of the stem 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" and comes with its original laminated certificate stating that it is Number 16 out of a limited edition of 40 paperweights.  The paperweight is also engraved 16/40 on the side near the base.  A special paperweight for the holiday season.

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  5/16" diameter by just over 1 13/16" high.  The base is ground concave and finished with a dramatic star cut base.
Condition:  Outstanding original condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed with a complex "PMcD" cane near the tip of the stem.  The signature cane is tiny and hard to see.  It is barely visible in the closeup view.  It also has a paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Hand Made in Crieff Scotland" and comes with its original laminated certificate stating that it is Number 16 out of a limited edition of 40 paperweights.  The paperweight is also marked 16/40 on the side near the base. 

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SOLD.                            Added 10/14/2020

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Peter McDougall Karen Maxwell Limited Edition 2011 Christmas Paperweight
5292 Large Strathearn Paneled Millefiori Paperweight with Transparent Green Ground.  circa 1963-1968.  This very attractive paperweight consists of a paneled millefiori pattern with ten sections each with one small and one large millefiori cane and separated by a white latticinio twist cane.  There is a central ring of eight millefiori canes and then a center millefiori cane.  There are a two stray small bubbles over the center cane.  The canes are early Scottish millefiori canes on a transparent green ground.   This is a very nice example.  A great addition to any collection of Scottish paperweights. 

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

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

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

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Large Strathearn Paneled Millefiori Paperweight with Transparent Green Ground
5370 Huge Murano Scramble Millefiori Paperweight with Clear Ground.  circa 1970.  This paperweight is a good example of an extra large Murano millefiori scramble paperweight.  It is filled with extra large millefiori canes and twists.  The design is placed over a clear ground.  The paperweight is in excellent condition.  A colorful addition to any collection of millefiori paperweights.

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

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

Very Large Size:   About 4 3/16" diameter by 3 7/8" high.  It weighs three pounds ten ounces (over four pounds when packaged).  The base is ground flat with a concave area in the center.
Condition:   Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.  
Signature:  This paperweight is unsigned but I believe it was made by the firm of Fratelli Toso.  I guarantee that this paperweight was made on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy. 

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SOLD.                                         Added 10/13/2020 

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

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

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

Medium Size:  Just over 2 1/2" diameter by 1 1/4" high.  The base is ground concave.
Condition:  Outstanding condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed with a special "WDC 2011" complex cane in the design and it also has a paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Hand Made in Crieff Scotland." 

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$195 postage paid in the US.                          Added 10/13/2020 

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Special Peter McDougall Medium Ribbed Millefiori Paperweight Made For 2011 PCA Convention
5427 Early Large Orient & Flume 1977 Glossy Forget Me Nots and Vines Paperweight.  dated 1977.  This is a wonderful example of an early Orient & Flume surface decorated design with five blue forget-me-not flowers and vines.  The lower part of the design is filled with a Tiffany style pulled feather pattern.  The ground is white and there is a clear layer between the white ground and the decorated surface, giving it added depth.  The vines wrap around to the bottom of this paperweight.  It is signed in script on the base "Orient & Flume 22 July 1977".  There is also a slightly worn paper label "Orient & Flume - Chico, Calif."  It comes with its original box and certificate.  The certificate is a bit unusual in that it is a twelve part document telling about the making of the paperweight.  The certificate also says it was distributed through N.S. Gustin Co.  A wonderful paperweight with some unusual documentation. 

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. 

Large Size:  Just under 3" diameter by 2 1/2" high.  The bottom has been ground flat. 
Signature: It is signed in script on the bottom "Orient & Flume 22 July 1977".  There is also a slightly worn paper label "Orient & Flume - Chico, Calif."  It comes with its original box and certificate. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips or cracks or scratches found on inspection. There are small bubbles in the white ground, but this is not damage.

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SOLD.                               Added 10/12/2020 

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Early Large Orient & Flume 1977 Glossy Forget Me Nots and Vines Paperweight
5406 Unusual Murano Scramble Millefiori Paperweight with Turquoise Ground.  circa 1970.  This Murano scramble millefiori paperweight has an unusual opaque turquoise ground.  It is filled with large millefiori canes and twists.  The paperweight is in excellent condition.  A colorful addition to any collection of millefiori paperweights.

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

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

Large Size:   Just under 3" diameter by just over 2 5/8" high.  The base is ground flat. 
Condition:   Excellent condition.  There is a tiny bit of roughness at the edge of the base.  No no other chips, scratches or cracks found on inspection.
Signature:  This paperweight is unsigned but I believe it was made by the firm of Fratelli Toso.  I guarantee that this paperweight was made on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy. 

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SOLD.                                         Added 10/11/2020 

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

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

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

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

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Antique Clichy Miniature Faceted Concentric Millefiori on Lace Paperweight with Rose
5335 Perthshire PP64 1983 Limited Edition Patterned Millefiori Paperweight.  dated 1983.  This medium sized paperweight has a complex design with brilliant colors.  It has a large complex millefiori center surrounded by two rings of complex canes, then a spaced ring of complex canes, and an outer ring of closely packed complex canes.  The design is set on a translucent purple ground.  It is signed on the base with a complex "P1983" cane.  An early limited edition paperweight with an advanced / complicated design and brilliant colors.  A wonderful addition to any collection of Perthshire paperweights. 

Perthshire made the limited edition PP64 only in 1983.  The edition size is not known.    

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

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

Medium Size:  2 9/16" diameter by just over 1 7/8" high.  The bottom is ground concave.    
Signature:  Signed on the base with a complex "P 1983" Perthshire signature /date cane.  This paperweight does not have its original paper label. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches.  Minor wear on the base.

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SOLD.                                               Added 10/10/2020

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Perthshire PP64 1983 Limited Edition Patterned Millefiori Paperweight
3668 Antique Bohemian Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Complex Canes.   circa 1850-1900.  This is an antique Bohemian millefiori paperweight with some interesting complex millefiori canes.  The paperweight has three concentric circles of canes around a complex center star cane.  The design consists almost entirely of complex canes, with the exception of the red and white canes in the second ring.  In all a complex design built from a variety of canes with many star canes.  The design is well executed and it is in perfect condition.  The glass is slightly grey.  This paperweight has been professionally restored.       

Bohemian Glass generally refers to the glass made in the regions that form the border area between the Czech Republic, Poland, and Germany.  Most of these areas are now parts of the western Czech Republic.   

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

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

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Antique Bohemian Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Complex Canes
4855 Baccarat 1979 Gridel Series Millefiori Pigeon Limited Edition Paperweight.  dated 1979.  This modern millefiori paperweight features a large central white Gridel pigeon silhouette on a black background.  The pigeon cane is set in the center of a concentric design with five rings of millefiori canes.  The rings are white, yellow, a ring of  all 18 Gridel canes, another yellow ring, and a blue ring.  The design is set on a translucent blue ground.  Baccarat's complex signature / date cane "B 1979" is in the outer blue ring at 10 o'clock.  The pigeon appears twice, once in the center and a smaller one facing right at 2 o'clock.  This design was released in 1979 in a limited edition of 350 pieces.  This is number 3 in that edition.  This paperweight is also signed on the base with one acid etched Baccarat mark along with the year (1979) and edition number (3).  A fantastic paperweight. 

Note on condition:  This paperweight has a 1/4" scratch at the 9 o'clock position.  It is barely visible in the pictures at the edge of the design.  Otherwise the paperweight displays perfectly.  Offered at a reduced price.

In 1846 Baccarat introduced the popular Gridel figures in their closepack millefiori paperweights.  It was named after Emil Gridel, the nephew of Jean-Baptiste Toussaint the general manager of Baccarat.  Toussaint saw Gridel making paper cutouts of animals and saw an opportunity to incorporate these silhouettes in millefiori paperweights.   From 1971 to 1979 Baccarat issued a modern Gridel series of millefiori paperweights based on eighteen Gridel figures.  Each paperweight has a large Gridel figure in the center with smaller versions of the other figures included in the design.  There are variations in orientation and color as well as the types of canes in each design and it is possible to amass a very large collection covering just this series.

Large Size:  Just over 3" diameter by just under 2 1/4" high.    The base is ground flat.
Signature:  The paperweight is signed with Baccarat's complex signature cane "B 1979" in the design.  It also has one acid etched Baccarat mark on the base along with the year (1979) and edition number (3). 
Condition:   Very good condition.  This paperweight has a 1/4" scratch at the 9 o'clock position.  It is barely visible in the pictures at the edge of the design.  Otherwise the paperweight displays perfectly.  No other chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection. 

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SOLD.                                                        Added 9/2/2020.          

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Baccarat 1979 Gridel Series Millefiori Pigeon Limited Edition Paperweight
4020 Supermagnum 2007 Translucent Pink Seaform Paperweight with Sea Anemone Murrini - Probably by Robert Eickholt.  dated 2007.  This huge upright semi-transparent pink paperweight has six round sea anemone-like roundels or murrini set shallowly into the surface.  There are tentacles or vines completing the structure.  The shape is non-traditional and is high and wide, but not as deep.  I believe this probably is a late career experimental work by Robert Eickholt.  It has a minimalist signature on the base that looks like an abbreviated "E 2007".  An awesome paperweight.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Small Size:  Just over 2 1/8" diameter by 1 3/16" high. 
Condition:  Outstanding condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed with a special "WDC 2011" complex cane in the design and it also has a paper label "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Hand Made in Crieff Scotland." 

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$145 postage paid in the US.                          Added 8/29/2020 

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Special Peter McDougall Small Daisy Millefiori Paperweight Made For 2011 PCA Convention
5287 Murano Miniature Carpet Ground Millefiori Paperweight.  Circa 1980-2000.  This miniature Murano millefiori paperweight has a tightly packed arrangement of tiny millefiori canes.  There are three cane types in the design.  Most noticeable is the concentric arrangement of white and green florets with a red surround.  These are woven into a carpet consisting of black and white canes with a red surround and amber and white canes with a green surround.  The overall color scheme ends up being a dark red and green.  A nice example of this style of paperweight. 

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

Very small size:  2" diameter by just under 1 3/8" high.  The bottom is ground flat. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.
Signature :  Unsigned, by I guarantee that this is a vintage paperweight from the Island of Murano in Venice, Italy. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

John D. Murphy, born in 1938, worked at Fostoria Glass in Moundsville, West Virginia.  He invented his own techniques for making paperweights and also conferred with other glassworkers, particularly John Gentile.  Because paperweights were an off hours activity, his output was extremely limited.  He is included in Jean Melvin's book American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers (revised 1970).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Small Glass Eye Studio 2003 Colorful Iridescent Egg Shaped Abstract Paperweight
4018 James Hart Floral Bouquet of Yellow Roses and Pink Buds Paperweight.  dated 2008.  This paperweight features a floral arrangement with two yellow roses, five pink buds, leaves and stems set on a lace ground.  The paperweight is signed on the base with Hart's complex "JH 08" signature cane.  The signature cane also has two stars and a heart.  A fantastic example of James Hart's work. 

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

Medium Size:  2 3/8" diameter by 1 5/8" high.  The bottom is concave.  Unlike his earlier works, this paperweight is encased with a clear layer below the ground. 
Signature:  Signed on the base with Hart's complex "JH 08" signature cane.  The signature cane also has two stars and a heart.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no damage found on inspection. 

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James Hart Floral Bouquet of Yellow Roses and Pink Buds Paperweight
4844 Baccarat 1973 Gridel Series Millefiori Elephant Limited Edition Paperweight.  dated 1973.  This modern millefiori paperweight features a large central black Gridel elephant silhouette on a white background with a dark blue surround.  The elephant cane is set on a carpet ground of red and white canes and is surrounded by two rings of smaller Gridel millefiori.  The inner ring is a circular garland of six Gridel canes.  The outer ring is an undulating garland of eleven Gridel canes and a Baccarat's complex signature / date cane "B 1973".  In all, there are eighteen Gridel canes (the large elephant and seventeen smaller canes).  This design was released in 1973 in a limited edition of 350 pieces.  This is number 43 in that edition.  This paperweight is also signed on the base with two acid etched Baccarat marks along with the year (1973) and edition number (43).  A fantastic paperweight. 

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

In 1846 Baccarat introduced the popular Gridel figures in their closepack millefiori paperweights.  It was named after Emil Gridel, the nephew of Jean-Baptiste Toussaint the general manager of Baccarat.  Toussaint saw Gridel making paper cutouts of animals and saw an opportunity to incorporate these silhouettes in millefiori paperweights.   From 1971 to 1979 Baccarat issued a modern Gridel series of millefiori paperweights based on eighteen Gridel figures.  Each paperweight has a large Gridel figure in the center with smaller versions of the other figures included in the design.  There are variations in orientation and color as well as the types of canes in each design and it is possible to amass a very large collection covering just this series.

Very Large Size:  3 3/16" diameter by just over 2 1/2" high.    The base is ground flat.
Signature:  The paperweight is signed with Baccarat's complex signature cane "B 1973" in the design.  It also has two acid etched Baccarat marks on the base along with the year (1973) and edition number (43). 
Condition:   Excellent condition.  There are some scratches on the base, but no other chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection. 

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SOLD.                                                          Added 8/9/2020.          

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Baccarat 1973 Gridel Series Millefiori Elephant Limited Edition Paperweight
4010 Large David Salazar / Zephyr Studios Iridescent Gold Swirl Paperweight.  dated 1983.  This unique swirl design is associated with David Salazar and Zephyr Art Glass.  The iridescent gold glass is opaque.  The underlying glass is clear.  It is signed on the base "Zephyr 83".  It is a fun paperweight with great color. 

Although David Salazar was working at Zephyr in 1983, it is impossible to be certain that he made this paperweight.  He did make paperweights of this design and signed them with his own name. 

 Zephyr Studios was a small group studio that existed for only a few years in the late 1970s and early 1980s.  It was located in Santa Cruz, California.

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

Large Size:  3 1/8" diameter by 2" high.   The bottom ground flat 
Signature: Signed on the base "Zephyr 83". 
Condition:  Excellent Condition.  No chips or cracks or scratches found on inspection.

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Large David Salazar / Zephyr Studios Iridescent Gold Swirl Paperweight
4008 Caithness Pixie 1991 Abstract Paperweight.  circa 1991.  This is a modern looking design with a four part swirling cloud over an opaque white ground.  Each of the four sections has a large tear shaped bubble.  The paperweight is signed on the base with an acid etched signature "Caithness PIXIE Scotland".  Great color.

This design is listed and designated CT-860 on page 130 of the Charlton Standard Catalog of Caithness Paperweights.  It was designed in 1991 by Alastair MacIntosh.  According to the Charlton Catalog it was called a miniature, although this is clearly larger at 2 1/4" diameter.  The series was issued in blue, pink, and white.  I am assuming the color refers to the ground color as this example has a white ground topped by a purple design.  The original issue price was $49.50.

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

Small Size:  Just under 3 1/4" diameter by just over 2" high.  The base is ground flat. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection. 
Signature:  It is signed on the base with an acid etched signature "Caithness PIXIE Scotland".

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Caithness Pixie 1991 Abstract Paperweight
4006 Antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) Millefiori Scramble Paperweight - Poor quality glass.  circa 1860.  This is an antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) scramble or end of day paperweight with a great assortment of colorful complex canes and twists.  Unfortunately the glass is full of striations (sugaring) and it is difficult to see the detail from the top.  It is better viewed from the edges of the glass or from the back.  There are star canes, heart canes, some interesting cog canes, latticinio twists and much more.  The surface has scratches but it is the clarity of the glass that is the real problem.  Restoration may help a little, but I doubt that it is worth restoring.  Still, it is an interesting antique NEGC paperweight and I am offering it 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. 

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

Size:  Just over 2 11/16” diameter by just over 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:  Good condition with some nicks and scratches.  No cracks or large chips.  There is appropriate age wear on the base.  The clarity of the glass is poor with many striations.

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

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

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

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

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$295 postage paid in the US.                               Added 8/6/2020

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Charles Kaziun Jr. Miniature Tilted Pedestal Spider Lily Paperweight with Aventurine Ground
4007 Murano Trumpet Flower Paperweight with Label.  Circa 1970.  Murano trumpet or icepick flower paperweight with seven flowers and a center bubble cushion ground.  The flowers are arranged in two circles of three around a center flower.  Each flower is made from a red, white, and blue millefiori slice that has been pushed down to the bubble cushion ground.  There is a planned bubble in the center of each flower.  This paperweight has its original red and silver foil label identifying it as "MADE IN MURANO ITALY".  A very nice example of this style of paperweight. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Kosta Boda Bertil Vallien Galaxy Blue Artist Collection Abstract Paperweight
2049 Magnum Victory Paperweight with Red, White, and Blue Ribbon Crimp Paperweight.  circa 1945.  This paperweight features a frit design with large white V (for Victory) surrounded thirteen white five pointed stars.  The frit design is placed over a red, white, and blue ribbon crimp ground.  The ground has eight pleats or crimps with a carefully placed bubble between each.  In this case, it is easy to imagine the ground representing an American flag waving in the wind.  Although the crimp ground is similar to that used by the St. Clair family, other glass workers also used an eight pleat crimp, so I can't say definitively who the maker is.  Very patriotic.

Frit refers to the powdered glass used to make the upper part of the design.  The design is set up in a metal die and then picked up with a gather of a ground of clear or colored glass.

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

Very Large Size:  Just under 3 1/4" diameter by 2 13/16" high.  The bottom is ground flat with a matte finish.
Condition:  Very good condition.  There are some light scratches and minor abrasions on the surface.  No chips or cracks.
Signature:  Unsigned.  Although I suspect one of the St. Clair family made this paperweight, I don't know the maker for sure. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chinese Paperweights were made in the late 1920s and throughout the 1930s as an attempt to duplicate 19th Century antique weights made in the United States and France.  Because they are almost 100 years old, they are very collectible and every collector should own a few of these as study pieces.  The history of the early Chinese paperweights is mostly anecdotal as no written records have been discovered.  The story is that an American dealer sent examples of paperweights made by the New England Glass Company (NEGC), Boston & Sandwich Glass Company (B&S), Millville makers, and French factories to a Chinese factory and requested copies be made.  The results are interesting and sometimes confused with the originals by inexperienced collectors.  The earliest pictures of these paperweights appeared in the book American Glass Paperweights by Francis Edgar Smith published in 1939.  Smith was aware that at least one of the paperweights shown in his book was Chinese.  Since Smith was not an expert collector, this indicates that there was some general knowledge that these were Chinese prior to 1939.  In the United States, the Tariff Act of 1930 required that every imported item must be conspicuously and indelibly marked in English with its country of origin.  As a result, many of these Chinese paperweights are scratch signed on the bottom "CHINA".  Many are also not signed, suggesting that either they were imported prior to 1930 or the importer ignored the requirement.  Most likely the earliest Chinese paperweights were made prior to 1930.

The Chinese makers often combined design features found in paperweights from different makers.  For example they copied the latticinio grounds used by New England Glass Company and used them with copies of Baccarat Pansy weights.  The original Baccarat pansy paperweights never had a latticinio ground.  They copied the pedestal rose from Millville and then used the pedestal bottom with other weights. It is fun to collect all the variations.  In general, Chinese paperweights from this period have a light weight glass mixture that is high in soda and has a greenish tinge.  The glass also has a soft almost oily feel.  Frequently they have bubbles or debris in the glass.  And because of their age, many of these have minor scratches or other surface defects.

Large Size:   Just under 2 5/8" diameter by 1 7/82" high. The bottom is ground concave. 
Signature:   Unsigned but I guarantee that this is from China and dates from about 1930. 
Condition:  Very good condition.  There are some minor surface scratches and pinpricks and also one tiny nick on where two parts of the top facets come together.  There is noticeable debris or dirt in the glass as shown in the pictures.  As with all Chinese paperweights from this period, this paperweight has a light weight glass mixture that is high in soda and has a greenish tinge. The glass has a soft almost oily feel. 

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$295 postage paid in the US.                             Added 7/27/2020

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Very Rare Chinese Quatrefoil Faceted Blue Flower with Bud on Double Latticinio Paperweight - copy of NEGC
4821 Magnum Daniel Salazar Lundberg Studios 1996 Lavender Columbine Paperweight.  dated 1996.  This wonderful paperweight features a lavender columbine flower and bud over a pink ground paperweight.  A magnificent light lavender and white columbine blossom with yellow stamen is positioned perpendicularly above an accompanying bud.  Below the bud are fifteen ribbed green leaves, arranged in three groups.  The design is set over an opaque pink ground.  This is a very three dimensional compound design, with lampwork at three levels and stems that wrap through each level down to the ground.  It is signed and dated on the edge near the base "Daniel Salazar Lundberg Studios 03-19-1996".  The paperweight also has a lampwork "D.S." signature on the underside of the ground.  A great three dimensional design that is one of Daniel Salazar's signature designs.

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

Daniel Salazar is one of the lead gaffers at Lundberg Studios in Davenport, California and is their primary paperweight designer and maker.  He joined Lundberg in 1975.   The studio was founded by James Lundberg in the early 1970s.  Steven Lundberg joined shortly later.  The first paperweights were made in 1972.  In 1973 the firm was renamed Lundberg Studios and moved to Davenport, California.  James died in an accident in 1991.  Steven left Lundberg Studios in 1997 and set up his own studio.  He died from ALS in 2008.   Each paperweight produced at Lundberg Studios is signed and dated by the studio and signed by the artist. 

Very Large Size:    Just under 3 1/2" diameter by 2 11/16" high.  The bottom is ground concave.
Signature: Signed on the side near the base "Daniel Salazar Lundberg Studios 03-19-1996".   The paperweight also has a lampwork "D.S." signature on the underside of the ground.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips or scratches.  There is one medium bubble under the ground near the DS signature.

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Magnum Daniel Salazar Lundberg Studios 1996 Lavender Columbine Paperweight
4740 Very Rare Magnum Millville Style Hail Mary Prayer Frit Paperweight.  circa 1900-1940.  This frit paperweight features the entire Hail Mary Prayer in capital letters set in white frit over a clear ground.  The base of the paperweight has a matte finish, although a pontil scar and another circular processing cut mark remain.  A very rare vintage American paperweight.   

Note on condition:  Unfortunately the matte base with pontil scar and another circular cut mark show through the design.  There are also some chips on the base and scratches and nicks on the body.  The paperweight would benefit from a restoration to remove the blemishes and polish the base.  It displays better than the pictures show. Most of what looks like damage is on the base or is the result of the matte finish and the pontil scar. Also the stand shows through.

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.

I cannot be sure when or where this paperweight was made.  A very similar paperweight with the Lords Prayer and a blue ground has been attributed to Millville.  Similarly this Hail Mary Prayer paperweight was most likely made in a factory in or near 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 of clear or colored glass. 

Very Large Size :  3 5/8" diameter by 1 15/16" high.  The base of the paperweight has a matte finish, although a pontil scar and another circular processing cut mark remain.  
Signature :  Unsigned. 
Condition :  Fair condition.  There are also some chips on the base and scratches and nicks on the body.  The matte base with pontil scar and another circular cut mark show through the design.  The paperweight would benefit from a restoration.  

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

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

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

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

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

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Charles Kaziun Jr. Crimp Rose Upright Pedestal Paperweight - Dark Pink
3368 Antique Clichy Miniature Two Ring Spaced Concentric Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1845-1860.  This antique Clichy spaced concentric paperweight has a classic setup consisting of two rings of millefiori canes around a nice complex center cane.  The inner ring has six identical blue canes.  The fifteen canes in the outer ring alternate with each large pink pastry mold cane followed by two smaller green canes.  The over all color scheme is pink, green, blue and white.  It is well centered over a clear ground.  This paperweight has been professionally restored and is in excellent condition.  The colors are perfect and this will be a delightful addition to any collection of miniature antique paperweights.

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

Very small size:  Just under 1 11/16” diameter by just over 1 3/16” high.  The base is ground concave. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks.  This paperweight has been professionally restored.  There are some tiny bubbles in the glass.
Signature:   Unsigned but I guarantee this to be an authentic antique Clichy paperweight from approximately 1845-1860.

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Antique Clichy Miniature Two Ring Spaced Concentric Millefiori Paperweight
5305 Huge Murano Millefiori Scramble Paperweight.  circa 1970.  This paperweight is a good example of an extra large Murano millefiori scramble paperweight.  It is filled with extra large millefiori canes and twists.  There are some tool marks and also areas roughness to the surface as is sometimes found in large paperweights.  This happened when the paperweight was made and does not affect the display of the paperweight.

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

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

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

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

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Huge Murano Millefiori Scramble Paperweight
4315 Mayauel Ward Red Hummingbird with Yellow Flowers Paperweight.  dated 2003.  This paperweight features an bright red hummingbird with transparent white wings and yellow eye ring hovering near a three-dimensional yellow flowering plant.  The plant has two yellow flowers with stems and leaves.  The composition is set over a watery speckled blue ground.  It is signed and dated "Mayauel Ward 2003" 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 9/16" diameter by 2 3/8" tall.  The base is ground flat. 
Signature:  Signed "Mayauel Ward 2003" on the base. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.

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Mayauel Ward Red Hummingbird with Yellow Flowers Paperweight
4848 Baccarat 1974 Gridel Series Millefiori Hunter Limited Edition Paperweight.  dated 1974.  This modern millefiori paperweight features a large central black hunter silhouette on a white background.  The hunter cane is surrounded by three rings of millefiori.  The inner ring is a circular garland of yellow canes.  The outer ring is an undulating garland of similar yellow canes.  The middle ring is a undulating garland of eighteen blue millefiori canes, seventeen having a Gridel cane in the center and the eighteenth is Baccarat's complex signature / date cane "B 1974".  In all, there are eighteen Gridel canes (one large and seventeen small).  The design is placed on a white lace ground.  This design was released in 1974 in a limited edition of 350 pieces.  This is number 45 in that edition.  In addition to the "B 1974" signature cane, this paperweight is also signed on the base with two acid etched Baccarat marks along with the year (1974) and edition number (45).  A fantastic paperweight. 

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

In 1846 Baccarat introduced the popular Gridel figures in their closepack millefiori paperweights.  It was named after Emil Gridel, the nephew of Jean-Baptiste Toussaint the general manager of Baccarat.  Toussaint saw Gridel making paper cutouts of animals and saw an opportunity to incorporate these silhouettes in millefiori paperweights.   From 1971 to 1979 Baccarat issued a modern Gridel series of millefiori paperweights based on eighteen Gridel figures.  Each paperweight has a large Gridel figure in the center with smaller versions of the other figures included in the design.  There are variations in orientation and color as well as the types of canes in each design and it is possible to amass a very large collection covering just this series.

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

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

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

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

Very Large Size:  3 3/16" diameter by 2 1/8" high.    The base is ground flat.
Signature:  The paperweight is signed with Baccarat's complex signature cane "B 1974" in the design.  It also has two acid etched Baccarat marks on the base along with the year (1974) and edition number (45). 
Condition:   Excellent condition.  Some light scratches on the base, but no other chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection. 

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Baccarat 1974 Gridel Series Millefiori Hunter Limited Edition Paperweight
4712 Charles Kaziun Jr. Miniature Tilted Pedestal Spider Lily Paperweight with Opaque Red Ground.  circa 1960-1980.  This is a miniature pedestal paperweight with a turquoise and white spider lily and four leaves on a rich dark red ground.  The flower has a turquoise stripe on each petal and the stamen is a yellow millefiori cane.  Each leaf is a double leaf - two leaves with a clear layer joining them so a bit of the red ground shows through.  This makes it look like each leaf has a red stripe down the center.  The paperweight is tilted at a 45 degree angle so it displays beautifully.  Signed on the white underside of the red ground with a gold K. 

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

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

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

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$295 postage paid in the US.                               Added 7/20/2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Large Murano Spaced Millefiori on Lace Paperweight with Rare Signature Cane and KB Label - Probably by Fratelli Toso
5202 Baccarat 1955 Sulphide Double Overlay Paperweight of Marquis de Lafayette with a Diamond Cut Base.  dated 1955.  This modern sulphide paperweight features a large three dimensional figure of the Marquis de Lafayette.  The sulphide figure was designed by Gilbert Poillerat.  It has a light blue and white overlay with a clear glass ground and a diamond cut base.  Only 159 copies were made in this color combination.  It is signed on the edge of the sulphide "B.  G.P.  1955" for Baccarat, Gilbert Poillerat, 1955.  The paperweight is faceted with one large top facet and five side facets.  An extra large example.   

This paperweight was made in several formats, including 227 overlays and 744 non-overlays.  Of the overlays, 159 were in light blue and white.  The remainder of 68 was in a blue overlay with a blue jasper ground. 

Note on condition:  The condition of this paperweight is excellent with no chips, cracks, or noticeable scratches.  However the light blue overlay has several flaws from the manufacturing process.  There are at least two small popped bubbles and lines where the color varied. 

From Wikipedia:  Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de La Fayette (6 September 1757 – 20 May 1834) (known in the United States simply as Lafayette) was a French aristocrat and military officer who fought in the American Revolutionary War, commanding American troops in several battles, including the Siege of Yorktown.  After returning to France, he was a key figure in the French Revolution of 1789 and the July Revolution of 1830.

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

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

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

In 1952, Paul Jokelson approached Baccarat with the idea of making sulphide paperweights again.  In 1953 Baccarat resumed paperweight production with a series of sulphide paperweights the first of which were the unsuccessful Eisenhower sulphide followed by the Queen Elizabeth coronation sulphide.  Millefiori paperweight production was resumed in 1957 and lampwork paperweights were re-introduced in the early 1970s.  Baccarat stopped making this type of fine glass paperweights in 2002.  You can read more about the Baccarat paperweights in his book Baccarat Paperweights - two centuries of beauty by Paul Dunlop or one of the older books on paperweights in general, such as The Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights by Paul Hollister or World Paperweights by Robert Hall.

Large Size:  3 1/8" diameter by just over 2" high.  The paperweight has a diamond cut base and is faceted with one large top facet and five side facets.   
Signature:  The paperweight is signed on the edge of the sulphide "B.  G.P.  1955" for Baccarat, Gilbert Poillerat, 1955.  
Condition:   Excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or noticeable scratches.  However the light blue overlay has several flaws from the manufacturing process.  There are at least two small popped bubbles and lines where the color varied.

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SOLD.                         Added 7/18/2020. 

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Baccarat 1955 Sulphide Double Overlay Paperweight of Marquis de Lafayette with a Diamond Cut Base
3558 Large Antique Cross Paperweight with Translucent Green Ground - Unknown Maker.   This is a cross paperweight with arms fashioned from a pink stringers and blue millefiori canes capping the ends and the intersection.  The ground is a wonderful translucent green.  It has characteristics which resemble paperweights from the New England Glass Company (NEGC) and the Boston and Sandwich Glass Company (B&S).  Possibly an experimental piece made at the New England Glass Company, but I cannot state this with certainty, so the paperweight remains of unknown origin.  See John Hawley's comments below.  I am confident a true antique (over 100 years old).  It been restored to remove extensive scratching and base damage.  An interesting paperweight worthy of further study. 

John Hawley, the expert on the Boston & Sandwich Glass Company (B&S) and the New England Glass Company (NEGC), examined this paperweight and was unable to reach any firm conclusions.  This is what he said about it:  "The specific gravity is 3.175 which is out of range of B&S but within range of NEGC.  The UV fluorescence was a pale yellow green, again not typical of B&S but it is a match for some NEGC weights.  I examined the canes under magnification and they show a resemblance to NEGC styles but are not any that I had recorded previously.  So, could it be NEGC?  I see two problems with that attribution - first, the translucent green ground which has not shown up in any other 19th century Massachusetts glass paperweight, at least as far as I know.  Second, the cross is  a rough copy of the B&S style, not what we have seen from NEGC.  Also, the cross is slightly sunk into the ground, while in B&S weights the cross protrudes above the ground.  On the plus side, this could have been an experimental piece by a NEGC glassworker who had worked at B&S under Lutz.  At this point I do not believe this weight was made at Sandwich.  It could have been made at NEGC, but I would not bet the farm on it (or even the barn).  Sorry, I think it remains a mystery weight."

The New England Glass Company (NEGC) operated in Cambridge, Massachusetts from 1818 to 1888.   The Boston & Sandwich Glass Company (B&S) operated in Sandwich , Massachusetts on Cape Cod from 1826 to 1889You can read about paperweights from both companies in the book by John Hawley The Art of the Paperweight  - The Boston & Sandwich and New England Glass Companies.  There are also two newer books by Hawley each devoted to one of the companies.

Large Size:  2 11/16" diameter by 1 3/4" high.  The base is ground concave.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  This paperweight has been restored to remove extensive scratching and base damage.  Some tiny bubbles and one small piece of debris in the glass.
Signature:  Unsigned.  The maker of this paperweight is unknown, although I am certain it is a true antique (over 100 years old).  

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

Perthshire made the PP81 in several variations starting in 1985.  From 1985 to 1991 the design was as shown in this example with the transfer image surrounded by three rings of millefiori.  A golfer picture cane was created for the 1992 to 1995 and the 1997 versions and the millefiori patterns became more complex.  The lace ground appears only in the 1985-1991 design.  The PP81 was not made in 1996.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Very Large Size:  3 1/8" diameter by 1 13/16" high.  The base is ground concave.  Faceted with one top facet and five side facets.
Condition:  Outstanding condition.  No chips, cracks or scratches found on inspection.  There are some bubbles in the glass from the making. 
Signature:  Signed in the design with a Whitefriars 1976 signature / date cane in the white row. 

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

Perthshire made this paperweight as one of their Annual Collection designs for 1995, with some of the edition having pink flowers and some having blue flowers.  This means the design was made only that one year and never again.  There were eight Annual Collection designs in 1995, designated A through G plus a magnum millefiori paperweight which has no letter designation.  The annual collection paperweights are the most desirable of the Perthshire line, with the exception of one of one items.

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

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

Large Size:  2 15/16" diameter by 2 1/8" high.  The bottom is ground concave.    
Signature:  Signed with a complex Perthshire signature cane "P 1995" on the base and engraved with the edition number "165".  There is no paper label.      
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches.  Minor wear on the base. 

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Perthshire Annual Collection 1995B Limited Edition Flowers with Picture Canes on Lace Paperweight
5208 Magnum Vandermark-Merritt 1976 Pulled Feather Tiffany Style Art Nouveau Hollow Paperweight.  dated 1976.  This very large hollow egg shaped paperweight features a surface decorated Tiffany style art nouveau feather pulled design with iridescent shades of gold and white.  The outer layer of glass is a translucent purple.  It is signed "Vandermark 1976".  The original name of the studio was Vandermark Glasshouse at Liberty Village, later changed to Vandermark-Merritt Glass Studios.  This paperweight has one large (1/4" by 3/8") tool mark or gouge and also some small surface defects such as popped surface bubbles, tool marks, and debris in the glass from when the paperweight was made.  It is priced accordingly.  The paperweight is hollow with a large opening at the base and may have been intended to be used with a small light inside or placed on a lighted stand.  A nice example of early work by this studio.

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

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

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

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$85 postage paid in the US.                                   Added 7/3/2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) Plymouth Rock Pressed Glass Paperweight
5082 Antique Belgian or Bohemian Miniature Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Clear Ground.   circa 1850-1900.  This is an antique concentric millefiori paperweight with bright translucent colors on a clear ground.  It has two concentric circles of canes around a complex center cane.  The theme colors are red, pink, blue, and green and the canes are various combinations of six pointed star canes with colored surrounds.  The inner circle of canes alternates between two types of large complex canes.  One type is a complex cane with two rings of six pointed stars each with a pink center arranged around a larger all white six pointed star set against a green background.  These alternate with a different design having all white canes with a red surround, and a single cane in the center with a pink surround.  The outer circle also has an alternating design between red and green cased canes.  The center cane has a similar complex design with a blue outer surround.  The maker of this paperweight is unknown.  It has similarities to a group of paperweights believed to have originated at an unidentified glass factory in Belgium, Northern Europe, or even Bohemia.  The design is well centered and a wonder to study. 

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

This paperweight has a strong similarity to a group of paperweights and doorknobs that are believed to have originated at an unidentified glass factory in Belgium or Northern Europe

Bohemian Glass generally refers to the glass made in the regions that form the border area between the Czech Republic, Poland, and Germany.  Most of these areas are now parts of the western Czech Republic.   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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$495 postage paid in the US.                                                                              Added 6/20/2020

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

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

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

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

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Scuffed area  - about 3/16" wide
Side view (blue color)
Profile (lavender color)
Another view (blue color)
Another view (lavender color)
$49 postage paid in the US.                                                                    Added 6/20/2020   

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Early 1979 Large Caithness Dawn Limited Edition Abstract Paperweight - Alexandrite or Neodymium Glass
3454 Antique Clichy Sulphide Paperweight of Victoria and Albert. circa 1851.  Clichy Sulphide paperweight featuring Queen Victoria (1819-1901) and Prince Albert (1819-1861).  The sulphide is fairly high in the dome of the paperweight and is over a clear ground.  It is believed that this paperweight may have been made for the 1851 Great Exhibition at the Crystal Palace in London.  Prince Albert conceived of the exhibition which was considered the first world's fair.  The exhibition was intended to advance the arts and sciences.  A wonderful example.

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

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

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

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

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

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$845 postage paid in the US.                                            Added 6/18/2020

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

The book Songs without Words:  The Art of the Paperweight - Rick Ayotte was published in 1997, so this paperweight does not appear in the book.  Artist proofs are mentioned in the book in the context of miniatures, "One also finds a number of rare artist proof miniatures.  These study pieces were created in the process of mapping out a larger design."  It is fair to speculate that this magnum artist proof was useful in planning a complex design with many elements.  As far as I know, the desert scene was never made as a regular production item. 

Roland "Rick" Ayotte specializes in paperweights with themes from nature, including lampworked bird and other animals, flowers, fruits, and berries.  His paperweights range in size from miniatures to super magnums.  He also produces other wonderful glass art objects.  He lives and works in New Boston, New Hampshire and has been making glass paperweights since 1978. 

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

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$2,250 postage paid in the US.           US Sales only, no international shipping.               Added 6/16/2020

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

The maker of this paperweight is unknown, except that it is believed to originate in the region along the Czech - German border, hence the label Bohemian.     

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

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$125 postage paid in the US.                                         Added 6/13/2020  

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