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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.  Vincent Ysart was the Works Manager.  George Dunlop provided a portion of the financial backing.  The senior craftsman, Jack Allan, was assisted by two glass blowers and a few apprentices.

Strathearn Glass was formed in a reorganization of Vasart glass in 1963.  The new company was 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.  From that start we have several Scottish Paperweight companies, including Caithness, John Deacons, William Manson,  Peter McDougall, Phoenix, and Selkirk. Be sure to also check out my Perthshire page.

Peter McDougall was one of the very young glass workers who left Strathearn in 1968.  When Perthshire closed in 2002 he was the head craftsman of  Perthshire.  Peter now has his own studio PMcD Glass Studio and makes paperweights under his own name.  For a selection of Peter's paperweights, see my PMcD page.

John Deacons, another Scottish glass worker, also started his glassmaking career at Strathearn Glass in 1967.  A year later in 1968, he left Strathearn and joined the new Perthshire venture.  After about ten years at Perthshire he decided to leave and start his own company, Jay Glass, in 1978, which remained in operation until 1983.  During that period, it produced paperweights under the Jay Glass label and also others signed St.K for St. Kilda and JD for John Deacons.  John Deacons continues to make paperweights under his own label today.

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.

Allan Scott apprenticed at Perthshire and then joined Jay Glass shortly after it started and was responsible for much of the lampwork.  When Jay Glass closed in 1983, he joined Caithness Glass where he stayed until 2007.

William Manson, Sr. started his glass working career at Caithness Glass at the age of 15 in the 1960s.  He apprenticed with Paul Ysart.  Manson left Caithness in 1971 to work at Ysart's Harland Glass and rejoined Caithness several years later in 1974.  He was at Caithness on and off between 1974 and 1997 when he left for good to form his own studio William Manson Paperweights.  His son William Manson, Jr. started making paperweights alongside his father starting in 1992.  For a brief period (2004-2005), William Manson, Sr. made collaborative paperweights with John Deacons.

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.

Another Scottish factory was Selkirk 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 left Selkirk in 2002 to start Scottish Borders Art Glass with his son, Andrew, at Galalaw, Hawick.

For more information, you can read about the Scottish paperweights in these two books:

And of course you might want to look at the Woman's Day article that inspired Stuart Drysdale to found Perthshire.  For these and other great references on paperweights, check out my list of paperweight books for sale.

If you would like to purchase any of these paperweights, e-mail me at: aport@paperweights.com
 
 
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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Base
Scuff (less than 1/8") on side
$95 postage paid in the US. 

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Selkirk 1996 Stylized Blue Flower 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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Peter Holmes Selkirk 1993 Floral Bouquet Paperweight
4963 Rare Vasart / Lassman Checquer Pattern Millefiori Paperweight Handle Bottle Opener.  circa 1950s-1960s.  This bottle opener has a rare checquer pattern on the millefiori handle.  It is possibly unique.  The firm of Lassman & Co. designed and produced this bottle opener opener and a variety of other useful objects during the 1950s and 1960s.  The attractive millefiori paperweight handle was made by the Ysart family of Scotland under the Vasart label.  The handle has a checquer design with nine millefiori canes arranged in a square surrounded by a latticinio square made up of four short twist canes.  There is a millefiori cane in the each corner of the latticinio.  The design is set on an amber colored opaque ground.  The chrome plated opener was made by Lassman and the assembly was also done by them.

The maker of this item was Lassman & Co. located in the Kilburn area of North London.   Samuel Lassman purchased the paperweight handles from George Dunlop's Pirelli Glass in London.  Pirelli obtained them from Vasart.  Pirelli also took some assembled inventory back from Lassman and sold the barware items under the Pirelli label.  Pirelli also included the line in their 1959 catalog.  For more information, see my web page on Lassman & Co. or the article by Angela Bowey and Allan Port “Pirelli, Vasart and the Ysart Family” in the Paperweight Collectors Association Inc. Annual Bulletin 2015.  A complete set of similar objects can be found at this link.

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

Size:  1 1/2" diameter.  With the opener hardware, it is 3 15/16" long. 
Condition:  Excellent condition although showing a tiny bit of wear.  The paperweight handle has no chips, cracks or noticeable scratches. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this is a genuine Lassman bottle opener with a Vasart paperweight handle. The word "ENGLAND" appears on the metal part. 

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$245 postage paid in the US.    

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Vasart / Lassman Checquer Pattern Millefiori Paperweight Handle Bottle Opener
4355 William Manson Phoenix Limited Edition FP13 Paneled Millefiori Paperweight.  Dated 2003.  This paperweight has a paneled millefiori design with seven panels of 1-1-2-3 millefiori and an outer circle of millefiori on an opaque green ground.  The paperweight was issued in a limited edition of 75 paperweights of which this is number 25.  It is signed and numbered "PHOENIX 2003 25/75" on the base.    Perfect condition with certificate (#25/75) in the original (slightly torn) Phoenix gift box. This is the domed example. 

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

Large Size: 2 7/8" diameter by just under 2" high. The base is ground flat. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed and numbered "PHOENIX 2003 25/75" on the base.  This paperweight comes with its original certificate and slightly worn box. 

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$195 postage paid in the US.                      

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Phoenix Limited Edition FP13 Paneled Millefiori Paperweight
2020

Vasart / Lassman Millefiori Paperweight Handle Bottle Opener with Original Box.  circa 1950s-1960s.  The firm of Lassman & Co. designed and produced this bottle opener opener and a variety of other useful objects during the 1950s and 1960s.  The attractive millefiori paperweight handle was made by the Ysart family of Scotland under the Vasart label.  The handle has a concentric design on a rust colored ground that matches the setup and canes of other Vasart paperweights.  The chrome plated opener was made by Lassman and the assembly was also done by them.  This item comes with its original box and celluloid cover.  The box is fabric lined (the original advertisements said "silk lined")  with elastics to hold the bottle opener in place.  A rare find for collectors of barware and Scottish paperweights. 

The maker of this item was Lassman & Co. located in the Kilburn area of North London.   Samuel Lassman purchased the paperweight handles from George Dunlop's Pirelli Glass in London.  Pirelli obtained them from Vasart.  Pirelli also took some assembled inventory back from Lassman and sold the barware items under the Pirelli label.  Pirelli also included the line in their 1959 catalog.  For more information, see my web page on Lassman & Co. or the article by Angela Bowey and Allan Port “Pirelli, Vasart and the Ysart Family” in the Paperweight Collectors Association Annual Bulletin 2015.  A complete set of similar objects can be found at this link.

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

Size:  Just over 1 1/2" diameter by just under 3 3/4" long.  The box is just under 3" long by 2 11/16" wide by 2 9/16" high.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches or wear.  The box and lining have some wear and the celluloid cover is cracked in places (as shown in the pictures). 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this is a genuine Lassman bottle opener with a Vasart paperweight handle.  The word "ENGLAND" appears on the metal part. 

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England stamped on hardware portion
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Opener in open box
Another view with box pieces
Opener with closed box
$345 postage paid in the US.         

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Vasart / Lassman Millefiori Paperweight Handle Bottle Opener with Original Box
2793 Medium Colorful Strathearn Paneled Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1963-1968.  This very attractive paperweight consists of a paneled millefiori pattern with eight sections of 1+2+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 blue ground.   This is a very nice example.   A great addition to any collection of Scottish paperweights. 

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

Medium Size:   2 9/16” diameter by 1 7/8” high.  Bottom is fire polished. 
Condition:  Very good condition.  There are a couple of very faint scratches on the body and some wear on the base.  No chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this to be a Strathearn paperweight from Scotland. 

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$95 postage paid in the US.

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Medium Colorful Strathearn Paneled Millefiori 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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Paperweight in box
Profile
Base
Side view
Paul Jokelson Box
$485 postage paid in the US.                   US Sales only, no international shipping. 

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Paul Ysart Signed Millefiori Butterfly in Latticinio Basket Paperweight with Original Ysart Jokelson Box
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. 

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John Deacons J Glass Millefiori Butterfly 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.

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Medium Colorful Strathearn Paneled Millefiori Paperweight
4680 Large Early Selkirk Peter Holmes 1979 Aquarius Limited Edition Footed Paperweight.  dated 1979.  In my mind, this paperweight has an abstract representation of the expression "the dawning of the age of Aquarius" from the 1967 musical Hair, which was released on film in 1979.  That's my interpretation, you can have your own.  I see a large silvery bubble charged with green energy suspended above a green sea.  There are undefined bodies rising from the surface to join the sphere.  The paperweight is an early design from Peter Holmes created shortly after founding Selkirk Glass.  It is signed in script on the edge of the base "SELKIRK GLASS SCOTLAND AQUARIUS 102/350 1979", indicating it is number 102 in a limited edition of 350 paperweights.  It also has an early Peter Holmes "PH" signature cane.  Pedestal or footed paperweights like this from Selkirk are rare, with only a few designs made in this form.  A imaginative paperweight in excellent condition.

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 7/8" high. There is a footed base, which is 2 3/8" diameter.  The bottom of the foot is ground flat. 
Signature:  It is signed in script on the base "SELKIRK GLASS SCOTLAND AQUARIUS 102/350 1979".  It also has an early Peter Holmes "PH" signature cane in the base.
Condition:  Excellent condition with a couple of tiny scratches on the base, but no other scratches, cracks or chips found on inspection. 

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$165 postage paid in the US. 

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Large Early Selkirk Peter Holmes 1979 Aquarius Limited Edition Footed Paperweight

Perthshire Paperweights.  Please click on this link.

Peter McDougall Paperweights.  Please click on this link.
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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Early Large Caithness Peter Holmes Cascade - Rainbow Two Layer Fountain 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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Early Ysart Brothers Paneled 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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Early Selkirk 1980 Poinsettia Paperweight
5027 Faceted Harlequin Type Paperweight with Five Icepick Bubbles - Possibly Unknown European or Scottishcirca 1950 -1980Most likely made at an unknown European factory although there is a slight possibility that it was made by a member of the Ysart family.  This paperweight has a large central bubble and four side bubbles pushed down to a multi-colored frit ground.  It is similar to the Harlequin paperweights shown in Colin Mahoney's book on Paul Ysart paperweights, but it not good enough to be called a Paul Ysart Harlequin weight.  There is a tight ring of twelve thumbprint facets around the side near the base.  The glass has a lot of small bubbles.  An interesting study paperweight. 

Note:  My first inclination was to call this Bohemian or unknown European, but I could not find any close matches in the literature.  Similarly, it shares some characteristics with the harlequin paperweights shown in Colin Mahoney's book Masterpieces:  The Paperweights of Paul Ysart, but is not a good match there either.

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 15/16" at the widest by 2 9/16" high.  The bottom is ground slightly concave.  There are twelve flat side facets    
Condition:  Very Good condition.  There are a few faint scratches on the dome, but one tiny nick on a facet.  No other damage found on inspection.  The glass has many small bubbles in it, as shown in the pictures. 
Signature:  Unsigned.    

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Faceted Harlequin Type Paperweight with Five Icepick Bubbles - Possibly Unknown European or Scottish
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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Edinburgh Crystal Caithness 1986 Double Trefoil "Ring of Roses"Millefiori Paperweight
4678 Early 1978 Large Caithness Amber 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 amber 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.  

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

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 1/16" diameter by 2 9/16" high.  The base is ground flat. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips or cracks or scratches found on inspection except for some wear on the base. 
Signature:  It is signed with an acid etch on the base "Caithness MYRIAD Scotland". 

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Early 1978 Large Caithness Amber Myriad Abstract 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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Large Strathearn Paneled Millefiori Paperweight with Transparent Green Ground
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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William Manson Phoenix Paperweights Limited Edition FP14 Paneled Millefiori Paperweight
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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Caithness Confusion 1989 Limited Edition Abstract 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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Rare 1974 Strathearn Faceted Upright Red Flower Paperweight with Original Box
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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Caithness Period Whitefriars 1982 Double Trefoil Millefiori Paperweight
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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Early 1979 Large Caithness Dawn Limited Edition Abstract Paperweight - Alexandrite or Neodymium Glass
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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Miniature Strathearn Eight Pointed Star Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Opaque Lime Green Ground
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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Peter Holmes Selkirk 1985 Limited Edition Floral Bouquet with Millefiori Garland Paperweight
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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John Deacons Large Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Thistle Cane
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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Caithness Kingfisher 1984 Limited Edition Paperweight - Alexandrite or Neodymium Glass
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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Small Colorful Strathearn Paneled Millefiori 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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Rare Large Vasart or Strathearn Paneled Millefiori Paperweight Pin Dish
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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John Deacons 2007 Pansy in a Torsade 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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Medium Colorful Strathearn Paneled Millefiori 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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Selkirk 2002 Shamrock 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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Large Strathearn Eight Pointed Star Paneled Millefiori Paperweight with Opaque Orange Ground
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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Peter Holmes Selkirk 1997 Blue Clematis and Vine with Buds and Millefiori Garland Paperweight
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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William Manson Caithness Heron 1997 Limited Edition Paperweight
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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Medium Colorful Strathearn Close Packed Millefiori Paperweight






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