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Whitefriars Glass dates from sometime in the 1600s.  The original site had been occupied by a community of Carmelite monks known as White Friars, hence the name taken by the glass company.  It was operated under the name of James Powell and Sons from 1834 to 1962, when it was renamed Whitefriars Glass.  In 1980 they went out of business.  After Whitefriars Glass was liquidated, Caithness Glass purchased the rights to the name and produced paperweights under the Whitefriars name for a while. 

A quick summary of English paperweight production is given below.  See the excellent book Old English Paperweights by Robert Hall for more detail.

For a long time, collectors believed that English paperweights dated 1848 were made by Whitefriars.  The dates, however, are false dates and have been traced to production at Arculus and Walsh-Walsh in the 1920s and 1930s.  Most paperweights referred to as old Whitefriars or antique Whitefriars were, in fact, made by other factories such as Richardson, Arculus, Walsh-Walsh, or one of the unidentified Old English factories.  When the maker can not be identified, it is best to call them Whitefriars type or even just Old English paperweights.

Modern Whitefriars paperweights are prized by collectors for their high quality glass and millefiori designs.  The limited edition paperweights with mosaic canes are especially sought.

In addition to the millefiori paperweights discussed above, there is another category of collectible English paperweights.  Green glass paperweights, mantle ornaments and doorstops originated as early as 1820 and continued to be made as late as 1914.  They are made from green and blue bottle glass in factories founded by John Kilner of Wakefield and other bottle makers in the Midlands and Northern regions.  There are articles on this topic in 2002, 2003 and 2005 annual bulletins of the Paperweight Collectors Association.  You can also read about them in Hall's Old English Paperweights by Robert HallOften referred to as green dumps, the most desirable are those with well executed floral designs, sulphide inclusions, or colored flowers.  Even more desirable is a signed example.  Since they are made form bottle glass, these paperweights often show signs of rough handling with chips or internal fractures.

If you would like to purchase any of these paperweights, e-mail me at: aport@paperweights.com
 
 
5266 Large Whitefriars P8 Cylinder Six Ring Green and White Concentric Millefiori Paperweight.  dated 1973.  This cylinder shaped paperweight has six concentric rings of light green and white millefiori canes around a center cane that has a five petal blue flower in the center.  The ground is clear crystal.  Typical heavy Whitefriars lead crystal.  The paperweight is faceted a fancy faceting described as finger cut with top and bottom edge fluting.  There is one large facet on top, eight long finger flutes, eight oval facets at the top, and eight oval facets at the bottom of the cylinder.  It has a Whitefriars signature cane with a white monk and the date 1973 in the third ring from the outer edge.  This is an unusual addition to any collection of  millefiori paperweights.    

Modern Whitefriars paperweights are prized by collectors for their high quality glass and millefiori designs. The paperweights with mosaic canes are especially sought after.  The name Whitefriars Glass dates from sometime in the 1600s.  The original site had been occupied by a community of Carmelite monks known as White Friars, hence the name taken by the glass company.  Some sources state that at least a portion of the company operated under the name of James Powell and Sons from 1834 to 1962.  Other sources state that the Whitefriars name was used from 1680 to 1980.  Limited production of millefiori paperweights and other millefiori items started some time in the 1930s and first appeared in the 1938 catalog.  Millefiori items were made using English full lead crystal (33% lead oxide).  It is difficult to associate specific paperweights with this production.  After 1945, they made colored glass and bubble design paperweights until the modern millefiori production started about 1951.  Even then relatively few designs were produced until the 1970s.  In 1980, Whitefriars glass went out of business. After Whitefriars Glass was liquidated, Caithness Glass purchased the rights to the name and produced paperweights under the Whitefriars name for awhile. 

Large size:  2 13/16" diameter by just under 2 1/2" high.  The base is ground concave.  The faceting pattern is described as finger cut with top and bottom edge fluting.  There is one large facet on top, eight long finger flutes, eight oval facets at the top, and eight oval facets at the bottom of the cylinder. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks or scratches found on inspection.
Signature:  It has a Whitefriars signature cane with a white monk and the date 1973 in the third ring from the outer edge.

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$295 postage paid in the US.

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Large Whitefriars P8 Cylinder Six Ring Green and White Concentric Millefiori Paperweight
4016 Large Mdina Glass Swirl Paperweight.  circa 1968-1985.  Wonderful paperweight with a dark interior of red, green, blue, yellow, and other colors.  There are additional swirls that surround the core and extend out to the surface.  The glass encasement is a dark grey or green.  Made on the island of Malta in the Mediterranean Sea.  It is signed "Mdina"in script on the base.  

Mdina Glass was founded on the Island of Malta in 1968 by Michael Harris (1933-1994) and Eric Dobson with financial incentives and the encouragement of the Maltese government.  Initially it was called the Maltese Glass Industries, but the name was changed to Mdina Glass shortly later.  Michael Harris received his training in glass at several institutions graduating from the Royal College of Art in London in 1959.  He later became an RCA tutor setting up hot glass facilities there in 1967.  He was a pioneer of the studio glass movement in the UK.  Eric Dobson was also at the Royal College of Art.  Mdina Glass was a successful venture and gave rise to a significant glass craft industry on the Island of Malta.  Michael Harris left Malta in 1972 to establish Wight Glass in the UK.  In 1971, two Italian maestros, the father and son team of Vincente and Ettore Boffo joined Mdina Glass to introduce Italian glassmaking techniques.  Eric Dobson continued until about 1985 working with the local glass artists that he and Michael had trained. Eventually Mdina Glass was taken over by Joseph Said, a Maltese glassworker who had trained at Mdina.

For context, during this period Malta gained independence from Britain in 1964 after 150 years as a British colony.  In 1974 it became the Republic of Malta, and in 2004 joined the European Union.

Large Size:  3" diameter and just under 4 1/4" high.  The bottom is fire finished with a left hand flame pontil mark. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with only minor wear to the base.  Because of the dark colors it was hard to inspect, but I found no damage.
Signature:  Signed with in script on the base "Mdina". 

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$85 postage paid in the US. 

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Large Mdina Glass Swirl Paperweight
5695 Whitefriars 1976 Bicentennial Liberty Bell Limited Edition Millefiori Paperweight with Certificate.  circa 1976.  This Whitefriars paperweight has a central picture cane depicting the Liberty Bell.  It is surrounded by thirteen white stars each with a blue background.  There is a special Whitefriars signature cane with a white monk and the years 1776 and 1976.  It also has its original paper label with a Whitefriars monk symbol and the text "WHITEFRIARS FULL LEAD CRYSTAL MADE IN ENGLAND".  The colors are red, white, and blue to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the signing of the American Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.  This weight is numbered 416 on the base.  The paperweight also comes with its original certificate which states that it is number 416 in a limited edition of 750 paperweights.  The paperweight is made using full lead crystal which gives it a brilliant finish.  It is faceted with a top facet and five side facets.

Modern Whitefriars paperweights are prized by collectors for their high quality glass and millefiori designs.  The limited edition paperweights with mosaic canes are especially sought after.  The name Whitefriars Glass dates from sometime in the 1600s.  The original site had been occupied by a community of Carmelite monks known as White Friars, hence the name taken by the glass company.  Some sources state that at least a portion of the company operated under the name of James Powell and Sons from 1834 to 1962.  Other sources state that the Whitefriars name was used from 1680 to 1980.

Limited production of millefiori paperweights and other millefiori items started some time in the 1930s and first appeared in the 1938 catalog.  Millefiori items were made using English full lead crystal (33% lead oxide).  It is difficult to associate specific paperweights with this production.  After 1945, they made colored glass and bubble design paperweights until the modern millefiori production started about 1951.  Even then relatively few designs were produced until the 1970s.  In 1980, Whitefriars glass went out of business.  After Whitefriars Glass was liquidated, Caithness Glass purchased the rights to the name and produced paperweights under the Whitefriars name for a while.

For a long time, collectors believed that English paperweights and inkwells dated 1848 and similar undated items were made by Whitefriars.  The dates, however, are false dates and have been traced to production at Arculus and Walsh-Walsh in the 1920s and 1930s.  Most paperweights referred to as old Whitefriars or antique Whitefriars were, in fact, made by other factories such as Richardson, Arculus, Walsh-Walsh, or one of the unidentified Old English factories.  When the maker can not be identified, it is best to call them Old English paperweights and not associate them with Whitefriars.

Size:  3 1/8" diameter by 1 3/4" high.  The base is ground concave. Faceted with one top facet and five side facets. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks or scratches found on inspection.  The certificate is slightly wrinkled.
Signature:  Signed in the design with a special Whitefriars signature cane.  The signature cane has a white monk and the dates 1776 and 1976 cane.  It also has its original paper label with a Whitefriars monk symbol and the text "WHITEFRIARS FULL LEAD CRYSTAL MADE IN ENGLAND".  Numbered on the base with the number 416 and comes with its original certificate. 

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$265 postage paid in the US.

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Whitefriars 1976 Bicentennial Liberty Bell Limited Edition Millefiori Paperweight with Certificate
4032 Colorful Guernsey Island Studio Paperweight with Silverplate Base by Sileda Ltd.  dated 1986This colorful glass paperweight was most likely made by the Guernsey Island Studio (also known as Guernsey Glass).  The Sheffield silverplate base was added by Sileda Ltd. (Wales) and has the silver marks indicating Sileda was the maker of the base and it was made in 1986.  There are several discussions on the Internet about this type of paperweight and I was able garner the basic facts about the makers and the date (see below).  The silver plate has been lost some of its silver layer and the underlying copper is visible.  There is a felt cover in the center base.  I did not remove the felt to see if there was a Guernsey mark on the glass.  This is an odd item, but it will make a good conversation piece.   

Guernsey Island Studio (also known as Guernsey Glass) was located at the Oatlands Craft Centre, St Sampson, Guernsey, Channel Islands.  It was founded about 1980 with advice and assistance from Michael Harris of the Isle of Wight Studio Glass. They made small souvenir pieces, such as vases, animal figures, and paperweights and often marked them on the base with the trademark Guernsey mark, which was three lions passant on a shield.  They closed sometime in the 1990s. 

Sileda Ltd was founded in Cefn-y-bedd Wales UK about 1980.  They were a small silver company that registered their punches at the Sheffield Assay Office from 1980 to 2000.  The makers mark is "SL" with a small indent between the two letters.  In addition to any other silver work they may have done, they were known for sourcing (purchasing) glass objects such as paperweights and vases from UK glass studios and adding silver enhancements or decorations to the glass objects.  For paperweights, the enhancement was a silverplate base, for vases it was often a silver collar.  In many cases, collectors could identify the original source of the glass object.  

Size:  2 3/4" diameter by 1 15/16" high.  The base is covered with a silverplate covering and a felt cover in the center.  I did not remove the felt to see if the Guernsey mark is under the felt.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips or cracks or noticeable scratches.  The silver plate has been lost some of its silver layer and the underlying copper is visible.   
Signature:  Signed with Sileda Ltd.'s silver mark on the base.  The mark is on a raised area which is 3/16" across.  The mark consists of the Sileda "SL" registered mark as registered at the Sheffield Assay Office and below that the three tiny punches: Sheffield Tudor Rose (for the Assay office in Sheffield), Britannia quality mark (which is meaningless for silver plate), and a script M, establishes the date as 1986.  There is a felt cover in the center base.  I did not remove the felt to see if there was a Guernsey mark on the glass.

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Composite of three attempts to show the Sileda mark
$65 postage paid in the US.

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Colorful Guernsey Island Studio Paperweight with Silverplate Base by Sileda Ltd
4281 Large Whitefriars Faceted Six Ring Red White & Blue Concentric Millefiori Paperweight.  dated 1975.  This paperweight has six concentric rings of red, white, and blue millefiori canes around a center cane with a star center.  The ground is clear crystal.  Typical heavy Whitefriars lead crystal.  The paperweight is faceted with a large top facet and five large side facets.  It has a Whitefriars signature cane with a white monk and the date 1975 in the outermost white ring (the fifth ring from the center) and also has a paper label used starting in 1970.  With its bold colors, this is a very nice addition to any collection of  millefiori paperweights.    

Modern Whitefriars paperweights are prized by collectors for their high quality glass and millefiori designs. The paperweights with mosaic canes are especially sought after.  The name Whitefriars Glass dates from sometime in the 1600s.  The original site had been occupied by a community of Carmelite monks known as White Friars, hence the name taken by the glass company.  Some sources state that at least a portion of the company operated under the name of James Powell and Sons from 1834 to 1962.  Other sources state that the Whitefriars name was used from 1680 to 1980.  Limited production of millefiori paperweights and other millefiori items started some time in the 1930s and first appeared in the 1938 catalog.  Millefiori items were made using English full lead crystal (33% lead oxide).  It is difficult to associate specific paperweights with this production.  After 1945, they made colored glass and bubble design paperweights until the modern millefiori production started about 1951.  Even then relatively few designs were produced until the 1970s.  In 1980, Whitefriars glass went out of business. After Whitefriars Glass was liquidated, Caithness Glass purchased the rights to the name and produced paperweights under the Whitefriars name for awhile. 

Large size:  3 1/8" diameter by 1 7/8" high.  The base is ground concave.  Faceted with a total of one large top facet and five large side facets.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks or scratches found on inspection.  There are some small bubbles in the glass.
Signature:  It has a Whitefriars signature cane with a white monk and the date 1975 in the outermost white ring and also has a Whitefriars paper label.

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Label
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Base
View through the bottom
$295 postage paid in the US.

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Large Whitefriars Faceted Six Ring Red White & Blue Concentric Millefiori Paperweight
5670 Caithness Period Whitefriars 1984 Faceted Butterfly Silhouette Millefiori Paperweight with Certificate.  dated 1984.  This paperweight with three rings of pink and white complex millefiori around the complex central cane over a translucent aquamarine ground.  The complex center cane consists of two rings of pink and white millefiori around a central cobalt blue butterfly silhouette cane.  Every millefiori cane in this paperweight is a complex cane.  It is faceted with one large top facet and six smaller side facets.  It is signed and dated on the bottom with the Whitefriars signature cane dated 1984 and a Whitefriars monk symbol.  It comes with its original certificate.  A wonderful design

This paperweight comes with its original certificate stating that it was designed by Colin Terris and made at Whitefriars, a division of Caithness Glass in Perth Scotland.  This is one of the transition period paperweights issued after Caithness purchased the Whitefriars name in 1980.  It does not appear in any of the Whitefriars catalogs nor in the Colin Terris publications on Caithness.  I have seen this paperweight with a 1984 date and also a 1985 date.  It may also exist for other years.

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.

Modern Whitefriars paperweights are prized by collectors for their high quality glass and millefiori designs. The paperweights with mosaic canes are especially sought after.  The name Whitefriars Glass dates from sometime in the 1600s.  The original site had been occupied by a community of Carmelite monks known as White Friars, hence the name taken by the glass company.  Some sources state that at least a portion of the company operated under the name of James Powell and Sons from 1834 to 1962.  Other sources state that the Whitefriars name was used from 1680 to 1980.  Limited production of millefiori paperweights and other millefiori items started some time in the 1930s and first appeared in the 1938 catalog.  Millefiori items were made using English full lead crystal (33% lead oxide).  It is difficult to associate specific paperweights with this production.  After 1945, they made colored glass and bubble design paperweights until the modern millefiori production started about 1951.  Even then relatively few designs were produced until the 1970s.  In 1980, Whitefriars glass went out of business. After Whitefriars Glass was liquidated, Caithness Glass purchased the rights to the name and produced paperweights under the Whitefriars name for awhile.

Size:  2 3/16" diameter by just under 1 5/8" high.  The base is ground flat.  Faceted with one large top facet and six smaller side facets.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips or cracks.  The base has minor scratches consistent with the age of this paperweight.  The edge of the certificate is stained.
Signature:  Signed in cane with a Whitefriars 1984 cane on the base.  This paperweight comes with its original certificate.

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SOLD.

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Caithness Period Whitefriars 1984 Faceted Butterfly Silhouette Millefiori Paperweight with Certificate
4837
Whitefriars 1978 Christmas Millefiori Paperweight - The Journey to Bethlehem.   dated 1978.  This is a hard to find Whitefriars Christmas paperweight featuring a millefiori mosaic of the Mary and Joseph on their journey to Bethlehem guided by the Star of Bethlehem shining above them.  Mary is depicted riding a donkey with Joseph leading the way on foot.  There is a light blue carpet ground of complex millefiori canes surrounding the mosaic and also a two ring millefiori garland of complex canes on the outside.  It is signed in the design with a Whitefriars signature cane having a white monk and the year 1978.  It also has a worn Whitefriars paper label with a white silhouette of a monk and the text  "WHITEFRIARS FULL LEAD CRYSTAL MADE IN ENGLAND".  This paperweight was issued in a limited edition of 1,000 paperweights of which only 610 were sold, including 102 to the United States.  A marvelous paperweight. 

The Whitefriars Christmas paperweights were limited editions made in 1975 through 1980, each with a different Christmas theme.   The central pictorial mosaic cane was created by Ray Annenburg.  Ray started working at Whitefriars in 1953 and became their chief cane maker in 1972.

Modern Whitefriars paperweights are prized by collectors for their high quality glass and millefiori designs. The paperweights with mosaic canes are especially sought after.  The name Whitefriars Glass dates from sometime in the 1600s.  The original site had been occupied by a community of Carmelite monks known as White Friars, hence the name taken by the glass company.  Some sources state that at least a portion of the company operated under the name of James Powell and Sons from 1834 to 1962.  Other sources state that the Whitefriars name was used from 1680 to 1980.  Limited production of millefiori paperweights and other millefiori items started some time in the 1930s and first appeared in the 1938 catalog.  Millefiori items were made using English full lead crystal (33% lead oxide).  It is difficult to associate specific paperweights with this production.  After 1945, they made colored glass and bubble design paperweights until the modern millefiori production started about 1951.  Even then relatively few designs were produced until the 1970s.  In 1980, Whitefriars glass went out of business. After Whitefriars Glass was liquidated, Caithness Glass purchased the rights to the name and produced paperweights under the Whitefriars name for a while. 

Large size:  3 1/16" diameter by 1 7/8" high.  The base is ground concave. Faceted with one top facet and five side facets.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks or scratches found on inspection. The paper label is worn.
Signature:  Signed in cane with a Whitefriars 1978 cane and also has a worn Whitefriars paper label "WHITEFRIARS FULL LEAD CRYSTAL MADE IN ENGLAND". 

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$395 postage paid in the US.

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Whitefriars 1978 Christmas Millefiori Paperweight - The Journey to Bethlehem
4566
Large Whitefriars Early Faceted Six Ring Concentric Millefiori Paperweight.  dated 1970.  This paperweight has six concentric rings of canes (blue, white, turquoise, dark blue, red, and white) around a larger center cane with a star center.  The ground is clear crystal.  Typical heavy Whitefriars lead crystal.  The paperweight is faceted with a large top facet and five large side facets.  It has a Whitefriars signature cane with a white monk and the date 1970 in the outermost white ring and also has an early paper label used from the mid 1950s into the early 1970s.  With its bold colors, this is a very nice addition to any collection of  millefiori paperweights.    

Modern Whitefriars paperweights are prized by collectors for their high quality glass and millefiori designs. The paperweights with mosaic canes are especially sought after.  The name Whitefriars Glass dates from sometime in the 1600s.  The original site had been occupied by a community of Carmelite monks known as White Friars, hence the name taken by the glass company.  Some sources state that at least a portion of the company operated under the name of James Powell and Sons from 1834 to 1962.  Other sources state that the Whitefriars name was used from 1680 to 1980.  Limited production of millefiori paperweights and other millefiori items started some time in the 1930s and first appeared in the 1938 catalog.  Millefiori items were made using English full lead crystal (33% lead oxide).  It is difficult to associate specific paperweights with this production.  After 1945, they made colored glass and bubble design paperweights until the modern millefiori production started about 1951.  Even then relatively few designs were produced until the 1970s.  In 1980, Whitefriars glass went out of business. After Whitefriars Glass was liquidated, Caithness Glass purchased the rights to the name and produced paperweights under the Whitefriars name for awhile. 

Large Size:  Just over 3" diameter by 1 7/8" high.  The base is ground concave.  Faceted with a total of one large top facet and five large side facets.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks or scratches found on inspection.  There are some small bubbles in the glass.
Signature:  It has a Whitefriars signature cane with a white monk and the date 1970 in the outermost white ring and also has an early paper label used from the mid 1950s into the early 1970s.

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$275 postage paid in the US. 

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Large Whitefriars Early Faceted Six Ring Concentric Millefiori Paperweight
5635
Webb Corbett Purple Flash Overlay Paperweight with Certificate.  1969-1986.  This Webb Corbett paperweight was produced during the period that Webb Corbett was owned by Royal Doulton.  It has a clear interior with no inner design and a transparent purple (or amethyst) flash overlay.  It is finished with one top facet, five side facets, and a star cut base.  It has its original foil label "FINEST ENGLISH FULL LEAD CRYSTAL ROYAL DOULTON MADE IN ENGLAND".  It also comes with its original Webb Corbett certificate declaring "Webb Corbett Fine English Hand Made Crystal PURPLE MULTI HOLLOW PAPERWEIGHT" and giving a history of the company.

Webb Corbett is one of the great names in English lead-crystal glass. It was set up in 1897 by two grandsons of Thomas Webb I, Herbert Webb and Thomas Webb III, together with George Harry Corbett.  The original company name was Thomas Webb and Corbett Limited.  It was a separate operation from Thomas Webb and Sons.  Thomas Webb and Corbett Ltd changed their name to Webb Corbett Ltd in the 1930's.  In 1969 the company was taken over by Royal Doulton and in 1986 they stopped using the Webb Corbett name.  Glass from the former Webb Corbett glassworks was then produced under the name Royal Doulton Crystal until this glassworks closed down.  After several mergers and reorganizations, Royal Doulton Crystal is now owned by the Finnish company Fiskars Corporation, along with Waterford Crystal, Wedgwood, and Iittala.  David Smith was the chief designer at Webb Corbett from 1965 until he left in 1982. He introduced a magnificent range of cameo glass designs using clear crystal with an overlay of colored glass.  The design was produced by sand blasting the glass to remove part of the colored layer.

Size:  2 15/16" diameter by just over 1 3/4" high.  The base is concave and finished with a star cut.  Faceted with one top facet and five side facets. 
Condition:  Very good condition.  There are some bubbles in the overlay and interior glass.  No chips, cracks or scratches found on inspection.  The certificate is slightly wrinkled and has some stains.
Signature:  It has its original foil label "FINEST ENGLISH FULL LEAD CRYSTAL ROYAL DOULTON MADE IN ENGLAND".  It also comes with its original Webb Corbett certificate declaring "Webb Corbett Fine English Hand Made Crystal PURPLE MULTI HOLLOW PAPERWEIGHT". 

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$49 postage paid in the US.

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Webb Corbett Purple Flash Overlay Paperweight with Certificate
4042 Kris Heaton Neo Art Glass Iridescent Silver Heart Paperweight with Butterfly.  circa 2000.  Magical design featuring a free form iridescent silver heart and metal butterfly butterfly.  The spotted surface creates the impression a floating leaf where the butterfly has come to rest.  It is signed on the base with a foil label "Neo Art Glass By K. Heaton" and is also engraved "K Heaton".

Kris Heaton (born 1977) is a glass artist from Blackpool, Lancashire, England.  He started working in glass at age sixteen as an apprentice to John Ditchfield, (Glasform).  Under John’s tuition, Kris developed the skills required to become an independent master glassblower in his own right. His work allows free expression to sculpt molton glass into visual art forms.  He now works in his own studio, Neo Art Glass, in Blackpool.

Large Size:   3 7/8" long by 2 3/4" wide by 1 3/16" thick.  The metal butterfly is about 3/4" by 3/4".  The base is ground concave.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks or scratches found on inspection. 
Signature:  Signed on the base with a foil label "Neo Art Glass By K. Heaton" and is also engraved "K Heaton".   

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$45 postage paid in the US.

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Kris Heaton Neo Art Glass Iridescent Silver Heart Paperweight with Butterfly
4309 Large Iridized Royal Brierley Studio (Isle of Wight Studio Glass) Paperweight.  1988-1991.  Wonderful patterned paperweight made at the Isle of Wight Studio Glass as part of their Royal Brierley Studio line.  It was designed by Elizabeth Harris.  I believe the pattern is either the Silk or Lace finish and it features an iridized metallic pattern on the surface with a brilliant blue core.  It is signed on the base with an acid etched "Royal Brierley Studio" - although the etch was applied in reverse.   

There is a lot of confusion on the web as to the origin of the Royal Brierley Studio glass line which was made by the Isle of Wight Studio Glass, Old Park, St Lawrence during the period 1985-2000.  The confusion is because of the existence of another company named Royal Brierley Crystal.

Isle of Wight Studio Glass was established in 1973 by one of the founders of the British Studio Glass Movement, Michael Harris (1933 – 1994).  Michael graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1959 and later became an RCA tutor, setting up hot glass facilities there in 1967.  The following year he founded Mdina Glass in Malta, remaining there until 1972, when he moved back to the UK.  In 1973, with his wife Elizabeth Harris, he founded Isle of Wight Studio Glass, in Old Park, St Lawrence where it continued until his premature death in 1994.  The glass studio continued to operate under the guidance of his son Timothy Harris until 2012.
 
It is worth mentioning that there is also a Royal Brierley Crystal which had a brief connection to the design activity that became Royal Brierley Studio line – but was not the same company.  Royal Brierley Crystal traced its origins to Smith & Williams Glass (founded 1846) and before that to Brierley Hill Glass Works (founded in 1740).  In the mid 1970s, Catherine Hough was the Artist in Residence for two years at Royal Brierley Crystal.  She was experimenting with enameling and electroplating on her blown objects.  Royal Brierley Crystal was interested in creating a newer product line of studio glass and Hough assisted in the establishment of a Studio at Royal Brierley Crystal.  Michael Harris was commissioned to design these pieces which had an iridized finish over red or blue (Loetz-like).  The Studio effort was short lived and ended about 1982, but some of the design ideas were continued by Michael Harris and Elizabeth Harris at the Isle of Wight Studio Glass.

Large Size:  3 1/16" diameter and just under 2 11/16" high.  The base is polished concave. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No damage found on inspection.  There is a slight dimple on the top and some tool marks on the surface.
Signature:  Signed on the base with an acid etched "Royal Brierley Studio" - although the etch was applied in reverse.  Please review the pictures as I show the etch in its reversed form and a mirror image that is more legible.

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

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Top view
Profile
Closeup
Etched signature on base
Signature and more legible mirror image of signature
Side view
Base

$125 postage paid in the US.

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Large Iridized Royal Brierley Studio (Isle of Wight Studio Glass) Paperweight
5672 Magnum Whitefriars Pattern 9851 Blue Swirl Abstract Paperweight.   circa 1978-1980.  This paperweight has a distinctive swirl pattern created by picking up blue, green, white, and yellow colored glass stingers (rods).  There is a controlled bubble pattern all around the side.  Typical heavy Whitefriars lead crystal.  This is pattern 9851.  It has its original Whitefriars paper label on the top with a Whitefriars monk symbol and the text "WHITEFRIARS FULL LEAD CRYSTAL MADE IN ENGLAND".  A great addition to any collection of modern English paperweights.

Note:  The Whitefriars Paperweights Collectors Guide by Brian Slingsby and Judy Taylor refers to this style of abstract as "Bubble and Streaky", but I prefer to call them swirls.  Bubble and Streaky came in four styles and a variety of colors and were made in the 1978 to 1980 time frame.  

Modern Whitefriars paperweights are prized by collectors for their high quality glass and millefiori designs. The limited edition paperweights with mosaic canes are especially sought after.  The name Whitefriars Glass dates from sometime in the 1600s.  The original site had been occupied by a community of Carmelite monks known as White Friars, hence the name taken by the glass company.  Some sources state that at least a portion of the company operated under the name of James Powell and Sons from 1834 to 1962.  Other sources state that the Whitefriars name was used from 1680 to 1980.

Limited production of millefiori paperweights and other millefiori items started some time in the 1930s and first appeared in the 1938 catalog.  Millefiori items were made using English full lead crystal (33% lead oxide).  It is difficult to associate specific paperweights with this production.  After 1945, they made colored glass and bubble design paperweights until the modern millefiori production started about 1951.  Even then relatively few designs were produced until the 1970s.  In 1980, Whitefriars glass went out of business. After Whitefriars Glass was liquidated, Caithness Glass purchased the rights to the name and produced paperweights under the Whitefriars name for awhile.

For a long time, collectors believed that English paperweights and inkwells dated 1848 and similar undated items were made by Whitefriars.  The dates, however, are false dates and have been traced to production at Arculus and Walsh-Walsh in the 1920s and 1930s. Most paperweights referred to as old Whitefriars or antique Whitefriars were, in fact, made by other factories such as Richardson, Arculus, Walsh-Walsh,or one of the unidentified Old English factories.  When the maker can not be identified, it is best to call them Old English paperweights and not associate them with Whitefriars.

Very large size:  3 3/8" diameter by 2 1/2" tall.  The bottom is polished concave.  This paperweight is heavy and weighs just over two pounds.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks or scratches. 
Signature:  It is signed with its original Whitefriars paper label on the top with a Whitefriars monk symbol and the text "WHITEFRIARS FULL LEAD CRYSTAL MADE IN ENGLAND".  

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

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Label
Top view
Base
Another view
Side view
$135 postage paid in the US.

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Magnum Whitefriars Pattern 9851 Blue Swirl Abstract Paperweight
5685 Rare Whitefriars 1976 Bicentennial Millefiori Flag Limited Edition Paperweight - damaged.  circa 1976.  This is a hard to find Whitefriars Bicentennial Paperweight featuring a millefiori mosaic of the American Flag.  There are thirteen blue and white canes for stars and four red and three white canes for the stripes.  A gold cane makes provides a staff .  In the background there is a white and gold carpet ground of millefiori canes and also a millefiori garland of blue and white canes on the outside.  This weight is numbered 135 on the base.  There is a special Whitefriars signature cane with a white monk and the years 1776 and 1976.  It also has its original paper label with a Whitefriars monk symbol and the text "WHITEFRIARS FULL LEAD CRYSTAL MADE IN ENGLAND".  The paperweight also comes with its original (wrinkled) certificate which states that it is number 135 in a limited edition of 150 paperweights.  The paperweight is made using full lead crystal which gives it a brilliant finish.  It is faceted with a top facet and five side facets. 

This is an especially rare Whitefriars paperweight.  Although the edition size was planned for 1,000 paperweights, very few were made due to the complexity of the design made setup and pickup very difficult.  The certificate states that only 150 were actually made.  It was made for sale in the US only.

Note on condition:  This paperweight has a 1/4" chip on the edge of the base (as shown in the pictures) and some light scratches near the chip.  In spite of this it displays beautifully. 

Modern Whitefriars paperweights are prized by collectors for their high quality glass and millefiori designs.  The limited edition paperweights with mosaic canes are especially sought after.  The name Whitefriars Glass dates from sometime in the 1600s.  The original site had been occupied by a community of Carmelite monks known as White Friars, hence the name taken by the glass company.  Some sources state that at least a portion of the company operated under the name of James Powell and Sons from 1834 to 1962.  Other sources state that the Whitefriars name was used from 1680 to 1980.

Limited production of millefiori paperweights and other millefiori items started some time in the 1930s and first appeared in the 1938 catalog.  Millefiori items were made using English full lead crystal (33% lead oxide).  It is difficult to associate specific paperweights with this production.  After 1945, they made colored glass and bubble design paperweights until the modern millefiori production started about 1951.  Even then relatively few designs were produced until the 1970s.  In 1980, Whitefriars glass went out of business.  After Whitefriars Glass was liquidated, Caithness Glass purchased the rights to the name and produced paperweights under the Whitefriars name for a while.

For a long time, collectors believed that English paperweights and inkwells dated 1848 and similar undated items were made by Whitefriars.  The dates, however, are false dates and have been traced to production at Arculus and Walsh-Walsh in the 1920s and 1930s.  Most paperweights referred to as old Whitefriars or antique Whitefriars were, in fact, made by other factories such as Richardson, Arculus, Walsh-Walsh, or one of the unidentified Old English factories.  When the maker can not be identified, it is best to call them Old English paperweights and not associate them with Whitefriars.

Size:  3 1/16 diameter by 1 3/4" high.  The base is ground concave. Faceted with one top facet and five side facets. 
Condition:  Good condition.  There is one 1/4" chip on the edge of the base and some light scratches near the chip.  No other chips, cracks or scratches.  The certificate is wrinkled.
Signature:  Signed in the design with a special Whitefriars signature cane.  The signature cane has a white monk and the dates 1776 and 1976 cane.  It also has its original paper label with a Whitefriars monk symbol and the text "WHITEFRIARS FULL LEAD CRYSTAL MADE IN ENGLAND".  Numbered on the base with the number 135 and comes with its original certificate. 

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

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Signature cane
Side view with label
Certificate
Closeup
Chip on edge of base
Bottom view with engraved edition number (135)
Profile
Base
$235 postage paid in the US.

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Rare Whitefriars 1976 Bicentennial Millefiori Flag Limited Edition Paperweight - damaged
4977 Colorful Pauline Solven Cowdy Glass Spiral Paperweight from Newent, Gloucestershire.  circa 1978-2004.  This Cowdy Glass paperweight features a wonderful two color green spiral with a clear teardrop in the center.  The spiral is made from three dark and light green stringers.  Signed "Cowdy" on the fire finished base with no date.  A fun paperweight with precise execution.

Note:  Special thanks to a Facebook user who identified the maker of this paperweight as Pauline Solven at Cowdy Glass.

Note2:  The signature on this paperweight is hard to read.  I colored the signature with a washable marker to make it easier to see.
  
Cowdy Glass Workshops was founded by Pauline Solven and her husband Harry Cowdy in 1978.  It was located in Newent, Gloucestershire.  Pauline was the lead glass artist at Cowdy but also continued to work at her own studio her own studio, Ravenshill, which she founded in 1975.  Solven studied glass at the Royal College of Art, London, where a small furnace had been set up by Sam Herman, a former student of Harvey Littleton.  Herman eventually asked Solven to manage The Glasshouse, the first place in England where the public could watch glass artists at work in the studios.  Starting in 2004, Solven has worked exclusively in kiln-fused panels.  Her work can be found in many shops and museums including the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Corning Museum of Glass.  I do not know if she is still active. 

Size:  2 5/8" diameter by 2 1/2" high.  The base is fire finished.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.
Signature:  Signed "Cowdy" on the fire finished base.  The signature on this paperweight is hard to read.  I colored the signature with a washable marker to make it easier to see.  The pictures show the signature with the coloring and without the coloring.   

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

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Signature with coloring
Signature without coloring
Profile
Top view
Base
$49 postage paid in the US.

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Colorful Pauline Solven Cowdy Glass Spiral Paperweight from Newent, Gloucestershire
5686 Whitefriars Experimental Millefiori Rectangular Slab Paperweight.  dated 1972.  This unusual paperweight is rectangular in shape with about a eighteen millefiori canes running vertically from the top to the bottom of the paperweight.  The exception is that there are also two Whitefriars 1972 signature date canes which are only short segments.  Most of the canes in the block are clear stringers with a white enamel coating.  It has the typical heavy Whitefriars lead crystal.  The paperweight is signed with two Whitefriars signature canes with a white monk and the date 1972 and also has a paper label that was used 1963 to 1979.  With its unusual shape and rarity, this is a great addition to any collection of  millefiori paperweights.

According to the Whitefriars Paperweights Collectors Guide by Brian Slingsby and Judy Taylor, this was an experimental item that was never launched as a catalog item due to the high production cost and the amount of flattening and hand polishing required.  The number that were made is unknown.

Note on condition:  The condition of this paperweight is fair to good.  It has a number of small chips and internal fractures on the edges and corners, but still displays nicely retaining its entertainment value.  Please examine the pictures carefully.

Modern Whitefriars paperweights are prized by collectors for their high quality glass and millefiori designs. The paperweights with mosaic canes are especially sought after.  The name Whitefriars Glass dates from sometime in the 1600s.  The original site had been occupied by a community of Carmelite monks known as White Friars, hence the name taken by the glass company.  Some sources state that at least a portion of the company operated under the name of James Powell and Sons from 1834 to 1962.  Other sources state that the Whitefriars name was used from 1680 to 1980.  Limited production of millefiori paperweights and other millefiori items started some time in the 1930s and first appeared in the 1938 catalog.  Millefiori items were made using English full lead crystal (33% lead oxide).  It is difficult to associate specific paperweights with this production.  After 1945, they made colored glass and bubble design paperweights until the modern millefiori production started about 1951.  Even then relatively few designs were produced until the 1970s.  In 1980, Whitefriars glass went out of business. After Whitefriars Glass was liquidated, Caithness Glass purchased the rights to the name and produced paperweights under the Whitefriars name for awhile. 

Size:  2 1/2" by 1 1/16" by just under 1 1/4" high.  All surfaces are polished flat.
Condition:  The condition of this paperweight is fair to good.  It has a number of small chips and internal fractures on the edges and corners, but still displays nicely retaining its entertainment value.  Please examine the pictures carefully.
Signature:  It has two Whitefriars 1972 signature canes with a white monk and the date 1972 and also has a Whitefriars paper label.

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

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Top view
Signature cane (one of two)
Label
Side view
Base
Largest chip on base
Internal fracture on corner
$85 postage paid in the US.

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Whitefriars Experimental Millefiori Rectangular Slab Paperweight






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