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Comment about these paperweights and their condition:  Most of the paperweights offered for sale on this website are pre-owned and come from collections that I purchased from other collectors or estates.  In a few cases I purchased the paperweights directly from the artists or factories or retired dealer stocks.  Every paperweight is inspected carefully under bright light and magnification.  I try to describe any flaws in detail.  If I miss something please contact me and I will make it right.  All descriptions, identifications, and your satisfaction are guaranteed. 
 






5512 Baccarat 1975 Gridel Series Millefiori Black Monkey Limited Edition Paperweight.  dated 1975.  This modern millefiori paperweight features a large central black monkey silhouette on a white background surrounded by two concentric rings of picture canes (seventeen Gridel canes plus a signature / date cane).  The design is placed over a green carpet ground.  The paperweight is signed in the design with Baccarat's complex signature cane "B 1975".  It also has an acid etched Baccarat mark on the base along with the year (1975) and edition number (262).  This is the most popular of the Gridel series paperweight.

This design was released in 1975 in a limited edition of 350 pieces.  This is number 262 in that series.  There is a signature cane "B 1975" shown in the pictures.  The bottom has the acid etched Baccarat logo plus it is engraved with the year (1975) and the number (262). 

In 1846 Baccarat introduced the popular Gridel figures in their closepack millefiori paperweights.  It was named after Emil Gridel, the nephew of Jean-Baptiste Toussaint the general manager of Baccarat.  Toussaint saw Gridel making paper cutouts of animals and saw an opportunity to incorporate these silhouettes in millefiori paperweights.   From 1971 to 1979 Baccarat issued a modern Gridel series of millefiori paperweights based on eighteen Gridel figures.  Each paperweight has a large Gridel figure in the center with smaller versions of the other figures included in the design.  There are variations in orientation and color as well as the types of canes in each design and it is possible to amass a very large collection covering just this series.

Baccarat was founded in 1776 in Alsace-Lorraine with the name of Verrerie de Sainte Anne.  The original location was near the town of Baccarat.  Today the firm is known as Compagnie des Cristalleries de Baccarat.  Most collectors refer to three periods of Baccarat paperweight production.

  • 1845-1860 - Classic period
  • 1920-1934 - Dupont period
  • 1953-2002 - Modern period
This classification is definitely an over simplification.  The best millefiori and lampwork paperweights were made during the classic period (1845-1860).   Baccarat continued to make paperweights after the classic period, but little is known about the extent of the product line or who made the paperweights.  What is known is that by 1910, the offering in the catalog had dwindled to pansy paperweights, simple open concentric paperweights, and rock paperweights.  Popular lore attributes 1920-1934 Baccarat paperweights to a Mr. Dupont, who supposedly was the last worker at Baccarat to know the secrets of paperweight making.  These paperweights were sold at a Baccarat retail shop in Paris. No collector or scholar ever met Mr. Dupont although at least one visited the Baccarat factory and asked to meet with him.  The weights stopped appearing in the shop in 1934.

In 1952, Paul Jokelson approached Baccarat with the idea of making sulphide paperweights again.  In 1953 Baccarat resumed paperweight production with a series of sulphide paperweights the first of which were the unsuccessful Eisenhower sulphide followed by the Queen Elizabeth coronation sulphide.  Millefiori paperweight production was resumed in 1957 and lampwork paperweights were re-introduced in the early 1970s.  Baccarat stopped making this type of fine glass paperweights in 2002.  You can read more about the Baccarat paperweights in the new book Baccarat Paperweights - two centuries of beauty by Paul Dunlop or one of the older books on paperweights in general, such as The Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights by Paul Hollister or World Paperweights by Robert Hall.

Large Size:  3 1/8" diameter by just under 2 1/4" high.    The base is polished flat with an indent for the edition number.
Signature:  The paperweight is signed with Baccarat's complex signature cane "B 1975" in the design.  It also has an acid etched Baccarat mark on the base along with the the year (1975) and edition number (262). 
Condition:   Excellent condition.  There are some light scratches on the base, but no other chips, cracks, or scratches were found on inspection.

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Signature cane "B 1975"
Baccarat Logo, date, and edition number on base
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Closeup
Another closeup
Profile
Base
$695 postage paid in the US.                                                                    Added 5/15/2022

For more information about Baccarat paperweights, see my Baccarat Paperweights Web Page

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Baccarat 1975 Gridel Series Millefiori Black Monkey Limited Edition Paperweight
5911 Perthshire PP2 Medium Paneled Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1978 - 2002.  This is a medium patterned millefiori paperweight with a center "P" signature cane surrounded by two rings of colorful millefiori and then 12 short radial twists.  Each panel has a 1-1-2-2 pattern of millefiori.  The ground is an opaque very dark purple (almost black).  This version of the PP2 has a signature cane and the base is hollow ground, dating it to 1978 or later.  It also has a worn Perthshire paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND" on the base.  An extra nice example with crisp setup and bright colors.

Perthshire was a small company in Crieff, Scotland that was devoted to the creation of quality glass paperweights. They stopped production in January 2002 after more than 30 years of production. Their paperweights were consistently high in quality and yet remained reasonable in price.

The birth of Scottish paperweight making is credited to the glass making family of Salvador Ysart, who moved to Crieff, Scotland in 1922. They worked first at John Moncrieff Ltd and made the earliest Scottish paperweights during that period. In 1946 Salvadore and his sons Augustine and Vincent founded Ysart Brothers Glass and produced glass wares under the Vasart label. Salvador Ysart died in 1955 The company name was later changed to Vasart Glass. Stuart Drysdale was hired manage the business side of the enterprise in 1960. The company evolved into a new company Strathearn owned by Teachers Whiskey. In 1967 Drysdale was sent a magazine article on antique paperweights (Woman's Day, July 1965). The inspired him to try to produce weights comparable to the French antiques. With this goal in mind, he and several of the glass workers left Strathearn to found Perthshire in 1968.

Medium Size:  2 1/2" diameter by 1 7/8" high. The base is hollow ground (ground concave). 
Signature:  Signed with a Perthshire "P" signature cane in the center of the design.  It also has a worn Perthshire paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND" on the base.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.  The label is worn and dirty.

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Signature cane
Label
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Profile
Base
$115 postage paid in the US.                                         Added 5/14/2022

For more information about Perthshire Paperweights, see my Perthshire Web Page.

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Perthshire PP2 Medium Paneled Millefiori Paperweight
5358 Ronald E. Hansen Bird on a Branch Paperweight.  circa 1960 - 1970This paperweight features a three dimensional brown and yellow bird on a branch.  The branch has four green leaves.  The design is set over a transparent blue ground.  This paperweight is signed on the base "Ronald E. Hansen".  There are many tiny bubbles in the glass.  An important paperweight from this early paperweight maker. 

While this paperweight may seem unsophisticated by today's standards, it is the work of an important early paperweight maker.  This example has the full signature of Ronald E. Hansen.  According to Andrew Dohan in the Dictionary of Paperweight Signature Canes, Ronald Hansen used his full signature only on his best pieces. 

Ronald E. Hansen was born in Virginia, Minnesota in 1910.  He was first exposed to glass lampwork as a child when he was befriended by Bohemian glassworkers in a "hobo village" making glass ships.  He later worked as the director of the Neon Tube School in Detroit, Michigan.  With this exposure, he was aware of the artistic and technical aspects of glassworking.  He established his own studio in Mackinaw City, Michigan, mixed his own colors and glass, and created a variety of small glass paperweights, most of which are 2 1/2" in diameter.  He made paperweights from the late 1950s to 1971.  He was one of a number of glass artists in this paperweight making family.  His nephew, Eric Hansen, continues the art today.  You can read more about Ronald E. Hansen in the book American Glass Paperweights and their makers by Jean Melvin (1970 Revised edition) or the article by Nancy Alfano in the 2004 PCA Bulletin. 

Size:  2 7/16" diameter by 2" high.  The base is polished flat.
Signature : Signed "Ronald E. Hansen" in script on the base.
Condition :  Good condition.  As shown in the pictures, this paperweight has a 1/4" circular impact mark on the side.  It also has two very small (1/16") nicks just above the base.  There are also scratches on the base.

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Signature on base
Impact mark on side
Another view showing impact mark
Top view
Back view
Side view
Base
$135 postage paid in the US.                                      Added 5/13/2022

For more vintage American paperweights, see my Vintage American Paperweights Web Page.

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Ronald E. Hansen Bird on a Branch Paperweight
5374 Large Pairpoint Faceted Red Rose Paperweight.  circa 1970-1980.  This paperweight features a large red crimp rose made at Pairpoint Glass in Sagamore, Massachusetts.  The rose has 13 petals with a 4+4+3+2 pattern.  There are also eight variegated green leaves, four large and four skinny.    The design is placed over a semi-transparent dark blue ground.  It is faceted with one large top facet plus five smaller side facets.  The glass has a green tinge.  The paperweight is unsigned.  It is possible that this rose paperweight was made by Robbie Mason or one of the other glass artists who apprenticed with him.  A wonderful example of a modern Pairpoint rose paperweight.

Note on condition:  This paperweight has a faint 3/16" circular impact mark and a
faint 3/16" vertical scratch on the side near the top facet.  There is some wear on the base.  I found no other damage.  There are also small bubbles and a couple of white flecks in the glass from when it was made.  I believe it dates from the early period in Sagamore when they sometimes had white "stones" in the glass thrown off by the furnace pots.

Pairpoint Glass has a long history extending back to its earliest origins with Mount Washington Glass in 1837.  Owners and locations changed a number of times and the name Pairpoint was first used in the 1890s.  The original Pairpoint companies were located in New Bedford, Massachusetts.  In 1938, it was reorganized as Gunderson Glass Works by owner Robert Gunderson and later renamed the Gunderson - Pairpoint Glass Works in 1952.  The name was acquired by Robert Bryden and the company moved briefly to East Wareham, MA in 1957 where it operated as the Pairpoint Glass Company.  They leased production facilities in Spain.  The old New Bedford factory burned down in 1965.  In its latest iteration, Robert Bryden moved Pairpoint to Sagamore, Massachusetts in 1969.  Attempts were made to resume glassmaking in New Bedford for five years (1977-1982), but this was not successful.  Bryden retired in September 1988.  Since then, the Pairpoint Glass Company has changed owners again.  It continues to operate at that location today (2022) although under new owners.

Robert (Robbie) C. Mason (1935-2020) started his glass career in 1950 as an apprentice with Edinburgh Crystal, Scotland (part of the Thomas Webb and Sons).  With exception of three years in the Army (1960-1963), he continued to gain seniority and expertise as a glass maker.  In 1968, Thomas Bryden advertised in the Edinburgh Evening News for experienced glass workers emphasizing the need for hand made experience.  Robbie Mason decided to take a chance on a new employer and joined Pairpoint in 1969.  With his experience, he became a gaffer by 1971.  He stayed at Pairpoint as a master glassblower until he retired in 2005.  A number of well known glass artists apprenticed with him.  He retired in 2005 and passed away from complications of COVID-19 in April 2020. 

Large Size:  2 13/16" diameter by 2 1/4" high.  The bottom is ground concave in the center. It is faceted with one top facet and five side facets. 
Condition:  Very good condition.  This paperweight has a faint 3/16" circular impact mark and a faint 3/16" vertical scratch on the side near the top facet.  There is some wear on the base.  I found no other damage.  There are also small bubbles and a couple of white flecks in the glass from when it was made.  I believe it dates from the early period in Sagamore when they sometimes had white "stones" in the glass thrown off by the furnace pots.
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee this paperweight to be made by Pairpoint Glass.   

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Profile
Base
Another side view
Faint circular impact mark (3/16")
Faint scratch (3/16")
$195 postage paid in the US.                        Added 5/12/2022

For more paperweights by contemporary American paperweight makers, see my Contemporary American Paperweights Web Page.                         (dl-ca-va)

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Large Pairpoint Faceted Red Rose Paperweight
5366 Antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) Millefiori Scramble Paperweight with Rabbits - Bruised.  circa 1860.  This is an antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) scramble or end of day paperweight.  It is filled with a wonderful assortment of colorful millefiori canes and other glass bits.  There are at least two different rabbit canes, one visible from the front and the other visible from the side and the back.  I think there might be a few more only partially visible.  The paperweight does, however, have two circular impact marks or bruises (one large) plus the usual scratches found in a paperweight of this age.  Be sure to review the pictures.  You will enjoy studying the variety of millefiori canes in it visible from both the top and the base.

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. 

The New England Glass Company (NEGC) operated in Cambridge, Massachusetts from 1818 to 1888.  You can read about paperweights from the New England Glass Company in the book by John Hawley.  The Art of the Paperweight  - The Boston & Sandwich and New England Glass Companies covers both B&S and NEGC. 

Size:  2 5/8” diameter by 1 13/16” high.  The base is ground concave with a scar remaining from the pontil.
Signature:  This paperweight is not signed, but I guarantee it to be an authentic antique New England Glass Company paperweight. 
Condition:  Fair condition.  This paperweight has a large circular impact mark / bruise on the edge of the dome.  Please review the pictures.  The bruise is approximately 1/2" in diameter at the surface and spreads out to about 3/4" below the surface.  There is also a much smaller (5/16") bruise at the edge of the base and age appropriate scratches and scuffs.  It also has bubbles in the glass from when it was made.

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Closeup
Profile
Side view
View from back showing rabbit and possible group of rabbits
Large bruise - and rabbit nearby
Another view of large bruise
Smaller bruise on edge of base
Base
$125 postage paid in the US.                                                Added 5/11/2022

For more information about Antique Paperweights, see my Antique Paperweights Web Page.

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Antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) Millefiori Scramble Paperweight with Rabbits - Bruised
5385 Large Antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) Salmon Red Double Poinsettia Paperweight on a Blue and White Jasper Ground.  circa 1860 - 1888.  This is an antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) double poinsettia with a two rings of five salmon red petals arranged around an interesting complex millefiori center.  Well place bubbles give the appearance of dew drops.  There are also three well formed NEGC green leaves and a green stem.  The design is placed over wonderful blue and white jasper ground giving this paperweight a patriotic red, white, and blue theme.  Unlike many NEGC poinsettias, the flower is fairly well centered.  This paperweight will be a worthwhile addition to any collection of antique American paperweights.

The New England Glass Company (NEGC) operated in Cambridge, Massachusetts from 1818 to 1888.  You can read about paperweights from the New England Glass Company in the book by John Hawley.  The Art of the Paperweight  - The Boston & Sandwich and New England Glass Companies covers both B&S and NEGC.  

Large Size:  2 11/16" diameter by1 5/8" high.  The base is ground concave.  It has a relatively flat profile.
Condition:  Very good condition for its age with only minor scratches and a few very small nicks.  This may have been restored in the distant past.
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee this to be an authentic New England Glass Company antique paperweight.  Circa 1860 - 1888. 

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

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Side view
Close up
Base
$495 postage paid in the US.                                            Added 5/10/2022

For more information about Antique Paperweights, see my Antique Paperweights Web Page.

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Large Antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) Salmon Red Double Poinsettia Paperweight on a Blue and White Jasper Ground
5373 Baccarat 1972 Gridel Series Squirrel Concentric Millefiori Limited Edition Paperweight.  dated 1972.  This modern close concentric millefiori paperweight features a large white squirrel silhouette on a black background in the center surrounded by five rings of millefiori canes.  One ring contains all eighteen Gridel figures.  The white ground is a made up of latticinio twists.  The paperweight is signed with Baccarat's signature cane "B 1972" in the fourth ring from the center.  It also has two copies of the acid etched Baccarat mark on the base along with the year (1972) and edition number (336).  A beautiful paperweight with warm colors.

Note on condition:  The dome of this paperweight is in excellent condition.  I found only one tiny pinprick on the side right next to the base.  However the base has more than a normal amount of wear / scratches.  This wear is confined to the base.

This design was released in 1971 and continued into 1972 in a limited edition of 1,200 pieces.  This is number 336 in that series.  There is a signature cane "B 1972" shown in the pictures.  The base has two copies of the acid etched Baccarat logo plus it is engraved with the year (1972) and the edition number (336). 

In 1846 Baccarat introduced the popular Gridel figures in their closepack millefiori paperweights.  It was named after Emil Gridel, the nephew of Jean-Baptiste Toussaint the general manager of Baccarat.  Toussaint saw Gridel making paper cutouts of animals and saw an opportunity to incorporate these silhouettes in millefiori paperweights.   From 1971 to 1979 Baccarat issued a modern Gridel series of millefiori paperweights based on eighteen Gridel figures.  Each paperweight has a large Gridel figure in the center with smaller versions of the other seventeen Gridel figures included in the design.  Some designs include all eighteen Gridel canes in smaller canes.  There are variations in orientation and color as well as the types of canes in each design and it is possible to amass a very large collection covering just this series.  

Baccarat was founded in 1776 in Alsace-Lorraine with the name of Verrerie de Sainte Anne.  The original location was near the town of Baccarat.  Today the firm is known as Compagnie des Cristalleries de Baccarat.  Most collectors refer to three periods of Baccarat paperweight production.

  • 1845-1860 - Classic period
  • 1920-1934 - Dupont period
  • 1953-2002 - Modern period
This classification is definitely an over simplification.  The best millefiori and lampwork paperweights were made during the classic period (1845-1860).   Baccarat continued to make paperweights after the classic period, but little is known about the extent of the product line or who made the paperweights.  What is known is that by 1910, the offering in the catalog had dwindled to pansy paperweights, simple open concentric paperweights, and rock paperweights.  Popular lore attributes 1920-1934 Baccarat paperweights to a Mr. Dupont, who supposedly was the last worker at Baccarat to know the secrets of paperweight making.  These paperweights were sold at a Baccarat retail shop in Paris. No collector or scholar ever met Mr. Dupont although at least one visited the Baccarat factory and asked to meet with him.  The weights stopped appearing in the shop in 1934.

In 1952, Paul Jokelson approached Baccarat with the idea of making sulphide paperweights again.  In 1953 Baccarat resumed paperweight production with a series of sulphide paperweights the first of which were the unsuccessful Eisenhower sulphide followed by the Queen Elizabeth coronation sulphide.  Millefiori paperweight production was resumed in 1957 and lampwork paperweights were re-introduced in the early 1970s.  Baccarat stopped making this type of fine glass paperweights in 2002.  You can read more about the Baccarat paperweights in the book Baccarat Paperweights - two centuries of beauty by Paul Dunlop or one of the older books on paperweights in general, such as The Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights by Paul Hollister or World Paperweights by Robert Hall.

Very large size:  Just under 3 1/8" diameter by just over 2 1/8" high.    The base is polished flat.
Signature:  The paperweight is signed with Baccarat's complex signature cane "B 1972" in the design.  It also has two acid etched Baccarat marks on the base along with the the year (1972) and edition number (336). 
Condition:   The dome of this paperweight is in excellent condition.  I found only one tiny pinprick on the side right next to the base.  However the base has more than a normal amount of wear / scratches.  This wear is confined to the base.

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

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Profile
Base
Signature on base - Baccarat logo plus edition number (336) and year (with scratches)
Wide view showing both Baccarat logos, one with engraved edition number and year
Signature cane "B 1972"
Side view
$395 postage paid in the US.                                     Added 5/10/2022

For more information about Baccarat paperweights, see my Baccarat Paperweights Web Page

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Baccarat 1972 Gridel Series Squirrel Concentric Millefiori Limited Edition Paperweight
5362 Robert Banford Blue Clematis with Buds and Dragonfly Paperweight.  circa 1980.  This compound paperweight features a wonderful large dragonfly hovering above a striped blue clematis.  The clematis has a yellow center and two buds in various states of opening.  There are many green leaves and a stem.  The design is set in clear crystal with an opaque white ground at the base of the paperweight.  The paperweight is compound with the two levels above the ground layer.  The flower floats in the middle layer and the dragonfly hovers above the flower.  The paperweight is signed with Bob Banford's “B” signature cane at the tip of the stem.  A very desirable addition to any collection of contemporary American paperweights.

Note:  The bright light used to take the pictures exaggerate the refractive lines where the layers of glass are joined.  This is normal in compound paperweights that use high quality glass.

Note 2:  There is a 3/16" flaw near the base of this of the paperweight.  I'm not sure what caused this.  It is not a chip or crack.

Robert Banford worked in Hammonton, NJ.  He started making paperweights in 1971 along with his father, Ray Banford.  Bob continued to make paperweights until 2006.  Bob and Ray did not date their paperweights, but it is sometimes possible to get an idea of when a paperweight was made by the progression of styles and the type of glass used.  Bob Banford used a signature cane with a red "B" and a blue surround.  Ray Banford used a different signature cane with a black B.  Ray passed away in 2003.

Large size:  2 3/4" diameter by just over 2 5/16" high.  The white base is polished flat.
Signature:  Signed with Robert Banford's signature "B" cane at the tip of the stem.
Condition:  Very good condition.  There is some wear on the base.  I found one faint (1/16") scratch on the side.  And a small indent or tool mark also on the side.  There is also a 3/16" flaw near the base of this of the paperweight.  It is not a chip or crack.  There are some bubbles in the glass.  No other flaws found on inspection.

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Closeup
Profile
Signature cane
Another closeup
Side view
Flaw near base (3/16")
Base
$345 postage paid in the US.                                            Added 5/9/2022 

For more paperweights by contemporary American paperweight makers, see my Contemporary American Paperweights Web Page.

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Robert Banford Blue Clematis with Buds and Dragonfly Paperweight
5615 Perthshire Annual Collection 1982B Limited Edition Flamingo Paperweight with Certificate.  dated 1982.  This paperweight features a pink flamingo standing on one leg in a blue pond with two water lilies and two cat tails.  There is a translucent blue and green ground.  The paperweight has a single top facet.  It is signed with a complex "P 1982" signature cane in the center of the base.  It also has its original worn Perthshire paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND" on the base and comes with its original (somewhat wrinkled) certificate stating that this is edition number 26 in a limited edition of 300 paperweights (of which only 184 were made).  An unusual design from Perthshire.. 

Perthshire made this paperweight as one of their Annual Collection designs for 1982.  This means the design was made only that one year and never again.  There were eight Annual Collection designs in 1982, designated A through H.  This design is designated 1982B.  The annual collection paperweights are the most desirable of the Perthshire line, with the exception of one of one items.

Perthshire was a small company in Crieff, Scotland that was devoted to the creation of quality glass paperweights. They stopped production in January 2002 after more than 30 years of production. Their paperweights were consistently high in quality and yet remained reasonable in price.

The birth of Scottish paperweight making is credited to the glass making family of Salvador Ysart, who moved to Crieff, Scotland in 1922. They worked first at John Moncrieff Ltd and made the earliest Scottish paperweights during that period. In 1946 Salvadore and his sons Augustine and Vincent founded Ysart Brothers Glass and produced glass wares under the Vasart label. Salvador Ysart died in 1955 The company name was later changed to Vasart Glass. Stuart Drysdale was hired manage the business side of the enterprise in 1960. The company evolved into a new company Strathearn owned by Teachers Whiskey. In 1967 Drysdale was sent a magazine article on antique paperweights (Woman's Day, July 1965). The inspired him to try to produce weights comparable to the French antiques. With this goal in mind, he and several of the glass workers left Strathearn to found Perthshire in 1968.

Size:  Just under 2 5/8" diameter by 1 11/16" high.  The base is ground concave.  Faceted with one large top facet.
Signature:  This paperweight is signed with a complex "P 1982" signature cane in the center of the base.  It also has its original worn Perthshire paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND" on the base and comes with its original (somewhat wrinkled) certificate stating that this is edition number 26 in a limited edition of 300 paperweights (of which only 184 were made).   
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.  There are some bubble in the ground. 

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Signature cane and and label on base
Certificate
Side view
Base
Profile
Signature cane
$295 postage paid in the US.                                               Added 5/8/2022

For more information about Perthshire Paperweights, see my Perthshire Web Page.

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Perthshire Annual Collection 1982B Limited Edition Flamingo Paperweight with Certificate
5949 Large Ed Rithner Multi-Colored Candy Cane Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1940-1970.  A wonderful example of a relatively rare style of paperweight.  The millefiori canes are striped lengthwise and are placed over a transparent turquoise  ground.  The canes are various colors of red, blue, green, and white. A classic Rithner design.

Ed Rithner worked in Wellsburg, West Virginia from 1908 to the 1970s or later.  You can read about Ed Rithner in Jean Melvin's book on American Glass Paperweights and their Makers .  All of Rithner's weights are unsigned.

Large Size:  Just under 3 1/16" diameter by 1 7/8" high.  The base is fire finished and then ground to a matte finish in the center to remove the pontil mark. The profile is relatively flat.
Condition:   Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection, but I could have some faint scratches due to the bubbles and striations in the glass.
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this to be a paperweight by Ed Rithner from 1940 - 1970.  As is typical of Ed Rithner paperweights there are small bubbles in the design.  The bottom finish is typical of Rithner, with the remnants of the pontil mark ground out with a frosted finish.

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Base with ground out center
$110 postage paid in the US.                                                    Added 5/8/2022 

For more vintage American paperweights, see my Vintage American Paperweights Web Page.

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Large Ed Rithner Multi-Colored Candy Cane Millefiori Paperweight
5602 Large Perthshire  PP62  Tomato Red Patterned Millefiori Paperweight. Circa 1983-2002.  This is a patterned millefiori paperweight with a center "P" signature cane surrounded by two rings of dark blue canes and one ring of lime green canes and then 15 short multicolored twist canes.  The ends of the twists are separated by single green millefiori canes.  There is an outer ring of tightly packed lime green canes.  The ground is an opaque tomato red.  This design was made from 1983 to 2002.  A very dramatic design.

Perthshire was a small company in Crieff, Scotland that was devoted to the creation of quality glass paperweights. They stopped production in January 2002 after more than 30 years of production. Their paperweights were consistently high in quality and yet remained reasonable in price.  There are three books on Perthshire Paperweights.  If you collect Perthshire paperweights, you should have them in your library. 

The birth of Scottish paperweight making is credited to the glass making family of Salvador Ysart, who moved to Crieff, Scotland in 1922. They worked first at John Moncrieff Ltd and made the earliest Scottish paperweights during that period. In 1946 Salvadore and his sons Augustine and Vincent founded Ysart Brothers Glass and produced glass wares under the Vasart label. Salvador Ysart died in 1955 The company name was later changed to Vasart Glass. Stuart Drysdale was hired manage the business side of the enterprise in 1960. The company evolved into a new company Strathearn owned by Teachers Whiskey. In 1967 Drysdale was sent a magazine article on antique paperweights (Woman's Day, July 1965). The inspired him to try to produce weights comparable to the French antiques. With this goal in mind, he and several of the glass workers left Strathearn to found Perthshire in 1968.

Large Size:  Just under 2 15/16" diameter by 2 1/8" high.  The base is ground concave.
Condition:  Excellent condition with some wear on the base but no other scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed with a "P" cane in the center of the design.  It is also signed with a a worn Perthshire paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND" on the base.

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Signature cane in center
Closeup view
Side view
Profile
Label
Base
SOLD.                                                    Added 5/7/2022

For more information about Perthshire Paperweights, see my Perthshire Web Page.

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Large Perthshire  PP62  Tomato Red Patterned Millefiori Paperweight
2985 Modern Baccarat Enamel Decorated Egg Paperweight and Stand.  circa 1950 - 1970.  This egg shaped paperweight is decorated around the middle with a gold enamel.  There is no decoration on the ends of the egg.  It comes with its own glass stand.  Both the egg and the stand are signed with an etched Baccarat logo.  The egg is signed on its lower end.  The stand is signed on the bottom.  The signature on the egg itself is not clear but I show pictures of both signatures.  A fun addition to any collection of egg shaped paperweights.

Note:  The pictures make it look as if there is a decoration on the top end (narrow end) of the egg.  This is not the case.  All of the decoration is on the middle part.

Baccarat was founded in 1776 in Alsace-Lorraine with the name of Verrerie de Sainte Anne.  The original location was near the town of Baccarat.  Today the firm is known as Compagnie des Cristalleries de Baccarat.

Size:  1 13/16" diameter by just under 2 1/2" high without the stand.  The height with the stand is approximately 2 3/4".  The glass stand is just over 1 3/16" square by 7/16" high.
Signature:  The egg is signed with Baccarat's etched logo on the lower end (this etched signature is not clear).  There is also an acid etched Baccarat logo on the base of the stand.
Condition:   Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips, or scratches were found on inspection.   

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Baccarat logo on bottom of egg (poor etching)
Baccarat logo on base of stand (clear etching)
Side view
Another view of egg with stand
Stand
Another view of stand
$65 postage paid in the US.                                                         Added 5/6/2022.

For more information about Baccarat paperweights, see my Baccarat Paperweights Web Page

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Modern Baccarat Enamel Decorated Egg Paperweight and Stand
5639 Large Fratelli Toso Murano Block Shaped Millefiori Paperweight with Handle.  circa 1960-1979.  Colorful Fratelli Toso millefiori paperweight with a knob or handle on top.  The green inner core has a variety of cogged millefiori canes on the surface of the green layer.  A controlled pattern of bubbles surrounds the inner core.  This paperweight has a worn Fratelli Toso silver foil label with a conjoined "ft" and "MADE IN ITALY MURANO GLASS".  The center of the green core is hollow and the paperweight has an irregular 5/8" by 1 1/2" hole in the base.  The knob on the top is a fun addition.

The technique used to produce the inner core with millefiori canes on the surface is sometimes called a cane roll-up.  The Murano firms of Fratelli Toso and Barovier & Toso produced objects with this technique. 

This paperweight was made on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy.  Venetian glass making dates back centuries and the Venetians are given credit for the earliest millefiori canes and paperweights in 1840s.  More recently, paperweight making was revived in the 1930s and again in the 1960s.

Fratelli Toso was started in 1854 by six brothers - Angelo Toso, Giovanni Toso, Ferdinando Toso, Carlo Toso, Gregorio Toso and Liberato Toso.  They were joined by Ermanno Toso in 1924 who became artistic director.  The Fratelli Toso company is well known for its use of colorful murrines and millefiori, particularly during the 1950's and earlier.  In 1979, the company suffered a harsh economic crisis, forcing the owners to divide it into Antica Vetreria Fratelli Toso and Fratelli Toso International.  In 1981, Fratelli Toso International filed for bankruptcy and closed its doors for good.  Antica Vetreria Fratelli Toso, led by Arnoldo Toso, continued to operate. 

Size:  2 9/16" square at the widest.  The base is 2 1/8" square.  4 5/8" high including the knob.  The base is polished flat with a beveled edge. The center of the green core is hollow and the paperweight has an irregular 5/8" by 1 1/2" hole in the base.
Condition:   Very good condition. Some small scratches.  One nick on the side of the knob.  No cracks.
Signature:  Signed with a worn Fratelli Toso silver foil label with a conjoined "ft" and "MADE IN ITALY MURANO GLASS". 

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

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Label
Another view
Base - note hole
Another view with label
Still another view
$59 postage paid in the US.                            Added 5/5/2022

For more information about Murano paperweights, see my Murano Paperweights Web Page

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Large Fratelli Toso Murano Block Shaped Millefiori Paperweight with Handle
5662 Caithness 1983 Colin Terris Sea Dance Paperweightissued in 1983.  This paperweight represents a turbulent sea, or as the certificate states, "five silvery dancers perform amidst the swirling fronds of the sea bed".  The ground color is an orange/gold layer over a dark green.  There are five large bubbles to represent the dancers and a few smaller bubbles, so maybe there is some literary license taken in the description.  There is also a ring of smaller bubbles surrounding the design.  And one large center bubble.  It is etched on the base "Caithness SEADANCE Scotland".  There is also an engraved registration number H103099".  It comes with its original certificate.  A fun design.

The Sea Dance design is listed and designated CT-337 on page 55 of the Charlton Standard Catalog of Caithness Paperweights.  It was designed in 1983 by Colin Terris.  It was released in an unlimited edition. The original issue price in the US was $85.00.

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.

Large size:  3 1/16" diameter by 2 3/4" high.  The base is polished flat.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  With the exception of some faint scratches on the base, no other chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.
Signature:  This paperweight etched on the base "Caithness SEADANCE Scotland".  There is also an engraved registration number H103099".  It comes with its original certificate.

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Another view
Certificate
Etched signature and engraved registration number on base
Closeup
Side view
Top view
Base
$59 postage paid in the US.                                     Added 4/30/2022

For more information about paperweights made by Scottish makers, see my Scottish Paperweights Web Page

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Caithness 1983 Colin Terris Sea Dance Paperweight
865 Josh Simpson Miniature Inhabited Planet Paperweight with Presentation Box and Pamphlet.  dated 1998.  This is a miniature inhabited planet paperweight along with its original presentation box and small three fold pamphlet.  The basic theme of the inhabited planet series is that a new planet has been discovered with interesting features inviting exploration.  There are interesting multi-colored structures rising above the surface.  Some structures, possibly man made, require further exploration.  There is a blue, yellow, and green twisted ribbon shaped spaceship investigating the terrain below.  Elsewhere on the planet you can see a trail of bubbles the spaceship has left behind as it explored.  This paperweight is signed "JS98" on its flat base.  This planet has all sorts of terrain including suggestions of vegetation, water, and volcanic activity.  It comes with a small pamphlet and its original presentation box.  A fun item.

Josh Simpson has been making magical glass objects including paperweights for over 40 years.  He has long had a fascination with space exploration and is married to Astronaut Cady Coleman.  He is a graduate of Hamilton College and has his own glass studio in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts.  He focuses on creating objects with a range of color, form, contrast, iridescence, tessellating patterns and complexity. 

There is a great book Josh Simpson: Glass Artist by Andrew Chaikin.  I recommend it highly.

Size:  1 7/8" diameter by 1 13/16" high.  The base is polished flat.  The pamphlet is 2 3/4" by 2 3/4" and unfolds to a single two sided sheet 8 1/4" by 2 3/4".
Signature:   Signed "JS98" on the base.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  There is minor wear on the base, but no other cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.  There are a few tiny bubbles in the glass near the surface which are not damage. 

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Closeup showing spaceship
Signature on base
Cover of pamphlet
Trail of bubbles
Another view
Paperweight with box and pamphlet
Base
Box
$95 postage paid in the US.                                                                Added 4/29/2022

For more paperweights by contemporary American paperweight makers, see my Contemporary American Paperweights Web Page.

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Josh Simpson Miniature Inhabited Planet Paperweight with Presentation Box and Pamphlet
5916 Randy Strong 2003 Abstract Flat Top Iridescent Millefiori Paperweight.   dated 2003.  Contemporary abstract millefiori style paperweight created by Randy Strong of Berkeley, California. The paperweight has an unusual shape with the a large top and small base.  It has white and pink millefiori and an outer "garland" of white latticinio twists.  Iridescent pieces of blue and copper color fill in the empty spaces.  There is also a controlled pattern of tiny bubbles in the clear glass edge.  The underlying ground color is black.  It is signed "R. Strong 2003".  A fun paperweight with great color. 

Note:  This paperweight has an unusual shape with the flat top considerably larger then the base.  It is not a typical dome shaped object.   

Randy Strong has studied at the California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts 1971 from the Osaka University of the Arts, Osaka, Japan.  He has been blowing glass and running his own studio in Northern California for over 40 years.  His work has been collected and displayed throughout the world in such places as The Corning Museum of Glass (New York), The Louvre, the Osaka Museum of Art, The San Francisco Museum of Art, The Ludwig Schaffrath Collection (Germany), The John D. Rockefeller Collection, the IBM Collection (USA) and at the American Crafts exhibitions at Baltimore, West Springfield and Rhinebeck.  

Size:  Just under 3" diameter at the top by 1 1/4" high.  The base has a diameter of 1".  The top has a flat profile.  The base is ground flat.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks or scratches.   
Signature:  It is signed "R. Strong 2003" on the edge just above the base.

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Signature
Closeup
Base
$95 postage paid in the US.                                       Added 4/29/2022

For more paperweights by contemporary American paperweight makers, see my Contemporary American Paperweights Web Page.

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Randy Strong 2003 Abstract Flat Top Iridescent Millefiori Paperweight
5638 Unusual Magnum Murano Paperweight with Floral Decoration on Blue Plaque.  circa 1960 - 1980.  This unusual paperweight features floral decoration painted in enamel on a blue plaque.  The painting is signed "M. Allin".  The paperweight does not have a label but I am certain it was made on the island of Murano in Venice. 

This paperweight was made on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy.  Venetian glass making dates back centuries and the Venetians are given credit for the earliest millefiori canes and paperweights in 1840s.  More recently, paperweight making was revived in the 1930s and again in the 1960s.

Very large size:  3 3/16" diameter by 2 3/4" high.  The base has been polished flat.  This paperweight has a high profile typical of Murano paperweights.
Condition:   Very good condition.  I found a small scuffed area on the side and some light scratches on the base.  No chips or cracks.    
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee that this paperweight was made on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy.     

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

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Closeup
Signature
Profile
Base
Side view
$69 postage paid in the US.                            Added 4/28/2022

For more information about Murano paperweights, see my Murano Paperweights Web Page

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Unusual Magnum Murano Paperweight with Floral Decoration on Blue Plaque
5934 Perthshire Annual Collection 1981C Limited Edition Magnum Aquarium Paperweight.  dated 1981.  This magnum paperweight features a colorful assortment of sea life in a three dimensional display.  There is a green seahorse, a blue crab, a brown snail, and two fish amidst a large pink seaweed.  The design is placed on a grey sand ground.  It is signed with a complex "P 1981" signature cane in the center of the base.  It is also engraved with Peter McDougall's "PMcD" signature on the base.  It is faceted with one large top facet and 24 side facets in three rows.  This design was made in a 1981 limited edition of 350 paperweights of which 237 were actually made.  It comes with its original box.  A very large stunning paperweight from Perthshire. 

Perthshire made this paperweight as one of their Annual Collection designs for 1981.  This means the design was made only that one year and never again.  There were eight Annual Collection designs in 1981, designated A through H.  This design is designated 1981C.  The annual collection paperweights are the most desirable of the Perthshire line, with the exception of one of one items.

Perthshire was a small company in Crieff, Scotland that was devoted to the creation of quality glass paperweights. They stopped production in January 2002 after more than 30 years of production. Their paperweights were consistently high in quality and yet remained reasonable in price.

The birth of Scottish paperweight making is credited to the glass making family of Salvador Ysart, who moved to Crieff, Scotland in 1922. They worked first at John Moncrieff Ltd and made the earliest Scottish paperweights during that period. In 1946 Salvadore and his sons Augustine and Vincent founded Ysart Brothers Glass and produced glass wares under the Vasart label. Salvador Ysart died in 1955 The company name was later changed to Vasart Glass. Stuart Drysdale was hired manage the business side of the enterprise in 1960. The company evolved into a new company Strathearn owned by Teachers Whiskey. In 1967 Drysdale was sent a magazine article on antique paperweights (Woman's Day, July 1965). The inspired him to try to produce weights comparable to the French antiques. With this goal in mind, he and several of the glass workers left Strathearn to found Perthshire in 1968.

Very large size:  3 3/8" diameter by 2 11/16" high.  The base is ground concave.  Faceted with one large top facet and 24 side facets in three rows.
Signature:  This paperweight is signed with a complex "P 1981" signature cane in the center of the base.  It is also engraved with Peter McDougall's "PMcD" signature on the base.  It comes with its original Perthshire box.  There is no label or certificate with this paperweight. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches.

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

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Closeup
Signature cane and PMcD signature on base
Paperweight with box
Side view
Base
Top view
Another side view
Third side view
$395 postage paid in the US.                                               Added 4/28/2022

For more information about Perthshire Paperweights, see my Perthshire Web Page.

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Perthshire Annual Collection 1981C Limited Edition Magnum Aquarium Paperweight
1398 Chinese Yellow Millefiori  Peacock Paperweight.  circa 1945 -1970.  This is a uniquely Chinese invention.  The paperweight is in the form of an upright peacock with its bright yellow plumage (train) on display.  The feathers have red feather eyes.  There is a molded neck and head on the lower surface.  Three red lines simulate a crest.  There are three types of millefiori used in the construction:  yellow feather canes, red eye canes, and a single large mosaic cane for the body.  We don't know exactly when these first appeared but they were found in the US during the 1960s, so I believe this is a post WWII product.  There is a single flat facet on the lower edge to allow the paperweight to stand upright.  A fun collectible.

Chinese Paperweights were made in the late 1920s and throughout the 1930s as an attempt to duplicate 19th Century antique weights made in the United States and France.  Because they are almost 100 years old, they are very collectible and every collector should own a few of these as study pieces.  The history of the early Chinese paperweights is mostly anecdotal as no written records have been discovered.  The story is that an American dealer sent examples of paperweights made by the New England Glass Company (NEGC), Boston & Sandwich Glass Company (B&S), Millville makers, and French factories to a Chinese factory and requested copies be made.  The results are interesting and sometimes confused with the originals by inexperienced collectors.  The earliest pictures of these paperweights appeared in the book American Glass Paperweights by Francis Edgar Smith published in 1939.  Smith was aware that at least one of the paperweights shown in his book was Chinese.  Since Smith was not an expert collector, this indicates that there was some general knowledge that these were Chinese prior to 1939.

In the United States, the Tariff Act of 1930 required that every imported item must be conspicuously and indelibly marked in English with its country of origin.  As a result, many of these Chinese paperweights are scratch signed on the bottom "CHINA".  Many are also not signed, suggesting that either they were imported prior to 1930 or the importer ignored the requirement.  Most likely the earliest Chinese paperweights were made prior to 1930.

The Chinese makers often combined design features found in paperweights from different makers.  For example they copied the latticinio grounds used by New England Glass Company and used them with copies of Baccarat Pansy weights.  The original Baccarat pansy paperweights never had a latticinio ground.  They copied the pedestal rose from Millville and then used the pedestal bottom with other weights. It is fun to collect all the variations. 

In general, Chinese paperweights from the 1930s have a light weight glass mixture that is high in soda and has a greenish tinge. The glass also has a soft almost oily feel. Frequently they have bubbles or debris in the glass.  And because of their age, many of these have minor scratches or other surface defects.  Chinese paperweights made in the 1970s and later usually have better quality glass and are free of debris. 

Large Size:  3 5/16" at the widest by 3 1/8" high by just under 1 1/4" thick.  The back is ground flat.  The lower edge has been ground flat to allow the peacock to rest upright.
Signature: Signed with a "MADE IN CHINA" paper label on the back.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  There are a few minor scratches on the back, but no other scratches or chips found on inspection.   

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Side
Back
Label
Another view showing flat base
$59 postage paid in the US.                                                       Added 4/28/2022

For more paperweights from China, see my Chinese Paperweights Web Page.

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Chinese Yellow Millefiori  Peacock Paperweight
2012 Chinese Miniature Orange Butterfly on Green Ground Paperweight.  circa 1940 - 1960.  This paperweight features an orange and yellow winged lampwork butterfly flying with wings extended over a green frit ground.  The butterfly body is light green with two well defined antennae.  The green ground gives the glass a greenish tinge, but it is mostly clear glass.  This paperweight is unsigned.

Note
:  Please ignore the white areas, they are glare from the lights.

Chinese Paperweights were made in the late 1920s and throughout the 1930s as an attempt to duplicate 19th Century antique weights made in the United States and France.  Because they are almost 100 years old, they are very collectible and every collector should own a few of these as study pieces.  The history of the early Chinese paperweights is mostly anecdotal as no written records have been discovered.  The story is that an American dealer sent examples of paperweights made by the New England Glass Company (NEGC), Boston &Sandwich Glass Company (B&S), Millville makers, and French factories to a Chinese factory and requested copies be made.  The results are interesting and sometimes confused with the originals by inexperienced collectors.  The earliest pictures of these paperweights appeared in the book American Glass Paperweights by Francis Edgar Smith published in 1939.  Smith was aware that at least one of the paperweights shown in his book was Chinese.  Since Smith was not an expert collector, this indicates that there was some general knowledge that these were Chinese prior to 1939.

In the United States, the Tariff Act of 1930 required that every imported item must be conspicuously and indelibly marked in English with its country of origin.  As a result, many of these Chinese paperweights are scratch signed on the bottom "CHINA".  Many are also not signed, suggesting that either they were imported prior to 1930 or the importer ignored the requirement.  Most likely the earliest Chinese paperweights were made prior to 1930.

The Chinese makers often combined design features found in paperweights from different makers.  For example they copied the latticinio grounds used by New England Glass Company and used them with copies of Baccarat Pansy weights.  The original Baccarat pansy paperweights never had a latticinio ground.  They copied the pedestal rose from Millville and then used the pedestal bottom with other weights. It is fun to collect all the variations. 

In general, Chinese paperweights from the 1930s have a light weight glass mixture that is high in soda and has a greenish tinge. The glass also has a soft almost oily feel. Frequently they have bubbles or debris in the glass.  And because of their age, many of these have minor scratches or other surface defects.  Chinese paperweights made in the 1970s and later usually have better quality glass and are free of debris. 

Miniature size:  2" diameter by 1 5/8"  high.  The bottom is flat with remnants of the pontil scar.
Signature:  This paperweight is unsigned, but I guarantee it is from China and dates from the 1940 thru 1960.
Condition:  Good condition with no cracks or chips.  There are some slight surface scratches.  As is typical of Chinese paperweights from this period, the glass has some debris and bubbles.

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Profile
Another view
Closeup
Base
$39 postage paid in the US.                                                       Added 4/28/2022

For more paperweights from China, see my Chinese Paperweights Web Page.

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Chinese Miniature Orange Butterfly on Green Ground Paperweight
5684 Antique Magnum Belgian or Bohemian Frit Butterfly Paperweight.   circa 1880-1910.  This is a wonderful antique frit butterfly paperweight.  The large blue butterfly with colorful spots floats above a multicolored frit ground.  The maker of this paperweight is unknown.  It was likely made in an unidentified glass factory in Belgium, Bohemia or Northern Europe.

Note:   At first I thought this is a lampwork butterfly but it is almost completely flat and sits on a layer of "dirty" glass.  What looks like surface damage in the profile view is actually dirt on the surface of the inner layer of glass that the butterfly is resting on - the clear layer used to pick up the butterfly.

Frit refers to the powdered glass used to make the design.  The design is set up in frit in a metal die and then picked up with a gather of clear color.  The butterfly is almost completely flat with only the larger pieces of colored glass projecting below the plane of the butterfly.

Bohemian Glass
generally refers to the glass made in the regions that form the border area between the Czech Republic, Poland, and Germany.  Most of these areas are now parts of the western Czech Republic.
   

Very large size:  3 7/16" diameter by 2 5/16" high.  The base is ground flat.
Condition: Very good condition for its age.  The paperweight has a few faint scratches on the dome.  It has a lot of age on the base. It also has some small chips on the edge of the base.  What looks like surface damage in the profile view is actually dirt on the surface of the inner layer of glass that the butterfly is resting on.
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this is an antique paperweight from Bohemia or Belgium or Northern Europe.

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Side view - note how flat the butterfly is
Closeup
Top view
Profile - note dirt on inner layer - the clear layer used to pick up the butterfly
Base - chips at edge of base
Another view of base
$195 postage paid in the US.                                                                               Added 4/27/2022

For more information about Bohemian paperweights, see my Bohemian Paperweights Web Page .                 (dl-boh-ant)

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Antique Magnum Belgian or Bohemian Frit Butterfly Paperweight
5930 Perthshire Millennium Special Limited Edition Paperweight with Box & Certificate.  dated 2000.  This paperweight is a special limited edition created to celebrate the Millennium.  It features a ruby and white six petaled flower in the center set on a yellow lace ground.  This is then surrounded by a ring of ruby and white millefiori canes.  The design is further surrounded by another ring of five picture canes and a special Millennium 2000 date cane placed on a white lace ground.  It is signed with a complex "P" signature cane in the base.  The paperweight is faceted with one large top facet and six side facets.  This paperweight was made in a limited edition of 500 paperweights.  It comes with its original certificate stating that it is edition 004 of the 500 paperweights and comes with its original box.  A beautiful addition to any collection of Perthshire paperweights. 

Perthshire was a small company in Crieff, Scotland that was devoted to the creation of quality glass paperweights. They stopped production in January 2002 after more than 30 years of production. Their paperweights were consistently high in quality and yet remained reasonable in price.

The birth of Scottish paperweight making is credited to the glass making family of Salvador Ysart, who moved to Crieff, Scotland in 1922. They worked first at John Moncrieff Ltd and made the earliest Scottish paperweights during that period. In 1946 Salvadore and his sons Augustine and Vincent founded Ysart Brothers Glass and produced glass wares under the Vasart label. Salvador Ysart died in 1955 The company name was later changed to Vasart Glass. Stuart Drysdale was hired manage the business side of the enterprise in 1960. The company evolved into a new company Strathearn owned by Teachers Whiskey. In 1967 Drysdale was sent a magazine article on antique paperweights (Woman's Day, July 1965). The inspired him to try to produce weights comparable to the French antiques. With this goal in mind, he and several of the glass workers left Strathearn to found Perthshire in 1968.

Large size:  3" diameter by just over 1 7/8" high.  The base is polished concave.
Signature:  This paperweight is signed with a complex "P" signature cane in the center of the base.  It also has a special millennium date cane "2000" in the design.  It comes with its original certificate and box.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.

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Special date cane in design
Signature cane on base
Certificate
Box with certificate and paperweight
Top view
Side view
Base
$375 postage paid in the US.                                               Added 4/23/2022

For more information about Perthshire Paperweights, see my Perthshire Web Page.

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Perthshire Millennium Special Limited Edition Paperweight with Box & Certificate
3547 Baccarat 1987 Special Edition Double Trefoil Millefiori Paperweight.  dated 1987.  This modern millefiori paperweight features a double trefoil design with a concentric pattern in the center.  It has two interlaced three lobe garlands of amber and burgundy.  The concentric design has green and amber circles.  The design is placed on a pale yellow lace ground.  This was one of the special paperweights featured in Baccarat's 1987 annual brochure.  It was made in this color arrangement only in 1987.  It is signed with a Baccarat's complex "B 1987" signature / date cane in the design.  This paperweight is also signed on the base with an acid etched Baccarat mark along with the engraved year (1987) and edition number (64).  A fantastic paperweight.

Note:  After extensive research in the Baccarat archives, Paul Dunlop concluded that from 1986 to 1989, Baccarat made special editions of four designs using a different color scheme each year.  For example, the double trefoil was made in each of the four years, but with a different color scheme each year.  These designs were featured in the annual brochure for each year and were numbered sequentially.  Although the edition size was not known he estimated that about 200 of each design were made.

Baccarat was founded in 1776 in Alsace-Lorraine with the name of Verrerie de Sainte Anne.  The original location was near the town of Baccarat.  Today the firm is known as Compagnie des Cristalleries de Baccarat.  Most collectors refer to three periods of Baccarat paperweight production.
  • 1845-1860 - Classic period
  • 1920-1934 - Dupont period
  • 1953-2002 - Modern period
This classification is definitely an over simplification.  The best millefiori and lampwork paperweights were made during the classic period (1845-1860).   Baccarat continued to make paperweights after the classic period, but little is known about the extent of the product line or who made the paperweights.  What is known is that by 1910, the offering in the catalog had dwindled to pansy paperweights, simple open concentric paperweights, and rock paperweights.  Popular lore attributes 1920-1934 Baccarat paperweights to a Mr. Dupont, who supposedly was the last worker at Baccarat to know the secrets of paperweight making.  These paperweights were sold at a Baccarat retail shop in Paris. No collector or scholar ever met Mr. Dupont although at least one visited the Baccarat factory and asked to meet with him.  The weights stopped appearing in the shop in 1934.

In 1952, Paul Jokelson approached Baccarat with the idea of making sulphide paperweights again.  In 1953 Baccarat resumed paperweight production with a series of sulphide paperweights the first of which were the unsuccessful Eisenhower sulphide followed by the Queen Elizabeth coronation sulphide.  Millefiori paperweight production was resumed in 1957 and lampwork paperweights were re-introduced in the early 1970s.  Baccarat stopped making this type of fine glass paperweights in 2002.  You can read more about the Baccarat paperweights in the new book Baccarat Paperweights - two centuries of beauty by Paul Dunlop or one of the older books on paperweights in general, such as The Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights by Paul Hollister or World Paperweights by Robert Hall.

Large Size:  Just under 3 3/16" diameter by 2 3/8" high.  The base is polished flat.
Signature:  The paperweight is signed with Baccarat's complex signature cane "B 1987" in the design.  It also has an acid etched Baccarat mark on the base along with the engraved year (1987) and edition number (64). 
Condition:   Excellent condition.  With the exception of light wear on the base, no cracks, chips, or scratches were found on inspection.   

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$465 postage paid in the US.                                                         Added 4/22/2022.

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Baccarat 1987 Special Edition Double Trefoil Millefiori Paperweight
5897 John Deacons / William Manson, Sr. 2006 Strathearn Collection Flower & Double Torsade Paperweight.  dated 2006.  This limited edition paperweight consists of a large blue and white five petaled flower surrounded by a garland of five red roses and a second blue and green millefiori garland.  The flower has five green sepals and a yellow complex millefiori center.  The design is set on a translucent amber ground.  The paperweight is one of the Strathearn Collection collaborative series made by John Deacons and William Manson Sr.  It is signed on the base with John Deacons' "JD 2006" signature cane and William Manson's "WM" signature cane.  The JD 2006 cane also has a green thistle with two green shamrocks just below the JD.  It is also marked "S7 14/25".  A very attractive paperweight. 

In 2006, John Deacons and William Manson collaborated to make three sets of 12 paperweight designs or 36 designs in all.  They were called the Strathearn Collection. Each design was a limited edition of 25 paperweights.  Each weight was signed with the signature cane of both artists.  This paperweight is designated S7 14/25, meaning it is the seventh design in the Strathearn Collection and is #14 of the limited edition of 25 paperweights. 

John Deacons learned his craft at Strathearn Glass in Crieff, Scotland in 1967. When Perthshire was formed in 1968, he left Strathearn to move to Perthshire and worked there for 10 years before leaving in 1978 to start his own glass studio. He has produced paperweights and other glass objects under a variety of labels, including J Glass, St. Kilda, and now under his own name. The St. Kilda line was produced from 1978 or 1979 through 1987.  You can read about John Deacons in the book by Hall - Scottish Paperweights.  Today John works with his son Craig at his own studio.

William Manson, Sr. started his glass working career at Caithness Glass at the age of 15 in the 1960s.  He apprenticed with Paul Ysart.  Manson left Caithness in 1971 to work at Ysart's Harland Glass and rejoined Caithness several years later in 1974.  He was at Caithness on and off between 1974 and 1997 when he left for good to form his own studio William Manson Paperweights.  His son, William David Manson, assisted him starting in 1992, taking it up as a career in 1996 (age 18) and continued until the market cooled in 2003-2004.  He is now in the process of setting up his own studio (in 2022).  For a brief period (2004-2006), William Manson, Sr. made collaborative paperweights with John Deacons. 

Large Size:  Just under 2 7/8" diameter by 2 3/16" high. The base is ground concave. 
Signature:  Signed with John Deacons' "JD 2006" signature cane and William Manson's "WM" signature cane.  The JD 2006 cane also has a green thistle between two green shamrocks just below the JD.  The paperweight is also marked "S7 14/25". 
Condition:  There is wear on the base.  Otherwise, it is in excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 

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$245 postage paid in the US.                                     Added 4/22/2022

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John Deacons / William Manson, Sr. 2006 Strathearn Collection Flower & Double Torsade Paperweight
5550 Drew Ebelhare Spaced Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Black Ground.  dated 1999.  This is a Drew Ebelhare  spaced concentric millefiori paperweight.  It is larger than his typical miniatures.  The design has nineteen different, mostly complex, millefiori canes placed on a black or very dark blue ground.  There is an opaque white under coat to the ground and a lighter shade of blue peeks through at the sides.  It is signed in the center with Ebelhare's complex "E" signature cane.  In addition, it is signed on the base "Ebelhare 10-99".  There is a flaw from when it was made, so please read the note below.  A beautiful paperweight with amazing detail.

Note:  There is a reflective line where the blue base and darker black ground color meet.  This may be the result of adding a clear final encasement or it may be an internal fracture.  You can see this in the side views - I have marked one picture with arrows to point out the flaw.  I consider it a flaw and am offering this at a reduced price even though the previous owner paid $325 plus a buyers premium for this paperweight.  It displays beautifully.

Drew Ebelhare has been making glass paperweights since 1983, focusing on millefiori paperweights, especially miniature designs.  Drew graduated from Florida State University in 1977 with a Bachelors Degree in technical theater and scene design.  After graduating and working at the Alley Theater in Houston, he made a career change becoming one of the founding members of The Houston Glass Art Society.  In 1981, Drew set up his first hot glass shop in Houston.  He now works out a new studio in Cañon City, Colorado.  His millefiori canes have evolved so he now produces his own unique style of floral millefiori canes, including Clichy style roses, camomiles, pansies, primroses, sunflowers and others.  Paul Dunlop calls Drew the preeminent millefiori paperweight artist in the United States.  Starting in 2009,  Drew Ebelhare and Sue Fox collaborated to make wonderful paperweights featuring Sue's delicate lampwork surrounded by Drew's distinctive style of floral millefiori.  Sue Fox passed away early in 2020.

Size:  Just over 2 5/8" diameter by 1 5/8" high.  The base is polished flat. 
Signature:  Signed in the center with Ebelhare's complex "E" signature cane.  In addition, it is signed on the base "Ebelhare 10-99".  
Condition:  Good condition.  There are some scratches on the base and a possible internal fracture or flaw along the side - see note above.  No scratches, cracks, or chips on the dome.  There are tiny bubbles in the glass.  

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$145 postage paid in the US.                                                                Added 4/21/2022

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Drew Ebelhare Spaced Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Black Ground
5568 Brian Maytum Abstract Sea Urchin Paperweight.  dated 1983.  Shimmering blue iridescent and clear glass paperweight resembling a sea urchin.  It is constructed using blue twists pushed down in the center.  There is a large bubble in the center.  It is signed on the base "CSW373 Brian Maytum © 1983".  It is a fun paperweight from this talented glass artist. 

Brian Maytum had a studio in Boulder Colorado and made glass there since the early 1980s.  As of 2021, he had retired a few years ago.  I have no other information on this glass artist.

Size:   2 3/4" diameter by just under 2 3/4" high.  The base is polished flat.
Signature:  Signed and dated on the base "CSW373 Brian Maytum © 1983".
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips or scratches found on inspection.

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$45 postage paid in the US.                                            Added 4/20/2022

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Brian Maytum Abstract Sea Urchin Paperweight
5633 Pairpoint Concentric Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1970-1974.  This is a concentric millefiori paperweight with two concentric rings of millefiori on a transparent green ground.  The millefiori canes are pale and transparent, making their details hard to see.  There are striations in the glass.  The paperweight is unsigned, but I guarantee it was made at Pairpoint Glass in Sagamore, Massachusetts.

Note:  The colors in this paperweight made it difficult to take pictures.  It looks better in real life than shown in the pictures.

Pairpoint Glass has a long history extending back to its earliest origins with Mount Washington Glass in 1837.  Owners and locations changed a number of times and the name Pairpoint was first used in the 1890s.  The original Pairpoint companies were located in New Bedford, Massachusetts.  In 1938, it was reorganized as Gunderson Glass Works by owner Robert Gunderson and later renamed the Gunderson - Pairpoint Glass Works in 1952.  The name was acquired by Robert Bryden and the company moved briefly to East Wareham, MA in 1957 where it operated as the Pairpoint Glass Company.  They leased production facilities in Spain.  The last New Bedford factory burned down in 1965.  In its latest iteration, Robert Bryden moved Pairpoint to Sagamore, Massachusetts in 1970.  It continues to operate at that location today (2019) although under new owners.

Size:  2 1/2" diameter by 1 13/16" high.  The bottom is unfinished with the pontil scar remaining.
Condition:  Very good condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.  There are striations in the glass.  Also, the millefiori canes are pale and transparent, making it difficult to see the details.
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee it was made at Pairpoint Glass in Sagamore, Massachusetts.

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$49 postage paid in the US.                                            Added 4/20/2022

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Pairpoint Concentric Millefiori Paperweight
5898 Paul Ysart Signed Millefiori Heart in Latticinio Basket Paperweight.  circa 1930s-1979.  Large paperweight with a blue millefiori heart made up of complex canes.  There is a complex "PY" signature cane in the center of the heart.  The heart is surrounded by a latticinio basket - more accurately a basket composed of straight green cogged canes each alternating with three white twist canes, for a total of seven green canes and 21 twisted white canes.  The canes are pulled down to the base to form a basket.  The base is fire finished and ground concave in the center.  A beautiful addition to any collection of Scottish paperweights.

The birth of Scottish paperweight making is credited to the glass making family of Salvador Ysart, who moved to Crieff, Scotland from Spain in 1922.  They worked first at John Moncrieff Ltd and made the earliest Scottish paperweights during that period.  Paul Ysart (1904-1991), originally Pablo Moreno Isart, was apprenticed to his father as a glass worker at Moncrieff in 1922.  He worked on the production of Monart Art Glass.  Paperweights were primarily an after hours activity.  Paul made his first paperweight in the early 1930s.  Production was interrupted by World War II and the Monart line was not restarted until 1946.  In 1946 Salvadore and his sons Augustine and Vincent left Moncrieff and founded Ysart Brothers Glass.  They produced glass wares under the Vasart label.  Salvador Ysart died in 1955.  Paul stayed at Moncrieff from until 1962, when he joined Caithness as a Training Officer.  While at Caithness, he trained Peter Holmes, Colin Terris, and William Manson, among others.  After he retired from Caithness in 1972, he continued to make paperweights initially under the Harland label and then the Highland Paperweights label until 1979.   You can read more about Paul Ysart in the book by Colin Mahoney Masterpieces:  The Paperweights of Paul Ysart.

Large Size:  2 3/4" diameter by 2 1/8" high.  The base is fire finished and ground concave in the center. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no damage.
Signature:  Signed with a "PY" complex signature cane in the center of the heart.  

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SOLD.                              Added 4/19/2022 

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Paul Ysart Signed Millefiori Heart in Latticinio Basket Paperweight
5528 Large Vetreria 3 Fiori Murano Night Sky Millefiori Paperweight - Signed.  circa 2000.  This paperweight is a clever use of a concentric design to create a sky view with stars and the moon.  There are 36 identical transparent blue hexagonal canes each with three white stars plus a single hexagon shaped yellow moon cane.  The canes are arranged in three concentric rings of 18, 12, and six canes plus an identical center cane.  This paperweight is from the premier Murano glass studio Vetreria 3 Fiori.  The concentric design is closely packed with no spaces between them.  The ground is clear.  The base is polished flat and is acid etched with the signature "Vetreria 3 Fiori Murano Ve".  A wonderful paperweight from this premier glass studio.

This paperweight was made at the Vetreria 3 Fiori studio on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy.  Regarded as possibly the best millefiori paperweight maker in Murano, the studio was in operation for only five years, from about 2000 to 2005.  3 Fiori was founded by two glass workers who left ALT, another studio in Murano.  ALT closed around 2002 and 3 Fiori closed a few years later.  Subsequently, two of the workers at 3 Fiori opened a new studio called The Millefiori Factory but it appears that that has also closed.  Special thanks to two collectors in the UK who filled in some of the details on this wonderful but short lived studio.

Venetian glass making dates back centuries and the Venetians are given credit for the earliest millefiori canes and paperweights in 1840s.  More recently, paperweight making was revived in the 1930s and again in the 1960s.  

Large Size:   2 13/16" diameter by 1 15/16" high.  The base is polished flat. 
Condition:   Excellent condition.  There are a few scratches on the base, but no other wear was found on inspection.  No chips, cracks, or scratches on the dome.  
Signature:  This paperweight is acid etched on the base "Vetreria 3 Fiori Murano Ve".

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$175 postage paid in the US.                                         Added 4/19/2022

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Large Vetreria 3 Fiori Murano Night Sky Millefiori Paperweight - Signed
5538 Peter McDougall (PMcD) Miniature Crown Paperweight with Flower on Top.  Attractive miniature crown paperweight with a wonderful lilac colored five petal flower on top.  The flower has a millefiori cane in the center.  The paperweight is formed from 20 twist canes with alternating colors, 10 white twist canes and 10 multi-colored twists made  from turquoise, yellow, and white stringers.  These twist canes are pulled down to the center of the base.  There is a cobalt blue ground in the center of this paperweight.  It is signed on the base with a complex cane made from four separate letter canes forming the signature PMcD.  A wonderful paperweight from this talented glass artist.

Crown weights are considered by some to be the most exciting of all millefiori designs.  They are extremely difficult to make.  Peter McDougall did not make many of these miniature crowns. 

Peter McDougall started his glassmaking career as an apprentice at Strathearn Glass in Crieff, Scotland back in the 1960s.  When Perthshire was formed in 1968, he left Strathearn to move to Perthshire and worked there in many positions, eventually becoming Manager and Chief Glassmaker.   Perthshire Paperweights closed early in 2002 after the death of the owner Neil Drysdale.  Peter McDougall then made high quality glass paperweights at his own glass studio, PMcD Glass Studio Ltd. in Crieff, Scotland from 2002 until early 2012.  The studio is now closed but Peter plans to continue to make a limited number of paperweights in the future.

Miniature Size:  Just over 2" diameter by just over 1 3/4" high.  The base is polished concave.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed with a complex "PMcD" cane on the base.  The signature is tiny and can be hard to see without magnification.  There is no paper label on this PMcD paperweight. 

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$195 postage paid in the US.                            Added 4/16/2022

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Peter McDougall (PMcD) Miniature Crown Paperweight with Flower on Top
5664 Large Caithness 1985 Limited Edition Flair US Collectors Club PaperweightThis paperweight features a single five petaled ruby colored flower rising from a transparent aquamarine ground.  The stem is surrounded by a controlled pattern of bubbles.  There is a large dew drop (bubble) in the center of the flower.  The paperweight was issued in 1985 in a limited edition of 500 paperweights for members of the US Caithness Collectors Club.  This paperweight is etched on the base "CAITHNESS SCOTLAND FLAIR US COLLECTORS PAPERWEIGHT" and is engraved "99/500".  It comes with its original certificate stating that it was designed by Colin Terris and that this is edition 99 of a limited edition of 500 paperweights.  A beautiful design.

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.

Very large size:  3 1/8" diameter by 2 3/4" high.  The base is polished flat.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.
Signature:  This paperweight is etched on the base "CAITHNESS SCOTLAND FLAIR US COLLECTORS PAPERWEIGHT" and is engraved "99/500".  It comes with its original certificate stating that it was designed by Colin Terris and that this is edition 99 of a limited edition of 500 paperweights. 

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$85 postage paid in the US.                                     Added 4/16/2022

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Large Caithness 1985 Limited Edition Flair US Collectors Club Paperweight
5545 Antique H. G. Richardson Four Ring Concentric Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1913-1920.   This magnificent miniature paperweight has four concentric rings of red, white, and blue millefiori with a complex red and white center cane.  The outer ring of identical white canes has a cross shape.  Also, it has a high profile.  Both factors lead to the identification as a Richardson's product.  Because most Richardson paperweights are larger in size, it is likely that this paperweight was originally a stopper for an inkwell.  See below for a brief history of H. G. Richardson in the Stourbridge area.  Heavy glass.  A great addition to any collection of millefiori paperweights.

Note:  The high profile made it difficult to get a good picture.  In particular the profile picture taken at an angle is distorted - the paperweight is not.

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 just Old English paperweights.

Henry Gething Richardson (1825-1916) was one of a line of Richardson family members involved in the glass trade dating back to 1810.  He founded Henry G. Richardson & Sons Ltd. which was well known in the Stourbridge area for producing quality glass wares and eventually millefiori paperweights and inkwells.  Although paperweights appeared in their catalog in 1913, it is possible that they started earlier.  Production of millefiori items continued until the 1920s when the Wordsley Glassworks in Stourbridge was taken over by Stuart Crystal.

Size:  2 1/16" diameter by 1 1/2" high.  The base is ground concave.
Condition: Very good to excellent condition.  There are a few small scratches on the side near the base.  No chips or cracks.
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee that this is an antique English paperweight from approximately 1913 to 1920.  The maker is maker is most likely Richardson.

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$75 postage paid in the US.                                                                Added  4/15/2022

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Antique H. G. Richardson Four Ring Concentric Millefiori Paperweight
2772 Large Parabelle Glass 1989 Closepack Millefiori Paperweight.  Dated 1989 This paperweight has a closepacked millefiori design with a wonderful variety of millefiori canes placed over an opaque black ground.  There are rose canes, silhouette canes, bell canes, flower canes, and many complex canes in the setup.  The paperweight is signed with a "PB 1989" cane in the design.  A wonderful paperweight.

Note:  There is a small area on the side just above the base and below the millefiori that has tiny scratches.  This may have happened when the base was ground to remove the pontil scar.  This is shown in the pictures.  The ground area in the center of the base is not polished, so maybe this was an oversight and the base was not given a final polish.  It displays beautifully. 

Parabelle Glass was a small company created in 1981 by Gary and Doris Scrutton in Portland, Oregon.  High quality paperweights were made in small quantities from 1983 to 1998 when they retired.  Their best weights are some of the finest ever made, comparing favorably to the best classical French paperweights.  Most designs were produced in limited editions of 10 to 25 paperweights, although some editions were larger.  They also made some one of a kind paperweights.  Doris passed away in 2013 and Gary followed in 2014. 

After the Scruttons retired in 1998, their daughter Julie Scrutton Lewis made some paperweights and jewelry using Parabelle millefiori canes. 

Large Size:  2 3/4" diameter by just under 2" high.  The base is ground concave, but not polished.  
Signature: Signed in the design with a signature cane "PB 1989". 
Condition:  Very good to excellent condition.  No chips or cracks but I found a small area on the side just above the base and below the millefiori that has tiny scratches.  This may have happened when the pontil scar was ground out.

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$395 postage paid in the US.                                                 Added 4/15/2022    

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Large Parabelle Glass 1989 Closepack Millefiori 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".  

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$135 postage paid in the US.                                                                  Added 4/15/2022

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Magnum Whitefriars Pattern 9851 Blue Swirl Abstract 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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$125 postage paid in the US.                              Added 4/14/2022                                 

For more information about paperweights made by Scottish makers, see my Scottish Paperweights Web Page        (dl-sc-eng) 

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Caithness Period Whitefriars 1984 Faceted Butterfly Silhouette Millefiori Paperweight with Certificate
1868 Rare 1930s Chinese Butterfly Paperweight.  circa 1930.  This paperweight features a red winged lampwork butterfly flying with wings extended over millefiori frit ground.  The wings are covered with multi-colored dots.  The butterfly body is light blue with two well defined antennae.  The frit ground consists of millefiori cane slices.  This paperweight is signed on the base with a scratch signature "CHINA".  A great example.

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Chinese Paperweights were made in the late 1920s and throughout the 1930s as an attempt to duplicate 19th Century antique weights made in the United States and France.  Because they are almost 100 years old, they are very collectible and every collector should own a few of these as study pieces.  The history of the early Chinese paperweights is mostly anecdotal as no written records have been discovered.  The story is that an American dealer sent examples of paperweights made by the New England Glass Company (NEGC), Boston &Sandwich Glass Company (B&S), Millville makers, and French factories to a Chinese factory and requested copies be made.  The results are interesting and sometimes confused with the originals by inexperienced collectors.  The earliest pictures of these paperweights appeared in the book American Glass Paperweights by Francis Edgar Smith published in 1939.  Smith was aware that at least one of the paperweights shown in his book was Chinese.  Since Smith was not an expert collector, this indicates that there was some general knowledge that these were Chinese prior to 1939.

In the United States, the Tariff Act of 1930 required that every imported item must be conspicuously and indelibly marked in English with its country of origin.  As a result, many of these Chinese paperweights are scratch signed on the bottom "CHINA".  Many are also not signed, suggesting that either they were imported prior to 1930 or the importer ignored the requirement.  Most likely the earliest Chinese paperweights were made prior to 1930.

The Chinese makers often combined design features found in paperweights from different makers.  For example they copied the latticinio grounds used by New England Glass Company and used them with copies of Baccarat Pansy weights.  The original Baccarat pansy paperweights never had a latticinio ground.  They copied the pedestal rose from Millville and then used the pedestal bottom with other weights. It is fun to collect all the variations. 

In general, Chinese paperweights from the 1930s have a light weight glass mixture that is high in soda and has a greenish tinge. The glass also has a soft almost oily feel. Frequently they have bubbles or debris in the glass.  And because of their age, many of these have minor scratches or other surface defects.  Chinese paperweights made in the 1970s and later usually have better quality glass and are free of debris. 

Medium Size:  Just over 2 1/2" diameter by just under 1 3/4"  high.  The bottom is ground flat.
Signature:  This paperweight is signed on the base with a scratch signature "CHINA".
Condition:  Good condition with no cracks or big chips.  There are surface nicks and scratches on the body and age appropriate wear on the base.  As is typical of Chinese paperweights from this period, the glass has many tiny bubbles and one larger bubble over one wing.

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$49 postage paid in the US.                                                       Added 4/14/2022

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Rare 1930s Chinese Butterfly Paperweight
5342 Francis Whittemore Yellow Carolina Jessamine Flower with Leaves and Bud Paperweight.  circa 1970.  This paperweight features a Yellow Carolina Jessamine flower and bud with green leaves and stems.  Signed on the back of a leaf with an early Whittemore signature cane.  The cane has a black "W" on a yellow background.  The design is placed on a shaded opaque purple ground.  There is an edition number "53" engraved on the base.  His typical edition size during this period was 100.  A beautiful example.

This paperweight is shown in the Leo Kaplan Ltd. catalog on the 9/85 insert.  M209 is described as a "Yellow Carolina Jessamine on shaded purple ground $450".

Note:  The highly reflective surface and high dome made this a difficult paperweight to photograph.

Francis Dyer Whittemore, Jr. is considered one of the pioneers of the modern paperweight renaissance.  He started working in glass in 1938, but did not start making paperweights until 1962.   His studio was in Lansdale, Pennsylvania.  Like many other early glass artists, Francis started his career as a scientific glass blower and then later taught glass as an instructor.  For five years, he spent one month a year consulting at Baccarat to help them refine their lampwork paperweight art.  Some sources have this consulting work from 1971 to 1976.  Other sources have it starting later.  Most of his paperweights are miniature to medium in size.  You can read about Francis Whittemore in the book American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers by Jean Melvin (1970).

Size:  2 3/8" diameter by 1 15/16" high. The bottom is ground concave.  The edition number "53" is engraved on the base. 
Signature:  Signed on the underside of the ground with an early Whittemore signature cane.  The cane has a black "W" on a yellow background.  This signature cane was used until about 1970.   
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches were found on inspection.

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$375 postage paid in the US.                                            Added 3/26/2022

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Francis Whittemore Yellow Carolina Jessamine Flower with Leaves and Bud Paperweight
2230 Cape Cod Glass Works Bill Burchfield Crown Paperweight.   circa 1997.  Colorful crown paperweight with one of Bill Burchfield's complex signature canes on the top.  The design has 16 twist canes alternating between red, white, and blue twist canes and aventurine edged pink twist canes.  The design is topped with a great pink and white pastry mold cane with a complex signature cane in the center.   The signature cane is not as clear as one could wish, but the paperweight is definitely by Burchfield.  A rare chance to acquire a fantastic crown paperweight from this outstanding artist. 

The complex cane in the crown of this paperweight has the same design as the Burchfield-27 design in Andrew Dohan's book Dictionary of Paperweight Signature Canes.  It differs in the color scheme shown in the book and may have been an experimental design.  While Bill changed his signature cane each year, he used the Burchfield-27 cane and others in 1997.  Crown weights are considered by some to be the most exciting of all millefiori designs.  They are extremely difficult to make.  

The Cape Cod Glass Works was operated by William Clark Burchfield in Sagamore, Massachusetts from 1976 to 2000.  It then continued briefly in Crossville, Tennessee until 2001.  Bill Burchfield died in 2012.  Bill's son Mark was also at the glass works until 1998.  Bill started making paperweights at Pairpoint Glass in 1970.

Size:   Just over 2 3/8” diameter by 1 15/16” high.  The base is ground concave.   
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection. 
Signature:  This paperweight is signed on top with a variation of the Burchfield-27 signature cane.  The signature cane is not as clear as one could wish, but I guarantee this paperweight was made by Bill Burchfield at the Cape Cod Glass Works.

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$225 postage paid in the US.                                                                  Added 3/25/2022

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Cape Cod Glass Works Bill Burchfield Crown Paperweight
5900 Daniel Salazar Lundberg Studios Surface Decorated White Apple Blossom on Blue Luster Paperweight.  dated 2004.  This surface decorated paperweight by Daniel Salazar at Lundberg Studios features wonderful white apple blossom flowers with leaves and stems.  The design is placed on an iridescent blue luster ground.  Under the surface is a translucent white core.  It is signed on the side next to the base "Daniel Salazar Lundberg Studios 2004 111775" and comes with its original certificate.  A wonderful composition. 

Daniel Salazar is one of the lead gaffers at Lundberg Studios in Davenport, California and is their primary paperweight designer and maker.  He joined Lundberg in 1975.   The studio was founded by James Lundberg in the early 1970s.  Steven Lundberg joined shortly later.  The first paperweights were made in 1972.  In 1973 the firm was renamed Lundberg Studios and moved to Davenport, California.  James died in an accident in 1991.  Steven left Lundberg Studios in 1997 and set up his own studio.  He died from ALS in 2008.   Although in later years, each paperweight produced at Lundberg Studios was signed and dated by the studio and signed by the artist, the earliest paperweights were not dated and some did not have the artists signature. 

Large size:   3 1/16" diameter by 2 3/4" high.  The base is ground flat. 
Signature: Signed on the side next to the base "Daniel Salazar Lundberg Studios 2004 111775" and comes with its original certificate.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.  There are tool marks on the surface from when the paperweight was made.

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SOLD.                                            Added 3/24/2022

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Daniel Salazar Lundberg Studios Surface Decorated Apple Blossom on Blue Luster Paperweight
5424 Charles Kaziun Jr. Miniature Tilted Pedestal Lilac Spider Lily Paperweight with Aventurine Ground.  circa 1960-1980.  This is a miniature pedestal paperweight with a lilac spider lily and four green leaves on an opaque turquoise aventurine ground.  The flower has a six variegated red to lilac petals and the center is a complex millefiori cane made up of seven star shaped millefiori canes (six yellow and an orange center).  Each leaf is a double leaf - two leaves with a clear layer joining them so a bit of the ground shows through.  This makes it look like each leaf has an aventurine stripe down the center.  The ground is an opaque turquoise layer with sparkly copper aventurine sprinkled on top.  The correct color shows up best in the side views.  The paperweight is tilted at a 45 degree angle so it displays beautifully.  Signed on the underside of the ground with a gold K.

This design was Charles Kaziun's signature design and one of the most popular with collectors. This size and style was often referred to as a #1.

Note:  My pictures don't accurately capture the color of the aventurine and show silver rather than the actual copper color.  Rest assured that the correct color is more copper than silver.  The correct color shows up best in the side views. 

Charles Kaziun Jr. was one of the most famous of the American paperweight artists.  He is often credited with contributing to the rebirth of interest in paperweight making.  He made paperweights from the 1940s until his death in 1992.  His weights are usually signed with a gold K or a special millefiori cane containing a K.  You can read about him in many books, including:

Miniature Size:  1 3/8" diameter by just under 1 15/16" high.  The pedestal base has a diameter of just under 1 11/16".
Signature:  Signed on the underside of the aventurine ground with Kaziun's gold K. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips or cracks. 

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$245 postage paid in the US.                               Added 3/23/2022

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Charles Kaziun Jr. Miniature Tilted Pedestal Lilac Spider Lily Paperweight with Aventurine Ground
4436 Magnum Tom Mosser Locomotive Scene with Boy and Dog Plaque Paperweight.   circa 1970.  This classic decorative plaque paperweight was made by Thomas Mosser at his Variety Glass Company in Cambridge Ohio.  The white enamel plaque is decorated with a printed decal image (ceramic transfer) of an old locomotive with a boy and dog in the foreground.  The receding background shows a large building and other smaller buildings.  It is signed with an "M" in the lower left corner of the scene.  The plaque rests on a red and white frit ground with a second red and white frit ground below.  A great example from this Cambridge Ohio maker.  This is a very large showy paperweight.

Note:  I've always assumed Mosser used stock images based on Currier and Ives prints or those of another illustrator.  I've been unable to identify the original artist.  A similar scene appears on a French Limoges porcelain decorative plate that illustrates a scene from England in 1837.     

Thomas Mosser (born 1927) learned to work with glass at the Cambridge Glass Company where his father Orie Mosser was the plant manager.  When Cambridge Glass closed in 1954, Tom decided to continue in the glass business and formed Variety Glass with the support of several experienced glass workers from Cambridge.  The first couple of locations failed due to fires, but eventually a stable operation emerged and produced a variety of products, including glassware for the pharmaceutical industry, medical supplies, and also collectible molded items such as novelty salts, jam dishes, toothpick holders, ashtrays, and miniature boot and shoes.  Tom also made paperweights to order as well as fixed designs for Shrine and Masonic lodges.  Many of his paperweights used ceramic transfers of well known paintings by other artists.  For more information, you can read about the Tom Mosser in the book American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers by Jean Melvin (revised 1970).  The Mosser family continues to operate a glass business in Cambridge Ohio.

Magnum Size:  3 3/4" diameter by 3 5/16" high.  The bottom is polished flat.  The base is irregular (not round) in shape.  It weighs 40 ounces and will be over three pounds when packaged for mailing.
Condition:  Good condition with a single 3/16" circular impact mark on the side.  There is considerable wear on the base, but no noticeable scratches elsewhere.  The glass has a slight green color.   
Signature: Signed "M" for Mosser in the design.

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$49 postage paid in the US.                                             Added 3/23/2022

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Magnum Tom Mosser Locomotive Scene with Boy and Dog Plaque Paperweight
2767 Large Parabelle Glass 1989 Limited Edition Looped Millefiori Garland on Opaque Blue Ground Paperweight.  Dated 1989 This paperweight has a hexafoil six-looped garland of alternating pink pastry mold canes and white edelweiss canes.  There is a pastry type green cane in the center of each loop and another larger cane in the center of the design.  All of the canes are pressed into an opaque blue ground in the style of Clichy color ground paperweights.  The paperweight is signed with a "PB 1989" cane in the design and also has a very worn silver label with two bells, "PARABELLE GLASS Rings True HANDMADE IN USA" on the base.  This paperweight was issued in a limited edition of 75 paperweights, but there are no edition markings on the paperweight.  Please note the comment below about condition issues.  A wonderful paperweight with great color.

Note:  Please note that there are some manufacturing defects in this paperweight.  The ground color is uneven and there are some spots on the surface of the ground.  In addition there is a 1/8" scratch on the side of the paperweight.  Both problems are marked in one picture.  The paperweight displays well in spite of these flaws.  I am selling this paperweight at a very reduced price.  

Parabelle Glass was a small company created in 1981 by Gary and Doris Scrutton in Portland, Oregon.  High quality paperweights were made in small quantities from 1983 to 1998 when they retired.  Their best weights are some of the finest ever made, comparing favorably to the best classical French paperweights.  Most designs were produced in limited editions of 10 to 25 paperweights, although some editions were larger.  They also made some one of a kind paperweights.  Doris passed away in 2013 and Gary followed in 2014.  After the Scruttons retired in 1998, their daughter Julie Scrutton Lewis made some paperweights and jewelry using Parabelle millefiori canes. 

Large Size:  Just under 2 7/8" diameter by 1 7/8" high.  The base is ground concave.  
Signature: Signed in the design with a signature cane "PB 1989".  This paperweight also has a very worn silver label on the base that has a drawing of two bells and the text "PARABELLE GLASS Rings True HANDMADE IN USA"  
Condition:  Good condition with some manufacturing defects.  There is a 1/8" scratch on the side as shown in one of the pictures and minor wear on the base.  The ground color is uneven and there are some defects in the surface of the ground.  No other cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection. 

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$265 postage paid in the US.                 Added 3/23/2022

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Large Parabelle Glass 1989 Limited Edition Looped Millefiori Garland on Opaque Blue Ground Paperweight
5418 Rare Kosta Wärff Jewel 8 Abstract Footed Paperweight. Circa 1960s.  This is very nice Swedish Art Glass Paperweight designed by famous glass artist Göran Wärff for Kosta Boda.  It features a blue and amber marbrie type design on a clear disk of crystal with a "knob" on top.  Titled "Jewel 8", this version has a 1 1/2" diameter foot under the marbrie disk.  "Jewel" is a series of glass objects of different sizes and shapes all with the same blue marbrie design.  The series includes paperweights and vases.  It is signed on the base "Kosta Wärff Jewel 8".  A fascinating design. 

Note:  This was a difficult paperweight to photograph.  It is very striking and bold.

Kosta is one of the oldest glass companies in the world, founded in 1742.  Today, the company remains in operation having merged with glassworks in Boda and Åfors.  The company name is now Orrefors Kosta Boda AB. 

Göran and Ann Wärff studied industrial design at a Bauhaus influenced school in Ulm Germany.  They worked at the Pukeberg glassworks in Sweden and then in 1964 they joined Kosta Boda.   In 1968, Ann and Göran Wärff shared in the Lunning Prize.  Their work was a joint venture, and was occasionally signed Görann. They separated in 1972.  She then adopted the name Ann Wolff.  After 10 years of helping define a style with his innovative designs and processes at Kosta Boda, Göran took leave for Australia, then England, where he worked and taught. He returned to Kosta Boda in 1984.

Medium size:  Just over 2 1/2" diameter by 2 5/16" high.  The base is ground flat. 
Condition: Excellent condition.  Faint scratches on the base, but no other chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.
Signature:  Signed on the base "Kosta Wärff Jewel 8". 

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$95 postage paid in the US.                                           Added 3/22/2022

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Rare Kosta Wärff Jewel 8 Abstract Footed Paperweight
5909 Scott Bayless Lotton Studios Yellow Calla Lily Paperweight.  dated 2006.  This paperweight has three wonderful calla lilies with a dark green leaf between each lily.  A well balanced design.  Signed on side near the base "Scott Bayless 2006 Lotton Studios".  Truly a standout design, the one that made Scott Bayless famous. 

Scott Bayless began his career in art glass in 1996 after a visit to the Corning Glass Museum.  He began his arts training as a film student at Ithaca College in New York and continued at Columbia College in Chicago.  In May 1996 Scott was hired to work part time in Charles Lotton's shop.  He developed his skills and learned basic methods of working with hot glass.  On Thanksgiving Day of 1999 Scott created his first Calla Lily paperweight which changed his world.  Scott has since developed personalized techniques that make his original Calla Lily, Orchid, Rose, Columbine and Hibiscus floral designs beautiful and unique. 

Charles Lotton began experimenting with paperweight and vase production in a backyard shed in late 1970 in Lynwood, Illinois.  At the time he was a successful hair stylist, salon owner, and a collector of glass.  From the beginning, he was determined not to reproduce styles made previously.  He developed his own formulas for creating glass colors and pioneered the technique of surface decoration.  In 1971 he developed the King Tut design.  Since 1973 he has worked full time in glass production. 

Today Lotton Art Glass features the work of Charles Lotton, his sons David and Daniel, his grandson Robert Lagestee, and studio artist Scott Bayless.  They create hand blown, one of a kind works of fine glass art.  Included are blown vases, bowls, sculptures, paperweights, perfume bottles, lamps, pendant lighting as well as chandeliers.  The studio is located in Crete, Illinois.  David Lotton and his son Jeremiah Lotton also have their own studio David Lotton Glass Designs in Lowell, Indiana.

Large size:  Just under 2 3/4" diameter by just over 2 9/16" high.  The base is polished flat
Signature:  Signed on the side near the base "Scott Bayless 2006 Lotton Studios" 
Condition:  Very good condition.  There is faint rough area near the top (see picture).  No other damage found on inspection. 

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$165 postage paid in the US.                      Added 3/22/2022 

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Scott Bayless Lotton Studios Yellow Calla Lily Paperweight
2618 Mayauel Ward Orange Berries Plant Paperweight.  dated 2009.  This paperweight features a graceful plant with two leaves and a stalk of orange berries.  It was a table favor at the Paperweight Collectors Association (PCA) Convention in 2009.  It is signed and dated "Mayauel Ward 2009" on the side near the base.  Absolutely wonderful.

Mayauel Ward is one of the premier lampwork artists working today.  He started with a glass class taught by Stuart Abelman at El Camino College.  After completing his studies, he went to work at Correia Glass where he worked with Ken Rosenfeld.  In 1979 he joined the Abelman Glass Studio where he started making lampwork designs in 1987.  Although he continued to work at Abelman Glass, he also built a studio in his home in Manhattan Beach, CA.  His work is uniquely his own although he gets inspiration from the fine lampwork designs of Paul Stankard and Chris Buzzini.  There are articles about Mayauel Ward in the 1997 and 2006 issues of the Annual Bulletin of the Paperweight Collectors Association.

Size:  2 5/8" diameter by 2 1/8" tall.  The base is polished flat. 
Signature:  Signed "Mayauel Ward 2009" on the side near the base. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.

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SOLD.                                        Added 3/20/2022

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Mayauel Ward Orange Berries Plant Paperweight
588 Drew Ebelhare Miniature Five Row Close Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Stave Basket.  dated 1996.  This is an early Drew Ebelhare  miniature concentric millefiori paperweight with an outer stave basket.  There are four tightly packed inner rings of millefiori and then an alternating ring of blue and white canes which make up the stave basket.  It is signed in the center with Ebelhare's complex "E" signature cane.  The signature cane has a dark "E" on a lighter green background in the center of a miniature concentric design and it is hard to see the "E" without magnification.  In addition, it is signed on the base "Ebelhare 3-96".  An awesome paperweight with amazing detail.

Drew Ebelhare has been making glass paperweights since 1983, focusing on millefiori paperweights, especially miniature designs.  Drew graduated from Florida State University in 1977 with a Bachelors Degree in technical theater and scene design.  After graduating and working at the Alley Theater in Houston, he made a career change becoming one of the founding members of The Houston Glass Art Society.  In 1981, Drew set up his first hot glass shop in Houston.  He now works out a new studio in Cañon City, Colorado.  His millefiori canes have evolved so he now produces his own unique style of floral millefiori canes, including Clichy style roses, camomiles, pansies, primroses, sunflowers and others.  Paul Dunlop calls Drew the preeminent millefiori paperweight artist in the United States.  Starting in 2009,  Drew Ebelhare and Sue Fox collaborated to make wonderful paperweights featuring Sue's delicate lampwork surrounded by Drew's distinctive style of floral millefiori.  Sue Fox passed away early in 2020.

Very small size: Just under 1 13/16" diameter by 1 3/8" high.  The base is polished flat. 
Signature:  Signed in the center with Ebelhare's complex "E" signature cane.  In addition, it is signed on the base "Ebelhare 3-96".  
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, cracks, or chips.  There are tiny bubbles in the glass.  

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SOLD.                                                                Added 3/19/2022

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Drew Ebelhare Miniature Five Row Close Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Stave Basket
4044 Sarah Rudin Maytum Studio Iridescent Translucent Pink Twist Paperweight.  dated 1988.  Shimmering iridescent and translucent pink twist paperweight made by Sarah Rudin at Maytum Studio.  It is signed on the base ""Maytum Studio 1988 Rudin ©".  It is a fun paperweight with great color. 

Brian Maytum had a studio in Boulder Colorado and made glass there since the early 1980s.  As of 2021, he had retired a few years ago.  Sarah Rudin worked at the Maytum Studio in the 1980s.  I have no other information on these two talented glass artists.

Large size:   2 7/8" diameter by 3" high.  The base is ground flat.
Signature:  Signed and dated on the base "Maytum Studio 1988 Rudin ©".
Condition:  Excellent condition.  There are some scratches on the base, but no other cracks, chips or scratches found on inspection.  There are some tiny bubbles in the pink color.

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$75 postage paid in the US.                                            Added 3/18/2022

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Sarah Rudin Maytum Studio Iridescent Translucent Pink Twist Paperweight
5624 Magnum St. Louis 1970 Faceted Red Double Clematis Paperweight.  dated 1970.  This paperweight features a wonderful red double clematis with twelve red petals in two layers,  an emerging bud, green sepals, leaves and stems.  There is a complex yellow St. Louis "SL 1970" signature / date cane in the center of the clematis.  The signature cane is rotated in its placement (almost upside down).  The design is placed over a opaque dark blue (almost black) ground.  The paperweight is faceted with one large top facet and six side facets.  St. Louis started producing annual limited editions in 1970.  This paperweight, the double clematis, was issued in a limited edition of 800 paperweights, 300 of which were reserved for the American market.  Of those reserved for American collectors, 150 were red and 150 were pistachio colored.  A wonderful paperweight. 

St. Louis started producing annual limited editions in 1970.  Only three designs were produced in 1970, this faceted double clematis, a large unfaceted dahlia, and a millefiori double overlay mushroom.  These paperweights appear in the the two books on St. Louis paperweights, The Art of the Paperweight - Saint Louis (First Edition (1981) and Second Edition (1995) by Gerard Ingold.

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 1/4" diameter by 2" high.  The bottom is ground concave.  It is faceted with one large top facet and six side facets.
Signature : Signed in the center of the flower with a St. Louis "SL 1970" yellow and white complex signature / date.  The cane is rotated in its placement (almost upside down).  
Condition :  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches.  There are some striations in the glass.

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$595 postage paid in the US.                                           Added 3/17/2022

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Magnum St. Louis 1970 Faceted Red Double Clematis Paperweight
3548 Baccarat 1981 Five Row Close Concentric Millefiori Mushroom Paperweight with Blue and White Double Overlay.  dated 1981.  This modern millefiori paperweight features a wonderful five row concentric millefiori design with design pulled down to the base to form a slender stem, completing the mushroom form.  There is a larger complex cane in the center of the design.  The blue outer (fifth) row is visible only from the side.  The design is placed over clear crystal and finished with a blue and white double overlay.  It is signed with a Baccarat's complex "B1981" signature / date cane in the fourth row.  This paperweight is also signed on the base with an acid etched Baccarat mark along with the engraved year (1981) and edition number (23).  The blue over white overlay is faceted with one large top facet and five side facets.  A fantastic paperweight.

Note:  A mushroom paperweight is one that contains an upright, mushroom shaped tuft of millefiori canes.  Below the tuft at the top, the canes are pulled down to form a stem.  Typically the top is either a closepacked design or a close concentric design.  Sometimes, especially with antique paperweights, a torsade is added surrounding the stem of the mushroom.  Millefiori mushroom paperweights like this are among the most difficult paperweights to make.  Add the double overlay and you have an extremely challenging and desirable paperweight.

Note2:  After extensive research in the Baccarat archives, Paul Dunlop concluded that popular designs like this were numbered editions, but not limited editions.  Baccarat made them in more than one year as sales demanded and numbered the production sequentially.  I am not entirely in agreement, but I am content to adopt Dunlop's terminology and refer to this as a numbered 1981 edition.  I believe Baccarat intended to limit production of challenging designs like this double overlay mushroom.  The records, if any, remain to be found.

Baccarat was founded in 1776 in Alsace-Lorraine with the name of Verrerie de Sainte Anne.  The original location was near the town of Baccarat.  Today the firm is known as Compagnie des Cristalleries de Baccarat.  Most collectors refer to three periods of Baccarat paperweight production.
  • 1845-1860 - Classic period
  • 1920-1934 - Dupont period
  • 1953-2002 - Modern period
This classification is definitely an over simplification.  The best millefiori and lampwork paperweights were made during the classic period (1845-1860).   Baccarat continued to make paperweights after the classic period, but little is known about the extent of the product line or who made the paperweights.  What is known is that by 1910, the offering in the catalog had dwindled to pansy paperweights, simple open concentric paperweights, and rock paperweights.  Popular lore attributes 1920-1934 Baccarat paperweights to a Mr. Dupont, who supposedly was the last worker at Baccarat to know the secrets of paperweight making.  These paperweights were sold at a Baccarat retail shop in Paris. No collector or scholar ever met Mr. Dupont although at least one visited the Baccarat factory and asked to meet with him.  The weights stopped appearing in the shop in 1934.

In 1952, Paul Jokelson approached Baccarat with the idea of making sulphide paperweights again.  In 1953 Baccarat resumed paperweight production with a series of sulphide paperweights the first of which were the unsuccessful Eisenhower sulphide followed by the Queen Elizabeth coronation sulphide.  Millefiori paperweight production was resumed in 1957 and lampwork paperweights were re-introduced in the early 1970s.  Baccarat stopped making this type of fine glass paperweights in 2002.  You can read more about the Baccarat paperweights in the new book Baccarat Paperweights - two centuries of beauty by Paul Dunlop or one of the older books on paperweights in general, such as The Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights by Paul Hollister or World Paperweights by Robert Hall.

Large Size:  2 7/8" diameter by just under 2 1/8" high.  The base is polished flat.  It is finished with a blue over white double overlay and faceted with one large top facet and five side facets.
Signature:  The paperweight is signed with Baccarat's complex signature cane "B 1981" in the design.  It also has an acid etched Baccarat mark on the base along with the engraved year (1981) and edition number (23). 
Condition:   Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.   

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$595 postage paid in the US.                                                         Added 3/16/2022.

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Baccarat 1981 Five Row Close Concentric Millefiori Mushroom Paperweight with Blue and White Double Overlay
5277 Very Early Francis Whittemore Miniature Yellow Lampwork Flower with Pink Ground Paperweight.  circa 1962 - 1969.  This very early paperweight by Francis Whittemore features a six petal yellow flower with two green leaves and a stem.  It is signed in the design with an early Whittemore signature cane.  The cane has a black "W" on a yellow background.  The design is placed on a pink ground.  It is an important early example of  Francis Whittemore's work and worthy of any collection of Whittemore paperweights.

Note:  This lampwork flower paperweight is similar to the millefiori type examples with the same frit ground offered in Larry Selman's first two editions of "CATALOGUE OF COLLECTORS' PAPERWEIGHTS".  See the 1970 Catalog (robins egg blue cover) or the 1971 Catalog (olive green cover). 

Francis Dyer Whittemore, Jr. is considered one of the pioneers of the modern paperweight renaissance.  He started working in glass in 1938, but did not start making paperweights until 1962.   His studio was in Lansdale, Pennsylvania.  Like many other early glass artists, Francis started his career as a scientific glass blower and then later taught glass as an instructor.  For five years, he spent one month a year consulting at Baccarat to help them refine their lampwork paperweight art.  Some sources have this consulting work from 1971 to 1976.  Other sources have it starting later.  The signature cane used on this paperweight was one he developed prior to working at Baccarat.  Most of his paperweights are miniature to medium in size.  You can read about Francis Whittemore in the book American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers by Jean Melvin (1970).

Size:  2 5/16" diameter by 1 3/16" high.  This paperweight has a very low profile.  The base is polished concave.
Signature:  Signed in the design with an early Whittemore signature cane.  The cane has a black "W" on a yellow background. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.   

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$195 postage paid in the US.                                            Added 3/16/2022

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Very Early Francis Whittemore Miniature Yellow Lampwork Flower with Pink Ground Paperweight
5623 Large St. Louis 1980 Pansy on Lace Ground Limited Edition Paperweight with Fancy Cutting.  dated 1980.  This dramatic St. Louis paperweight has a large lampwork pansy with leaves and stem set on a lace ground.  The pansy has two dark blue upper petals, and three yellow lower petals.  In the center of the flower is a complex millefiori cane.  Each lower petal has three dark lines (crows feet) radiating from the central cane.  There is a large top facet and a fancy side cutting with 18 side cuts.  It is signed with a complex signature cane "SL 1980" on the base.  The paperweight was issued in a limited edition of 400 paperweights of which 250 were reserved for American collectors.  It comes with its original certificate saying it is copy number 111 of the 250 American copies.  A wonderful addition to any collection of St. Louis paperweights.

Note:  This paperweight was issued in a limited edition of 400 paperweights of which 250 were reserved for American collectors.  The original issue price in 1980 was $450.   

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" diameter by 1 13/16" high.  The base is ground concave.  The paperweight is faceted with one large top facet and a fancy side cutting with 18 side cuts.
Signature:  Signed with a complex "SL 1980" signature cane on the base.  It comes with its original certificate.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.

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$395 postage paid in the US.                                                      Added 3/15/2022

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Large St. Louis 1980 Pansy on Lace Ground Limited Edition Paperweight with Fancy Cutting
5361 Magnum Ken Rosenfeld 1987 Six Flower Bouquet Paperweight with Buds.  dated 1987This lampwork paperweight has a colorful bouquet of a six flowers and two buds with leaves over a clear glass ground.  There are three yellow flowers, two orange flowers, one purple flower, and two purple buds.  Each flower has amazing detail.  It is signed on the side near the base with Ken Rosenfeld's "R" signature cane and engraved signature "Ken Rosenfeld '87".   This is a beautiful very large paperweight with a great composition.

Ken Rosenfeld works at his own studio, Ken Rosenfeld Glass, in Milwaukie, Oregon.  Ken's paperweight expertise arose from a formal art education and a technical background.  He has a Bachelor's degree in art from the University of California and a Master's of Fine Arts degree from Southern Illinois University.  His technical experience in scientific glasswork and his studio glass experience contributed to his superb ability as a glass artist.  Ken has been a paperweight artist since the mid 1980s.  He started at Correia Glass, leaving after five years to set up his own studio in 1983.

Very large size:   Just under 3 1/2" diameter by 2 3/8" high.  It has a relatively flat top / profile.  The base is ground concave.
Signature:  Signed on the side near the base with Ken Rosenfeld's "R" cane and signature "Ken Rosenfeld '87". 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.

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SOLD.                          Added 3/15/2022 

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Magnum Ken Rosenfeld 1987 Six Flower Bouquet Paperweight with Buds
5395 Perthshire Annual Collection 1979A Limited Edition Sunflower Paperweight.  dated 1979.  This paperweight features a gold lampwork sunflower with a garland of green leaves and an outer ring of spaced complex millefiori canes.  Perthshire calls the opaque ground burnt umber.  There is also a complex cane in the center of the flower.  It is signed with a complex "P 1979" signature cane in the center of the base.  It also has its original worn Perthshire paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND" on the base.  This design was made in a 1979 limited edition of 350 paperweights of which 303 were actually made.  A stunning paperweight bound to brighten your day. 

Perthshire made this paperweight as one of their Annual Collection designs for 1979.  This means the design was made only that one year and never again.  There were seven Annual Collection designs in 1979, designated A through G.  This design is designated 1979A.  The annual collection paperweights are the most desirable of the Perthshire line, with the exception of one of one items.

Perthshire was a small company in Crieff, Scotland that was devoted to the creation of quality glass paperweights. They stopped production in January 2002 after more than 30 years of production. Their paperweights were consistently high in quality and yet remained reasonable in price.

The birth of Scottish paperweight making is credited to the glass making family of Salvador Ysart, who moved to Crieff, Scotland in 1922. They worked first at John Moncrieff Ltd and made the earliest Scottish paperweights during that period. In 1946 Salvadore and his sons Augustine and Vincent founded Ysart Brothers Glass and produced glass wares under the Vasart label. Salvador Ysart died in 1955 The company name was later changed to Vasart Glass. Stuart Drysdale was hired manage the business side of the enterprise in 1960. The company evolved into a new company Strathearn owned by Teachers Whiskey. In 1967 Drysdale was sent a magazine article on antique paperweights (Woman's Day, July 1965). The inspired him to try to produce weights comparable to the French antiques. With this goal in mind, he and several of the glass workers left Strathearn to found Perthshire in 1968.

Very large size:  3 1/4" diameter by just under 2 7/16" high.  The base is ground concave.
Signature:  This paperweight is signed with a complex "P 1979" signature cane in the center of the base.  It also has its original (worn) Perthshire label.
Condition:  Very good condition.  I found two tiny pinpricks on the side, the largest of which was about 1/32" across.  See the picture.  No other cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.  The label is worn.

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SOLD.                                               Added 3/14/2022

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Perthshire Annual Collection 1979A Limited Edition Sunflower Paperweight
5919 Magnum Glass Eye Studio 2005 Iridescent Yellow Flower Paperweight.   Dated 2005.  This very large paperweight features a large four petaled iridescent yellow flower with speckled center.  The design is set on a deep purple colored ground.  It is signed with an engraved signature on the base "Glass Eye Studio 2005" and comes with its original lined box.  An impressive paperweight.

Glass Eye Studio was founded in 1978 in Seattle, Washington.  Managed by Dale Leman, GES is a production glass company that produces a range of glass products.  Most paperweights are signed with the acid etched initials GES, although some are signed with the engraved Glass Eye Studio signature or even a signature cane.  Each GES glass product includes some ash from the 1980 eruption of the nearby Mount St. Helens volcano. 

Large Size:  Just under 3 1/4" diameter by 3" high.  The bottom ground flat.  The paperweight weighs just over 1 1/2 pounds (25 ounces).  With its original box it weighs 35 ounces. 
Signature: Signed with an engraved signature on the base "Glass Eye Studio 2005".  It comes with its original Glass Eye Studio lined box.
Condition:  Excellent Condition. Some faint scratches on the base.  No other chips or cracks or scratches found on inspection. 

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$69 postage paid in the US.                             Added 3/12/2022

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Magnum Glass Eye Studio 2005 Iridescent Yellow Flower Paperweight
5365 Large Ray Banford Red Rose with Buds Paperweight.  circa  1990.  This paperweight has a wonderful many petaled variegated red rose with two buds, many dark green leaves and three stems.  It is signed near the stem with Ray Banford's signature cane having a black "B" on a white background.  The design is set in clear glass with an opaque star cut white base layer.  A wonderful three dimensional design from this skilled artist.  

Ray Banford worked in Southampton, NJ.  He started making paperweights in 1971 along with his son, Bob Banford.  He continued to make paperweights until his death in 2003.  Bob and Ray did not date their paperweights.  Both father and son started using signature canes in 1975.  According to Andrew Dohan's Dictionary of Paperweight Signature Canes, "In the early years, Ray Banford used many different color combinations of a “B” signature cane."  The signature cane in this paperweight, a black “B” in a white background, was used from about 1980 until he died in 2003.  

Large size:  3" diameter by 2 1/4" high.  The base is convex with an opaque white layer and a star cut.     
Signature:  Signed near the stem with a Ray Banford signature cane having a black "B" on a white background.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches. The white base layer is slightly irregular.

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Base
$450 postage paid in the US.                      Added 3/10/2022 

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Large Ray Banford Red Rose with Buds Paperweight
5661 Caithness 1987 Colin Terris Pink Champagne Paperweightissued in 1987.  This whimsical paperweight is intended to remind us of a glass of bubbly pink champagne.  There is a wispy bubble covered pink center and an outer layer of clear bubbled glass.  And one large center bubble.  It is etched on the base "Caithness PINK CHAMPAGNE Scotland".  There is also a hard to read registration number which I think is H120776" or "11120776".   A fun design.

The PINK CHAMPAGNE design is listed and designated CT-550 on page 86 of the Charlton Standard Catalog of Caithness Paperweights.  It was designed in 1987 by Colin Terris.  It was released in an unlimited edition. The original issue price in the US was $69.50. 

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.

Large size:  3 1/8" diameter by 2 7/8" high.  The base is polished flat.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  With the exception of some faint scratches on the base, no other chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.
Signature:  This paperweight etched on the base "Caithness PINK CHAMPAGNE Scotland".  There is also a hard to read registration number which I think is H120776" or "11120776".

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$49 postage paid in the US.                                     Added 3/8/2022

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Caithness 1987 Colin Terris Pink Champagne Paperweight
5617 Perthshire Annual Collection 1982E Limited Edition Nursery Rhyme Silhouettes Paperweight.  dated 1982.  This paperweight features a central millefiori cluster surrounded by five large colored picture canes depicting nursery rhyme and cartoon characters.  There is also a colorful outer garland of complex millefiori canes.  The design is set on a bright blue ground.  It is signed with a complex "P 1982" signature cane in the center of the base.  It also has its original worn Perthshire paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND" on the base.  This design was made in a 1982 limited edition of 300 paperweights of which 201 were actually made.  It comes with its original wrinkled certificate stating that this is number 31 of that edition.  A fun item with great color. 

Perthshire made this paperweight as one of their Annual Collection designs for 1982.  This means the design was made only that one year and never again.  There were eight Annual Collection designs in 1982, designated A through H.  This design is designated 1982E.  The annual collection paperweights are the most desirable of the Perthshire line, with the exception of one of one items.

Perthshire was a small company in Crieff, Scotland that was devoted to the creation of quality glass paperweights. They stopped production in January 2002 after more than 30 years of production. Their paperweights were consistently high in quality and yet remained reasonable in price.

The birth of Scottish paperweight making is credited to the glass making family of Salvador Ysart, who moved to Crieff, Scotland in 1922. They worked first at John Moncrieff Ltd and made the earliest Scottish paperweights during that period. In 1946 Salvadore and his sons Augustine and Vincent founded Ysart Brothers Glass and produced glass wares under the Vasart label. Salvador Ysart died in 1955 The company name was later changed to Vasart Glass. Stuart Drysdale was hired manage the business side of the enterprise in 1960. The company evolved into a new company Strathearn owned by Teachers Whiskey. In 1967 Drysdale was sent a magazine article on antique paperweights (Woman's Day, July 1965). The inspired him to try to produce weights comparable to the French antiques. With this goal in mind, he and several of the glass workers left Strathearn to found Perthshire in 1968.

Large size:  3 1/16" diameter by just under 2 1/8" high.  The base is ground concave.
Signature:  This paperweight is signed with a complex "P 1982" signature cane in the center of the base.  It also has its original (worn) label and comes with its original wrinkled certificate. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches.  The label is worn and the certificate is wrinkled.

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$335 postage paid in the US.                                               Added 3/8/2022

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Perthshire Annual Collection 1982E Limited Edition Nursery Rhyme Silhouettes Paperweight
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.                                           Added 3/5/2022

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Kris Heaton Neo Art Glass Iridescent Silver Heart Paperweight with Butterfly
3739 Robert Banford Red Clematis with Buds and Bee Faceted Paperweight with Fancy Base Cutting.  circa  1990.  This paperweight features a wonderful red clematis with a yellow center and three companion buds in various states of opening.  A delightful detailed bee hovers over the flower.  There are many green leaves and a stem.  The design is in clear crystal with a powder blue ground at the base of the paperweight.  It is faceted with a large top facet and six side facets.  In addition there is a fancy cutting on the lower portion below the facets.  The paperweight is signed with Bob Banford's “B” signature cane at the tip of the stem.  The cutting is by Ed Poore.  A very desirable addition to any collection of contemporary American paperweights.

Robert Banford worked in Hammonton, NJ.  He started making paperweights in 1971 along with his father, Ray Banford.  Bob continued to make paperweights until 2006.  Bob and Ray did not date their paperweights, but it is sometimes possible to get an idea of when a paperweight was made by the progression of styles and the type of glass used.  Bob Banford used a signature cane with a red "B" and a blue surround.  Ray Banford used a different signature cane with a black B.  Ray passed away in 2003.

Large size:  Just under 3 1/16" diameter by just over 2 1/8" high.  The bottom is ground concave.  It is faceted with a large top facet and six side facets.  In addition there is a fancy cutting on the lower portion below the facets.  
Signature:  Signed with Robert Banford's signature "B" cane at the tip of the stem.  The cutting is by Ed Poore.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.

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$850 postage paid in the US.                     US Sales only, no international shipping.                  Added 3/4/2021 

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Robert Banford Red Clematis with Buds and Bee Faceted Paperweight with Fancy Base Cutting
5621 Miniature Strathearn Eight Pointed Star Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Opaque Turquoise Ground.  circa 1963-1968.  This miniature paperweight features a three ring concentric millefiori design and is finished as a eight pointed star.  The ground is an opaque turquoise.  The star points give the glass a glittery appearance.  This paperweight has a Strathearn paper label with a leaping salmon and "STRATHEARN HAND MADE IN SCOTLAND" on the base.  A great addition to any collection of Scottish glass. 
 
This is called a pressed weight because a mold is used to form the shape.  The top is flattened.  The star points give the glass a real glittery appearance as you can see in the pictures. 

The birth of Scottish paperweight making is credited to the glass making family of Salvador Ysart, who moved to Crieff, Scotland in 1922.  They worked first at John Moncrieff Ltd and made the earliest Scottish paperweights during that period.  In 1946 Salvadore and his sons Augustine and Vincent founded Ysart Brothers Glass and produced glass wares under the Vasart label.  Salvador Ysart died in 1955  The company name was later changed to Vasart Glass.  Strathearn Glass was formed in a reorganization of Vasart glass in 1963.  The new company was owned by Teachers Whiskey.

Miniature size:   2” diameter by 1 3/16” high.  The base is fire polished. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No damage found on inspection.   
Signature:  This paperweight has a Strathearn paper label with a leaping salmon and "STRATHEARN HAND MADE IN SCOTLAND" on the base. 

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$59 postage paid in the US.                                                 Added 3/4/2022

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Miniature Strathearn Eight Pointed Star Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Opaque Turquoise Ground
5625 Large St. Louis 1976 Pink Clichy Type Roses Limited Edition Paperweight - with damage.  dated 1976.  This dramatic faceted St. Louis paperweight has two pink Clichy type roses with a bud and green stems and leaves.  The design is placed on a white enameled ground.  It is signed with a distorted complex signature cane "SL 1976" on the underside of the ground.  The paperweight is faceted with one large top facet and six side facets.  The paperweight was issued in a limited edition of 400 paperweights of which 250 were reserved for American collectors.  The paperweight has its original paper label and its original (wrinkled and stained) certificate.  A brilliant design.  A great addition to any collection of modern St. Louis paperweights.

Note:  This paperweight has a fracture in edge of the side facet nearest the pink bud.  This fracture can be seen in the detailed pictures and just an edge of the fracture shows in the top down view.  The paperweight displays beautifully with that exception.  No other damage found on inspection.  The original price in 1976 was $330.  I am selling it at a considerable discount because of the fracture. 

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" high.  The base is ground concave.  The paperweight is faceted with one large top facet and six side facets.
Signature:  Signed with a distorted complex "SL 1976" signature cane on the underside of the white ground.  It also has a paper label and comes with its original (although wrinkled and stained) certificate.
Condition:  Good condition - please note that this paperweight has a fracture in edge of the side facet nearest the pink bud.  This fracture can be seen in the detailed pictures and just an edge of the fracture shows in the top down view.  The paperweight displays beautifully with that exception.  No other damage found on inspection.

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Base
SOLD.                                                      Added 3/3/2022

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Large St. Louis 1976 Pink Clichy Type Roses Limited Edition Paperweight - with damage
5551 Antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) Millefiori Scramble Paperweight.  circa 1860.  This is an antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) scramble or end of day paperweight.  It is filled with a wonderful assortment of colorful complex canes and twists.  A wonderful paperweight in very good shape.  You will enjoy studying the variety of millefiori canes in it visible from both the top and the base.

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. 

The New England Glass Company (NEGC) operated in Cambridge, Massachusetts from 1818 to 1888.  You can read about paperweights from the New England Glass Company in the book by John Hawley.  The Art of the Paperweight  - The Boston & Sandwich and New England Glass Companies covers both B&S and NEGC. 

Size:  Just under 2 1/2” diameter by 1 3/4” high.  The base is ground concave.
Signature:  This paperweight is not signed, but I guarantee it to be an authentic antique New England Glass Company paperweight. 
Condition:  Very good condition.  This paperweight has some minor scratches and scuffs, but no cracks or chips.  There are some bubbles in the glass.

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SOLD.                                                Added 3/3/2022

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Antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) Millefiori Scramble Paperweight
5537 David Salazar Miniature Lampwork Fuchsia Paperweight.  dated 2000.  This paperweight features a wonderful two color lampwork fuchsia with buds and stem.  Called the "Darling Fuchsia" paperweight, the pink and amethyst fuchsia blossom and buds were set against a full moon with an iridescent dark night sky.  To create this effect, the fuchsia is set against a white disk for added depth and the entire design is placed over a dark purple ground.  It is signed and dated on the flat ground base "D P Salazar 1/00".  A wonderful composition, one that I have not seen before, so maybe David was experimenting with something new.

Note:  There are some small bubbles in this paperweight.  It is very small, marble sized, yet it has a flat base, so it was intended as a paperweight.

David P. Salazar was born in Del Rio, Texas.  His fascination with glass started in college, when he began making scientific glassware.  In 1972, he started working as an apprentice at Lundberg Studios, and quickly moved into the more creative aspects of designing and torchwork.  After 10 years in the studio environment, he decided to strike out on his own in order to develop new designs and techniques.  Initially he rented space from Zephyr Studios in Santa Cruz, California, staying there from 1982 to 1985.  When Zephyr went out of business, Salazar took over the building and started his own studio.

Miniature size:   1 3/4" diameter by just under 1 3/4" high.  The base is ground flat. 
Signature:  Signed and dated on the flat base "D P Salazar 1/00".
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips or scratches found on inspection.  There are small bubble in this paperweight.

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SOLD.                                            Added 3/3/2022

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David Salazar Miniature Lampwork Fuchsia Paperweight
5356 Pairpoint Blue and White Twists Crown Paperweight.  circa 1970-1974.  This is a crown paperweight with alternating blue and white twist canes crowned on top with a pale yellow, blue, and white complex millefiori cane.  There are nine blue and white twist canes and nine white twist canes.  The millefiori crown has a star in the center.  The paperweight is unsigned, but I guarantee it was made at Pairpoint Glass in Sagamore, Massachusetts.

Note about Bill Burchfield:  Because Bill Burchfield worked at Pairpoint from 1970 to 1976, it is possible that he contributed to the making of this paperweight although he did not sign it.

Note:  The colors in this paperweight made it difficult to take pictures.  It looks better in real life than shown in the pictures.

Pairpoint Glass has a long history extending back to its earliest origins with Mount Washington Glass in 1837.  Owners and locations changed a number of times and the name Pairpoint was first used in the 1890s.  The original Pairpoint companies were located in New Bedford, Massachusetts.  In 1938, it was reorganized as Gunderson Glass Works by owner Robert Gunderson and later renamed the Gunderson - Pairpoint Glass Works in 1952.  The name was acquired by Robert Bryden and the company moved briefly to East Wareham, MA in 1957 where it operated as the Pairpoint Glass Company.  They leased production facilities in Spain.  The last New Bedford factory burned down in 1965.  In its latest iteration, Robert Bryden moved Pairpoint to Sagamore, Massachusetts in 1970.  It continues to operate at that location today (2019) although under new owners.

The Cape Cod Glass Works was operated by William Clark Burchfield in Sagamore, Massachusetts from 1976 to 2000.  It then continued briefly in Crossville, Tennessee until 2001.  Bill Burchfield died in 2012.  Bill's son Mark was also at the glass works until 1998.  Bill started making paperweights at Pairpoint Glass in 1970.

Size:  2 11/16" diameter by 2 3/16" high.  The bottom is ground concave.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.  There are bubbles in the glass.
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee it was made at Pairpoint Glass in Sagamore, Massachusetts.

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SOLD.                                            Added 3/2/2022

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Pairpoint Blue and White Twists Crown Paperweight
5536 Peter McDougall (PMcD) Miniature Millefiori Paperweight.   circa 2002-2012.  This paperweight consists four concentric circles of millefiori around a central group of millefiori canes.  Although it is not a true concentric, it gives the appearance of a concentric because the pattern is so regular.  The ground is a rich cobalt blue.  It is signed in the design with a complex cane made from four separate letter canes forming the signature PMcD.  The signature cane is distorted (as shown in the close-up).  It does not have a paper label. 

This is often called a pressed weight because a mold is used to form the outside ribbing.  The top is flattened.  The ribbing gives the glass a real glittery appearance as you can see in the picture. 

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

Peter McDougall started his glass making career as an apprentice at Strathearn Glass in Crieff, Scotland back in the 1960s.  When Perthshire was formed in 1968, he left Strathearn to move to Perthshire and worked there in many positions, eventually becoming Manager and Chief Glassmaker.   Perthshire Paperweights closed early in 2002 after the death of the owner Neil Drysdale.  Peter McDougall then made high quality glass paperweights at his own glass studio, PMcD Glass Studio Ltd. in Crieff, Scotland from 2002 until early 2012.  The studio is now closed but Peter plans to continue to make a limited number of paperweights in the future.

Miniature size:  1 13/16" diameter by just under 1 1/8" high.  The base is ground concave.
Condition:  Excellent original condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed with a (distorted) complex cane in the design.  It does not have a paper label.

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SOLD                                                  Added 3/2/2022.

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Peter McDougall (PMcD) Miniature Millefiori Paperweight
5649 Magnum Selkirk 1987 Limited Edition Abstract Spiral Star Paperweight with Certificate.  dated 1987.  This paperweight has a serene almost black and white abstract celestial design representing a spiral star.  It is number 55 out of a limited edition of 500 paperweights.  It is signed in script on the base "SELKIRK GLASS SCOTLAND SPIRAL STAR 55/500 1987" and comes with its original certificate.  A fantastic item from Selkirk Glass.

Selkirk Glass founded in 1977 by Peter Holmes and Ron Hutchinson.  Peter apprenticed under Paul Ysart at Caithness from 1963 and continued at Caithness until 1977.  Ron Hutchinson, a graduate of Edinburgh University, was also at Caithness.  Selkirk produced a wide range of paperweight styles including abstract, lampwork and millefiori paperweights.  The company was located in Selkirk, Scotland in the Borders Region.  At some point they were purchased by Edinburgh Crystal and remained in operation until 2006.

Very large size:  3 7/16" diameter by 3 1/16" high. The bottom is ground concave.  Magnum sized, it weighs 28 ounces.
Signature:  It is signed in script on the base "SELKIRK GLASS SCOTLAND SPIRAL STAR 55/500 1987" and comes with its original certificate.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.

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SOLD.                                            Added 2/21/2022

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Magnum Selkirk 1987 Limited Edition Abstract Spiral Star Paperweight with Certificate
5554 Rare Allan Scott John Deacons J Glass Faceted Garlanded Pansy Paperweight.  dated 1980This paperweight features a delightful five petal yellow and purple pansy with sepals, stem, and leaves surrounded by a garland of alternating green and purple complex millefiori canes.  There is also a complex millefiori cane made up of green and purple star canes in the center of the pansy.  This style of pansy is called a type III pansy, after the Baccarat type III.  It consists of two large velvet purple petals above over three lower petals.  The lower petals are yellow and each lower petal has a purple tip with three dark lines radiating from the central star cane to the purple tip.  It is signed and dated in the garland with a J Glass "J 1980" signature cane and Allan Scott's "A" signature cane.  The J Glass "J 1980" cane has a blue J on a white background with a multi-colored 1980.  Allan's "A" cane has a red A on a white background and is surrounded by a ring of white star canes with green backgrounds.  The paperweight is faceted with one top facet and six side facets.  A wonderful composition.

Note:  Although the crystal in this paperweight is clear and colorless, it has a slight blue tint under the fluorescent light I use to take the pictures.  This is the result of the chemical composition of the glass and is not present when viewed in sunlight or LED lights.  It is possible that this is caused by the addition of neodymium oxide to the glass melt.  I've seen this before in other Scottish paperweights. 

The birth of Scottish paperweight making is credited to the glass making family of Salvador Ysart, who moved to Crieff, Scotland in 1922.  They worked first at John Moncrieff Ltd and made the earliest Scottish paperweights during that period.  In 1946 Salvadore and his sons Augustine and Vincent founded Ysart Brothers Glass and produced glass wares under the Vasart label.  Salvador Ysart died in 1955  The company name was later changed to Vasart Glass.  Strathearn Glass was formed in a reorganization of Vasart glass in 1963. 

John Deacons learned his craft at Strathearn Glass in Crieff, Scotland in 1967. When Perthshire was formed in 1968, he left Strathearn to move to Perthshire and worked there for 10 years before leaving in 1978 to start his own glass studio. He has produced paperweights and other glass objects under a variety of labels, including J Glass, St. Kilda, and now under his own name. Some of the lines were produced simultaneously.  J Glass was produced from 1978 to 1983.  The St. Kilda line was produced from 1978 or 1979 through 1987.  You can read about John Deacons in the book by Hall - Scottish Paperweights

Allan Scott began his paperweight career as a lampworker apprentice with Perthshire Paperweights in 1975.  When John Deacons left Perthshire in 1978 to set up J Glass, Allan Scott and Harry McKay followed John to J Glass.  They stayed at J Glass until it closed in March 1983.  After that, Allan Scott joined Caithness Glass, where he stayed until 2007.

Large size:  2 3/4" diameter by 1 13/16" high. The bottom is ground concave.  The paperweight is faceted with one top facet and six side facets.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks.  See note about blue tint under fluorescent lighting.
Signature:  Signed and dated with the J Glass "J 1980" signature / date cane and Allan Scott's "A" signature cane in the garland. 

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SOLD.                                            Added 2/21/2022

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Rare Allan Scott John Deacons J Glass Faceted Garlanded Pansy Paperweight
5648 Magnum Selkirk 1988 Limited Edition Abstract Calypso Paperweight with Certificate.  dated 1988.  This paperweight has a colorful abstract design reminiscent of a twirling calypso dancer kicking up dust on the ground.  It is number 51 out of a limited edition of 500 paperweights.  It is signed in script on the base "SELKIRK GLASS SCOTLAND CALYPSO 51/500 1988" and comes with its original certificate.  A fantastic item from Selkirk Glass.

Selkirk Glass founded in 1977 by Peter Holmes and Ron Hutchinson.  Peter apprenticed under Paul Ysart at Caithness from 1963 and continued at Caithness until 1977.  Ron Hutchinson, a graduate of Edinburgh University, was also at Caithness.  Selkirk produced a wide range of paperweight styles including abstract, lampwork and millefiori paperweights.  The company was located in Selkirk, Scotland in the Borders Region.  At some point they were purchased by Edinburgh Crystal and remained in operation until 2006.

Very large size:  3 5/16" diameter by 2 3/16" high. The bottom is ground concave.  Magnum sized, it weighs 28 ounces.
Signature:  It is signed in script on the base "SELKIRK GLASS SCOTLAND CALYPSO 51/500 1988" and comes with its original certificate.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.

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$125 postage paid in the US.                                            Added 2/20/2022

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Magnum Selkirk 1988 Limited Edition Abstract Calypso Paperweight with Certificate
5614 Perthshire Annual Collection 1981D Limited Edition Blue Gentian Paperweight with Stave Basket.  dated 1981.  This paperweight features a deep blue six  petal flower with green sepals, leaves, and a stem.  The flower has a complex center cane and is set on a background of fine horizontal latticinio canes.  The design is placed over a translucent amethyst ground and set in a ring of identical blue complex canes pulled down to the base to form a stave basket.  It is signed with a complex "P 1981" signature cane in the center of the base.  This design was made in a 1981 limited edition of 400 paperweights of 265 were made.  It comes with its original wrinkled certificate.  A impressive design.

Note: This paperweight has a rough area on the base from where the pontil was imperfectly ground down.  It does not affect how it displays. 

Perthshire made this paperweight as one of their Annual Collection designs for 1981.  This means the design was made only that one year and never again.  There were eight Annual Collection designs in 1981, designated A through H.  This design is designated 1981D.  The annual collection paperweights are the most desirable of the Perthshire line, with the exception of one of one items.

Perthshire was a small company in Crieff, Scotland that was devoted to the creation of quality glass paperweights. They stopped production in January 2002 after more than 30 years of production. Their paperweights were consistently high in quality and yet remained reasonable in price.

The birth of Scottish paperweight making is credited to the glass making family of Salvador Ysart, who moved to Crieff, Scotland in 1922. They worked first at John Moncrieff Ltd and made the earliest Scottish paperweights during that period. In 1946 Salvadore and his sons Augustine and Vincent founded Ysart Brothers Glass and produced glass wares under the Vasart label. Salvador Ysart died in 1955 The company name was later changed to Vasart Glass. Stuart Drysdale was hired manage the business side of the enterprise in 1960. The company evolved into a new company Strathearn owned by Teachers Whiskey. In 1967 Drysdale was sent a magazine article on antique paperweights (Woman's Day, July 1965). The inspired him to try to produce weights comparable to the French antiques. With this goal in mind, he and several of the glass workers left Strathearn to found Perthshire in 1968.

Large size:  2 13/16" diameter by 2 1/16" high.  The base is ground concave.
Signature:  This paperweight is signed with a complex "P 1981" signature cane in the center of the base.  It does not have a paper label.  It comes with its original wrinkled certificate. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches.  There is a rough area on the base from where the pontil was imperfectly ground down.  The certificate is wrinkled.

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$395 postage paid in the US.                                               Added 2/20/2022

For more information about Perthshire Paperweights, see my Perthshire Web Page.

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Perthshire Annual Collection 1981D Limited Edition Blue Gentian Paperweight with Stave Basket
5631 Large Waterford Crystal Clear Desk Cube Paperweight.  circa 1980.  This is an impressive Waterford Crystal "cube" with one pattern on the sides and a different pattern on the top and another pattern on the base.  The dimensions are not truly a cube - it is 2 3/4" x 2 3/4" by 2 11/16", so not quite as high as it is wide.  Heavy crystal - it weighs just over 33 ounces.  It has a Waterford etched signature on the edge of the base.   

The Waterford Glass House was founded in 1783 by George and William Penrose.  The company is best known for its fine crystal products made in Waterford, Ireland.  The original company closed in 1851 because of finances.  It was reborn in 1947 with factories Dungarvan and Kilbarry (Ireland) and recruited glassworkers from Czechoslovakia and other parts of Europe.  From 1997 to 2008, the Rosenthal AG owned most of the British-Irish Waterford Wedgwood Group.  The financial crisis of 2008 resulted in further changes in ownership.  In 2015, Fiskars Corporation, a global supplier of consumer products for the home, garden and outdoors, acquired the WWRD group of companies including Waterford, Wedgwood, Royal Doulton, Royal Albert and Rogaška.

Large Size:  2 3/4" wide by 2 3/4" deep by 2 11/16" high.  The and top have different patterns from the one on the sides.  It weighs just over 33 ounces.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks or scratches found on inspection. 
Signature:  Signed with an acid etch mark "Waterford" on the edge of the base. 

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$75 postage paid in the US.                             Added 2/18/2022  

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Large Waterford Crystal Clear Desk Cube Paperweight
5530 Ed Rithner Eight Petal Teal Flower Paperweight.  circa 1940-1970.  An upright flower with eight teal green petals over a speckled green cushion ground.  Each petal has a white outline.  The cushion ground has four pleats with a carefully placed bubble between each pleat.  There is also a planned bubble in the center of the larger flower at the top.  A classic Rithner design. 

Ed Rithner worked in Wellsburg, West Virginia from 1908 to the 1970s or later.  You can read about Ed Rithner in Jean Melvin's book on American Glass Paperweights and their Makers .  All of Rithner's weights are unsigned. 

Large size:  3" diameter by 2 3/8" high.  The base is fire finished and then ground to a matte finish in the center to remove the pontil mark. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.  There are some striations and a tiny bit of frit debris in the glass.
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this to be a paperweight by Ed Rithner from 1940 - 1970.  As is typical of Ed Rithner paperweights there are small bubbles in the design.  The bottom finish is typical of Rithner, with the remnants of the pontil mark ground out with a matte finish. 

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$115 postage paid in the US.                                          Added 2/18/2022

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Ed Rithner Eight Petal Teal Flower Paperweight
5647 Selkirk 1982 Limited Edition Snow Drops with Latticino Twists Garland Paperweight.  dated 1982.  This paperweight has a wonderful lampwork plant with three delicate white snowdrop flowers. The plant has dark green stems and two slender variegated dark green leaves.  It is surrounded by a garland of eight short white and clear latticino twist segments.  The design is placed over an almost opaque dark purple ground.  It is number 43 out of a limited edition of 150 paperweights.  It is signed in script on the base "SELKIRK GLASS SCOTLAND SNOW DROPS 43/150 1982" and comes with its original certificate.  A great example of a lampwork paperweight from Selkirk Glass.

Note:  This was a difficult paperweight to photograph with its dark surface.  Please ignore the bright white spot from the light and other reflections of the camera and lens. 

Selkirk Glass founded in 1977 by Peter Holmes and Ron Hutchinson.  Peter apprenticed under Paul Ysart at Caithness from 1963 and continued at Caithness until 1977.  Ron Hutchinson, a graduate of Edinburgh University, was also at Caithness.  Selkirk produced a wide range of paperweight styles including abstract, lampwork and millefiori paperweights.  The company was located in Selkirk, Scotland in the Borders Region.  At some point they were purchased by Edinburgh Crystal and remained in operation until 2006.

Large size:  2 3/4" diameter by 1 15/16" high. The bottom is ground very slightly concave. 
Signature:  It is signed in script on the base "SELKIRK GLASS SCOTLAND SNOW DROPS 43/150 1982" and and comes with its original certificate.
Condition:  Excellent condition with some small scratches on the base.  No other chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.

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SOLD.                                            Added 2/18/2022

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Selkirk 1982 Limited Edition Snow Drops with Latticino Twists Garland Paperweight
5632 Pairpoint Scramble or End of Day Paperweight on Black Ground.  Circa 1970-1990.  This is a end of day paperweight loosely filled with Pairpoint twist canes and some pieces of millefiori canes placed on a black ground.  I believe this dates from the Bryden period of Pairpoint production.  The black ground makes it a stunning addition to any collection of glass paperweights.

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. 

Pairpoint Glass has a long history extending back to its earliest origins with Mount Washington Glass in 1837.  Owners and locations changed a number of times and the name Pairpoint was first used in the 1890s.  The original Pairpoint companies were located in New Bedford, Massachusetts.  In 1938, it was reorganized as Gunderson Glass Works by owner Robert Gunderson and later renamed the Gunderson - Pairpoint Glass Works in 1952.  The name was acquired by Robert Bryden and the company moved briefly to East Wareham, MA in 1957 where it operated as the Pairpoint Glass Company.  They leased production facilities in Spain.  The last New Bedford factory burned down in 1965.  In its latest iteration, Robert Bryden moved Pairpoint to Sagamore, Massachusetts in 1970.  It continues to operate at that location today (2022) although under new owners. 

Size:  2 7/8" diameter by 2 1/2” high.  The base is ground flat with a concave center.
Condition:  Very good to excellent condition.  No chips or cracks, but on careful inspection I found two very faint small scratches on the side next to the base.
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee this paperweight to be by Pairpoint Glass. 

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Pairpoint Scramble or End of Day Paperweight on Black Ground
5637 Medium Murano Spaced Millefiori on Twists Paperweight - Probably by Fratelli Toso.   circa 1960s - 1970s.  This paperweight is a good example of a Murano spaced millefiori paperweight with a twist ground.  There are three large bright colored millefiori canes near the surface of the paperweight.  The underlying ground is made up of an assortment of colored twists and white latticino twists.  Bright and colorful.  A fun paperweight.

Note:  This is sometimes called a scrambled millefiori paperweight, but that would be technically incorrect because the millefiori slices are all placed on top of the twist ground rather than mixed throughout. 

This paperweight was made on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy.  Venetian glass making dates back centuries and the Venetians are given credit for the earliest millefiori canes and paperweights in 1840s.  More recently, paperweight making was revived in the 1930s and again in the 1960s.

Medium size:   2 7/16" diameter by 2 1/4" high.  The base is polished  flat. 
Condition:   Very good condition with no cracks or chips, but it does have an abraded area on the side.  There are many bubbles in the glass.
Signature:  This paperweight is unsigned, but I believe the maker was the firm of Fratelli Toso.  I guarantee that this paperweight was made on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy. 

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$39 postage paid in the US.                                         Added 2/17/2022

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Medium Murano Spaced Millefiori on Twists Paperweight - Probably by Fratelli Toso
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.                                           Added 2/16/2022

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Whitefriars 1978 Christmas Millefiori Paperweight - The Journey to Bethlehem
2209 James Hart Closepacked Complex Millefiori Paperweight with Outer Garland.  circa 2005.  This paperweight features a closepacked design of 22 different complex canes in the center of an outer garland of eighteen identical blue complex canes.  There are a total of 40 complex canes in all, including six silhouette canes and three rose canes.  One of the complex canes is a James Heart complex signature cane with a red heart in the center.  The design is placed over a copper aventurine ground.  In addition to the signature cane in the millefiori design, this paperweight is signed underneath the ground with Hart's white heart signature cane which he used in 2004 and 2005.  A fantastic example of James Hart's early work. 

James Hart is a paperweight artist working in Nevada.  He started working in glass in 1985 focusing initially on millefiori designs and more recently on floral encasements.  He studied murrine making with Lauren Stump.  His signature has evolved from a simple red heart to more complex signature canes.  His millefiori designs initially included canes from Murano, but over time he created  a wonderful assortment of his own complex canes, some incorporating Murano canes. 

Medium size:  2 7/26" diameter by 1 9/16" high.  The bottom is concave.  Unlike his earlier works, this paperweight is encased with a clear layer below the ground. 
Signature:  Signed in the design with James Hart's green and white signature cane with a heart in the center.  It is also signed again underneath the ground with Hart's white heart signature cane. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no damage found on inspection. 

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SOLD.                                  Added 2/14/2022

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James Hart Closepacked Complex Millefiori Paperweight with Outer Garland
4325 Perthshire Annual Collection 1978C Limited Edition Bluebell Faceted Paperweight.  circa 1978.  This paperweight features three Scottish bluebell blossoms on a stem with green leaves.  The design is set on a clear ground.  It has one convex top facet, sixteen convex side facets in two rows, and a star-cut base.  It is signed with a complex "P" signature cane near the base of the stem.  This design was made in a 1978 limited edition of 350 paperweights of which all were made.  A nice crisp design that glitters.

Perthshire made this paperweight as one of their Annual Collection designs for 1978.  This means the design was made only that one year and never again.  There were six Annual Collection designs in 1978, designated A through F.  This design is designated 1978C.  The annual collection paperweights are the most desirable of the Perthshire line, with the exception of one of one items.

Perthshire was a small company in Crieff, Scotland that was devoted to the creation of quality glass paperweights. They stopped production in January 2002 after more than 30 years of production. Their paperweights were consistently high in quality and yet remained reasonable in price.

The birth of Scottish paperweight making is credited to the glass making family of Salvador Ysart, who moved to Crieff, Scotland in 1922. They worked first at John Moncrieff Ltd and made the earliest Scottish paperweights during that period. In 1946 Salvadore and his sons Augustine and Vincent founded Ysart Brothers Glass and produced glass wares under the Vasart label. Salvador Ysart died in 1955 The company name was later changed to Vasart Glass. Stuart Drysdale was hired manage the business side of the enterprise in 1960. The company evolved into a new company Strathearn owned by Teachers Whiskey. In 1967 Drysdale was sent a magazine article on antique paperweights (Woman's Day, July 1965). The inspired him to try to produce weights comparable to the French antiques. With this goal in mind, he and several of the glass workers left Strathearn to found Perthshire in 1968.

Small size:  2 1/4" diameter by 1 11/16" high.  The base is finished with a fancy star-cutting.  The paperweight is faceted with one convex top facet and sixteen convex side facets in two rows.
Signature:  This paperweight is signed with a complex "P" signature cane near the base of the stem.  It does not have a paper label.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches.

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$275 postage paid in the US.                                               Added 2/14/2022

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Perthshire Annual Collection 1978C Limited Edition Bluebell Faceted Paperweight
5011 Perthshire PP20 Medium Millefiori Swirl Paperweight.  circa 1971-1975.  This medium swirl weight is hard to find.  It was made only for five years, from 1971 to 1975.  The design has a complex center cane and multicolored spiral threads extending outward and wrapped around to the bottom.  The design is set on a clear ground.   The view of the bottom shows how the spiral threads wrap around to the base.  An interesting early paperweight from Perthshire.

Note:  Some literature refer to the strands as seaweed and calls this and the larger PP21 a Seaweed weight rather than a Swirl weight.

Perthshire was a small company in Crieff, Scotland that was devoted to the creation of quality glass paperweights. They stopped production in January 2002 after more than 30 years of production. Their paperweights were consistently high in quality and yet remained reasonable in price.  There are three books on Perthshire Paperweights.  If you collect Perthshire paperweights, you should have them in your library. 

The birth of Scottish paperweight making is credited to the glass making family of Salvador Ysart, who moved to Crieff, Scotland in 1922. They worked first at John Moncrieff Ltd and made the earliest Scottish paperweights during that period. In 1946 Salvadore and his sons Augustine and Vincent founded Ysart Brothers Glass and produced glass wares under the Vasart label. Salvador Ysart died in 1955 The company name was later changed to Vasart Glass. Stuart Drysdale was hired manage the business side of the enterprise in 1960. The company evolved into a new company Strathearn owned by Teachers Whiskey. In 1967 Drysdale was sent a magazine article on antique paperweights (Woman's Day, July 1965). The inspired him to try to produce weights comparable to the French antiques. With this goal in mind, he and several of the glass workers left Strathearn to found Perthshire in 1968.

Size:  Just under 2 9/16" diameter by just over 1 13/16" high.  The base is polished slightly concave.
Signature: Unsigned, but I guarantee that this is an authentic Perthshire PP20 paperweight from 1971-1975. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.  Some roughness on the base from when it was made.  There are bubbles and some striations in the glass.

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$85 postage paid in the US.                                Added 2/12/2022   

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Perthshire PP20 Medium Millefiori Swirl Paperweight
4349 William Manson Phoenix Limited Edition FP8 Pink Flower with Bud and Millefiori Garland Paperweight.   dated 2003.  This paperweight has wonderful double tiered pink flower with ten petals plus a bud, leaves, and stems.  The flower has a nice yellow millefiori center.  The design is surrounded by a garland of identical millefiori canes and is set on an opaque black (actually dark purple) ground.  Each millefiori cane in the garland has a white cogged exterior with a yellow five point star in the center.  The paperweight was issued in a limited edition of 50 paperweights of which this is number 48.  It is signed and numbered "PHOENIX 2003 48/50" on the base and also has a Phoenix "PP" signature cane near the stem of the flower.  It comes with its original certificate.  A great addition to any collection of Scottish paperweights. 

Phoenix Paperweights was a small company started by William Manson Sr. to engage three workers from Perthshire after Perthshire closed in January 2002.  They only lasted a year and issued paperweights in 2002 and 2003 before closing in August 2003.  Phoenix operated in the Manson works in Perth, Scotland.  The glass workers were William Manson Sr., David McNichol (paperweight maker), Duncan Smith (lampworking), and Gordon Taylor (glass cutter).  Some of the lampwork was also done by Rosette Fleming.  The 2003 Phoenix catalog lists William Manson Paperweights as the distributor.

Large size: 2 15/16" diameter by 2" high. The base is ground concave in the center.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed and numbered "PHOENIX 2003 48/50" on the base and also has a Phoenix "PP" signature cane near the stem of the flower.  It comes with its original certificate.

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William Manson Phoenix Limited Edition FP8 Pink Flower with Bud and Millefiori Garland Paperweight
2128 Rare Large Chinese White Paperweight with Squirrel Eating Grapes.  circa 1930.  This large Chinese white paperweight has a colored painting of squirrel sitting upright and eating a luscious bunch of grapes.  The painting is created on a white enamel base and then encased in glass.  The style dates from the 1930s and is almost an antique. 

This paperweight is a form of Chinese folk art although it was most likely inspired by frit weights from Southern New Jersey.  I believe the Chinese were given examples of Millville frit weights to duplicate.  Since they were already experienced in painting on ceramics, they applied their own unique interpretation to paperweights using a white enamel disk as the base and incorporating familiar themes already found in Chinese art. 

Chinese Paperweights were made in the late 1920s and throughout the 1930s as an attempt to duplicate 19th Century antique weights made in the United States and France.  Because they are almost 100 years old, they are very collectible and every collector should own a few of these as study pieces.  The history of the early Chinese paperweights is mostly anecdotal as no written records have been discovered.  The story is that an American dealer sent examples of paperweights made by the New England Glass Company (NEGC), Boston & Sandwich Glass Company (B&S), Millville makers, and French factories to a Chinese factory and requested copies be made.  The results are interesting and sometimes confused with the originals by inexperienced collectors.  The earliest pictures of these paperweights appeared in the book American Glass Paperweights by Francis Edgar Smith published in 1939.  Smith was aware that at least one of the paperweights shown in his book was Chinese.  Since Smith was not an expert collector, this indicates that there was some general knowledge that these were Chinese prior to 1939.

In the United States, the Tariff Act of 1930 required that every imported item must be conspicuously and indelibly marked in English with its country of origin.  As a result, many of these Chinese paperweights are scratch signed on the bottom "CHINA".  Many are also not signed, suggesting that either they were imported prior to 1930 or the importer ignored the requirement.  Most likely the earliest Chinese paperweights were made prior to 1930.

In general, Chinese paperweights from this period have a light weight glass mixture that is high in soda and has a greenish tinge. The glass also has a soft almost oily feel. Frequently they have bubbles or debris in the glass.  And because of their age, many of these have minor scratches or other surface defects.

Large size:   Just over 2 11/16" diameter by 1 7/8" high.  The base is finished base.   
Signature:   Unsigned but I guarantee that this paperweight is from China and dates from about 1930. 
Condition:  Very good condition.  The surface has a few indentations  and faint scratches, but is mostly smooth.  No chips or cracks.  As is often typical in this type of Chinese paperweight, the quality of the glass is low and there is debris in the glass.  The glass has a soft almost oily feel and has a slight greenish tinge.  There are some tiny bubbles in the glass. 

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$195 postage paid in the US.                                                Added 2/11/2022

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Rare Large Chinese White Paperweight with Squirrel Eating Grapes
4585 Perthshire 1972 PP19 Limited Edition Millefiori Scramble Paperweight with Certificate.   dated 1972.  This is a medium sized scramble or end of day millefiori paperweight with a large central Perthshire "P 1972" signature / date cane.  The colors resemble an antique Clichy scramble paperweight.  There is a large number of millefiori canes and pieces of canes packed into this paperweight making it a joy to examine and study.  The design is placed over a clear ground.  It comes with its original certificate indicating it is #128 out of a limited edition of 350 PP19 paperweights made in 1972.  It also has a very worn paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND". A fun early paperweight from Perthshire. 

The PP19 was made in a limited edition from 1969 to 1980 and from 1987 to 2002.  Each year was a little different with silhouettes added in later years.  The earliest versions were smaller  This version with a clear ground was made until 1991.

Perthshire was a small company in Crieff, Scotland that was devoted to the creation of quality glass paperweights. They stopped production in January 2002 after more than 30 years of production. Their paperweights were consistently high in quality and yet remained reasonable in price.

The birth of Scottish paperweight making is credited to the glass making family of Salvador Ysart, who moved to Crieff, Scotland in 1922. They worked first at John Moncrieff Ltd and made the earliest Scottish paperweights during that period. In 1946 Salvadore and his sons Augustine and Vincent founded Ysart Brothers Glass and produced glass wares under the Vasart label. Salvador Ysart died in 1955 The company name was later changed to Vasart Glass. Stuart Drysdale was hired manage the business side of the enterprise in 1960. The company evolved into a new company Strathearn owned by Teachers Whiskey. In 1967 Drysdale was sent a magazine article on antique paperweights (Woman's Day, July 1965). The inspired him to try to produce weights comparable to the French antiques. With this goal in mind, he and several of the glass workers left Strathearn to found Perthshire in 1968.

Medium size:  Just under 2 1/2" diameter by 1 15/16" high. The base is ground concave. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks or scratches found on inspection. The paper label is very worn.  There is writing in red ink on the certificate.
Signature:  It is signed with Perthshire's "P 1972" signature cane near the center of the design.  It also comes with its original certificate with writing on the certificate.  It also has a very worn paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND".   

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$195 postage paid in the US.                          Added 2/11/2022

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Perthshire 1972 PP19 Limited Edition Millefiori Scramble Paperweight with Certificate
5634 Large Pairpoint Faceted White Rose Paperweight - with MMA Certificate.  circa 1976.  This is a large white crimp rose paperweight made at Pairpoint Glass in Sagamore, Massachusetts in a limited edition for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to coincide with the American Bicentennial.  It comes with its original certificate stating it is #83 in the series.  The paperweight has 13 petals with a 4+4+3+2 pattern.  In the typical Pairpoint style, there are four wide variegated green sepals and four skinny sepals.  It is faceted with one top facet and five side facets.  This rose paperweight was made by Robbie Mason or one of the other glass artists who apprenticed with him.  In addition to the certificate, it is engraved "MMA" on the base of the paperweight.  A wonderful example of a modern Pairpoint rose paperweight.

Note:  Although the certificate states the paperweight is #83, the size of the edition is not stated.

Pairpoint Glass has a long history extending back to its earliest origins with Mount Washington Glass in 1837.  Owners and locations changed a number of times and the name Pairpoint was first used in the 1890s.  The original Pairpoint companies were located in New Bedford, Massachusetts.  In 1938, it was reorganized as Gunderson Glass Works by owner Robert Gunderson and later renamed the Gunderson - Pairpoint Glass Works in 1952.  The name was acquired by Robert Bryden and the company moved briefly to East Wareham, MA in 1957 where it operated as the Pairpoint Glass Company.  They leased production facilities in Spain.  The old New Bedford factory burned down in 1965.  In its latest iteration, Robert Bryden moved Pairpoint to Sagamore, Massachusetts in 1969.  Attempts were made to resume glassmaking in New Bedford for five years (1977-1982), but this was not successful.  Bryden retired in September 1988.  Since then, the Pairpoint Glass Company has changed owners several times. It continues to operate at that location today. 

Robert (Robbie) C. Mason (1935-2020) started his glass career in 1950 as an apprentice with Edinburgh Crystal, Scotland (part of the Thomas Webb and Sons).  With exception of three years in the Army (1960-1963), he continued to gain seniority and expertise as a glass maker.  In 1968, Thomas Bryden advertised in the Edinburgh Evening News for experienced glass workers emphasizing the need for hand made experience.  Robbie Mason decided to take a chance on a new employer and joined Pairpoint in 1969.  With his experience, he became a gaffer by 1971.  He stayed at Pairpoint as a master glassblower until he retired in 2005.  A number of well known glass artists apprenticed with him.  He retired in 2005 and passed away from complications of COVID-19 in April 2020.

Size:  2 11/16" diameter by 2 3/16" high.  The base is ground concave. It is faceted with one top facet and five side concave facets. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.
Signature:  Signed "MMA" as part of a limited edition for the bicentennial made for the Metropolitan Museum of Art by Pairpoint Glass.  Although it is not signed Pairpoint, I guarantee it was made by Pairpoint Glass. 

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Large Pairpoint Faceted White Rose Paperweight - with MMA Certificate
5629 John Deacons Star Shaped St. Kilda Concentric Millefiori Paperweight - Signed STK.   circa 1978-1987.  This eight point star shaped paperweight has a four row close concentric pattern with a center "STK" signature cane.  The design is placed over black or dark purple ground.  The "STK" signature stands for "St. Kilda" which was John Deacons' label from 1978 or 1979 through 1987.  Please see the note below about a small internal crack.  Offered at a reduced price.  An interesting historical item from this talented Scottish artist.

This is often called a pressed weight because a mold is used to form the outside ribbing or flutes.  The top is flattened.  The ribbing gives the glass a real glittery appearance as you can see in the picture.

Note about manufacturing flaw:  This paperweight has a small internal crack starting with one of the blue canes (at about 5 o'clock) and extending through an adjoining white cane and into the clear outer layer.  It is probably the result of incompatibility between the white layer and the other glass.  Please review the pictures. 

The birth of Scottish paperweight making is credited to the glass making family of Salvador Ysart, who moved to Crieff, Scotland in 1922.  They worked first at John Moncrieff Ltd and made the earliest Scottish paperweights during that period.  In 1946 Salvadore and his sons Augustine and Vincent founded Ysart Brothers Glass and produced glass wares under the Vasart label.  Salvador Ysart died in 1955  The company name was later changed to Vasart Glass.  Strathearn Glass was formed in a reorganization of Vasart glass in 1963. 

John Deacons learned his craft at Strathearn Glass in Crieff, Scotland in 1967. When Perthshire was formed in 1968, he left Strathearn to move to Perthshire and worked there for 10 years before leaving in 1978 to start his own glass studio. He has produced paperweights and other glass objects under a variety of labels, including J Glass, St. Kilda, and now under his own name. The St. Kilda line was produced from 1978 or 1979 through 1987.  You can read about John Deacons in the book by Hall - Scottish Paperweights.

Small size:  Just over 2 3/8" diameter by 1 1/4" high.  Molded with eight points and a flat top.  The base is ground concave. 
Condition:  This paperweight has a small internal crack starting with one of the blue canes (at about 5 o'clock) and extending through an adjoining white cane and into the clear outer layer.  Other than that, no cracks, chips, or scratches were found on inspection.  Please review the pictures.   
Signature:  Signed with the St. Kilda "STK" signature cane in the center of the design.

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John Deacons Star Shaped St. Kilda Concentric Millefiori Paperweight - Signed STK
5387 Large Ken Rosenfeld 1985 Six Flower Bouquet Paperweight.  dated 1985This paperweight has a colorful bouquet of a three roses and three clematis style flowers with leaves over a clear glass ground.  Each flower has amazing detail.  It is signed on the side near the base with Ken Rosenfeld's "R" signature cane and engraved signature "Ken Rosenfeld '85".   This is a beautiful large paperweight with a great composition.

Note:  I am uncertain about which side is up in this bouquet, so I show the flowers in several different positions.  Take your choice.

Ken Rosenfeld works at his own studio, Ken Rosenfeld Glass, in Milwaukie, Oregon.  Ken's paperweight expertise arose from a formal art education and a technical background.  He has a Bachelor's degree in art from the University of California and a Master's of Fine Arts degree from Southern Illinois University.  His technical experience in scientific glasswork and his studio glass experience contributed to his superb ability as a glass artist.  Ken has been a paperweight artist since the mid 1980s.  He started at Correia Glass, leaving after five years to set up his own studio in 1983.

Size:   2 15/16" diameter by 1 13/16" high.  It has a relatively flat top / profile.  The base is ground concave.
Signature:  Signed on the side near the base with Ken Rosenfeld's "R" cane and signature "Ken Rosenfeld '85". 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.

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Large Ken Rosenfeld 1985 Six Flower Bouquet Paperweight
5081 Early John Gooderham Miniature Flower Button with Center Millefiori Signature Cane.  circa 1970s.  This miniature (tiny) paperweight button has a five petal red flower with five green sepals.  In the center an early John Gooderham signature cane consisting of a black "J" on a yellow background and surrounded by a ring eight millefiori canes.  The button has a light blue ground with a copper shank in the base.  A great example of Gooderham's early work.

John E. Gooderham (1930-2007) was a Canadian glass artist known for his miniature paperweights and paperweight buttons.   He also created many paperweight buttons. Some of his buttons are in the collection of the Corning Museum of Glass.  John's wife Jackie also made glass buttons.  They were from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada.

Miniature (tiny) size:  Just under 3/4" diameter by just over 1/2" high without the shank.  It is 3/4" high including the shank. 
Signature: Signed in the center of the flower with an early John Gooderham complex signature cane. 
Condition:  Very good condition.  Some faint scratches.  No chips or cracks found on inspection.

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$65 postage paid in the US.                 Added 2/5/2022  

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Early John Gooderham Miniature Flower Button with Center Millefiori Signature Cane
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.

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$125 postage paid in the US.                                                 Added 2/3/2022

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Large Iridized Royal Brierley Studio (Isle of Wight Studio Glass) Paperweight
2621 Parabelle Glass 1991 Spaced Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Pansy Center.  Dated 1991 This paperweight has a three ring concentric millefiori pattern with a pansy cane in the center.  The concentric rings consist of red, white and blue colored millefiori canes.  The outer ring alternates between blue canes with complex centers and white floret canes.  The middle ring alternates between pairs of blue canes and complex red and white arrow canes.   The blue canes appear again in the inner ring.  The design is set on a clear ground.  The paperweight is signed with a light blue "PB 1991" cane in the outer ring.  A wonderful paperweight with great execution.

Note:  Please ignore the white areas in the pictures caused by the light.

Parabelle Glass was a small company created in 1981 by Gary and Doris Scrutton in Portland, Oregon.  High quality paperweights were made in small quantities from 1983 to 1998 when they retired.  Their best weights are some of the finest ever made, comparing favorably to the best classical French paperweights.  Most designs were produced in limited editions of 10 to 25 paperweights, although some editions were larger.  They also made some one of a kind paperweights.  Doris passed away in 2013 and Gary followed in 2014. 

After the Scruttons retired in 1998, their daughter Julie Scrutton Lewis made some paperweights and jewelry using Parabelle millefiori canes. 

Large size:  2 3/4" diameter by 1 11/16" high.  The base is ground concave.  
Signature: Signed in the outer ring with a light blue signature cane "PB 1991". 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.

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SOLD.                 Added 1/16/2022  

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Parabelle Glass 1991 Spaced Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Pansy Center
5346 Charles Kaziun Jr. Miniature Three Color Rope Roses Nosegay Bouquet Paperweight.  circa 1960-1980.  This miniature paperweight has a nosegay or bouquet with red, yellow, and orange rope roses along with three dark green leaves.  The design is placed on a white lace or upset muslin ground.  Signed on the bottom of the ground with a gold K.  A special paperweight by this talented artist. 

Note:  There is a scratched area on the side of the paperweight with two 1/8" long scratches and I am selling this at a reduced price.  Please ignore the white areas, they are glare from the lights.

Charles Kaziun Jr. was one of the most famous of the American paperweight artists.  He is often credited with contributing to the rebirth of interest in paperweight making.  He made paperweights from the 1940s until his death in 1992.  His weights are usually signed with a gold K or a special millefiori cane containing a K.  You can read about him in many books, including:

Miniature Size:  1 15/16" diameter by 1 7/16" high.  The base is ground concave. 
Signature:  Signed on the bottom of the ground with Kaziun's gold K. 
Condition:  Very good condition.  There is a scratched area on the side of the paperweight with two 1/8" long scratches.  No chips or cracks found on inspection.  There are some tiny bubbles in the design, especially in the lace ground. 

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$295 postage paid in the US.                               Added 1/6/2022 

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Charles Kaziun Jr. Miniature Three Color Rope Roses Nosegay Bouquet Paperweight
4326 Magnum Joe St. Clair Pink and White Icepick Flower Paperweight.  circa 1960-1970.  This very large paperweight features five pink and white ice-pick flowers over a white frit ground.  As is typical of this style, there is a carefully placed bubble in the center of each flower and also a carefully placed bubble in the ground in between each flower.  It is hot stamped "JOE ST CLAIR" on the bottom.  A very flashy paperweight.

This style of flower is called an ice-pick flower because of the ice-pick like tool used to push each flower down to the ground to form a stem.

The St. Clair line (as far as paperweights are concerned) started with John "Pop" St. Clair, Sr. who worked at the George MacBeth Glass Works in Elwood from around 1903 to 1938.  Local natural gas production faltered in 1938 and the St. Clairs began to develop their ideas for a new business of their own.  Joe St. Clair (1909 - 1987) did the original experimentation and the business was formally started in 1941 in Elwood, Indiana.  John, Sr. and the brothers John, Jr., Joe, Ed and Bob all participated, while another brother, Paul, did not at first.  By 1944 St. Clair paperweights were being sold through Georg Jensen on Fifth Avenue in New York. Joe retired (the first time) in 1971 and sold the factory to new owners in Elwood, Indiana.  About the same time, Bob St. Clair and his wife Maude opened a new factory in Elwood.  Paul St. Clair retired from General Motors and joined Bob, along with Ed St. Clair and a nephew, Joe Rice.  Sometime later after Bob opened his factory, the new owners of the original factory sold the factory back to Joe.  So, for a while, there were two St. Clair Glass factories.  Bob St. Clair died in 1986.  Joe St. Clair died in 1987.  Ed St. Clair died in 1989 and the last brother,  Paul St. Clair died in 2000.

Very large size:  3 11/16" diameter by 2 9/16" high.  It weighs over 28 ounces and will be over two pounds when packaged.  The base is finished flat and hot stamped in the center with the signature. 
Condition:  Excellent Condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.
Signature:  Hot stamped JOE ST. CLAIR on the base.  This probably dates from the 1960s or 1970s, but may be earlier.  Joe St. Clair died in 1987. 

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$85 postage paid in the US.                           Added 12/26/2021

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Magnum Joe St. Clair Pink and White Icepick Flower Paperweight
2403 Magnum Parabelle Glass 1985 Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Red and White Torsade.  Dated 1985 This paperweight has a four ring concentric millefiori pattern with a wonderful large red and white torsade on the outside.  The concentric rings consist of blue and rust-red colored millefiori canes.  The design is set on a clear ground.  The paperweight is signed with a "PB 1985" cane in the design.  A wonderful paperweight with great color.

Note:  Please ignore the white areas in the pictures caused by the light.

Parabelle Glass was a small company created in 1981 by Gary and Doris Scrutton in Portland, Oregon.  High quality paperweights were made in small quantities from 1983 to 1998 when they retired.  Their best weights are some of the finest ever made, comparing favorably to the best classical French paperweights.  Most designs were produced in limited editions of 10 to 25 paperweights, although some editions were larger.  They also made some one of a kind paperweights.  Doris passed away in 2013 and Gary followed in 2014. 

After the Scruttons retired in 1998, their daughter Julie Scrutton Lewis made some paperweights and jewelry using Parabelle millefiori canes. 

Very large size:  3 3/16" diameter by just under 2 3/8" high.  The base is ground concave.  
Signature: Signed in the design with a signature cane "PB 1985". 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.

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$495 postage paid in the US.                 Added 12/22/2021  

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Magnum Parabelle Glass 1985 Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Red and White Torsade
1700 Magnum Chinese Copy of the Famous Clichy Millefiori Basket Paperweight - Heart Shaped.  Circa 2000.  This very large millefiori paperweight has a basket form with a heart shaped top.  The top is bulging with flowers arranged in a complex millefiori garland pattern on a moss ground.  The top is edged with a reddish orange and white torsade lip.  The sides of the basket are formed using green and white staves and the base also has a reddish orange and white torsade lip.  It was originally marketed on the QVC television network and was sold as a "lamp" with a lighted stand.  This copy does not have the stand.  A fun addition to any collection of glass paperweights. 

Note:  While the resemblance to the antique Clichy basket paperweight is unmistakable,  this paperweight is considerably larger than the original which was only 4 1/4" in diameter.  The original antique was oval shaped rather than heart shaped.  The original Clichy antique held the record for the most expensive paperweight ever sold.  It sold for $258,500 to a private collector at a Sotheby's auction in New York on June 26, 1990.  Unfortunately it was dropped and damaged beyond repair.  You can see the cover of the Sotheby's auction with a picture of the Clichy basket at this link:  Sotheby's Catalog

Very large size:  7 1/2" wide by 7" deep by 3 7/8" high.  The base is ground flat.  It weighs 102 ounces (six pounds six ounces) and will be approximately eight pounds when boxed for mailing.    
Signature:   Unsigned but I guarantee that this paperweight is from China and dates from about 2000.  It was originally marketed on the QVC television network and was sold as a "lamp" with a lighted stand.  There is no stand with this copy.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  I found no chips, cracks, or scratches on inspection.  It does have manufacturing flaws in the basket staves and the torsade forming the lip of the top and base (see side view).  There are a few small bubbles. 

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$275 plus postage.           For this item, because of the weight (8 pounds packaged), the buyer will pay the postage.  US Sales only, no international shipping.                      Added 12/9/2021

For more information about paperweights from China, see my Chinese Paperweights Web Page.

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Magnum Chinese Copy of the Famous Clichy Millefiori Basket Paperweight - Heart Shaped
2804 Magnum 1985 Orient & Flume Bruce Sillars Grapes Paperweight.  dated 1985.  This wonderful paperweight features wonderful three dimensional multi-level design with a bunch of purple grapes and three large dark green leaves and stems over a clear ground.  The It is signed on the base "Orient & Flume CZ2A1985 B. Sillars".  It also has an Orient & Flume paper label "ORIENT & FLUME CHICO, CALIF." on the base.  A wonderful paperweight.

Orient & Flume was started in 1972 in Chico, California by Douglas Boyd and David Hopper.  It studio took its name from its initial location which was at the corner of Orient & Flume.  Their early weights adopted a style that has become known as the California style of  iridescent paperweights with surface torchworked art nouveau motifs on the outside surface of the weight.  Later work involved interior lampworked designs such as the floral design found encased here.  Every Orient & Flume piece has a registration number which usually includes a date code.  Douglas Boyd passed away in 2018.  David Hopper and his wife Shari retired to nearby Paradise California.  They survived the wildfire that destroyed most of Paradise in 2018.  Orient & Flume continues in Chico with new owners Bruce Sillars and Ronda Davis.  Bruce was one of the original Orient and Flume artists and Ronda has spent the last 30 years at the studio handling sales and other responsibilities.  They are joined by another early O&F artist Scott Beyers.

Bruce Sillars was the first employee hired by Orient & Flume and is still at O&F today.  Since 1973 Bruce has been responsible for many of Orient & Flume's most successful designs.  He grew up in the Los Angeles suburbs and worked in ceramics in High School, later becoming a technician in the ceramic studio at Moorpark College.  Sillars shifted from ceramics at Chico State University to metal and sculpting to glass blowing, earning a BA in Art with an emphasis in ceramics, glass, and sculpture from California State University, Chico.  In the beginning he created iridescent vases and paperweights that incorporated both geometric and naturalistic floral motifs. Over time the designs became more and more complex and sophisticated and by the early 80's his work began to move away from iridescent glass focusing on three-dimensional motifs and employing both "torch worked" and "lamp worked" design elements.

Very Large Size:  3 3/16" diameter by 2 11/16" high.  The bottom has been polished flat.
Signature:    Signed on the base "Orient & Flume CZ2A1985 B. Sillars".  It also has an Orient & Flume paper label "ORIENT & FLUME CHICO, CALIF." on the base.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips or cracks or scratches found on inspection.  The label is slightly worn.

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SOLD.                                          Added 11/18/2021

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Magnum 1985 Orient & Flume Bruce Sillars Grapes Paperweight
5481 Magnum 1983 Orient & Flume Bruce Sillars Daffodils Paperweight.  dated 1983.  This wonderful paperweight features two delicate lampwork daffodils with green foliage on a dark green (almost black) ground.  It is signed on the base "Orient & Flume CZ11Jn1983 B. Sillars".  It also has a rare Orient & Flume signature cane "OF 83".  It comes with its original certificate.  A wonderful paperweight.

Orient & Flume was started in 1972 in Chico, California by Douglas Boyd and David Hopper.  It studio took its name from its initial location which was at the corner of Orient & Flume.  Their early weights adopted a style that has become known as the California style of  iridescent paperweights with surface torchworked art nouveau motifs on the outside surface of the weight.  Later work involved interior lampworked designs such as the floral design found encased here.  Every Orient & Flume piece has a registration number which usually includes a date code.  Douglas Boyd passed away in 2018.  David Hopper and his wife Shari retired to nearby Paradise California.  They survived the wildfire that destroyed most of Paradise in 2018.  Orient & Flume continues in Chico with new owners Bruce Sillars and Ronda Davis.  Bruce was one of the original Orient and Flume artists and Ronda has spent the last 30 years at the studio handling sales and other responsibilities.  They are joined by another early O&F artist Scott Beyers.

Bruce Sillars was the first employee hired by Orient & Flume and is still at O&F today.  Since 1973 Bruce has been responsible for many of Orient & Flume's most successful designs.  He grew up in the Los Angeles suburbs and worked in ceramics in High School, later becoming a technician in the ceramic studio at Moorpark College.  Sillars shifted from ceramics at Chico State University to metal and sculpting to glass blowing, earning a BA in Art with an emphasis in ceramics, glass, and sculpture from California State University, Chico.  In the beginning he created iridescent vases and paperweights that incorporated both geometric and naturalistic floral motifs. Over time the designs became more and more complex and sophisticated and by the early 80's his work began to move away from iridescent glass focusing on three-dimensional motifs and employing both "torch worked" and "lamp worked" design elements.

Very Large Size:  3 1/8" diameter by just under 2 5/8" high.  The bottom has been polished flat.
Signature:    Signed on the base "Orient & Flume CZ11Jn1983 B. Sillars".  It also has a rare Orient & Flume signature cane "OF 83".  It comes with its original certificate.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips or cracks or scratches found on inspection.

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SOLD.                                          Added 11/18/2021

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Magnum 1983 Orient & Flume Bruce Sillars Daffodils Paperweight
2812 Pairpoint Multicolored and White Twists Crown Paperweight.  circa 1972-1975.  This is a crown paperweight with alternating multicolored twist canes and white twist canes topped on top with a yellow and white complex millefiori crown.  There are nine colored twist canes and nine white twist canes.  The millefiori crown has a star in the center.  This paperweight is unsigned, but I have had signed Pairpoint crown paperweights that were nearly identical.  A great example of modern Pairpoint production.

Note about Bill Burchfield:  Because Bill Burchfield worked at Pairpoint from 1970 to 1976, it is possible that he contributed to the making of this paperweight although he did not sign it.  It is certainly similar to crown paperweights that he produced on his own at the Cape Cod Glass Works.

Pairpoint Glass has a long history extending back to its earliest origins with Mount Washington Glass in 1837.  Owners and locations changed a number of times and the name Pairpoint was first used in the 1890s.  The original Pairpoint companies were located in New Bedford, Massachusetts.  In 1938, it was reorganized as Gunderson Glass Works by owner Robert Gunderson and later renamed the Gunderson - Pairpoint Glass Works in 1952.  The name was acquired by Robert Bryden and the company moved briefly to East Wareham, MA in 1957 where it operated as the Pairpoint Glass Company.  They leased production facilities in Spain.  The last New Bedford factory burned down in 1965.  In its latest iteration, Robert Bryden moved Pairpoint to Sagamore, Massachusetts in 1970.  It continues to operate at that location today (2019) although under new owners.

The Cape Cod Glass Works was operated by William Clark Burchfield in Sagamore, Massachusetts from 1976 to 2000.  It then continued briefly in Crossville, Tennessee until 2001.  Bill Burchfield died in 2012.  Bill's son Mark was also at the glass works until 1998.  Bill started making paperweights at Pairpoint Glass in 1970.

Size:  Just under 2 3/16" diameter by 1 13/16" high.  The bottom is ground concave.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.    
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee that this was made at Pairpoint Glass in Sagamore, Massachusetts in the early 1970s.

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SOLD.                                            Added 11/6/2021

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Pairpoint Multicolored and White Twists Crown Paperweight
5513 Magnum Rosenthal Studio-Linie Swirl Paperweight.  circa 1971 or later.  This very large and wonderful Rosenthal swirl paperweight features a swirl of white glass over a clear crystal ground.  It is acid etch marked on the base with the name Rosenthal, the crown and crossed swords logo, and Studio-Linie underneath.  A dramatic addition to any collection of glass paperweights.

Rosenthal was founded in 1879 as a family business. Originally the focus was porcelain manufacture and porcelain painting.  In 1960, the Rosenthal Studiohaus was opened in Nuremberg and in 1965 the name was changed briefly to Rosenthal Glas & Porzellan AG and then in 1960 to Rosenthal AG in 1969.  From 1997 to 2008, the Rosenthal AG owned most of the British-Irish Waterford Wedgwood Group.  The Studio-Linie mark was used from 1971 to at least 1995.  Since the Rosenthal mark on this paperweight does not identify the country of origin (normally Germany), it is possible that the paperweight was made at Waterford, but I have no evidence one way or the other.

Very large size:  4 5/15” diameter by 2 15/16” high.  The base is polished flat.  It weighs just under three pounds (47.1 ounces).
Condition:  Very good condition.  One tiny bruise (less than 1/8" across) found on the side next to the base when taking pictures. Not noticed in earlier inspections.  No other chips, cracks or scratches. A few tiny bubbles in the glass.
Signature:  Signed with an acid etch mark on the base with the name Rosenthal, the crown and crossed swords logo, and Studio-Linie underneath.   

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$95 postage paid in the US.                             11/6/2021  

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Magnum Rosenthal Studio-Linie Swirl Paperweight
3899 Robert Grablow Pedestal Crimp Red Rose Paperweight with Frosted Exterior.  circa 1990This wonderful variegated red crimp rose paperweight has fifteen petals in a 4+4+4+3 pattern plus four sepals.  The rose is placed floating on a clear ground in a pedestal base.  The exterior is frosted with one angled.  Although Grablow normally signed his paperweights, I do not see a signature on this one.  There are some striations or sugaring in the glass.  A wonderful example from this talented Millville, NJ artist.   

Crimp roses represent the ultimate challenge for paperweight makers.  You can read about the crimps and their use in making crimp roses in the book American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers by Jean Melvin (1970). 

Robert Grablow was a Millville, New Jersey artist best known for full size crimp roses made from the furnace tank.  He started making crimp roses in 1986 or so when he started as a volunteer at Wheaton Village and added a signature cane around 1991.  Although best known for his full size crimp roses, he also made lampworked miniature roses starting about 1967 time frame.  These early miniature roses were sold through the Arthur Gorham Paperweight Shoppe at Wheaton Village.

Size :  2 3/4" diameter by just over 3" high.  The exterior is frosted with one angled polished window to view the rose.
Signature : Unsigned, but I guarantee that this paperweight was made by Robert Grablow in Millville, NJ. 
Condition :  Very good to excellent condition.  There are a couple of tiny scuff marks on the frosted finish.  There are also some striations or sugaring in the glass (from when it was made).  Some wear on the base.

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$265 postage paid in the US.                                          Added 11/3/2021

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Robert Grablow Pedestal Crimp Red Rose Paperweight with Frosted Exterior
1627 Rare Chinese White Paperweight with Bird Flying Through Bush with Red Flowers.  Circa 1930.  This paperweight has a colored painting of a bird flying through foliage with red flowers.  The painting is created on a white enamel base and then encased in glass.  The style dates from the 1930s and is almost an antique. 

This paperweight is a form of Chinese folk art although it was most likely inspired by frit weights from Southern New Jersey.  I believe the Chinese were given examples of Millville frit weights to duplicate.  Since they were already experienced in painting on ceramics, they applied their own unique interpretation to paperweights using a white enamel disk as the base and incorporating familiar themes already found in Chinese art. 

Chinese Paperweights were made in the late 1920s and throughout the 1930s as an attempt to duplicate 19th Century antique weights made in the United States and France.  Because they are almost 100 years old, they are very collectible and every collector should own a few of these as study pieces.  The history of the early Chinese paperweights is mostly anecdotal as no written records have been discovered.  The story is that an American dealer sent examples of paperweights made by the New England Glass Company (NEGC), Boston & Sandwich Glass Company (B&S), Millville makers, and French factories to a Chinese factory and requested copies be made.  The results are interesting and sometimes confused with the originals by inexperienced collectors.  The earliest pictures of these paperweights appeared in the book American Glass Paperweights by Francis Edgar Smith published in 1939.  Smith was aware that at least one of the paperweights shown in his book was Chinese.  Since Smith was not an expert collector, this indicates that there was some general knowledge that these were Chinese prior to 1939.

In the United States, the Tariff Act of 1930 required that every imported item must be conspicuously and indelibly marked in English with its country of origin.  As a result, many of these Chinese paperweights are scratch signed on the bottom "CHINA".  Many are also not signed, suggesting that either they were imported prior to 1930 or the importer ignored the requirement.  Most likely the earliest Chinese paperweights were made prior to 1930.

In general, Chinese paperweights from this period have a light weight glass mixture that is high in soda and has a greenish tinge. The glass also has a soft almost oily feel. Frequently they have bubbles or debris in the glass.  And because of their age, many of these have minor scratches or other surface defects.

Medium Size:   2 1/2" diameter by 1 3/8" high.  The bottom is fire finished.    
Signature:   Unsigned but I guarantee that this paperweight is from China and dates from about 1930. 
Condition:  Good condition.  The surface has a few indentations  and faint scratches, but is mostly smooth.  There is one spot that is a tiny stray drop of glass and projects above the surface.  No chips or cracks.  As is often typical in this type of Chinese paperweight, the quality is low and there is debris in the glass.  This paperweight has a light weight glass mixture that is high in soda and has a greenish tinge. The glass has a soft almost oily feel.  There are tiny bubbles in the glass. 

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SOLD.                                                Added 11/2/2021

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Rare Chinese White Paperweight with Bird Flying Through Bush with Red Flowers
2317 Magnum Antique Photographic Paperweight of a Young Woman.  circa 1890. This paperweight presents a photographic image of a young woman placed on a thin white enamel plaque.  The image is encased in clear glass.  The base is finished with a matte finish.  The woman is not identified.  The paperweight is unsigned but it is possibly a product of Albert Graeser who refined a photographic process patented by William Maxwell in 1882.  A wonderful example of this surprising application of photography to glass.  

Albert Graeser was a well known producer of photographic paperweights working in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the 1890-1900 period.  He used a process patented by William H. Maxwell in 1882.  For more information on this style of paperweight see the article "Ordinary People" by William Price, Jr. in the 2000 Annual Bulletin of the Paperweight Collectors Association.

Very large Size :  3 1/2" diameter by 2 3/8" high.  The bottom is ground flat and finished with a matte finish.
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee that this an antique paperweight using the patented Maxwell process and was possibly made by Albert Graeser of Pittsburgh, PA. 
Condition:  Very good condition.  The paperweight has a few faint scratches, but no chips or cracks.  The base has some minor roughness on its edge.  It may have been made this way.  There is a stain on the base left by a label. 

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Magnum Antique Photographic Paperweight of a Young Woman
4305 Drew Ebelhare Six Row Close Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Stave Basket.  dated 1992.  This is an early close concentric millefiori paperweight with an outer stave basket.  There are five tightly packed inner rings of millefiori and then an alternating ring of turquoise and white canes which make up the stave basket.  It is signed in the center with Ebelhare's complex "E" signature cane.  In addition, it is signed on the base "Ebelhare 12-92 Houston".  This paperweight has an unusually large dome for Ebelhare's early paperweights.  An awesome paperweight with amazing detail.

Drew Ebelhare has been making glass paperweights since 1983, focusing on millefiori paperweights, especially miniature designs.  Drew graduated from Florida State University in 1977 with a Bachelors Degree in technical theater and scene design.  After graduating and working at the Alley Theater in Houston, he made a career change becoming one of the founding members of The Houston Glass Art Society.  In 1981, Drew set up his first hot glass shop in Houston.  He now works out a new studio in Cañon City, Colorado.  His millefiori canes have evolved so he now produces his own unique style of floral millefiori canes, including Clichy style roses, camomiles, pansies, primroses, sunflowers and others.  Paul Dunlop calls Drew the preeminent millefiori paperweight artist in the United States.  Starting in 2009,  Drew Ebelhare and Sue Fox collaborated to make wonderful paperweights featuring Sue's delicate lampwork surrounded by Drew's distinctive style of floral millefiori.  Sue Fox passed away early in 2020.

Size: Unusually large for Drew Ebelhare's early paperweights, this paperweight is has an extra large dome and is 2 9/16" diameter by 2 3/16" high.  The base is ground flat. 
Signature:  Signed in the center with Ebelhare's complex "E" signature cane.  In addition, it is signed on the base "Ebelhare 12-92 Houston".  
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, cracks, or chips.  There are some striations in the glass.  

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Drew Ebelhare Six Row Close Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Stave Basket
5344 Large David and Jon Trabucco Faceted Yellow Flower Paperweight with Buds.  circa 1985-2000.  This paperweight consists of a large five petal yellow flower with two yellow buds and variegated leaves and stems on a clear ground.  The flower has a wonderful complex center composed multiple tubes, filaments and pads.  It is signed with a stretched "T" signature cane on the underside of a leaf.  The paperweight is faceted with a large top facet and six side facets.  A fabulous paperweight. 

Twin brothers David and Jon Trabucco learned glass working under the direction of their father, the accomplished glass artist Victor Trabucco.  When they first started out, David made the floral setups and Jon did the encasement and cutting, but over time they both became involved in all aspects of paperweight production. They are now accomplished glass artists in their own right.  They have their own studio and also continue to work with Victor at the large Trabucco Glass Studio in Clarence, NY.

Victor Trabucco's original career was as a steelworker.  He began working with glass in 1974 after seeing a flameworker make a sculpture. He knew this was what he wanted to do for his life's work. Trabucco says that “Glass is the ultimate challenge; it has properties of no other material and offers the artist possibilities that are inspiring for the creative process. His work is often inspired by nature, capturing the beauty and motion of the subject and freezing a moment in time. His work is in the collection of many major museums.  Victor set up his first studio in the basement of his house and learned by experimentation.  He now works with his sons Jon and David in a large studio in Clarence, NY.

Large Size:   2 7/8” diameter by 2 3/16” high.  The base is ground slightly concave.  The paperweight is faceted with a large top facet and six side facets.
Signature:  Signed with a stretched "T" signature cane on the back of a leaf.  No script signature.  I verified with Victor Trabucco that this is the work of David and Jon and is not Victor's own work. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks.

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$575 postage paid in the US.                                           Added 11/1/2021

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Large David and Jon Trabucco Faceted Yellow Flower Paperweight with Buds
3132 David Salazar Heart Shaped Paperweight with Surface Decorated Butterfly and Flowers.  dated 2006.  This paperweight features a heart shaped design with a white translucent frit ground.  On the surface, David Salazar has added a blue butterfly and two purple flowers plus leaves and stems.  These stand above the surface in raised relief.  Very precise and colorful.  The design is set on a swirling translucent white ground.  It is signed and dated on the fire finished base "D. P. S. G. (for David P. Salazar Glass) with the initials SB (which I can't explain) and the date 12/06.  The signature is very difficult to read, so I colored it with a child's washable marker (now removed) so I could take the pictures.  A wonderful composition.

David P. Salazar was born in Del Rio, Texas.  His fascination with glass started in college, when he began making scientific glassware.  In 1972, he started working as an apprentice at Lundberg Studios, and quickly moved into the more creative aspects of designing and torchwork.  After 10 years in the studio environment, he decided to strike out on his own in order to develop new designs and techniques.  Initially he rented space from Zephyr Studios in Santa Cruz, California, staying there from 1982 to 1985.  When Zephyr went out of business, Salazar took over the building and started his own studio.

Size:  2 7/16" high by just under 2 3/8" wide by just over 1 5/16" thick.  The base is fire finished.
Signature: Signed on the base "D. P. S. G." (for David P. Salazar Glass) with the initials "SB" (which I can't explain) and the date "12/06". 
Condition:  Excellent Condition.  No chips or cracks or scratches found on inspection.

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$145 postage paid in the US.                                            Added 10/31/2021

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David Salazar Heart Shaped Paperweight with Surface Decorated Butterfly and Flowers
2261 Magnum Pairpoint White Crimp Rose Paperweight - unfinished.  circa 1970-2000.  This is a very large white crimp rose paperweight made at Pairpoint Glass in Sagamore, Massachusetts.  It has 15 petals with a 4+4+3+3+1 pattern.  The innermost petal is tiny.  There are also eight variegated green leaves, four large and four skinny.  Two of the large leaves and one skinny leaf did not separate well and this paperweight was left unfinished with a wider (oval) rather than normal profile.  The pontil is also unfinished.  It is possible that this rose paperweight was made by Robbie Mason or one of the other glass artists who apprenticed with him.  A interesting example of a modern Pairpoint rose paperweight offered at a bargain price.

Pairpoint Glass has a long history extending back to its earliest origins with Mount Washington Glass in 1837.  Owners and locations changed a number of times and the name Pairpoint was first used in the 1890s.  The original Pairpoint companies were located in New Bedford, Massachusetts.  In 1938, it was reorganized as Gunderson Glass Works by owner Robert Gunderson and later renamed the Gunderson - Pairpoint Glass Works in 1952.  The name was acquired by Robert Bryden and the company moved briefly to East Wareham, MA in 1957 where it operated as the Pairpoint Glass Company.  They leased production facilities in Spain.  The old New Bedford factory burned down in 1965.  In its latest iteration, Robert Bryden moved Pairpoint to Sagamore, Massachusetts in 1969.  Attempts were made to resume glassmaking in New Bedford for five years (1977-1982), but this was not successful.  Bryden retired in September 1988.  Since then, the Pairpoint Glass Company has changed owners several times. It continues to operate at that location today. 

Robert (Robbie) C. Mason (1935-2020) started his glass career in 1950 as an apprentice with Edinburgh Crystal, Scotland (part of the Thomas Webb and Sons).  With exception of three years in the Army (1960-1963), he continued to gain seniority and expertise as a glass maker.  In 1968, Thomas Bryden advertised in the Edinburgh Evening News for experienced glass workers emphasizing the need for hand made experience.  Robbie Mason decided to take a chance on a new employer and joined Pairpoint in 1969.  With his experience, he became a gaffer by 1971.  He stayed at Pairpoint as a master glassblower until he retired in 2005.  A number of well known glass artists apprenticed with him.  He retired in 2005 and passed away from complications of COVID-19 in April 2020.

Very large size:  3 5/8” diameter by 2 7/8” high.  The shape is oval rather than spherical and the pontil is unfinished.  
Condition:  Excellent condition with no damage found.  However this paperweight has execution flaws described above and some bubbles in the glass.
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee that this paperweight was made at Pairpoint Glass, possibly by Robbie Mason or one of his apprentices.

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Magnum Pairpoint White Crimp Rose Paperweight - unfinished
4285 Magnum Caithness 1977 Colin Terris Jubilee Moonflower Limited Edition Paperweightdated 1977.  This paperweight is one of  a group of four Caithness paperweights created to celebrate the silver jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in 1977.  The large spherical Caithness paperweight features a celebratory fountain design with four large bubbles and a center spray.  There are nine smaller bubbles at a lower level.  The design is set over a clear ground.  This paperweight is engraved "EiiR 1952 - 1977" and the number 501.  It is number 501 in a limited edition of 3,000 paperweights.  It also has a worn Caithness label "CG HAND MADE IN SCOTLAND" with writing in blue ink on it.  A beautiful design.

The JUBILEE MOONFLOWER design is listed and designated CT-70 on page 18 of the Charlton Standard Catalog of Caithness Paperweights.  It was designed in 1977 by Colin Terris.  It was released in a limited edition of 3,000 paperweights, all of which were made.  This design was one of four paperweights in the HM Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Collection. 

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.

Very large size:  Just under 3 3/16" diameter by 2 11/16" high.  The base is polished flat.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.  The label has writing on it. 
Signature:  This paperweight is engraved "EiiR 1952 - 1977" and the number 501.  Also has a worn Caithness label "CG HAND MADE IN SCOTLAND" with writing on it.

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$65 postage paid in the US.                                     Added 10/29/2021

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Magnum Caithness 1977 Colin Terris Jubilee Moonflower Limited Edition Paperweight
1691 Vintage Magnum Tom Mosser "BEULAH MENNEELY" Name Plaque Paperweight.   dated 1972.  This is a classic type of name plaque paperweight produced by Thomas Mosser at his Variety Glass Company in Cambridge Ohio.  The rectangular white enamel plaque with a decorative border of  holly leaves and berries and the name and date "BEULAH MENNEELY DECEMBER 1972" suggests that this was made as a holiday gift.  The name plate or plaque was decorated by Ray Bichard.  The plaque rests on a red frit ground with a second white ground below it.  A great example from this Cambridge Ohio maker.    

This style of name plaque paperweight was made by Tom Mosser and John Degenhart, both of Cambridge Ohio.  Degenhart added ice-pick flowers in the corners of the plaque.  Ray Bichard decorated paperweights for both factories using similar designs for each.

Thomas Mosser (born 1927) learned to work with glass at the Cambridge Glass Company where his father Orie Mosser was the plant manager.  When Cambridge Glass closed in 1954, Tom decided to continue in the glass business and formed Variety Glass with the support of several experienced glass workers from Cambridge.  The first couple of locations failed due to fires, but eventually a stable operation emerged and produced a variety of products, including glassware for the pharmaceutical industry, medical supplies, and also collectible molded items such as novelty salts, jam dishes, toothpick holders, ashtrays, and miniature boot and shoes.  Tom also made paperweights to order as well as fixed designs for Shrine and Masonic lodges.  Many of his paperweights used ceramic transfers of well known paintings by other artists.  For more information, you can read about the Tom Mosser in the book American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers by Jean Melvin (revised 1970).  The Mosser family continues to operate a glass business in Cambridge Ohio.

Ray Bichard decorated the name plates, scenes, and other designs for the Degenhart Factory and also Tom Mosser at Variety Glass, also in Cambridge. 

Magnum Size:  Just under 3 3/4" diameter by 3" high.  The bottom is polished flat. 
Condition:  Very good condition for its age.  Some scratches and scuffs on the side, but no chips or cracks.  This is a very large showy paperweight.   
Signature: Signed "M" for Mosser in the design.  The decoration of the plaque was done by Ray Bichard.  

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Vintage Magnum Tom Mosser "BEULAH MENNEELY" Name Plaque Paperweight
4304 Antique Clichy Millefiori Nosegay Paperweight 1845-1860.  circa 1845-1860.  This antique Clichy nosegay paperweight has an great setup with three nice Clichy complex pastry mold canes (purple, blue, and red & white) plus five well formed leaves and a stem.  It is well centered over a clear ground.  The red and white pastry mold cane is unusual with red on the tip of each lobe and white in between.  Each of the three pastry mold canes has a complex center.  This paperweight does have some flaws and is offered at a reduced price.  There are scratches on the surface, but no cracks or chips.  The paperweight could be restored if desired.  In addition, there are bubbles in the glass including one larger bubble.  And the purple pastry mold cane is deformed.  All in all, it is an interesting addition to any collection of antique paperweights. 

Clichy paperweights are highly sought after by collectors for their complex canes and brilliant colors.  Clichy paperweights with rose canes are especially desirable.  The Clichy factory was founded at Billancourt near Paris in 1837.  Shortly after that it moved to Clichy-la-Garenne, which gave the factory its best known name.  They stayed in operation until about the 1870s. 

Small size:  2 3/16” diameter by 1 1/2” high.  The base is ground concave.
Condition:  Good condition for its age.  There are scratches on the surface, but no cracks or chips.  It also has maker's flaws.  There are bubbles in the glass including one larger bubble.  And the purple pastry mold cane is deformed. 
Signature:   Unsigned but I guarantee this to be an authentic antique Clichy paperweight. 

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Antique Clichy Millefiori Nosegay Paperweight 1845-1860
4290 David Salazar Monarch Butterfly with Pink Blossoms Paperweight.  dated 1994.  This paperweight features a wonderful Monarch butterfly hovering over two pink blossoms and green leaves.  The design is set on a swirling translucent white ground.  It is signed and dated on the fire finished base "D. P. Salazar 1994", although the signature is difficult to read.  A wonderful composition.

David P. Salazar was born in Del Rio, Texas.  His fascination with glass started in college, when he began making scientific glassware.  In 1972, he started working as an apprentice at Lundberg Studios, and quickly moved into the more creative aspects of designing and torchwork.  After 10 years in the studio environment, he decided to strike out on his own in order to develop new designs and techniques.  Initially he rented space from Zephyr Studios in Santa Cruz, California, staying there from 1982 to 1985.  When Zephyr went out of business, Salazar took over the building and started his own studio.

Size:   2 7/16" diameter by 2 1/4" high.  The base is fire finished. 
Signature:  Signed and dated on the fire finished base "D. P. Salazar 1994", although the signature is difficult to read.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips or scratches found on inspection.

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David Salazar Monarch Butterfly with Pink Blossoms Paperweight
4318 Rare Lewis and Jennifer Wilson Crystal Myths Meadow Scene Paperweight with Coral Snake, Frog, and Yellow Flower.  dated 2005.  This paperweight has a red, yellow, and black banded coral snake moving through a green meadow with a green frog watching cautiously.  There is a mysterious three dimensional five petal yellow flower with a yellow bud and leg like and toe like appendages that is suggestive (to me) of a mystical flower headed lizard - but that is probably just my imagination.  Exactly the type of sculptures that Lewis Wilson and his daughter Jennifer often create at Crystal Myths.  The ground has the appearance of a meadow floor with some rocks and pebbles.  It is signed on the side near the base "L J W 05".  A fantastic collaborative paperweight from these skilled artists.  

Lewis Calvin Wilson is a self-taught artist who started working with glass in 1972.  In October 1973, he worked briefly with Miguel Bonilla at Walt Disney World in Orlando.  Crystal Myths, Inc. was established in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1974.  Lewis is best known for his fantastic glass sculptures, which he continues to make.  His repertoire now includes beads, marbles, and some paperweights.  He now works with his daughter Jennifer Wilson on the miniature encasements like this paperweight.  Together they also teach lampworking and have produced a number of books and videos on lampworking. 

Large Size:  2 5/16" diameter by 1 15/16" high.  The bottom is polished flat.  
Signature:  Signed near the base "L J W 05".
Condition:  Very good to excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.  There is one rough area about 5/16" across near the base that was left unpolished or touched something before it cooled down. 

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Rare Lewis and Jennifer Wilson Crystal Myths Meadow Scene Paperweight with Coral Snake, Frog, and Yellow Flower
1435 Antique St. Mandé Miniature Millefiori Scramble Paperweight.  circa 1841-1857.  This is an antique St. Mandé millefiori scramble or end of day paperweight.  There are many different and interesting millefiori canes in this paperweight, including the dark red and white rose considered unique to St. Mandé.  The glass has a very slight grayish tint and, some bubbles, and also some black debris in it.  Good condition for its age.  There are two small circular impact marks.  One is small (1/8") and on the dome (see picture).  The other is low on the side and much smaller.  There is also considerable wear on the base and on the sides near the base and some scratches on the dome.  There is sufficient glass and it could be restored.  A rare example for the advanced collector.

Very little is known about the St. Mandé factory.  This was a small one pot glass factory in the village of St. Mandé, France.  Operated by Joseph Nocus, the factory was in operation from 1841 to 1857.  During that period the factory won several awards and mentions in trade journals.  When signed, the weights have an StM signature cane.  Paul Hollister incorrectly referred to the factory as St. Maude in his Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights, but George Kulles persisted and eventually identified the correct name in 1991.  There is a section on St. Mandé  in the Kulles book Identifying Antique Paperweights - The Less Familiar.  Since then additional documentation and evidence has been uncovered.  There have also been several articles on St. Mandé in the PCA Annual Bulletins, notably in 1991, 1999, and newer issues.  Originally it was estimated that only a few hundred St. Mandé paperweights exist, but in recent years many more have been correctly identified.

Size:  Just under 2 1/16" diameter by just under 1 5/16" high.  The base is ground concave. 
Condition:  Good condition for its age.  There are two small circular impact marks.  One is small (1/8") and on the dome (see picture).  The other is low on the side and much smaller.  There is also considerable wear on the base and on the sides near the base and some scratches on the dome.  There is sufficient glass and it could be restored.  The glass has a very slight grayish tint and, some bubbles, and also some black debris in it.
Signature:  Unsigned, but  I guarantee this to be an authentic antique paperweight from St. Mandé.  I have consulted with other experts and most agree with this attribution.  One collector felt it might be something rarer. 

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Antique St. Mandé Miniature Millefiori Scramble Paperweight
4303 Peter Raos Magnum Pacific Series Blue Starfish Paperweight.  Dated 2001.  This paperweight features a naturalistic interpretation of a New Zealand Pacific reef with a a blue starfish and a variety of coral and sea life.  It was made by Peter Raos in New Zealand and is part of his Pacific Series of paperweights.  Peter calls this shape a flat domed paperweight.  According to Raos, the design was was inspired by a visit to the Sydney aquarium in the early 1980's.  During the visit he saw a coral tank with colorful corals and starfish. It is signed on the side near the base "Raos 2001 NZ".  This is a hard to find item.  A wonderful paperweight.

Peter Raos works as a glass artist in Devonport, New Zealand since starting his studio in 1979.  He is a graduate of the University of Auckland Elam School of Fine Arts and Design.

Large size:  It has a flat profile and is just over 3 3/4” diameter by 2" tall. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks or scratches. 
Signature:  Signed near the base with a engraved signature "Peter Raos 2001 NZ".

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Peter Raos Magnum Pacific Series Blue Starfish Paperweight
2620 Fantastic Miniature Cape Cod Glass Works Bill Burchfield Crown Paperweight.   circa 1997.  This is an amazing tiny crown paperweight with one of Bill Burchfield's large rose canes on the top.  The design has twenty one twist canes.  It appears that Burchfield chose to alternate each white twist cane with two blue and red twist canes, with a total of seven white twist canes and fourteen blue and red twist canes.  The paperweight is crowned with a rose cane that was used only in 1997.  A rare miniature from this talented artist.

The rose cane used to top this paperweight is designated as Bill Burchfield-25 in Andrew Dohan's DICTIONARY OF PAPERWEIGHT SIGNATURE CANES (CD Version 2007).

Crown weights are considered by some to be the most exciting of all millefiori designs.  They are extremely difficult to make.  

The Cape Cod Glass Works was operated by William Clark Burchfield in Sagamore, Massachusetts from 1976 to 2000.  It then continued briefly in Crossville, Tennessee until 2001.  Bill Burchfield died in 2012.  Bill's son Mark was also at the glass works until 1998.  Bill started making paperweights at Pairpoint Glass in 1970.

Size:  Just under 1 13/16” diameter by 1 1/4” high.  The base is ground concave.   
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection. 
Signature:  This paperweight is signed on top with the rose signature cane used in 1997.    

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Fantastic Miniature Cape Cod Glass Works Bill Burchfield Crown Paperweight
469 Chinese Cube Shaped Single Crown Aquarium Paperweight.   circa 1940 or later.  This paperweight features a miniature crown paperweight inside a nearly cube shaped paperweight.  It is a uniquely Chinese invention.  It is intended to be placed  in an aquarium along with the rocks and plants.  The inner crown paperweight has an orange six petal flower on top of a sphere made from white filigree.  The flower has a yellow millefiori center.  The edges are beveled.  Novelty items like this started appearing in the US in the 1930s and some were sold at the 1939 World's Fair but I believe this is a later example because the glass is better quality.  A fun collectible.

Chinese Paperweights were made in the late 1920s and throughout the 1930s as an attempt to duplicate 19th Century antique weights made in the United States and France.  Because they are almost 100 years old, they are very collectible and every collector should own a few of these as study pieces.  The history of the early Chinese paperweights is mostly anecdotal as no written records have been discovered.  The story is that an American dealer sent examples of paperweights made by the New England Glass Company (NEGC), Boston &Sandwich Glass Company (B&S), Millville makers, and French factories to a Chinese factory and requested copies be made.  The results are interesting and sometimes confused with the originals by inexperienced collectors.  The earliest pictures of these paperweights appeared in the book American Glass Paperweights by Francis Edgar Smith published in 1939.  Smith was aware that at least one of the paperweights shown in his book was Chinese.  Since Smith was not an expert collector, this indicates that there was some general knowledge that these were Chinese prior to 1939.

In the United States, the Tariff Act of 1930 required that every imported item must be conspicuously and indelibly marked in English with its country of origin.  As a result, many of these Chinese paperweights are scratch signed on the bottom "CHINA".  Many are also not signed, suggesting that either they were imported prior to 1930 or the importer ignored the requirement.  Most likely the earliest Chinese paperweights were made prior to 1930.

The Chinese makers often combined design features found in paperweights from different makers.  For example they copied the latticinio grounds used by New England Glass Company and used them with copies of Baccarat Pansy weights.  The original Baccarat pansy paperweights never had a latticinio ground.  They copied the pedestal rose from Millville and then used the pedestal bottom with other weights. It is fun to collect all the variations. 

In general, Chinese paperweights from the 1930s have a light weight glass mixture that is high in soda and has a greenish tinge. The glass also has a soft almost oily feel. Frequently they have bubbles or debris in the glass.  And because of their age, many of these have minor scratches or other surface defects.  Chinese paperweights made in the 1970s and later usually have better quality glass and are free of debris. 

Size:  1 1/4" by 1 1/4" by 1 7/16" high.  The edges are beveled.  The base has been polished flat but still has some voids.
Signature: Unsigned, but I guarantee this is a Chinese paperweight, made in the 1940s or later.  
Condition:  Very good condition.  Very little wear for its age.  The base has a couple of voids, but I believe that is how it was made and not damage.  The quality of the glass is relatively good when compared to earlier Chinese aquarium paperweights.    

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Chinese Cube Shaped Single Crown Aquarium Paperweight
3020 William Manson 1980 Yellow Spotted Green Aventurine Salamander Limited Edition Paperweightdated 1980.  This  a William Manson yellow-spotted green aventurine salamander moving among scattered white rocks on a brown and yellow sandy surface.  The design is placed over an almost opaque amethyst ground.  It was issued as a limited edition of 150 paperweights and is engraved on the base "94/150" and also has a "wm 80" signature / date cane on the base.  This paperweight was made at William Manson's small home studio during a period that he was employed on and off by Caithness.  A brilliant design.

William Manson, Snr. started his glass working career at Caithness Glass at the age of 15 in the 1960s.  He apprenticed with Paul Ysart.  Manson left Caithness in 1971 to work at Ysart's Harland Glass and rejoined Caithness several years later in 1974.  He was at Caithness on and off between 1974 and 1997.  During this period he also had a small studio at home.  In 1997 he left for good to form his own studio William Manson Paperweights.  After Perthshire closed in January 2002, William Manson Sr. started Phoenix Paperweights to engage three workers from Perthshire.  They only lasted a year and issued paperweights in 2002 and 2003 before closing in August 2003.  Phoenix operated in the Manson works in Perth, Scotland.  For a brief period (2004-2006), William Manson, Sr. made collaborative paperweights with John Deacons.  His son, William David Manson, assisted him starting in 1992, taking it up as a career in 1996 (age 18) and continued until the market cooled in 2003-2004. He is now in the process of setting up his own studio (in 2021).

Size:  Just over 2 7/8" diameter by 2" high.  The base is ground flat. 
Condition:  Very good to excellent condition.  I found one small (less than 3/16") very faint scratch on the side.  No cracks, chips, or other scratches found on inspection.  
Signature:  It is signed on the base with a "wm 80" signature / date cane.  It also has the edition number and edition size engraved on the base "94/150".

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SOLD.                                                                    Added 9/5/2021

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William Manson  1980 Yellow Spotted Green Aventurine Salamander Limited Edition Paperweight
4805 Perthshire Annual Collection 1989F Limited Edition Cherries Faceted Paperweight.  circa 1989.  This paperweight features five cherries with green leaves and stems on a clear ground.  The all over honeycomb faceting makes it appear as if there are many more cherries than just five.  It has a grid cut base and is engraved with a "P" signature on a facet near the base.  This design was made in a 1989 limited edition of 300 paperweights of which only 154 were made.  A nice crisp design with many reflections.

Perthshire made this paperweight as one of their Annual Collection designs for 1989.  This means the design was made only that one year and never again.  There were seven Annual Collection designs in 1989, designated A through G.  This design is designated 1989F.  The annual collection paperweights are the most desirable of the Perthshire line, with the exception of one of one items.

Perthshire was a small company in Crieff, Scotland that was devoted to the creation of quality glass paperweights. They stopped production in January 2002 after more than 30 years of production. Their paperweights were consistently high in quality and yet remained reasonable in price.

The birth of Scottish paperweight making is credited to the glass making family of Salvador Ysart, who moved to Crieff, Scotland in 1922. They worked first at John Moncrieff Ltd and made the earliest Scottish paperweights during that period. In 1946 Salvadore and his sons Augustine and Vincent founded Ysart Brothers Glass and produced glass wares under the Vasart label. Salvador Ysart died in 1955 The company name was later changed to Vasart Glass. Stuart Drysdale was hired manage the business side of the enterprise in 1960. The company evolved into a new company Strathearn owned by Teachers Whiskey. In 1967 Drysdale was sent a magazine article on antique paperweights (Woman's Day, July 1965). The inspired him to try to produce weights comparable to the French antiques. With this goal in mind, he and several of the glass workers left Strathearn to found Perthshire in 1968.

Large size:  2 7/16" diameter by 1 1/2" high.  The base is fire finished and engraved with the letter "P".  The paperweight is faceted with one large top facet and five side facets.
Signature:  This paperweight is signed with an engraved "P" on the base.  It does not have a paper label.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches.

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Grid cut on base
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Signature on facet near base
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Another view
$395 postage paid in the US.                                               Added 9/4/2021

For more information about Perthshire Paperweights, see my Perthshire Web Page.

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Perthshire Annual Collection 1989F Limited Edition Cherries Faceted Paperweight
4276 Stuart Abelman Iridescent Floral Paperweight.  dated 1997.  This amazing paperweight has an iridescent surface decorated with a large blue and white five petal flower and a stylized leafy stem.  The ground is translucent.  What makes this paperweight especially magical is the way the glass changes color as it reflects light.  The frosted ground also changes to a clear ground as it blends towards the base.  It is signed on the base "Abelman 1997 GFL29".  There is a tool mark on the side resembling stitches, but this is inside the glass and is not damage.  It is absolutely spectacular.

Note on colors:  This was a difficult paperweight to photograph because of the strong iridescence.  The color of the glass would gradually change as the angle of illumination or the angle of view changed.  

Stuart Abelman studied glass at Carnegie Mellon University and in the Master of Fine Arts program at UCLA (California).  He taught a developed a flat glass program for El Camino College and in 1977 opened his Abelman Glass Studio in Van Nuys, CA.  He worked with a number of other glass artists in developing his style.

Size:  2 9/16" diameter by 2 3/8" high.  The base is ground flat. 
Signature:    Signed "Abelman 1997 GFL29" on the base.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.  There is a tool mark on the side resembling stitches, but this is inside the glass and is a flaw in the making and not damage. 

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Signature
Tool mark on side - not damage
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Back side (also showing leafy stem)
Base
SOLD.                                                               Added 9/3/3021   

For more paperweights by contemporary American paperweight makers, see my Contemporary American Paperweights Web Page.

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Stuart Abelman Iridescent Floral Paperweight
4889 Perthshire Annual Collection 2000A Limited Edition Bouquet in Basket Paperweight.  circa 2000.  This paperweight features a bouquet of two amber flowers, two pink buds, and green leaves inside a pristine double basket of millefiori canes.  The inner basket consists of dark blue millefiori canes.  The outer basket consists of alternating pink and green millefiori canes.  The paperweight is faceted with a large top facet and five side facets.  It is signed with an engraved "P" in the center of the base.  This design was made in a limited edition of 250 paperweights only in 2000.  A nice crisp design with great color.

Perthshire made this paperweight as one of their Annual Collection designs for 2000.  This means the design was made only that one year and never again.  There were eight Annual Collection designs in 2000, designated A through G plus a Special Limited Edition which had no letter designation.  This design is designated 2000A.  The annual collection paperweights are the most desirable of the Perthshire line, with the exception of one of one items.

Perthshire was a small company in Crieff, Scotland that was devoted to the creation of quality glass paperweights. They stopped production in January 2002 after more than 30 years of production. Their paperweights were consistently high in quality and yet remained reasonable in price.

The birth of Scottish paperweight making is credited to the glass making family of Salvador Ysart, who moved to Crieff, Scotland in 1922. They worked first at John Moncrieff Ltd and made the earliest Scottish paperweights during that period. In 1946 Salvadore and his sons Augustine and Vincent founded Ysart Brothers Glass and produced glass wares under the Vasart label. Salvador Ysart died in 1955 The company name was later changed to Vasart Glass. Stuart Drysdale was hired manage the business side of the enterprise in 1960. The company evolved into a new company Strathearn owned by Teachers Whiskey. In 1967 Drysdale was sent a magazine article on antique paperweights (Woman's Day, July 1965). The inspired him to try to produce weights comparable to the French antiques. With this goal in mind, he and several of the glass workers left Strathearn to found Perthshire in 1968.

Large size:  2 7/16" diameter by 1 1/2" high.  The base is fire finished and engraved with the letter "P".  The paperweight is faceted with one large top facet and five side facets.
Signature:  This paperweight is signed with an engraved "P" on the base.  It does not have a paper label.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches.

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

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SOLD.                                               Added 9/1/2021

For more information about Perthshire Paperweights, see my Perthshire Web Page.

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Perthshire Annual Collection 2000A Limited Edition Bouquet in Basket Paperweight
1693 Rare Chinese Scramble Paperweight with "MADE IN CHINA" Signature Canes.  circa 1930.  An entertaining addition from China.  Since this style was intended to be a copy of a French scramble or end of day weight from 1845-1860 (probably St. Louis or Clichy), it leaves you wondering why they chose to add the "MADE IN CHINA" canes at the bottom.  Perhaps it was a response to the US customs requirement that goods be marked with the country of origin in English starting about 1930.  Some importers complied by scratch signing the word CHINA on the bottom.  In any event, this is a rare and welcome addition to any collection of Chinese paperweights.  As with most Chinese paperweights, this paperweight has a light weight glass mixture that is high in soda and has a greenish tinge. The glass has a soft oily feel and there are some light scratches.  This example is especially colorful with a nice variety of twist cans and millefiori slices.

Special thanks to another collector who pointed out that the words are actually word canes rather than painted plaques.  The lettering goes all the way through the white background from top to bottom.  You can see the letters in reverse from the bottom.  This is in contrast to a painted plaque where the letters would be visible on only the top surface.

Chinese Paperweights were made in the late 1920s and throughout the 1930s as an attempt to duplicate 19th Century antique weights made in the United States and France.  Because they are almost 100 years old, they are very collectible and every collector should own a few of these as study pieces.  The history of the early Chinese paperweights is mostly anecdotal as no written records have been discovered.  The story is that an American dealer sent examples of paperweights made by the New England Glass Company (NEGC), Boston & Sandwich Glass Company (B&S), Millville makers, and French factories to a Chinese factory and requested copies be made.  The results are interesting and sometimes confused with the originals by inexperienced collectors.  The earliest pictures of these paperweights appeared in the book American Glass Paperweights by Francis Edgar Smith published in 1939.  Smith was aware that at least one of the paperweights shown in his book was Chinese.  Since Smith was not an expert collector, this indicates that there was some general knowledge that these were Chinese prior to 1939.

In the United States, the Tariff Act of 1930 required that every imported item must be conspicuously and indelibly marked in English with its country of origin.  As a result, many of these Chinese paperweights are scratch signed on the bottom "CHINA".  Many are also not signed, suggesting that either they were imported prior to 1930 or the importer ignored the requirement.  Most likely the earliest Chinese paperweights were made prior to 1930.

The Chinese makers often combined design features found in paperweights from different makers.  For example they copied the latticinio grounds used by New England Glass Company and used them with copies of Baccarat Pansy weights.  The original Baccarat pansy paperweights never had a latticinio ground.  They copied the pedestal rose from Millville and then used the pedestal bottom with other weights. It is fun to collect all the variations. 

In general, Chinese paperweights from the 1930s have a light weight glass mixture that is high in soda and has a greenish tinge. The glass also has a soft almost oily feel. Frequently they have bubbles or debris in the glass.  And because of their age, many of these have minor scratches or other surface defects.  Chinese paperweights made in the 1970s and later usually have better quality glass and are free of debris. 

Small Size:   Just over 2 1/16” diameter by just over 1 1/16"  high.  The base is fire finished flat. 
Signature:  Signed "MADE IN CHINA" on three white signature canes in the design. 
Condition:  Very good condition for Chinese paperweights from this period.  Some light scratches, but no chips or cracks found on inspection.  The glass has a soft oily feel.  There are some bubbles in the glass.

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$125 postage paid in the US.                                  Added 8/30/2021

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Rare Chinese Scramble Paperweight with "MADE IN CHINA" Signature Canes
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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$295 postage paid in the US.                                           Added 8/29/2021

For more information about Whitefriars and other paperweights from England,see my English Paperweights Web Page.

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Large Whitefriars Faceted Six Ring Red White & Blue Concentric Millefiori Paperweight
5382 Antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) Blown Glass Pear Paperweight - Good Condition.  circa 1860.  This is a wonderful antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) life-size blown pear placed on a round clear glass cookie.  The pear is hollow.  It is complete with blossom end up in the air and an intact stem resting on the clear cookie.  The coloration shades from a light red to a yellow-green.  Unlike most examples of this type, there is no crackling of the surface.  The paperweight displays beautifully with the sides or stem end displayed.  Please read the note below about condition.  If you don't already have one in your collection, this is a chance to acquire a NEGC blown pair at a bargain price.

Note on condition:  Unfortunately there is an area near the blossom end that has a loss of surface color and a strange white stripe where no color was applied.  There is some chipping near the blossom end.  And there is also a tiny nick in the area of deep red where some color is lost.  Finally, there is a fracture at the bottom of the pear visible only through the base. 

The most common NEGC blown fruit are apples and pears, although some collectors have seen other fruits.  It is not unusual to find pieces of these fruit in scramble paperweights, mixed in with millefiori and twist canes.  The shading of the colors on the exterior often leads to crackling and this flaw is found in varying degrees in many blown fruit paperweights.  Normally a NEGC hollow blown pear paperweight would be a $800 to $1,000 paperweight but this one is offered at a considerably reduced price to compensate for the flaws in condition.   

The New England Glass Company (NEGC) operated in Cambridge, Massachusetts from 1818 to 1888.  You can read about paperweights from the New England Glass Company in the book by John Hawley.  The Art of the Paperweight  - The Boston & Sandwich and New England Glass Companies covers both B&S and NEGC or the newer book by John Hawley devoted just to NEGC, The Art of the Paperweight - The New England Glass Company.  

Size:  The pear itself is 2 1/2” diameter by 3 1/4” long.  Overall dimensions are 3 7/16" diameter by 2 9/16" high. 
Signature:  This paperweight is not signed, but I guarantee it to be an authentic antique New England Glass Company blown glass pear paperweight. 
Condition:  Good condition.  While there is no crackling, unfortunately there is an area near the blossom end that has a loss of surface color and a strange white stripe where no color was applied.  There is some chipping near the blossom end.  And there is also a tiny nick in the area of deep red where some color is lost.  Finally, there is a fracture at the bottom of the pear visible only through the base.   

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Loss of color and stripe near blossom end
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Stem end
Another view of blossom end
Fracture on base of pear visible through clear cookie
Another base view
$325 postage paid in the US.                                        Added 8/28/2021

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Antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) Blown Glass Pear Paperweight - Good Condition
2270 German or Bohemian Souvenir Paperweight with Ruby Stain Engraved Scene of Münster in Freiburg.   circa 1840-1910.  This is a large footed paperweight with an engraved image of the cathedral of Freiburg im Breisgau in southwest Germany.  There are initials after the title which I assume are those of the engraver. The engraving is done from the bottom which has a ruby stain.  The paperweight has a footed or pedestal base.  

The techniques used in this type of paperweight are attributed to the pioneering work with colored stains (sometimes incorrectly called flash overlays) by Friedrich Egermann (1774-1864) in North Bohemia.  Egermann discovered methods of applying metallic salts to glass to produce a colored stain.  Silver salts would produce a yellow stain, copper salts would produce a ruby stain, etc.  The application of this colored layer enabled many Bohemian (and also European) glass factories to engrave a variety of images as souvenirs of the prominent buildings and spas throughout Europe.  The style became known as spa paperweights.  Although the technique was enabled by Egermann's discoveries, it is not possible to attribute this paperweight to a specific factory, engraver, or country.  There is an excellent article this subject with many examples in the 2016 Annual Bulletin of the Paperweight Collectors Association "19th Century Engraved Bohemian Paperweights: Spas and Other Local Views" by Jim and Nancy Barton. 

Bohemian Glass
generally refers to the glass made in the regions that form the border area between the Czech Republic, Poland, and Germany.  Most of these areas are now parts of the western Czech Republic.
 
  

Size:  3 7/8" diameter by approximately 1 3/8" high. The foot has a diameter of 3 1/2".    
Condition: Very good condition for its age.  It has considerable wear on the base and some scratches.  There is some stray red color inside the glass.
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this is an antique paperweight from Bohemia or Germany.  

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$135 postage paid in the US.                                                                               Added 8/27/2021

For more information about Bohemian paperweights, see my Bohemian Paperweights Web Page .                 (dl-boh-ant)

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German or Bohemian Souvenir Paperweight with Ruby Stain Engraved Scene of Münster in Freiburg
2528 Antique Belgian or Bohemian Doorknob with Miniature Concentric Millefiori Paperweight Handle.   circa 1880-1910.  This is a wonderful antique doorknob with a concentric millefiori paperweight handle.  The handle has bright colors on a clear ground.  It has two concentric circles of canes around a complex center cane.  The outer ring alternates between larger complex blue and white canes and simpler red and white canes.  One red cane is missing.  The inner ring consists of six large identical white, pink, and yellow complex canes.  There is a complex green, pink, and yellow center cane.  The maker of this paperweight is unknown.  It has similarities to a group of paperweights believed to have originated at an unidentified glass factory in Belgium, Northern Europe, or even Bohemia.  The hardware portion is in good condition with a fixed spindle.  The design is well centered and a wonder to study. 

This paperweight has a strong similarity to a group of paperweights and doorknobs that are believed to have originated at an unidentified glass factory in Belgium or Northern EuropeBohemian Glass generally refers to the glass made in the regions that form the border area between the Czech Republic, Poland, and Germany.  Most of these areas are now parts of the western Czech Republic.   

Size:  The knob is 1 13/16" diameter by 2 3/16" long including the brass hardware, but not the spindle.  With the spindle, it is 4 13/16" long.   
Condition: Very good condition for its age.  The paperweight knob has a few scratches, but no cracks or chips.
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this is an antique paperweight doorknob from Bohemia or Belgium or Northern Europe.  

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$235 postage paid in the US.                                                                               Added 8/26/2021

For more information about Bohemian paperweights, see my Bohemian Paperweights Web Page .                 (dl-boh-ant)

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Antique Belgian or Bohemian Doorknob with Miniature Concentric Millefiori Paperweight Handle
4748 Miniature 1930s Chinese Millefiori Brushholder Paperweight - Aladdin's Lamp Shape.  c.1930-1940.  This is another uniquely Chinese invention, although one that adopted the use of millefiori found in paperweights from other countries.  This has also been described as a chopstick holder.  Novelty items like this started appearing in the US in the 1930s and some were sold at the 1939 World's Fair. I call this shape the Aladdin's lamp shape.  A fun collectible.

Chinese Paperweights were made in the late 1920s and throughout the 1930s as an attempt to duplicate 19th Century antique weights made in the United States and France.  Because they are almost 100 years old, they are very collectible and every collector should own a few of these as study pieces.  The history of the early Chinese paperweights is mostly anecdotal as no written records have been discovered.  The story is that an American dealer sent examples of paperweights made by the New England Glass Company (NEGC), Boston &Sandwich Glass Company (B&S), Millville makers, and French factories to a Chinese factory and requested copies be made.  The results are interesting and sometimes confused with the originals by inexperienced collectors.  The earliest pictures of these paperweights appeared in the book American Glass Paperweights by Francis Edgar Smith published in 1939.  Smith was aware that at least one of the paperweights shown in his book was Chinese.  Since Smith was not an expert collector, this indicates that there was some general knowledge that these were Chinese prior to 1939.

In the United States, the Tariff Act of 1930 required that every imported item must be conspicuously and indelibly marked in English with its country of origin.  As a result, many of these Chinese paperweights are scratch signed on the bottom "CHINA".  Many are also not signed, suggesting that either they were imported prior to 1930 or the importer ignored the requirement.  Most likely the earliest Chinese paperweights were made prior to 1930.

The Chinese makers often combined design features found in paperweights from different makers.  For example they copied the latticinio grounds used by New England Glass Company and used them with copies of Baccarat Pansy weights.  The original Baccarat pansy paperweights never had a latticinio ground.  They copied the pedestal rose from Millville and then used the pedestal bottom with other weights. It is fun to collect all the variations. 

In general, Chinese paperweights from this period have a light weight glass mixture that is high in soda and has a greenish tinge. The glass also has a soft almost oily feel. Frequently they have bubbles or debris in the glass.  And because of their age, many of these have minor scratches or other surface defects.

Size:  2 1/2” long by 1 1/2" tall by 1 7/16" deep.  The base is ground flat.
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee that this is an authentic 1930s Chinese paperweight. 
Condition:  Very good condition with no cracks or chips.  Some very minor surface scratches.  There are striations in the glass.  As is typical of Chinese paperweights from this period, the glass has a slightly green tint and has some tiny bubbles and debris in it.

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

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Other side
Base
$35 postage paid in the US.                                                       Added 8/20/2021

For more paperweights from China, see my Chinese Paperweights Web Page.

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Miniature 1930s Chinese Millefiori Brushholder Paperweight - Aladdin's Lamp Shape
5349 Francis Whittemore Pink Cyclamen Flower with Leaves and Bud Paperweight.  circa 1969.  This paperweight features a pink cyclamen flower and bud with two green leaves and stems.  Signed on the back of a leaf with an early Whittemore signature cane.  The cane has a black "W" on a yellow background.  The design is placed on a translucent green ground.  There is an edition number "53" engraved on the base, but I was unable to determine the edition size.  A beautiful example.

This paperweight is shown in the Leo Kaplan Ltd. catalog on the 9/85 insert.  M210 is described as a "Pink cyclamen on translucent green ground $400".

Note:  The highly reflective surface and high dome made this a difficult paperweight to photograph.  There are extra shadows and objects in the pictures that are not in the paperweight.

Francis Dyer Whittemore, Jr. is considered one of the pioneers of the modern paperweight renaissance.  He started working in glass in 1938, but did not start making paperweights until 1962.   His studio was in Lansdale, Pennsylvania.  Like many other early glass artists, Francis started his career as a scientific glass blower and then later taught glass as an instructor.  For five years, he spent one month a year consulting at Baccarat to help them refine their lampwork paperweight art.  Some sources have this consulting work from 1971 to 1976.  Other sources have it starting later.  Most of his paperweights are miniature to medium in size.  You can read about Francis Whittemore in the book American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers by Jean Melvin (1970).

Size:  Just under 2 7/16" diameter by 2" high. The bottom is ground flat.  The edition number "53" is engraved on the base. 
Signature:  Signed on the back of a leaf with an early Whittemore signature cane.  The cane has a black "W" on a yellow background.  This signature cane was used until about 1970.   
Condition:  Very good condition.  I found two tiny faint circular impact marks on the side (see picture).  Each was less than 1/16" across.  No chips, cracks, or scratches were found on inspection.

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Base with engraved "53"
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Another view of base showing signature cane
Faint tiny impact marks - each < 1/16"
View through the base
$295 postage paid in the US.                                            Added 8/19/2021

For more paperweights by contemporary American paperweight makers, see my Contemporary American Paperweights Web Page.     (dl-ca-va)

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Francis Whittemore Pink Cyclamen Flower with Leaves and Bud Paperweight
1472 Unusual Miniature Chinese Mosaic Millefiori Paperweight with Rose Cane.  circa 1950-70.  Unusual Chinese millefiori with mosaic canes.  There are red and yellow star canes surrounded by leaf canes and a single rose cane.  I have no idea what the pattern is supposed to represent.  Very little is known about this style.  Other examples have a butterfly pattern and some have Chinese writing in the design.  The style is believed to be from 1950-1970. 

Chinese Paperweights were made in the late 1920s and throughout the 1930s as an attempt to duplicate 19th Century antique weights made in the United States and France.  Because they are almost 100 years old, they are very collectible and every collector should own a few of these as study pieces.  The history of the early Chinese paperweights is mostly anecdotal as no written records have been discovered.  The story is that an American dealer sent examples of paperweights made by the New England Glass Company (NEGC), Boston & Sandwich Glass Company (B&S), Millville makers, and French factories to a Chinese factory and requested copies be made.  The results are interesting and sometimes confused with the originals by inexperienced collectors.  The earliest pictures of these paperweights appeared in the book American Glass Paperweights by Francis Edgar Smith published in 1939.  Smith was aware that at least one of the paperweights shown in his book was Chinese.  Since Smith was not an expert collector, this indicates that there was some general knowledge that these were Chinese prior to 1939.

In the United States, the Tariff Act of 1930 required that every imported item must be conspicuously and indelibly marked in English with its country of origin.  As a result, many of these Chinese paperweights are scratch signed on the bottom "CHINA".  Many are also not signed, suggesting that either they were imported prior to 1930 or the importer ignored the requirement.  Most likely the earliest Chinese paperweights were made prior to 1930.

The Chinese makers often combined design features found in paperweights from different makers.  For example they copied the latticinio grounds used by New England Glass Company and used them with copies of Baccarat Pansy weights.  The original Baccarat pansy paperweights never had a latticinio ground.  They copied the pedestal rose from Millville and then used the pedestal bottom with other weights.  It is fun to collect all the variations. 

In general, Chinese paperweights from the earliest period (1930-1950) have a light weight glass mixture that is high in soda and has a greenish tinge. The glass also has a soft almost oily feel. Frequently they have bubbles or debris in the glass.  And because of their age, many of these have minor scratches or other surface defects.  This paperweight has a slightly better glass, but it is not crystal clear like modern paperweights.

Miniature Size:   1 13/16" diameter by 1 1/2" high. The bottom is ground flat.
Signature:   Unsigned but I guarantee that this is from China 1970 or earlier. 
Condition:  Good condition with no chips or cracks.  Some minor surface scratches.  The glass is poor quality and has striations and bubbles in it. 

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$39 postage paid in the US.                                  Added 8/17/2021 

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Unusual Chinese Mosaic Millefiori Paperweight with Rose Cane
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.

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$295 postage paid in the US.                                                                Added 8/15/2021

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St. Louis 1953 Queen Elizabeth II  Coronation Sulphide Paperweight on Rare Rose Petal Ground
4850 Magnum Baccarat 1975 Gridel Series Pheasant Concentric Millefiori Limited Edition Paperweight.  dated 1975.  This modern three ring concentric millefiori paperweight features a large white pheasant silhouette on a black background in the center.  This large center cane is surrounded by a circle of yellow millefiori canes.  The middle ring of canes has seventeen small Gridel canes plus a Baccarat "B 1975" signature / date cane.  The pheasant Gridel appears only in the center, not in the middle ring.  The design is set on a transparent blue ground.  In addition to the Baccarat signature / date cane, this paperweight has an acid etched Baccarat mark on the base along with the engraved year (1975) and engraved edition number (46).  This is a nice balanced design.  A beautiful addition to any collection of Baccarat paperweights.

This design was released in 1975 in a limited edition of 350 pieces.  This is number 46 in that series.  There is a signature / date cane "B 1975" shown in the pictures.  The base has an acid etched Baccarat logo plus it is engraved with the year (1975) and the edition number (46). 

In 1846 Baccarat introduced the popular Gridel figures in their closepack millefiori paperweights.  It was named after Emil Gridel, the nephew of Jean-Baptiste Toussaint the general manager of Baccarat.  Toussaint saw Gridel making paper cutouts of animals and saw an opportunity to incorporate these silhouettes in millefiori paperweights.   From 1971 to 1979 Baccarat issued a modern Gridel series of millefiori paperweights based on eighteen Gridel figures.  Each paperweight has a large Gridel figure in the center with smaller versions of the other figures included in the design.  There are variations in orientation and color as well as the types of canes in each design and it is possible to amass a very large collection covering just this series.

Baccarat was founded in 1776 in Alsace-Lorraine with the name of Verrerie de Sainte Anne.  The original location was near the town of Baccarat.  Today the firm is known as Compagnie des Cristalleries de Baccarat.  Most collectors refer to three periods of Baccarat paperweight production.

  • 1845-1860 - Classic period
  • 1920-1934 - Dupont period
  • 1953-2002 - Modern period
This classification is definitely an over simplification.  The best millefiori and lampwork paperweights were made during the classic period (1845-1860).   Baccarat continued to make paperweights after the classic period, but little is known about the extent of the product line or who made the paperweights.  What is known is that by 1910, the offering in the catalog had dwindled to pansy paperweights, simple open concentric paperweights, and rock paperweights.  Popular lore attributes 1920-1934 Baccarat paperweights to a Mr. Dupont, who supposedly was the last worker at Baccarat to know the secrets of paperweight making.  These paperweights were sold at a Baccarat retail shop in Paris. No collector or scholar ever met Mr. Dupont although at least one visited the Baccarat factory and asked to meet with him.  The weights stopped appearing in the shop in 1934.

In 1952, Paul Jokelson approached Baccarat with the idea of making sulphide paperweights again.  In 1953 Baccarat resumed paperweight production with a series of sulphide paperweights the first of which were the unsuccessful Eisenhower sulphide followed by the Queen Elizabeth coronation sulphide.  Millefiori paperweight production was resumed in 1957 and lampwork paperweights were re-introduced in the early 1970s.  Baccarat stopped making this type of fine glass paperweights in 2002.  You can read more about the Baccarat paperweights in the new book Baccarat Paperweights - two centuries of beauty by Paul Dunlop or one of the older books on paperweights in general, such as The Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights by Paul Hollister or World Paperweights by Robert Hall.

Very large size:  3 3/16" diameter by 2 3/8" high.  The base is ground flat.
Signature:  This paperweight is signed with Baccarat's complex signature / date cane "B 1975" in the design.  It also has an acid etched Baccarat mark on the base along with the engraved year (1975) and engraved edition number (46). 
Condition:   Very good condition.  There is a tiny circular fracture mark on the base next to the number "9" in "1975".  Perhaps this happened when the 1975 was engraved.  There are some other minor scratches on the base, but no other cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.

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$375 postage paid in the US.                                                                Added 8/14/2021                                      

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Magnum Baccarat 1975 Gridel Series Pheasant Concentric Millefiori Limited Edition Paperweight
5183 Josh Simpson Miniature Gravitron Planet Marble with Stand.  This a miniature (just under 2" diameter) Gravitron planet marble made by Josh Simpson.  Gravitrons evoke deep space phenomena such as black holes and the warping of space-time.  They represent planets that wander too near a black hole, where they are twisted and squashed by unfathomably intense gravity.  Josh captures the instant when these unfortunate planets have been almost consumed and all that remains is a memory and a puff of X-ray light.  Although clear glass, the controlled bubbles sometimes have an iridescent color.  Some of the bubbles have a speck of amber color, which is exaggerated by my lights.  An acrylic 2" tall by 1 1/2" by 1 5/16" dimple stand is included.  This example is unsigned.  

Josh Simpson has been making magical glass objects including paperweights for over 40 years.  He has long had a fascination with space exploration and is married to Astronaut Cady Coleman.  He is a graduate of Hamilton College and has his own glass studio in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts.  He focuses on creating objects with a range of color, form, contrast, iridescence, tessellating patterns and complexity. 

There is a great book Josh Simpson: Glass Artist by Andrew Chaikin.  I recommend it highly.

Miniature Size:  1 15/16" diameter glass sphere.  The acrylic stand is 2" tall by 1 1/2" by 1 5/16".
Signature:   This example is unsigned, but I guarantee that it is a genuine Josh Simpson marble.
Condition:  The marble is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.  A few of the bubbles are larger and have an amber cast.  It may be a second.  The acrylic stand is in very good condition with a few tiny scratches.

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$85 postage paid in the US.                                         Added 7/14/2021

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Josh Simpson Miniature Gravitron Planet Marble with Stand
5017 Late Ysart Brothers or Early Vasart Paneled Millefiori Paperweight - Many Annealing Cracks.  circa 1952-1956.  This colorful paperweight consists of a paneled millefiori pattern with eight sections with 1 green +2 brown millefiori canes each separated by a red and blue twist cane.  There is a central cluster of two rings of canes, 15 blue and 5 orange canes, around a central cross cane.  The design is set on a clear ground.   The glass is slightly gray.   Unfortunately this paperweight is filled with many internal annealing fractures / cracks.  See the note below for more information on the cause.  An interesting historical addition to any collection of Scottish paperweights.

Note on annealing fractures / cracks:  According to David Moir, who was an apprentice at the Ysart Brothers Shore Road works in 1954, the glass works had a lot of annealing problems at the Shore Road factory because it was fired with poor quality coke.  It was difficult to maintain a level annealing temperature and sometimes would get too hot or too cold.  Temperature was judged by putting your arm inside the oven to feel the heat.  The problem was solved when George Dunlop (owner of Pirelli Glass in London) brought in fresh capital, equipment, and orders.  This included an electrically controlled second-hand kiln from Rolls Royce which was a vast improvement on the old one and had electric temperature gauges.

The birth of Scottish paperweight making is credited to the glass making family of Salvador Ysart, who moved to Crieff, Scotland in 1922.  They worked first at John Moncrieff Ltd and made the earliest Scottish paperweights during that period.  Paul Ysart (1904-1991), originally Pablo Moreno Isart, was apprenticed to his father as a glass worker at Moncrieff in 1922.  In 1946 Salvadore and his sons Augustine and Vincent founded Ysart Brothers Glass and produced glass wares under the Vasart label.  Salvador Ysart died in 1955.  Shortly later, George Dunlop, the owner of Pirelli Glass in London, brought in fresh capital, equipment, and orders.  Vincent Ysart and George Dunlop formed a new company in 1956, Vasart Glass Ltd.  Strathearn Glass was formed in a reorganization of Vasart glass in 1963.  The new company was owned by Teachers Whiskey.  The factory was taken over by Stuart Glass in 1980, and renamed Stuart Strathearn Ltd.  Production ceased in 1992.

Size:  Just under 3" diameter by 1 15/16" high.  The base is fire finished.  
Condition:  Poor condition.  The surface is free from defects but the paperweight is filled with many annealing cracks / fractures due to improper temperature control during the annealing process.
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this to be an Ysart Brothers or early Vasart paperweight from Scotland made prior to the installation of new annealing oven in the mid 1950s. 

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$95 postage paid in the US.                                                      Added 7/14/2021

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Late Ysart Brothers or Early Vasart Paneled Millefiori Paperweight - Many Annealing Cracks
4747 Antique Paperweight Style Mystery Object - Probably a Cut Down Candle Holder.   circa 1900.  I don't know for sure what this was originally.  It is safe to assume the shape has been altered because it has no apparent use in its current form except as paperweight.  It has a cup at one end and the other end is faceted with a flat base.  The middle section has a paperweight form with ice pick flowers and small bubbles.  The faceted end has a five sided shape in the center with five sloping cuts away from that.  I'm certain it is an antique and that the cup end has not been modified.  The way the bubbles in the faceted end are towards the center suggests that the cup was originally the up side.  I've discussed this with other collectors and our best guess is that this was originally a candle holder for a fairly large candle which would fit the cup.  It is also likely that the original shape was supported by a five sided stem and larger base to provide stability.  If you look at pictures of older style candle holders or candlesticks you can find some with a round cup and faceted stem.  An interesting object - too good to throw in the trash.  I'm not asking much for it.

Note:  Although this object can be used in its current form as a candle holder, but caution you not to use it with a lighted candle.  It doesn't have the large base that would normally provide the necessary stability.

Size:  In its current form, it is 3" long, the cup has a diameter of 2".  The inner diameter of the cup is just over 1 1/2".  The base is flat in the center.  The original shape is unknown.
Signature: Unsigned, but I guarantee this is an antique object from an unidentified factory.
Condition:  Very good condition for its age although the shape has been modified.  No cracks or chips found on inspection.

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$65 postage paid in the US.                                          Added 7/10/2021

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Antique Paperweight Style Mystery Object - Probably a Cut Down Candle Holder
5278 Very Early Francis Whittemore Miniature Paperweight with White and Blue Millefiori Flowers on a Pink Ground.  circa 1962 - 1969.  This very early paperweight by Francis Whittemore features five small white millefiori flowers with blue star centers.  There is also a stem and two green leaves.  The design is placed on a powdery pink ground.  This paperweight is signed in the design with an early Whittemore signature cane, a black "W" on a yellow background.  This is an important early example of  Francis Whittemore's work and worthy of any collection of Whittemore paperweights.

Note:  This paperweight is almost the same as the examples offered in Larry Selman's first two editions of "CATALOGUE OF COLLECTORS' PAPERWEIGHTS".  See the 1970 Catalog (robins egg blue cover) or the 1971 Catalog (olive green cover).

Francis Dyer Whittemore, Jr. is considered one of the pioneers of the modern paperweight renaissance.  He started working in glass in 1938, but did not start making paperweights until 1962.   His studio was in Lansdale, Pennsylvania.  Like many other early glass artists, Francis started his career as a scientific glass blower and then later taught glass as an instructor.  For five years, he spent one month a year consulting at Baccarat to help them refine their lampwork paperweight art.  Some sources have this consulting work from 1971 to 1976.  Other sources have it starting later.  The signature cane used on this paperweight was one he developed prior to working at Baccarat.  Most of his paperweights are miniature to medium in size.  You can read about Francis Whittemore in the book American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers by Jean Melvin (1970).

Size:  2 3/8" diameter by 1 1/8" high.  This paperweight has a very low profile.  The base is flat with a concave center.
Signature:  Signed in the design with an early Whittemore signature cane.  The cane has a black "W" on a yellow background. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.  There are many bubbles in the ground and a few striations in the glass.

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$165 postage paid in the US.                                            Added 7/10/2021

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Very Early Francis Whittemore Miniature Paperweight with White and Blue Millefiori Flowers on a Pink Ground
4877 Perthshire Annual Collection 1983C Limited Edition Posy Ring Paperweight.  dated 1983.  This paperweight features five small florets (flower canes) and five pairs of green leaves all on a circular stem.  The posy ring is surrounded by a garland of alternating yellow and blue millefiori canes on a white lace ground.  The paperweight is faceted with one large top facet and twenty eight side facets in three rows of eight, ten, and ten facets.  It is signed with a "P1983" signature / date cane on the base.  It also has a slightly worn paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND" on the base.  This paperweight was made in a limited edition of 300 paperweights of which only 187 were made.  A nice crisp design with great color and a fancy cutting.

Perthshire made this paperweight as one of their Annual Collection designs for 1983.  This means the design was made only that one year and never again.  There were seven Annual Collection designs in 1983, designated A through G.  This design is designated 1981C.  The annual collection paperweights are the most desirable of the Perthshire line, with the exception of one of one items.

Perthshire was a small company in Crieff, Scotland that was devoted to the creation of quality glass paperweights. They stopped production in January 2002 after more than 30 years of production. Their paperweights were consistently high in quality and yet remained reasonable in price.

The birth of Scottish paperweight making is credited to the glass making family of Salvador Ysart, who moved to Crieff, Scotland in 1922. They worked first at John Moncrieff Ltd and made the earliest Scottish paperweights during that period. In 1946 Salvadore and his sons Augustine and Vincent founded Ysart Brothers Glass and produced glass wares under the Vasart label. Salvador Ysart died in 1955 The company name was later changed to Vasart Glass. Stuart Drysdale was hired manage the business side of the enterprise in 1960. The company evolved into a new company Strathearn owned by Teachers Whiskey. In 1967 Drysdale was sent a magazine article on antique paperweights (Woman's Day, July 1965). The inspired him to try to produce weights comparable to the French antiques. With this goal in mind, he and several of the glass workers left Strathearn to found Perthshire in 1968.

Large size:  3 1/8" diameter by 2 15/16" high.  The bottom is ground concave.  The paperweight is faceted with one large top facet and twenty eight side facets in three rows of eight, ten, and ten facets.  
Signature:  This paperweight is signed with a "P1983" cane on the base.  It also has a slightly worn paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND" on the base. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches.  There is some wear on the base.

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Perthshire Annual Collection 1983C Limited Edition Posy Ring Paperweight
4587 Perthshire Annual Collection 1981F Limited Edition Magnum Crown and Basket Paperweight.  dated 1981.  This is an absolutely fantastic crown paperweight.  It features a six petal amber flower with a complex millefiori center and  six green leaves (sepals) on top.  The flower is set on a wonderful spiral latticinio cushion.  The crown staves are made of alternating blue-green and white twist canes, thirty in all.  There is a further encasement in glass that gives this the impression of a paperweight within a paperweight.  It is signed on the base with a "P 1981" Perthshire signature / date cane.  It also has a slightly worn paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND" on the base.  This paperweight is one of a limited edition of 200 weights, of which 193 were made.  The paperweight has large facet on top, which allows a full view of the inner sphere.  A beautiful paperweight with perfect execution. 

Perthshire made this paperweight as one of their Annual Collection designs for 1981.  This means the design was made only that one year and never again.  There were eight Annual Collection designs in 1981, designated A through H.  This design is designated 1981F.  The annual collection paperweights are the most desirable of the Perthshire line, with the exception of one of one items.

Perthshire was a small company in Crieff, Scotland that was devoted to the creation of quality glass paperweights.  They stopped production in January 2002 after more than 30 years of production.  Their paperweights were consistently high in quality and yet remained reasonable in price.

The birth of Scottish paperweight making is credited to the glass making family of Salvador Ysart, who moved to Crieff, Scotland in 1922.  They worked first at John Moncrieff Ltd and made the earliest Scottish paperweights during that period.  In 1946 Salvadore and his sons Augustine and Vincent founded Ysart Brothers Glass and produced glass wares under the Vasart label.  Salvador Ysart died in 1955.  The company name was later changed to Vasart Glass.  Stuart Drysdale was hired manage the business side of the enterprise in 1960.  The company evolved into a new company Strathearn owned by Teachers Whiskey.  In 1967 Drysdale was sent a magazine article on antique paperweights (Woman's Day, July 1965).  This inspired him to try to produce weights comparable to the French antiques.  With this goal in mind, he and several of the glass workers left Strathearn to found Perthshire in 1968.

Very large size:  Just under 3 1/4" diameter by 2 5/16" high.  It has one large facet on the top.
Signature: Signed with a Perthshire "P 1981" signature / date cane on the base.  It also has a slightly worn paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND" on the base.
Condition: Outstanding condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches.  The label is slightly worn.

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$745 postage paid in the US.                                                  Added 7/4/2021 

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Perthshire Annual Collection 1981F Limited Edition Magnum Crown and Basket Paperweight
4571 Magnum Murano Faceted Double Overlay Six Row Concentric Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1960-1970.  A wonderful Murano six row concentric millefiori paperweight with a double overlay of red and white glass.  The concentric design is rounded so it is visible through the side facets as well as the top.  This paperweight is faceted with one large top facet and five side facets.  The bottom is ground flat and finished with a grid cut.  Probably made in the 1960s by Fratelli Toso.  A classic design.

Note:  There is a faint 3/16" circular impact mark on the red overlay near the base and also a few faint scratches in the overlay.  One of the pictures points out the impact mark with an arrow.

This paperweight was made on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy.  Venetian glass making dates back centuries and the Venetians are given credit for the earliest millefiori canes and paperweights in 1840s.  More recently, paperweight making was revived in the 1930s and again in the 1960s.

Very Large Size:   Just under 3 3/16" diameter by 1 13/16" high.  The base ground flat and finished with a grid cut.  This paperweight is faceted with one large top facet and five smaller side facets.  
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee that this paperweight is from the island of Murano in Venice, Italy.  It was probably made in the 1960s by Fratelli Toso.
Condition:  Very good condition.  There is a faint 3/16" circular impact mark on the red overlay near the base and also a few faint scratches in the overlay.  One of the pictures points out the impact mark with an arrow.  No other chips or cracks were found on inspection.

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$95 postage paid in the US.                                                                New Price  6/27/2021

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Magnum Murano Faceted Double Overlay Six Row Concentric Millefiori Paperweight
4712 Charles Kaziun Jr. Miniature Tilted Pedestal Spider Lily Paperweight with Opaque Red Ground.  circa 1960-1980.  This is a miniature pedestal paperweight with a turquoise and white spider lily and four leaves on a rich dark red ground.  The flower has a turquoise stripe on each petal and the stamen is a yellow millefiori cane.  Each leaf is a double leaf - two leaves with a clear layer joining them so a bit of the red ground shows through.  This makes it look like each leaf has a red stripe down the center.  The paperweight is tilted at a 45 degree angle so it displays beautifully.  Signed on the white underside of the red ground with a gold K. 

This design was Charles Kaziun's signature design and one of the most popular with collectors. This size and style was often referred to as a #1. 

Charles Kaziun Jr. was one of the most famous of the American paperweight artists.  He is often credited with contributing to the rebirth of interest in paperweight making.  He made paperweights from the 1940s until his death in 1992.  His weights are usually signed with a gold K or a special millefiori cane containing a K.  You can read about him in many books, including:

Miniature Size:  Just over 1 5/16" diameter by just over 1 7/8" high.  The pedestal base has a diameter of just over 1 5/8".
Signature:  Signed on the white underside of the red ground with Kaziun's gold K. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips or cracks. 

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$245 postage paid in the US.                               New Price 6/25/2021

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Charles Kaziun Jr. Miniature Tilted Pedestal Spider Lily Paperweight with Opaque Red Ground
4721 Charles Kaziun Jr. Miniature Tilted Pedestal Light Blue Spider Lily Paperweight with Aventurine Ground.  circa 1960-1980.  This is a miniature pedestal paperweight with a light blue spider lily and four green leaves on an opaque aventurine ground.  The flower has a red stripe on each petal and the center is a complex millefiori cane made up of seven star shaped millefiori canes (three blue, three yellow, and a slightly orange center).  Each leaf is a double leaf - two leaves with a clear layer joining them so a bit of the ground shows through.  This makes it look like each leaf has an aventurine stripe down the center.  The aventurine ground is set on a brown base and a white under-layer.  The paperweight is tilted at a 45 degree angle so it displays beautifully.  Signed on the white underside of the ground with a gold K. 

This design was Charles Kaziun's signature design and one of the most popular with collectors. This size and style was often referred to as a #1. 

Charles Kaziun Jr. was one of the most famous of the American paperweight artists.  He is often credited with contributing to the rebirth of interest in paperweight making.  He made paperweights from the 1940s until his death in 1992.  His weights are usually signed with a gold K or a special millefiori cane containing a K.  You can read about him in many books, including:

Miniature Size:  Just over 1 3/8" diameter by 1 15/16" high.  The pedestal base has a diameter of just over 1 5/8".
Signature:  Signed on the white underside of the aventurine ground with Kaziun's gold K. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips or cracks. 

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$245 postage paid in the US.                               New Price 6/25/2021

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Charles Kaziun Jr. Miniature Tilted Pedestal Spider Lily Paperweight with Aventurine Ground
2276 Vintage American "FROM A FRIEND" Frit Paperweight - Probably Made by Gentile Glass.  circa 1900-1974.  This frit paperweight features a "FROM A FRIEND" message in white frit with an outer wreath garland.  The design is placed over a multi-colored ground of larger glass chips.  A great gift item to raise a friend's spirits.  This example in unsigned but I suspect it was made at Gentile Glass in Star City, West Virginia based on the shape and bottom finish.  An identical example of the paperweight and the die used to produce the design are shown in American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers (1970) by Jean Melvin (see pages 69 - 71).  This is a great addition to any collection of American paperweights.

The Melvin book mentions that the motto weights like the "FROM A FRIEND" paperweight were popular items sold to distributors and gift shops throughout the US and Canada.  The dies were originally used by Peter Gentile when he worked at the Fry Factory in Rochester, NY and continued to be used by the Gentile factory once they started their own factory.

This style of paperweight was made by many glass companies throughout the glass producing areas of the midwestern US (Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, or even New Jersey) in the first half of the 20th century and later.  Frit refers to the powdered glass used to make the design.  The design is set up in a metal die and then picked up with a gather of a ground color.  Sometimes the maker can be identified by researching the mold or die used to set up the design.  According to Newell's Old Glass Paperweights of Southern New Jersey , frit weights were made as early as 1863.  Newell identifies this style as a true folk art.

The original glass worker in the Gentile family was Peter Gentile, born in Naples, Italy in 1884.  He worked in Naples(Italy), Rochester (Pennsylvania), and Morgantown (West Virginia) before building his own factory in Star City (West Virginia) in 1947.  Originally the factory was a short-lived partnership (G. and F. Glass Co.) with John Funfrock, a mold maker.  His sons, Frankie, John and Joe Gentile helped him make paperweights in the off hours at the Guild Factory in Morgantown.  However, most paperweight production since WWII has been associated with Peter, John, or John's wife Gertrude Gentile.  Few weights were signed prior to 1963.  John Gentile passed away in 2006 and it is believed that Gentile Glass closed down after his death.  Most, if not all, paperweights produced from 1975 on were signed.  For more information, you can read about the Gentile Family in the book American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers by Jean Melvin (1967 and 1970).

Large Size:  3 5/16" diameter by 2 3/4" high.  The base is fire finished.
Signature :  Unsigned, but I believe this was made by Gentile Glass prior to 1975..
Condition :  Very good condition.  There are some faint scratches and scuff marks, but no significant damage.

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$79 postage paid in the US.                         Added 6/24/2021

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Vintage American "FROM A FRIEND" Frit Paperweight - Probably Made by Gentile Glass
1377 Baccarat 1988 Four Row Open Concentric Millefiori Paperweight.   dated 1988.  This paperweight has an open concentric design with four rows of colorful millefiori around a central millefiori cane.  The design is placed over a clear ground.  It is signed with an etched Baccarat logo on the base.  It also has a Baccarat "B1988" signature / date cane in the outermost row.  A fantastic example of a modern open concentric from Baccarat.  

Baccarat was founded in 1776 in Alsace-Lorraine with the name of Verrerie de Sainte Anne.  The original location was near the town of Baccarat.  Today the firm is known as Compagnie des Cristalleries de Baccarat.  Most collectors refer to three periods of Baccarat paperweight production.

  •     1845-1860 - Classic period
  •     1900-1934 - Dupont period
  •     1953 - on - Modern period
This classification is definitely an over simplification as it is likely that Baccarat made some paperweights on and off through most of 19th century.  The best millefiori and lampwork paperweights were made during the classic period (1845-1860).  Pansy weights and rock weights continued in production until much later.  Some paperweights are identified as Dupont period and were made at the end of the 19th Century or early in the 20th century.

Baccarat started making modern millefiori paperweights in 1957.  According to Paul Dunlop ( Baccarat Paperweights:  Two Centuries of Beauty ), Baccarat started making the modern spaced millefiori paperweights on muslin or lace in 1958 and continued making undated examples until the limited editions were started in 1970.  The exception is 1964 when special versions were produced for Baccarat's 200th anniversary.

Size:  2 11/16” diameter by 2 1/16” high.  The base is polished flat.
Signature:  Made by Baccarat in France.  Signed on the base with an etched Baccarat logo.  It also has a Baccarat "B1988" signature / date cane in the outermost row.
Condition: Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.

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$285 postage paid in the US.                                         Added 6/19/2021

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Baccarat 1988 Four Row Open Concentric Millefiori Paperweight
5355 Large Antique New England Glass Company Millefiori Nosegay or Posy Paperweight.  circa 1860.  This is an unusually large antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) Millefiori Nosegay with three white millefiori flowers and a double latticinio ground.  The three flower nosegay has four green leaves typical of NEGC.  The design is set on an exquisite swirling double latticinio ground.  It is unusual to find a NEGC nosegay with white flowers.  The three millefiori canes that make up the nosegay are slightly smudged.  There are some bubbles in the glass and in the latticinio.  This paperweight has scratches on the dome and considerable wear on the base.  There is plenty of glass and it could be restored.  An interesting paperweight that shows the classic NEGC setup.

New England Glass Company (NEGC) operated in Cambridge, Massachusetts from 1818 to 1888.  You can read about paperweights from the New England Glass Company in the book by Hawley, The Art of the Paperweight  - The Boston & Sandwich and New England Glass Companies

Large size:  2 15/16” diameter by 1 13/16 high.  The bottom is ground concave. 
Signature:  This paperweight is not signed, but I guarantee it to be an authentic antique New England Glass Company paperweight. 
Condition:  Very good condition with scratches on the dome and considerable wear on the base.  There is plenty of glass and it could be restored.  There are bubbles in the glass and in the latticinio. 

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SOLD.                                                Added 6/19/2021

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Large Antique New England Glass Company Millefiori Nosegay or Posy Paperweight
5250 Perthshire Annual Collection 1975E Limited Edition Green Overlay Millefiori Paperweight Bottle with Original Box.  This is a tall bottle with a green flash overlay and a three ring concentric millefiori pattern base.  The concentric millefiori pattern consists of all complex millefiori canes.  There is a center complex cane that matches the single millefiori cane in the stopper.  The bottle has 24 side facets arranged in three rows.  The stopper has a matching green flash overlay with eight side facets arranged in two rows.  The stopper has a single complex millefiori cane which matches the center cane in the base.  This bottle is signed with a Perthshire "P1975" signature / date cane in the base.  It also has a Perthshire paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND" on the base and comes with its original fitted satin lined box.  This design was made with a green or blue overlay and offered in a limited edition of 350 bottles of which 347 were made.  I do not have the original certificate.  This is a great addition to any collection of paperweight related items.

Perthshire made this paperweight bottle as one of their Annual Collection designs for 1975.  This means the design was made only that one year and never again.  There were five Annual Collection designs in 1975, designated A through E.  This design is designated 1975E.  The annual collection paperweights are the most desirable of the Perthshire line, with the exception of one of one items. 

Perthshire was a small company in Crieff, Scotland that was devoted to the creation of quality glass paperweights. They stopped production in January 2002 after more than 30 years of production. Their paperweights were consistently high in quality and yet remained reasonable in price.  There are three books on Perthshire Paperweights.  If you collect Perthshire paperweights, you should have them in your library. 

The birth of Scottish paperweight making is credited to the glass making family of Salvador Ysart, who moved to Crieff, Scotland in 1922. They worked first at John Moncrieff Ltd and made the earliest Scottish paperweights during that period. In 1946 Salvadore and his sons Augustine and Vincent founded Ysart Brothers Glass and produced glass wares under the Vasart label. Salvador Ysart died in 1955 The company name was later changed to Vasart Glass. Stuart Drysdale was hired manage the business side of the enterprise in 1960. The company evolved into a new company Strathearn owned by Teachers Whiskey. In 1967 Drysdale was sent a magazine article on antique paperweights (Woman's Day, July 1965). The inspired him to try to produce weights comparable to the French antiques. With this goal in mind, he and several of the glass workers left Strathearn to found Perthshire in 1968.

Large size:  Just under 3 1/8" diameter by just under 7 1/2" high with the stopper.  The bottle is 5 3/4" tall without the stopper.  The stopper is 1 9/16" diameter by 2 5/8" long.  The base is ground concave in the center.  The bottle has 24 side facets and the stopper has eight side facets.  The box is 8" long by just under 5 1/2" wide by 3 7/8" tall.
Signature:  This paperweight bottle has a Perthshire complex "P1975" signature / date cane in the base and a Perthshire paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND".  It comes with its original satin lined fitted box.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.  The box is in excellent condition. 

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$395 postage paid in the US.                                                  Added 6/15/2021 

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Perthshire Annual Collection 1975E Limited Edition Green Overlay Millefiori Paperweight Bottle
345 Colorful Surface Decorated Hollow Paperweight - Unknown Maker.   This surface decorated paperweight is hollow blown rather than solid.  The colorful decorations are tactile and can be felt on the surface.  There is a hole in the base left over from the blowing process.  Signed KO on the base but the maker is unknown.  A fun paperweight.

The maker of this paperweight is unknown. 

Size:  Just over 2 7/8" diameter by just over 2" high.  The base has been polished concave.  The surface is a little irregular There is a hole in the base left from the blowing process.
Condition:  Good condition.  Some crackling of the surface.  A few minor scratches.
Signature:  Signed KO on the base but the maker is unknown.

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$44 postage paid in the US.                                       Added 6/13/2021 

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Colorful Surface Decorated Hollow Paperweight - Unknown Maker
778 Miniature Art Glass Carpet Ground Millefiori Paperweight - Unknown Maker.   This art glass miniature millefiori paperweight consists of identical red, white, and pink cogged millefiori, although it looks like there may be some filler pieces added to complete the carpet.  The maker is unknown.   

The maker of this paperweight is unknown. 

Very small size:  2" diameter by 1 1/4" high.  The base has been polished flat.
Condition:  Very good condition  with no chips or cracks.  Minor scratches on the base.  One tool mark on the side.
Signature:  The maker of this paperweight is unknown.

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$59 postage paid in the US.                                       Added 6/12/2021 

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Miniature Art Glass Carpet Ground Millefiori Paperweight - Unknown Maker
1749 Small Degenhart Name Paperweight Knob - probably from a Gearshift.  circa 1930-40.  This is a Degenhart paperweight personalized with the owner's name "M.A.Archuleta"written on a white plaque.  It has the typical Degenhart construction with the plaque outlined in blue and with four little colored icepick flowers placed at the edge of the plaque.  This one has two red flowers and two yellow flowers.  There is a colorful frit layer at the same level as the plaque.  This paperweight has a glass stub on the base and was most likely broken off from the metal fitting of a Degenhart gearshift.  It has sufficient wear / scratches to indicate that it was actually used as a gearshift knob. 

Charles and John Degenhart patented the design for a glass gearshift knob on August 20, 1929.  The glass paperweight would be mounted on a threaded metal fitting.  Some examples have the patent date on the fitting "PAT. 8-20-29" on the side of the metal fitting.  Knobs with a location are rarer than those with just a name.

Note:  The glass in this paperweight is clear but it shows a pink tint in the pictures.  Maybe the glass is sensitive to the type of lighting used, similar to the way Alexandrite or Neodymium Glass change color, but the behavior is different.  Probably it is picking up the pink in the frit layer.

Charles and John Degenhart started their careers in glass working in glass at the Dalzell, Gilmore & Leighton Company factory in Findlay, Ohio.  Charles, born in 1882, started first and then John, born in 1884, started at the age of ten in 1894.  In 1901, both joined Cambridge Glass in Cambridge, Ohio.  The original paperweight production was an after hours activity at Cambridge Glass by Charles and his two sons in the 1920s.  John also produced paperweights to help meet the demand.  This was with the approval of the company. Of the two, Charles Degenhart was the more skilled artistically.

John retired from Cambridge Glass in 1946 and opened the Crystal Art Glass Company shortly after that. Most of the early production was devoted to paperweights. The factory also produced pressed glass novelties in an incredible range of colors. After John died in 1964, his wife Elizabeth took over production. Prior to that, the paperweights were unsigned. There was also a close association with Zack Boyd and his son Bernard, both of whom worked at Crystal Arts. Today in Cambridge, the Boyd family continues to run Crystal Arts.

Size:  2" diameter by 1 1/2" high.  The base has a glass stub.
Condition:  Good condition with no chips or cracks other than the broken stub.  It has many scratches indicating that it was actually used as a gearshift knob. 
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee that this is a genuine Degenhart paperweight.

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$45 postage paid in the US.                                                                   Added 6/11/2021 

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Small Degenhart Name Paperweight Knob - probably from a Gearshift
3584
Early Chris Buzzini Bridgeton Studio Angelfish and Millefiori Flowers Paperweight.  dated 1978.  Contemporary surface decorated paperweight created by Chris Buzzini of Bridgeton Studio.  The paperweight has three red and white angelfish swimming among vines with four orange millefiori flowers and green leaves.  There is also a pulled feather design resembling waves.  Underneath there is a opaque white ground.  The entire design is encased in a clear glass layer adding depth.  Signed "BRIDGETON STUDIO '78 FS057 BUZZINI" on the base.  An early paperweight by one of the country's most talented glass artists.

Chris Buzzini studied at Shasta Junior College in Redding, CA and California State University at Chico, CA.  While at Shasta, Chris was exposed to glassblowing for the first time by Chris Sowder (1970).  Buzzini pursued glassblowing, eventually setting up his own “backyard” studio.  From 1972 to 1975, Chris worked at Orient & Flume Art Glass in Chico, CA.  Later from 1976 to 1978, he operated a glass studio Bridgeton Studio in New Jersey with the backing of a collector and a partner.  While at Bridgeton, Chris had two helpers (Allan Ziegler and Fritz Willie) who learned on the job.  Chris did the designs.  When Ziegler or Willie helped Chris make the paperweight, their name was often included in the signature.  Eventually Chris moved back to California and worked at Lundberg Studios and Correia Art Glass.  Since 1986 he has been an independent studio artist.  His designs often sell for several thousand dollars.

Large Size:  2 3/4" diameter by 2 9/16" high.  The base is ground flat.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks found on inspection.  There is a little roughness on the edge of the base, probably from when the base was ground flat.
Signature:  Signed "BRIDGETON STUDIO '78 FS057 BUZZINI" on the base.

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$185 postage paid in the US.                                                Added 6/8/2021

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Early Chris Buzzini Bridgeton Studio Angelfish and Millefiori Flowers Paperweight
5187 Art Glass Ascending Staircase Sculpture Paperweight - Signed.  dated 2002.  This art glass sculpture is composed of glass rectangles with colored circles between them.  There are ten 1" x 2" rectangles that make up the staircase or spiral, plus a 2 1/2" square first step, a 3" square base and 3" square top, for thirteen glass pieces in all.  It is signed on the base "M+J   G '02", but the maker's name is unknown.  A fun item. 

Note about condition:  Several of the smaller rectangles that make up  the steps have chips, all but one of which are minor.  The worst chip is 1/4" long and is shown in the pictures.

The maker of this paperweight is unknown. 

Size:  3" by 3" by just over 2 7/8" high.
Condition:  Good condition with some chips to the steps.  The worst chip is 1/4" long and is shown in the pictures.
Signature:  Signed and dated on the base "M+J   G '02", but the maker's name is unknown.

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$79 postage paid in the US.                                       Added 6/1/2021 

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Art Glass Ascending Staircase Sculpture Paperweight - Signed
3437 Large Colorful Strathearn Paneled Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1963-1968.  This very attractive paperweight consists of a paneled millefiori pattern with nine panels of 1 (white) + 2 (yellow) + 2 (pink) millefiori patterns each separated by a white latticinio twist cane.  There is a central ring of seven dark green  millefiori canes and then a center orange millefiori cane.  The canes are early Scottish millefiori canes on a translucent blue ground.  This is a great addition to any collection of Scottish paperweights. Great color.

The birth of Scottish paperweight making is credited to the glass making family of Salvador Ysart, who moved to Crieff, Scotland in 1922.  They worked first at John Moncrieff Ltd and made the earliest Scottish paperweights during that period.  In 1946 Salvadore and his sons Augustine and Vincent founded Ysart Brothers Glass and produced glass wares under the Vasart label.  Salvador Ysart died in 1955  The company name was later changed to Vasart Glass.  Strathearn Glass was formed in a reorganization of Vasart glass in 1963.  The new company was owned by Teachers Whiskey.  The company is no longer in existence.

Size:   3 1/16” diameter by 2 5/16” high.  The base is fire polished. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection other than minor wear on the base. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this to be a Strathearn paperweight from Scotland. 

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$125 postage paid in the US.                                                 Added 5/29/2021    

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Large Colorful Strathearn Paneled Millefiori Paperweight
4964 Dramatic Daum Egg Shaped Floral Paperweight from France.  undated.   This egg shaped paperweight features a very dark brown (nearly black) and white fan shaped stylized flower with large bubble in the center.  The stem is orange and dark brown and the design is placed above a clear bubble ground.  A very modern creation, it is signed "Daum France" in script near the base.  It also has its original label "cristal DAUM".  A dramatic paperweight in near perfect condition.   

Daum Frères was founded in 1878 in Nancy, France by an attorney named Jean Daum, when he took over a glass factory in lieu of repayment on a debt.  The company's product line has gone through many iterations since and this egg shaped paperweight is a modern product, produced sometime after 1970.  It is not in the current catalog.  The company still manufactures art glass in downtown of Nancy and a nearby village Vannes-le-Châtel.  Everything is handmade.  There are more than 600 Daum Art Glass items in the Daum Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts of Nancy (Nancy Musée des Beaux-Arts) that documents the history of glass manufacturing from the 1880s through the 1990s.

Size :  2 5/16” diameter by 3 1/16" high.   The base is ground flat. 
Signature :  Signed "Daum France" in script near the base.  It also has its original label "cristal DAUM". 
Condition :  Excellent condition with one tiny pinprick on the top and a second pinprick on the base.  No other chips, cracks or scratches found on inspection.

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Dramatic Daum Egg Shaped Floral Paperweight from France
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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$185 postage paid in the US.                                        Added 5/28/2021 

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Set of St. Louis Paperweight Style Letter Seals Limited Edition with Original Box and Certificates
4891 Perthshire Annual Collection 2000F Limited Edition End of Day Faceted Mushroom Paperweight.  This paperweight features an end of day or tightly packed complex millefiori design pulled down to form a mushroom.  There are five picture canes placed in the design with a Perthshire "P2000" signature / date cane in the center.  It is also signed with an engraved "P" on the edge of the base.  The five picture canes are a crab, dog (scottie), deer (stag), dog (dalmatian), and a bird (wren).  The design is set over a clear ground.  The paperweight is finished with a large top facet and ten side facets arranged in two rows.  The base is cut with a fancy fan cut, also called a 20 point star.  This design was made in a limited edition of 175 paperweights.  It comes with its original box.  There is no paper label on this example and I do not have the original certificate.  A nice crisp design with great execution.  This is a very desirable paperweight made in last few years of Perthshire's operation.

Note:  Although Perthshire called this an end of day paperweight, it is really a carefully close packed design of complex millefiori canes, not a scramble in the usual sense. 

Perthshire made this paperweight as one of their Annual Collection designs for 2000.  This means the design was made only that one year and never again.  There were eight Annual Collection designs in 2000, designated A through G plus one additional special design.  This paperweight is designated 2000F.  The annual collection paperweights are the most desirable of the Perthshire line, with the exception of one of one items. 

Perthshire was a small company in Crieff, Scotland that was devoted to the creation of quality glass paperweights. They stopped production in January 2002 after more than 30 years of production. Their paperweights were consistently high in quality and yet remained reasonable in price.  There are three books on Perthshire Paperweights.  If you collect Perthshire paperweights, you should have them in your library. 

The birth of Scottish paperweight making is credited to the glass making family of Salvador Ysart, who moved to Crieff, Scotland in 1922. They worked first at John Moncrieff Ltd and made the earliest Scottish paperweights during that period. In 1946 Salvadore and his sons Augustine and Vincent founded Ysart Brothers Glass and produced glass wares under the Vasart label. Salvador Ysart died in 1955 The company name was later changed to Vasart Glass. Stuart Drysdale was hired manage the business side of the enterprise in 1960. The company evolved into a new company Strathearn owned by Teachers Whiskey. In 1967 Drysdale was sent a magazine article on antique paperweights (Woman's Day, July 1965). The inspired him to try to produce weights comparable to the French antiques. With this goal in mind, he and several of the glass workers left Strathearn to found Perthshire in 1968.

Large size:  Just under 3" diameter by just under 2 7/8" high.  The base is ground concave and finished with a 20 point fan cut.  This paperweight has one large top facet and ten side facets in two rows. 
Signature:  This paperweight has a Perthshire complex "P2000" signature / date cane in the center of the design and is also engraved "P" at the edge of the base.  It does not have a paper label or its original certificate.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.

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Engraved "P" on base
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Paperweight in box
SOLD.                                                  Added 5/26/2021 

For more information about Perthshire Paperweights, see my Perthshire Web Page.

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Perthshire Annual Collection 2000F Limited Edition End of Day Faceted Mushroom Paperweight
2850 Unsigned Miniature Lampwork Flower Paperweight, possibly by Ronald Hansen.  undated.  This miniature paperweight features a six petal lampwork flower with leaves and stem.  The petals are yellow with orange stripes.  There are five variegated sepals and plus two leaves and a stem.  It has a low profile.  Nicely executed, it has an unusual amber ground placed over a white button base (see picture of the base).  Definitely the work of  a talented artist.  Possibly by Ronald Hansen.

Note:  The maker of paperweight is unknown, but it is possibly by Ronald Hansen who made paperweights from the late 1950s to 1971. 

Ronald E. Hansen was born in Virginia, Minnesota in 1910.  He was first exposed to glass lampwork as a child when he was befriended by Bohemian glassworkers in a "hobo village" making glass ships.  He later worked as the director of the Neon Tube School in Detroit, Michigan.  With this exposure, he was aware of the artistic and technical aspects of glassworking.  He established his own studio in Mackinaw City, Michigan, mixed his own colors and glass, and created a variety of small glass paperweights, most of which are 2 1/2" or less in diameter.  He made paperweights from the late 1950s to 1971.  He was one of a number of glass artists in this paperweight making family.  His nephew, Eric Hansen, continues the art today.  You can read more about Ronald E. Hansen in the book American Glass Paperweights and their makers by Jean Melvin (1970 Revised edition) or the article by Nancy Alfano in the 2004 PCA Bulletin.

Very small size:  Low profile, 1 15/16" diameter by just over 1" high.  The base is ground flat with a frosted finish.
Signature:   Unsigned.  I believe this paperweight was made by Ronald Hansen, but have been unable to confirm this ID. 
Condition:  Very good condition with a few faint scratches or scuffed areas. 

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$85 postage paid in the US.                                       Added 5/17/2021

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Unsigned Miniature Lampwork Flower Paperweight, possibly by Ronald Hansen
4382 Robert Banford Blue Double Clematis with Buds Double Overlay Faceted Paperweight with Fancy Base Cutting.  circa  1987.  This paperweight features a wonderful dark blue double clematis with a yellow center and two companion buds, one open and the other still closed.  It is has many green leaves and a stem.  The design is set on a clear ground and encased with a brilliant red and white double overlay.  It is faceted with a large top facet and six side facets.  In addition there is a fancy cutting on the lower portion below the facets.  The paperweight is signed with Bob Banfords “B” signature cane at the tip of the stem.  I believe this is part of Bob Banford's 1987 Collection and the cutting is by Ed Poore.  A very desirable addition to any collection of contemporary American paperweights. 

Note on condition:  There is a 1/8" nick or tool mark just above the fancy cutting.  It is barely visible, but I mention this for completeness and provide a much magnified picture.  No other flaws found on inspection.

Robert Banford worked in Hammonton, NJ.  He started making paperweights in 1971 along with his father, Ray Banford.  Bob continued to make paperweights until 2006.  Bob and Ray did not date their paperweights, but it is sometimes possible to get an idea of when a paperweight was made by the progression of styles and the type of glass used.  Bob Banford used a signature cane with a red "B" and a blue surround.  Ray Banford used a different signature cane with a black B.  Ray passed away in 2003.

Size:  2 15/16" diameter by just over 2 1/8" high.  The bottom is ground slightly concave.  It is faceted with a large top facet and six side facets.  In addition there is a fancy cutting on the lower portion below the facets.  
Signature:  Signed with Robert Banford's signature "B" cane at the tip of the stem.  I believe this is part of Bob Banford's 1987 Collection and the cutting is by Ed Poore.
Condition:  Very good condition.  There is a 1/8" nick or tool mark just above the fancy cutting.  It is barely visible, but I mention this for completeness and provide a much magnified picture.  No other flaws found on inspection.

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$950 postage paid in the US.                     US Sales only, no international shipping.                  Added 5/13/2021 

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Robert Banford Blue Double Clematis with Buds Double Overlay Faceted Paperweight with Fancy Base Cutting
3794 Colorful Magnum Rollin Karg Three Sided Paperweight.  circa 1983 to 2000.  This is an interesting three sided sculptural paperweight with inner folds.  Primarily blue, most of the surface has colored spots of pinks, reds, and browns.  One side has an area that is dichroic. It is signed "KARG" on the side near the base.  Extra large.  A fun paperweight. 

Rollin Karg spent the first part of his career as an industrial engineer, photographer, potter and woodworker before becoming a full time glass artist in 1983.  He studied hot glass at Emporia State University (Kansas) and built his first glassblowing furnace there.  Today he owns a studio and gallery in Kechi, Kansas. 

Very large size:  Three sided shape.  3 1/2" at the widest by 2 13/16" tall.  The base is ground flat. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks found on inspection.
Signature:  Engraved "KARG" on the side near the base. 

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$79 postage paid in the US.                                                         Added 4/21/2021

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Colorful Magnum Rollin Karg Three Sided Paperweight
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.                                                                           Added 4/21/2021

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Large St. Louis 1976 Bicentennial George Washington on Horseback Garland Paperweight
4040 Large Strathearn Eight Pointed Star Paneled Millefiori Paperweight with Opaque Orange Ground.  circa 1963-1968.  This paperweight is finished as a eight pointed star.  The star points give the glass a glittery appearance.  It features a paneled millefiori design with seven panels of 1+1+2 millefiori patterns each separated by a white latticinio twist cane.  There is a central ring of six millefiori canes and then a center millefiori cane.  The canes are early Scottish millefiori canes on an opaque orange ground.  A great addition to any collection of Scottish glass. 
 
This is called a pressed weight because a mold is used to form the shape.  The top is flattened.  The star points give the glass a real glittery appearance as you can see in the pictures. 

The birth of Scottish paperweight making is credited to the glass making family of Salvador Ysart, who moved to Crieff, Scotland in 1922.  They worked first at John Moncrieff Ltd and made the earliest Scottish paperweights during that period.  In 1946 Salvadore and his sons Augustine and Vincent founded Ysart Brothers Glass and produced glass wares under the Vasart label.  Salvador Ysart died in 1955  The company name was later changed to Vasart Glass.  Strathearn Glass was formed in a reorganization of Vasart glass in 1963.  The new company was owned by Teachers Whiskey.

Size:   2 3/4” diameter by 1 3/16” high.  The base is fire polished. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No damage found on inspection.   
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee this is a Strathearn paperweight made in Scotland.

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$85 postage paid in the US.                                                 Added 4/19/2021

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Large Strathearn Eight Pointed Star Paneled Millefiori Paperweight with Opaque Orange Ground
4039 Joe Rice Magnum Multicolored Ribbon Crimp Paperweight.   circa 1987-2010.  Multi-colored stylized crimp flower in the unique St. Clair style.  I refer to this style as a rainbow ribbon crimp weight.  It has has eight pleats or crimps with a carefully placed bubble between each.  The design is off center in the paperweight.  A showy paperweight with great color.  Very collectible. 

Similar examples are shown American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers by Jean Melvin (1967 and 1970) and the St. Clair Collectors Guide by Bonnie Pruitt.  They were made by members of the St. Clair family and also by Joe Rice.

The St. Clair line (as far as paperweights are concerned) started with John "Pop" St. Clair, Sr. who worked at the George MacBeth Glass Works in Elwood from around 1903 to 1938.  Local natural gas production faltered in 1938 and the St. Clairs began to develop their ideas for a new business of their own.  Joe St. Clair (1909 - 1987) did the original experimentation and the business was formally started in 1941 in Elwood, Indiana.  John, Sr. and the brothers John, Jr., Joe, Ed and Bob all participated, while another brother, Paul, did not at first.  By 1944 St. Clair paperweights were being sold through Georg Jensen on Fifth Avenue in New York.  Joe retired (the first time) in 1971 and sold the factory to new owners in Elwood, Indiana.  Sometime later, the new owners of the original factory sold the factory back to Joe.  For a while, there were two St. Clair factories, one owned by Joe and the other owned by Bob St. Clair.

Joe Rice,a third generation glassblower in the St. Clair family, is the grandson of John "Pop" St. Clair, Sr.  and nephew of a nephew of Joe St. Clair and the other brothers mentioned above.  His mother Jane Rice was Joe St. Clair's sister.  Joe Rice began working at the family glass factory in 1962 at the age of twelve.  He worked with his uncles Joe, Ed, Bob, and Paul after school hours and during the summer months.  When the estate of Bob St. Clair was ready for public auction in October 1987, Joe Rice was able to purchase the property along with needed supplies and equipment.  He reopened the factory as the The House of Glass.  His uncles Ed and Paul were there to help guide him along his path to success.  The House of Glass continues to operate in Elwood, Indiana.

Very large size:  Just under 3 7/8" diameter by 2 3/8" high.  The bottom is fire finished and hot stamped with the signature.  The paperweight weighs 29 ounces. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.  The design, however, is off center in the paperweight.
Signature:  Hot stamped "JOE RICE" on the base. 

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$59 postage paid in the US.                       Added 4/18/2021

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Joe Rice Magnum Multicolored Ribbon Crimp Paperweight
4038 Colorful Murano Figural Bird Paperweight - Made From Twist Canes.   circa 1960s - 1970s.  This paperweight is a good example of a Murano figural paperweight.  The bird is formed from seven colored twist canes and seven alternating white latticinio twist canes with eyes and beak added.  The pink, green, blue, and yellow colored twist canes have aventurine edges.  Bright and colorful.  A fun paperweight.

Note:  Although this paperweight is beautifully made, there is some debris in the glass and there is some roughness at the end of the tail feathers - left by the tools used to snip the glass.   

This paperweight was made on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy.  Venetian glass making dates back centuries and the Venetians are given credit for the earliest millefiori canes and paperweights in 1840s.  More recently, paperweight making was revived in the 1930s and again in the 1960s.

Size:   Just under 3" long (beak to tail) by diameter by 1 3/4" wide.  The small base is polished flat. 
Condition:   Excellent condition with no cracks,  chips, or scratches.  There is some debris in the glass and there is some roughness at the end of the tail feathers - left by the tools used to snip the glass.
Signature:  This paperweight is unsigned, but I guarantee that this paperweight was made on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy. 

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$85 postage paid in the US.                                         Added 4/17/2021 

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Colorful Murano Figural Bird Paperweight - Made From Twist Canes
2968 Richard Satava 1996 Flat Design Moon Jellyfish Paperweight.  dated 1996.  This moon jellyfish has an unusual flat shape with a veiled dome of amber and and blue colors.  Inside the dome are many colorful delicate long tentacles or tendrils reaching down to the base.  The colors react to the viewing angle.  Signed on the base "Satava 3748-96".  The artwork is truly amazing.   

Richard Satava was introduced to glassblowing in 1969 while at Oceana High School in Pacifica, California. He subsequently studied art and glassblowing at the College of San Mateo and California State University, Chico.  He also worked as a technician in the glass shop at CSU, Chico.  In 1977 he founded Satava Art Glass in Chico, CA.  His glass art has several themes, mostly focusing on inspiration from nature.  During the 1990s he started to focus more attention on ocean life and nautical themes based on the jellyfish in the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  He has several different series of jellyfish, depicting them in upright and side swimming positions and also as an unusual flat depiction.   

Large size:   6 1/4" high by 4 1/16" wide by approximately 1 15/16" deep.  The back and base are polished flat.  This paperweight weighs two pounds eleven ounces (43 ounces). 
Signature:  Signed on the base "Satava 3748-96". 
Condition:  There is one 5/8" scratch on the left edge of the back and some scratches on the base / bottom as shown in the pictures.  No other cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection. 

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Scratch on back edge
Horizontal view
SOLD.                                                   Added 4/17/2021

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Richard Satava 1996 Flat Design Moon Jellyfish Paperweight
4623 Perthshire Annual Collection 1979C Limited Edition Miniature Overlay Paperweight.  This paperweight features an upright six petaled red flower and leaves within a double overlay of blue over white.  It has one top facet and eight side facets.  The flower is very three dimensional and should be viewed from the side.  The base is finished with a grid cut.  It is signed with a complex "P" signature cane in the center of the flower.  This design is a limited edition of 400 paperweights, of which only 351 were made.  Although Perthshire called this a miniature, it is actually larger with a diameter of just under 2 5/16".  There is no paper label on this example.  A nice crisp design with great color.

Note on condition:  This paperweight has a 1/4" scratch on the overlay between two side facets below the widest point.  I am offering it at a greatly reduced price.

Perthshire made this paperweight as one of their Annual Collection designs for 1979.  This means the design was made only that one year and never again.  There were seven Annual Collection designs in 1979, designated A through G.  The annual collection paperweights are the most desirable of the Perthshire line, with the exception of one of one items. 

Perthshire was a small company in Crieff, Scotland that was devoted to the creation of quality glass paperweights. They stopped production in January 2002 after more than 30 years of production. Their paperweights were consistently high in quality and yet remained reasonable in price.  There are three books on Perthshire Paperweights.  If you collect Perthshire paperweights, you should have them in your library. 

The birth of Scottish paperweight making is credited to the glass making family of Salvador Ysart, who moved to Crieff, Scotland in 1922. They worked first at John Moncrieff Ltd and made the earliest Scottish paperweights during that period. In 1946 Salvadore and his sons Augustine and Vincent founded Ysart Brothers Glass and produced glass wares under the Vasart label. Salvador Ysart died in 1955 The company name was later changed to Vasart Glass. Stuart Drysdale was hired manage the business side of the enterprise in 1960. The company evolved into a new company Strathearn owned by Teachers Whiskey. In 1967 Drysdale was sent a magazine article on antique paperweights (Woman's Day, July 1965). The inspired him to try to produce weights comparable to the French antiques. With this goal in mind, he and several of the glass workers left Strathearn to found Perthshire in 1968.

Size:  Just under 2 5/16" diameter by just over 1 9/16" high.  The base is ground concave and finished with a grid cut. 
Signature:  This paperweight has a Perthshire complex "P" signature cane in the center of the flower.  It does not have a paper label.
Condition:  Very good condition although it has a 1/4" scratch on the overlay between two side facets below the widest point.  No other cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.

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$195 postage paid in the US.                                                  Added 4/16/2021 

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Perthshire Annual Collection 1979C Limited Edition Miniature Overlay Paperweight
4022 Large Blue Iridescent Abstract Paperweight with Gecko Pontil Stamp by Unknown Maker.  dated 1999.  This is a large mystery abstract iridescent blue paperweight made by an unknown maker.  The signature is legible with the date 99 but I have not been able to identify the maker.  The pontil stamp is a long tailed lizard or gecko or something similar.  Not much I can say about the design - it is a blue abstract blob.  A mystery for future study.

The maker of this paperweight is unknown. 

Large Size:  2 7/8" diameter by 2 13/16" high.  The base is fire finished with a pontil stamp.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.
Signature:  Signed and dated but I do not recognize the name.  There is also a pontil stamp with a long tailed lizard or gecko or something similar.

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$49 postage paid in the US.                                       Added 4/14/2021 

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Large Blue Iridescent Abstract Paperweight with Gecko Pontil Stamp by Unknown Maker
4328 Rare Early Lundberg Studios Starry Night with Bat or Dragonfly Paperweight.  dated 1979.  Wonderful dark night theme with stars, waves and a bright colored bat or possibly a dragonfly with a red body and tail and orange eyes and wings flying over a body of swirling water.  The ground is an opalescent white.  It is signed on the base "Lundberg Studios 1979 LS92120".  An amazing paperweight.

Note:  Special thanks to another collector who pointed out that this doesn't look like a bat and is probably a dragonfly.  I agree that other Lundberg designs more closely resemble a bat.  With the long coiled tail it doesn't look like a dragonfly either, so I don't know what it is supposed to be.

Note2:  Intentional or not, you can see the outlines of some of the millefiori canes used to make the stars.  The surface is not completely smooth and shows traces of the surface work done to create the design.

In 1970 James Lundberg founded a small "backyard" studio Nouveau Glass in San Jose, California.  He was joined by his brother Steven Lundberg, Daniel Salazar, David Salazar, and several other glass artists.  The first paperweights were made in 1972.  They were known for their surface decorated designs and torchwork and later for their lampwork.  In 1973 the firm was renamed Lundberg Studios and moved to Davenport, California.  James died in an accident in 1991.  Steven left Lundberg Studios in 1997 and set up his own studio.  He died from ALS in 2008.   Although in later years, each paperweight produced at Lundberg Studios was signed and dated by the studio and signed by the artist, the earliest paperweights did not have the artists signature. 

Large Size:  Just under 2 3/4" diameter by just under 2 1/2" high.  The base is ground flat.   
Signature: Signed on the base "Lundberg Studios 1979 LS92120".  
Condition:  Very good condition with no cracks or chips.  There are scratches and wear on the base.  The surface is not completely smooth and shows traces of the surface work done to create the design.  

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$195 postage paid in the US.                                                   Added 4/5/2021

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Rare Early Lundberg Studios Starry Night with Bat or Dragonfly Paperweight
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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$65 postage paid in the US.                                                                        Added 4/3/2021 

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Colorful Guernsey Island Studio Paperweight with Silverplate Base by Sileda Ltd
4406 Francis Whittemore Blue Crimp Rose Upright Pedestal Paperweight.  circa 1970.  This upright pedestal paperweight features a magnificent blue crimp rose with fifteen variegated blue petals and four upturned green sepals.  The petals are arranged in Whittemore's 4+4+4+3 crimp pattern.  It is signed on the underside of the rose with an early Whittemore signature cane.  The cane has a black "W" on a yellow background.  The design is set on a clear ground and supported by a pedestal base.  A fantastic addition to any collection of glass paperweights.

Francis Dyer Whittemore, Jr. is considered one of the pioneers of the modern paperweight renaissance.  He started working in glass in 1938, originally as a scientific glass maker and instructor in South Jersey.  He did not start making paperweights until 1962 when he set up a studio in Lansdale, Pennsylvania.  For five years, he spent one month a year consulting at Baccarat to help them refine their lampwork paperweight art.  Some sources have this consulting work from 1971 to 1976.  Other sources have it starting later.  The signature cane used on this paperweight was one he developed prior to working at Baccarat.  Most of his paperweights are miniature to medium in size.  You can read about Francis Whittemore in the book American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers by Jean Melvin (1970).

Size:  1 15/16" diameter by 2 7/16" high.  The base of the pedestal has a 1 3/4" diameter.  The bottom is ground concave.
Signature:  Signed on the underside of the rose with an early Whittemore signature cane.  The cane has a black "W" on a yellow background. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.    

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$545 postage paid in the US.                                            Added 3/30/2021

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Francis Whittemore Blue Crimp Rose Upright Pedestal Paperweight
4034 Medium Colorful Strathearn Close Packed Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1963-1968.  This is a very attractive and colorful Strathearn close packed millefiori paperweight.  The design is placed over an opaque pink- beige ground.  A nice addition to any collection of Scottish paperweights.

The birth of Scottish paperweight making is credited to the glass making family of Salvador Ysart, who moved to Crieff, Scotland in 1922.  They worked first at John Moncrieff Ltd and made the earliest Scottish paperweights during that period.  In 1946 Salvadore and his sons Augustine and Vincent founded Ysart Brothers Glass and produced glass wares under the Vasart label.  Salvador Ysart died in 1955  The company name was later changed to Vasart Glass.  Strathearn Glass was formed in a reorganization of Vasart glass in 1963.  The new company was owned by Teachers Whiskey.  The company is no longer in existence.

Medium size:   Just over 2 3/8” diameter by 2 1/16” high.  The base is fire polished and ground concave in the center. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.  There are some small bubbles in the glass.
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this to be a Strathearn paperweight from Scotland. 

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$89 postage paid in the US.                                                 Added 3/27/2021    

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Medium Colorful Strathearn Close Packed Millefiori Paperweight
4031 Large Maude and Bob 1976 Blue Icepick Flower Candle Holder Paperweight.  dated 1976.  This large candle holder paperweight features five light blue icepick flowers over an dark blue ground.  As is typical of the St. Clair style, there is a carefully placed bubble in the center of each flower and also a carefully placed bubble in the ground in between each flower.  There is a ribbed handle on one side.  It is hot stamped on the base "MAUDE AND BOB ST CLAIR 1976".  Maude and Bob St. Clair produced paperweights under their own label for less than fifteen years.  A great addition to any collection of St. Clair items. 

This style of flower is called an ice-pick flower because of the icepick like tool used to push each flower down to the ground to form a stem.

Note:  In the pictures, the handle shows a yellow color.  This is a reflection from something in my work area.  The handle of the candle holder is clear colorless glass. 

The St. Clair line (as far as paperweights are concerned) started with John "Pop" St. Clair, Sr. who worked at the George MacBeth Glass Works in Elwood from around 1903 to 1938.  Local natural gas production faltered in 1938 and the St. Clairs began to develop their ideas for a new business of their own.  Joe St. Clair (1909 - 1987) did the original experimentation and the business was formally started in 1941 in Elwood, Indiana.  John, Sr. and the brothers John, Jr., Joe, Ed and Bob all participated, while another brother, Paul, did not at first.  By 1944 St. Clair paperweights were being sold through Georg Jensen on Fifth Avenue in New York. Joe retired (the first time) in 1971 and sold the factory to new owners in Elwood, Indiana.  About the same time, Bob St. Clair and his wife Maude opened a new factory in Elwood.  Paul St. Clair retired from General Motors and joined Bob, along with Ed St. Clair and a nephew, Joe Rice.  Sometime later after Bob opened his factory, the new owners of the original factory sold the factory back to Joe.  So, for a while, there were two St. Clair Glass factories.  Bob St. Clair died in 1986.  Joe St. Clair died in 1987.  Ed St. Clair died in 1989 and the last brother,  Paul St. Clair died in 2000.

Robert (Bob) St. Clair was born May 18, 1919 and passed away in 1986.  He is known to have used two signatures from 1971 to 1986.  Most of the time he included his wife and used the stamp "MAUDE AND BOB ST. CLAIR", often with a date with raised lettering.  Less frequently, he used the stamp "BOB ST. CLAIR" with no date.  This stamp, with only BOB, can be found with either raised or indented lettering.

Size:  The center paperweight portion is just under 3" diameter.  With the handle and the cup for the candle it is 4 1/16" wide by just under 3" deep by 3 1/16" high.  The base is finished flat and hot stamped in the center with the signature. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.
Signature:  Hot stamped on the base "MAUDE AND BOB ST. CLAIR 1976". 

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$85 postage paid in the US.                           Added 3/26/2021

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Large Maude and Bob 1976 Blue Icepick Flower Candle Holder Paperweight
4746 Chris Sherwin Art Glass Black-Capped Chickadee Paperweight.  dated 2017.  This black-capped chickadee paperweight is a wonderful example of Chris Sherwin's recent work.  The figural paperweight was created for a meeting of the Founders Chapter of the National American Glass Club.  It is signed on the base "Sherwin Art Glass 2017".

The black-capped chickadee is the state bird of Massachusetts and of Maine in the United States, and the provincial bird of New Brunswick in Canada.

Chris Sherwin has worked in glass for 25 years, specializing in designs inspired by nature.  Almost all of his work involves some aspect of torchwork decoration applied to the surface or encased torchwork creations.  He makes his own glass and canes in his environmentally conscious hydro-powered studio.  Chris studied glassblowing at Southern Connecticut State University and apprenticed at Simon Pearce.  He also spent seven years at Orient & Flume Art Glass, an internationally renowned glass studio in Chico, CA known for their iridescent vases, intricate paperweights, and torchwork designs.  At O&F he was able to create designs of his own and collaborative pieces that earned him a separate section in the O&F retail showroom. He opened his own studio in Bellows Falls, VT in 2005 and makes a variety of paperweights, vessels, animal sculptures, seasonal themed and other objects. 

Size:  3 7/8" long by 1 7/8" wide by just under 3 1/16" high.  The base is ground flat.
Signature: Signed on the base "Sherwin Art Glass 2017". 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips or scratches. 

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$85 postage paid in the US.                                                                 Added 3/24/2021    

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Chris Sherwin Art Glass Black-Capped Chickadee Paperweight
1851 Rare Large Vasart or Strathearn Paneled Millefiori Paperweight Pin Dish.  circa 1946-1969.  This pin dish features a paneled millefiori design with seven panels with a 1-2 cane pattern separated by colored twists over an orange ground.  There is a ring of pink canes with blue centers in the center of the design.  The dish is heavy with thick walls and a depressed center.  An interesting historical addition to any collection of Scottish paperweights, Ysart glass or millefiori collectibles. 

Items like this were made by the many of the Scottish paperweight companies (Ysart Brothers, Vasart Glass, Strathearn Glass, or even Perthshire Paperweights).  Some of the products made by Vasart were also sold with a Pirelli label.  It is important to note that most pin dishes started off as a paperweight.  The maker found a defect or problem and rather than stop, turned it into a pin dish.

The birth of Scottish paperweight making is credited to the glass making family of Salvador Ysart, who moved to Crieff, Scotland in 1922.  They worked first at John Moncrieff Ltd and made the earliest Scottish paperweights during that period.  In 1946 Salvadore and his sons Augustine and Vincent founded Ysart Brothers Glass and produced glass wares under the Vasart label.  Salvador Ysart died in 1955  The company name was later changed to Vasart GlassStrathearn Glass was formed in a reorganization of Vasart glass in 1963.  The new company was owned by Teachers Whiskey.

Large Size:  3 7/8” diameter by 1 5/8” high.  The center well is 2 13/16" diameter.  The base is fire polished and the pontil mark is ground down. 
Condition:  Very good condition.  I found two small scratches on the side, plus some scratches from wear on the base.  No chips or cracks.
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this is an early Scottish pin dish made by Vasart or possibly later by Strathearn. 

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$125 postage paid in the US.                 Added 3/20/2021

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Rare Large Vasart or Strathearn Paneled Millefiori Paperweight Pin Dish
4027 Magnum Joe St. Clair Greentown Colors Icepick Flower Paperweight.  circa 1960-1970.  This very large paperweight features five beige and white ice-pick flowers over an amber ground.  As is typical of this style, there is a carefully placed bubble in the center of each flower and also a carefully placed bubble in the ground in between each flower.  There is a layer of controlled bubbles surrounding the design.  This paperweight comes with the original two by four inch Joe St. Clair information insert.  It is hot stamped "JOE ST CLAIR" on the bottom.  A very flashy paperweight.

This style of flower is called an ice-pick flower because of the ice-pick like tool used to push each flower down to the ground to form a stem.

Note:  In the 1960s the St. Clairs started making replicas of pressed items previously associated with the Indiana Tumbler and Goblet Company in Greentown, Indiana.  These items were made in the Greentown colors of brown, amber, and caramel and often included fragments of glass dug up at the Greentown site.  The colors came to be known as Greentown colors.

The St. Clair line (as far as paperweights are concerned) started with John "Pop" St. Clair, Sr. who worked at the George MacBeth Glass Works in Elwood from around 1903 to 1938.  Local natural gas production faltered in 1938 and the St. Clairs began to develop their ideas for a new business of their own.  Joe St. Clair (1909 - 1987) did the original experimentation and the business was formally started in 1941 in Elwood, Indiana.  John, Sr. and the brothers John, Jr., Joe, Ed and Bob all participated, while another brother, Paul, did not at first.  By 1944 St. Clair paperweights were being sold through Georg Jensen on Fifth Avenue in New York. Joe retired (the first time) in 1971 and sold the factory to new owners in Elwood, Indiana.  About the same time, Bob St. Clair and his wife Maude opened a new factory in Elwood.  Paul St. Clair retired from General Motors and joined Bob, along with Ed St. Clair and a nephew, Joe Rice.  Sometime later after Bob opened his factory, the new owners of the original factory sold the factory back to Joe.  So, for a while, there were two St. Clair Glass factories.  Bob St. Clair died in 1986.  Joe St. Clair died in 1987.  Ed St. Clair died in 1989 and the last brother,  Paul St. Clair died in 2000.

Very Large Size:  Just under 3 1/4" diameter by just under 3 1/2" high.  It weighs just under two pounds.  The base is finished flat and hot stamped in the center with the signature. 
Condition:  Excellent Condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.
Signature:  Hot stamped JOE ST. CLAIR on the base.  This probably dates from the 1960s or 1970s, but may be earlier.  Joe St. Clair died in 1987. 

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$125 postage paid in the US.                           Added 3/20/2021

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Magnum Joe St. Clair Greentown Colors Icepick Flower Paperweight
4356 William Manson Phoenix Paperweights Limited Edition FP14 Paneled Millefiori Paperweight.  Dated 2003.  This paperweight has a paneled millefiori design with twelve panels of 1 - 2 millefiori in each panel.  The panels are separated by black and white twist canes.  In the center is a large closepack design of millefiori canes.  The entire design is set on glittery translucent green ground.  The paperweight was issued in a limited edition of 75 paperweights of which this is number 51.  It is signed and numbered "PHOENIX 2003 51/75" on the base (although a mistake was made and corrected in engraving the 75).    It also has a Phoenix Paperweights "PP" signature cane set in the center of the base.  Perfect condition with certificate (#51/75).   

Phoenix Paperweights was a small company started by William Manson Sr. to engage three workers from Perthshire after Perthshire closed in January 2002.  They only lasted a year and issued paperweights in 2002 and 2003 before closing in August 2003.  Phoenix operated in the Manson works in Perth, Scotland.  The glass workers were William Manson Sr., David McNichol (paperweight maker), Duncan Smith (lampworking), and Gordon Taylor (glass cutter).  Some of the lampwork was also done by Rosette Fleming.  The 2003 Phoenix catalog lists William Manson Paperweights as the distributor. 

Size:  Just over 2 9/16" diameter by just under 1 3/4" high. The base is ground flat with a concave center.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed and numbered "PHOENIX 2003 25/75" on the base.  It also has a Phoenix Paperweights "PP" signature cane set in the center of the base.  This paperweight comes with its original certificate. 

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SOLD.                         Added 3/16/2021   

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William Manson Phoenix Paperweights Limited Edition FP14 Paneled Millefiori Paperweight
5280 Chinese Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with 1856 Date Cane.  circa 1960 - 1990.  This paperweight is a large two ring concentric millefiori paperweight with an unusual large "1856" date cane.  The ground is clear glass.  It is intended to replicate antique American and French millefiori paperweights with date canes, although none of the real antiques used the date 1856.  Earlier 1930s Chinese paperweights sometimes had dates but they were painted in black on white plaques, not canes.  In this case, the 1856 date is a real cane - the number goes all the way through the glass and can be see in reverse from the base.  A fun collectible.

Note:  The condition is rated fair because of many light scratches, pinpricks, and abrasions on the surface.  In spite of this, it displays well.  Please review the pictures. 

Chinese Paperweights were made in the late 1920s and throughout the 1930s as an attempt to duplicate 19th Century antique weights made in the United States and France. In general, Chinese paperweights from the 1930s have a light weight glass mixture that is high in soda and has a greenish tinge. The glass also has a soft almost oily feel. Frequently they have bubbles or debris in the glass.  And because of their age, many of these have minor scratches or other surface defects.  Chinese paperweights made later usually have better quality glass and are free of debris.  This paperweight probably dates from the 1960s or later. 

Size:  Just under 2 5/8” diameter by 2 1/4" high.  The base is ground flat with a matte finish.  As is typical of modern Chinese paperweights, the base is not a perfect circle.   
Signature: Unsigned but I guarantee this to be of Chinese origin from the 1960s or later.    
Condition:  Fair condition.  This paperweight has light scratches and abrasions on the surface, including an area "below the waist" with many tiny pinpricks.  No significant chips or cracks.  It displays well.  Please review the pictures.

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SOLD.                                        Added 3/10/2021 

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Chinese Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with 1856 Date Cane
5276 Very Early Francis Whittemore Miniature White Millefiori Flower with Leaf and Blue Bud on a Pink Ground Paperweight.  circa 1962 - 1969.  This very early paperweight by Francis Whittemore features a five petal white flower constructed from millefiori canes, a blue twist bud, and one green leaf and stem.  It is signed in the design with an early Whittemore signature cane.  The cane has a black "W" on a yellow background.  The design is placed on a powdery pink ground which penetrates the clear encasement at the edges.  This is an important early example of  Francis Whittemore's work and worthy of any collection of Whittemore paperweights.

Note:  This paperweight is almost the same as the examples offered in Larry Selman's first two editions of "CATALOGUE OF COLLECTORS' PAPERWEIGHTS".  See the 1970 Catalog (robins egg blue cover) or the 1971 Catalog (olive green cover).

Note on execution:  The pictures of the edge of the base show that Whittemore had not yet mastered the encasement of the pink ground.  He must have used a frit powder for the pink ground and you can see a splatter of the powder into the clear encasement.

Francis Dyer Whittemore, Jr. is considered one of the pioneers of the modern paperweight renaissance.  He started working in glass in 1938, but did not start making paperweights until 1962.   His studio was in Lansdale, Pennsylvania.  Like many other early glass artists, Francis started his career as a scientific glass blower and then later taught glass as an instructor.  For five years, he spent one month a year consulting at Baccarat to help them refine their lampwork paperweight art.  Some sources have this consulting work from 1971 to 1976.  Other sources have it starting later.  The signature cane used on this paperweight was one he developed prior to working at Baccarat.  Most of his paperweights are miniature to medium in size.  You can read about Francis Whittemore in the book American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers by Jean Melvin (1970).

Size:  2 3/8" diameter by 1 1/16" high.  This paperweight has a very low profile.  The bottom is ground concave.
Signature:  Signed in the design with an early Whittemore signature cane.  The cane has a black "W" on a yellow background. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.  There is a flaw in the encasement process where the pink powder lifted into the clear encasement (see pictures).  This is not damage - rather it shows how every artist encounters challenges when learning a new medium.    

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SOLD.                                            Added 3/6/2021

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Very Early Francis Whittemore Miniature White Millefiori Flower with Leaf and Blue Bud on a Pink Ground Paperweight
5223 D'Albret 1975 Double Overlay Sulphide Paperweight of Charles Lindbergh.  dated 1975.  This modern sulphide paperweight features a large three dimensional figure of the Charles Augustus Lindbergh.  The sulphide figure was designed by Gilbert Poillerat.  It has a light blue and white overlay with a clear glass ground and a fancy cut cog edged footed base.  This paperweight is faceted with one large top facet and six side facets.   Only 170 copies were made with an overlay.  It is signed on the front edge of the sulphide "C A LINDBERGH GP 75".  It is also etch signed in the center of the base "CR. D'ALBRET - FRANCE".  The paperweight comes with its original Paul Jokelson blue box marked "CHARLES A. LINDBERGH by G. POILLERAT CRISTAL D'ALBRET FRANCE P.J."  A great addition to any collection of historical sulphides. 

This paperweight was made in two formats for a total of 570 paperweights, including 170 blue and white overlays and 400 non-overlays.  All of the non-overlay paperweights had a cobalt blue ground.

Charles Augustus Lindbergh was an American aviator, military officer, author, inventor, and activist. At the age of 25 in 1927, he went from obscurity as a U.S. Air Mail pilot to instantaneous world fame by making a nonstop flight from New York City to Paris. (from Wikipedia)

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.  Sometimes a sulphide will have a silvery appearance due to a thin layer of trapped bubbles between the glass and the sulphide itself. 

Cristalleries et Verreries de Vianne was founded in 1918 with the reorganization and reestablishment of a glassworks in the town of Vianne, France following World War I.  The company specialized in making lighting fixtures when they were approached in 1967 by Paul Jokelson with a proposal to make sulphide paperweights.  They accepted Jokelson's proposal and successfully made a variety of sulphide paperweights under the label Cristal d'Albret.  Jokelson was the US distributor for most, if not all, of these products.

Large Size:  3 1/8" diameter by just under 1 15/16" high.  The clear base has a fancy cut with a concavity in the center.  The paperweight is faceted with one large top facet and six side facets and is footed. 
Signature:  The paperweight is signed with an acid etched "CR. D'ALBRET - FRANCE" in the center of the base.  The sulphide is marked "C A LINDBERGH GP 75".  The paperweight comes with its original Paul Jokelson blue box marked "CHARLES A. LINDBERGH by G. POILLERAT CRISTAL D'ALBRET FRANCE P.J."  
Condition:   Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, scratches or other flaws found on inspection.

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D'Albret mark on base
"C A LINDBERGH GP 75" incised on sulphide
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Box
Side view
Another side view
$145 postage paid in the US.                         Added 3/4/2021

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D'Albret 1975 Double Overlay Sulphide Paperweight of Charles Lindbergh
4312 Early Large Caithness Peter Holmes Cascade - Rainbow Two Layer Fountain Paperweight.  circa 1975.  This large egg shaped Caithness paperweight features a wonderful two layer fountain design with a rainbow of colors.  The fountains "cascade" down to a black ground dusted with grey frit.  It is etched on the base "Caithness CASCADE Scotland".  There is also a two color  "CG" signature cane on the base.  The glass has a grayish tinge.  A beautiful paperweight with great color.

Note on condition:  There is extensive scratching on the base including some rough areas on the edge of the base.  I have rated the condition Good rather than Very Good because this is an abnormal amount of wear for a contemporary paperweight.  The body of the paperweight is great and I found no chips, cracks or scratches on the body.

The CASCADE - RAINBOW design is listed and designated CT-32 on page 11 of the Charlton Standard Catalog of Caithness Paperweights.  It was designed in 1974 by Peter Holmes.  The Charlton Standard Catalog lists two versions of CASCADE, CT-31 on page 10 with silver fountains and CASCADE - RAINBOW, CT-32 on page 11 with the rainbow of colors.  Both started production in 1974, originally with a Peter Holmes "PH" signature cane and finished production with a Caithness Glass "CG" signature cane.  It is possible the switch to "CG" was the result of Holmes planning to depart Caithness which happened in 1977.  The paperweight offered here is clearly the Rainbow version. 

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.

Peter Holmes started his glass working career at Caithness Glass (Scotland) in 1963 as an apprentice to Paul Ysart.  He continued at Caithness until 1977, when he and Ron Hutchinson left Caithness to start Selkirk Glass.  Peter left Selkirk in 2002 to start Scottish Borders Art Glass with his son, Andrew, at Galalaw, Hawick. 

Very large size:  2 13/16" diameter by 4" high.  The base is ground flat. 
Condition:  Good condition.  There is extensive scratching on the base including some rough areas on the edge of the base.  I have rated the condition Good rather than Very Good because this is an abnormal amount of wear for a contemporary paperweight.  The body of the paperweight is great and I found no chips, cracks or scratches on the body. 
Signature:  It is signed with an acid etch on the base "Caithness CASCADE Scotland".  There is also a two color  "CG" signature cane on the base, indicating it was made in 1975 or later.

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Base
$85 postage paid in the US.                                     Added 2/28/2021   

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Early Large Caithness Peter Holmes Cascade - Rainbow Two Layer Fountain Paperweight
5185

Large Joe St. Clair Icepick Flower Teapot Ring Holder Paperweight.  circa 1960 - 1980.  This teapot shaped figural paperweight is intended for use as a ring holder and is a very popular design.  It has five light blue icepick flowers  over a white chipped glass ground.  As is typical of this style, there is a carefully placed bubble in the center of each flower and also a carefully placed bubble in the ground in between each pair of flowers.  It is hot stamped "JOE ST CLAIR" on the bottom.  A very flashy figural paperweight.

This style of flower is called an icepick flower because of the ice-pick like tool used to push each flower down to the ground to form a stem. 

The St. Clair line (as far as paperweights are concerned) started with John "Pop" St. Clair, Sr. who worked at the George MacBeth Glass Works in Elwood from around 1903 to 1938.  Local natural gas production faltered in 1938 and the St. Clairs began to develop their ideas for a new business of their own.  Joe St. Clair (1909 - 1987) did the original experimentation and the business was formally started in 1941 in Elwood, Indiana.  John, Sr. and the brothers John, Jr., Joe, Ed and Bob all participated, while another brother, Paul, did not at first.  By 1944 St. Clair paperweights were being sold through the Georg Jensen Shop on Fifth Avenue in New York.  Joe retired (the first time) in 1971 and sold the factory to new owners in Elwood, Indiana.  Sometime later, the new owners of the original factory sold the factory back to Joe.  For a while, there were two St. Clair factories, one owned by Joe and the other owned by Bob St. Clair.

Size:  4 7/8" wide by 4" high.  The center paperweight portion is 2 1/2" in diameter. The bottom is finished flat and hot stamped in the center with the signature. 
Condition:  Excellent Condition with no chips or cracks.  No scratches found on inspection.
Signature:  Hot stamped "JOE ST. CLAIR" on the bottom.  This probably dates from the 1960s or 1970s, but may be earlier.  Joe St. Clair died in 1987. 

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$59 postage paid in the US.                                       Added 2/24/2021

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Large Joe St. Clair Icepick Flower Teapot Ring Holder Paperweight
2805 Peter Holmes Selkirk 1985 Limited Edition Floral Bouquet with Millefiori Garland Paperweight.  dated 1985.  This paperweight has a wonderful lampwork floral bouquet surrounded by a millefiori garland.  The bouquet consists of six multicolored flowers each with its own leaves set on a bed of larger leaves.  It is number 147 out of a limited edition of 250 paperweights.  The design is placed over a clear ground and faceted with one large top facet and five side facets.  It is signed in script on the base "SELKIRK GLASS SCOTLAND 147/250 1985" and there is also a Peter Holmes "PH" signature cane.  A colorful  example from Selkirk Glass.

Selkirk Glass founded in 1977 by Peter Holmes and Ron Hutchinson.  Peter apprenticed under Paul Ysart at Caithness from 1963 and continued at Caithness until 1977.  Ron Hutchinson was also at Caithness.  Selkirk produced a wide range of paperweight styles including abstract, lampwork and millefiori paperweights.  The company was located in Selkirk, Scotland in the Borders Region.  At some point they were purchased by Edinburgh Crystal and remained in operation until 2006. .

Peter Holmes started his glass working career at Caithness Glass (Scotland) in 1963 as an apprentice to Paul Ysart.  He continued at Caithness until 1977, when he and Ron Hutchinson left Caithness to start Selkirk Glass.  Peter left Selkirk in 2002 to start Scottish Borders Art Glass with his son, Andrew, at Galalaw, Hawick. 

Large size:  3" diameter by 2" high. The bottom is ground concave. 
Signature:  It is signed in script on the base "SELKIRK GLASS SCOTLAND 147/250 1985" and there is also a Peter Holmes "PH" signature cane..
Condition:  Very good condition with some wear on the base.  Two tiny pinpricks and one faint scratch on the side found on inspection.  The paperweight displays beautifully.

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SOLD.                                            Added 2/23/2021

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Peter Holmes Selkirk 1985 Limited Edition Floral Bouquet with Millefiori Garland Paperweight
842 Magnum 1930s Chinese Scrambled Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1930.  This is an extra large example of a 1930s scrambled millefiori paperweight from China filled with a nice assortment of millefiori canes and twist canes.  This style was intended to be a copy of a French scramble or end of day weight from 1845-1860 (probably St. Louis or Clichy), but it will not fool today's collectors.  This example is scratch signed "CHINA" on the base.  As with most Chinese paperweights of this period, this paperweight has a light weight glass mixture that is high in soda and has a greenish tinge.  The glass has a soft oily feel and there are many light scratches and scuff marks.  There are also striations (sugaring) in the glass.  An unusually large example worthy of any collection of Chinese paperweights.

Chinese Paperweights were made in the late 1920s and throughout the 1930s as an attempt to duplicate 19th Century antique weights made in the United States and France.  Because they are almost 100 years old, they are very collectible and every collector should own a few of these as study pieces.  The history of the early Chinese paperweights is mostly anecdotal as no written records have been discovered.  The story is that an American dealer sent examples of paperweights made by the New England Glass Company (NEGC), Boston & Sandwich Glass Company (B&S), Millville makers, and French factories to a Chinese factory and requested copies be made.  The results are interesting and sometimes confused with the originals by inexperienced collectors.  The earliest pictures of these paperweights appeared in the book American Glass Paperweights by Francis Edgar Smith published in 1939.  Smith was aware that at least one of the paperweights shown in his book was Chinese.  Since Smith was not an expert collector, this indicates that there was some general knowledge that these were Chinese prior to 1939.

In the United States, the Tariff Act of 1930 required that every imported item must be conspicuously and indelibly marked in English with its country of origin.  As a result, many of these Chinese paperweights are scratch signed on the bottom "CHINA".  Many are also not signed, suggesting that either they were imported prior to 1930 or the importer ignored the requirement.  Most likely the earliest Chinese paperweights were made prior to 1930.

The Chinese makers often combined design features found in paperweights from different makers.  For example they copied the latticinio grounds used by New England Glass Company and used them with copies of Baccarat Pansy weights.  The original Baccarat pansy paperweights never had a latticinio ground.  They copied the pedestal rose from Millville and then used the pedestal bottom with other weights. It is fun to collect all the variations. 

In general, Chinese paperweights from the 1930s have a light weight glass mixture that is high in soda and has a greenish tinge.  The glass also has a soft almost oily feel.  Frequently they have bubbles or debris in the glass.  And because of their age, many of these have minor scratches or other surface defects.  Chinese paperweights made in the 1970s and later usually have better quality glass and are free of debris. 

Very large size:   Just under 3 7/16” diameter by 2 7/16"  high.  The base is rough, fire finished, and ground concave in the center.  A remnant of the pontil scar remains in the center.
Signature:  Scratch signed "CHINA" on the base.  
Condition:  Good condition.  It has many surface scratches and scuffs.  No cracks or chips.  Striations in the glass.  The quality of the glass is poor with some debris - as is typical of early Chinese paperweights. The glass has a greenish tinge and it has a soft oily feel.  

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$125 postage paid in the US.                                  Added 2/23/2021

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Magnum 1930s Chinese Scrambled Millefiori Paperweight
4026 Miniature Strathearn Eight Pointed Star Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Opaque Lime Green Ground.  circa 1963-1968.  This miniature paperweight features a three ring concentric millefiori design and is finished as a eight pointed star.  The ground is an opaque lime green.  The star points give the glass a glittery appearance.  This paperweight has a worn Strathearn paper label with a leaping salmon and "STRATHEARN HAND MADE IN SCOTLAND" on the base.  A great addition to any collection of Scottish glass. 
 
This is called a pressed weight because a mold is used to form the shape.  The top is flattened.  The star points give the glass a real glittery appearance as you can see in the pictures. 

The birth of Scottish paperweight making is credited to the glass making family of Salvador Ysart, who moved to Crieff, Scotland in 1922.  They worked first at John Moncrieff Ltd and made the earliest Scottish paperweights during that period.  In 1946 Salvadore and his sons Augustine and Vincent founded Ysart Brothers Glass and produced glass wares under the Vasart label.  Salvador Ysart died in 1955  The company name was later changed to Vasart Glass.  Strathearn Glass was formed in a reorganization of Vasart glass in 1963.  The new company was owned by Teachers Whiskey.

Miniature size:   2 1/16” diameter by 1 1/8” high.  The base is fire polished. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No damage found on inspection.   
Signature:  This paperweight has a worn Strathearn paper label with a leaping salmon and "STRATHEARN HAND MADE IN SCOTLAND" on the base. 

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$59 postage paid in the US.                                                 Added 2/22/2020

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Miniature Strathearn Eight Pointed Star Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Opaque Lime Green Ground
2836 Selkirk 1996 Stylized Blue Flower Paperweight.  dated 1996.  This paperweight has an stylized or abstract blue floral design with five trumpet shaped petals and a green center.  Each of the trumpet shapes has an elongated bubble in the center.  The design is placed over a translucent blue ground.  It is signed in script on the base "SELKIRK GLASS SCOTLAND 1996".  It also has a worn paper label "SELKIRK GLASS HANDMADE IN SCOTLAND".  A colorful  example from Selkirk Glass.

Selkirk Glass founded in 1977 by Peter Holmes and Ron Hutchinson.  Peter apprenticed under Paul Ysart at Caithness from 1963 and continued at Caithness until 1977.  Ron Hutchinson was also at Caithness.  Selkirk produced a wide range of paperweight styles including abstract, lampwork and millefiori paperweights.  The company was located in Selkirk, Scotland in the Borders Region.  At some point they were purchased by Edinburgh Crystal and remained in operation until 2006. .

Peter Holmes started his glass working career at Caithness Glass (Scotland) in 1963 as an apprentice to Paul Ysart.  He continued at Caithness until 1977, when he and Ron Hutchinson left Caithness to start Selkirk Glass.  Peter left Selkirk in 2002 to start Scottish Borders Art Glass with his son, Andrew, at Galalaw, Hawick. 

Large size:  2 13/16" diameter by 2 5/8" high. The bottom is ground concave. 
Signature:  It is signed in script on the base "SELKIRK GLASS SCOTLAND 1996".  It also has a worn paper label "SELKIRK GLASS HANDMADE IN SCOTLAND".
Condition:  Excellent condition with some wear on the base and one faint scuff or scratch (less than 1/8" long) on the side.  No other scratches, cracks or chips found on inspection. 

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$95 postage paid in the US.                                            Added 2/18/2021

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Selkirk 1996 Stylized Blue Flower Paperweight
3436 Robert Townsend Translucent Veiled Yellow Abstract Faceted Paperweight.  circa 1980s or later.  This distinctive paperweight with three top facets has an abstract multi-layered veiled design of transparent pale yellow and clear colored glass.  The veiling technique allows the glass to react to light and create a fluid, airy effect.  It is signed on the base "Robert Townsend", but it is possible that I am reading the signature incorrectly.  I show the signature as it appears and then darkened to make it easier to read.  An interesting paperweight that shows considerable skill.

This paperweight has a translucent design was difficult to photograph.  It has "veil" effect created by using a metallic powder in the glass.  The veiling technique was first developed by Dominic Labino in the early 1970s.  Later it was used by Harvey Littleton (1980), Ed Nesteruk (1982), Michael O'Keefe (1984), Robert Eickholt, Gilbert C. Johnson, and others. 

The paperweight is signed Robert Townsend, but I have been unable to learn anything about the artist.  It is professionally executed and finished.  I purchased the paperweight as part of a Massachusetts collection of quality paperweights.

Size:  Just over 2 7/8" diameter by just over 2 5/8" high.  The base is polished flat. 
Signature: Signed "Robert Townsend" on the base.  The signature was difficult to photograph, so I show the signature as it appears and then darkened to make it easier to read.   
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks or chips.  Some wear on the base.

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$69 postage paid in the US.                                                     Added 2/15/2021

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Robert Townsend Translucent Veiled Yellow Abstract Faceted Paperweight
5265 Francis Whittemore Miniature Yellow Pears with Leaves and Seed Pod Paperweight.  circa 1971 - 1980.  This paperweight features two yellow pears along with three green leaves, and a seed pod.  It is signed in the design with a fancy Whittemore "W" compound signature cane.  The signature cane is a white "W" on a blue background surrounded by a ring of white stars.  The design is placed on a translucent green ground.  Whittemore revisited this theme several times during his career as a paperweight maker.  A beautiful example.

Note:  This was a difficult paperweight to photograph.  The highly reflective surface even picked up a reflection of my hand and my camera.  If you need more pictures please let me know.

Francis Dyer Whittemore, Jr. is considered one of the pioneers of the modern paperweight renaissance.  He started working in glass in 1938, but did not start making paperweights until 1962.   His studio was in Lansdale, Pennsylvania.  Like many other early glass artists, Francis started his career as a scientific glass blower and then later taught glass as an instructor.  For five years, he spent one month a year consulting at Baccarat to help them refine their lampwork paperweight art.  Some sources have this consulting work from 1971 to 1976.  Other sources have it starting later.  The signature cane used on this paperweight was one he developed during the period that he was consulting at Baccarat.  Most of his paperweights are miniature to medium in size.  You can read about Francis Whittemore in the book American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers by Jean Melvin (1970).

Miniature size:  Just under 2 1/16" diameter by 1 11/16" high. The bottom is ground concave.
Signature:  Signed in the design with a Whittemore "W" complex signature cane.  The one used in this paperweight has a white W on a blue background surrounded by a ring of white stars.  It helps to date the paperweight to after 1971 when he started working with Baccarat. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches.

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$375 postage paid in the US.                                            Added 2/14/2021

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Francis Whittemore Miniature Yellow Pears with Leaves and Seed Pod Paperweight
2843 Edinburgh Crystal Caithness 1986 Double Trefoil "Ring of Roses"Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1986.  This is a rare example made by Caithness Glass for Edinburgh Crystal.  It features a double trefoil design titled "Ring of Roses" with green and pink millefiori and an Edinburgh "E" signature cane in the center.  The design is placed over a dark purple almost opaque ground.   

Note:  Most Edinburgh paperweights were also signed with an acid etch or sandblasted signature - this example is not.  It is possible that this is an early prototype or even a second.  

The Ring of Roses design is shown in the 1986 Edinburgh Crystal Paperweights catalog as an unlimited issue paperweight.  The 1986 catalog showed eight unlimited designs and twelve limited edition paperweights.

Edinburgh Crystal originated as a glassworks in Scotland at Leith in 1664.  The company had a long history as a glassworks, merging with and acquiring other companies, eventually becoming part of  Webb Glass after World War I, although they retained the name Edinburgh and Leith Glassworks until 1955.  In 1955, the name was changed to Edinburgh Crystal Glass Co.  Edinburgh never made glass paperweights.  Paperweights were made for Edinburgh by Caithness Glass in 1985 and 1986.  Later production appears to have been outsourced to other countries.  In 2004 Edinburgh Crystal purchased Caithness Glass out of receivership.  Finances did not work out and Edinburgh ceased to exist in 2006 with Dartington Crystal acquiring some of the remaining assets.

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.

Large Size:  2 7/8" diameter by just under 2 3/16" high.  The base is ground flat.
Condition:  Good to Very Good condition.  There is considerable wear and scratches on the base.  There is also one 3/4" long scratch on the side next to the base - shown in the picture of the base.  No other damage or scratches were found on the dome. 
Signature:  It is signed with an Edinburgh "E" signature cane in the center of the design.  The signature cane has a flaw on one side - bubbles in the glass.

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$75 postage paid in the US.                                         Added 2/7/2021 

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Edinburgh Crystal Caithness 1986 Double Trefoil "Ring of Roses"Millefiori Paperweight
4856 Baccarat 1976 Gridel Series Magnum Millefiori White Monkey Limited Edition Paperweight.  dated 1976.  This modern millefiori paperweight features a large central Gridel white monkey silhouette on a black background surrounded by a ring of white canes.  The white monkey cane is set in the center of a paneled pattern with six panels of blue and green millefiori and surrounded by a ring of identical green canes.  The panels are divided by rays of smaller Gridel canes plus Baccarat's complex signature / date cane "B 1976".  Each ray contains three Gridel canes, with the exception of one ray which contains two Gridel canes plus the signature / date cane.  The design is set on a translucent white ground.  This design was released in 1976 in a limited edition of 350 pieces.  This is number 186 in that edition.  This paperweight is also signed on the base with an acid etched Baccarat mark along with the year (1976) and edition number (186).  A fantastic paperweight. 

In 1846 Baccarat introduced the popular Gridel figures in their closepack millefiori paperweights.  It was named after Emil Gridel, the nephew of Jean-Baptiste Toussaint the general manager of Baccarat.  Toussaint saw Gridel making paper cutouts of animals and saw an opportunity to incorporate these silhouettes in millefiori paperweights.   From 1971 to 1979 Baccarat issued a modern Gridel series of millefiori paperweights based on eighteen Gridel figures.  Each paperweight has a large Gridel figure in the center with smaller versions of the other figures included in the design.  There are variations in orientation and color as well as the types of canes in each design and it is possible to amass a very large collection covering just this series.

Very Large Size:  Just under 3 7/16" diameter by just under 2 5/16" high.  The base is ground flat.
Signature:  The paperweight is signed with Baccarat's complex signature cane "B 1976" in the design.  It also has one acid etched Baccarat mark on the base along with the year (1976) and edition number (186). 
Condition:   Excellent condition.  There is some minor wear on the base, but no other cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.   

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$395 postage paid in the US.                                                         Added 1/30/2021.

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Baccarat 1976 Gridel Series Magnum Millefiori White Monkey Limited Edition Paperweight
2544 Antique Green and White Jasper Ground Paperweight.   circa 1845-1890.  This is an unusual antique jasper ground paperweight - unusual in that there is no other motif present.  Normally we find a jasper ground paperweight with a flower or a millefiori pattern.  It could be a practice piece made by a glass worker learning how to create a jasper ground, or it could be that the flower or design wasn't ready when it needed to be picked up.  I don't know which factory made it.  Among antique American paperweight makers, both the New England Glass Company and the Boston and Sandwich Glass Company made floral paperweights with jasper grounds.  In France, St. Louis made jasper ground paperweights during the classic period (1845 - 1860).  Other factories probably did as well.  So the origin remains a mystery.  A colorful example that you will keep on your desk and use as - a paperweight.

Large Size:  2 3/4" diameter by 2 1/16" high. The bottom is ground concave with a pontil scar remaining.
Signature: Unsigned, but I guarantee this is an antique paperweight from an unidentified factory.  Most likely it is antique French or American.
Condition:  Good condition.  There are some minor scratches on the surface and tiny nicks on the edge of the base.  The base is not perfectly round as there is a spot where a chip or flaw was removed from edge of the base.  The jasper is not perfect and has some black specks and bubbles in it.

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SOLD.                                            Added 1/29/2021  

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Antique Green and White Jasper Ground Paperweight
3405 Baccarat Modern Four Row Open Concentric Millefiori Paperweight.   Circa 1958 - 1965.  This paperweight has an open concentric design with four rows of pastel colored millefiori around a central complex cane.  It is signed with an etched Baccarat logo on the base.  The paperweight contains examples of early Baccarat complex millefiori and dates from the first years of Baccarat modern millefiori production.

Baccarat was founded in 1776 in Alsace-Lorraine with the name of Verrerie de Sainte Anne.  The original location was near the town of Baccarat.  Today the firm is known as Compagnie des Cristalleries de Baccarat.  Most collectors refer to three periods of Baccarat paperweight production.

  •     1845-1860 - Classic period
  •     1900-1934 - Dupont period
  •     1953 - on - Modern period
This classification is definitely an over simplification as it is likely that Baccarat made some paperweights on and off through most of 19th century.  The best millefiori and lampwork paperweights were made during the classic period (1845-1860).  Pansy weights and rock weights continued in production until much later.  Some paperweights are identified as Dupont period and were made at the end of the 19th Century or early in the 20th century.

Baccarat started making modern millefiori paperweights in 1957.  According to Paul Dunlop ( Baccarat Paperweights:  Two Centuries of Beauty ), Baccarat started making the modern spaced millefiori paperweights on muslin or lace in 1958 and continued making undated examples until the limited editions were started in 1970.  The exception is 1964 when special versions were produced for Baccarat's 200th anniversary.

Medium Size:  Just over 2 1/2” diameter by 2” high.  Bottom is ground flat.
Signature:  Made by Baccarat in France.  Signed on the base with an etched Baccarat logo.  The logo is hard to see and harder to photograph.
Condition: Excellent condition.  Other than some wear on the base, no other chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.

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$165 postage paid in the US.                                         Added 1/27/2021

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Baccarat Modern Four Row Open Concentric Millefiori Paperweight
5376 Francis Whittemore Limited Edition Mistletoe and White Berries with Two Bells Paperweight.  circa 1965 - 1975.  This paperweight features an innovative presentation of a bunch of mistletoe and white berries with two three-dimensional pink bells.  Each bell has a Whittemore black on yellow "W" signature cane as a clapper.  The design is placed on a translucent blue ground.  It is part of a limited edition of 100 paperweights and is engraved "54" on the base.  I don't have the original limited edition certificate.  A beautiful example.

Note:  There is a small rough area on the edge of the base.  I don't think this is damage, but rather an area left unpolished when the paperweight was made.  Today's cameras pick up the smallest defect.

Francis Dyer Whittemore, Jr. is considered one of the pioneers of the modern paperweight renaissance.  He started working in glass in 1938, but did not start making paperweights until 1962.   His studio was in Lansdale, Pennsylvania.  Like many other early glass artists, Francis started his career as a scientific glass blower and then later taught glass as an instructor.  For five years, he spent one month a year consulting at Baccarat to help them refine their lampwork paperweight art.  Some sources have this consulting work from 1971 to 1976.  Other sources have it starting later.  The signature cane used on this paperweight was one he developed prior to working at Baccarat.  Most of his paperweights are miniature to medium in size.  You can read about Francis Whittemore in the book American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers by Jean Melvin (1970).

Size:  2 3/8" diameter by 1 15/16" high. The bottom is ground concave but a small area was left unpolished (see picture)
Signature:  Signed in the design with two Whittemore signature canes used as clappers for the bells.  Each signature cane is a black "W" on a yellow background. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches.  There is, however, a small rough area on the edge of the base.

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$375 postage paid in the US.                                               Added 1/27/2021

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Francis Whittemore Limited Edition Mistletoe and White Berries with Two Bells Paperweight
2863 Early Selkirk 1980 Poinsettia Paperweight.  dated 1980.  This paperweight has a pale green five petal poinsettia on a translucent cobalt blue ground.  The flower has five dark green sepals and a pink and white millefiori cane in the center.  It is signed in script on the base "SELKIRK GLASS SCOTLAND 1980".  It also has a worn paper label "SELKIRK GLASS HANDMADE IN SCOTLAND".  An colorful  early example from Selkirk Glass.

Selkirk Glass founded in 1977 by Peter Holmes and Ron Hutchinson.  Peter apprenticed under Paul Ysart at Caithness from 1963 and continued at Caithness until 1977.  Ron Hutchinson was also at Caithness.  Selkirk produced a wide range of paperweight styles including abstract, lampwork and millefiori paperweights.  The company was located in Selkirk, Scotland in the Borders Region.  At some point they were purchased by Edinburgh Crystal and remained in operation until 2006. .

Peter Holmes started his glass working career at Caithness Glass (Scotland) in 1963 as an apprentice to Paul Ysart.  He continued at Caithness until 1977, when he and Ron Hutchinson left Caithness to start Selkirk Glass.  Peter left Selkirk in 2002 to start Scottish Borders Art Glass with his son, Andrew, at Galalaw, Hawick. 

Small size:  2 5/16" diameter by 1 5/8" high. The bottom is ground flat. 
Signature:  It is signed in script on the base "SELKIRK GLASS SCOTLAND 1980".  It also has a worn paper label "SELKIRK GLASS HANDMADE IN SCOTLAND".
Condition:  Excellent condition with some wear on the base, but no other scratches, cracks or chips found on inspection. 

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SOLD.                                            Added 1/25/2021

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Early Selkirk 1980 Poinsettia Paperweight
5383 Rare Harold J. Hacker Snake Paperweight.   circa 1966 - 1980.  This wonderful Harold Hacker lampwork snake paperweight.  The long brown snake with two white eyes and a long slender tongue has a yellow stripe down its back.  It blends perfectly with the copper colored frit ground.  It is engraved "HJH" on the base.  A very similar example is shown on page 172 of Melvin's book American Glass Paperweights and their Makers (Revised 1970).  A desirable example of Hacker's work.

Harold James Hacker (1906 - 1989) was born in Weston, West Virginia and, at the age of thirteen, took a job at the Weston Glass Plant.  Later he worked at the West Virginia Specialty Glass Company and learned some of the rudiments of blowing glass.  In 1936 he moved to California and worked at the Technical Glass Company in Los Angeles.  After service in the armed services during world war II, he obtained a concession at the Knott's Berry Farm making miniature glass objects, built on a hobby of lampworking that started back in West Virginia.  In 1966 Hacker and a friend from West Virginia, A. F. Carpenter, started experimenting with glass paperweights at a small studio near Hacker's home in Buena Park, CA.  In the beginning they made more traditional lampwork floral arrangements and millefiori paperweights, but then focused on lampwork snakes, reptiles, turtles, and other animals.  Their output was low and, even with two helpers, never exceeded 200 paperweights a year.  All were signed with variations of Hacker's signature, "Hacker", "Harold Hacker", "Harold J Hacker", or just the initials "HJH".  It is not possible to specifically identify which lampwork animals were made by A. F. Carpenter, but it is believed that Carpenter was the better lampwork artist and Hacker did some of the simpler designs.  Hacker also did the encasement.  Their work was considered good enough to earn an entry in  Dunlop's Dictionary of Glass Paperweights.  Both men are included in Jean Melvin's book American Glass Paperweights and their Makers (revised edition 1970) and Hacker has a page in Larry Selman's All About Paperweights.  Harold Hacker wrote an article "The Art of Paperweights" for the 1968 Annual Bulletin of the Paperweight Collectors' Association. 

Size:  2 3/4" diameter by 1 1/16" high.  The base is ground flat.  Note the low profile.
Condition:  Very good condition.  There are some scuff marks on the widest part of the paperweight.  No other chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.
Signature:  Engraved "HJH" on the base. 

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$165 postage paid in the US.                          Added 1/22/2021

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Rare Harold J. Hacker Snake Paperweight
600 Early Mark Matthews 1981 Experimental Spiral Paperweight.  dated 1981.  This is an early Mark Matthews Translucent Swirl Paperweight.  It features a precise gold swirl applied to a dark brown or dark red surface.  It was made in 1981 before Mark started his studio in 1985, so it may have been made during his student days.  I have labeled this as an experimental piece because there are many surface "flaws".  These flaws don't appear to be damage but rather the result of an unfinished or experimental process.  Marble collectors are familiar with this amazing artist but he made relatively few paperweights.  His focus is spheres and some of them sell for thousands of dollars.  This is a chance to own an early Mark Matthews work.

Mark Matthews started working in glass in 1974 while he was still an undergraduate at glorious Kent State University and continued his studies at Ohio University, receiving an MFA.  Since 1985 he as worked full time in glass as an independent glass artist with his studio located within the Sauder Village in Archbold, Ohio.  Matthews has become internationally recognized for his mastery of the glass sphere.  His stated goal is to explore the ways radically different designs and techniques can be used within a well-defined category such as spheres.  Mark Matthews work has been published in many books and is held in museums such as the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, England, the Corning Museum of Glass in New York, the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio and the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.   

Large Size:  Just under 3 1/16" diameter by 2 7/16" high.  The base is unfinished with a broken pontil scar. 
Signature: It is signed in script on the base "Mark Matthews 1981".
Condition:  Good condition.  There are many surface flaws and this appears to be an experimental piece or prototype.  No cracks or chips.  

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$395 postage paid in the US.                                          Added 1/17/2021

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Early Mark Matthews 1981 Experimental Spiral Paperweight
2697 Perthshire Annual Collection 1978B Limited Edition Heather Paperweight.    dated 1978.  This paperweight features a Scottish heather sprig surrounded by a ring of alternating amethyst and green complex millefiori canes.  The design is set on a deep blue translucent ground.  It is signed with a Perthshire complex "P1978" signature cane on the base.  The paperweight comes with its original worn box and worn certificate stating that it is number 341 out of a limited edition of 500 paperweights (452 were made).  It  also has a worn Perthshire paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND" on the base.  A nice crisp design with great color.

Perthshire made this paperweight as one of their Annual Collection designs for 1978.  This means the design was made only that one year and never again.  There were six Annual Collection designs in 1978, designated A through F.  The annual collection paperweights are the most desirable of the Perthshire line, with the exception of one of one items. 

Perthshire was a small company in Crieff, Scotland that was devoted to the creation of quality glass paperweights. They stopped production in January 2002 after more than 30 years of production. Their paperweights were consistently high in quality and yet remained reasonable in price.  There are three books on Perthshire Paperweights.  If you collect Perthshire paperweights, you should have them in your library. 

The birth of Scottish paperweight making is credited to the glass making family of Salvador Ysart, who moved to Crieff, Scotland in 1922. They worked first at John Moncrieff Ltd and made the earliest Scottish paperweights during that period. In 1946 Salvadore and his sons Augustine and Vincent founded Ysart Brothers Glass and produced glass wares under the Vasart label. Salvador Ysart died in 1955 The company name was later changed to Vasart Glass. Stuart Drysdale was hired manage the business side of the enterprise in 1960. The company evolved into a new company Strathearn owned by Teachers Whiskey. In 1967 Drysdale was sent a magazine article on antique paperweights (Woman's Day, July 1965). The inspired him to try to produce weights comparable to the French antiques. With this goal in mind, he and several of the glass workers left Strathearn to found Perthshire in 1968.

Size:  Just over 2 5/8" diameter by 1 15/16" high.  The base is ground concave. 
Signature:  This paperweight has a Perthshire complex "P1978" signature cane on the base.  It comes with its original worn box and worn certificate stating that it is number 341 out of a limited edition of 500 paperweights (452 were made).  It  also has a worn Perthshire paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND" on the base.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches.  The box, label, and certificate are worn.  A previous owner had added a sticker to the box and also wrote on the label as shown in the pictures.

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$285 postage paid in the US.                            Added 1/8/2021 

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Perthshire Annual Collection 1978B Limited Edition Heather Paperweight
4646 Magnum Victor Trabucco Pink Clematis Paperweight with Buds on Trellis.  dated 1983.  This Victor Trabucco paperweight consists of a large pink clematis with two buds and leaves and stems on a white trellis.  The clematis flower has five textured petals with dark bushy stamens in the center.  One bud is about to open.  There are ten veined leaves.  The design is set on a clear ground.  It is signed on the side near the base "Trabucco 1983".  There is also a "VT" signature cane on the underside of a leaf.  A beautiful paperweight. 

Victor Trabucco's original career was as a steelworker.  He began working with glass in 1974 after seeing a flameworker make a sculpture. He knew this was what he wanted to do for his life's work. Trabucco says that “Glass is the ultimate challenge; it has properties of no other material and offers the artist possibilities that are inspiring for the creative process. His work is often inspired by nature, capturing the beauty and motion of the subject and freezing a moment in time. His work is in the collection of many major museums.  Victor set up his first studio in the basement of his house and learned by experimentation.  He now works with his sons Jon and David in a large studio in Clarence, NY. 

Very Large Size:   Just over 3 1/8" diameter by 2 1/2" high.  The base is ground concave. 
Signature:  Signed "Trabucco 1983" on the side near the base. There is also a "VT" signature cane on the underside of a leaf. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks found on inspection.  One tiny imperfection found on the side that appears to be a speck of dirt in the glass. 

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$675 postage paid in the US.                                                                        Added 1/5/2021

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Magnum Victor Trabucco Pink Clematis Paperweight with Buds on Trellis
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.                                           Added 1/4/2021

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Large Whitefriars Early Faceted Six Ring Concentric Millefiori Paperweight
5102 Large Antique Clichy Spaced Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with 25 canes including a Green and Pink Rose.  circa 1845-1860.  This wonderful antique Clichy spaced millefiori paperweight contains an arrangement of 25 millefiori canes on lace ground.  There are three rings with 12 canes in the outer ring, six in the middle ring and six in the inner ring plus a wonderful large green and pink rose cane in the center.  The canes are intricate and very colorful.  See the close-up picture for more detail.  A fantastic paperweight.

Clichy paperweights are highly sought after by collectors for their complex canes and brilliant colors.  The Clichy factory was founded at Billancourt near Paris in 1837.  Shortly after that it moved to Clichy-la-Garenne, which gave the factory its best known name.  They stayed in operation until about the 1870s. 

Large Size:  Just over 3 1/16" diameter by 2 1/8" high.  The base is ground concave. 
Condition:  Very good condition.  No cracks, chips or scratches found on inspection.  The profile is slightly flat and not completely smooth, resulting in a tiny bit of distortion.
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee this to be an authentic antique Clichy paperweight.   

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$995 postage paid in the US.                                        Added 12/26/2020

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Large Antique Clichy Spaced Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with 25 canes including a Green and Pink Rose
4393 Large Pairpoint Robbie Mason Pink Footed Crimp Rose Paperweight.  circa 2000.  This is a rare footed lush pink crimp rose paperweight made by Robbie Mason at Pairpoint Glass in Sagamore, Massachusetts.  It has 13 petals with a 4-4-3-2 pattern and 4 outer green leaves. It has a styled foot.  This is an unusual rose style for Pairpoint which is better known for their assembled roses with eight leaves (or four large leaves and four narrow sepals).  The attribution is based on comparison to signed examples made by Robbie Mason.  A wonderful and rare example of the best of modern Pairpoint production. 

Note:  Crimp roses from Pairpoint are rare.  More typically, the rose is fashioned from a frit pickup or assembled.  The leaves are identical to the large leaves in other Pairpoint rose paperweights.  Several experts have reviewed this example and agree with the attribution. 

Pairpoint Glass has a long history extending back to its earliest origins with Mount Washington Glass in 1837.  Owners and locations changed a number of times and the name Pairpoint was first used in the 1890s.  The original Pairpoint companies were located in New Bedford, Massachusetts.  In 1938, it was reorganized as Gunderson Glass Works by owner Robert Gunderson and later renamed the Gunderson - Pairpoint Glass Works in 1952.  The name was acquired by Robert Bryden and the company moved briefly to East Wareham, MA in 1957 where it operated as the Pairpoint Glass Company.  They leased production facilities in Spain.  The old New Bedford factory burned down in 1965.  In its latest iteration, Robert Bryden moved Pairpoint to Sagamore, Massachusetts in 1969.  Attempts were made to resume glassmaking in New Bedford for five years (1977-1982), but this was not successful.  Bryden retired in September 1988.  Since then, the Pairpoint Glass Company has changed owners several times. It continues to operate at that location today. 

Robert (Robbie) C. Mason (1935-2020) started his glass career in 1950 as an apprentice with Edinburgh Crystal, Scotland (part of the Thomas Webb and Sons).  With exception of three years in the Army (1960-1963), he continued to gain seniority and expertise as a glass maker.  In 1968, Thomas Bryden advertised in the Edinburgh Evening News for experienced glass workers emphasizing the need for hand made experience.  Robbie Mason decided to take a chance on a new employer and joined Pairpoint in 1969.  With his experience, he became a gaffer by 1971.  He stayed at Pairpoint as a master glassblower until he retired in 2005.  A number of well known glass artists apprenticed with him.  He retired in 2005 and passed away from complications of COVID-19 in April 2020.

Large Size:  Just under 2 7/8” diameter by just under 3” high.  The foot is 2 3/8" in diameter.  There is a remainder of a pontil mark in the center of the foot. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No damage found.
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee that this paperweight was made by Robbie Mason at Pairpoint Glass.

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$595 postage paid in the US.                                          Added 12/24/2020

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Large Pairpoint Robbie Mason Pink Footed Crimp Rose Paperweight
4899 Perthshire PP23 Paperweight Creamer or Pitcher with Concentric Millefiori Design.  circa 1973 - 1975.  This paperweight pitcher has a concentric millefiori pattern over a translucent green ground.  There are six concentric rings of millefiori canes surrounding a single center cane.  The pattern is mirrored in the bowl of the pitcher, making it look like there is a second concentric pattern in the bowl (but there is not).  The pitcher is signed with a worn Perthshire paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND" on the base.  This is a very nice example.

Note:  The PP23 was made only from 1973 to 1975.

Perthshire was a small company in Crieff, Scotland that was devoted to the creation of quality glass paperweights. They stopped production in January 2002 after more than 30 years of production. Their paperweights were consistently high in quality and yet remained reasonable in price.  There are three books on Perthshire Paperweights.  If you collect Perthshire paperweights, you should have them in your library.

The birth of Scottish paperweight making is credited to the glass making family of Salvador Ysart, who moved to Crieff, Scotland in 1922. They worked first at John Moncrieff Ltd and made the earliest Scottish paperweights during that period. In 1946 Salvadore and his sons Augustine and Vincent founded Ysart Brothers Glass and produced glass wares under the Vasart label. Salvador Ysart died in 1955 The company name was later changed to Vasart Glass. Stuart Drysdale was hired manage the business side of the enterprise in 1960. The company evolved into a new company Strathearn owned by Teachers Whiskey. In 1967 Drysdale was sent a magazine article on antique paperweights (Woman's Day, July 1965). The inspired him to try to produce weights comparable to the French antiques. With this goal in mind, he and several of the glass workers left Strathearn to found Perthshire in 1968.

Size:  Approximately 4 1/4" high with a diameter of just over 2 13/16" (not counting the handle).  It is 4 1/8" wide at the widest point.  The base is hollow ground. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips, cracks or scratches found on inspection.  The paper label is worn.
Signature:  Signed with a a worn Perthshire paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND" on the base.

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SOLD.                                                    Added 12/18/2020.

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Perthshire PP23 Paperweight Creamer or Pitcher with Concentric Millefiori Design
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Spectacular Super Magnum Peter McDougall (PMcD) Special Checker Board on Lace Ground Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 2006-2007.  This paperweight features an extra large checker board arrangement of 96 millefiori canes plus four signature canes.  The checker board is created using 18 pink stringers.  The design is placed on a lace ground.  This paperweight was part of a special offering that Peter McDougall made at the end of 2006 or early 2007.   It is signed on each side of the checker board with a complex "PMcD" signature cane made from four separate letter canes and it also has a paper label on the base "PMcD Glass Studio LTD, Handmade in Crieff Scotland."  A well executed design with great color.

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

Peter McDougall started his glassmaking career as an apprentice at Strathearn Glass in Crieff, Scotland back in the 1960s.  When Perthshire was formed in 1968, he left Strathearn to move to Perthshire and worked there in many positions, eventually bec