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Cristalleries de Saint Louis was founded in 1767 in Lorraine, which became part of France in 1766.  The region was already home to several glassworks.  Paperweight production started at St. Louis in 1845 and most likely continued until about 1860.

Although the modern production of paperweights started in 1952, the output of millefiori and lampwork paperweights was small.  Fewer than 400 lampwork and millefiori paperweights were made between 1952 and 1955.  They were not all signed or dated.  The most successful product of this early revival period was the Queen Elizabeth sulphide which was made to commemorate her coronation in 1953.

After 1955, no additional weights were made at St. Louis until 1965.  In 1965 the factory resumed production of lampwork and millefiori paperweights and then in 1967 they began a series of sulphide weights.  Finally, in 1970 they started producing annual limited edition paperweights.

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4583 Large St. Louis 1976 Bicentennial George Washington on Horseback Gold Inclusion Paperweight.   dated 1976.  This paperweight features a gold foil inclusion of General George Washington on his horse surrounded by thirteen millefiori stars, one of which is a complex St. Louis signature / date cane "SL 1976".  The design is placed on an opaque blue ground and is faceted with one large top facet and five side facets.  Sculpted into the ground below the horse's feet are the dates "1776 - 1976".  In addition to the signature cane, the paperweight has its original "CRISTAL SAINT LOUIS FRANCE" foil label and comes with its original certificate of authenticity.  This paperweight is number 133 out of a limited edition of 650 paperweights.  A wonderful paperweight in perfect condition. 

According to the two books on St. Louis paperweights, this is the first modern St. Louis paperweight to have gold inclusions.  It was created for the US Bicentennial in 1976 and considered a special accomplishment.  The inclusion / medal was created from a drawing by Remy Hetreau of Arthus Bertrand Co., Paris.  One of the paperweights was given to President and Mrs. Ford as a symbol of Franco-American friendship.  Two versions of this design were created, 250 regular and 400 with a double overlay, for a total of 650 copies.  All copies were limited to US distribution.  

Cristalleries de Saint Louis was founded in 1767 in Lorraine, which became part of France in 1766.  The region was already home to several glassworks.  Paperweight production started at St. Louis in 1845 and most likely continued until about 1860.  Although the modern production of paperweights started in 1952, the output of millefiori and lampwork paperweights was small.  Fewer than 400 lampwork and millefiori paperweights were made between 1952 and 1955.  They were not all signed or dated.  The most successful product of this early revival period was the Queen Elizabeth sulphide which was made to commemorate her coronation in 1953.  After 1955, no additional weights were made at St. Louis until 1965.  In 1965 the factory resumed production of lampwork and millefiori paperweights and then in 1967 they began a series of sulphide weights.  Finally, in 1970 they started producing annual limited edition paperweights.  In addition to the three types already mentioned, millefiori, lampwork, and sulphide paperweights, St. Louis also made a small number of designs with gold inclusions. 

Large Size :  Just under 3 1/8" diameter by 2 1/16" high.  The bottom is ground concave.  It is faceted with one large top facet and five side facets.
Signature : Signed in the design with a complex signature / date cane "SL 1976".  It also has has its original "CRISTAL SAINT LOUIS FRANCE" foil label and comes with its original certificate of authenticity. 
Condition :  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches.  The original collector noted the price paid at Wheaton Village in December 1975 on the reverse side of the certificate ($310).

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Closeup
Profile
Signature / Date cane
Label
Closeup of 1776-1976 date
Certificate
Side view
Base
$295 postage paid in the US.

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Large St. Louis 1976 Bicentennial George Washington on Horseback Garland Paperweight
5622 Large St. Louis 1983 Heart Garland with Six Flower Bouquet Limited Edition Paperweight.  dated 1983.  This paperweight features a wonderful multi-colored six flower bouquet with green stems and leaves surrounded by a heart shaped garland of identical complex white canes.  There is a larger ten petal red double poinsettia in the center surrounded by five slightly smaller five petal flowers (two white, two blue, and one pink).  Each flower has a complex millefiori center.  The design is placed on a mauve ground.  It is signed in the center of the base with a St. Louis "SL 1983" complex signature / date cane.  It also has its original "CRISTAL SAINT LOUIS FRANCE" foil label.  This paperweight was issued in 1983 in a limited edition of 400 paperweights.  An especially nice paperweight with great color and execution.

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 2 15/16" diameter by just under 2" high.  The bottom is ground concave.
Signature : Signed in the center of the base with a St. Louis "SL 1983" complex signature / date cane.  It also has its original "CRISTAL SAINT LOUIS FRANCE" foil label.    
Condition :  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches.  Very slight wear on the base.

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St. Louis Signature / Date Cane
Label
Closeup
Profile
Side view
Base
$645 postage paid in the US.

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Large St. Louis 1983 Heart Garland with Six Flower Bouquet Limited Edition Paperweight
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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With box and certificates
Certificates
Etched signatures
Another view
Box
Another view of box
Bases
SOLD. 

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Set of St. Louis Paperweight Style Letter Seals Limited Edition with Original Box and Certificates
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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Top view
Signature cane
Side view
Certificate
Closeup
Another side view
Base
$395 postage paid in the US.

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Large St. Louis 1980 Pansy on Lace Ground Limited Edition Paperweight with Fancy Cutting
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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Signature date cane in the garland
Special COURONNEMENT mark on base
Closeup
Profile
Side view
Base
Fractures in white ground 
SOLD.

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St. Louis 1953 Queen Elizabeth II  Coronation Sulphide Paperweight on Rare Rose Petal Ground
5965 St. Louis 1977 Limited Edition Five Flower Bouquet Paperweight with Red and White Double Overlay.  dated 1977.  This 1977 St. Louis paperweight features a lampwork bouquet of five red, white, and blue clematis flowers with green stems and leaves.  The design is placed on a clear ground and encased in a brilliant red and white double overlay.  It is finished with a large top facet and twelve side facets in two rows, plus a star cut base.  The paperweight is is signed in the center of white flower with a complex "SL 1977" signature / date cane, although the signature cane is put in upside down.  This limited edition design was offered by St. Louis in a limited edition of 450 paperweights of which 200 were reserved for the American market.  It also has its original foil label "CRISTAL SAINT LOUIS FRANCE" and comes with its original certificate of authenticity assigning this as edition number 269 of the 1150 limited edition paperweights made for the American market in 1977.  It also comes with its original very worn and stained box.  See note below about manufacturing flaws.  A brilliant design.  A great addition to any collection of modern French paperweights.

Note about manufacturing flaws:  The double overlay has several manufacturing flaws which are shown in the pictures.  The most significant is a line on the side where there is a lighter red color.  There are also two tiny tool marks, one near the top facet and another near the base.  The latter may be a tiny nick or scratch and there is also a nearby scratch on the clear base.  All of these marks and scratches are very small but showed up in the pictures.

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 1/8" diameter by 2 1/4" high.  The base has a star cut.  Finished with a red and white double overlay and faceted with a large top facet and twelve side facets.
Signature:  Signed in the center of the white flower with an upside down Saint Louis "SL 1977" signature / date cane.  It also has its original foil label "CRISTAL SAINT LOUIS FRANCE" and comes with its original certificate of authenticity assigning this as edition number 269 of the 1150 limited edition paperweights made in 1977. 
Condition:  Very good condition with several small manufacturing flaws noted.  No other scratches, chips or cracks found on inspection.  The double overlay has several manufacturing flaws which are shown in the pictures.  The most significant is a line on the side where there is a lighter red color.  There are also two tiny tool marks, one near the top facet and another near the base.  The latter may be a tiny nick or scratch and there is also a nearby scratch on the clear base.  The original box is stained and worn and has blue ink pen marks on the white lining. 

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Closeup
Profile
Signature cane
Label
Certificate
Side view
Base with star cut
Box with certificate and paperweight
Color flaw on side - plus two tool marks or scratches
Another tool mark near top facet
Stained box
Stains inside box
Base
$375 postage paid in the US.

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St. Louis 1977 Limited Edition Five Flower Bouquet Paperweight with Red and White Double Overlay
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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St. Louis Signature / Date
Closeup
Profile
Side view
Base
$595 postage paid in the US.

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Magnum St. Louis 1970 Faceted Red Double Clematis Paperweight






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