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: 8 February 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.

Saint-Louis Entrelac paperweight (ref. 5842) Clichy mini millefiori paperweight (ref. 6219) John Deacons Millenium special paperweight (ref. 1887) Saint-Louis LE Crown paperweight (ref. 5825)
Saint-Louis 1988
LE 'Entrelac'
Mini millefiori
John Deacons LE
Millenium special
Saint-Louis LE 1973
4 colour crown

Antique Baccarat dog paperweight (ref. 6212) Antique Baccarat lion paperweight (ref. 6215) Perthshire LE 1978A paperweight (ref. 6085) Paul Ysart striped fish paperweight (ref. 6203)
Antique Baccarat
Intaglio dog head
Antique Baccarat
Moulded lion
Perthshire LE
1978A millefiori
Paul Ysart
Striped fish

Perthshire LE 2001 PP233 paperweight (ref. 6190) Whitefriars 1975 cut P27 paperweight (ref. 6197) Perthshire PP109 paperweight (ref. 6122) Perthshire LE 2001 PP230 paperweight (ref. 6188)
Perthshire LE
PP233 2001
P27 cut 1975
Perthshire PP109
Butterfly centre
Perthshire LE
PP230 2001

Perthshire LE 1979A paperweight (ref. 6165) Perthshire LE 1980 I Fish paperweight (ref. 6192) Antique Baccarat B1848 paperweight (ref.586) Perthshire PP4 paperweight (ref. 6189)
Perthshire LE
1979A  Sunflower
Perthshire LE
1980 I Fish
Antique Baccarat
B1848 dated mini
PP4 design

Clichy miniature paperweight (ref. 19839) Antique Baccarat miniature paperweight (ref. 6146) Perthshire LE PP13 paperweight (ref. 5445) Clichy miniature paperweight (ref. 19838)
Clichy mini
Concentric in clear
Antique Baccarat
Miniature concentric
Perthshire LE
PP13 1972
Clichy mini
Centre rose

Perthshire LE 1974 PP27 paperweight (ref. 6202) Perthshire PP1 paperweight (ref. 6125) Antique Baccarat mushroom paperweight (ref. 19683) Antique Saint-Louis fruit paperweight (ref. 19599)
Perthshire LE
PP27 1974
Perthshire PP1
Blue ground
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) Paul Ysart millefiori on lacy orange paperweight (ref.6058)
Paul Ysart
Closepack centre
Paul Ysart
Closepack centre
Antique Saint-Louis
upright bouquet
Paul Ysart
Millefiori on orange

William Manson Butterfly + Flower paperweight (ref. 5743) Antique Baccarat B1847 paperweight (ref. 19461) Strathearn S78 PSF62 paperweight (ref.6090) Antique Baccarat B1849 paperweight (ref. 2229)
William Manson LE
Butterfly + flower
Antique Baccarat
B1847 closepack
Strathearn S78
Flower PSF62
Antique Baccarat
Big 1849 closepack

Gillinder Type 1 paperweight (ref. JG1) William Manson (Scotia) 3 mice paperweight (ref. 5975) Perthshire 1998D Pansy paperweight (ref. 6105) Caithness 1973 Crown paperweight (ref. 5893)
Type 1 fluted
William Manson
Scotia) 3 mice
Perthshire LE
1998D Pansy
Caithness LE Crown
A&M 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

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 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) 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) Kilner dump paperweight (ref. 212) Old English Richardson magnum paperweight (ref. 19649)
Old English
Arculus low dome
Whitefriars 1978
Mary and Joseph
Foil flower dump

Old English
Richardson magnum