Alan and Helen Thornton

...The Paperweight People.... 01935 822316
www.thepaperweightpeople.co.uk and www.thepaperweightpeople.com

paperweights, information and links for glass paperweight collectors

Perthshire Xmas paperweight for 1972
site updated: 4 May 2016
Paperweight People
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This site exists to help anyone who is interested in glass paperweights to find the information that they are looking for. We also offer free help with identification or valuation. This is the main site to which www.thepaperweightpeople.com redirects visitors.

Contacting us

By email:

or send a message to: alan.thornton@physics.org

You can telephone us on: 01935 822316 (from outside the UK use 0044 1935 822316).

What you can find here:

There are links to various collectors clubs around the world, and to books that can help you understand more about the fascinating and complex subject of paperweights; to various glass paperweight sites; to paperweight makers and dealers; and to other related topics.

There are also pages to help you identify glass paperweights - but this is a complex and difficult topic, so there are no guarantees of success! Many paperweights in circulation were made in China or Murano, and so we have included:

There are two Galleries of images: one of Chinese Whites and one of Old English paperweights.

Advice and information - help with paperweight identification and valuation

We can probably help you with the identification and valuation of your paperweights (whether for sale, insurance or probate) - please ask, as we do not charge for this unless you want a written report.  We usually help two or three people per week. It is often worth checking our more common weights page to see if it helps.

We retired from our professional careers over ten years ago to live in Somerset, and now spend a lot of time on what was our hobby - collecting glass paperweights. As a result we are specialists in many types of paperweight, and we write articles and give talks about them in the UK and abroad. Alan was also the Newsletter Editor for the Paperweight Collectors Circle from 2006 to 2014.

We do know enough to spot the occasional errors in the catalogues of major auction houses, for example - but we don't know everything: anyone who claims to is deluding themselves!

Paperweights for sale

We built a large collection over the years, and do have some paperweights for sale - please contact us if you would like more information on any shown. We have a range of top quality pieces for sale, including antique French, old English, Ysart, Stankard, Buzzini and various other makers, only some of which are shown here.

You can pay by cheque, bank (wire) transfer, or credit or debit card through Paypal (you can now do this without having a Paypal account). Prices shown include worldwide shipping for items priced over £250.00. We sometimes sell paperweights on eBay - click here to check if any are listed at the moment. You will see from our excellent feedback that we are completely reliable, and provide high quality pieces. And, of course, we are always on the lookout to buy interesting paperweights.

We do not sell at any antiques or glass fairs, but we do attend meetings of the Paperweight Collectors Circle and the Northern Paperweight Society.

Recommended books

We recommend Miller's Guide as a good value starter guide ( usually under £5 ) to identifying and learning about glass paperweights. If you collect Caithness paperweights, then the Charlton Catalogue is very helpful, and for Scottish paperweights more generally, try Scottish Paperweights by Bob Hall. For an overview of paperweights more generally, have a look at World Paperweights by Fleming & Pomerencke. There are many more books to do with paperweights and paperweight collecting more widely on the Books pages.

We have added to this site some of the articles that we have written for various publications.  We hope they are of interest, and maybe inspire you to join one of the collectors' organisations such as the Paperweight Collectors Circle.


Here are two items concerning English paperweights: (article) (guide)

UK Makers

We have some very skilled and innovative makers in the UK, including well known names such as John Deacons, Willie Manson, Peter MacDougall, Peter Holmes, Richard Golding, Jonathan Harris and Mike Hunter. There are many others not as well known. It is worth checking up on smaller glass studios in your own locality - you never know what you will find. In our area we have Siddy Langley and Will Shakspeare - both superb glass artists, who make some paperweights.

Please browse the site, and let me know what you think would improve it - and please send me useful links if you have any. We hope you enjoy the site, and enjoy paperweights......they are an art form, an object of fascination, a topic of conversation..... and no doubt more besides.  For example, seek out the Infinity Project on Josh Simpson's site for a different way to display (?) paperweights.

© alan & helen thornton 2005-2015

This site is updated regularly - sometimes daily - so remember to check for news and additional information.

Selected paperweights for sale
Click on pictures to enlarge / for more images. Click links above for more.
We have a wide range of paperweights for sale including modern Scottish, French and American examples, together with a selection of high quality antiques. There are too many to list fully here, so please ask if you have a particular area of interest.

Perthshire PP19 paperweight (ref. 6308) Saint Louis overlay mushroom 1970 paperweight (ref. 6304) Perthshire Xmas 1983 paperweight (ref. 6186) Perthshire PP12 1976 paperweight (ref. 6306)
PP19 dated 1979
Saint-Louis 1970
Overlay mushroom
Perthshire LE
Christmas 1983
Perthshire PP12
1976 version

Whitefriars PG100 garlandsi paperweight (ref. 6218) Whitefriars EIIR paperweight (ref. 6250) Whitefriars P28 paperweight (ref. 6230) Whitefriars P25 paperweight (ref. 6145)
PG100 Garlands
EIIR 1953
P28 closepack
P25 design

Clichy chequer millefiori paperweight (ref. 6233) Clichy mini millefiori paperweight (ref. 18921) Perthshire PP62 millefiori paperweight (ref. 6280) Selkirk Glass Butterfly paperweight (ref. 6271)
Chequer, 1 rose
£775.00 Reserved
Mini concentric
PP 62
Selkirk Glass
Summer Magic Butterfly

Perthshire LE 1984D paperweight (ref. 5117) Perthshire 1 of 1 bouquet paperweight (ref. 4930) Paul Ysart millefiori paperweight (ref. 6260) Paul Ysart millefiori paperweight (ref. 6259)
Perthshire 1984D
Floral spray
Bouquet 1 of 1
Paul Ysart
Pink ground
Paul Ysart
Monart label

Paul Ysart millefiori paperweight (ref. 6255) Paul Ysart rondello paperweight (ref. 6257) Antique Baccarat B1848 closepack paperweight (ref. 19257) Clichy colour ground paperweight (ref. 2095)
Paul Ysart
Closepack centre
Paul Ysart
Jasper ground
Baccarat B1848
closepack millefiori

Turquoise ground

Perthshire Collectors Club 2001 paperweight (ref. 6052) Antique Saint Louis mushroom paperweight (ref. 19417) Perthshire PP109 paperweight (ref. 6122) Baccarat B1848 on muslin paperweight (ref. 2244)
Perthshire PPCC
2001 version
Antique Saint-Louis
Mushroom torsade
Perthshire PP109
Butterfly centre
Antique Baccarat
B1848 date

Antique Baccarat dog paperweight (ref. 6212) Antique Baccarat pansy paperweight (ref. 6140) Clichy scramble paperweight (ref. 19010) Antique Baccarat colour ground paperweight (ref. 6134)
Antique Baccarat
Intaglio dog head
Antique Baccarat
Type 3 pansy
Scramble, pink rose
Antique Baccarat
Colour ground

Clichy millefiori paperweight (ref. 19989) Richardson paperweight bottle (ref. 20009) William Manson Butterfly + Flower paperweight (ref. 5743) Antique Saint Louis nosegay paperweight (ref. 2255)
Millefiori in clear
Old English - Richardson
Bottle and stopper
William Manson LE
Butterfly + flower
Antique Saint-Louis
facetted nosegay

Antique Baccarat B1849 paperweight (ref. 2229) Saint-Louis LE Crown paperweight (ref. 5825) Antique Saint Louis rondello paperweight (ref. 2256) Antique Baccarat macedoine paperweight (ref. 6232)
Antique Baccarat
Big 1849 closepack
Saint-Louis LE 1973
4 colour crown
Antique Saint-Louis
rondello design
Antique Baccarat
Large Macedoine

Saint Louis 1981 Pope John Paul II paperweight (ref. 5814) Perthshire PP1 paperweight (ref. 6125) Antique Baccarat mushroom paperweight (ref. 19683) Antique Saint-Louis fruit paperweight (ref. 19599)
Saint-Louis 1981
Pope John Paul II
Perthshire PP1
Blue ground
Antique Baccarat
Mushroom torsade
Antique Saint-Louis
mixed fruit

Gillinder Type 1 paperweight (ref. JG1) Whitefriars millefiori paperweight (ref. 6229) Antique Saint-Louis bouquet paperweight (ref. 19589) Strathearn S78 PSF62 paperweight (ref.6090)
Type 1 fluted
Whitefriars 1975
PG 101 garlands
Antique Saint-Louis
upright bouquet
Strathearn S78
Flower PSF62

Scottish paperweights - more Perthshire here and more Deacons / Manson here

Peter McDougall double overlay paperweight (ref. 5590) Perthshire PP11 paperweight (ref. 6307) William Manson (Scotia) 3 mice paperweight (ref. 5975) Caithness White Heatherpaperweight (ref. 5676)
Peter McDougall
Double Overlay
Perthshire PP11
1973 version
William Manson
Scotia) 3 mice
Caithness (Manson)
White Heather

Modern French paperweight selection - more here

Saint Louis LE 1973 flower paperweight (ref. 5992) Baccarat LE paperweight (ref. 5683) Baccarat LE 1972 millefiori paperweight (ref. 5251) Saint Louis Pink Carpet Ground 1972 paperweight (ref. 5827)
Saint-Louis LE
Flower 1973
Baccarat LE
Revolution 200 yrs
Baccarat LE
1972 millefiori
Saint-Louis 1972
Pink Carpet Ground

Antique French paperweight selection - more here

Clichy chequer 2 roses paperweight (ref. 19738) Clichy hexagon star paperweight (ref. 19986) Antique Baccarat B1848 paperweight (ref. 4671) Clichy spaced millefiori paperweight (ref. 2224)
Clichy chequer
Two roses
Star millefiori
Antique Baccarat
B1848 on muslin
Centre pink rose

American paperweight selection - more here

Debbie Tarsitano / Paul Ysart Bouquet paperweight (ref. 1214) Orient & Flume Marbrie paperweight (ref. 5782) Parabelle 1996 artist's proof (ref. 2559) Bob Banford Pears paperweight (ref. 4080)
Debbie Tarsitano
with Paul Ysart
Orient & Flume
Marbrie 1979
Proof 1996

Bob Banford (USA)
Pears on muslin

Old English and Whitefriars paperweight selection - more here

Old English Arculus paperweight (ref. 5664) Whitefriars Christmas 1978 paperweight (ref. 6195) Click for larger image Old English Richardson magnum paperweight (ref. 19649)
Old English
Arculus low dome
Whitefriars 1978
Mary and Joseph
Large concentric

Old English
Richardson magnum