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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
 
 
2085 Vasart / Lassman Millefiori Paperweight Handle Bottle Opener.  circa 1950s-1960s.  The firm of Lassman & Co. designed and produced this bottle opener opener and a variety of other useful objects during the 1950s and 1960s.  The attractive millefiori paperweight handle was made by the Ysart family of Scotland under the Vasart label.  The handle has a concentric design on a rust colored ground that matches the setup and canes of other Vasart paperweights.  The chrome plated opener was made by Lassman and the assembly was also done by them. 

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

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

Size:  1 9/16" diameter by just over 3 3/4" long. 
Condition:  Excellent condition although showing a tiny bit of wear.  The paperweight handle has no chips, cracks or noticeable scratches. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this is a genuine Lassman bottle opener with a Vasart paperweight handle. The word "ENGLAND" appears on the metal part. 

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$145 postage paid in the US. 

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4666 Early 1978 Large Caithness Blue 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 blue 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 on the base "Caithness MYRIAD Scotland".

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.  I also have other variations in stock (brown, green, amber, and red).

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

Very Large Size:  3 1/8" 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 on the base "Caithness MYRIAD Scotland". 

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$49 postage paid in the US. 

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890 Rare John Deacons St. Kilda Complex Millefiori Closepack Paperweight - Signed StK 1987.   dated 1987.  A closepack millefiori paperweight with a variety of colorful complex canes.  Signed in the design "StK 1987".  The ground is a translucent blue.  An exceptional paperweight from this talented artist. 

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

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

Size:  Just over 2 3/8" diameter by just under 1 3/4" high.  The bottom fire finished (not perfectly smooth) and then ground concave in the center. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed with the St. Kilda "StK 1987" signature cane in the design.

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4619 Rare John Deacons St. Kilda Clichy Style Swirl Paperweight with Complex Millefiori Center.     circa 1978-1987. A Clichy style swirl paperweight made of alternating strands of lilac and white.  There is a nice complex cane in the center with two rows of concentric canes around a central star cane.  Signed with the St. Kilda "StK" signature cane on the base. The ground is clear glass.  A challenging design from a great paperweight artist. 

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

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

Large Size:  Just over 2 5/8" diameter by 2" high. The bottom is ground concave. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed with the St. Kilda "StK" signature cane on the base. 

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2834 Rare Caithness Whitefriars 1983 Zodiac Overlay Limited Edition Millefiori Paperweight.  dated 1983.  This is a hard to find Whitefriars Zodiac Paperweight featuring an inner design of twelve zodiac symbol canes and a Whitefriars date cane on a lace ground.  The design is encased in clear glass and then overlaid with a unique design of pink and white alternating latticino rods.   It is faceted with a large top facet and six side facets.  It comes with its original certificate and the special "Whitefriars Paperweight by Caithness" box.  The paperweight was made in a limited edition of 250 paperweights, of which only 155 were made.  It is signed in the design with the Whitefriars 1983 white monk and date cane and is also signed on the base "23/250 WHITEFRIARS THE ZODIAC".  A rare and historically important paperweight that marked the beginning of Whitefriars production at Caithness. 

This design is listed and designated CT-323 on page 53 of the Charlton Standard Catalog of Caithness Paperweights.  It was designed by Colin Terris as part of the Whitefriars Series and issued in 1983 in a limited edition of 250 paperweights, of which only 155 were made.  The original issue price in the US was $350.  It also appears in the book Scottish Paperweights by Robert Hall.  See page 109. 

Caithness Glass was founded by Robin Sinclair in Wick in north eastern Scotland in 1961.  The factory did not start making paperweights until 1962 when Paul Ysart joined Caithness.  Colin Terris joined Caithness in 1968 and started the modern line of paperweights in 1969.  A second factory was opened in Oban in 1969 and the Perth factory opened in 1979. 

In 1980, Caithness purchased the Whitefriars name, tools, glass formulas, and designs.  Caithness produced paperweights under the Whitefriars label starting in 1983.  This design "The Zodiac" was one of the first such Whitefriars designs produced under the Caithness name.  More recently Caithness recently went through a number of changes of ownership.  After going into receivership in 2004, it was purchased by Edinburgh Crystal, but went into receivership again in 2006.  Finally, it was bought out of receivership by Dartington Crystal.  The factories in Wick, Oban and Perth all closed and were replaced by a smaller operation and visitors' center in Crieff.

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

Large Size:  3 1/8" diameter by just under 2 1/4" high.  The base is ground flat. The paperweight has a unique overlay of pink and white latticino rods and is faceted with a large top facet and six side facets. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips or cracks or scratches found on inspection. 
Signature:  It is signed on the base with an acid etch "WHITEFRIARS THE ZODIAC" and the engraved number "23/250".  It comes with its original certificate and box.

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3939 Medium Colorful Strathearn Paneled Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1963-1968.  This very attractive paperweight consists of a paneled millefiori pattern with seven sections of 1+2+2 millefiori patterns each separated by a white latticinio 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 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 1/2” diameter by just under 2” high.  Bottom is fire polished. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  I could find no flaws. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this to be a Strathearn paperweight from Scotland. 

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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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2495 Rare Large Vasart Paneled Millefiori Paperweight Pin Dish.  circa 1946-1963.  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.  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 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 Glass.  Strathearn Glass was formed in a reorganization of Vasart glass in 1963.  The new company was owned by Teachers Whiskey.

Large Size:  4 1/16” diameter by 1 5/8” high.  The center well is 2 5/8" diameter.  Bottom is fire polished and the pontil mark is ground down.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  I could find no flaws. There are some scratches from wear on the base.
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this is an early Scottish pin dish made by Vasart or possibly later by Strathearn. 
Execution:  There are some glittery areas indicating tiny incompatibilities in the glass.

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John Deacons Magnum Crown Paperweight.   circa 2005.  A wonderful very large crown paperweight  The paperweight is formed from 32 alternating strands of multi-colored twists and white twists.  The multi-colored twists are alternate between blue, green and white twists and red green and white twists.  .  The pink twists have gold aventurine borders to add sparkle.  The white twists are made up of a ribbon of six white rods.  A complex millefiori cane of blue and green canes forms the crown on top.  Signed "JD 2005" in a cane on the base.  A fantastic addition to any collection of Scottish paperweights. 

Crown paperweights are considered by some to be the most exciting of all millefiori designs.  They are extremely difficult to make. 

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.  You can read about John Deacons in the book by Hall - Scottish Paperweights.

Very Large Size:  3 1/4" diameter by 2 5/8" high.  The bottom is ground concave. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed with John Deacons "JD 2005" signature cane with a thistle on the base.  The date 2005 is reversed.

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3935 Phoenix Paperweights Limited Edition FP16 2002 Christmas Rose Paperweight with Millefiori Garland.  Dated 2002. This paperweight has a white stylized rose with two large leaves and three berries set on a lilac colored opaque ground.  There is also an outer garland of millefiori canes.  The paperweight was issued in a limited edition of 50 paperweights.  It is signed and numbered "PHOENIX 2002 5/50" on the base.    Perfect condition. 

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 1 7/8" high. The base is ground concave. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed and numbered "PHOENIX 2002 5/50" on the base.  There is also a PP signature cane in the design. 

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3750 Magnum Peter Holmes Scottish Borders Art Glass Four Leaf Clover in Garland Paperweight.  circa 2002 or later.  This paperweight consists large four leaf clover with a stem surrounded by a multi-colored garland of millefiori and twist canes.   The ground is a translucent purple.  It is signed with Peter Holmes "PH" signature cane in the design.  It is signed in script on the base "SCOTTISH BORDERS ART GLASS Pete Holmes".  The paperweight also has a paper label "SCOTTISH BORDERS ART GLASS - CRAFTED BY HAND HAWICK SCOTLAND".  A rare and interesting design. 

The four leaf clover has a root like structure on top.  I do not know the significance of this symbol. 

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.  They produced a wide range of paperweight styles including abstract, lampwork and millefiori paperweights.  The company was located in Selkirk, Scotland in the Borders Region.  Peter left Selkirk in 2002 to start Scottish Borders Art Glass with his son, Andrew, at Galalaw, Hawick.

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Very Large Size:  3 1/8" diameter by 2 3/16" high. The bottom is ground flat. 
Signature:  Signed with Peter Holmes "PH" signature cane in the design.  It is signed in script on the base "SCOTTISH BORDERS ART GLASS Pete Holmes".  The paperweight also has a paper label "SCOTTISH BORDERS ART GLASS - CRAFTED BY HAND HAWICK SCOTLAND". 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips, cracks or scratches. 

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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. 

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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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$125 postage paid in the US. 

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2482
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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150 Magnum Selkirk Lace Fountain Limited Edition Paperweight. circa 1987.  This is wonderful large example of a Selkirk abstract design.  It has a blue base color covered with a white and pink speckle ground.   There is a fountain with spray in the center with a bubble in the center and a larger bubble directly above the fountain.  The ground has five ruffles each with a controlled bubble over it.  The bottom is engraved "SELKIRK GLASS SCOTLAND LACE FOUNTAIN 427/500 1987".  There is one large angled facet.  A fantastic showy paperweight.

Magnum Size: 3 1/2" diameter by 3 1/8" high.  Outstanding condition with no chips or cracks.  There are some light scratches on the base.  The base is finished and engraved "SELKIRK GLASS SCOTLAND LACE FOUNTAIN 427/500 1987".

$245 postage paid in the US. 

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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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3407 Caithness 1976 Limited Edition Magnum Trio Paperweight Set - One. Dated 1976.  This set of three paperweights comes with its original box and framed certificate.  The set of three magnum paperweights was the first set made by Caithness using colorless glass, clear crystal only.  The design theme was based on the number three and represents three different interpretations of the number.  The visual effects were created using hand shaped forms.  Each motif grows from or is suspended above a fine layer of miniature bubbles.  The edition was limited to 750 sets although only 646 were produced.  This is set number 46.  Each paperweight is signed on the base "Trio Caithness 1976  46/750.  This is a really interesting set that displays well in the box or without it.

This paperweight set CT-47 was designed by Colin Terris in 1976. This design is listed on page 15 of the Charlton Standard Catalog of Caithness Paperweights.  The original issue price was £70 (British Pounds Sterling).  The Charlton Standard Catalog lists its current value (in 2004) as $900 in the US.  This set has minor damage on each paperweight and is priced considerably lower.  Please see the condition statement below for more details.

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: The three paperweights are each approximately 3 5/8" diameter by 3" high.  Individually they range in size from 3 9/16" diameter to just over 3 5/8" diameter.  They range in height from just under 2 15/16" tall to 3 1/8" tall.  The bottoms are ground flat.  With the original box and framed certificate, the set weights just under eight pounds.
Condition:  Very good condition, although each has minor scratches that were hard to photograph because of the colorless glass.  See picture for typical damage.  No chips or cracks. Some scratches on the base of each.  The box is aged (40 years old) and doesn't close fully.  The hinges of the box show signs of rust.  See pictures of the box.
Signature:  Each paperweight is signed on the base "Trio Caithness 1976  46/750".  One has a remnant of a paper label with the words "MADE" and "SCOTLAND" still visible.  It comes with a certificate of authenticity in a leatherette frame.

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