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Scottish Paperweights & Related Objects for Sale


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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
 
 
1367 Rare Large Vasart or Strathearn Close Packed Millefiori Paperweight Dish.  circa 1946-1969.  This oblong shaped dish features a close packed millefiori design in the center.  The ground is an opaque turquoise.  The dish is heavy with thick walls and a depressed center.  I believe this to be an early item, hence my attribution to Vasart.  An interesting historical addition to any collection of Scottish paperweights, Ysart glass or millefiori collectibles. 

Items like this were made by the many of the Scottish paperweight companies (Ysart Brothers, Vasart Glass, Strathearn Glass, or even Perthshire Paperweights).  Some of the products made by Vasart were also sold with a Pirelli label.  It is important to note that most dishes started off as paperweights.  The maker found a defect or problem and rather than stop, turned it into a 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:  Slightly oval shaped 5 9/16" at the widest, 5 1/4” at the narrowest, by about 2” high.  The bottom is polished flat. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  I could find no damage.  There are some scratches from wear on the base and some bubbles in the glass.
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this is an early Scottish dish made by Vasart or possibly later by Strathearn. 

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$125 postage paid in the US. 

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Rare Large Vasart or Strathearn Close Packed Millefiori Paperweight Dish
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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$345 postage paid in the US.         

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Vasart / Lassman Millefiori Paperweight Handle Bottle Opener with Original Box
4518 Large Rare John Deacons 1999 Two Flower Paperweight with Millefiori Garland and White Stave Basket Ground.   dated 1999.  This colorful paperweight features two five petal flowers, one red and white and one light blue, with white millefiori centers and green foliage.  The design is placed inside a garland of complex red, white, and blue millefiori.  Underneath is a fantastic stave basket made from twenty white twist canes.  There is a "JD1999" signature cane on the base.  A fantastic paperweight from this talented artist.

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

John Deacons trained at the Edinburgh College of Art and started his career at Strathearn Glass in Crieff, Scotland in 1967.  When Perthshire was formed in 1968, he left Strathearn to move to Perthshire and worked there for 10 years before leaving in 1978 to start his own glass studio. He has produced paperweights and other glass objects under a variety of labels, including J Glass, St. Kilda, and now under his own name.  The St. Kilda line was produced from 1978 or 1979 through 1987.  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.

Large Size:  2 3/4" diameter by 2 1/8" high.  The base is ground concave.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed with a "JD1999" signature cane on the base.

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$175 postage paid in the US.  

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Rare John Deacons 1999 Two Flower Paperweight with Millefiori Garland and White Stave Basket Ground
5044 Mike Hunter Twists Glass 2018 Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Complex Canes, Florets, and Leaping Cat Silhouette.  dated 2018.  This wonderful paperweight is a close concentric design with five rows of complex millefiori and a central leaping cat silhouette cane.  The cat cane is surrounded  by a ring of black and white and lilac colored rods.  There is also an additional outer ring of millefiori that forms the stave basket.  One row of canes has six magnificent white flower canes alternating with twelve large complex canes.  The design is set in a stave basket pulled to the bottom and has a translucent blue ground.  It is signed on the base with  an engraved signature "M Hunter Twists 18 1 of 1" and Mike Hunter's "MH" signature cane.  It also has the Twists Glass clear plastic label.

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:  2 13/16" diameter by 1 7/8" high. 
Signature:  It is signed on the base with  an engraved signature "M Hunter Twists 18 1 of 1" and Mike Hunter's "MH" signature cane.  It also has the Twists Glass clear plastic label.
Condition:  Excellent original condition with no cracks or chips or scratches. 

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Mike Hunter Twists Glass 2018 Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Complex Canes, Florets, and Leaping Cat Silhouette
3986 Large Caithness 1997 Rhythm 'N Blues Paperweight.  designed 1997.  This Caithness paperweight features a swirling arrangement of blue musical notes and staffs to create a vision of intertwined music and listeners (or musicians) swaying together.  The design is created using blue and white frit (ground glass) over a clear ground.  It was designed in 1997 by Helen MacDonald.  The paperweight is signed in script on the base "Rhythm 'N Blues Caithness Scotland".  There is also an engraved number "Y53000".  It comes with an original Caithness cloth bag.  Imaginative color and design.

Note:  The pictures do not do justice to this paperweight.  Please ignore the white areas; they are glare from the lights.

This design is listed and designated CT-1452 on page 209 of the Charlton Standard Catalog of Caithness Paperweights.  It was designed by Helen MacDonald as part of the Modern Design Series.  The design was issued in 1997 with an original US price of $95.  

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” diameter by 2 3/4” high  The base is ground flat. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips or cracks or scratches found on inspection except for some wear on the base. 
Signature:  It is signed in script on the base "Rhythm 'N Blues Caithness Scotland".  There is also an engraved number "Y53000".

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Large Caithness 1997 Rhythm 'N Blues Paperweight
3980 William Manson, Sr. Small 2007 Yellow and Black Striped Snake Desert Ground Paperweight.  dated 2007.  This paperweight features a yellow and black striped snake with brown spots coiled on a green, orange, and aventurine sandy desert ground.  The paperweight is signed with William Manson's "WM" signature cane near the snake.  It is also signed on the base "William Manson, SNR 2007".  A very attractive paperweight.

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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 (2004-2006), William Manson, Sr. made collaborative paperweights with John Deacons. 

Small Size:  Just under 2 1/4" diameter by just over 1 11/16" high. The bottom is ground concave. 
Signature:  Signed with William Manson's "WM" signature cane near the snake.  It is also signed on the base "William Manson, SNR 2007". 
Condition:  Excellent condition with chips or cracks.  There are some light scratches on the base near the signature, but no other scratches found on inspection. 

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$245 postage paid in the US.  

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William Manson, Sr. Small 2007 Yellow and Black Striped Snake Desert Ground Paperweight
4557 Paul Ysart Signed Red Flower with Seven Leaves and Stem in Millefiori Garland Paperweight. circa 1946-1972.  Large red flower with seven leaves and a stem placed in the center of a colorful millefiori garland.  There is a millefiori cane in the center of the flower.  The leaves and flower are striped and variegated.  The ground is a translucent brown or amber color.  This paperweight is signed with Paul Ysart's "PY" cane near the stem.  It dates from the postwar period and is from his postwar Moncrieff period or his Caithness period (1962-1972). 

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

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

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$950 postage paid in the US. 

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Click on the picture to see a larger imagePaul Ysart Signed Red Flower with Seven Leaves and Stem in Millefiori Garland Paperweight
4913 John Deacons Concentric Millefiori Thistle Paperweight Inkwell Bottle.   circa 1990 - 2000.  This millefiori bottle with a thistle in the top and base was made by John Deacons, probably between 1990 and 2000.  The bottle has four rings of blue and pink-orange millefiori over a cobalt blue ground.  The stopper has three rows matching the three outer rows of the base.  Both the top and the bottle are signed in the center with John Deacons' complex thistle cane.  There is a paper label with a thistle and "HANDMADE IN SCOTLAND by John Deacons" on the base.  The stopper fits snugly.  A great bottle. 

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

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

Size:  Just over 2 1/2" diameter by 4 3/8" high with the stopper.  The bottle is just over 2 1/2" diameter by 2 11/16" high.  The stopper is 1 3/4" diameter by just under 2 7/16" long.  The base is ground concave. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Both the top and the bottle are signed in the center with John Deacons' complex thistle cane.  There is a paper label with a thistle and "HANDMADE IN SCOTLAND by John Deacons" on the base.

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John Deacons Concentric Millefiori Thistle Paperweight Bottle
4354 William Manson Phoenix Paperweights Limited Edition FP10 Concentric Millefiori Paperweight.  Dated 2003.  This paperweight has a complex millefiori design with three concentric rings of cogged millefiori around a central cane with a gold star center.  The each of the 17 canes in the third ring also has a gold star in the center.  Each of the eleven canes in the second ring has a red star in the center.  Outside of the three concentric rings, there are twelve panels of 1-1 millefiori, each separated by a dark blue and white twist.  The design is set on a glittery dark green translucent ground.  This paperweight was issued in a limited edition of 75 paperweights of which this is number 40.  It is signed and numbered "PHOENIX 2003 40/75" on the base.  There is also a distorted cane on the base that may be a "PP" signature cane, but I cannot be sure.  A rare paperweight.

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 5/8" diameter by just under 1 3/4" high. The base is ground flat. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed and numbered "PHOENIX 2003 40/75" on the base.   

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William Manson Phoenix Paperweights Limited Edition FP10 Concentric Millefiori Paperweight
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Rare John Deacons Large Dated 2000 Millefiori Scramble Paperweight with Name Canes.   dated 2000.  This is a colorful scramble made by John Deacons.  It contains a very nice quilted arrangement of millefiori canes, including complex canes and three name canes.  The name canes are "TERRY", "ALAN" and a third that I can't read.  There is a "JD2000" signature cane in the design.  And there is a paper label with a thistle and "HANDMADE IN SCOTLAND by John Deacons" on the base.  A fun item from this talented artist.

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

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

Large Size:  3" diameter by just under 2 1/4" high.  The base is ground concave although the ground portion is not a perfect circle.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks.  Minor wear on the base.
Signature:  Signed with a "JD2000" signature cane in the design and also a paper label with a thistle and "HANDMADE IN SCOTLAND by John Deacons" on the base.

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$195 postage paid in the US.   

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Rare John Deacons Large Dated 2000 Millefiori Scramble Paperweight with Name Canes
4293 William Manson, Sr. Underwater Scene with Fish and Anemones Paperweight.  Dated 1999.  This paperweight consists of a dark green and yellow striped fish in an underwater scene of green and orange anemones. The fish is sparkly dark green aventurine with vertical yellow stripes and yellow spots on its fins.  It has a brown and black eye.  The exterior has a textured finish that mimics an ice surface with one large facet in front and a smaller base facet.  It is signed in the design with William Manson's "WM" signature cane and signed on the the base "William Manson SNR 1999".  A very attractive paperweight.  William Manson's textured paperweights were normally issued in limited editions, but this paperweight has no markings indicating the edition size. 

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 (2004-2006), William Manson, Sr. made collaborative paperweights with John Deacons. 

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

Size:  2 5/8" diameter by 1 13/16" deep. It has one large facet in front and a smaller base facet. 
Signature:  Signed with William Manson's "WM" signature cane in the design and signed on the base "William Manson SNR 1999". 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks other than one scratch on the base.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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. 

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

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

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

$995 postage paid in the US. 

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

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

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

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

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

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