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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:

If you are interested in purchasing any of these paperweights, e-mail me at: aport@paperweights.com
 
2791 Large St. Louis 1983 Faceted Bouquet Paperweight with two Pansies, Double Clematis, and a Fantasy Flower.  dated 1983.  This paperweight features a four flower bouquet of pansies, clematis, and a fantasy flower arranged over a clear ground.  The arrangement can also be called a cruciform style bouquet since the flowers and stems form a cross. There are two deep blue pansies with arrowhead millefiori canes for the lower petals.  There is also a great double layer white clematis with a bud and another three layer blue and white flower.  Each flower has a complex millefiori center.  The paperweight is faceted with six side facets and one large top facet.  The paperweight was issued in a limited edition of 300 paperweights.  It is signed with a red, white and blue complex signature/date cane "SL 1983" on the underside of the bouquet.  It also has a gold foil label "CRISTAL SAINT LOUIS FRANCE" on the side.  A wonderful paperweight. 

This paperweight appears in the later of the two books on St. Louis paperweights, The Art of the Paperweight - Saint Louis (Second Edition - 1995) by Gerard Ingold.  It was issued in a limited edition of 300 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.  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. 

Very Large Size :  3 1/16" diameter by 2 1/16" high.  The bottom is ground concave. 
Signature : Signed with a red, white, and blue complex signature/date cane "SL 1983" on the base.  It also has a gold foil label "CRISTAL SAINT LOUIS FRANCE" on the side. 
Condition :  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches. 

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4635 Modern St. Louis 1953 Queen Elizabeth II  Coronation Commemorative Sulphide Paperweight.   Circa 1953.  This is a modern St. Louis sulphide paperweight featuring a ceramic image of Queen Elizabeth II set on a clear ground and surrounded by a garland of red, white, and blue millefiori canes.  It is signed on the base "ST. LOUIS CRISTAL 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.  All were supposed to be marked "Couronnement 2.6.53 Saint Louis - France" on the back of the sulphide and reserved for the American market.  This was St. Louis earliest 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:  The sulphide in this paperweight is not marked as described above with the special "Couronnement" marking.  It may have been an early sample or the literature may be incorrect and some may have been produced for other markets or escaped the special marking. 

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 7/8" diameter by 1 3/4" high.  The bottom is ground concave. 
Signature: Signed on the base with the etched signature "ST. LOUIS CRISTAL FRANCE". 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no no cracks or chips.  No scratches found on inspection.  The picture of the base shows what appears to be a small nick.  It is a a tiny white "stone" in the glass just below the surface of the base.  This pot used to hold molten glass will sometimes throw off stones when it is first used. 

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3497 Modern 1991 St. Louis White Daisy Paperweight.  circa 1991. This paperweight consists of a single white daisy with stem and leaf on a tomato red ground.  It is signed with a complex "SL 1991" signature cane near the bottom of the stem.  It also is signed with an etched signature on the base "CRISTAL St. LOUIS FRANCE".  It comes with its original box.  This is an especially nice St. Louis paperweight.

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. 

The picture does not do justice to this paperweight.  Ignore the white areas, they are reflections and glare from the lights. 

Medium Size:   Just over 2 1/2" diameter by just over 1 3/4" high. 
Signature:  Signed in the design with a complex "SL 1991" signature cane and signed again on the base with an etched signature "CRISTAL St. LOUIS FRANCE".
Condition:  Outstanding condition with no scratches, chips or cracks.  The box has some wear and a damaged area as shown in the picture.
Execution:  Perfect execution.

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4639 Large St. Louis 1979 Faceted Tutankhamen Gold Mask and Millefiori Garland Paperweight.   dated 1979.  This paperweight features a 24 karat gold death mask of the boy king Pharaoh Tutankhamen is surrounded by a white, blue, red, and yellow complex millefiori garland.  The design is placed on an opaque orange ground and faceted with six side facets and one large top facet.  The paperweight was issued in a limited edition of 300 paperweights.  It is signed with a red and white complex signature/date cane "SL 1979" on the base.  The gold inclusion was created from a medal by Arthus Bertrand Co., Paris.  A wonderful paperweight. 

According to the two books on St. Louis paperweights, this design was issued with two different color grounds, orange and turquoise.  There were 300 issued in each color.  The original price in 1979 was $490.  Examples sold at auction have sold for $720 and up.  This paperweight is an example of the fourth type of paperweight made by St. Louis, namely the paperweight incorporates a gold inclusion. 

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. 

Very Large Size:  3 1/8" diameter by just under 2" high.  The bottom is ground concave. 
Signature: Signed with a red and white complex signature/date cane "SL 1979" on the base. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches. 

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3067
Miniature Antique St. Louis Concentric Millefiori Paperweight.   circa 1845-1860.  This is a miniature St. Louis concentric millefiori paperweight.  It is made up of wonderful complex millefiori canes.  There are interesting combinations of star and cog canes.  The outer ring of 24 canes alternates between pink and green with twelve pink complex canes and twelve green multi-layer cog canes.  The inner ring consists of five larger blue and white complex canes, each with eight white star canes surrounded by an outer layer of blue.   In the center is great yellow, blue, green, and white complex cane with white and blue florets.  The ground is clear. 

A sparkling little weight that looks better than the pictures show.  The details are easier to see in the bottom view.

If you are wondering how to tell an antique St. Louis concentric from a Baccarat concentric, here is a trick that another collector once taught me.  St. Louis weights tend to be bold in the color setup with the outer garland alternating between two colors, while the garland in a comparable Baccarat weight will alternate between a colored cane and white a white cane.

Miniature Size:  1 2/3" diameter by 1 1/4" high.  The bottom is ground slightly concave.
Signature: Unsigned, but I guarantee this to be an authentic St. Louis antique paperweight. Circa 1845-1860. 
Condition:  Very good condition with no cracks or chips.  This paperweight has been restored at some point.  There is some residual unevenness to the surface. 
Execution: Good execution although there are small bubbles and striations in the glass, both of which made it difficult to take pictures.  The design is slightly off center. 

St. Louis is Cristalleries de Saint Louis was founded in 1767 and started making glass paperweights in 1845 at the start of the classic period of paperweight making. 

You can read about paperweights from the St. Louis Factory in the book The Art of the Paperweight - Saint Louis, 2nd Edition by Gerard Ingold or any of the other books on fine antique paperweights. 

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2061 Antique St. Louis Scramble Paperweight Doorknob.   Circa 1845-1860.  This is a St. Louis millefiori scramble paperweight doorknob.  Although it was made to be a doorknob, it does not have the hardware fittings and probably never did.  The scramble is packed with complex millefiori and multi-colored twist canes.  This is a wonderful paperweight. 

Although many people collect scramble paperweights for their own merit, scrambles are also valuable tools for learning to identify the different colors and canes used by each factory. 

Size:  2 1/3" diameter by 2 1/8" high.  The base has a diameter of 1 1/2".
Signature: Unsigned, but I guarantee this to be an authentic St. Louis antique paperweight. Circa 1845-1860. 
Condition:  Excellent good condition with no cracks or chips.  The dome was professionally restored to remove some surface scratches.  The bottom is ground flat and has appropriate wear. 

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3354 Modern St. Louis 1789-1989 Bicentenary Millefiori Swirl Crown Paperweight with Box.   dated 1989.  This is a modern St. Louis swirl crown paperweight commemorating the 200th anniversary of start of the French revolution in 1789.  There are four strands of red white and blue cane topped with a red white and blue complex cane with the date 1789-1989.  The bottom is marked on the bottom in gold lettering "BICENTENAIRE DE LA REVOLUTION A.C.Delco Saint-Louis”. This paperweight comes with its original St. Louis box having a plaque reading "SAINT LOUIS CRISTALLIER DEPUIS 1767".

This paperweight is part of a special limited edition series of 400 paperweights issued by St. Louis in 1989.  The normal collector series was marked "BICENTENAIRE DE LA REVOLUTION  Saint-Louis”, without the reference to AC Delco, an electronics manufacturer.  I have not been able to determine whether the weights marked AC Delco are part of the series of 400 or a special commission in addition to the normal run of 400. 

Note:  The date cane on top of this paperweight is faint and the "9" is squeezed in at the right of both dates (1989 and 1789). 

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. 

Size:  2 11/16" diameter by 2" high. The bottom is ground concave.
Signature: Signed Saint-Louis in gold lettering on the base.  It also comes with its original St. Louis box.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no no cracks or chips. No scratches found on inspection.  The date canes are difficult to read.

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$295 postage paid in the US.                          

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