Alan and Helen Thornton

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

paperweights, information and links for glass paperweight collectors

Perthshire Xmas paperweight for 1972
site updated: 29 March 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 sell glass paperweights - so there are of course images of some of the paperweights that we have for sale. We also buy glass paperweights, whether whole paperweight collections or a single paperweight of good quality. We also offer free help with identification or valuation.

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:

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).

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 do have paperweights for sale - please contact us if you would like more information on any shown. We usually 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 free worldwide shipping for items priced over £250.00. We often have weights for sale on eBay - click here to check if any are listed at the moment. You will see from our excellent feedback on well over two thousand transactions that we are completely reliable, and provide high quality pieces. And, of course, we are always on the lookout to buy interesting paperweights - whether single items or a whole collection.

We do not sell at any antiques or glass fairs, but we do sell at 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
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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.

Saint Louis LE 2000 Aurore paperweight (ref. 5820) Perthshire 1983 Encased Magnum paperweight (ref. 5537) Orient & Flume Marbrie paperweight (ref. 5782) Perthshire PP207 prototype paperweight (ref.5411)
Saint-Louis 2000
Magnum Aurore
Perthshire 1983
Encased magnum
Orient & Flume
Marbrie 1979
Perthshire 1998
PP207 prototype

Saint Louis LE 1986 Lillies of the Valley paperweight (ref. 5832) Perthshire 1981G Magnum paperweight (ref. 5444) Antique Baccarat B1848 paperweight (ref. 2239) Perthshire PP47 1977 paperweight (ref.5477)
Saint-Louis 1986
Lillies of the Valley
Perthshire 1981G
Magnum Bees
Antique Baccarat
B1848 10 Gridels
Perthshire PP47
1977 version

Gillinder Type 1 paperweight (ref. JG1) Antique Baccarat pansy paperweight (ref. 2975) Perthshire special Bergstrom-Mahler paperweight (ref. 5625) Antique Saint Louis fruit paperweight (ref. 19599)
Type 1 fluted
Antique Baccarat
Classic mini pansy
Perthshire special
1996 Council Tree
£180.00 SOLD
Antique Saint-Louis
Fruit group

Antique Baccarat B1848 paperweight (ref. 4671) Saint Louis 3 colour marbrie 1971 paperweight (ref. 5884) Clichy mini centre rose  paperweight (ref. 2232) Antique Baccarat millefiori paperweight (ref. 19470)
Antique Baccarat
B1848 on muslin
Saint-Louis LE 1971
3 colour marbrie
Clichy mini
centre pink rose
Antique Baccarat
mini millefiori

Baccarat LE 1991 Blackthorn paperweight (ref. 5943) Perthshire one-off ? paperweight (ref. 4659) Paul Ysart butterfly paperweight (ref. 5950) Perthshire LE 1992A paperweight (ref. 4957)
Baccarat LE
1991 Blackthorn
Commissioned design
Paul Ysart
Garlanded butterfly
Perthshire LE
Blue ground 1992A

William Manson LE paperweight (ref. 4831) Paul Ysart fountain paperweight (ref. 5897) Saint Louis Amour 1979 paperweight (ref. 5849) Perthshire 1999 LE paperweight (ref. 5380)
William Manson LE
LE Rose and Buds
Paul Ysart
Harland spider
Saint-Louis 'Amour'
LE 1979
Perthshire LE 1999
Bouquet 7 facets

Saint Louis Pears Cherries Plums 1979 paperweight (ref. 5812) Saint Louis Pink Carpet Ground 1972 paperweight (ref. 5827) Antique Baccarat B1847 paperweight (ref. 19461) Antique Saint Louis mushroom paperweight (ref. 2208)
Saint-Louis LE 1979
Pears Cherries Plums
Saint-Louis 1972
Pink Carpet Ground
Antique Baccarat
B1847 closepack
Antique Saint-Louis


Saint Louis 3D overlay bouquet 1983 paperweight (ref. 5824) Perthshire 2001 version PP47 paperweight (ref. 5508) Perthshire 2001 one-off paperweight (ref. 5509) Perthshire PP46 Heart paperweight (ref. 4057)
Saint-Louis LE 1983
Overlay bouquet
Perthshire 2001
Rare PP47 version
Perthshire 1986G
Golden Dahlia
Perthshire PP46
Millefiori heart

Paul Ysart bouquet paperweight (ref. 5663) Clichy millefiori 2 roses paperweight (ref. 5869) Debbie Tarsitano / Paul Ysart Bouquet paperweight (ref. 1214) Perthshire 2001 PP237A paperweight (ref. 4664)
Paul Ysart
Garlanded bouquet
Clichy millefiori
Two pink roses
Debbie Tarsitano
with Paul Ysart
Perthshire 2001
Rare PP237A

Antique Baccarat B1849 paperweight (ref. 2229) Perthshire LE 1991G Bouquet paperweight (ref. 5804) Chinese White paperweight (ref. 775) Saint Louis Holly 1985 paperweight (ref. 5806)
Antique Baccarat
Big 1849 closepack
Perthshire 1991G
3-D Bouquet
Chinese White
Two birds
Saint-Louis 1985
LE Holly

Josh Simpson Inhabited Planet paperweight (ref. 5736) Perthshire LE 1974C Bouquet paperweight (ref. 5378) Perthshire /John Parsley paperweight (ref. 5565) Parabelle Glass 1 0f 1 Artists Proof paperweight (ref. 5280)
Josh Simpson
Inhabited Planet
Perthshire 1974C
Bouquet Dragonfly
Perthshire 1 of 1
John Parsley
Parabelle Glass
Artist's Proof

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

Peter McDougall double overlay paperweight (ref. 5590) Perthshire LE 1986G Golden Dahlia paperweight (ref. 5319) Peter Holmes Yelverton paperweight (ref. 4755) Caithness White Heatherpaperweight (ref. 5676)
Peter McDougall
Double Overlay
Perthshire 1986G
Golden Dahlia
Peter Holmes
PH cane Yelverton
Caithness (Manson)
White Heather

Modern French paperweight selection - more here

Baccarat Gridel stork 1977 paperweight (ref. 4692) Baccarat LE paperweight (ref. 5683) Baccarat LE 1972 millefiori paperweight (ref. 5251) Baccarat garlands paperweight 1971 (ref. 5730)
Baccarat 1977
Stork Gridel
Baccarat LE
Revolution 200 yrs
Baccarat LE
1972 millefiori
1971 garlands


Antique French paperweight selection - more here

Antique Baccarat B1847 closepack (ref. 4592) Antique Baccarat garland paperweight (ref. 0011) Antique Baccarat Anemone paperweight (ref. 2103) Clichy spaced millefiori paperweight (ref. 2224)
Antique Baccarat
B1847 closepack

Antique Baccarat
Trefoil garlands
Antique Baccarat
Centre pink rose

American paperweight selection - more here

Ken Rosenfeld Sunflowers paperweight (ref. 5274) Rick Ayotte magnum roses paperweight (ref. 5282) Parabelle 1996 artist's proof (ref. 2559) Orient & Flume 1979 paperweight (ref. 5646)
Ken Rosenfeld
Sunflowers 1998
Rick Ayotte
magnum roses
Proof 1996

Orient & Flume
1979 iridescent

Old English and Whitefriars paperweight selection - more here

Old English Arculus paperweight (ref. 5664) Old English Richardson (ref. 3438) Kilner dump paperweight (ref. 212) Old English Richardson magnum paperweight (ref. 19103)
Old English
Arculus low dome
Old English
Richardson 7 row

Foil flower dump

Old English
Richardson mangum


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