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Rare Vasart / Lassman Millefiori Paperweight Bar Set - 2263


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.  The company name was later changed to Vasart Glass.

This bar set is for sale for $995.  For this and similar objects, e-mail me at: aport@paperweights.com
 
2263
Vasart / Lassman Millefiori Paperweight Bar Set. circa 1950s-1960s.  The firm of Lassman & Co designed and produced this bar set during the 1950s and 1960s. The millefiori paperweight handles were made by the Ysart family of Scotland under the Vasart label.  The millefiori paperweight handles each have a concentric design that matches the setup and canes of other Vasart paperweights. 

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

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

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

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

$995 postage paid in the US. 

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Claret Spoon
10 1/4" long x 1 9/16" diameter
Unmarked


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Larger picture of the spoon
Paperweight handle
Double Jigger Measure
3 7/8" wide by 3 3/8" long
handle is 1 1/2" diameter
The cups are marked 1 oz. and 1 1/2 oz. and MADE IN ENGLAND

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Larger picture of the double jigger
Paperweight handle
Corkscrew
4 1/4" long by 1 1/2" diameter
Marked ENGLAND
Thread has minor damage
Handle has some pinpricks on side

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Larger picture of the corkscrew
Paperweight handle
ENGLAND mark
Damage to thread of corkscrew
Two Piece Pourer
3 1/2" long by 1 1/2" diameter
Cork is marked MADE IN ENGLAND
Small scratch on the side and wear on the cork.

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Larger picture of the two piece pourer
Paperweight handle
Another view showing two pieces
Bottle Opener
3 7/8" long by 1 5/8" diameter
Unmarked

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Larger picture of the bottle opener
Paperweight handle
Can Opener 
3 5/8" long by 1 1/2" diameter
Marked ENGLAND

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Larger picture of the can opener
Paperweight handle
ENGLAND mark
Chrome loss at tip
Case
Very Poor Condition - Unmarked
12" long by 8 1/2" wide by 2 1/4" deep

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Larger picture of the case top
View of case side
View of case bottom
Open Case
12" long by 8 1/2" wide by 2 1/4" deep

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Open Case with top lid
12" long by 8 1/2" wide by 2 1/4" deep
Some stains on top lining and below the pieces.

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Larger picture of the open case with lid
View of stains on back liner

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