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Cristalleries de Saint Louis was founded in 1767 in Lorraine, which became part of France in 1766.  The region was already home to several glassworks.  Paperweight production started at St. Louis in 1845 and most likely continued until about 1860.

Although the modern production of paperweights started in 1952, the output of millefiori and lampwork paperweights was small.  Fewer than 400 lampwork and millefiori paperweights were made between 1952 and 1955.  They were not all signed or dated.  The most successful product of this early revival period was the Queen Elizabeth sulphide which was made to commemorate her coronation in 1953.

After 1955, no additional weights were made at St. Louis until 1965.  In 1965 the factory resumed production of lampwork and millefiori paperweights and then in 1967 they began a series of sulphide weights.  Finally, in 1970 they started producing annual limited edition paperweights.

You can read more about the St. Louis Paperweights in the books:

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4583 Large St. Louis 1976 Bicentennial George Washington on Horseback Gold Inclusion Paperweight.   dated 1976.  This paperweight features a gold foil inclusion of General George Washington on his horse surrounded by thirteen millefiori stars, one of which is a complex St. Louis signature / date cane "SL 1976".  The design is placed on an opaque blue ground and is faceted with one large top facet and five side facets.  Sculpted into the ground below the horse's feet are the dates "1776 - 1976".  In addition to the signature cane, the paperweight has its original "CRISTAL SAINT LOUIS FRANCE" foil label and comes with its original certificate of authenticity.  This paperweight is number 133 out of a limited edition of 650 paperweights.  A wonderful paperweight in perfect condition. 

According to the two books on St. Louis paperweights, this is the first modern St. Louis paperweight to have gold inclusions.  It was created for the US Bicentennial in 1976 and considered a special accomplishment.  The inclusion / medal was created from a drawing by Remy Hetreau of Arthus Bertrand Co., Paris.  One of the paperweights was given to President and Mrs. Ford as a symbol of Franco-American friendship.  Two versions of this design were created, 250 regular and 400 with a double overlay, for a total of 650 copies.  All copies were limited to US distribution.  

Cristalleries de Saint Louis was founded in 1767 in Lorraine, which became part of France in 1766.  The region was already home to several glassworks.  Paperweight production started at St. Louis in 1845 and most likely continued until about 1860.  Although the modern production of paperweights started in 1952, the output of millefiori and lampwork paperweights was small.  Fewer than 400 lampwork and millefiori paperweights were made between 1952 and 1955.  They were not all signed or dated.  The most successful product of this early revival period was the Queen Elizabeth sulphide which was made to commemorate her coronation in 1953.  After 1955, no additional weights were made at St. Louis until 1965.  In 1965 the factory resumed production of lampwork and millefiori paperweights and then in 1967 they began a series of sulphide weights.  Finally, in 1970 they started producing annual limited edition paperweights.  In addition to the three types already mentioned, millefiori, lampwork, and sulphide paperweights, St. Louis also made a small number of designs with gold inclusions. 

Large Size :  Just under 3 1/8" diameter by 2 1/16" high.  The bottom is ground concave.  It is faceted with one large top facet and five side facets.
Signature : Signed in the design with a complex signature / date cane "SL 1976".  It also has has its original "CRISTAL SAINT LOUIS FRANCE" foil label and comes with its original certificate of authenticity. 
Condition :  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches.  The original collector noted the price paid at Wheaton Village in December 1975 on the reverse side of the certificate ($310).

For extra pictures, click on the picture at the right and the following links: 

Large picture
Closeup
Profile
Signature / Date cane
Label
Closeup of 1776-1976 date
Certificate
Side view
Base
$295 postage paid in the US.

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Large St. Louis 1976 Bicentennial George Washington on Horseback Garland Paperweight
5411 Large St. Louis 1971 Limited Edition Swirl Crown Paperweight.  dated 1971.  This dramatic St. Louis paperweight crown paperweight has a swirl of alternating areas of white and blue.  The swirl consists of fourteen white lines and fourteen blue lines culminating in a complex St. Louis "SL 1971" signature cane on top.  The paperweight was made by starting with a clear core, adding a thin white layer, then the blue layer, and finally fourteen white stringers.  The design was then "crowned" and encased in a clear outer layer.  This can be confirmed by examining view of the bottom.  At the center of the base, the fourteen white stringers can be seen to rest upon a blue layer.  There are a number of visible manufacturing flaws where the white stringers expanded too much.  This paperweight was one of the earliest limited edition paperweights issued by St. Louis.  It was made in a limited edition of 400 paperweights, of which 250 were reserved for American collectors.  A brilliant design.  A great addition to any collection of modern St. Louis paperweights.    

Cristalleries de Saint Louis was founded in 1767 in Lorraine, which became part of France in 1766.  The region was already home to several glassworks.  Paperweight production started at St. Louis in 1845 and most likely continued until about 1860.  Although the modern production of paperweights started in 1952, the output of millefiori and lampwork paperweights was small.  Fewer than 400 lampwork and millefiori paperweights were made between 1952 and 1955.  They were not all signed or dated.  The most successful product of this early revival period was the Queen Elizabeth sulphide which was made to commemorate her coronation in 1953.  After 1955, no additional weights were made at St. Louis until 1965.  In 1965 the factory resumed production of lampwork and millefiori paperweights and then in 1967 they began a series of sulphide weights.  Finally, in 1970 they started producing annual limited edition paperweights.  There were three limited editions in 1970 and six limited editions in 1971.

Large Size:  3 1/16" diameter by 2 5/16" high.  The base is ground slightly concave.
Signature:  Signed with a complex "SL 1971" signature cane on top of the design.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks found on inspection.  There are a number of visible manufacturing flaws where the white stringers expanded too much.

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Top view
Closeup
View through bottom showing white stringers on blue layer
Signature cane
Side view
Base
$345 postage paid in the US.

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Large St. Louis 1971 Limited Edition Swirl Crown Paperweight
5259 Set of St. Louis Paperweight Style Letter Seals Limited Edition with Original Box and Certificates.  dated 1974.  This is pair of St. Louis paperweight style letter seals, one red with a white stripe and one blue with a white stripe.  The bases are flat and blank, ready to be engraved to create your own custom letter seals.  Each handle is hollow blown with white pinstripe twists.  These letter seals were issued in 1974 in limited editions of 500 of each color and were sold individually and in boxed sets.  This set comes with its original (although distressed) St. Louis presentation box and original certificates.  Each seal is signed on the top of the base with an etched signature "1974 S. LOUIS France".  A great addition to any collection of modern French paperweights.    

Cristalleries de Saint Louis was founded in 1767 in Lorraine, which became part of France in 1766.  The region was already home to several glassworks.  Paperweight production started at St. Louis in 1845 and most likely continued until about 1860.  Although the modern production of paperweights started in 1952, the output of millefiori and lampwork paperweights was small.  Fewer than 400 lampwork and millefiori paperweights were made between 1952 and 1955.  They were not all signed or dated.  The most successful product of this early revival period was the Queen Elizabeth sulphide which was made to commemorate her coronation in 1953.  After 1955, no additional weights were made at St. Louis until 1965.  In 1965 the factory resumed production of lampwork and millefiori paperweights and then in 1967 they began a series of sulphide weights.  Finally, in 1970 they started producing annual limited edition paperweights.

Size:  Each letter seal is 4 5/16" tall.  The blue seal has a base diameter of just under 1 1/2".  The red is slightly thinner with a base diameter of 1 7/16".  The base of each seal is flat. 
Signature:  Each letter seal is signed and dated with an etched signature "1974 S. LOUIS France".
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No flaws found on either seal.  The box is distressed as shown in the pictures.

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With box and certificates
Certificates
Etched signatures
Another view
Box
Another view of box
Bases
$185 postage paid in the US. 

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Set of St. Louis Paperweight Style Letter Seals Limited Edition with Original Box and Certificates
4569 Large St. Louis 1972 Limited Edition Pink Carpet Ground Paperweight with Six Millefiori Cane Clustersdated 1972.  This colorful St. Louis paperweight features a carpet ground of pink complex millefiori canes.  There are six large green, yellow, and red complex cane clusters woven into the ground along with a St. Louis "SL 1972" signature / date cane.  The paperweight also has its original "CRISTAL SAINT LOUIS FRANCE" foil label.  The outer ring of pink canes is pulled down to the base to create a basket effect.  This paperweight was made in a limited edition of 400 paperweights, of which 250 were reserved for American collectors.  A must have addition to any collection of modern millefiori paperweights.

Note on condition:  This paperweight is in excellent shape with the exception of two tiny circular impact marks high on the side.  The larger is just under 1/16" across.  There is one picture showing these marks.  The paperweight displays beautifully.  Offered at a reduced price because of the damage.

Cristalleries de Saint Louis was founded in 1767 in Lorraine, which became part of France in 1766.  The region was already home to several glassworks.  Paperweight production started at St. Louis in 1845 and most likely continued until about 1860.  Although the modern production of paperweights started in 1952, the output of millefiori and lampwork paperweights was small.  Fewer than 400 lampwork and millefiori paperweights were made between 1952 and 1955.  They were not all signed or dated.  The most successful product of this early revival period was the Queen Elizabeth sulphide which was made to commemorate her coronation in 1953.  After 1955, no additional weights were made at St. Louis until 1965.  In 1965 the factory resumed production of lampwork and millefiori paperweights and then in 1967 they began a series of sulphide weights.  Finally, in 1970 they started producing annual limited edition paperweights.

Large Size:  Just over 3" diameter by just over 2" high.  The base is ground concave.
Signature:  Signed with a St. Louis "SL 1972" signature / date cane.  The paperweight also has its original "CRISTAL SAINT LOUIS FRANCE" foil label.
Condition:  This paperweight is in excellent condition with the exception of two tiny circular impact marks high on the side.  The larger is just under 1/16" across.  There is one picture showing these marks.  The paperweight displays beautifully.  The foil label shows some wear.  No other damage found.

For extra pictures, click on the picture at the right and the following links:

Large picture
Signature / date cane
Foil label
Closeup
Profile view
Side view
Base
Another view of base
Two impact marks (largest is under 1/16")
SOLD. 

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Large St. Louis 1972 Limited Edition Pink Carpet Ground Paperweight with Six Millefiori Cane Clusters
3669 St. Louis 1953 Queen Elizabeth II  Coronation Sulphide Paperweight on Rare Rose Petal Ground.   dated 1953.  This is a St. Louis sulphide paperweight featuring a ceramic image of Queen Elizabeth II set on a rare red and white rose petal over white ground and surrounded by a garland of red and white millefiori canes.  The ground in this paperweight is also called red over marble.  It is signed with an upside down complex St. Louis signature / date cane in the garland "SL 1953" and also signed on the base with an impressed mark "COURONNEMENT  2-6-53  SAINT-LOUIS-FRANCE".  The sulphide has been treated to produce a silver finish.  An early example of St. Louis artistic accomplishment.  It is faceted with a large top facet and five side facets.  A significant historical paperweight. 

According to the two books on St. Louis paperweights, the QE II sulphide was issued in an edition of 1,226 regular sulphides on a variety of grounds and with and without millefiori garlands.  There were also some overlay versions produced.  Not all were marked with the special COURONNEMENT mark.  This was St. Louis earliest modern sulphide and one of the company's earliest modern paperweights.  It was much in demand and the famous French writer Colette requested one for her collection. 

Note on fractures in the white ground layer:  The rose petal ground is created using red and white layers of frit.  Unfortunately the two colors were incompatible and the white under layer contains a few thin fractures.  They are hard to see without magnification but I have included a picture showing some of the fractures.  I suspect this manufacturing problem caused St. Louis to produce very few paperweights in this color combination.  Please keep in mind that this was their earliest modern sulphide.   

Sulphides are cast objects (animals, flowers, people) made of a ceramic material that has properties similar to the surrounding glass.  They are normally white, but are also sometimes colored or even painted.  The objects are cast in a mold that copied or made directly from a medallion, coin or sculpture.  The finest French sulphides are cast in a mold made by a skilled artist.  Often a sulphide will have a silvery appearance due to a thin layer of trapped bubbles between the glass and the sulphide itself. 

Cristalleries de Saint Louis was founded in 1767 in Lorraine, which became part of France in 1766.  The region was already home to several glassworks.  Paperweight production started at St. Louis in 1845 and most likely continued until about 1860.  Although the modern production of paperweights started in 1952, the output of millefiori and lampwork paperweights was small.  Fewer than 400 lampwork and millefiori paperweights were made between 1952 and 1955.  They were not all signed or dated.  The most successful product of this early revival period was the Queen Elizabeth sulphide which was made to commemorate her coronation in 1953.  After 1955, no additional weights were made at St. Louis until 1965.  In 1965 the factory resumed production of lampwork and millefiori paperweights and then in 1967 they began a series of sulphide weights.  Finally, in 1970 they started producing annual limited edition paperweights.

Large Size:  2 15/16" diameter by 1 11/16" high.  The bottom is ground concave.  It is faceted with a large top facet and five side facets.
Signature : Signed with an upside down complex St. Louis signature / date cane in the garland "SL 1953" and also signed on the base with an impressed mark "COURONNEMENT  2-6-53  SAINT-LOUIS-FRANCE". 
Condition :  Unfortunately there are a few thin fractures in the white ground layer, visible from the bottom.  These are inside the encasement and cannot be felt.  Other than this manufacturing flaw, no cracks, chips or scratches were found on inspection.

For extra pictures, click on the picture at the right and the following links: 

Large picture
Signature date cane in the garland
Special COURONNEMENT mark on base
Closeup
Profile
Side view
Base
Fractures in white ground 
$295 postage paid in the US.

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St. Louis 1953 Queen Elizabeth II  Coronation Sulphide Paperweight on Rare Rose Petal Ground
5397 Magnum 1971 St. Louis Limited Edition Millefiori Star with Pistachio Double Overlay.  dated 1971.  This 1971 St. Louis paperweight features a hexagon shaped millefiori pattern with a wonderful six pointed star in the center.  The millefiori design is crisply executed and set on a translucent dark blue button ground.  The result is encased in a pistachio and white double overlay.  It is signed in the center of the star pattern with a Saint Louis "SL 1971" signature / date cane.  The paperweight is faceted with a large top facet and five side facets.  See note below about manufacturing flaws.  A brilliant design.  This limited edition design was offered by St. Louis in a choice of four overlay colors - red, white, blue, and pistachio - with 100 made in each color, for a total of 400 paperweights.  A great addition to any collection of modern millefiori paperweights.

Note about manufacturing flaws:  The double overlay has flaws - some black debris and one tool mark.  The millefiori pattern is placed slightly off center on the dark blue button ground.  There are some striations in the glass.

Cristalleries de Saint Louis was founded in 1767 in Lorraine, which became part of France in 1766.  The region was already home to several glassworks.  Paperweight production started at St. Louis in 1845 and most likely continued until about 1860.  Although the modern production of paperweights started in 1952, the output of millefiori and lampwork paperweights was small.  Fewer than 400 lampwork and millefiori paperweights were made between 1952 and 1955.  They were not all signed or dated.  The most successful product of this early revival period was the Queen Elizabeth sulphide which was made to commemorate her coronation in 1953.  After 1955, no additional weights were made at St. Louis until 1965.  In 1965 the factory resumed production of lampwork and millefiori paperweights and then in 1967 they began a series of sulphide weights.  Finally, in 1970 they started producing annual limited edition paperweights.

Large Size:  3 3/16" diameter by 2 5/16" high.  The base is ground concave.  Finished with a pistachio and white double overlay and faceted with a large top facet and five side facets.
Signature:  Signed in the center of the design with a Saint Louis "SL 1971" signature cane.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks found on inspection.  The double overlay has flaws - some black debris and one tool mark.  The millefiori pattern is placed slightly off center on the dark blue button ground.  There are some striations in the glass.

For extra pictures, click on the picture at the right and the following links:

Large picture
Top view
Signature cane
Closeup
Another closeup
Another closeup from side
Side view
Base
Flaws in overlay
$375 postage paid in the US.

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Magnum 1971 St. Louis Limited Edition Millefiori Star with Pistachio Double Overlay









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