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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).

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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
5122
Large Antique St. Louis Millefiori Scramble Paperweight with Arrow Canes.   circa 1845-1860.  This is a fantastic large St. Louis scrambled millefiori paperweight.  It is just packed with a variety of millefiori canes and twists, including several canes with a St. Louis arrow or a six pointed star in the center.  There is also a cane with a ring of arrow canes.  And more.  A colorful large weight with a great variety of complex canes to examine. 

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.

Note:  Please ignore the white spots - they are glare caused by my light.

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:  Just over 3 1/16" diameter by 2 1/4" high. The bottom is ground concave.  The profile is unusually high.
Signature: Unsigned, but I guarantee this is an antique paperweight from the Saint-Louis factory in France.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks or scratches found on the body but age appropriate wear on the base.

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

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Side view
Closeup
Profile
Base
Another view
SOLD

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Large Antique St. Louis Millefiori Scramble Paperweight with Arrow Canes
463 Large St. Louis Prototype Paperweight - Hexagon Shape Carpet Millefiori Pattern of Cross of Lorraine Canes with Pistachio Double Overlay.  circa late 1960s.  This dramatic St. Louis paperweight features a hexagon shaped millefiori pattern of blue and red Cross of Lorraine canes surrounded by a border of white stardust canes.  The design is set on a translucent dark green button ground and is encased in a pistachio and white double overlay.  This paperweight has an unusual faceting with a large top facet and five larger side facets.  The side facets overlap and each has four extra cuts near the base forming smiling lips.  These extra cuts create an elaborate pattern when the paperweight is viewed from the top.  The paperweight is not a production item and was probably an experimental piece intended to demonstrate a new design.  The faceting may have been an experiment or maybe it was added to remove damage or execution flaws.  The overlay has flaws where it meets the base.  The millefiori canes in this paperweight are known St. Louis millefiori canes, but the paperweight is unsigned.  A brilliant design.  It is a shame it was never released to production.  A great addition to any collection of modern millefiori 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.

Large Size:  2 13/16" diameter by just under 2 1/4" high.  The base is ground concave.  Faceted with a large top facet and five larger side facets in an unusual complex faceting pattern.
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this is a modern St. Louis paperweight from the late 1960s or early 1970s.
Condition:  Very good condition with no scratches, chips or cracks found on inspection.  The double overlay has flaws where it meets the base.

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

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Top view
Closeup
Profile View
Another view
Side view
Base
Still another view
SOLD.

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Large St. Louis Prototype Paperweight - Hexagon Shape Carpet Millefiori Pattern of Cross of Lorraine Canes with Pistachio Double Overlay
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.

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

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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:

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Signature / date cane
Foil label
Closeup
Profile view
Side view
Base
Another view of base
Two impact marks (largest is under 1/16")
$245 postage paid in the US. 

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Large St. Louis 1972 Limited Edition Pink Carpet Ground Paperweight with Six Millefiori Cane Clusters



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