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If you would like to purchase any of these paperweights or need more information, please send an email to Allan Port: aport@paperweights.com

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. 
 












6016 Magnum Antique Baccarat Macédoine (Scramble) Millefiori Paperweight with Finger Facets.  circa 1845-1860.  This very large antique Baccarat paperweight is made up of multi-colored striped millefiori segments arranged at (mostly) right angles.  It is finished at the base with 20 finger facets.  This is a antique paperweight made during the classic period of paperweight making (1845-1860).  A great example of this unique style of antique Baccarat paperweight.  Great color.  The condition is fair to good.

Note on condition:  The condition of this paperweight is fair to good.  It displays well but has numerous scratches on the dome and one 3/16" chip on the side.  It also has wear on some of the finger facets.

Note on pictures:  Some of the side pictures have dark vertical areas.  These are reflections caused by the finger facets and the dark sides of my photo area.  They are not a flaw in the glass.

The Macédoine is a uniquely Baccarat style in which the short sections of latticinio (twists, filigree, lace) are arranged in a quilt-like pattern with many of the sections at right angles to each other.  Usually there are no millefiori present.   This pattern was originally made during the classic period of French paperweights (1845-1860).  A modern version was produced in the 1960s and is similar to but different from the antique version.

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, rock weights, and some millefiori 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 paperweights in 1957 and continued to make paperweights until 2002.  You can read more about the Baccarat paperweights and the Dupont connection 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 over 3 1/8" diameter by 2 5/16" high.   The bottom is ground concave.  It is finished with 20 finger facets extending up from the base. 
Condition:  Fair to good condition with many scratches on the dome, one small (3/16") chip at the top of a facet, and wear of some of the facets.  It displays well in spite of the damage.
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee that this is an antique Baccarat paperweight dating from the classic period (1845-1860).  

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$275 postage paid in the US.                                                                              Added 6/18/2024

For more information about antique paperweights, see my Antique Paperweights, see my Antique Paperweights Web Page.      (dl-ant-bac)

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Magnum Antique Baccarat Macédoine (Scramble) Millefiori Paperweight with Finger Facets
6085 Magnum Peter Raos Monet Series Spring Disk Paperweight.  dated 2002.  This magnum paperweight features a impressionist interpretation of a wildflower meadow created using hundreds of millefiori flowers.  The ground is made up of short sections of green canes.  This paperweight has a low profile, 3 13/16" diameter by only 1 5/16" tall.  Made by Peter Raos in New Zealand, it is part of his four season Monet Series of paperweights.  It is signed on the side near the base "Peter Raos 2002 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.   

Very large size:  3 13/16” diameter by just over 1 5/16" tall (low profile).  The base is polished flat.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks or scratches. 
Signature:  Signed near the base with a engraved signature "Peter Raos 2002 NZ".

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$375 postage paid in the US.                                                         Added 6/15/2024

For more paperweights from other countries, see my  Other Countries Web Page

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Magnum Peter Raos Monet Series Spring Disk Paperweight
6061 Large Early 1979 Orient & Flume Flowers with Complex Millefiori Centers Paperweight.  dated 1979.  This wonderful paperweight features a complex construction with three large white and orange five petaled flowers each with a complex green millefiori center.  There are green and brown vines and stems.  The flowers are surface decorated on an inner layer of glass.  The lower part of the design has an art nouveau style feather pulled design with stylized outlines of leaves incorporated in the design and wrap around to the base.  The design has an inner opaque black core (ground) with an iridescent surface that sparkles.  The flowers and stems float above this dark ground and have an outer encasement of clear glass.  It is signed on the base "Orient & Flume C36 CG 1979".   It also has a worn Orient & Flume paper label "ORIENT & FLUME CHICO, CALIF." on the base.  A great early paperweight from Orient & Flume.

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.  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.   

Large Size:  3 1/16" diameter by just over 2 5/8" high.  The base has been polished flat. 
Signature:    Signed on the base "Orient & Flume C36 CG 1979".   It also has a worn Orient & Flume paper label "ORIENT & FLUME CHICO, CALIF." on the base. 
Condition:  Very good to excellent condition.  I found two faint 1/8" long scratches on the side (see picture) and some other scratches on the base.  No chips or cracks.  The label is worn.

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Base with Signature and Label
$195 postage paid in the US.                              Added 6/13/2024

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

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Large Early 1979 Orient & Flume Flowers with Complex Millefiori Centers Paperweight
6075 Rick Ayotte 1995 Miniature Pond Slider Turtle Paperweight.  dated 1995.  This miniature paperweight depicts an adorable pond slider turtle on a moss ground.  The turtle has yellow markings on its head and legs.  It is signed "Ayotte M-55  '95" on the side just below the middle of the paperweight.  A precious paperweight in excellent condition.

This paperweight appears in the book Songs without Words:  The Art of the Paperweight - Rick Ayotte.   This paperweight is a miniature and is shown on page 144.  The turtle also appears in a full size compound paperweight Walden Pond (A265) shown on page 127.  A similar miniature example appears in Bonhams Skinner's 20th Century Design Auction starting June 10, 2024 (see lot 55 with a pre-auction estimate of $800-$1,200).  The paperweight in this listing is being offered at a lower price. 

Note about pictures:  I apologize for the poor pictures.  The turtle is dark colored and is on a dark ground.  I made several attempts to get better pictures but outcome was either too dark or had too many reflections.  It also made it difficult eliminate all the reflections showing my hands holding the camera.  I need a different setup.

Roland "Rick" Ayotte specializes in paperweights with themes from nature, including lampworked bird and other animals, flowers, fruits, and berries.  His paperweights range in size from miniatures to super magnums.  He also produces other wonderful glass art objects.  He lives and works in New Boston, New Hampshire and has been making glass paperweights since 1978. 

Miniature size:  Just under 2" diameter by 1 9/16” high.  The base is polished concave. 
Signature:   Signed “Ayotte M-55  '95" on the side just below the middle of the paperweight.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips, or cracks found in inspection.

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$495 postage paid in the US.                                        Added 6/10/2024

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

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Rick Ayotte 1995 Miniature Pond Slider Turtle Paperweight
6079 Super Magnum Victor Trabucco Swallowtail Butterfly Paperweight with Blueberries, Flower, and Bud.  dated1996.  This extra big paperweight consists of a large yellow swallowtail butterfly hovering near a blueberry plant.  The plant ha a pale pink flower and bud and five ripe blueberries.  There are also green leaves and brown stems.  It is signed on the side near the base "Trabucco 1996".  It is meant to stand upright and has a slightly concave base and back.  A magnificent 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:   4 1/8" wide by 3 15/16" high by 2 5/8" thick.  The base and back are polished slightly concave.  This paperweight weighs 2 pounds 7 ounces. 
Signature:  It is signed on the side near the base "Trabucco 1996".
Condition:  Outstanding condition with no scratches, chips or cracks.

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$950 postage paid in the US.     US Sales only, no international shipping.      Delivery will require a signature.     Added 6/4/2024   

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

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Super Magnum Victor Trabucco Swallowtail Butterfly Paperweight with Blueberries, Flower, and Bud
6065 Perthshire PP2 Medium Paneled Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1978-1997.  This is a medium patterned millefiori paperweight with Perthshire's "P" signature cane in the center surrounded by two rings of colorful millefiori and then eleven short radial twists.  Each panel has a 1-1-2-2 pattern of millefiori.  The ground is an opaque lime green.  This version of the PP2 with a signature cane and hollow ground base was made from 1978 to 1997.  It also has a stained and 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:  Just under 2 1/2" diameter by 1 7/8" high. The base is hollow ground. 
Signature:  Signed with Perthshire's "P" signature cane in the center of the design.  It also has a stained and worn Perthshire paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND" on the base.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.  Minor wear on the base.

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

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$135 postage paid in the US.                                Added 4/18/2024

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

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Perthshire PP2 Medium Paneled Millefiori Paperweight
5706 Stuart Abelman Art Nouveau Iridescent Paperweight.  dated 1996.  This amazing paperweight has a precise art nouveau design placed on a highly reflective iridescent surface.  The ground is opaque black.  It is signed on the base "Abelman OF3 1996".  It is absolutely spectacular.

Note on reflections:  This was a difficult paperweight to photograph because of the strong reflections and mirror-like surface.  My hand holding the camera is visible in some of the pictures.

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 1976 opened his Abelman Glass Studio in Van Nuys, CA.  He worked with a number of other glass artists in developing his style.

Size:  2 3/8" diameter by 2 1/8" high.  The base is polished flat. 
Signature:    Signed "Abelman OF3 1996" on the base.  The "O" is hard to read and might be a different letter.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.  There is a tool mark at the edge of the base.

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SOLD.                                                               Added 3/31/3024

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

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Stuart Abelman Art Nouveau Iridescent Paperweight
6071 Murano Daisy Paperweight with Millefiori Garland.  circa 1970.  Murano paperweight with a complex daisy cane surrounded by a garland of colorful complex millefiori canes.  The daisy is one large millefiori cane.  The design is placed on a translucent blue ground.  I don't know the maker.  A great addition to any collection of millefiori paperweights. 

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.

Large Size:  3" diameter by 2" high.  The base is polished flat.
Condition:   Very good to excellent condition.  There is a faint 5/16" scratch on the dome as shown in one of the pictures.  No other significant damage noted.  There are some small bubbles and some striations in the glass.   
Signature:  This paperweight is unsigned.  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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$65 postage paid in the US.                                         Added 3/31/2024

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

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Murano Daisy Paperweight with Millefiori Garland
5705 Early Magnum Kit Karbler Michael David Blake Street Glass Art Nouveau Paperweight.   dated 1981.  This is a very early art nouveau paperweight made by Kit Karbler and David Michael of Blake Street Glass in Denver, Colorado.  It features a flowing organic motif in shades of red.  The design is placed near the base and encased in clear glass.  The paperweight is extra large.  It is signed on the base by both artists near the edge of the base with the "1981" date in the center of the base.  An early example from this studio.  Great execution.

Note about Blake Street Glass:  This paperweight is a very early work by these outstanding glass artists and differs from their later sculptural work which evolved to a sophisticated process for cutting and faceting.  Later works often sell for thousands of dollars.  The price for this piece is more modest.

Blake Street Glass in Denver, Colorado was started in 1979 by Kit Karbler and Michael David.  The two set out to make works that were different with a sophisticated process of cutting and faceting the pieces.  Their approach gained them numerous awards and recognition over the years. Their work is on display in many prestigious collections and museums.  Kit Karbler received his Bachelors degree in Fine Art from Ohio University and continued his graduate studies in Glass and Design at UCLA where he studied with the internationally renowned glass artist Richard Marquis.  Michael David studied Glass and Art at the University of Colorado, Goddard College and Cornell university.  The Blake Street Glass Studio closed in 2020.  

Very large size:  3 11/16" diameter by 3 3/8" high.  The base is polished flat.  The paperweight weighs 2 pounds 5 ounces and will weigh over 3 pounds when double boxed and packaged for mailing. 
Signature: Signed in script on the base "Kit Karbler 1981 Michael David" 
Condition:  Excellent condition. No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.  There are some striations in the glass (not damage).

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$295 postage paid in the US.                            Added 3/30/2024

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

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Early Magnum Kit Karbler Michael David Blake Street Glass Art Nouveau Paperweight
5572 Perthshire PP31 1976 Limited Edition Paneled Millefiori Paperweight.  This large paperweight has a large complex millefiori cane surrounded by a ring of canes, then ten panels each with a 1-1-2 canes.  The panels are separated by ten short green and white twists and then surrounded by a single ring canes, then a ring of green, orange, and white twists, plus an outer ring of  canes.  The entire design is set on a translucent ruby ground.  It is signed on the base with a complex "P 1976" cane and has a very worn Perthshire paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND".  It also has a label from a Selman auction.  An early limited edition paperweight with an advanced complicated design.

Perthshire made the limited edition PP31 only from 1976 to 1978.  In 1976, the edition size was 450 paperweights.

Note on Selman Auction:  The previous owner paid $350 plus a 15% bidders premium for this paperweight at the Selman Auction 37 (Lot 277).

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.

Large Size:  3 1/16" diameter by 2 1/8" high.  The base is ground concave.    
Signature:  Signed on the base with a complex "P 1976" Perthshire signature /date cane.  It also has a very worn Perthshire paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND" on the base.  It also has a label from a Selman auction.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches.  The label is very worn.

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$265 postage paid in the US.                                                Added 3/25/2020

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

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Perthshire PP31 1976 Limited Edition Paneled Millefiori Paperweight
6050 David Salazar Marbrie Paperweight with Millefiori Star Crown.   dated 1985.  This paperweight features a multi-colored surface decorated marbrie design.  At the top is a complex millefiori cane with a concentric pattern of white stars on a black background.  The design is placed on the surface of the paperweight with an opaque white ground.  It is signed on the base "D. P. Salazar 12/85".  An early example from the period when David Salazar was establishing his own studio.  Great execution.

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, CA, staying there from 1982 to 1985.  When Zephyr went out of business, Salazar took over the building and started his own studio. 

Medium size:    Just over 2 1/2" diameter by just under 1 7/8" high.  The base is polished flat. 
Signature: Signed on the base "D. P. Salazar 12/85" 
Condition:  Excellent condition. No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.

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$165 postage paid in the US.          Added 3/23/2024

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

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David Salazar Marbrie Paperweight with Millefiori Star Crown
6034 Magnum Gentile Glass Frit Butterfly Paperweight.  circa 1950-1974.  This paperweight features a frit (ground glass) butterfly and flower surrounded by a controlled pattern of bubbles.  The wings of the butterfly are made with a speckled mixture of blue and white frit.  The body and antennae are made with black frit.  The flower was made with red and white frit and has the center pushed down to form a stem.  This design was set up in a metal die having the butterfly and flower design and then finished by adding the bubbles with a larger mold.  It is unsigned but I guarantee this was made at Gentile Glass in Star City, West Virginia.  An especially nice example.

According to Jean Melvin's 1970 book American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers, this design was patented by John Funfrock in 1948.  Funfrock made the die (mold) and Peter Gentile made the first paperweights with this design.  At the time, Peter Gentile and John Funfrock were partners in the G. and F. Glass Co.  The earliest design had the butterfly hovering over a flower.  The paperweight is made by arranging ground glass with the desired colors in a die with depressions for the wings, body, and flower.  The design is then picked up with a gather of clear glass and finished into a paperweight.  The bubbles are added by pressing the nearly finished paperweight into a larger mold with points where the bubbles are to be.  You can see a picture of the mold used in Melvin's book. 

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). 

Very large size:  3 5/16" diameter by 3 1/4" high.  The base is ground concave.
Signature:  Unsigned as was typical for Gentile paperweights made before 1975.  I guarantee this was made at Gentile Glass in Star City, West Virginia.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips, cracks or scratches.  There is a small rough area at the edge of the base from a bit of extra glass.  

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$49 postage paid in the US.                                                  Added 3/22/2024

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

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Magnum Gentile Glass Frit Butterfly Paperweight
5652 Magnum Selkirk 1990 Winter Breeze Abstract Paperweight with Certificate.   dated 1990.  This abstract paperweights represents a winter breeze churning up waves and swirling spray on a body of water.  The design is set on a blue and white ground with lots of controlled bubbles and a pink center.  It is signed in script on the base "SELKIRK GLASS SCOTLAND WINTER BREEZE 1990" and has its original Selkirk silver foil label.  It comes with its original certificate stating the design is by William Lowery.  A flashy paperweight with great color and execution.

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 3/8" diameter by 3" high.  The base is ground concave.
Signature:  It is signed on the base "SELKIRK GLASS SCOTLAND WINTER BREEZE 1990" and has its original Selkirk silver foil label.  It comes with its original certificate.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.

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$135 postage paid in the US.                                            Added 3/21/2024

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

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Magnum Selkirk 1990 Winter Breeze Abstract Paperweight with Certificate
4860 Rare Magnum Baccarat 2000 Rendez-vous des Libellules Dragonflies Limited Edition Faceted Paperweight with Box.  dated 2000.  This magnificent very large faceted paperweight features five colored dragonflies flying above the ground.  The ground has a translucent green layer above an opaque white layer.  The title "Rendez-vous des Libellules" translates as "Meeting of the Dragonflies".  Baccarat made this design in 2000 in a limited edition of 75 paperweights.  It is signed in the design with a complex "B2000" signature / date cane and is also signed on the base with an acid etched Baccarat mark along with the year (2000) and edition number (54 / 75).  There is also a Baccarat etched signature on the side next to the base and a Baccarat red paper label on the base.  The paperweight is faceted with a barrel faceting having a top facet and 75 side cuts in five rows.  This paperweight comes with its original rigid Baccarat box.  One of the best of the Baccarat paperweights.  Large and showy with great color.

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.  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 his 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 5/16" diameter by just under 2 1/16" high.  The base is polished flat.  The paperweight is faceted with a barrel faceting having a top facet and 75 side cuts in five rows.  The box is 5 3/16" by 5 3/16" by 4 1/16" high.
Signature:  It is signed in the design with a complex "B2000" signature / date cane and is also signed on the base with an acid etched Baccarat mark along with the year (2000) and edition number (54/75).  There is also a Baccarat etched signature on the side next to the base and a Baccarat red paper label on the base.   
Condition:   Excellent original condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.  The box and red label have slight wear.  There are four protective felt pads on the base that can be removed.

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$950 postage paid in the US.                               US Sales only, no international shipping.      Delivery will require a signature.          Added 3/21/2024

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Rare Magnum Baccarat 2000 Rendez-vous des Libellules Dragonflies Limited Edition Faceted Paperweight with Box
5704 Kosta Boda Bertil Vallien Ateljé "Salvador Dali's Eye" Abstract Paperweight.  circa 1976-1990.  This dramatic Swedish art glass paperweight was designed by famous glass artist Bertil Vallien for Kosta Boda.  It features an internal "eye" of shimmering color with multicolored stripes encased in an oval of clear glass.  It is signed on the base "KOSTA BODA B. Vallien 492 ATELJÉ", where 492 is the design number.  It also has a silver foil label "ATELJÉ DESIGN BERTIL VALLIEN".  An intriguing paperweight by this internationally famous glass artist.  

Note:   Starting about 1976, Bertil Vallien created his "Ateljé" (or Studio) line and also his "Artist Collection" at Ĺfors glassworks.  The Ateljé series consisted of limited edition objects made under Vallien's direct supervision.  The Artist Collection works were made in larger editions where each glass blower was allowed considerable freedom in executing the design.  There was a definite basic form, but it was the craftsman's skill and feeling that completed the work.  Both of these series were enabled by the increased capacity at Kosta Boda after the merger of Kosta, Boda and Ĺfors in 1976.

Note on pictures:  This was a paperweight was challenging to photograph with its highly reflective edges.  The pictures show black edges on the glass.  This is a reflection of the inner "eye".  The surrounding glass is clear.

Kosta is one of the oldest glass companies in the world.  Kosta Glasbruk was founded in 1742 in Smaland, Sweden by Anders Koskull and Georg B. Stael von Holstein.  In 1976 the glassworks of Kosta, Boda and Ĺfors merged to form Kosta Boda AB.  In 1989, Kosta Boda and Orrefors merged to form Orrefors Kosta Boda AB.  Ownership changed in 2005 with the purchase of the glassworks by the New Wave Group which decided to close the Orrefors glassworks in December 2012.  After that, all glass production was done under the KostaBoda brand label.  

Erik Bertil Vallien (1938-) initially studied Ceramics, first at the art school Konstfack in Stockholm and then at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA).  While in the US he also worked as a designer at a ceramics factory.  After returning to Sweden in 1963, he began to focus on glass while also continuing his work in ceramics, and developed an innovative sand-casting technique.  He was hired as a designer for the glassworks at Ĺfors and given the freedom to also work on his own designs part of the time.  The merger of Kosta, Boda and Ĺfors in 1976 made it possible to devote more capacity to Vallien's designs.  In 1963, he married Ulrica Margaret Hydman Vallien (1938-2018) a Swedish artist and fellow Konstfack student who started as a ceramist and then expanded her expertise to glass.

Oval Shape:  Just over 3 9/16" long by just over 2 7/8" high by 1 5/8" thick.  The base is polished flat.   
Condition: Excellent condition with no damage found on inspection.  The label is slightly worn.
Signature:  Signed on the base "KOSTA BODA B. Vallien 492 ATELJÉ", where 492 is the design number.  It also has a silver foil label "ATELJÉ DESIGN BERTIL VALLIEN". 

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$125 postage paid in the US.                                                    Added 3/19/2024

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Kosta Boda Bertil Vallien Ateljé "Salvador Dali's Eye" Abstract Paperweight
3661 Set of St. Louis Paperweight Style Letter Seals Limited Edition.  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.  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:  These are handmade and differ very slightly in size.  The blue seal is 4 1/4" tall, the red seal is slightly less.  The base of each is just over 1 1/2" diameter.  The base of each seal is polished 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.

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SOLD.                                        Added 3/18/2024

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Set of St. Louis Paperweight Style Letter Seals Limited Edition
5984 Antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) Faceted Millefiori Nosegay Paperweight with Garland on Double Latticinio Ground.  circa 1860.  This is a wonderful antique faceted New England Glass Company (NEGC) millefiori nosegay or posy paperweight.  The nosegay setup is very nice with three large millefiori canes, four leaves, and a stem placed on a perfect double swirl latticinio ground.  The nosegay is surrounded by a millefiori garland with twenty complex millefiori canes alternating blue & white and red & white canes.  The paperweight is faceted with a large six sided top faceted and twelve side facets in two rings.  The lower ring has three side notches (crows feet) between each pair of facets.  The top facet has many small notches along each edge.  An amazing paperweight worthy of any collection of antique paperweights.

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

Size:  Just under 2 5/8” diameter by 1 9/16 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 to excellent condition with one small nick on the edge of a facet (see side picture), one pinprick on the side, and age appropriate wear wear on the base.  Some bubbles in the glass.

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SOLD.                                               Added 3/2/2024

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Antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) Faceted Millefiori Nosegay Paperweight with Garland on Double Latticinio Ground
6044 Magnum John Deacons Gordon Taylor White PomPon Chrysanthemum Faceted Swirl Paperweight.  circa 2020This very large faceted paperweight features a magnificent white pompon (chrysanthemum) flower with seven green leaves and stem placed on a blue and white swirl ground.  The flower is very detailed.  The swirl ground is made of fifteen blue and five white stringers (rods of glass).  The stringers are arranged in groups of four and wrap around to the base.  This  paperweight is faceted with a large top facet and six side facets.  The faceting was done by Gordon Taylor.  It is signed on the base with a "JD" signature cane and also has Gordon Taylor's engraved "GT" below the signature cane.  A wonderful paperweight showcasing the artistry of John Deacons and Gordon Taylor.

Note:  The original spelling of this flower is from the French Pompon but it is often spelled Pompom (with and without a hyphen).  Take your choice.

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 H. 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.  Today John works at his own studio with his son Craig.

Gordon Taylor joined Perthshire as an apprentice in 1979 straight out of school.  After a brief stint in the hot shop he moved to the cutting shop.  He stayed until Perthshire closed in 2002.  After briefly taking a break to satisfy his public service requirement, he joined John Deacons as a glass cutter.  He has also worked with William Manson and Allan Scott.  Today he continues as a creative cutter to finish work for John Deacons and also does restoration of glass paperweights for collectors around the world.

Very large size:  Just over 3 1/8" diameter by 2 1/8" high. The base is polished concave.  It is faceted with one large top facet and six side facets.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks.
Signature:  It is signed on the base with a "JD" signature cane and also has Gordon Taylor's engraved "GT" below the signature cane. 

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$345 postage paid in the US.                                            Added 3/2/2024

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Magnum John Deacons Gordon Taylor White PomPon Chrysanthemum Faceted Swirl Paperweight
5944 Perthshire Annual Collection 1999F Limited Edition Three Dimensional Bouquet Paperweight with Certificate & Box.  dated 1999.  This paperweight features a multicolored three dimensional bouquet of flowers and buds set on a clear ground with a special star and feather cut base.  The paperweight is faceted with one large top facet and 12 side facets (eight large and four small).  The paperweight is signed with an engraved "P" on the edge of the base.  It also has its original paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND".  And it comes with its original certificate identifying this as #48 out of a limited edition of 150 paperweights and its original Perthshire box.  A fantastic addition to your collection of Perthshire paperweights.  

Perthshire made this paperweight as one of their Annual Collection for 1999.  This means the design was made only that one year and never again.  The edition size for this paperweight was 150 weights.  Each year's Annual Collection designs were lettered to indicated this special status.  In 1999, there were eight Annual Collection designs, designated 1999A through 1999G plus the 1999 Foxglove design.  This design, the Three Dimensional Bouquet Paperweight, was designated 1999F.

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:  2 7/8" diameter by just under 2 1/2" high.  It is faceted with one large top facet and 12 side facets (eight large and four small).  The base is concave and finished with a special star and feather cut. 
Signature:  The paperweight is signed with an engraved "P" on the edge of the base.  It also has its original paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND".  And it comes with its original certificate identifying this as #48 out of a limited edition of 150 paperweights and its original Perthshire box.
Condition:  Outstanding condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches.

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$675 postage paid in the US.            US Sales only, no international shipping.      Delivery will require a signature.          Added 2/27/2024

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Perthshire Annual Collection 1999F Limited Edition Three Dimensional Bouquet Paperweight with Certificate & Box
5651 Magnum Selkirk 1986 Limited Edition Pink Crimp Rose Paperweight with Certificate.   dated 1986.  This is a delicate Selkirk pink crimp rose with twelve variegated petals arranged in an unusual 2+2+2+2+2+2 crimp pattern.  The design is set on a clear ground.  It is number 125 out of a limited edition of 250 paperweights.  It is signed in script on the base "SELKIRK GLASS SCOTLAND 125/250 1986" and has its original Selkirk silver foil label.  It comes with its original certificate.  A flashy paperweight with great color and execution.

Crimp roses represent the ultimate challenge for paperweight makers.

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:  Just over 3 1/8" diameter by just over 2 3/4" high.  The base is ground concave.
Signature:  It is signed on the base "SELKIRK GLASS SCOTLAND 125/250 1986" with its silver foil label and comes with its original certificate.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.

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$195 postage paid in the US.                                            Added 2/24/2024

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Magnum Selkirk 1986 Limited Edition Pink Crimp Rose Paperweight with Certificate
2398 Antique Magnum Millville Masonic Frit Paperweight.  circa 1880-1920.  This antique frit paperweight features a Mason's square and compass symbol with a "G" in the center.  It was made in Millville, New Jersey around the end of the 19th century.  Blue and red ground glass (frit) was used to make the design on a white ground.  The glass has a slightly green tint that is exaggerated in the pictures.  The profile is relatively flat.  The paperweight was made for the Masons, a fraternal organization, probably at the Whitall Tatum factory in Millville, New Jersey.

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 the ground color.  When encased, there is sometimes a ridge or crease line between the solid (in this case white) base area and the clear encasement.  Collectors refer to this as two piece construction.  This type of construction has been associated with Whitall Tatum and other factories in the Millville area.  There is no crease on this paperweight, but the encasement stops where the white ground color starts.  

Note:  Sometimes this style of paperweight will have an clear circle in the center of the base where the pontil would have been attached.  Because a number of weights of this type (with the clear circle on the base) have been found in the Corning area, some collectors conjectured that the paperweights with a clear circle on the base were made in the Corning, NY area rather than Millville, NJ.  I reject that conjecture as I have had this exact design with and without the clear circle.  I believe both types were made in Millville and the difference is how much glass is removed when grinding the base to remove the pontil scar.

Whitall Tatum was one of the first glass factories in America.  Located in Millville, New Jersey, it was in operation from 1806 through 1938.  The factory in Millville was purchased by a series of companies and eventually shut down in 1999.  It is believed that Whitall Tatum workers were allowed to make paperweights from as early as 1860 until the practice was discouraged sometime after 1912.  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 American folk art and gives a history of paperweight making at Whitall Tatum and other South Jersey factories. 

Very large size:  Just over 3 1/4" diameter by 1 7/8" high.  The profile is relatively flat.  The base is ground flat.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no noticeable scratches.  No significant damage found.  There is appropriate wear on the base.  The glass has a slightly green tint that is exaggerated in the pictures. 
Signature:  Unsigned but I believe this paperweight was made at Whitall Tatum in the Millville area of Southern New Jersey. 

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$145 postage paid in the US.                            Added 2/22/2024

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Antique Magnum Millville Masonic Frit Paperweight
5700 Magnum Hadeland Gro Bergslien Sommerfeldt Abstract Painterly Paperweight.  circa 1964-1986.  This magnum abstract Hadeland paperweight was designed by Norwegian designer Gro Bergslien Sommerfeldt.  It has a soft irregular shape with splotches of contrasting color on a pink surface.  The effect is a painterly experiment in glass.  It is signed on the base "Hadeland S.B." (for Sommerfeldt Bergslien).  It also has a paper label "HADELAND H NORWAY" and a second smaller label on the base.  It comes with its original small brochure.  It is a warm and comfortable addition to any collection of abstract paperweights. 

Hadeland Glasswerk was founded in 1762 in Jevnaker, Norway and began producing glass bottles, jars, and household glassware in 1765.  During the 1800's, production moved to wine glasses, bowls and vases, in styles popular in other European countries.  Hadeland began to create their own designs in the 1920's with a number of prominent artists and designers.  The company is still in production today and is one of the largest glassworks in Northern Europe.

Gro Bergslien Sommerfeldt  (1940 - 1991) was a designer and artist who worked in Norway's glass industry.  She studied textile design at the National College of Arts and Design in Oslo, Norway, graduating in 1960.  Gro continued her education at the Teachers State School of Drawing and Woodwork Education, graduating in 1964.  At the same time she worked in textile design and entered several competitions with her designs.  Gro Bergslien started as a designer for Christiania Glasmagasin and Hadeland Glassverk in 1964.  The creative environment allowed her to progress rapidly in glass and in design.  In addition to designing glass, she designed packaging for Christiania Glasmagasin, winning the Eurostar packaging award.  Her textile background shows in her work which was often characterized by soft shapes and use of contrasting colors.  By 1979 she was exhibiting her work in major exhibitions.  The Norwegian royal family gave six ashtrays designed by Gro Bergslien as a gift to Prince Charles and Princess Diana on the occasion of their wedding in 1981.  By 1986 she was no longer designing exclusively for Hadeland and had begun to design for other glass artists. 
She also worked as an enameller for the goldsmith company David-Andersen.  Her work can be found in a number of museums including the Victoria and Albert in London.  She has an entry (including a color image) in Contemporary Art Glass by Ray & Lee Grover (1975).

Very large size:  3 11/16" diameter by 2 3/16" high.  The base is polished flat.   
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.
Signature:  Signed Hadeland S.B." (for Sommerfeldt Bergslien) on the base.  It also has a paper label "HADELAND H NORWAY" and a second smaller label on the base.  It comes with its original small brochure.

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$95 postage paid in the US.                                                           Added 2/12/2024

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Magnum Hadeland Gro Bergslien Sommerfeldt Abstract Painterly Paperweight
6021 Paul Ysart Two Ducks and Flower on Pond Signed Paperweight.  circa 1972-1979.  This large Paul Ysart paperweight features a two yellow lampwork ducks and a purple flower on the surface of a pond.  The flower has a PY signature cane in the center.  The design is set on the top translucent blue layer of a two level ground.  This top layer is very realistic, looking like water.  Below is the second level looking like a rocky pond bottom.  In addition to the PY signature cane, there is also a Paul Ysart "PY Made in Scotland" paper label on the base.  This paperweight was made during Paul Ysart's Harland period when Paul Jokelson was the exclusive US distributor of Paul Ysart paperweights.  A wonderful example of Paul Ysart's art from the Harland Period.

A similar Paul Ysart Two Ducks on a Pond paperweight recently sold $660 in the Selman's Fall 2023 Auction (Auction 85 Lot 280).

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 15/16" diameter by just over 2 1/4" high.  The base is polished flat.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, ships, or scratches found on inspection.  Very slight wear on the base.      
Signature:  Signed with a "PY" signature cane in the design and also with a Paul Ysart "PY Made in Scotland" paper label on the base.

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$575 postage paid in the US.                                                             Added 2/11/2024

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Paul Ysart Two Ducks and Flower on Pond Signed Paperweight
2530 Magnum Baccarat Eight Row 1988 Close Concentric Millefiori Paperweight.  dated 1988.  This magnificent close concentric millefiori paperweight has eight rings or rows with the outer ring pulled down to the center of the base to form a stave basket.  Baccarat made this design in 1988 and it has an edition number of 60, but no edition size.  The paperweight is signed in the design with Baccarat's complex signature / date cane "B 1988" in the next to the last ring.  It also has an acid etched Baccarat mark on the base along with the year (1988) and edition number (60).  One of the best of the Baccarat concentric paperweights.  Large and showy with great color.

Note on edition size:  According to Paul Dunlop, this design is not a limited edition and the number made is unknown.  This design is shown on page 211 of Dunlop's book on Baccarat and is one of four numbered edition designs.  In 1988 all four numbered editions featured a green color.

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.  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 his 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 1/4" diameter by just under 2 7/16" high.    The base is polished flat.
Signature:  The paperweight is signed with Baccarat's complex signature / date cane "B 1988" in the next to the last outer ring.  In addition it is signed with the acid etched Baccarat mark on the base along with the the year (1988) and edition number (60). 
Condition:   Excellent condition.  One tiny pinprick on the side.  Some scratches on the base.  No other chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.

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$495 postage paid in the US.                         Added 2/10/2024

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Magnum Baccarat Eight Row 1988 Close Concentric Millefiori Paperweight
5701 Large Terry Crider Four Leaf Clover with Threading Iridescent Limited Edition Paperweight.  dated 1979.   Unusual paperweight with a delicate layer of glass threading over an iridescent blue surface.  There is a large surface decorated four leaf clover at the top.  Signed on the base "Terry Crider 1979 P.I.C.C. 120 / 250".  This paperweight was issued in a limited edition of 250 paperweights of which this is edition 120.  An early example of Terry Crider's work. 

Note on condition:  There are two tiny breaks or interruptions in the threading on the side.  I don't know if these are flaws in the making or damage.  Some wear on the base.  Otherwise in excellent condition,

Terry Crider is a self taught glass artist who started a small glass studio, Crider Art Glass, in Wapakoneta, OH in 1976.  He worked in glass on and off until at least 2006.  He made a variety of different styles of art glass and paperweights.

Large Size:  2 7/8" diameter by 2 1/2" high.  The base has been ground flat. 
Signature: Signed on the base "Terry Crider 1979 P.I.C.C. 120 / 250". 
Condition:  There are two tiny breaks or interruptions in the threading on the side.  I don't know if these are flaws in the making or damage.  Some wear on the base.  Otherwise in excellent condition,

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Large Terry Crider Four Leaf Clover with Threading Iridescent Limited Edition Paperweight
5562 Perthshire PP70 Two Color Swirl Crown Paperweight circa 1984-1985.  This large crown paperweight features a swirl of sixteen white stringers (rods of glass) placed over a translucent turquoise ground.  There is a matching millefiori cane to crown the design on top.  The stringers are arranged in groups of four and wrap around to the base.  The paperweight is signed with a complex "P" signature cane on the base.  It also has a label from a Selman auction.  This design was made only in 1984 & 1985.  A nice crisp design with great color.

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

Note on Selman Auction:  The previous owner paid $225 plus a 15% bidders premium for this paperweight at the Selman Auction 44 (Lot 282).

Note on condition:  The paperweight is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches.  There is a small dimple (manufacturing flaw) on one of the stringers (shown in the pictures).  The base has two small pieces of debris near the signature cane. 

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 1 7/8" high.  The base is ground concave.
Signature:  This paperweight is signed with a complex "P" signature cane on the base.  It also has a label from a Selman auction. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches.  There is a small dimple (manufacturing flaw) on one of the stringers (shown in the pictures).  The base has two small pieces of debris near the signature cane.

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$185 postage paid in the US.                                         Added 2/3/2024

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Perthshire PP70 Two Color Swirl Paperweight
5703 Murano Hollow Blown Closepacked Millefiori Paperweight - with Two Labels.  circa 1960 - 1980.  Colorful Murano paperweight with a great assortment of closely packed colorful millefiori canes on the surface of the paperweight.  The paperweight is hollow blown and weighs about half of what a solid paperweight of this size would weigh.  It has two labels, a generic red and gold foil "MADE IN Murano ITALY" label with scalloped edges and Koscherak Brothers silver foil label "AN ORIGINAL CREATION BY KB MADE IN ITALY".  The millefiori canes were probably made by Ercole Moretti or Effetre, but it is possible a different Murano studio made this paperweight itself.  A beautiful addition to any collection of millefiori paperweights.

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.  The millefiori canes are typical of Ercole Moretti which sold the millefiori and may have been the source of millefiori canes for this paperweight. 

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.

Koscherak Brothers (KB) were importers of Murano glass and Italian pottery from the 1950s until the late 1970s .  At the time, they had a showroom at 225 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY.  Some writers have observed that most of the Italian Glass imported under the KB Label was made by Fratelli Toso, but others have noted that KB labels appear on other good Italian glass including Barovier & Toso, Seguso, and others.  KB is believed to have stopped importing Italian glass about 1977, but continued to exist in New York City until at least 1993.

Ercole Moretti was established in 1911 on the initiative of three brothers, with the intention of producing two classic types of Venetian glass beads: the “Rosetta” and the mosaic ‘Millefiori”.  The company, now managed by the founders’ grandchildren, has embraced various kinds of processes over the years to expand its product range. However, murrina glass has always been its core business.  In their first years in operation, the Morettis focused on production of millefiori beads.  In the 1970s they adapted to produce pendants and then launched a variety of products including dishes and ornaments in murrina.  The company continues to operate today although there are two separate companies, Ercole Moretti and Effetre (previously called Effetre Moretti). 

Large size:  3" diameter by 2 1/4" high.  The base is fire finished with a depression in the center.
Condition:   Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.   
Signature:  This paperweight has two labels, a generic red and gold foil "MADE IN Murano ITALY" label with scalloped edges and Koscherak Brothers silver foil label "AN ORIGINAL CREATION BY KB MADE IN ITALY".  I guarantee that this paperweight was made on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy.  The millefiori canes were probably by Ercole Moretti or Effetre.  The maker of the paperweight itself is unknown. 

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Murano Hollow Blown Closepacked Millefiori Paperweight - with Two Labels
6030 Large Pairpoint Faceted Red Rose Paperweight.  circa 1970-1990.  This paperweight features a red rose and eight leaves placed over clear ground.  The rose has fourteen variegated red petals in a 4+4+3+3 crimp pattern plus two tiny petals in the center.  In the typical Pairpoint style, there are four wide green sepals and four skinny sepals.  It has one top facet.  The paperweight is unsigned but I guarantee that it was made by Pairpoint glass.  A beautiful example of modern Pairpoint production.

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 (2024) although under new owners.

Size:  3" diameter by just under 2" high.  The base is polished flat.  It has one top facet. 
Condition:  Very good to excellent condition.  On close examination two very tiny pinpricks can be found on the edge of the top facet.  These may have been caused by cutting the facet.  No other damage found.  As was typical in Pairpoints early glass, there are some bubbles and tiny bits of white pot debris in the glass. 
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee this paperweight to be by Pairpoint Glass. 

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Large Pairpoint Faceted Red Rose Paperweight
4344 William Manson Phoenix Limited Edition FP4 Pink Flower and Millefiori Garland Paperweight.   dated 2003.  This paperweight features a large pink flower with a yellow millefiori center and leaves and stems surrounded by a garland of identical millefiori canes.  The design is set on an almost opaque turquoise ground.  This paperweight was issued in a limited edition of 50 paperweights of which this is number 30.  It is signed and numbered "PHOENIX 2003 30/50" on the base and also has a Phoenix "PP" signature cane near the stem.  Perfect condition with its original certificate and slightly damaged Phoenix box.  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: Just over 2 3/4" diameter by 1 7/8" high. The base is ground concave.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks.  There are a few tiny bubbles in the glass.
Signature:  Signed and numbered "PHOENIX 2003 30/50" on the base and also has a Phoenix "PP" signature cane near the stem.  This paperweight comes with its original slightly damaged box and its original certificate. 

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William Manson Phoenix Limited Edition FP4 Pink Flower and Millefiori Garland Paperweight
6043 Magnum John Deacons Gordon Taylor Complex Faceted Fuchsia Overlay Paperweight.  dated 2018This very large faceted overlay paperweight features a colorful fuchsia flower with leaves and stem placed on a white lace ground.  The flower is detailed and includes short stamens and long pistils.  The design is encased in a dark blue overlay which is faceted with one large top facet and 72 side facets in six rows.  The faceting was done by Gordon Taylor.  It is signed on the base with a "JHD 2018" signature / date cane and also has Gordon Taylor's engraved "GT" above the signature cane.  A wonderful paperweight showcasing the artistry of John Deacons and Gordon Taylor. 

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 H. 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.  Today John works at his own studio with his son Craig.

Gordon Taylor joined Perthshire as an apprentice in 1979 straight out of school.  After a brief stint in the hot shop he moved to the cutting shop.  He stayed until Perthshire closed in 2002.  After briefly taking a break to satisfy his public service requirement, he joined John Deacons as a glass cutter.  He has also worked with William Manson and Allan Scott.  Today he continues as a creative cutter to finish work for John Deacons and also does restoration of glass paperweights for collectors around the world.

Very large size:  Just under 3 3/16" diameter by just over 2 1/2" high. The base is polished concave.  It is faceted with one large top facet and 72 side facets in six rows.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks.
Signature:  Signed on the base with a "JHD 2018" signature / date cane and also has Gordon Taylor's engraved "GT" above the signature cane. 

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$395 postage paid in the US.                                            Added 1/29/2024

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Magnum John Deacons Gordon Taylor Complex Faceted Fuchsia Overlay Paperweight
5699 Large Antique Millville Umbrella Paperweight.  circa 1860-1912This style of old paperweight is associated with Millville, New Jersey.  Examples date from as early as 1860 and continued to be made until about 1912.  Many, if not all, were made at the Whitall Tatum factory in Millville.  The design consists of a white mushroom shape with a center bubble.  Additional colored bits of glass are added and melted into the top.  The top is of the mushroom is pushed down with a crimp to form an umbrella shape with ribs or pleats.  The design is placed over a white frit ground.  This paperweight has minor flaws including surface scratches and an abraded area on the side, but displays beautifully.  The design is well executed and displays many of the typical Millville umbrella characteristics.

The umbrella shaped weights were originally modeled to resemble the wild tiger lily of Southern New Jersey.  You can read about umbrella weights from Millville in the book Old Glass Paperweights of Southern New Jersey:  An American Folk Art by Clarence A. Newell .   It is not possible to identify the exact maker, but John Ruhlander, Emil Stanger, Marcus Kuntz, and Horace Rhubarth, and Ralph Barber are all known to have made weights of this style.  Sometimes the style is also used as part of an inkwell or other object. 

Large Size :  Just over 3" diameter by just under 2 3/4" high.  The base is ground flat.
Signature :  No signature, but I guarantee that this is an authentic Millville umbrella paperweight from the period 1860-1912. 
Condition :  Very good condition.  It has several scratches on the side, the longest of which is 1" long (see picture).  There is also one area that is abraded - maybe it was placed on its side when still hot.  Some wear on the base.  No chips or cracks.  It displays beautifully.

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$95 postage paid in the US.                                                                       Added 1/27/2024

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Large Antique Millville Umbrella Paperweight
5650 Magnum Selkirk 1988 Limited Edition Abstract Spiral Star Paperweight with Certificate.  dated 1988.  This paperweight has a serene almost black and white abstract celestial design representing a spiral star.  The design is set on a very dark (almost black) purple ground.  It is number 102 out of a limited edition of 500 paperweights.  It is signed in script on the base "SELKIRK GLASS SCOTLAND SPIRAL STAR 102/500 1988" and comes with its original certificate.  A fantastic item from Selkirk Glass.

Note about reflections:  In the picture, the base looks distorted, but it is not.  What you are seeing is a reflection.  There is no damage.

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:  Just over 3 3/8" diameter by just over 3 1/8" high. The base is ground concave.  Magnum sized, it weighs 29 ounces.
Signature:  It is signed in script on the base "SELKIRK GLASS SCOTLAND SPIRAL STAR 102/500 1988" and comes with its original certificate.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.

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Magnum Selkirk 1988 Limited Edition Abstract Spiral Star Paperweight with Certificate
5698 Magnum Murano Closepacked Millefiori Paperweight - probably by Ferro & Lazzarini.  circa 1960 - 1980.  Colorful Murano paperweight with a great assortment of closely packed colorful millefiori canes set over a clear ground.  I believe this was made at Ferro & Lazzarini.  A beautiful addition to any collection of millefiori paperweights. 

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.

The Ferro Eugenio & Co. glass factory was founded in 1929 on the island of Murano, Venice, Italy by Eugenio Ferro in partnership with Giovanni Lazzarini.  After Eugenio died in 1947, the factory was managed by his young heirs.  During this time, Giovanni Lazzarini became more involved and the company name was changed to Ferro & Lazzarini SRL.  Starting in 2001, the factory has been managed by Dario Ferro, a direct descendant of Eugenio Ferro. 

Very large Size:  Just under 3 7/16" diameter by 2 3/8" high.  The base is polished flat.
Condition:   Excellent condition.  Some rough areas at the edge of the base.  No other chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.  There are some small bubbles in the glass.   
Signature:  This paperweight is unsigned.  I guarantee that this paperweight was made on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy, probably by the Ferro & Lazzarini studio. 

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$135 postage paid in the US.                                         Added 1/24/2024

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Magnum Murano Closepacked Millefiori Paperweight - probably by Ferro & Lazzarini
6025 Rare Perthshire PP21 Large Millefiori Swirl Paperweight.  circa 1974-1977.  This large swirl weight is especially hard to find.  The swirl is made up of multicolored twist canes which extend outward from the center and wrap around to the bottom.  There is a fancy star cane in the center.  It was made only for four years, from 1974 to 1977.  The design is set on a clear ground.  The view of the base shows how the twist canes wrap around to the base.  An interesting early paperweight from Perthshire.

Note:  There is some confusion in the literature about the PP21.  The PP20 consists of mostly single threads in a swirl, but this PP21 is a larger paperweight and has twist canes rather than single threads.  The Complete Guide to Perthshire Paperweights: The Final Years shows a picture of a 1971 Seaweed Paperweight, but that may have been a prototype that was produced only in pre-production samples.

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:  2 11/16" diameter by just under 2" high.  The base is polished slightly concave.
Signature:  The paperweight has its original Perthshire paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND" on the base.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.

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$175 postage paid in the US.                                Added 1/23/2024

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Rare Perthshire PP21 Large Millefiori Swirl Paperweight
5697 Magnum Czech / Bohemian Faceted Red and Yellow Flowers Paperweight.   circa 1880-1939.  Floral paperweight with four red and yellow five petaled blossoms.  There is a planned bubble in the center of each flower.  The flowers are pushed down to a multi-colored frit ground layer.  The glass is heavy glass.  This paperweight is faceted with a large top facet and eight side facets.  A wonderful example.

Note on condition:  Very good to excellent condition.  There are some minor scratches.  And one small internal impact mark near the base at the bottom of one facet.  Appropriate wear on the base. 

This style is also called an icepick flower because of the sharp tool used to push each flower down to the base.  Von Brackel discusses this style in his book   He lists many variations on pages 106 to 149 with a wide range of values up to $300 and more.  On pages 278 & 279 he describes the process used to make a trumpet flower paperweight.  

Very large size:  3 3/8" diameter by 2 5/16" high.  The base is polished flat with a remnant of the pontil mark.  This paperweight is faceted with a large top facet and eight side facets. 
Condition:  Very good to excellent condition.  There are some minor scratches.  And one small internal impact mark near the base at the bottom of one facet.  Appropriate wear on the base.  No other damage found on inspection.
Signature:  Unsigned, by I guarantee that this is a vintage paperweight from the Bohemia / Czech region and it originates from approximately 1880-1925. 

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Magnum Czech / Bohemian Faceted Red and Yellow Flowers Paperweight
6042 John Deacons Closepack Paperweight with Clichy Style Roses on Lace.  circa 2020This paperweight features a colorful closepacked assortment of Clichy style roses.  The roses are set on a white lace ground and are pulled down to the center of the base.  It is signed on the base with a "JD" signature cane and also has a "HANDMADE IN SCOTLAND by John Deacons" paper label.

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.  Today John works at his own studio with his son Craig.

Large size:  Just over 2 7/8" diameter by 2 1/8" high. The base is ground concave.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks.
Signature:  Signed with John Deacon's "JD" signature cane on the base.  It also has a "HANDMADE IN SCOTLAND by John Deacons" paper label on the base. 

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John Deacons Closepack Paperweight with Clichy Style Roses on Lace
4246 St. Louis 1994 "Eclosion" Floral Bouquet Piedouche Paperweight - Super Magnum Limited Edition with Box.  dated 1994.  This extra large St. Louis pedestal paperweight features a floral bouquet with a spaced concentric arrangement of lampwork flowers placed on a lush bed of green leaves.  The flowers are blue, red, white, light blue, green, light yellow (or off white), and pink in the center along with red, blue, white, and green buds.  The paperweight is mounted on a magnificent double swirl pedestal base with upper and lower blue and white torsades.  Signed with a complex signature / date cane “SL 1994” in the design and etched with the edition number “65/150” on the base.  This paperweight was made in a limited edition of 150 paperweights.  It comes with its original (damaged) St. Louis lined box.  This is a fantastic addition to any collection of paperweights.

Note on condition of the box:  The box has a damaged front edge - a previous owner must have taped it shut.  The paperweight itself is in perfect original condition.

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.

Very large size:  4" diameter by 4 1/8" high.  The base of the piedouche is ground concave.  The box measures 5 3/16" by 5 3/16" by 5 1/8" high.  The paperweight weighs 3 pounds 6 ounces.  With the box it weighs 4 pounds. 
Signature:  Made by St. Louis in France.  It is signed with a complex signature / date cane “SL 1994” in the design and etched with the edition number “65/150” on the base.
Condition:  Excellent original condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.  The box has a damaged front edge - a previous owner must have taped it shut.

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St. Louis 1994 "Eclosion" Floral Bouquet Piedouche Paperweight - Super Magnum Limited Edition with Box
4199 Large Antique Baccarat Double Trefoil Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1845-1860.  Colorful antique Baccarat double trefoil millefiori paperweight with a clear ground.  The trefoils are constructed with blue and white canes.  In the center is a circle of green and white canes with a orange cane in the very center.  I believe this is from the classic period of paperweight production (1845-1860), but it may date from a later period.  An interesting example.

Note on colors:  Please ignore the brown colors in some of the pictures.  They are reflections from something in my work area.  The glass is clear.

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, rock weights, and some millefiori 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 paperweights in 1957 and continued to make paperweights until 2002.  You can read more about the Baccarat paperweights and the Dupont connection 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.

Large size:  Just over 2 3/4" diameter by 1 7/8" high.   The bottom is polished concave.  Unusually high dome with the original Baccarat profile. 
Condition: Excellent condition.  This paperweight was professionally restored and has no chips, cracks, or scratches.  There is a bit of stray glass below the orange center cane.  Some bubbles in the glass.
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee that this was made by Baccarat in France.

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Large Antique Baccarat Double Trefoil Millefiori Paperweight
6049 Early Chris Buzzini Lundberg Studios Lampwork Angelfish Paperweight.  dated 1980.  This is an early lampwork paperweight made by Chris Buzzini.  The underwater scene includes a brilliant yellow angelfish along with an anemone, scallop shell, and underwater plants.  There is a trail of bubbles from the angelfish.  At the bottom is a hint of a reef.  This is a compound design with the angelfish and anemone at the top level and the other lampwork below.  The design is placed above a dark green (almost black) ground.  It is signed on the base "Lundberg Studios 1980 Buzzini 42115".  An early paperweight by one of the country's most talented glass artists.

Note:  The paperweight was a challenge to photograph.  The dark ground gave it a mirror like surface and picked up reflections and exaggerated the inner bubbles.  There are also some striations in the glass.

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 (1979-1981) and Correia Art Glass (1982-1986).  Since 1986 he has been an independent studio artist.  His designs often sell for several thousand dollars.

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.  Chis Buzzini worked at Lundberg Studios from 1979 to 1981.  James Lundberg died in a bicycle accident in 1992.  Steven Lundberg 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:  2 3/4" diameter by just under 2 1/2" high.  The base is polished flat.
Condition:  Very good condition with no scratches, chips or cracks found on the body.  There are wear and scratches on the base.  There is also some roughness on the edge of the base, probably from when the base was ground flat.  The glass has some striations.
Signature:  Signed on the base "Lundberg Studios 1980 Buzzini 42115".

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Early Chris Buzzini Lundberg Studios Lampwork Angelfish Paperweight
5666 Magnum Caithness Colin Terris Polka - Silver Twist Paperweight.   issued 1981.  This wonderful paperweight features a controlled design of clear bubbles over an almost opaque blue ground.  In the center there is a faint swirl or twist of bubbles giving it a feeling of motion.  This design was created by Colin Terris and issued in 1981.  It was offered in a variety of colors, this one called Silver Twist.  The paperweight is etched on the base "Caithness POLKA Scotland".  A beautiful design.

The POLKA design is listed and designated CT-227 on page 40 of the Charlton Standard Catalog of Caithness Paperweights.  It was designed by Colin Terris and released in an unlimited edition in 1981.  Several colors and slight variations were offered.  The original issue price in the US was $62.50 and the Charlton Catalog lists the 2004 current value as $60.

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.  Caithness is still operating in Crieff and making paperweights today (in 2022).

Very large size:  Just under 3 1/4" diameter by 2 15/16" high.  The base is polished flat.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  Minor wear on the base but no cracks, chips, or other scratches found on inspection.
Signature:  This paperweight is etched on the base "Caithness POLKA Scotland".

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Magnum Caithness Colin Terris Polka - Silver Twist Paperweight
5645 Magnum Murano Collie Paperweight - with label.   circa 1960-1980.  Wonderful example of a Murano ceramic decal paperweight with a colored collie image.  The image is created using a ceramic decal or transfer applied to a translucent light blue ground and then encased in clear glass.  When heated the transfer burns off leaving just the image.  It is signed with a generic Murano red and silver circular foil label "MADE IN Murano ITALY".  The exact factory is unknown to me, but I guarantee this is an authentic Murano product.

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 over 3 3/8" diameter by just under 2 3/16" high.  The base is polished flat.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on the body.  Some faint wear on the base.
Signature:  Signed with a generic Murano red and silver circular foil label "MADE IN Murano ITALY".  The exact factory is unknown to me, but I guarantee this is an authentic Murano product. 

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Magnum Murano Collie Paperweight - with label
5696 Gentile Glass Spaced Millefiori on Lace Paperweightsigned with the pontil stamp used in 1979.  This paperweight features a concentric millefiori pattern on a lace ground.  There are six Murano made millefiori canes arranged in a circle around a center cane.  The design is placed on a bed of twist canes and colored strands.  Under this lace ground is a multi-colored frit ground.  Gentile obtained their millefiori canes from a distributor of Murano millefiori canes.  The paperweight is signed on the base with the hot pontil stamp used in 1979 which says "GENTILE GLASS W. VA." and has a star with a "C" in the center for Star City, West Virginia.  A fun item.  

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.  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 to1963.  It is believed that Gentile Glass remained in production until 2006.  Most, if not all, paperweights produced from 1975 on were signed. For more information, you can read about the Gentiles in the book American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers by Jean Melvin (1967 and 1970)

Size:  2 11/16" diameter by 2 7/16" high.  The base is fire finished with the pontil stamp signature in the center. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.  I found one tiny rough area next to the base which seems to be a spot of extra glass.
Signature:  The paperweight is signed on the base with the hot pontil stamp used in 1979 which says "GENTILE GLASS W. VA." and has a star with a "C" in the center for Star City (West Virginia).  

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Gentile Glass Spaced Millefiori on Lace Paperweight
5569 Large Perthshire PP58 Faceted Paneled Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1997-2002A large patterned millefiori paperweight with 10 sections of floral millefiori canes over an opaque blue ground.  The central design consists of two rings around a central signature cane.  This paperweight dates from 1997 or later when Perthshire changed the PP58 pattern to have more than just a top facet.  Each paneled section has a 1-1-2-3 pattern of millefiori canes and is bordered by multi-colored twists.  The paneled sections are surrounded by an outer ring of twists and then an outer ring of canes.  It is signed in the center with Perthshire's "P' signature cane and also has a paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND".  It is faceted with a top facet and five side facets.  A stunning paperweight with great color. 

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:  3" in diameter by 1 7/8" high.  The base is ground concave.  It is faceted with a top facet and five side facets. 
Signature:  It is signed in the center of the design with Perthshire's "P' signature cane and also has a paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND". 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches.   

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Large Perthshire PP58 Faceted Paneled Millefiori Paperweight
6056 Ken Rosenfeld 1987 Vegetables Bouquet Paperweight.  dated 1987This paperweight consists of vegetable bouquet of radishes, carrots, asparagus spears, and turnips (or beets).  There are seven red radishes with leafy tops, six tapered orange carrots, three asparagus spears and two purple turnips.  The design is placed on a clear ground.  It is signed on the side with Ken Rosenfeld's "R" cane and engraved signature "KEN ROSENFELD '87".   It is a beautiful paperweight with its unusual composition of vegetables.  An early paperweight from Ken Rosenfeld.

Note:  This paperweight has a relatively flat profile.  The low profile allows Ken to fill the paperweight with details and avoid optical distortion, but it also made it difficult eliminate all the glare from the lights when taking pictures.

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.  This 1987 vegetable bouquet is an early paperweight made by Ken.

Large size:   Just under 3" diameter by just over 1 1/2" high.  It has a low, relatively flat profile which allowed Ken to fill the paperweight with vegetables and avoid optical distortion.  The base is polished concave. 
Signature:  It is signed on the side with Ken Rosenfeld's "R" signature cane and engraved signature "KEN ROSENFELD '87".
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.   

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Ken Rosenfeld 1987 Vegetables Bouquet Paperweight
5992 Vintage Pairpoint Concentric Millefiori Sampler Paperweight.  circa 1970s.  This is a wonderful spaced millefiori paperweight with twelve different pieces of glass placed on a two layer turquoise ground.  Included are three complex millefiori canes, a Clichy style rose, Clichy style pastry mold cane, a miniature cameo, two twist canes, three large shards, and a bit of something else.  The millefiori canes are especially nice.  The ground has a translucent layer above an opaque layer, which makes the canes look like they stand proud above the ground but when viewed from the side it is clear that the top of the canes are actually level with the top of the translucent layer.  It is faceted with a top facet and five side facets.  The facets are concave.  I believe this paperweight dates from the early 1970s when William Burchfield was still at Pairpoint.  The paperweight is signed on the base with an engraved "P" inside a diamond.  This is an interesting addition to any collection of millefiori paperweights.

Note:  According to glass artist Jim Poore, the glass fragments in this paperweight are from Pairpoint's attempts to replicate Mount Washington Glass Company "Lava" glass from the 1880s.  We don't know why they ended up in this paperweight.  Maybe it was an experiment to test the compatibility of the glass or a training piece or just a curiosity?  I call it a millefiori sampler.

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, with new owners in 2015.

William Clark Burchfield started making paperweights at Pairpoint Glass in Sagamore, Massachusetts in 1970.   He left in 1976 to form the Cape Cod Glass Works (also in Sagamore) which continued in operation until 2000.  It then continued briefly in Crossville, Tennessee until 2001.  Bill Burchfield died in 2012.  Bill's son Mark was also at the Cape Cod Glass Works until 1998.

Size:  2 9/16" diameter by 1 11/16" high.  The base is polished flat with remnants of the pontil scar.  Some rough areas on the base.  It is faceted with a top facet and five side facets.  The facets are concave. 
Condition:   Very good condition.  Considerable wear / scratching and two rough areas on the base.  No other damage found on inspection.  There are tiny bubbles in the glass typical of this studio.
Signature:  This paperweight is signed on the base with an engraved "P" inside a diamond.  

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Vintage Pairpoint Concentric Millefiori Sampler Paperweight
5990 Large Fratelli Toso Murano Red White and Blue Concentric Paperweight - with label.   circa 1960-1970.  Wonderful example of a Murano close packed concentric millefiori paperweight.  The design is simple, with two rings of large red, white, and blue cog canes with clear centers.  The outer ring consists of twelve blue and white canes.  The inner ring consists of six red and white canes.  And there is a blue and white cane in the center.  This paperweight was made by Fratelli Toso and has a worn Fratelli Toso silver foil label with a conjoined "ft" and "MADE IN ITALY MURANO GLASS".  A fun paperweight with great colors.

Note on condition:  This paperweight has a slight dimple on top along with a faint 1" scratch on top (see picture).  And a rough area next to the base (see another picture).  I also found a tiny nick on the side which I couldn't capture in a picture.

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.

Large size:  3 1/8" diameter by just under  2 11/16" high.  The base is polished flat.
Condition:  Good condition.  This paperweight has a slight dimple on top along with a faint 1" scratch on top (see picture).  And a rough area next to the base (see another picture).  I also found a tiny nick on the side which I couldn't capture in a picture.
Signature:  Signed with a worn Fratelli Toso silver foil label with a conjoined "ft" and "MADE IN ITALY MURANO GLASS". 

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Large Fratelli Toso Murano Red White and Blue Concentric Paperweight - with label
5644 Large Colorful Murano Millefiori Paperweight with Seven Large Flower Canes - Probably Seguso.   circa 1960-1980.  Colorful millefiori paperweight with a closepacked design consisting of seven identical large flower canes.   Each flower cane is outlined in blue.  The design is set on a clear ground.  Unsigned, but I believe this was made by Seguso.  An interesting design.

There exist examples of this paperweight design with labels from the Archimede Seguso company in Murano "ARCHIMEDE SEGUSO MURANO MADE IN ITALY" and also from their showroom in Milan -  "SEGUSO C. SORDA VITTORIA, 40, TEL. 799648, MILANO".  This example does not have a label.

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.

Archimede Seguso (1909-1999) was an Italian glass artist known for his intricate glass vases, necklaces, and sculptures.  Spanning a wide range of forms and colors, his subject matter included animals and abstract shapes.  He was part of an illustrious legacy of Italian glassmakers, their ancestry spanning over six centuries to the 14th century.  Seguso notably led a revival of ancient Venetian glass-making techniques, specifically filigrana, which produced lattice-like patterns. Seguso ran the family business Seguso Vetri d'Arte, from 1937 to 1942.  After 1942 he devoted his time to research and innovation and continued to produce many artistic breakthroughs.  The Seguso company continues to produce glass today.  Seguso works are included in many private and museum collections.  

Large size:  2 15/16" diameter by 1 7/8" high. The base is polished flat. 
Condition:   Very good to excellent condition. I found a couple of tiny scratches, but no significant damage. 
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee that this was made on the island of Murano.  Given the existence of labeled Seguso examples, I believe it is from the Seguso factory.

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Large Colorful Murano Millefiori Paperweight with Seven Large Flower Canes - Probably Seguso
6072 Modern Baccarat Macédoine Millefiori Paperweight.   circa 1957-1970s.  This paperweight is made up of multi-colored striped millefiori segments arranged at (mostly) right angles.  This is a contemporary paperweight made for only a short time.  It is acid etched with the Baccarat signature on the base.  This is a great example of a unique Baccarat design.

The Macédoine is a uniquely Baccarat style in which the short sections of latticinio (twists, filigree, lace) are arranged in a quilt-like pattern with many of the sections at right angles to each other.  This pattern was originally made during the classic period of French paperweights (1845-1860).  The modern version was produced in the 1950s - 1970s and is similar to yet different from the antique version.

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.  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 his 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 over 2 1/8" high.  The base is polished flat.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed with the Baccarat acid etched signature on the base. 

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$245 postage paid in the US.                                                         Added 1/7/2024

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Modern Baccarat Macédoine Millefiori Paperweight
6045 John Deacons Magnum Garlanded Pansy Paperweight with Clichy Style Millefiori Rose Canes.  circa 2020This paperweight features a delightful five petal red and orange pansy and bud with dark green sepals, stem, and leaves surrounded by an alternating garland of thirteen yellow and white Clichy style roses and thirteen dark blue twist segments.  The leaves and sepals have aventurine added giving them a glittery appearance.  The pansy consists of two large deep red petals above over three orange and black lower petals. Each lower petal has a pink tip with three dark black lines radiating from center to the tip.  The design is set on a translucent dark purple ground.  The flower is two dimensional and lies even with the ground.  It is signed on the base with a "JD" signature cane and also has a "HANDMADE IN SCOTLAND by John Deacons" paper label.  A creative composition with an unusual choice of colors.  This is one of the paperweights John Deacons features on his website.

Note:  This was a challenging paperweight to photograph with its dark colors and high dome.   

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.  Today John works at his own studio with his son Craig.

Very large size:  Just over 3 3/16" diameter by 2 7/16" high. The base is ground concave.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks.
Signature:  Signed with John Deacon's "JD" signature cane on the base.  It also has a "HANDMADE IN SCOTLAND by John Deacons" paper label on the base. 

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$275 postage paid in the US.                                            Added 1/4/2024

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John Deacons Magnum Garlanded Pansy Paperweight with Clichy Style Millefiori Rose Canes
5546 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" and the edition number "144" in the center of the base.  It also has its original Perthshire paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND" on the base and a second label from a Selman auction.  This design was made in a limited edition of 250 paperweights only in 2000.  A nice crisp design with great color.

Note on Selman Auction:  The previous owner paid $450 for this paperweight at the Selman Auction 44 (Lot 277).

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.

Size:  Just under 2 1/2" diameter by just over 1 1/2" high.  The base is fire finished and engraved with the letter "P" and the edition number "144".  The paperweight is faceted with one large top facet and five side facets.
Signature:  This paperweight is signed with an engraved "P" and the edition number "144"in the center of the base.  It also has its original Perthshire paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND" on the base and a second label from a Selman auction.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches.  Some wear on the base and some wear on the Perthshire label.

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SOLD.                                         Added 1/3/2024

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
6033 Magnum Bob St. Clair Sulphide Dog Paperweight.  circa 1971- 1986.  A wonderful example of a St. Clair dog sulphide paperweight.   The painted brown dog sulphide is placed on a layer of  large shards of colored glass.  The signature "BOB ST. CLAIR" is hot stamped on the base.  A colorful addition to any collection of St. Clair paperweights.

Sulphides Paperweights are those that contain 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.  Often the object is surrounded by a millefiori or lampwork garland, but it may also appear alone.  The finest sulphides are cast in a mold made by a skilled artist.

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 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 for the first time) in 1971 and sold the factory to new owners in Elwood, Indiana.  About the same time, Robert St. Clair (1919 - 1986) 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 and Joe Rice bought his estate including Bob's factory.  Joe St. Clair died in 1987. 

Very large size:  3 3/8" diameter by 3 1/4" high.  The base is ground flat.  It weighs just over 29 ounces.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips or cracks.  No scratches found on inspection.  Some bubbles in the glass.
Signature:  Hot stamped signature on the base "BOB ST. CLAIR". 

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SOLD.                            Added 1/3/2024

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Magnum Bob St. Clair Sulphide Dog Paperweight
5498 Peter McDougall (PMcD) Concentric Millefiori on White Lace Paperweight Cabinet Knob.  circa 2008-2012.  Wonderful Peter McDougall cabinet knob with a miniature millefiori paperweight as the handle.  The paperweight is a two ring concentric design with complex millefiori canes on a white lace or upset muslin ground.  There are fifteen complex canes, all of which appear to be different, plus the signature cane.  It is signed with a "PMcD" complex signature cane in the outer ring.  The knob is mounted on a brass fitting and comes with a brass backing plate and mounting screw.  Mounting this knob will require a 3/16" hole in your cabinet.  This is an especially nice cabinet knob.

Note on Availability:  I currently have twelve knobs available.  You may order one or multiple knobs.  Each knob appears to have the same canes with the same blue cane in the center, but the order of the other canes may be different.  These knobs are used.  When I inspected them, I did not find any damage but will reinspect prior to your purchase.  The brass hardware shows some minor wear.   

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.

Size:  1 3/4" diameter by 2 3/16" long including backing plate but not the screw.  The brass backing plate has a diameter of 1 3/8". 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips, scratches, or cracks.  The brass hardware shows some wear.   
Signature:  Signed with a "PMcD" complex signature cane in the design. 

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ALL 12 SOLD.                                                Added 1/2/2024

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Peter McDougall (PMcD) Concentric Millefiori on White Lace Paperweight Cabinet Knob

6063 Perthshire PP46 Heart Pattern Closepack Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1981-1995.  This Perthshire millefiori paperweight has a closepack design in the shape of a heart in the center with a heart shaped border of identical blue and white canes.  The design is set on a translucent ruby red ground with a garland of green and white canes on the outside.  It is signed on the base with Perthshire's complex "P" signature cane.  It also has its original very worn Perthshire paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND" on the base.  The paperweight has one large top facet.  Every collector should have one of these.

The PP46 was made with a heart design from 1981 to 1999.  It was also made as a Spade (1981-1985), Diamond (1981-86), and Club (1981-85).  Although the heart was made until 1999, this version was produced until 1995 and then the design was changed for 1996 and again for 1997-1999.

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:  2 5/8" diameter by 1 11/16" high. The base is ground concave.  There is one large top facet. 
Condition:  Some wear on the base and the label is very worn.  Otherwise in excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection. 
Signature:  It is signed on the base with Perthshire's "P" signature cane.   It also has its original very worn Perthshire paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND" on the base. 

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SOLD.                                Added 1/1/2024

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Perthshire PP46 Heart Pattern Closepack Millefiori Paperweight
885 Antique Abraham Lincoln Pressed Glass Intaglio Paperweight.  circa 1883 and later.  This pressed glass paperweight features a frosted profile of Lincoln with very good detail.  It has a curved top and flat base.  The image is intaglio or incised from the base and is finished with an acid etching (frosted finish).  There is a slight red tint to the glass.  The maker has been identified by various sources as Libbey or Gillinder.  It is possible first introduced as a souvenir paperweight offered at the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago.  Please see the note below about a chip on the base and review the pictures.

Note on condition:  This paperweight has a 3/8" shallow chip on a corner of the back side as shown in the pictures.  It displays well in spite of the damage and could be restored if desired.

Note on maker:  The maker of this paperweight has not been firmly established.  Some sources says it was made by Libbey for the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago.  Others say it was made by Gillinder in 1913.  There may be two different versions as some copies of the Gillinder version has embossed text.  This copy has no writing.  

Size:  Just under 4 1/2" tall by just under 3" wide by 7/8" thick.   
Condition:  Good condition with a 3/8" shallow chip in a corner of the base (see pictures).  Otherwise wear on the base and some minor scratches.  Bubbles in the glass. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this is an antique American pressed glass paperweight.

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$39 postage paid in the US.                                            Added 12/19/2023

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Antique Abraham Lincoln Pressed Glass Intaglio Paperweight
2100 Large Antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) Blue Double Poinsettia Paperweight on a Double Swirl Latticinio Ground.  circa 1860 - 1888.  This is an antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) double poinsettia with a two rings of five dark blue petals arranged around an interesting complex millefiori center.  There are also three well formed NEGC leaves and a stem.  Well placed bubbles give the appearance of dew drops on the flower and the leaves.  The design is placed over a double swirl latticinio ground.  As is typical of NEGC poinsettias, the flower is placed leaning off to the left.   This paperweight will be a worthwhile addition to any collection of antique American paperweights offered at a bargain price.

Note on condition:  Good to very good condition.  There are some minor scratches on the body and considerable wear on the base.  There is also a pontil scar on the base.  No chips or impact marks.  The center millefiori cane lacks proper coloration.

The New England Glass Company (NEGC) operated in Cambridge, Massachusetts from 1818 to 1888You 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:  Just under 2 3/4" diameter by 2" high.  The base is ground concave.  It has a relatively high profile.
Condition:  Good to very good condition.  There are some minor scratches on the body and considerable wear on the base.  There is also a pontil scar on the base.  No chips or impact marks.  The center millefiori cane lacks proper coloration.
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee this to be an authentic New England Glass Company antique paperweight.  Circa 1860 - 1888. 

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SOLD.                                            Added 12/17/2023

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Large Antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) Blue Double Poinsettia Paperweight on a Double Swirl Latticinio Ground
5192 Large Antique Clichy Cinquefoil Millefiori Paperweight - with damage.  circa 1845-1860.  This antique Clichy millefiori paperweight features a classic cinquefoil garland with five loops of identical turquoise canes.  There are six other large canes in the design, including a large pink and green Clichy rose and a great pink pastry cane.  There is a large facet on top.  Please read my comments below about the description.  This is an opportunity to own a large Clichy paperweight for a bargain price.

Note on condition:  Fair condition.  There are scratches, one noticeable chip on the base, and at least four circular impact marks on this paperweight.  Someone without the correct skills must have attempted to restore this paperweight.  It has an unusual shape.  The sides are not smoothly rounded and come together in an angle.  There is plenty of glass and a skilled restorer might be able to remove the damage and improve the shape.

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.  

Large size:  3 3/16" diameter by 1 3/4" high.  The base is ground concave.  There is a large facet on top.
Condition:  Fair condition.  There are scratches, one noticeable chip on the base, and at least four circular impact marks on this paperweight.  Someone without the correct skills must have attempted to restore this paperweight.  It has an unusual shape.  The sides are not smoothly rounded and come together in an angle.  There is plenty of glass and a skilled restorer might be able to remove the damage and improve the shape. 
Signature:   Unsigned but I guarantee this to be an authentic antique Clichy paperweight. 

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SOLD.                                            Added 11/27/2023

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Large Antique Clichy Cinquefoil Millefiori Paperweight - with damage
5573 Large Perthshire PP1 Paneled Millefiori Paperweight with Blue Ground.  circa 1982-2002A large patterned millefiori paperweight with 10 sections of floral millefiori canes over a translucent blue ground.  The central design consists of two rings around a central signature cane.  This paperweight dates from 1982 or later when Perthshire changed the PP1 pattern to have 10 sections, each with a 1-1-2-3 pattern of canes.  The paneled sections are surrounded by an outer ring of twists and then an outer ring of canes.  It is signed in the center with Perthshire's "P' signature cane.  A stunning paperweight with great color and crisp execution. 

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 over 3" in diameter by just over 2 1/8" high.  The base is ground concave. 
Signature:  It is signed in the center of the design with Perthshire's "P' signature cane.  This example does not have a paper label.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches.  Some minor wear on the base. 

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$195 postage paid in the US.                                    Added 11/11/2023

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

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Large Perthshire PP1 Paneled Millefiori Paperweight with Blue Ground
3165 Magnum Vandermark Doug Merritt Stephen Smarr Limited Edition Footed Floral Vase.   circa 1980-2000.  This very large footed vase has a floral design with three red and three blue flowers, many buds, and stems.  The buds are depicted by large millefiori sections with red centers.  The design is three dimensional with the flowers, buds, and stems placed on a separate layer above green and white vines.  Underneath the vines is a rich silver and blue background.  The vase was made by Doug Merritt and Stephen Smarr in a limited edition of 750 vases of which this is edition number 13.  The foot is clear and is signed in the center "Vandermark SBOSB #013/750 Doug Merritt Stephen Smarr".  The vase is functional with a large (4") top opening.  A great piece of glass from this important glass studio. 

Note: The base has eight clear plastic "buttons" that were applied by the studio.  These can be removed if desired.

Note: 
A similar example with a clear background is shown on the Vandermark-Marritt website:  https://vandermarkmerritt.com/douglas-vandermark-merritt-gallery

Jerry Vandermark apprenticed with Carl Erickson in 1943 at Erickson Art Glass in Bremen, Ohio.  In 1959, Vandermark left Erickson to direct the Colonial Glasshouse at Jamestown, Virginia for the National Park Service.  In 1968, working with Thomas Merritt, he established the Vandermark Glasshouse at Liberty Village, Flemington, New Jersey.  Jerry later took Thomas Merritt's son Doug Merritt as an apprentice and they paired up to form the Vandermark-Merritt Glass Studios in 1972.  The studio evolved from producing replicas of 18th century glassware to more wide-ranging reproductions, and then added some original art glass designs.  It built its reputation with museum quality colonial reproductions, original art glass in the art nouveau and art deco traditions, crystal sculpture, contemporary designs and cameo creations.  Their work can be found in a number of major collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Toledo Museum, Corning Museum, and Wheaton Museum of American Glass.  Stephen Smarr was a master glass artist for Vandermark Merritt Glass Studios in Branchburg, NJ for 38 years until his death in 2010.  Vandermark-Merritt Glass Studios closed in December 2015.

Very large size:  Approximately 6 1/2" diameter by 7 1/4" high.  The foot has a 4 1/4" diameter.  The opening in the vase is 4" diameter.  The base is polished flat with a concave center.  The vase weighs 8 pounds one ounce.  I expect it to be about ten pounds when packaged for shipping.  Because of the weight, there will be an extra charge for postage depending on the buyer's location.  Please contact me for a postage cost.  US Sales only, no international shipping.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no wear or damage found on inspection.  There are eight plastic buttons on the foot which can be removed if desired. 
Signature:  Signed "Vandermark SBOSB #013/750 Doug Merritt Stephen Smarr" in the center of the base.     

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Upside down view
SOLD.                   Added 11/10/2023                    

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Magnum Vandermark Doug Merritt Stephen Smarr Limited Edition Footed Floral Vase
5316 Vintage Pairpoint Faceted Concentric Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1970s.  This is a wonderful concentric millefiori paperweight with three rings of cogged millefiori around a center cane.  Each of the 52 millefiori in the design has a star shaped center.  The design is placed on an almost opaque blue ground.  The paperweight is faceted with a large flat top facet and four flat side facets.  I believe this paperweight dates from the early 1970s when Pairpoint was starting in its Sagamore location.  Possibly an early paperweight made by Bill Burchfield.  The paperweight is unsigned, but I guarantee the Pairpoint 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 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, with new owners.

William Clark Burchfield started making paperweights at Pairpoint Glass in Sagamore, Massachusetts in 1970.   He left in 1976 to form the Cape Cod Glass Works (also in Sagamore) which continued in operation until 2000.  It then continued briefly in Crossville, Tennessee until 2001.  Bill Burchfield died in 2012.  Bill's son Mark was also at the Cape Cod Glass Works until 1998.  

Size:  2 3/4" diameter by just under 1 7/8" high.  The base is polished flat with a large pontil scar.  The paperweight is faceted with a large flat top facet and four flat side facets.
Condition:   Excellent condition.  Some wear and a pontil scar on the base.  No other damage found on inspection.  There are tiny bubbles in the glass typical of this studio.
Signature:  This paperweight is unsigned but I guarantee that is was made at Pairpoint Glass in Sagamore, Massachusetts.  

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SOLD.                                             Added 10/17/2023

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Vintage Pairpoint Faceted Concentric Millefiori Paperweight
2409 Antique Clichy Faceted Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with 11 roses.  circa 1845-1860.  This wonderful antique Clichy concentric millefiori paperweight has a classic arrangement of three concentric rings of complex millefiori around a blue pastry mold cane.  The inner ring has eleven green and white roses.  The second ring consists of fifteen pink pastry mold canes.   The outer ring has an alternating pattern of 24 canes with six purple pastry mold canes and 18 pink and green canes.  The 18 pink and green complex canes resemble the color of pink and green roses.  In all, there are 51 millefiori canes over a clear ground.  The canes are intricate and very colorful.  See the close-up picture for more detail.  There are six side facets and a top facet.  A fantastic paperweight.

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.  

Size:  2 5/8" diameter by 1 3/4" high.  The base is ground concave.  There are six side facets and a top facet. 
Condition:  Very good condition.  There are scratches and small chips on the body and chips on some of the facets, but no cracks and no impact marks.  There is wear on the base.  There is plenty of glass and the paperweight could be restored, but I chose not to do so. 
Signature:   Unsigned but I guarantee this to be an authentic antique Clichy paperweight. 

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New Price $645   (was $1,295)  postage paid in the US.                                            Repriced 10/17/2023

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5211 Baccarat 1971 Millefiori Mushroom Turquoise Double Overlay Paperweight.  dated 1971.  This modern millefiori paperweight features a wonderful six row concentric millefiori design with design pulled down to the base to form a slender stem, completing the mushroom form.  The outer ring alternates between blue and yellow canes to create an interesting pattern when viewed from the base.  The design is placed over clear crystal and finished with a turquoise and white double overlay.  It is signed with a Baccarat complex "B1971" signature / date cane in the fourth ring from the center.  This paperweight is also signed twice on the base with an acid etched Baccarat mark along with the engraved year (1971) and edition number (153).  The overlay is faceted with one large top facet and five side facets.  A fantastic paperweight.

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.

Note on limited editions:  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 1971 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.  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 his 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 15/16" diameter by just over 2" high.  The base is polished flat.  The paperweight is faceted with one large top facet and a five side facets.
Signature:  Signed with a complex "B 1971" signature / date cane in the fourth ring from the center.  This paperweight is also signed twice on the base with an acid etched Baccarat mark along with the engraved year (1971) and edition number (153).
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.

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SOLD.                             Added 10/17/2023

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Baccarat 1971 Millefiori Mushroom Turquoise Double Overlay Paperweight
4388 Large Antique Clichy Faceted Concentric Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1845-1860.  This wonderful antique Clichy concentric millefiori paperweight has a classic arrangement of three concentric rings of complex millefiori around a blue pastry mold cane.  The inner ring has nine Clichy eight lobed edelweiss florets.  The second ring consists of fifteen purple eight lobed florets.  The outer ring has an alternating pattern of 24 pastry mold canes with six green pastry mold canes and 18 pink pastry mold canes.  In all, there are 49 millefiori canes over a clear ground.  The canes are intricate and very colorful.  See the close-up picture for more detail.  There are six side facets and a top facet.  A fantastic paperweight. 

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. 

Large Size:  2 5/8" diameter by just under 1 3/4" high.  The base is ground concave.  There are six side facets and a large top facet. 
Condition:  Very good condition for its age.  There are scratches and tiny chips on the body and on some of the facets.  The largest bruise is a 1/8" bruise on one facet.  There is wear on the base.  There is plenty of glass and the paperweight could be restored, but I chose not to do so. 
Signature:   Unsigned but I guarantee this to be an authentic antique Clichy paperweight. 

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New Price $475 (was $950)  postage paid in the US.                                            Repriced 10/16/2023

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6005 Dramatic Reijmyre (Sweden) Sunfish Figural Paperweight.  circa 1950-1960.  This large figural Sunfish paperweight was made at the Swedish firm Reijmyre and is signed with a gold foil label "REIJMYRE 1810 SWEDEN".  Possibly made by one of the Marcolin brothers.  The paperweight has an interesting green and brown textured interior that reminds me of later work by the Marcolin brothers at Färe-Marcolin.  A fantastic example.

Reijmyre was founded in Sweden in 1810 by Johan Jacob Graver.  During the early 20th century, Reijmyre produced high quality cameo glass.  The company changed hands many times over the years.  Lennart Rosen took over in 1950, and hired designers including Johnny Mattsson, Paul Kedelv and Bert Kindaker.  The Italian brothers Josef and Benito Marcolin worked at Reijmyre just before starting their own company in 1961.  The Reijmyre glassworks is still in production today.  

Large size:  6 1/4" wide by 4 9/16" high by 1 9/16" thick.  The base is polished flat.     
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.  There is a small (9/16") unpolished area next to the base on the backside. 
Signature:  Signed with a gold foil label "REIJMYRE 1810 SWEDEN".  Possibly made by one of the Marcolin brothers during their time at Reijmyre.

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$45 postage paid in the US.                                                       Added 10/15/2023

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Dramatic Reijmyre (Sweden) Sunfish Figural Paperweight
2048 Magnum Antique Graeser Order of Elks Paperweight.  circa 1890.  This uniquely American style paperweight features a detailed image of an elk with very large antlers above the logo "B.P.O.E." logo for the "Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks".  On each side of the elk are two colorful hand painted floral sprays, each with a large light pink or amber rose.  There is a clock pointing to the 11 o'clock hour in the center below the elk.  The elk and hand painted spray are placed on a white enamel disk.  The image at the center was printed onto the white disk using a photographic process developed by William Maxwell and commercialized by Albert Graeser.  After the decorations were complete the disk was encased in glass.  The hand painted floral sprays and large roses are outstanding.  A wonderful paperweight.

Note on colors:  The pictures don't capture the color accurately.  The roses are a light pink or amber with a slightly yellow tint.

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 "Fraternally Yours" by William Price, Jr. in the 2001 Annual Bulletin of the Paperweight Collectors Association.  This style of paperweight is also described on page 413 of American Glass by George and Helen McKearin.

Very large size:  3 3/8" diameter by just over 2 3/8" high.  The base is ground flat and finished with a matte finish although there is a remnant of the pontil mark. 
Signature:  No signature, but I guarantee that this an antique paperweight using the patented Maxwell process and is most likely a product of Albert Graeser. 
Condition:  Very good condition.  The paperweight has tiny scratches and flea bites, but no cracks.

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Magnum Antique Graeser Order of Elks Paperweight
4718 Charles Kaziun Jr. Miniature Tilted Pedestal Spider Lily Paperweight with Red Aventurine Ground.  circa 1960-1980.  This is a miniature pedestal paperweight with a blue and white spider lily and four leaves on a rich red aventurine ground.  There is a magnificent lily flower with a yellow complex millefiori cane for the stamen.  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 dark stripe down the center.  The paperweight is tilted at a 45 degree angle so it displays beautifully.  Signed on the red underside of the ground with a gold foil 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:  1 3/8" diameter by just over 2" high.  The pedestal base has a diameter of just over 1 5/8".
Signature:  Signed on the underside of the red ground with Kaziun's gold foil K. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips or cracks. 

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$195 postage paid in the US.                               Added 10/12/2023

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Charles Kaziun Jr. Miniature Tilted Pedestal Spider Lily Paperweight with Red Aventurine Ground
5946 Perthshire Magnum 1976D Annual Collection Cushion Millefiori Paperweight.  dated 1976.  This is an amazing paperweight constructed in two levels and then encased again with clear glass.  It is a paperweight within a paperweight.  The inner design is a lower level closepacked millefiori design which can also be viewed from the base.  The inner design is encased with clear glass and then an outer blue and white double overlay having a circular window that reveals the lower level.  The window is bordered with a ring of complex canes and is surrounded by a six sided garland of twists and larger complex canes and is surrounded again by an outer garland of complex canes.  The entire design is then encased again in clear glass.  It is finished with one large top facet and signed on the base with a "P 1976" Perthshire signature / date cane.  The "6" in the signature cane is distorted and looks like a "0", but this is definitely a 1976 design.  This design was offered in a limited edition of 300 paperweights of which 295 were made.  I will mail this with a Perthshire box, but it is not the original 1976 box.  A fantastic very large paperweight and a great addition to any collection of millefiori paperweights.   

Perthshire made this paperweight as one of their Annual Collection for 1976.  This means the design was made only that one year and never again.  The edition size for this paperweight was 300 weights of which 295 were made.  Each year's Annual Collection designs were lettered to indicated this special status.  In 1976, there were five Annual Collection designs, designated 1976A through 1976E.  This design was given the designation 1976D.

Note on blue and white inner overlay:  The inner overlay wraps around to the base to create an irregular shaped window at the base.  Please review the pictures of the base.

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.

Very large size:  Just under 3 9/16" diameter by 2 1/4" high.  The base is polished concave.  It weighs just under 1 pound 11 ounces and will be over two pounds when packaged for mailing.
Signature: Signed with a Perthshire "P 1976" signature / date cane on the base.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches.  The "6" in the signature cane is distorted and looks like a "0".  The window on the base is irregular in shape.

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SOLD.                                    Added 9/30/2023

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Perthshire Magnum 1976D Annual Collection Cushion Millefiori Paperweight
1579 Vintage Vintage Midwest US Floral Design Dump Paperweight with a Double Cross Pattern.  circa 1900-1940.  This is a very large paperweight with a double cross pattern made up of colored glass rods (stringers) with white frit between the rods.  The rods extend down to the base.  There is a colorful trumpet shaped frit layer below the cross pattern.  And a large bubble in the center of the cross.  The paperweight or dump was made by an unknown maker, probably in the Midwest US.  The base is fire finished with a pronounced pontil scar.

This has all the characteristics of a true whimsy, made in spare time by a glass worker.  I believe this was made in the midwest US in the first half of the 20th century.

Very large size:  3 3/4” diameter by 3 3/16” high.  The base is fire finished with a pronounced pontil scar.  It weighs just under 2 pounds 15 ounces and will be four pounds when packaged for shipping.
Signature:  Unsigned.  I believe this was made in the midwest US in the first half of the 20th century.
Condition: Very good condition for its age.  There are some tool marks and small scratches, but no chips or cracks.

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$95 postage paid in the US.                                         Added 9/24/2023

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Vintage Vintage Midwest US Floral Design Dump Paperweight with a Double Cross Pattern
5299 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 center 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 1 3/4” high.  The base is polished 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 scratches and wear on the base, no other chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.

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Baccarat Modern Four Row Open Concentric Millefiori Paperweight
1788 Rare Chinese Copy of a NEGC Faceted Millefiori Nosegay Paperweight.  circa 1930.  This is an almost antique Chinese copy of a New England Glass Company (NEGC) Posy Paperweight made circa 1860.  It has the fancy NEGC quatrefoil faceting and setup.  The millefiori nosegay consists of three red, blue, and yellow complex millefiori canes with four green leaves and a stem.  All this surrounded by two garlands of complex millefiori, one made up of alternating pink and blue millefiori canes, the other made up of identical pink and white flowers with green centers.  This great setup is on top of a latticinio swirl ground.  There are twelve side facets (four large and eight smaller) plus the four part top facet with a notch between each.  This is a fantastic addition to any collection of antique paperweights.  In some ways, the execution of this example is better than the original NEGC, since NEGC examples usual have tipped or cracked canes and the posy is often smudged.

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.

Large Size:   2 7/8" diameter by 1 15/16" high. The bottom is ground concave. 
Signature:   Unsigned but I guarantee that this is from China and dates from about 1930. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  There is considerable wear on the base but no damage on the body of the paperweight.  There is some debris or dirt in the glass.  As with all Chinese paperweights from 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 feel. 

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$175 postage paid in the US.                               Added 9/19/2023

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Rare Chinese Copy of a NEGC Faceted Millefiori Nosegay Paperweight
4407 Charles Kaziun Jr. Crimp Rose Tilted Upright Pedestal Paperweight - Dark Pink.  circa 1960-1980.  This small tilted upright pedestal paperweight features a magnificent crimp rose with fifteen variegated dark pink petals, a center pistil, and four upturned dark green leaves.  The petals are arranged in Kaziun's 4+4+4+3 crimp pattern.  It is signed on the underside of the rose with Kaziun's complex signature cane having a K in the center surrounded by six heart canes.  Because the rose is tilted, the signature cane is visible from the back and also through the base.  The design is set on a clear ground and supported by a pedestal base.  A fantastic addition to any collection of glass paperweights.

After being introduced to the Millville glass artist Emil Larson, Charles Kaziun set a goal to create and perfect his own version of Larson's famous Millville Rose.  This was considered the ultimate icon of glass perfection.  It took Charles almost four years and many thousands of dollars worth of experimentation to succeed.  Many collectors consider the pedestal rose the pinnacle of Kaziun's artistry.

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:

Size:  2" diameter by just under 2 3/8" high.  The pedestal base has a diameter of 2 1/16".  The base is polished concave.
Signature:  Signed on the underside of the rose with Kaziun's complex signature cane having a K in the center surrounded by six heart canes. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips. cracks, or scratches. 

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$645 postage paid in the US.                               Added 9/18/2023

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Charles Kaziun Jr. Crimp Rose Tilted Upright Pedestal Paperweight - Dark Pink
848 Czech / Bohemian Faceted Morning Glories Trumpet Flower Paperweight.   circa 1880-1925.  Trumpet flower paperweight with five blossoms.  There is one large blue center flower and four smaller multicolored flowers at a lower level.  There is a planned bubble in the center of each flower.  The flowers are pushed down to a green frit flower pot shaped ground.  The glass is heavy crystal.  This paperweight is faceted with 32 facets arranged in four rows.  A wonderful example.

Note on condition:  Good condition for its age.  There are chips on the edges of some of the facets, but no major damage.

This style is also called an icepick flower because of the sharp tool used to push each flower down to the base.  Some authors call these morning glory flowers. Von Brackel discusses this style in his book   He lists many variations on pages 106 to 149 with a wide range of values up to $300 and more.  On pages 278 & 279 he describes the process used to make a trumpet flower paperweight.  

Size:  2 7/8" diameter by 3 1/8" high.  The bottom is polished flat with a remnant of the pontil mark.
Condition:  Good condition for its age.  There are chips on the edges of some of the facets, but no major damage.
Signature:  Unsigned, by I guarantee that this is a vintage paperweight from the Bohemia / Czech region and it originates from approximately 1880-1925. 

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Czech / Bohemian Faceted Morning Glories Trumpet Flower Paperweight
5956 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, green, and white. A classic Rithner design.

Note:  As shown in the side view, there are many striations (sugaring) in the glass.  Still, the paperweight views beautifully. 

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:  2 15/16" diameter by 2" 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 chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.  There are bubbles and striations (sugaring) in the glass.
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this to be a paperweight by Ed Rithner from 1940 - 1970.

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Large Ed Rithner Multi-Colored Candy Cane Millefiori Paperweight
1365 Magnum Tom Mosser Devout Woman 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 a devout woman engaged in prayer.  It is signed with an "M" in the lower edge of the scene.  The plaque rests on a blue and white frit ground with a second frit ground below.  A great example from this Cambridge Ohio maker.

Note:  The edge of the base has an imperfection - it is not perfectly round.  Perhaps a flaw was polished out.  Please review the pictures.

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.

Very large size:  Just over 3 1/2" diameter by just over 2 3/4" high.  The base is polished flat.  It weighs just under 30 ounces and will be three pounds when packaged for mailing.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  The edge of the base has an imperfection - it is not perfectly round.  Perhaps a flaw was polished out.  Minor wear on the base.
Signature: Signed "M" for Mosser in the design.

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$75 postage paid in the US.                                             Added 9/4/2023

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Magnum Tom Mosser Devout Woman Paperweight
4575 St. Louis 1973 Millefiori Looped Garlands Paperweight - Magnum Limited Edition.  dated 1973.  This paperweight features a millefiori garland with six loops arranged a large complex millefiori cane.  The six loops alternate between white and blue canes.  The design is placed on an opaque red ground.  It is signed and dated with a "SL 1973" complex millefiori cane between two of the loops.  It also has its original (slightly worn) "CRISTAL SAINT LOUIS FRANCE" foil label.  A precious addition to any collection of Saint Louis paperweights.

According to the two books on St. Louis paperweights, this paperweight was issued in a limited edition of 400 paperweights of which 250 were reserved for US collectors.

Note on condition:  This paperweight has a small scuff mark (about 3/16" long) on the side near the base.  Otherwise, it is in excellent condition with no other damage found.

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.

Very large size:  3 1/4" diameter by 2 1/4" high.  The base is ground concave.
Signature:  It is signed and dated with a "SL 1973" complex millefiori cane between two of the loops.  It also has its original "CRISTAL SAINT LOUIS FRANCE" foil label.
Condition:  This paperweight has a small scuff mark (about 3/16" long) on the side near the base.  Otherwise, it is in excellent condition with no other damage found.  The foil label is slightly worn.

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$395 postage paid in the US.                                                      Added 9/4/2023

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St. Louis 1973 Millefiori Looped Garlands Paperweight - Magnum Limited Edition
5290 Large Colorful Strathearn Paneled Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1963-1968.  This very attractive paperweight consists of a paneled millefiori pattern with nine panels of 1 (yellow) + 2 (pink) millefiori canes each separated by a white latticinio twist cane.  There is a central ring of eight dark red  millefiori canes and then a center pink and white millefiori cane.  The canes are early Scottish millefiori canes on an transparent green 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.

Large size:   Just over 3” diameter by 2 1/8” high.  The base is fire polished with a remnant of the pontil mark. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection other than minor wear on the base.  There are some small bubbles in the glass.
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this paperweight was made by Strathearn Glass in Scotland.

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$110 postage paid in the US.                                                 Added 8/31/2023    

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Large Colorful Strathearn Paneled Millefiori Paperweight
4438 Large Fratelli Toso Murano Latticinio and Twist Crown Paperweight with Millefiori Canes.   circa 1970.  Wonderful example of a Murano swirl crown paperweight formed from 24 colorful twists alternating in color and arranged in a swirl.  There are also three large millefiori canes.  Every other twist is a white latticinio twist.  Alternating colors are blue, green, red,  pink, and yellow.  The yellow and pink twists have gold aventurine edges.  This paperweight was made by Fratelli Toso.  A fun paperweight with brilliant colors.

Technically a crown weight should have a crown millefiori or group of millefiori on top.  This weight does not.  Crown weights are considered by some to be the most exciting of all millefiori designs.  They are extremely difficult to make.  Pedestal crowns are the most desirable.

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.

Very large size:  3 1/16" diameter by 2 5/8" high.  The base is polished flat.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No scratches, chips, or cracks found on inspection.
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this paperweight was made by Fratelli Toso on the island of Murano, Venice, Italy. 

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SOLD.                                                 Added 8/18/2023

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Large Fratelli Toso Murano Latticinio and Twist Crown Paperweight with Millefiori Canes
6002 Magnum AVEM Murano Hollow Blown Crown Paperweight.   circa 1930-1960.  Colorful Murano crown paperweight made by Arte Vetraria Muranese (AVEM).  The paperweight is formed from 26 alternating strands of white and pink twists.  The pink twists have gold aventurine borders to add sparkle.  The white twists are made up of a ribbon of five white rods.  Eighteen colorful millefiori canes make up the crown on top.  There is a remnant of a Murano label on the base.  The top of the dome has a small unevenness (from the making) which cases a tiny bit of distortion.  A wonderful large example.

This crown paperweight is unusual in that it is hollow blown with a large bubble in the center in the style of antique crown paperweights. Most modern crown paperweights are solid in the center.  A great example for any collector of paperweights or Murano glass.  Crown weights are considered by some to be the most exciting of all millefiori designs.  They are extremely difficult to make.  Hollow blown crown weights are even more difficult to make and are hard to find. 

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.

A.V.E.M. or Arte Vetraria Muranese was founded on the Island of Murano in Venice, Italy in 1932.  They were no longer producing glass in 2003.  For more information see page 9 of the book Murano Glass Century 20 by Leslie Pina.  

Very large size:   Just over 3 1/2" diameter by just over 2 15/16" high.  The base is polished flat and hollow ground in the center.  This paperweight weighs 28 ounces. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with minor wear at the base.  No chips or cracks.  There is a small unevenness on the top of the dome (from the making) which cases a tiny bit of distortion. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee that this paperweight was made by AVEM on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy.  It has a remnant of a paper label on the base.

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SOLD.                                  Added 8/17/2023

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Magnum AVEM Murano Hollow Blown Crown Paperweight
5401 Large Baccarat 1977 Spaced Millefiori on Lace Paperweight.   dated 1977.  This wonderful spaced millefiori paperweight from Baccarat contains an arrangement of 19 millefiori canes on a lace or upset muslin ground.  The canes are intricate and very colorful.  See the close-up picture for more detail.  It is signed with a Baccarat "B1977" signature / date cane in the design.  And the base is signed with an etched Baccarat logo, the engraved edition number (52), and the engraved year (1977).  It comes with its original (distressed) box and certificate.  A large colorful example. 

This design was produced in 1977.  It is not listed as a limited edition, but the individual paperweights were numbered sequentially.  This is number 52 in that series.  Paul Dunlop states on page 178 of his book Baccarat Paperweights two centuries of beauty that this style was made in numerous years as a numbered edition paperweight.

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

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.  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 his 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 1/16" diameter by just over 2 1/4" high.  The base is polished flat.
Signature:  Made by Baccarat in France in 1977.  Signed on the base with the etched Baccarat logo and also with a "B1977" signature / date cane in the design.
Condition:    Excellent condition.  Slight wear on the base, but no other cracks, chips, or scratch found on inspection.  The box is moderately distressed with tape damage and a crease.

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$425 postage paid in the US.                                                            Added 8/16/2023

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Large Baccarat 1977 Spaced Millefiori on Lace Paperweight
3015 Magnum Whitefriars Pattern 9850 Pink Streaky Abstract Paperweight.   circa 1978-1980.  This paperweight has a distinctive swirl pattern created by picking up red, yellow, and pink colored glass stringers (rods).  It has typical heavy Whitefriars lead crystal.  This is pattern 9850 and it has a label identifying it as such.  It has its original (slightly worn) Whitefriars paper label on the side near the base.  The label has a Whitefriars monk symbol and the text "WHITEFRIARS FULL LEAD CRYSTAL MADE IN ENGLAND".  It also has label identifying the pattern as "9850".  A great addition to any collection of modern English paperweights.

The pattern "9850" was introduced in 1978 by Geoffrey Baxter.  The paper label with the number "9850" has an added handwritten "A" and another number "9793".  To the best of my knowledge, there is no pattern 9793, so this is probably an error.  It may have been a reference to 9893 which was a version introduced in 1980 by Ray Annenberg (which would also explain the "A"). 

The Whitefriars Paperweights Collectors Guide by Brian Slingsby and Judy Taylor refers the group of designs (9850, 9851, 9893, & 9894) with this style of abstract as "Bubble & Streaky".  Streaky weights came with and without a controlled bubble pattern in a variety of colors.  They 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.

Very large size:  3 3/8" diameter by 2 7/8" tall.  The bottom is polished concave.  This paperweight is heavy and weighs almost 34 ounces.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  There is a 1/4" scratch near the base, but no other chips, cracks or scratches were found on inspection.
Signature:  It is signed with its original Whitefriars paper label on the side near the base with a Whitefriars monk symbol and the text "WHITEFRIARS FULL LEAD CRYSTAL MADE IN ENGLAND".  There is also a second label identifying the pattern as 9850.

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$145 postage paid in the US.                                                                  Added 8/15/2023

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Magnum Whitefriars Pattern 9850 Pink Streaky Abstract Paperweight
5914 Miniature Strathearn Eight Pointed Star Millefiori Paperweight with Opaque Yellow Ground.  circa 1963-1968.  This miniature paperweight features a three ring concentric millefiori design and is finished as a eight pointed star.  The outer ring consists of 16 canes, alternating between blue and red.  The middle ring ten identical pink and red canes.  The inner ring consists of five identical white and red canes.  The center cane is a tiny yellow cane.  The ground is an opaque yellow.  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:   Just under 2 1/8” 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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$49 postage paid in the US.                                                 Added 8/14/2023

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Miniature Strathearn Eight Pointed Star Millefiori Paperweight with Opaque Yellow Ground
5251 Perthshire Annual Collection 1977B Limited Edition Damson Plums Paperweight with Certificate and Box.   circa 1977.  This paperweight features three rich purple colored lampwork plums with green stems and leaves on a clear ground.  It is faceted with a complex faceting of one large top facet and 16 side facets (eight large and eight smaller facets).  The base is ground concave and finished with a grid cut pattern that Perthshire calls a strawberry cut.  It is signed with a small engraved "P" on a tiny extra facet near the base.  The "P" is engraved in reverse so it displays correctly when viewed from the top.  It comes with its original box and original certificate identifying this as #97 out of a limited edition of 500 weights (only 315 were made).  A great addition to any collection of paperweights.  

Perthshire made this paperweight as one of their Annual Collection for 1977.  This means the design was made only that one year and never again.  The edition size for this paperweight was 500 weights, but only 315 were made.  Each year's Annual Collection designs were lettered to indicated this special status.  In 1977, there were six Annual Collection designs, designated 1977A through 1977F.  This design, the Damson Plum Weight, was designated 1977B.

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.

Small size :  2 1/16" diameter by 1 1/2" high.  Perthshire calls it a miniature but it is slightly larger than a true miniature.  It is faceted with one large top facet and 16 side facets (eight large and eight smaller facets).  There is an extra tiny facet near the base where the "P" signature is engraved in reverse.  The base is ground concave and finished with a strawberry (grid) cut. 
Signature :  Engraved with a reversed "P" on a tiny facet near the base.  It comes with its original box and original certificate identifying this as #97 out of a limited edition of 500 weights. 
Condition :  Outstanding condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches. 

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$175 postage paid in the US.                     Added 8/9/2023

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Perthshire Annual Collection 1977B Limited Edition Damson Plums Paperweight with Certificate and Box
2254 Antique Thuringia Lauscha Millefiori Paperweight with  Name Plaque "Hauptm. Karl".  Circa 1870 - 1940.  Colorful antique paperweight with colorful millefiori canes arranged around a central name plaque.  The name "Hauptm. Karl" is probably an abbreviation of "Hauptmann Karl", meaning Captain Karl or leader Karl.  The complex millefiori canes repeat in alternating patterns to make up the design with 26 canes in all.  The pattern is arranged over a multicolored frit ground.  There are some wonderful complex canes in this paperweight.  An interesting example of a type of weight that is becoming more in demand as collectors learn more about the various Bohemian factories and eastern Germany factories.  This is a relatively rare item.

Similar paperweights are on display in the museum in Lauscha and are identified as being from Lauscha in Thuringia.  Examples can be found in the book by von Brackel, Paperweights: Historicism - Art Nouveau - Art Deco - 1842 to Today   See pages 90-95 and figure 507 on page 221.

Large Size:  2 3/4" diameter by 1 11/16" high. The base is ground flat with a matte finish.  There is a depression remaining from the pontil mark in the center.
Condition: Very good condition for its age.  There are some scratches on the surface and one noticeable 1/16" nick on the side (shown in one of the pictures).   
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this is paperweight is from Thuringia and was most likely made pre-WWII.

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$135 (was $195) postage paid in the US.                               New Price  8/8/2023

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Antique Thuringia Lauscha Millefiori Paperweight with  Name Plaque "Hauptm. Karl"
1550 Large Vintage Czech / Bohemian Faceted Masaryk Picture Paperweight.   circa 1900-1939.  Large faceted paperweight with a picture of Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, the first president of Czechoslovakia.  The picture is placed on a tombstone (or picture frame) shaped sulphide that rests on a multicolored cushion of glass bits.  The tombstone has ornamental features on each side of the picture.  On the back of the tombstone is a large brightly colored orange and amber bouquet of flowers.  The paperweight has a complex faceting with one large window facet in front, an eight part facet at the top, and 24 other side facets for a total of 33 facets on four levels.  The paperweight was made in Northern Bohemia during the period 1900 to 1939.  It weighs almost 23 ounces.  An important paperweight of historical significance.

Von Brackel refers to the style as picture frame sulphides, rather than tombstones, but does not account for the presence of the flowers on the reverse side.  This paperweight has no writing on the tombstone, but I have had others with the same or similar pictures that had the name "T. G. Masaryk" under the picture.  Masaryk was the president of Czechoslovakia from 1918 to 1935.  He died in 1937 at the age of 87.  The picture was taken earlier in his life.  Most likely this paperweight was produced during his presidency or possibly at the time of his death.  It is also possible that it was produced earlier in his life when he was a political activist advocating for the creation of an independent Czechoslovakia.

Von Brackel discusses this style of paperweight in his book Paperweights - Historicism - Art Nouveau - Art DecoHe discusses several similar examples on pages 102 to 105 with a range of values of $250 and up.  The picture format, he says is a specialty of Northern Bohemia.  

Large size: Just under 3" at the widest by just over 3 1/2" high.  The base is ground flat.  Faceted with a total of 33 facets.  It weighs just under 23 ounces.
Condition:  Very good to excellent condition for its age.  There is age appropriate wear on the base, wear on some of the facet edges, and some nicks on facet edges.  One noticeable scratch the large front window facet. 
Signature :  Unsigned, but I guarantee that this is a vintage paperweight from the Bohemia / Czech region and it originates from approximately 1900-1939. 

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$145 postage paid in the US.                                  Added 8/8/2023

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Large Vintage Czech / Bohemian Faceted Masaryk Picture Paperweight
5393 Large Whitefriars 1974 Multi-faceted Carpet Ground Millefiori Paperweight.  dated 1974.  Wonderful design with a carpet ground of identical red and white millefiori canes surrounded by a ring of lime green canes.  There is a clear ground underneath the design.  The paperweight is faceted with one top facet and a total of 30 side facets in three rows (12 small + six larger + 12 small side facets).  There is a Whitefriars signature cane with a white monk and the year 1974 next to the outer ring.  It comes with a Whitefriars box, but probably not the original box.  A great addition to any collection of millefiori paperweights.

Note about condition:  I am rating the condition of this paperweight as very good.  It has manufacturing flaws - some of the larger side facets were not polished and show parallel grinding marks.  The paperweight displays beautifully.  The price has been reduced. 

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 under 3 1/16" diameter by 2" high.  The base is ground concave.  Faceted with a total of 31 facets, one top facet and 30 side facets in three rows (12 + 6 + 12)
Condition:  Very good condition.  The paperweight has manufacturing flaws - some of the larger side facets were not polished and show parallel grinding marks.  No other chips, cracks or scratches found on inspection. 
Signature:  Signed in the design with a Whitefriars 1974 date cane.  It comes with a Whitefriars box, but probably not the original box.   

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SOLD.                                           Added 8/7/2023

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Large Whitefriars 1974 Multi-faceted Carpet Ground Millefiori Paperweight
2920 Perthshire Annual Collection 1973E Limited Edition Miniature Amber Flower Paperweight with certificate.  This paperweight features a five-petaled amber flower with a stem set over a clear ground.  It is faceted with one top facet and eight side facets and finished with a brilliant grid cut base.  This was the first design Perthshire made with the grid cut base, which they called a strawberry-cut.  It is signed with Perthshire's "P" signature cane in the center of the flower.  This paperweight was made in a limited edition of 600 paperweights of which 563 were made.  This comes which its original certificate which identifies it as #554 in the edition.  There is no paper label on this paperweight.  A nice crisp design with great color.

Perthshire made this paperweight as one of their annual collection items for 1973.  This means the design was made only that one year and never again.  There were five annual collection designs in 1973, designated A through E, of which this is 1973E.  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.

Small Size:  2 1/8" diameter by 1 3/8" high.  The bottom is ground concave and finished with a grid-cut.  This paperweight is faceted with a larger top facet and eight small side facets.    
Signature:  This paperweight is signed with a "P" signature cane in the center of the flower.  It also comes with its original certificate.   
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches. 

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$195 postage paid in the US.                               New Price (was $265)  8/6/2021

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

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Perthshire Annual Collection 1973E Limited Edition Miniature Amber Flower Paperweight with certificate
4078 Old Chinese Two Color Fantasy Flower Paperweight with Leaves and Bud - Copy of Baccarat Antique.  circa 1930.   This is a copy of a French Baccarat 12 petal fantasy flower paperweight with bud made in the classic period from 1845-1860.  The two color flower has a complex millefiori center cane, five leaves, two color bud, and a stem.  The ground is clear.  The style dates from the 1920s or 1930s and is almost an antique. 

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:  Just under 2 3/4" diameter by 1/4" high.  The base is ground concave in the center. 
Signature:      Unsigned but I guarantee that this is from China and dates from about 1930. 
Condition:  Very good condition.  There are some minor scratches on the body.  There is a 1/8" chip and a similar sized tool mark on the base.  As is typical of paperweights of this type, the glass has some debris and tiny bubbles.  As with Chinese paperweights from this period, this paperweight has a slight greenish tinge. 

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$45 postage paid in the US.                                            Added 8/6/2023

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Old Chinese Two Color Fantasy Flower Paperweight with Leaves and Bud - Copy of Baccarat Antique
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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$195 postage paid in the US.                               New Price 8/2/2021

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Charles Kaziun Jr. Miniature Tilted Pedestal Spider Lily Paperweight with Aventurine Ground
5943 Perthshire Magnum 1987G Annual Collection Horse & Jockey Millefiori Paperweight.  dated 1987.  This is an amazing paperweight constructed in two levels and then encased again with clear glass.  It is a paperweight within a paperweight.  The inner design features a large colored picture cane of a horse and jockey surrounded by two concentric rings of complex canes.  This design can also be partially viewed from the base.  The inner design is encased with clear glass and then an outer blue and white double overlay having a circular window that reveals the lower level.  The window is bordered with a ring of complex canes and is surrounded by a four sided garland of twists and larger canes.  The entire design is then encased again in clear glass.  It is signed on the base with a "P 1987" Perthshire signature / date cane.  This design was offered in a limited edition of 250 paperweights of which only 120 were made.  It comes with its original Perthshire box.  Great color and execution. 

Perthshire made this paperweight as one of their Annual Collection for 1987.  This means the design was made only that one year and never again.  The edition size for this paperweight was 250 weights, but only 120 were made.  Each year's Annual Collection designs were lettered to indicated this special status.  In 1987, there were seven Annual Collection designs, designated 1987A through 1987G.  This design was given the designation 1987G.

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.

Very large size:  Just under 3 3/16" diameter by 2 5/16" high.  The base is ground concave.
Signature: Signed with a Perthshire "P 1987" signature / date cane on the base.  This paperweight comes with the original its original box.  There is no paper label on this paperweight. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches.

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$575 postage paid in the US.                                    Added 7/29/2023

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Perthshire Magnum 1987G Annual Collection Horse & Jockey Millefiori Paperweight
2992 Baccarat 1971 Millefiori Mushroom Double Overlay Paperweight.  dated 1971.  This modern millefiori paperweight features a wonderful seven row concentric millefiori design with design pulled down to the base to form a slender stem, completing the mushroom form.  The two outer rings are somehow arranged to alternate when viewed from the base resulting in a stunning spiral pattern.  The design is placed over clear crystal and finished with a red and white double overlay.  It is signed with a Baccarat complex "B1971" signature / date cane in the outer ring.  This paperweight is also signed twice on the base with an acid etched Baccarat mark along with the engraved year (1971) and edition number (103).  The red over white overlay is faceted with one large top facet and six side facets.  The base is cut with a complex star pattern that is flat in the center.  A fantastic paperweight.

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.

Note on number of rows or rings:  This design has either six or seven rows, depending on whether you count the very first ring around the single center cane.  I have chosen to count the inner ring to be consistent with past listings.

Note on limited editions:  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 1971 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.  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 his 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 15/16" diameter by just under 2" high.  The base is cut with a complex star pattern that is flat in the center.  The paperweight is faceted with one large top facet and a six side facets.
Signature:  Signed with a complex "B 1971" signature / date cane in the outer ring.  This paperweight is also signed twice on the base with an acid etched Baccarat mark along with the engraved year (1971) and edition number (103).
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.

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$495 postage paid in the US.                             Added 7/29/2023

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Baccarat 1971 Millefiori Mushroom Double Overlay Paperweight
5929 Perthshire 1995 PP47 Limited Edition Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Six Picture Canes and Certificate.  dated 1995.  This is small sized millefiori paperweight with two concentric rings of complex millefiori canes and a center picture cane.  The design is placed on a white lace ground.  The center cane is a complex cane with a picture cane of a heron.  The center cane is surrounded by a ring of five spaced complex blue millefiori canes.  The outer ring is a garland of  five picture canes separated by multicolored twists.  The five picture canes in the outer garland are, I think, a panda, swan, kangaroo, penguin, and mushroom.   It is signed and dated on the base with a "P1995" signature / date cane.  It comes with its original certificate stating that it is number 25 out of a limited edition of 300 paperweights.  It is also engraved 25 on the base.  This is a really flashy paperweight with great color. 

Although the PP47 was made from 1981 to 2002, the design varied each year.  This particular design was made only in 1995. 

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.

Small size: Just over 2 3/16" diameter by 1 9/16" high.  The base is ground concave. 
Signature:  This paperweight has a Perthshire "P1995" signature / date cane on the base.  It comes with its original certificate stating that it is number 25 out of a limited edition of 300 paperweights.  The edition number (25) is engraved on the base.  It  does not have a Perthshire paper label. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches. There are some small bubbles in the lace ground.

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SOLD.                                      Added 7/21/2023

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Perthshire 1995 PP47 Limited Edition Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Six Picture Canes and Certificate
4644 Unique Baccarat 1964 JFK Sulphide Double Overlay Paperweight.  dated 1963, issued 1964.  This modern Baccarat sulphide paperweight features a large three dimensional figure of  President John F. Kennedy.  Even though it is dated 1963, I believe it wasn't issued until 1964 after Kennedy was assassinated.  The sulphide figure was designed by Albert David.  It has a cobalt blue and white overlay with a red base.  The paperweight is faceted with one large top facet and five side facets.  The overlay has an unusual cutting with half-circle notches between each facet.  Only 201 copies were made with this color combination, but the cutting may be unique.  It is signed on the edge of the sulphide "A. DAVID 63" and has an acid etched Baccarat logo / mark on the base.  An extra nice example.   

Paul Dunlop provides a detailed study of the variations on this paperweight.  This paperweight was made in several formats, including 308 overlays and 3,572 non-overlays.  Of the overlays, 201 were like the example shown here with a red uncut base and a blue and white overlay.  However not all of the 201 will have the same cutting on the double overlay as the glass workers at Baccarat were given some artistic freedom to vary the cutting.  35 more were finished with a star cut on the base.  And 72 were made with a blue base and a red and white overlay.  There were nine different formats for the 3,572 non-overlay versions.  An additional 314 non-overlay weights with an amethyst base were issued in a memorial edition.

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. 

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.  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 his 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.

Albert David (1896 - 1970) was a French sculptor and ceramist who studied under Jean Boucher at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris.  David exhibited in Paris at the Salon of the Société des Artistes Français, Salon d'Automne and the Salon des Artistes Décorateurs.  He received an honorable mention in 1921, a gold medal at the 1937 Exposition Universelle and a third-class medal in 1938.  His work was entered in the Art competitions at the 1924 Summer Olympics, but he did not win a medal.  In 1938, he was was made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor.  He was particularly known for his flat reliefs and war memorials and also his pottery.  In addition, he also designed plaques and medals.  David served as an official sculptor for the Monnaie de Paris (Paris Mint), a government-owned institution responsible for producing France's coins.  During the 1960s he designed sulphides for Baccarat, some of which were produced after his death in 1970.

Large Size:  3 1/8" diameter by just over 2 1/8" high.  The base is polished flat is faceted with one large top facet and five side facets.   
Signature:  The paperweight is signed on the edge of the sulphide "A. DAVID 63" and has an acid etched Baccarat mark / logo on the base  
Condition:   There is a 1/2" scratch on the base next to the Baccarat mark / logo.  There is also other wear and faint scratches on the base.  Otherwise it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection..

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$235 postage paid in the US.                         Added 7/10/2023

For more information about sulphide paperweights, see my Sulphide Paperweights Web Page    (dl-sul-bac)

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Unique Baccarat 1964 JFK Sulphide Double Overlay Paperweight
3511 Perthshire PP52 End of Week Green Paperweight Bottle.  circa 1982 - 1994.  This end-of-week (or end-of-day) bottle contained crushed millefiori canes embedded in an opaque green base layer.  Some whole millefiori canes are visible.  The stopper matches the bottle.  It is unsigned and does not have a paper label.  It is an extra nice example.

Note:  Multiple views are shown taken from all sides, but only one bottle is offered for sale.

The Perthshire PP52 was made from 1982 to 1994.  The base layer can be green, ruby, or blue.

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 over 4 3/4" high by 2 5/8" diameter including the stopper.  The base is shaped concave. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee that this is a Perthshire PP52 bottle made in Scotland.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.

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$245 postage paid in the US.                                         Added 7/8/2023

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Perthshire PP52 End of Week Green Paperweight Bottle
5995 Modern St. Louis Cupid Amour Sulphide Paperweight.   dated 1979.  This is a modern St. Louis sulphide paperweight featuring a ceramic image of cupid set on a opaque red ground and surrounded by a garland of blue lampwork flowers with millefiori centers and green leaves.  There is an opaque white layer under the red layer which is visible from the base.  The paperweight was issued in a limited edition of 400 in 1979.  It is faceted with a large top facet and six side facets.  It is signed on the base with a millefiori signature date cane "SL 1979".  A great paperweight with fantastic color.

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

Sulphides are cast objects (animals, flowers, people) made of a ceramic material that has properties similar to the surrounding glass.  They are normally white, but are also sometimes colored or even painted.  The objects are cast in a mold that copied or made directly from a medallion, coin or sculpture.  The finest French sulphides are cast in a mold made by a skilled artist.  Often a sulphide will have a silvery appearance due to a thin layer of trapped bubbles between the glass and the sulphide itself.

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

Gilbert Poillerat (1902 - 1988) was a French designer, jeweler, and sculptor.  He studied at the École Boulle, graduating in 1921.  Initially he worked in wrought iron for Edgar Brandt doing design and production work.  Later Poillerat branched out to design furniture and other decorative arts.  In 1946 he became a professor at the École Nationale des Arts Decoratifs.  He taught there for 26 years, all the while continuing his own design output, collaborating with the likes of André Arbus, Jean Pascaud, and Vadim Androusov.  During the 1950s, Poillerat became involved in the rediscovery of the art of sulphide paperweights at Baccarat and St. Louis, contributing to many of the early modern sulphide paperweights.

Large size:  Just under 3 1/8" diameter by just under 1 5/8" high.  The bottom is ground concave. 
Signature: Signed with a complex millefiori cane "SL 1979" on the base.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, cracks, or chips found on inspection. 

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$295 postage paid in the US.                                              Added 7/7/2023

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Modern St. Louis Cupid Amour Sulphide Paperweight
2999 Very Early St. Louis 1953 Millefiori Mushroom Double Overlay Paperweight.  dated 1953.  This is one of only a few very early modern St. Louis millefiori mushroom paperweights.  It has a closepacked millefiori design pulled down to the base to form a mushroom shape.  It is signed and dated with a "SL 1953" millefiori cane in the design.  It has a double overlay of dark blue over light blue and is finished with a large top facet and five side facets.  The base is ground slightly concave and has a star cutting.  This paperweight is one of the earliest of the modern SL millefiori mushroom paperweights and was probably made by Paul Gossmann with guidance from Louis Lutz.  A precious addition to any collection of Saint Louis paperweights. 

Note on execution: This very early Saint Louis paperweight was made when Saint Louis was exploring the possibility of resuming paperweight production.  It should be considered an experiment and is not perfect.  The millefiori in the top are smudged and there are some tiny tool marks in the overlay.

Paul Gossmann, an 18 year old glass blower at St. Louis, was assigned to try to duplicate the classic designs of the 19th century.  Working with Louis Lutz, a retired glassworker from decades earlier, Gossmann experimented with millefiori and with lampwork in 1951 or 1952 and as quality improved made the first overlay paperweights at the end of 1953.  His attention was then redirected to the production of sulphide paperweights and the 1953 Queen Elizabeth sulphide.

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 just over 2 3/8" high.  The base is ground slightly concave and has a star cutting.  The paperweight is faceted with one large top facet and a five side facets.
Signature:  Signed with a complex "SL 1953" signature cane in the design.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.  The millefiori canes are smudged and there are some tiny tool marks in the overlay from when it was made.

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SOLD.                                                      Added 7/3/2023

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Very Early St. Louis 1953 Millefiori Mushroom Double Overlay Paperweight
3222 Chinese Pedestal Scrambled Millefiori Paperweight, 1930s.  circa 1930.  This is a good example of a Chinese 1930s pedestal form scrambled millefiori paperweight.  It has a great assortment of millefiori canes and twist canes.  Even though this was intended to be a copy of a French scramble or end of day weight from 1845-1860 (probably St. Louis or Clichy), the Chinese factory made it in a pedestal form more common with paperweights from Millville, New Jersey.  Either way, it will not fool today's collectors.  Often these paperweights can be found scratch signed "CHINA" on the base or more rarely signed with a cane signature, but this example is unsigned.  As with most Chinese paperweights, this paperweight has a light weight glass mixture that is high in soda and has a green-yellow tinge. The glass has a soft oily feel and there are some light scratches and small nicks.  Good color and condition.

Note on condition:  This paperweight is in very good condition for its age.  It has an internal fracture on the base (see pictures) that is solid and is not spreading.  It also has minor scratches but other cracks and no chips.

Large size:   Just under 2 3/4” diameter by 3 1/4"  high.  The base is ground concave. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee that this was made in the 1930s in China.  
Condition:  This paperweight is in very good condition for its age.  It has an internal fracture on the base (see pictures) that is solid and is not spreading.  It also has minor scratches but other cracks and no chips.  

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$85 postage paid in the US.                                  Added 7/2/2023

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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.

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Chinese Pedestal Scrambled Millefiori Paperweight, 1930s
2797 Portugal Stylized Floral Paperweight.  circa 1970.  Medium paperweight with stylized flowers.  This style is distinctive to Portugal.  The paperweight has four blue and yellow flowers arranged around an orange four petal flower in the center.  The design is placed over a fine frit ground.  Each flower has a carefully placed bubble in the center.  The glass has a slight yellow tint which may be a reflection from the frit ground.  A very colorful paperweight.

Medium size:  2 3/8" diameter by 2 7/16" high.  The base is polished flat.
Condition:  Very good condition.  There are some scratches on the base and a few tiny pinpricks or scratches on the dome.  The top is slightly uneven from when it was made.
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee that this was made in Portugal.

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$29 postage paid in the US.                                       Added 7/1/2023

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Portugal Stylized Floral Paperweight
5636 Norman Rockwell Triple Self Portrait Limited Edition Sulphide Paperweight.    issued in 1979.  This modern sulphide paperweight features a three dimensional sulphide interpretation of the famous 1960 painting by Norman Rockwell.  In the painting (and also the paperweight), Rockwell is depicted with a pipe in his mouth painting a self-portrait while viewing himself in a mirror.  Rockwell had tacked four small images of other self-portraits (by Durer, Rembrandt, Picasso, and van Gogh) to the canvas, but only three are shown in the sulphide.  He also has sketches of himself in the upper left corner of the canvas.  The design is set on a translucent turquoise ground.  The sulphide was modeled by the American sculptor and medalist Roger J. Brown who has signed his the sulphide R. J. Brown twice.  It was encased in crystal by an unnamed glass company for the River Shore company.  The paperweight was issued in a limited edition of 2,500 paperweights, of which this is number 1,602.  It is engraved on the base "Rockwell's TRIPLE SELF-PORTRAIT by Roger J. Brown © 1979 River Shore Ltd. ® 1602 / 2500".   The paperweight is faceted with one large top facet and five side facets and the footed base is star cut. 

This paperweight was sold under the collectibles brand River Shore, which was one of several companies that offered pieces by Roger J. Brown.  I was unable to learn much about River Shore.  And I was also unable to uncover which glass company made made it, but it was likely either Baccarat or D'Albret.  Both of these companies also produced paperweights for the Franklin Mint during this period.  Is it possible that this was a Paul Jokelson project?

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.

Roger J. Brown (1933-2006) was born in Jersey City, NJ and originally was in Data Processing with an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University.  He started sculpting in 1963 and created an impressive variety of figurines, medallions, and busts on many topics.  He had commissions from the Rockwell Society, Westminster Kennel Club, and others.  His work is represented in a number of museums including the Aviation Hall of Fame, Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City and the Remington Museum in Ogdensburg, NY.

Large size:  Just over 2 13/16" diameter by just under 1 7/8" high.  The paperweight is faceted with one large top facet and five side facets and the footed base is star cut. 
Signature:  The paperweight engraved on the base "Rockwell's TRIPLE SELF-PORTRAIT by Roger J. Brown © 1979 River Shore Ltd. ® 1602 / 2500"  The sulphide is also signed "RJ Brown" in two places..   
Condition:   Excellent condition.  I found minor wear on the base.

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$39 postage paid in the US.                         Added 6/30/2023

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Norman Rockwell Triple Self Portrait Limited Edition Sulphide Paperweight
5516 Rare Magnum Paolo Venini Closepacked Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1930-1959.  Very large colorful Paoli Venini closepacked millefiori paperweight.  The design is placed over a clear ground.  Some of the millefiori canes are tipped on their side.  This paperweight has a low profile (see side view).  An important early 20th century paperweight from Murano.

Several experts have advised me that this paperweight was made by Paola Venini.  Most of his paperweights are not signed, but he also made signed mirrors with millefiori borders containing the same millefiori canes.

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.

Paolo Venini (1895-1959) was born in Cusano, Italy.   As a young man he studied law in Milan.  During the first war he was stationed near Venice where he became fascinated with the glass mosaics and stained glass of St. Mark’s cathedral.  After the war he began a law practice but soon came under the influence of Venetian art and antiquities dealer Giacomo Cappellin who convinced the young Venini to join him as a business partner in a new Murano glass enterprise in 1921.  The firm was incorporated in 1924 as Vetri Soffiati Muranesi Venini Cappelin & Co.  The Venini company continued to operate after Paolo's death in 1959 and remains in operation today (2023).  

Very large size:  Just under 4" diameter by 2" high.  The base is polished flat.  There is the remnant of the pontil scar on the base.
Condition:   Very good condition.  There is the remnant of the pontil scar on the base (or it may be a chip) and considerable wear on the base.  One chip on the edge of the base has been polished out leaving a flat spot in an otherwise circular base.  There are other chips on the side including one that is 5/16" across.  The other chips on the side are tiny.  No chips or scratches found on the dome.  No cracks.  The paperweight displays beautifully.
Signature:  Unsigned, but I believe this paperweight was made by Paolo Venini at his firm in Murano, Venice, Italy.

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$275 postage paid in the US.                            Added 6/28/2023

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Rare Magnum Paolo Venini Closepacked Millefiori Paperweight
2643 Large Faceted Baccarat Limited Edition Fruit Basket Paperweight.   dated 1976.  Classical design with a lampwork basket of fruit set over an opaque white milk glass ground.  The basket is filled with luscious strawberries with leaves attached.  It is signed with a Baccarat signature cane "B 1976" and also signed again on the base with the Baccarat logo.  The paperweight is faceted with a large concave top facet and six smaller concave side facets.  Perfect execution.

This design was produced only in 1976 in a limited edition of 300 paperweights.  This is number 57 in that series.  There is a signature cane "B 1976" shown in the pictures.  The base has the acid etched Baccarat logo plus it is engraved with the year (1976), the edition number (57) and the size of the series (300).  It is unusual to find a Baccarat paperweight with a white opaque ground as they produced very few designs with this choice of ground.  It works perfectly as a contrast to the delicate fruit basket.

Baccarat originally suggested a retail price of $3,542 for this paperweight, but my price is much lower. 

Large size: 3 1/16" diameter by 1 7/8" high.  The base is polished flat.  Faceted with a large top facet and six side facets.  All the facets are concave. 
Condition: Excellent condition.  There are some scratches on the base, but no other wear or damage was found on inspection.  No cracks, chips, or scratches on the body.
Signature:  Made by Baccarat in France in 1976.  Signed in cane and on the base. 

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$295 postage paid in the US.                                                 Added 6/24/2023

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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.

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Large Faceted Baccarat Limited Edition Fruit Basket Paperweight
5896 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 white 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.  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 1/16" 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.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.

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SOLD.                                                      Added 6/22/2023

For more information about paperweights made by the St. Louis glass factory in France, see my St. Louis Web Page

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Large St. Louis 1980 Pansy on Lace Ground Limited Edition Paperweight with Fancy Cutting
5920 Modern Chinese Pink Rose Paperweight.  circa 2000.  This is a modern Chinese pink rose paperweight with 16 pink colored petals and three green leaves.  The petals are arranged in four rings in an approximate 4+4+4+4 pattern.  The base is polished flat and is almost circular.  A great example of a modern Chinese lampwork rose.  

Unlike the 1930s copies of Millville crimp roses, this example thin petals and appears to be a lampwork assembly.  Lampwork flowers are assembled at a hot torch (lamp) before being encased in glass.  Crimp roses are made by a more difficult process that creates the rose in a single step using a metal crimp.

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.  Chinese paperweights continued to be made throughout the 20th century and now into the 21st century with greatly improved quality.

Size:  2 11/16” diameter by just over 2 1/2" high.  The base is polished flat.
Signature: Unsigned, but I guarantee that this was made in China circa 2000. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips or scratches found on inspection.  There are some bubbles in the glass.

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$29 postage paid in the US.                                        Added 6/22/2023

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Modern Chinese Pink Rose Paperweight
5596 Perthshire PP46 Club Pattern Closepack Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1981-1985.  This Perthshire millefiori paperweight has a closepack design in the shape of a club in the center with a club shaped border of identical amber and white canes.  The design is set on a translucent green ground with a garland of green and white canes on the outside.  It is signed on the base with Perthshire's complex "P" signature cane.  It also has its original worn Perthshire paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND" on the base.  The paperweight has one large top facet.  Every collector should have one of these.

The PP46 was made with a Club design from 1981 to 1985.  It was also made as a Heart (1981-1999), Diamond (1981-1986), and Spade (1981-1985).

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:  2 9/16" diameter by just under 1 11/16" high. The base is ground concave.  There is one large top facet. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with slight wear on the base but no other cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.  The label is worn. 
Signature:  It is signed on the base with Perthshire's complex "P" signature cane.   It also has its original worn Perthshire paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND" on the base. 

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SOLD.                                         Added 6/19/2023

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Perthshire PP46 Club Pattern Closepack Millefiori Paperweight
5616 Perthshire Annual Collection 1982C Limited Edition Magnum Millefiori Garland Paperweight.  circa 1982.  This extra large paperweight features a white six petaled flower surrounded by six millefiori clusters.  Each cluster consists of two rings of complex canes around a central cane.  The design is closely arranged over a translucent ruby ground.  It is signed on the base under the flower with a "P 1982" signature cane.  There is also a paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND".  The edition size was set at 300, but only 165 were made.  A magnificent paperweight. 

The Perthshire Annual Collection Paperweights were special limited edition designs that offered one year only.  Each year's editions were lettered to indicate this special status.  In 1982 they made eight special designs designated A through H.  This design was designated 1982C.  These were the top of the Perthshire line. 

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:  Just over 3 1/8" diameter by 2 1/4" high. The base is hollow ground. 
Condition:  One tiny pinprick on the base.  Otherwise in excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.
Signature:  Signed with a complex "P 1982" signature cane on the base under the flower.  There is also a paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND". 

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$395 postage paid in the US.                                         Added 6/18/2023

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Perthshire Annual Collection 1982C Limited Edition Magnum Millefiori Garland Paperweight
5238 Mdina Glass Swirl Paperweight with Knob / Handle.  circa 1968-1985.  Wonderful paperweight with a dark swirling interior of green, blue, brown, white, and other colors.  The paperweight has a knob or handle on top.  The knob has some swirls of amber glass plus bits of white glass in it.  Made on the island of Malta in the Mediterranean Sea.  It is signed "Mdina"in script on the base.

Note on condition:  This paperweight has two popped bubbles on the surface of the glass.  They are not damage, but I am mentioning them for completeness.  The larger of the bubbles is shown in one of the pictures.  

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

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

Size:  Just under 2 1/2" diameter by 3 7/16" high.  The bottom is polished flat.. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  There are two popped bubbles on the surface of the glass.  They are not damage, but I am mentioning them for completeness.  The larger of the bubbles is shown in one of the pictures.
Signature:  Signed with in script on the base "Mdina". 

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$45 postage paid in the US.                                                 Added 3/19/2023 

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Mdina Glass Swirl Paperweight with Knob / Handle
5248 Perthshire Annual Collection 1975B Limited Edition Penguin Paperweight.  circa 1975.  This magnum sized paperweight features a penguin inside a hollow paperweight with a translucent blue flash overlay.  The penguin is standing on a small ice floe; the translucent blue overlay represents the cold blue sea.  This is one of a series of hollow weights each with a different animal.  The translucent blue overlay is faceted with one large top facet and 16 side facets (eight large and eight smaller facets).  It is signed with a "P" signature cane on the base of the ice flow.  It also has its original Perthshire paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND" on the base.  It comes with its original certificate identifying this as #213 out of a limited edition of 350 weights, of which 316 actually made.  A wonderful paperweight that sparkles like iced water. 

The hollow weights like this are one of the favorites of collectors since they are so difficult to make.  This paperweight is a joy to examine.

Perthshire made this paperweight as one of their annual collection items 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 1975B.  It was limited to a maximum of 350 paperweights, of which only 316 were actually made.  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.

Magnum size:  3 1/8" diameter by 2 9/16" high.  It is faceted with one large top facet and 16 side facets (eight large and eight smaller facets).  The base is polished flat. 
Signature: Signed with a Perthshire "P" on the base.  It also has its original Perthshire paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND" on the base.  It comes with its original certificate identifying this as #213 out of a limited edition of 350 weights.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches. 

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SOLD.                         Added 3/18/2023.

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Perthshire Annual Collection 1975B Limited Edition Penguin Paperweight
5968 Francis Whittemore Miniature Faceted Pink Crimp Rose Upright Pedestal Paperweight.  circa 1970.  This miniature upright pedestal paperweight features a magnificent pink crimp rose with twelve variegated pink petals and four upturned green sepals.  The petals are arranged in Whittemore's 3+3+3+3 crimp pattern.  It is signed on the underside of the rose with an early Whittemore signature cane.  The signature cane has a black "W" on a yellow background.  The design is set on a clear ground and supported by a pedestal base.  It is faceted with one large top facet and five side facets.  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).

Miniature size:  1 5/8" diameter by 2 3/16" high.  The base of the pedestal has a 1 5/8" diameter.  The bottom is ground slightly 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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Base
$395 postage paid in the US.                                            Added 3/15/2023

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

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Francis Whittemore Miniature Faceted Pink Crimp Rose Upright Pedestal Paperweight
5227 Charles Kaziun Jr. Miniature Tilted Pedestal White Spider Lily Paperweight with Cobalt Blue Aventurine Ground.  circa 1960-1980.  This is a miniature pedestal paperweight with a white spider lily and four green leaves on an opaque cobalt blue aventurine ground.  The flower has a six sided yellow millefiori center with a red flare over each petal.  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 cobalt blue 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.  A great addition to any collection of Kaziun paperweights.

Note:  Please note that the base on this paperweight is slightly larger than the typical Kaziun #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:

  • Magic in the Glass - The Paperweight Artistry of Charles Kaziun, Jr. by Bernard A. Drabeck
  • American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers by Jean Melvin (1970) :
Miniature size:  1 3/8" diameter by just over 2" high.  The pedestal base has a diameter of 1 7/8".
Signature:  Signed on the underside of the blue ground with Kaziun's gold K. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection. 

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Gold foil K signature on underside of ground
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Horizontal view
Base
$295 postage paid in the US.                               Added 3/15/2023

For more paperweights by Charles Kaziun, see my Kaziun Paperweights Web Page.           (dl-kaz-ca)

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Charles Kaziun Jr. Miniature Tilted Pedestal White Spider Lily Paperweight with Cobalt Blue Aventurine Ground
5592 Perthshire 1979 PP11 Limited Edition Large Spaced Millefiori Paperweight with Picture Canes and Certificate.   dated 1979. This is a large limited edition spaced millefiori paperweight with twelve mostly complex millefiori canes plus a complex signature date cane.  There are four colored picture canes, a rooster, kangaroo, butterfly, and cat.  The ground is a white lace.  More properly, this could also be considered a spaced concentric design as there are eight millefiori canes in the outer ring and four millefiori picture canes in the inner ring, arranged around a central signature cane.  The paperweight is signed with a "P1979" date cane in the center of the design.  This particular version of the PP11 with silhouette or picture canes and a hollow ground base was made from 1975 to 1982.  This paperweight comes with its original (worn) certificate stating that it is edition number 330 in a limited edition of 400 paperweights.  It does not have a paper label.  A great example with a nice assortment of complex canes and picture canes.

The Perthshire PP11 design was made from 1969 to 1992, although the design changed several times over the years.  Those made from 1972 to 1982 have one or more silhouette or picture canes.  Before 1972 there were no silhouette canes.  Starting in 1983 to 1990, an outer ring of millefiori canes was added.  In 1991 and 1992 the design changed again.  The base also changed over the years.  PP11s made from 1969 to 1974 have a flat polished base.  Those made starting in 1975 have a hollow ground base.

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 over 2 15/16" diameter by 2 1/4" high.  The base is hollow ground. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips, cracks or scratches found on inspection.  The certificate is worn. 
Signature:  Signed with a Perthshire "P1979" date-signature cane in center of the design.  This paperweight come with its original certificate.  It does not have a paper label.   

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Base
$265 postage paid in the US.                                                    Added 2/20/2023

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

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Perthshire 1979 PP11 Limited Edition Large Spaced Millefiori Paperweight with Picture Canes and Certificate
1603 Antique Franchini Type Aventurine Venetian Murine Paperweight Scent Bottle.  circa 1840-1880.  This rare Franchini type miniature Venetian scent bottle has two early murrine canes.  On the front is a murrine of a gondola.  The murrine on the back depicts a winged lion on water, or the Lion of St. Mark.  This murrine has a small fracture in the cane.  The six-sided shape is similar to known scent bottles made by Giacomo Franchini.  The glass is filled with aventurine and colored swirls.  It is in very good condition aside from the fractured murrine and has normal age appropriate wear.  There are also small fractures on the neck.  It does not have its original stopper and hinged cap.  Most likely it also originally had a chain.  Despite the similarity to known Franchini items, I am selling this as "Franchini Type" as other glass artisans of the period probably copied the work of the Franchini workshop. 

For comparable images, see the following pages in Miniature Masterpieces - Mosaic Glass 1838-1924 by Giovanni Sarpellon.  A similar six-sided scent bottle appears in figure 520 on page 57.  Similar gondola murrine appear in figures 425-439 on page 47.  The lion of St. Mark appears in figure 422 on page 46. 

Note on condition:  The scent bottle has several flaws.  The cane of the Lion of St. Mark has a small fracture.  There are also small fractures on the neck.  The scent bottle does not have its original stopper, hinged cap, or chain.  It also has age appropriate wear.

Giacomo (Jacopo) Franchini (1827-1897) worked with his father Giovanni Battista Franchini (1804-1873) on the development of millefiori canes incorporating figurative designs as well as floral patterns. His is best known for his miniature portraits of the famous people of his time.  He produced some of the most remarkable glass portraits and many were incorporated into scent bottles, walking stick handles and other objects, some useful and some purely decorative.  His creative period ended in 1863 when he was confined to an asylum.  For more details on the remarkable work produced by the Franchini family and others of the period, see the book Miniature Masterpieces - Mosaic Glass 1838-1924 by Giovanni Sarpellon.

Miniature size:  Just over 2 3/8" tall by just under 15/16" wide by 11/16" thick..  It weighs two ounces.  The base is ground flat.
Condition:  The scent bottle has several flaws.  The cane of the Lion of St. Mark has a small fracture.  The scent bottle does not have its original stopper, hinged cap, or chain.  There are also small fractures on the neck.  It also has age appropriate wear.
Signature:  This scent bottle is unsigned.  Despite the similarity to known Franchini items, I am selling this as "Franchini Type" as other glass artisans of the period probably copied the work of the Franchini workshop.

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Another view of mouth
Side view
Another side view
Horizontal view
Another horizontal view
Base
$395 postage paid in the US.                                         Added 2/19/2023

For more information about antique paperweights see my Antique Paperweights Web Page.               (dl-ant-mur) 

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Antique Franchini Type Aventurine Venetian Murine Paperweight Scent Bottle
1938 Vasart / Lassman Concentric Millefiori Paperweight Handle Corkscrew.  circa 1950s-1960s.  This corkscrew has a concentric millefiori paperweight handle.  The firm of Lassman & Co. designed and produced this corkscrew and a variety of other useful objects during the 1950s and 1960s.  The attractive millefiori paperweight handle was made by the Ysart family of Scotland under the Vasart label.  The handle has a two ring concentric millefiori pattern.  The design is set on an opaque white ground.  The chrome plated metal screw part and other hardware were made by Lassman and the assembly was also done by them.  A fun collectible.

The maker of this item was Lassman & Co. located in the Kilburn area of North London.   Samuel Lassman purchased the paperweight handles from George Dunlop's Pirelli Glass in London.  Pirelli obtained them from Vasart.  Pirelli also took some assembled inventory back from Lassman and sold the barware items under the Pirelli label.  Pirelli also included the line in their 1959 catalog.  For more information, see my web page on Lassman & Co. or the article by Angela Bowey and Allan Port “Pirelli, Vasart and the Ysart Family” in the Paperweight Collectors Association Inc. Annual Bulletin 2015.  The barware line was sold individually and also in complete box sets.  Lassman also made a line of large industrial sized corkscrews - called packing gland extractors and used for servicing nautical applications that required a waterproof seal.

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:  1 7/16" diameter.  With the metal hardware, it is 4 3/8" long. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  The paperweight handle has no chips, cracks or scratches.  There is a tiny bit of white stray glass from the ground floating above the concentric design (not damage).  The chrome screw shows a tiny bit of roughness or possibly wear. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this is a genuine Lassman corkscrew with a Vasart paperweight handle.  The metal part is marked / stamped "ENGLAND". 

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Stamped mark "ENGLAND"
Stray bit of white glass above the design (not damage)
$79 postage paid in the US.                   Added 2/5/2023

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

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Vasart / Lassman Concentric Millefiori Paperweight Handle Corkscrew
1297 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, but I think it is likely to have been made at the New England Glass Company (NEGC).  A colorful example that you will keep on your desk and use as - a paperweight.

Large Size:  2 3/4" diameter by 1 3/4" high. The base 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 originated at the New England Glass Company.
Condition:  Good to very good condition.  It has a 3/16" circular impact mark on the side (see picture).  There are also some minor scratches on the surface and wear on the edge of the base.

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Circular impact mark (3/16")
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Another view of base - note pontil scar in center
$85 postage paid in the US.                                            Added 2/4/2023

For more information about antique paperweights see my Antique Paperweights Web Page.

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Antique Green and White Jasper Ground Paperweight
4693 Charles Kaziun Jr. Miniature Pink Sandwich Rose Tilted Pedestal Paperweight with Torsade.  circa 1960-1980.  This is a marvelous miniature tilted pedestal paperweight with pink sandwich rose and an outer white twist torsade.  The rose has three sepals, two longer leaves and a green stem.  At the base of the stem is bit of aventurine, perhaps intended as a ribbon.  The design is set on an opaque aqua ground.  The paperweight is tilted at a 45 degree angle so it displays beautifully.  Signed on the underside of the ground with a gold foil K.  A great addition to any collection of Kaziun paperweights.

Kaziun called this style of rose a Sandwich rose.  He was inspired by the tiny roses found in antique basket of roses paperweights made by the Boston & Sandwich Glass Company.  It is also called a rope rose.  The rose is made with a tiny molten glass rod.

Note:  Please note that this is slightly larger than the typical Kaziun #1.  I have been referring to this size as a #2.

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 7/16" diameter by just over 2 1/16" high.  The pedestal base has a diameter of 1 3/4".
Signature:  Signed on the underside of the aqua ground with Kaziun's gold K. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips or cracks. 

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

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Side View
Another side view
Gold foil K signature on underside of ground
Signature viewed through base
Horizontal view
Base
$375 postage paid in the US.                               Added 2/2/2023

For more paperweights by Charles Kaziun, see my Kaziun Paperweights Web Page.           (dl-kaz-ca)

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Charles Kaziun Jr. Miniature Pink Sandwich Rose Tilted Pedestal Paperweight with Torsade
5257 Rare Magnum Joe St. Clair Pink Crimp Rose Paperweight with Twenty Petals.  circa 1960-1980.  This is a delicate pink crimp rose with twenty petals plus a center stamen (or pistil).  The petals are arranged in Joe St. Clair's five row 4+4+4+4+4 crimp pattern and placed over a four leaf shaped green ground.  It is signed on a polished flat base with indented letters "JOE ST CLAIR".  This may be engraved or machined rather than hot stamped.   This is a fancier signature than the hot stamped signature that Joe used on most paperweights.  A flashy paperweight with great color and execution.

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).

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 1/2” diameter by 3 3/8” high.  The base is polished flat.  It weighs just over two pounds.
Condition:  One tiny (1/16") scuff mark found on the dome.  Otherwise in excellent condition with no other chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.
Signature:  Signed on the polished base with indented letters "JOE ST CLAIR".  This may be engraved or machined rather than hot stamped.  It probably dates from the 1960s or 1970s, but may be earlier.  Joe St. Clair died in 1987. 

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Tiny scuff mark (1/16") on dome
Base
SOLD                                            Added 1/2/2023 

For more information about paperweights made by the St. Clair factory, see my St. Clair Paperweights Web Page

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Rare Magnum Joe St. Clair Pink Crimp Rose Paperweight with Twenty Petals
5492 Early Large Michael O'Keefe Silver Veiled Underwater Translucent Paperweight.  dated 1988.  This disk shaped paperweight consists of a multi-layered veiled design of transparent pale amber and clear colored glass.  The design shows a blue tint when turned in the light.  It is possible to imagine a stylized undersea anemone or animal.  The silver veiling technique used allows the glass to react to light and create a fluid, underwater effect.  This is an early O'Keefe paperweight and is signed on the oval base “MJ O'Keefe © 6/88”.  A wonderful large paperweight from this influential early glass artist. 

This paperweight has a precise translucent design was difficult to photograph.  The "veil" effect created by using a metallic powder in the glass.  The veiling technique was first developed by Dominic Labino who worked back in the early 1970s.  Later it was used by Harvey Littleton (1980) and Ed Nesteruk in 1982.  O'Keefe adopted the technique a little later.  This paperweight is dated 6/88. 

Michael J. O'Keefe has a BFA from the Center of Creative Studies, Detroit, MI.  He has also studied at the Penland School of Craft, Penland, NC (with Paul Stankard) and at the Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA (with Stephen Dale Edwards).  He has had his own studio Michael O'Keefe Glass since 1983.  His early paperweights, such as this one, use the silver veiling technique.

Large size:  Just under 4 3/4" wide by 4 3/16" high by 1 1/2" thick.  It is disk shaped with a flat oval base.  The back is polished flat in the center.  It weighs just under two pounds.
Signature: Signed “MJ O'Keefe © 6/88” on the oval base. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks or chips.  There are no scratches on the body but it does have some light scratches on the base. 

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Signature on oval base
SOLD.                       Added 1/30/2023

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

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Early Large Michael O'Keefe Silver Veiled Underwater Translucent Paperweight
5889 Peter McDougall (PMcD) 2004 Collection Double Overlay Butterfly and Red Bouquet Paperweight.  circa 2004.  This rare green and white double overlay paperweight features a floral design with a butterfly hovering amidst a bouquet of four red flowers with three, four, and five petals.  Peter McDougall said the flowers are pink, but they look red to me.  The butterfly has a pink body, yellow head, black antennae, and green and white millefiori wings.  The flowers have millefiori centers and green leaves and stems.  This was a part of Peter's 2004 Collection.  It is a limited edition paperweight limited to 30 paperweights.  It is signed in the design with Peter's complex signature cane "PMcD" and is also engraved on the edge of the base with the edition number 18/30.  The paperweight is faceted with one large top facet and twelve side facets (six large and six smaller).  A special paperweight for the collector seeking unique paperweights.

This paperweight was one of the 2004 Collection Paperweights from Peter McDougall.  The design was limited to 30 paperweights.   

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.

Large Size:  3 1/8" diameter by 2 1/4" high.  The base is ground concave.  This paperweight is faceted with one large top facet and twelve side facets (six large and six smaller).
Condition:  Outstanding original condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  It is signed in the design with Peter's complex signature cane "PMcD" and is also engraved on the base with the edition number 18/30.  There is no paper label on this paperweight.

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Signature cane
Edition number (18/30)
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Base
Side view
Another view
$435 postage paid in the US.                                             Added 1/30/2023

For more information about paperweights made by Peter McDougall, see my Peter McDougall Web Page

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Peter McDougall (PMcD) 2004 Collection Double Overlay Butterfly and Red Bouquet Paperweight
4457 Chinese Aquarium Paperweight with Two Fish and Foliage.  circa 1930.  This is a Chinese invention.  It is intended to be placed  in an aquarium along with the rocks and plants.  The paperweight has two blue and red fish plus an orange plant.  It is roughly cube shaped with rounded edges.  Novelty items like this started appearing in the US in the 1930s and some were sold at the 1939 World's Fair.  This is 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.  Chinese paperweights continued to be made throughout the 20th century and now into the 21st century with greatly improved quality.

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 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 3/8" by 1 3/8" by 1 1/2" high.  All of the edges are rounded.  The base is fire finished with the remnant of a pontil mark.
Signature: Unsigned, but I guarantee this is Chinese paperweights from approximately 1930.
Condition:  Very good condition with only a few minor scratches.  The glass has a soft oily feel.  There are bubbles and debris in the glass and it has a green tinge.

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Base
$45 postage paid in the US.                           Added 1/23/2023

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

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Chinese Aquarium Paperweight with Two Fish and Foliage
2187 Miniature Red Crimp Rose Paperweight - Unknown American Maker.  This paperweight features a tiny fifteen petal red crimp rose.  The crimp pattern is 4+4+4+3 for a total of 15 petals.  There are four green leaves underneath.  It is unsigned and I don't know who made it.  Three of the outer petals are missing some of the red color and the underlying white shows instead.  Two of the green leaves are also missing some of their color.  The design is off center.  There are bubbles in the glass.  Please read the description of condition below.  The base is polished flat so it appears that the maker must have thought it was worth keeping even with its flaws.  An important early example for the collector of crimp rose paperweights.

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).

Note:  Francis Whittemore, Robert Grablow, Charles Kaziun II, and others made similar crimp roses and used a 4+4+4+3 crimp pattern.  Possibly it is an early Kaziun piece but I don't know for sure.  It was found in Massachusetts.

Miniature size:  Just over 1 3/4" diameter by 1 9/16" high.  The base is polished flat.    
Condition:  Good condition.  There are some scratches on the body and also some pinpricks near the base.  The edge of the polished base has tiny chips.  There are bubbles in the glass and the design is off center.  Three of the outer petals and two of the leaves are missing some of their color and show the underlying white instead. 
Signature:  Unsigned.  I guarantee this paperweight to be of American origin, but do not know the maker.    

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$195 postage paid in the US.                         Added 1/19/2023.

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Miniature Red Crimp Rose Paperweight - Unknown American Maker
5970 Large Murano Carpet Ground Millefiori Paperweight - ALT or 3 Fiori.  circa 1970s-2000.  This paperweight is a great example of a carpet millefiori paperweight from the premier Murano glass studio ALT or its later successor Vetreria 3 Fiori.  The design is closely packed with two types of flower canes.  One type of flower canes sets up a concentric design of two rows around a center cane of the same type.  The other type of flower cane fills in all the spaces to form a uniform carpet and also forms a stave basket on the outside of the design.  The setup is convex when viewed from the side but concave when viewed from the base.  The base is polished flat.  It is unsigned, but certainly originated at either ALT or 3 Fiori.  A wonderful paperweight.

Note on condition:  This paperweight has two small areas with damage on the side.  One is an abrasion or rough area approximately 1/4" across.  The other is an area about the same size low on the side with several pinpricks or tiny chips.  Both are hard to see without magnification.  They are shown in the pictures.  The paperweight displays beautifully but I have chosen to reduce the price to compensate for these flaws.

This paperweight was made either ALT studio or Vetreria 3 Fiori studio on the island of Murano in Venice, ItalyALT was founded in the 1970s and specialized in making paperweights, although they also made other types of glass.  They continued in operation until around 2002.  In the late 1990s two glass workers at ALT left and founded Vetreria 3 Fiori, which came to be recognized as the best millefiori paperweight maker in Murano.  This studio was in operation for only five years from about 2000 to 2005.  Subsequently, two of the workers at 3 Fiori opened a new studio called The Millefiori Factory but it appears that that has also closed. 

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:   3 1/16" diameter by 1 15/16" high with a flat polished base. 
Condition:   Very good condition.  This paperweight has two small areas with damage on the side.  One is an abrasion or rough area approximately 1/4" across.  The other is an area about the same size low on the side with several pinpricks or tiny chips.  Both are hard to see without magnification.  They are shown in the pictures.  The paperweight displays beautifully.  No chips, cracks, or scratches on the dome.  
Signature:  This paperweight unsigned, but I guarantee it was made on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy.  The most likely maker is either ALT or Vetreria 3 Fiori.

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Abrasion or rub mark on side (1/4")
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Base
$75 postage paid in the US.                                         Added 1/16/2023

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Large Murano Carpet Ground Millefiori Paperweight - ALT or 3 Fiori
5887 Vintage Pairpoint Concentric Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1970s.  This is a wonderful spaced millefiori paperweight with thirteen fantastic millefiori canes placed on a two layer turquoise ground.  The canes are especially nice.  The ground has a translucent layer above an opaque layer, which makes the canes look like they stand proud above the ground but when viewed from the side it is clear that the top of the canes are actually level with the top of the translucent layer. It is faceted with a large top facet and five side facets.  The facets are concave.  I believe this paperweight dates from the early 1970s when William Burchfield was still at Pairpoint.  The paperweight is unsigned, but I guarantee the attribution.  This is the nicest Pairpoint millefiori paperweight I have seen.  A well balanced deign. 

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, with new owners in 2015.

William Clark Burchfield started making paperweights at Pairpoint Glass in Sagamore, Massachusetts in 1970.   He left in 1976 to form the Cape Cod Glass Works (also in Sagamore) which continued in operation until 2000.  It then continued briefly in Crossville, Tennessee until 2001.  Bill Burchfield died in 2012.  Bill's son Mark was also at the Cape Cod Glass Works until 1998.  

Size:  Just over 2 5/8" diameter by 1 9/16" high.  The base is polished flat.   
Condition:   Excellent condition.  No damage found on inspection.  There are tiny bubbles in the glass typical of this studio.
Signature:  This paperweight is unsigned but I guarantee that is was made at Pairpoint Glass in Sagamore, Massachusetts.  

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$195 postage paid in the US.                                             Added 1/15/2023

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Vintage Pairpoint Concentric Millefiori Paperweight
5942 Perthshire 1981H Annual Collection Amber Double Overlay Closepack Limited Edition Paperweight.  dated 1981.  This is a closepacked millefiori design with a double overlay of amber over white.  The millefiori are all complex canes and are pulled down to the base forming a basket appearance.  Underneath the millefiori is a ground of twist canes visible from the bottom.  The paperweight has an unusual five sided faceting design consisting of a large top facet, five medium sized side facets, and five smaller side facets at a lower level.  In addition to the facets, there is a semi-facet where the amber material is removed to reveal white ovals between each of the medium side facets.  It is signed on the base with a complex "P 1981" signature / date cane.  The base is polished concave.  This paperweight was made in a limited edition of 250 paperweights (of which 152 were made).  A wonderful paperweight with brilliant 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 1981H.  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:  2 11/16" diameter by just over 1 3/4" high.  The base is ground concave.  The paperweight is finished with a large top facet and ten side facets in two rows.  It also has five semi-facets (see description).
Signature:  This paperweight is signed on the base with Perthshire's complex signature / date cane "P 1981".
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.

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Another view of base
SOLD.                                               Added 11/27/2022

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Perthshire 1981H Annual Collection Amber Double Overlay Closepack Limited Edition Paperweight
4435 Large Tom Mosser Old Ironsides USS Constitution 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 the Old Ironsides USS Constitution alongside a dock.  The rigging is present, but the sails have been stored away.  It is signed with an "M" in the lower edge of the scene.  The plaque rests on a multi-colored frit ground with a second frit ground below.  A great example from this Cambridge Ohio maker.

Note:  This paperweight has a chip or imperfection which has been polished on the edge of the base.  Please review the pictures.

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.

Large size:  3 1/8" diameter by 2 1/2" high.  The base is polished flat.  It weighs just over 21 ounces and will be two pounds when packaged for mailing.
Condition:  Very good condition.  There is a 1/2" wide chip or imperfection at the edge of the base.  This may have been a chip which was polished.  Some wear on the base.
Signature: Signed "M" for Mosser in the design.

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SOLD.                                             Added 11/15/2022

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Large Tom Mosser Old Ironsides USS Constitution Paperweight
5483 Baccarat 1971 Gridel Series Magnum Millefiori Rooster Limited Edition Paperweight.  dated 1971.  This modern millefiori paperweight features a large central black Gridel rooster silhouette facing left on a white background.  The rooster cane is set in the center of a concentric design with four rings of millefiori canes, including a ring of all 18 Gridel canes.  The design is set on a lace ground.  Baccarat's complex signature / date cane "B 1971" is in the third ring at 3 o'clock.  The rooster appears twice, once in the center and a smaller one facing right at 2 o'clock.  This design was released in 1971 in a limited edition of 1,200 pieces.  This is number 519 in that edition.  This paperweight is also signed on the base with two acid etched Baccarat marks along with the year (1971) and edition number (519).  The year is hard to read on the base as it was engraved on top of one of the Baccarat marks.  I show several pictures of this signature taken from different angles.  An extra large example. 

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 over 3 3/8" diameter by 2 1/16" high.    The base is polished flat.  The profile is slightly flat.  
Signature:  The paperweight is signed with Baccarat's complex signature cane "B 1971" in the design.  It also has two acid etched Baccarat marks on the base along with the year (1971) and edition number (519).  The year is hard to read on the base as it was engraved on top of one of the Baccarat marks.  I show several pictures of this signature taken from different angles.
Condition:   Excellent condition.  There are some scratches on the base, but no other cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.   

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Baccarat logo, year, and edition number on base (year is hard to read)
Another view of the signature showing the year more clearly
Another view showing the year more clearly and the second Baccarat logo on the left side of base
Side view
Base
$395 postage paid in the US.                                                        Added 11/5/2022

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Baccarat 1971 Gridel Series Magnum Millefiori Rooster Limited Edition Paperweight
5906 Large Whitefriars Multifaceted 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.  The paperweight is faceted with a ten sided top facet and many diamond shaped side facets that are arranged in a spiral up to the top facet.  The faceting makes it look like there are many more rings than the actual six ring setup.  It has a Whitefriars signature cane with a white monk and the date 1975 in the outermost red ring (the fifth ring from the center).  The ground is clear crystal.  Typical heavy Whitefriars lead crystal.  With its dramatic faceting and 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 just over 1 15/16" high.  The base is ground concave.  Faceted with a ten sided top facet and many diamond shaped side facets that are arranged in a spiral up to the top facet.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks or scratches found on inspection.
Signature:  It has a Whitefriars signature cane with a white monk and the date 1975 in the fifth ring from the center.

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$345 postage paid in the US.                                           Added 10/31/2022

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Large Whitefriars Multifaceted Six Ring Red White & Blue Concentric Millefiori Paperweight
5242 Magnum Murano Faceted Double Overlay Three Row Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with 1854 Date.  circa 1960-1970.  A wonderful Murano three row concentric millefiori paperweight with a red and white double overlay.  The 1854 date cane is surrounded by three rings of identical white cog canes with turquoise centers.  The "1854" date cane is either a fake date intended to deceive the buyer or perhaps commemorative of a past event.  This paperweight is faceted with one large top facet and five side facets.  The top facet has an unusual cutting as does the base which is polished flat and finished with a fancy star cut.  Probably made in the 1960s by Fratelli Toso.  A classic design.

Murano paperweights with fake dates are an interesting sub-collection.  Some people collect these paperweights with the goal of getting examples of each date.  Some dates correspond dates used in real antique French or American paperweights, but there are no antique paperweights known to have an 1854 date.

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.

Very large size:   3 3/16" diameter by 2 1/8" high.  The base is polished flat and finished with a fancy star cut.  This paperweight is faceted with one large top facet and five smaller side facets.  The top facet has an unusual cutting. 
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:  Excellent condition.  Some light wear on the base.  No other chips, cracks, of scratches found on inspection.

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$145 postage paid in the US.                                                       Added 10/29/2022

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Magnum Murano Faceted Double Overlay Three Row Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with 1854 Date
5910 Perthshire 1970 PP19 Limited Edition Millefiori Scramble Paperweight.   dated 1970.  This is a large sized scramble or end of day millefiori paperweight with a Perthshire "P 1970" signature / date cane in the design.  It also has a large but faint "P" signature cane near the center.  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 also has a very worn paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND" taped to the base. 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.

Large size:  2 13/16" diameter by just over 2 1/8" high.  The base is ground concave. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks or scratches found on inspection.  The paper label is very worn and the previous owner taped the label to the base.
Signature:  It is signed with Perthshire's "P 1970" signature cane in the design.  It also has a large but faint "P" signature cane near the center.  And there is a very worn paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND" taped to the base.   

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Base
$225 postage paid in the US.                                            Added 10/28/2022

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Perthshire 1970 PP19 Limited Edition Millefiori Scramble Paperweight
4445 Large Murano Pear Paperweight.   circa 1950-1980.  This pear paperweight is made in the style of the antique New England Glass Company pear paperweights with a variegated pear set on a clear slightly oval cookie base.  It appears to be hollow blown just like those from NEGC.  An excellent example of this style. 

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:   2 3/4" diameter by 3 15/16" long by 2 15/16" high.  The base 2 13/16" by 2 11/16" and is fire finished. 
Condition:   Excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.
Signature:  This paperweight is unsigned.

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$69 postage paid in the US.                                             Added 10/22/2022   

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Large Murano Pear Paperweight
2082 Caithness Helen MacDonald Red Carnation Style One Paperweight.   issued 1999.  This beautiful paperweight features a crimp red carnation set on a rich cobalt blue ground.  There is a contrasting field of controlled bubbles located top right.  It is finished with a small polished flat base and a large angled facet.  The carnation is set at an angle matching the facet.  This design was created by Helen MacDonald and issued in 1999.  The paperweight is engraved on the edge of the base "Red Carnation Caithness Scotland" with a registration number "Y17099".  Please see note below about a scratched area on the backside.  A beautiful design.

The RED CARNATION Style One design is listed on page 256 of the Charlton Standard Catalog of Caithness Paperweights.  It was designed by Helen MacDonald and released in an unlimited edition in 1999.  The original issue price in the US was $82.50 and the Charlton Catalog lists the 2004 current value as $500.

Note about condition:  This paperweight has an area on the backside near the base with many small scratches or abrasions (see picture).  The area looks like a dirt smudge and I had to look with magnification to realize that this is damage.  In spite of this, the paperweight displays beautifully.  Offered for a bargain price.

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.  Caithness is still operating in Crieff and making paperweights today (in 2022).

Large size:  2 3/4" diameter by 2 11/16" high.  The small base is polished flat.  It is faceted with a large angled facet.
Condition:  Good condition.  This paperweight has an area on the backside near the base with many small faint scratches or abrasions (see picture).  There are also a few faint scratches on the base. 
Signature:  This paperweight engraved on the edge of the base "Red Carnation Caithness Scotland" with a registration number "Y17099".

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Another view of base
$69 postage paid in the US.                                     Added 10/20/2022

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Caithness Helen MacDonald Red Carnation Style One Paperweight
4511 Magnum Goebel Charlottenhütte Molded Bee Paperweight.  circa 1970s.  This very large molded paperweight has a three dimensional bee on the textured top.  It is disk shaped and is signed with an acid etched "Goebel" logo on the base and a silver foil label "Goebel Charlottenhütte Western Germany".  The glass has a very slight yellow cast but is mostly colorless and clear with a frosted bee on top.  An interesting addition to any collection of glass paperweights.

Note about color:  The glass has a very slight yellow cast but is mostly colorless and clear with a frosted bee on top.  The pictures exaggerate the yellow color.

Note about precedent
:  This paperweight reminds me of the Baccarat molded paperweights that appeared in their 1885 catalog.  Baccarat also included a molded bee. 

Goebel was founded in 1831 by William Goebel and his father Franz Detleff.  The first factory opened  in 1878 in Oeslau-Rödental (Bavaria).  The company sought recognition for its artistic accomplishments, high quality, and craftsmanship.  In 1935 Goebel was granted an exclusive agreement by Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel and the Convent of Siessen to create three dimensional porcelain figurines based on Hummel's drawings.  This product was immensely successful and led to the expansion of the company into other product lines, including glass.  The company prospered until the financial turmoils following events in 2001 and 2006 forced several reorganizations spanning until 2017.  Now under new ownership, the company has moved from Rödental to Bad Staffelstein.  The product line continues to be designed in Germany, but some production takes place elsewhere.  The Charlottenhütte Western Germany label is found on Goebel glass products made before the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.  Charlottenhütte was an industrial area known for its steel industry prior to and during WWII.  After the war steel production was dismantled and other industries were allowed to develop.  Goebel Charlottenhütte also made copies of Swedish and Finnish molded glass patterns, including a very successful line of melting ice tree bark pattern tumblers.

Very large size:  3 5/8” diameter by 1 5/8” high.  The base is polished flat.
Condition:  Very good condition.  There are some scratches on the base.  No chips or cracks.  A few bubbles in the glass.  The label is worn.
Signature:  Signed with an acid etched "Goebel" logo on the base and a silver foil label "Goebel Charlottenhütte Western Germany".

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$45 postage paid in the US.                            Added 10/19/2022  

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Magnum Goebel Charlottenhütte Molded Bee Paperweight
5378 Antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) Seal with Millefiori Nosegay Handle.  circa 1860-1888Interesting NEGC seal with millefiori nosegay handle.  The nosegay has three marvelous complex millefiori.  The base has a grid cut and is not customized for the owner.  Fair to good condition, with many small chips on the edges and corners.  The handle has a six sided top facet plus two rows of six facets each.  The stem and base are six sided.  Rare item.

The New England Glass Company (NEGC) operated in Cambridge, Massachusetts from 1818 to 1888You 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:  The six-sided handle is 1 5/16" wide at its widest.  2 5/8" long.  The base is 7/8" width at its widest.  Heavily faceted. 
Condition:  Fair to good condition, with many small chips on the edges and corners.      
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee that this is an antique New England Glass Company seal.

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$1,100 postage paid in the US.                     US Sales only, no international shipping.   Delivery will require a signature.              Added 8/22/2021

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Antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) Seal with Millefiori Nosegay Handle
1537 Magnum Chinese Blue Pedestal Rose Paperweight.  circa 1980-2000.  This is a modern Chinese blue pedestal rose paperweight with 30 blue colored petals and five green leaves.  The petals are arranged in six rings in a 6+6+6+5+4+3 pattern.  The design is set on a pedestal stem with three knops and a white and green frit base.  A large example of a modern Chinese lampwork rose.  

Unlike the 1930s copies of Millville crimp roses, this example thin petals and appears to be a lampwork assembly.  Lampwork flowers are assembled at a hot torch (lamp) before being encased in glass.  Crimp roses are made by a more difficult process that creates the rose in a single step using a metal crimp.

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.  Chinese paperweights continued to be made throughout the 20th century and now into the 21st century with greatly improved quality.

Very large size:  3 9/16” diameter by 5 1/8” high.  The base is 3 1/4" diameter.  The base is ground flat.  It weighs 46 ounces (2 pounds, 14 ounces).
Signature: Unsigned, but I guarantee that this is made in China circa 1980-2000. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips or scratches found on inspection.

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SOLD.                                        Added 8/21/2022

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Magnum Chinese Blue Pedestal Rose Paperweight
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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SOLD.                                        Added 8/2/2022

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St. Louis 1977 Limited Edition Five Flower Bouquet Paperweight with Red and White Double Overlay
5363 Large Strathearn Spaced Millefiori on Lace Paperweight.  1963 - 1980.  This Strathearn spaced millefiori on lace paperweight features twelve colorful millefiori canes in a randomly spaced pattern.  The design is placed on a white lace (or upset muslin) ground.  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. 

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 factory was taken over by Stuart Glass in 1980 and renamed Stuart Strathearn Ltd.  After 1980, this factory ceased production of paperweights and stopped all production in 1992.  Stuart Crystal ceased all operations in 2001. 

Size:   Just over 3” diameter by 2 1/8" high.  The base is polished flat.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  Minor wear on the base, but no other  scratches found on inspection.  No cracks or chips.
Signature:  Signed  with a Strathearn paper label with a leaping salmon and "STRATHEARN HAND MADE IN SCOTLAND" on the base. 

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$175 postage paid in the US.                                                 Added 8/1/2022    

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Large Strathearn Spaced Millefiori on Lace Paperweight
4459 1930s Chinese Footed Orange-Red Crimp Rose Paperweight.  circa 1930.  This paperweight is a well executed almost antique 1930s Chinese copy of a Millville Crimp Rose.  It has 11 orange-red colored petals and four green leaves.  The petals are arranged in a 4+4+3 pattern.  There is a double foot at the base.  As is typical of Chinese paperweights from this period, the glass has a greenish tinge and there are many tiny bubbles in the glass. 

The South Jersey Crimp Rose is one of the most famous American paperweights.  The best makers were Emil Larson of Vineland, New Jersey and Ralph Barber of Millville, New Jersey.  There were also other makers.  Newell's Old Glass Paperweights of Southern New Jersey shows examples of both the South Jersey weight and the 1930s Chinese copy.

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.

Size:  3 1/8" diameter by 3 7/16" high.  The base is just over 2 7/16" diameter and has a double foot.  The center is ground concave.
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee that this is a Chinese paperweight from about 1930.
Condition:  Very good condition with one faint 1/8" circular impact mark on the side (see picture).  No other cracks or chips.  No noticeable scratches found on inspection.  Some wear on the base.  As stated above, the glass has a greenish tinge and there are many tiny bubbles in the glass.  It is a well executed example.

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SOLD.                                                Added 7/27/2022

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1930s Chinese Footed Orange-Red Crimp Rose Paperweight
1770 Antique German Paperweight with Picture of Student in Fraternity Uniform.  circa 1870-1915.  This is an antique paperweight with a photograph or painting of a young man in a military type uniform.  The image is on a white enamel plaque and is either a painting or a hand colored photograph.  The enamel plaque is placed in the center of a spatter or frit ground.  An interesting and rare type of paperweight. The paperweight was most likely made in Germany or Silesia.  A great addition to any collection of antique European paperweights. 

Note:  There is a fracture surrounding the image that is caused by incompatibilities between the plaque and the surrounding glass.  This type of fracture is, unfortunately, fairly common in plaque weights of that period. 

After considerable research, I have concluded that the uniform is probably one used by a German or Austrian university student fraternity or student association.  Members of these student associations surrounded themselves with the symbols of their fraternities.  The uniforms are quite commonly depicted on German steins and other "studentica" of the period.   For more information, see http://stein-collectors.org/library/articles/Student/studentica.html

Size:  2 1/2” diameter by 1 3/4” high.  The bottom is fire finished with remnants of the pontil mark. 
Signature:  This paperweight is not signed, but I guarantee it to be an antique paperweight originating in Germany or one of the nearby countries. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  I could not find any significant damage on this paperweight.  However, as noted above, there is a incompatibility fracture surrounding the center plaque. 

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

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

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

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$49 postage paid in the US.                              Added 7/23/2022

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

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

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

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

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

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Whitefriars 1976 Bicentennial Liberty Bell Limited Edition Millefiori Paperweight with Certificate
5619 Perthshire Annual Collection 1984D Limited Edition Pink Floral Spray Paperweight.  issued 1984.  This is a large light pink lampwork flower with five pink buds on a white double spiral latticinio cushion ground.  The flower has a yellow complex millefiori center.  The flower and buds have individual stems.  It is signed with Perthshire's complex "P" signature cane on the base.  This design was issued with blue flowers and with pink flowers in a limited edition of 400 paperweights, of which only 271 were made.  Great color and execution.

Note on color:  The actual color of the flower is a lighter pink than is shown in the pictures. 

Perthshire made this paperweight as one of their Annual Collection designs for 1984.  This means the design was made only that one year and never again.  There were seven Annual Collection designs in 1984, 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. 

Large size:  2 15/16" diameter by 2 3/16" high.  The base is ground concave.
Signature: Signed with a Perthshire "P" complex signature on the base.  This paperweight does not have a label.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips or cracks or scratches. 

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$395 postage paid in the US.                                                              Added 7/20/2022

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Perthshire Annual Collection 1984D Limited Edition Pink Floral Spray Paperweight
5567 Caithness Colin Terris Ballerina Limited Edition Flash Overlay Paperweight.   issued 1993.  This stunningly beautiful paperweight uses a pink swirl of lacy bubbles to depict a twirling ballerina.  The design is placed at the center of a transparent cobalt blue flash overlay.  This design was created by Colin Terris in 1993 and issued in a very limited edition of only 50 paperweights, of which this is number 42.  It is faceted with one large top facet and twelve smaller side facets in two rows.  The paperweight is engraved on the edge of the base "Ballerina Caithness Scotland 42/50".  It also has Selman auction label.  A beautiful design.

The BALLERINA design is listed and designated CT-931 on page 140 of the Charlton Standard Catalog of Caithness Paperweights.  It was designed in 1993 by Colin Terris and released in a limited edition of only 50 paperweights.  The original issue price in the US was $595 and the Charlton Catalog lists the 2004 current value as $350.

Note about provenance:  The previous owner acquired this paperweight at the Selman Auction 44 (Fall  2009) Lot 298.  The auction estimate was $180-$250.

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.  Caithness is still operating in Crieff and making paperweights today (in 2022).

Large size:  Just under 3 1/8" diameter by just under 2 7/16" high.  The base is polished flat.  It is faceted with one large top facet and twelve smaller side facets in two rows.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  Other than a few scratches on the base, no chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection. 
Signature:  This paperweight engraved on the edge of the base "Ballerina Caithness Scotland 42/50".

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$175 postage paid in the US.                                     Added 7/16/2022

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Caithness Colin Terris Ballerina Limited Edition Flash Overlay Paperweight
4542 Antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) Mixed Fruit Paperweight.  circa 1869.  This is an antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) mixed fruit paperweight, consisting of five apples (or pears), four radishes (or cherries), four large leaves and four smaller leaves over a nearly perfect double swirl latticinio ground.  The fruit have bright vivid colors and the leaves show good definition.  The cruciform design is beautifully composed.  Unfortunately there are of striations (sugaring) in the glass that are exaggerated in the pictures.  The paperweight is in great condition and appears to have been restored in the past.  It displays beautifully.  

Many authors call the fruit pears and cherries.  I feel that they look more like apples and radishes.

The New England Glass Company (NEGC) operated in Cambridge, Massachusetts from 1818 to 1888You 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 9/16" diameter by 1 13/16" high.  The base is ground concave.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches.  This paperweight has been professionally restored in the past.  The glass contains many striations (sugaring) as shown in the pictures.  This happened when the paperweight was made.  It is not damage. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this to be an authentic NEGC antique paperweight.   

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$395 postage paid in the US.                                                                      Added 7/15/2022

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Antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) Mixed Fruit Paperweight
5352 Magnum Victor Trabucco Yellow Morning Glory Paperweight with buds.  circa 1988.  This paperweight consists of a large yellow morning glory flower with two yellow buds and leaves and stems on a transparent blue ground.  It is signed with Victor Trabucco's "VT" signature cane on the underside of a leaf.  There is also a very faint scratched signature on the base "Trabucco 1988".  A magnificent 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:   3 1/4" diameter by 2 3/4" high.  The base is ground slightly concave. 
Signature:  Signed  with Victor Trabucco's "VT" signature cane on the underside of a leaf.  There is also a very faint scratched signature on the base "Trabucco 1988".
Condition:  Outstanding condition with no scratches, chips or cracks.

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$750 postage paid in the US.                                                                Added 7/15/2022   

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Magnum Victor Trabucco Yellow Morning Glory Paperweight with buds
5960 Perthshire Annual Collection 1982H Limited Edition Double Overlay Floral Bouquet Paperweight.  issued 1982.  This is a special floral design featuring a bouquet of flowers within a blue and white double overlay cut deeply to show alternating blue and white sides.  The bouquet has three lampwork flowers and two opening buds with leaves and stems on on clear ground.  The flowers have complex millefiori centers.  There is a flat top facet, fancy cut side facets, and a star cut base.  The effect of the cutting is to make the overlay resemble blue and white petals.  There is a complex "P" signature cane next to the stem.  This paperweight is #37 of a limited edition of 300 weights, of which only 205 were made.  It comes with its original Perthshire certificate and box.  Great color and execution. 

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.  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. 

Size:  Just under 2 5/8" diameter by 1 3/4" high.  There is a fancy star cut on the base.
Signature: Signed with a Perthshire "P" complex signature cane near the stem.  This paperweight does not have a label.  This paperweight comes with the original certificate and box. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips or cracks or scratches.  There is some faint wear to the bottom of the overlay.  The box has some residue on it where I removed tape and labels. 

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$395 postage paid in the US.                                                              Added 7/14/2022

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Perthshire Annual Collection 1982H Limited Edition Double Overlay Floral Bouquet Paperweight
5640 Large Murano Crown Hollow Blown Paperweight - Probably Fratelli Toso.   circa 1950-1970.  Colorful Murano crown crown paperweight.  The weight is formed from 16 alternating strands of pink , red, and lavender twists.  This crown paperweight is unusual in that it is hollow blown with a large bubble in the center in the style of antique crown paperweights. Most modern crown paperweights are solid in the center.  A great example for any collector of paperweights or Murano glass.  Probably made by Fratelli Toso. 

Crown weights are considered by some to be the most exciting of all millefiori designs.  They are extremely difficult to make.  Hollow blown crown weights are even more difficult to make and are hard to find. 

A similar hollow crown paperweight appears on page 51 of the book Paperweights by Sibylle Jargstorf and is attributed to Fratelli Toso.

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.

Large Size:   Just under 2 15/16" diameter by 2 3/8" high.  The bottom is polished flat. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee that this is a paperweight from the island of Murano in Venice, Italy.  It was probably made by Fratelli Toso.

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Large Murano Crown Hollow Blown Paperweight - Probably Fratelli Toso
5558 Large Antique Baccarat Dupont Period Type III Pansy Paperweight with Star Cut Base.   circa 1900-1920.  Baccarat Pansy paperweight with leaves and stem.  The base is finished with a Baccarat star cut.  This paperweight is from Baccarat's Dupont period.  This style of pansy is called a type III pansy.  It consists of two large velvet purple petals above over three lower petals.  The lower petals are amber yellow over a white base.  Each lower petal has a purple tip and three dark lines radiating from the central cane consisting of star canes with a red whorl center.  A large paperweight in great shape.

Note:  This paperweight has been restored in the past and has a relatively flat profile.  There is plenty of glass and it could be reshaped to give it a proper profile.

Note about provenance:  The previous owner acquired this paperweight at the Selman Auction 37 (Fall  2006) Lot 41 and paid $460 including the bidders premium for the paperweight.

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.  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.

Large size:  3 1/8" diameter by 2" high.  The bottom is polished flat and finished with a Baccarat star cut base.  It has a relatively flat profile as shown in the pictures.
Condition: Excellent condition.  This paperweight has been restored in the past.  There are no chips, cracks, or scratches other than a few faint scratches on the base. 
Signature:  Made by Baccarat in France.  Unsigned, but I guarantee that this is an antique Baccarat paperweight from the Dupont period. 

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SOLD.                                                                              Added 7/7/2022

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Large Antique Baccarat Dupont Period Type III Pansy Paperweight with Star Cut Base
4064 Orient & Flume Iridescent Figural Pear Paperweight.  circa 2003.  Wonderful hand crafted Orient & Flume pear paperweight having a stem and leaf.  The surface is has a light green iridescent sheen.  Signed on the base "Orient & Flume GQT3".  A wonderful example. 

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.  Every Orient & Flume piece has a registration number which usually includes a date code.  In this case, I believe the "G" is for 2003. 

Size:  2 9/16" diameter by just over 4 7/16" high including the stem.  The bottom has been ground flat. 
Signature:    Signed in script on the bottom "Orient & Flume GQT3". 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips or cracks or scratches found on inspection. 

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$75 postage paid in the US.                               Added 7/4/2022

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Orient & Flume Iridescent Figural Pear Paperweight
4062 Large Caithness 1993 Margot Thomson Gold Congratulations (Style Two) Abstract Paperweight.   issued in 1993.  This abstract Caithness paperweight depicts a woven gold "cap" with four descending tassels.  There are carefully placed bubbles at the corners of the cap and at the tip of each tassel.  All of this is surrounded by a mist of transparent  white glass.  The paperweight is signed on the base "Caithness CONGRATULATIONS Scotland" along with a registration number "T89628".  Designed by Margot Thomson. 

This design is listed and designated CT-985 on page 147 of the Charlton Standard Catalog of Caithness Paperweights.  It was designed in 1993 by Margot Thomson as part of the Weight - Spherical series.  The paperweight is recorded as coming in three colors (Gold, Ruby, and Silver).  

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.  Caithness is still operating in Crieff and making paperweights today (in 2022).

Large size:  3 1/8" diameter by just under 2 7/8" high.  The base is polished flat. 
Condition:  Very good to excellent condition.  There are scratches on the base but no other chips or cracks or scratches found on inspection. 
Signature:  It is signed on the base "Caithness CONGRATULATIONS Scotland" along with a registration number "T89628" (registration number not shown in pictures). 

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$45 postage paid in the US.                                  7/4/2022

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Large Caithness 1993 Margot Thomson Gold Congratulations (Style Two) Abstract Paperweight
5685 Rare Whitefriars 1976 Bicentennial Millefiori Flag Limited Edition Paperweight - damaged.  circa 1976.  This is a hard to find Whitefriars Bicentennial Paperweight featuring a millefiori mosaic of the American Flag.  There are thirteen blue and white canes for stars and four red and three white canes for the stripes.  A gold cane makes provides a staff .  In the background there is a white and gold carpet ground of millefiori canes and also a millefiori garland of blue and white canes on the outside.  This weight is numbered 135 on the base.  There is a special Whitefriars signature cane with a white monk and the years 1776 and 1976.  It also has its original paper label with a Whitefriars monk symbol and the text "WHITEFRIARS FULL LEAD CRYSTAL MADE IN ENGLAND".  The paperweight also comes with its original (wrinkled) certificate which states that it is number 135 in a limited edition of 150 paperweights.  The paperweight is made using full lead crystal which gives it a brilliant finish.  It is faceted with a top facet and five side facets. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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$235 postage paid in the US.                              Added 6/18/2022

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Rare Whitefriars 1976 Bicentennial Millefiori Flag Limited Edition Paperweight - damaged
5690 Great Early Robert Eickholt Translucent Double Hearts Paperweight. Circa 1981.  This surface decorated  paperweight consists of a hearts and vines design with two hearts on the surface of a translucent gold colored paperweight.  This is an early Robert Eickholt paperweight and is signed on the bottom "R. Eickholt 1981".  Eickholt called this design "Double Hearts."

Robert Eickholt has been making glass paperweights since 1978 when he founded Eickholt Glass in Columbus, Ohio.  His designs often make use of precious metals such as gold and silver, and rare oxides such as cobalt and copper.  This is an early example of the use of gold color.  In later paperweights by Eickholt the design moved to the interior and veiling techniques began to appear.  He retired in 2013.

Large Size:  3 1/8" diameter by 2 15/16" high.  The base is polished flat. 
Signature: Signed "R. Eickholt 1981" on the base. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks or chips.  The surface shows some variation in color, which I believe was deliberate.   

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$125 postage paid in the US.                      Added 6/18/2022

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Great Early Robert Eickholt Translucent Double Hearts Paperweight
5566 Large Colorful Strathearn Paneled Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1963-1968.  This very attractive paperweight consists of a paneled millefiori pattern with nine panels of 1 (blue) + 2 (red) + 2 (orange and white) millefiori patterns each separated by a white latticinio twist cane.  There is a central ring of seven dark blue  millefiori canes and then a center orange and white millefiori cane.  The canes are early Scottish millefiori canes on an opaque black ground.  This paperweight has its original Strathearn paper label "STRATHEARN HAND MADE IN SCOTLAND" on the base.  It also has a sticker from an early Selman auction.  This is a great addition to any collection of Scottish paperweights.  Great color.

This paperweight has a sticker on the base from an early Selman Online Auction (Auction 7 Lot 68).  This is online auction is different from the auctions that had print catalogs.  The previous owner paid $200 for this paperweight.

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.

Large size:   Just under 3” diameter by 2 1/4” 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:  This paperweight has its original Strathearn paper label "STRATHEARN HAND MADE IN SCOTLAND" on the base.

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$125 postage paid in the US.                                                 Added 6/17/2022    

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Large Colorful Strathearn Paneled Millefiori Paperweight
5599 Perthshire 1982 PP49 Limited Edition Patterned Millefiori Paperweight with Complex Canes.  dated 1982.  This medium sized millefiori paperweight has a large complex center cane surrounded by four large complex canes and a closepacked carpet of many smaller pink canes.  Three pairs of large complex canes surround the center cluster.  The perimeter of the paperweight has a garland with three large half circles and three small half circles, each with a large complex cane in the center.  The design is placed over a translucent green ground.  It is signed with a Perthshire "P 1982" date / signature cane in the center of the base and also has its original worn paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND" on the base.  The PP49 design was issued in a limited edition only in 1982, with the edition size unknown.  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:  Just over 2 5/8" diameter by 1 15/16" high.  The base is polished concave.
Signature:  This paperweight is signed with Perthshire's complex "P 1982" signature cane in the center of the base.  It also has its original worn paper label "PERTHSHIRE PAPERWEIGHTS CRIEFF SCOTLAND" on the base.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  Some wear on the base, but no other cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.

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$345 postage paid in the US.                                               Added 6/4/2022

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Perthshire 1982 PP49 Limited Edition Patterned Millefiori Paperweight with Complex Canes
5894 Large Faceted Strathearn Spaced Millefiori on Lace Paperweight with Early Scottish Canes.  dated 1979.  This fine Strathearn spaced millefiori on lace paperweight features sixteen early Scottish millefiori canes that were originally made in the Moncrieff (Monart) or Vasart period.  The paperweight was made by either David Moir or Herbert Dreier and has a (distorted) Strathearn complex signature cane "S 79" on the base.  The paperweight is faceted with one large top facet and five side facets.  This would make a fantastic addition addition to any collection of Scottish paperweights.

According to David Moir, the millefiori canes in this paperweight are old Monart type canes that were brought with by the Ysarts when they left Moncrieff.  They were never used and kept out of the way until David Moir and Herbert Dreier were given permission to use them in 1979 by the management at Teachers Whiskey (who owned Strathearn).  Some of the individual canes might be attributed to Salvadore during the early Vasart period rather than Monart.    

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 factory was taken over by Stuart Glass in 1980 and renamed Stuart Strathearn Ltd.  After 1980, this factory ceased production of paperweights and stopped all production in 1992.  Stuart Crystal ceased all operations in 2001.

David Quintin Moir (born 1939) started as an apprentice at Vasart (Ysart Brothers Shore Road works) in 1954.  He stayed when the name was changed to Strathearn and left in 1980.  He often contributes to discussions of Scottish glass on Facebook.

Herbert Dreier (born 1942 to an Austrian coal-mining family) was originally destined to work in the mines, but he left to join a glass factory in Bärnbach, Austria where served a three year apprenticeship.  In 1960, he moved to Germany where he worked for Peill Butzler, Dren, Germany as a glass blower.  He and a friend responded to an advertisement for Caithness Glass and moved to Wick, Scotland, where he worked as a glass blower under Paul Ysart from 1963-65, later moving to Strathearn Glass as Master Craftsman.  He remained with Strathearn through the takeover by Stuart Crystal and had a number of positions with Stuart Crystal.  When Stuart ceased operation in 2001, he moved to Plowden & Thompson in Stourbridge as a Master Craftsman.  In a life-time devoted to the art of glassblowing, Herbert Dreier’s repertoire encompassed paperweights, lamp-bases, decorative bowls, vases and three-dimensional decorative pieces.

Size:   3” diameter by 2 3/16" high.  The base is polished flat.  The paperweight is faceted with one large top facet and five side facets.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  Minor wear on the base, but no other  scratches found on inspection.  No cracks or chips.
Signature:  Signed with a (distorted) Strathearn complex signature cane "S 79" on the base.  The millefiori canes in this paperweight were taken from a reserve dating from the Monart period (at Moncrieff) or early Vasart production. 

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Large Faceted Strathearn Spaced Millefiori on Lace Paperweight with Early Scottish Canes
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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Baccarat 1975 Gridel Series Millefiori Black Monkey Limited Edition Paperweight
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 1888You 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. 

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$495 postage paid in the US.                                            Added 5/10/2022

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Large Antique New England Glass Company (NEGC) Salmon Red Double Poinsettia Paperweight on a Blue and White Jasper Ground
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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$345 postage paid in the US.                                            Added 5/9/2022 

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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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Perthshire Annual Collection 1982B Limited Edition Flamingo Paperweight with Certificate
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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Randy Strong 2003 Abstract Flat Top Iridescent Millefiori Paperweight
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.

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$395 postage paid in the US.                                               Added 4/28/2022

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Perthshire Annual Collection 1981C Limited Edition Magnum Aquarium 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.

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:  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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$39 postage paid in the US.                                                       Added 4/28/2022

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Chinese Miniature Orange Butterfly on Green Ground Paperweight
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
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.

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. 

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
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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Magnum St. Louis 1970 Faceted Red Double Clematis Paperweight
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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Magnum Chinese Copy of the Famous Clichy Millefiori Basket Paperweight - Heart Shaped
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
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
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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SOLD.                                               Added 9/4/2021

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Perthshire Annual Collection 1989F Limited Edition Cherries Faceted 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

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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 1888You 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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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

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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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Antique Belgian or Bohemian Doorknob with Miniature Concentric Millefiori Paperweight Handle
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
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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Magnum Baccarat 1975 Gridel Series Pheasant Concentric Millefiori Limited Edition Paperweight
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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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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Very Early Francis Whittemore Miniature Paperweight with White and Blue Millefiori Flowers on a Pink Ground
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
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 "P19