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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
 
 
4663 Rare Large 1977 Dated Strathearn P6 Upright Red Flower on Red Ground Paperweight.  dated 1977.  This very attractive paperweight consists an upright five petal red flower with three green leaves over a translucent red ground.  This is a very nice example.  It is signed with a Strathearn signature / date cane "S 77" on the base.  It also has worn paper label "STRATHEARN HAND MADE IN SCOTLAND" on the base.  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.  It was the first UK glassworks fired on propane gas.  They continued with the Strathearn name until 1980 when they were taken over by Stuart Crystal and renamed Stuart Strathearn.  No paperweights were made after the merger.    

Large Size:   Just under 4" high by just under 2 3/8" diameter.  The bottom is ground flat.   
Condition:  Excellent condition.  I found no chips, cracks, or scratches.  The label is worn and has some writing on it.
Signature:  Signed with a Strathearn signature / date cane "S 77" on the base.  It also has worn paper label "STRATHEARN HAND MADE IN SCOTLAND" on the base.   

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$125 postage paid in the US.  

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Rare Large 1977 Dated Strathearn P6 Upright Red Flower on Red Ground Paperweight
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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Opener with closed box
$345 postage paid in the US.        

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Vasart / Lassman Millefiori Paperweight Handle Bottle Opener with Original Box
3916 Large Caithness 1993 Congratulations (Style Two) Abstract Paperweight.   circa 1993.  This abstract Caithness paperweight depicts a woven "cap" with four descending tassels.  There are carefully placed bubbles at the corners of the cap and at the tip of each tassel.  All of this is surrounded by a mist of transparent  white glass.  It is entirely white and was difficult to photograph.  Alternatively the paperweight can be interpreted as fireworks, but that does not explain the use of the woven glass fabric.  The paperweight is signed on the base "Caithness CONGRATULATIONS Scotland" along with a registration number "TS9650".  Designed by Margot Thomson. 

This design is listed and designated CT-985 on page 147 of the Charlton Standard Catalog of Caithness Paperweights.  It was designed in 1993 by Margot Thomson as part of the Weight - Spherical series.  The paperweight is recorded as coming in three colors (Gold, Ruby, and Silver).  Since this paperweight is white, it leaves me wondering if maybe it is the "silver" version or maybe white was added later.  

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:  Just over 3 1/8" diameter by just over 2 7/8" high.  The base is ground flat. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips or cracks or scratches found on inspection except for some scratches on the base. 
Signature:  It is signed on the base "Caithness CONGRATULATIONS Scotland" along with a registration number "TS9650". 

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$39 postage paid in the US.                             

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1993 Large Caithness Congratulations (Style Two) Abstract Paperweight
3156 John Deacons / William Manson, Sr. 2006 Strathearn Collection Bouquet  & Torsade Paperweight.  dated 2006.  This paperweight consists of a bouquet of four red, blue, yellow, and white flowers with five leaves and stems placed on a opaque pink ground.  Each flower consists of five petals and a complex millefiori center.  The yellow flower has a star cane in the very center.  There is a wonderful blue and white torsade surrounding the bouquet.  The paperweight is one of a collaborative series made by John Deacons and William Manson Sr.  It is signed on the base with John Deacons' "JD 2006" signature cane and William Manson's "WM" signature cane.  The JD 2006 cane also has a green thistle with two green shamrocks just below the JD.  It is also marked "S19 12/25".  A very attractive paperweight. 

In 2006, John Deacons and Willie Manson collaborated to make three sets of 12 paperweight designs or 36 designs in all.  They were called the Strathearn Collection. Each design was a limited edition of 25 paperweights.  Each weight was signed with the signature cane of both artists.  This paperweight is designated S19 12/25, meaning it is the nineteenth design in the Strathearn Collection and is #12 of the limited edition of 25 paperweights. 

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

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.  Today John works with his son Craig at his own studio.

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. 

Large Size:  2 3/4" diameter by 1 11/16" high. The bottom is ground concave. 
Signature:  Signed with John Deacons' "JD 2006" signature cane and William Manson's "WM" signature cane.  The JD 2006 cane also has a green thistle between two green shamrocks just below the JD.  The paperweight is also marked "S19 12/25". 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 

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$245 postage paid in the US.                                      

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John Deacons / William Manson, Sr. 2006 Strathearn Collection Bouquet  & Torsade Paperweight
3749 John Deacons / William Manson, Sr. 2006 Strathearn Collection Flower, Torsade and Garland Paperweight.  dated 2006.  This paperweight consists of a red five petal flower with leaves and stem surrounded by a torsade and then surrounded again by a garland of millefiori and twists.  The center of the flower is a complex millefiori cane with a six pointed star in the center.  The petals of the flower each have stripes of the aventurine down the middle.  There is a green, blue, and white torsade surrounding the flower.  Outside the torsade is a garland of amber millefiori canes and short orange and white twists.  The ground is an almost opaque very dark red or rose color.  The paperweight is one of a collaborative series made by John Deacons and William Manson Sr.  It is signed on the base with John Deacons' "JD 2006" signature cane and William Manson's "WM" signature cane.  The JD 2006 cane also has a green thistle with two green shamrocks just below the JD.  It is also marked "S12 2/25".  A very attractive paperweight. 

In 2006, John Deacons and Willie Manson collaborated to make three sets of 12 paperweight designs or 36 designs in all.  They were called the Strathearn Collection. Each design was a limited edition of 25 paperweights.  Each weight was signed with the signature cane of both artists.  This paperweight is designated S12 2/25, meaning it is the twelfth design in the Strathearn Collection and is #2 of the limited edition of 25 paperweights. 

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

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.  Today John works with his son Craig at his own studio.

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. 

Large Size:  Just under 2 13/16" diameter by 2" high. The bottom is ground concave. 
Signature:  Signed with John Deacons' "JD 2006" signature cane and William Manson's "WM" signature cane.  The JD 2006 cane also has a green thistle between two green shamrocks just below the JD.  The paperweight is also marked "S12 2/25". 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 

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$245 postage paid in the US. 

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John Deacons / William Manson, Sr. 2006 Strathearn Collection Flower, Torsade and Garland Paperweight
2116 Rare Phoenix Paperweights 2003 Closepack Millefiori Paperweight.  Dated 2003. This paperweight has a closepacked design of hundreds of millefiori canes over a very dark green ground.  The ground has aventurine in it which gives it a glittery appearance.  Set in the midst of the canes is a signature PP cane (although it is reversed).  The paperweight is also signed on the base "PHOENIX 2003".  A rare find from a company that was in business for less than two years.  

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:  Just over 2 7/8" diameter by 1 7/8" high. The base is ground concave in the center.
Condition:  Very good condition.  There is one tiny faint 1/16" circular impact mark on the dome but no other other damage with the exception of faint wear on the base.
Signature:  Signed "PHOENIX 2003" on the base.  There is also a PP signature cane in the design (although it is reversed). 

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$295 postage paid in the US.              

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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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4914 Rare John Deacons St. Kilda Concentric Millefiori Paperweight Bottle - Signed StK.   circa 1978 - 1987.  This St. Kilda bottle was made by John Deacons between 1978 to 1987.  This may be a married set.  The bottle and stopper do not match perfectly.  The stopper fits but not snugly.  It is possible that the factory or a prior dealer accidentally mismatched the two or the factory did this on purpose.  The bottle has four rings of blue and pink millefiori over a cobalt blue ground.  The stopper has different millefiori with three rings of blue and white millefiori.  Both are signed with an "St.K" signature cane in the center.  An fun item 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 under 2 1/2" diameter by 3 11/16" high with the stopper.  The bottle is just under 2 1/2" diameter by 2 3/8" high.  The stopper is just over 1 5/8" diameter by just under 2 1/8" long.  The base is ground concave. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed with the St. Kilda signature cane "StK" in the center of both the stopper and the bottle. 

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$125 postage paid in the US.                           

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Rare John Deacons St. Kilda Concentric Millefiori Paperweight Bottle - Signed StK
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.

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

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. 

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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$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".

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2263
Vasart / Lassman Millefiori Paperweight Bar Set.  circa 1950s-1960s.  The firm of Lassman & Co designed and produced this bar set during the 1950s and 1960s. The millefiori paperweight handles were made by the Ysart family of Scotland under the Vasart label.  The millefiori paperweight handles each have a concentric design that matches the setup and canes of other Vasart paperweights. 

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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$195 postage paid in the US.                

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