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: 26 November 2015
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.

Clichy miniature paperweight (ref. 19839) Antique Baccarat miniature paperweight (ref. 6146) Clichy miniature paperweight (ref. 19840) Clichy miniature paperweight (ref. 19838)
Clichy mini
Concentric in clear
Antique Baccarat
Miniature concentric
Clichy mini
Centre rose
Clichy mini
Centre rose

Old English Richardson magnum paperweight (ref. 19649) Perthshire LE Christmas 1980 paperweight (ref. 6148) Antique Baccarat mushroom paperweight (ref. 19683) Antique Saint-Louis fruit paperweight (ref. 19599)
Old English
Richardson magnum
Perthshire LE
Christmas 1980
Antique Baccarat
Mushroom torsade
Antique Saint-Louis
mixed fruit

Paul Ysart closepack centre white ground paperweight (ref.6109) Paul Ysart closepack centre paperweight (ref.6108) Antique Saint-Louis bouquet paperweight (ref. 19589) Clichy mini 5 roses paperweight (ref. 19837)
Paul Ysart
Closepack centre
Paul Ysart
Closepack centre
Antique Saint-Louis
upright bouquet
Clichy mini
Five roses

Perthshire PPCC 2000 paperweight (ref. 6106) Perthshire LE 1977B paperweight (ref. 6147) Perthshire LE PP19A paperweight (ref. 6102) Perthshire LE 1995B paperweight (ref. 6091)
Perthshire PPCC 2000
Collectors Club
Perthshire LE
1977B Plums
Perthshire LE
PP19A 1996
Perthshire LE 1995B
Flowers on muslin

Antique Baccarat B1848 paperweight (ref.586) Clichy mini 10 roses paperweight (ref. 19744) Perthshire LE 2000D paperweight (ref. 6104) Perthshire 1998D Pansy paperweight (ref. 6105)
Antique Baccarat
B1848 dated mini
Clichy mini
Ten roses
Perthshire LE
2000D Bouquet
Perthshire LE
1998D Pansy

Perthshire 2002 one-off paperweight (ref.5526) Antique Baccarat B1849 paperweight (ref. 2229) Paul Ysart millefiori on lacy orange paperweight (ref.6058) Antique Baccarat B1847 paperweight (ref. 19461)
Perthshire 2002
One-off mini
Antique Baccarat
Big 1849 closepack
Paul Ysart
Millefiori on orange
Antique Baccarat
B1847 closepack

Perthshire 1993 magnum paperweight (ref. 5539) Perthshire 1 of 1 Rose paperweight (ref. 5350) Strathearn S78 PSF62 paperweight (ref.6090) Bob Banford Pears paperweight (ref. 4080)
Perthshire 1993
Magnum millefiori
Perthshire 1 of 1
Rose + torsade
Strathearn S78
Flower PSF62
Bob Banford (USA)
Pears on muslin

Caithness 1973 Crown paperweight (ref. 5893) Perthshire 2001 one-off paperweight (ref. 5509) Selkirk LE Flower paperweight (ref. 6025) Paul Ysart millefiori rondellos paperweight (ref. 5949)
Caithness LE Crown
A&M 1973
Perthshire 2001
1 of 1 design
Selkirk Glass LE
Miniature Flower
Paul Ysart
Millefiori rondellos

William Manson (Scotia) 3 mice paperweight (ref. 5975) Perthshire PP81 Golfer paperweight (ref. 5308) Perthshire LE 1996B paperweight (ref. 4918) William Manson Butterfly + Flower paperweight (ref. 5743)
William Manson
Scotia) 3 mice
Perthshire LE
PP81 Golfer
Perthshire LE
1996B flower on muslin
William Manson LE
Butterfly + flower

Gillinder Type 1 paperweight (ref. JG1) Perthshire 1981G Magnum paperweight (ref. 5444) Selkirk Glass 1993 Thistle paperweight (ref. 3553) Saint Louis LE 1973 flower paperweight (ref. 5992)
Type 1 fluted
Perthshire 1981G
Magnum Bees
Selkirk Glass
1993 Magnum Thistle
£55.00 Reserved
Saint-Louis LE
Flower 1973

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

Peter McDougall double overlay paperweight (ref. 5590) Perthshire /John Parsley paperweight (ref. 5565) Peter Holmes Yelverton paperweight (ref. 4755) Caithness White Heatherpaperweight (ref. 5676)
Peter McDougall
Double Overlay
Perthshire 1 of 1
John Parsley
Peter Holmes
PH cane Yelverton
Caithness (Manson)
White Heather

Modern French paperweight selection - more here

Baccarat 1953 Coronation sulphide paperweight (ref. 5887) Baccarat LE paperweight (ref. 5683) Baccarat LE 1972 millefiori paperweight (ref. 5251) Saint Louis Pink Carpet Ground 1972 paperweight (ref. 5827)
Baccarat 1953
Coronation sulphide
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 millefiori paperweight (ref. 5890) Antique Baccarat B1848 paperweight (ref. 4671) Clichy spaced millefiori paperweight (ref. 2224)
Clichy chequer
Two roses
Millefiori in clear
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) Ken Rosenfeld 1989 Cherries paperweight (ref. 5273)
Debbie Tarsitano
with Paul Ysart
Orient & Flume
Marbrie 1979
Proof 1996

Ken Rosenfeld
1989 Cherries
£240.00 Reserved

Old English and Whitefriars paperweight selection - more here

Old English Arculus paperweight (ref. 5664) Whitefriars EIIR Silver Jubilee paperweight (ref. 5987) Kilner dump paperweight (ref. 212) Old English (Arculus) paperweight (ref. 3214)
Old English
Arculus low dome
EIIR Jubilee 1977
Foil flower dump

Old English - Arculus
low dome mini
£130.00 Reserved