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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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$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.

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$495 postage paid in the US

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Large Antique St. Louis Millefiori Scramble Paperweight with Arrow Canes
2904 Modern St. Louis Sulphide Amour Paperweight with Certificate and Box.   dated 1979.  This is a modern St. Louis sulphide paperweight featuring a ceramic image of cupid set on a opaque red ground and surrounded by a garland of lampwork flowers with millefiori centers.  The paperweight was issued in a limited edition of 400 in 1979.  It is faceted with a large top facet and six side facets.  It is signed on the bottom with a millefiori signature "SL 1979" and retains its original foil label.  The paperweight comes with its original box and a somewhat wrinkled certificate numbered 85.  A great paperweight with fantastic color.   

The conceptual design for the paperweight was by Linda Pope-Selman.  Gilbert Poillerat sculpted the model for the image of cupid.  The sulphide bears the title AMOUR and the initials of the sculptor (GP). 

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:  Just over 3" diameter by 1 5/8" high.  The bottom is ground concave. 
Signature: Signed with a complex millefiori cane "SL 1979" on the bottom.  It also has its original certificate, label, and box.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, cracks, or chips found on inspection. 

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Box
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Base
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Side view
SOLD.      

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Modern St. Louis Sulphide Amour Paperweight with Certificate and Box

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