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: 1 July 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 (just added).

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 Royal Wedding 1981 paperweight (ref. 4527) Antique Baccarat millefiori on muslin paperweight (ref. 2242) William Manson Butterfly + Flower paperweight (ref. 5743) Clichy chequer 2 roses paperweight (ref. 19738)
Perthshire LE
Royal Wedding
Antique Baccarat
B1847 scattered
William Manson LE
Butterfly + flower
Clichy chequer
Two roses

Saint Louis LE 1973 flower paperweight (ref. 5992) Perthshire LE 1983E paperweight (ref. 5483) Clichy garlands on blue paperweight (ref. 2243) Perthshire PP81 Golfer paperweight (ref. 5308)
Saint-Louis LE
Flower 1973
Perthshire LE
P1983E Bouquet
Clichy garlands
Translucent blue
Perthshire LE
PP81 Golfer

Paul Ysart signed butterfly paperweight (ref. 5966) Paul Ysart millefiori rondellos paperweight (ref. 5949) Saint Louis millefiori carpet ground paperweight (ref. 5843) Perthshire LE 1973E paperweight (ref. 5966)
Paul Ysart
Signed butterfly
Paul Ysart
Millefiori rondellos
Saint Louis 1986
LE Carpet ground
Perthshire LE
1973E Flower

Whitefriars closepack millefiori paperweight (ref. 5976) Perthshire 1995 magnum paperweight (ref. 5538) Baccarat 1953 Coronation sulphide paperweight (ref. 5887) Perthshire Selman Glassmaker paperweight (ref. 4943)
Closepack 1978
Perthshire 1995
Magnum millefiori
Baccarat 1953
Coronation sulphide
Perthshire unissued
Selman Glassmaker

William Manson (Scotia) 3 mice paperweight (ref. 5975) Saint Louis LE bouquet plaque paperweight (ref. 5833) Antique Baccarat B1847 paperweight (ref. 19461) Perthshire PP11 1978 paperweight (ref. 5990)
William Manson
Scotia) 3 mice
Saint-Louis LE
Plaque bouquet
Antique Baccarat
B1847 closepack
Perthshire PP11
1978 version

Paul Ysart millefiori paperweight (ref. 5956) Trabucco Frog paperweight (ref. 5962) Clichy mini 10 roses paperweight (ref. 5595) Perthshire special paperweight (ref. 4966)
Paul Ysart
Millefiori on blue
Trabucco 1993
Frog on stones
Clichy mini
10 roses
Perthshire special
for Cork company

Old English (Arculus) paperweight (ref. 3214) Saint Louis LE 2000 Aurore paperweight (ref. 5820) John Deacons pansy paperweight (ref. 5961) Perthshire PP13 1977 paperweight (ref. 5971)
Old English - Arculus
low dome mini
Saint-Louis 2000
Magnum Aurore
John Deacons
Pansy on latticino
PP13 1977

Gillinder Type 1 paperweight (ref. JG1) Perthshire 1981G Magnum paperweight (ref. 5444) Josh Simpson Inhabited Planet paperweight (ref. 5736) Parabelle Glass 1 0f 1 Artists Proof paperweight (ref. 5280)
Type 1 fluted
Perthshire 1981G
Magnum Bees
Josh Simpson
Inhabited Planet
Parabelle Glass
Artist's Proof

Antique Saint Louis mushroom paperweight (ref. 2208) Perthshire 2001 one-off paperweight (ref. 5509) Whitefriars EIIR Silver Jubilee paperweight (ref. 5987) Antique Baccarat B1848 paperweight (ref. 4671)
Antique Saint-Louis

Perthshire 2001
1 of 1 design
EIIR Jubilee 1977
Antique Baccarat
B1848 on muslin

Selkirk Glass 1993 Thistle paperweight (ref. 3553) Antique Baccarat B1849 paperweight (ref. 2229) Debbie Tarsitano / Paul Ysart Bouquet paperweight (ref. 1214) Antique Saint Louis fruit paperweight (ref. 19599)
Selkirk Glass
1993 Magnum Thistle
Antique Baccarat
Big 1849 closepack
Debbie Tarsitano
with Paul Ysart
Antique Saint-Louis
Fruit group

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 Gridel stork 1977 paperweight (ref. 4692) Baccarat LE paperweight (ref. 5683) Baccarat LE 1972 millefiori paperweight (ref. 5251) Saint Louis Pink Carpet Ground 1972 paperweight (ref. 5827)
Baccarat 1977
Stork Gridel
Baccarat LE
Revolution 200 yrs
Baccarat LE
1972 millefiori
Saint-Louis 1972
Pink Carpet Ground

Antique French paperweight selection - more here

Antique Baccarat B1847 closepack (ref. 4592) Antique Baccarat garland paperweight (ref. 0011) Clichy mini centre rose  paperweight (ref. 2232) Clichy spaced millefiori paperweight (ref. 2224)
Antique Baccarat
B1847 closepack

Antique Baccarat
Trefoil garlands
Clichy mini
centre pink rose
Centre pink rose

American paperweight selection - more here

Ken Rosenfeld Sunflowers paperweight (ref. 5274) Orient & Flume Marbrie paperweight (ref. 5782) Parabelle 1996 artist's proof (ref. 2559) Orient & Flume 1979 paperweight (ref. 5646)
Ken Rosenfeld
Sunflowers 1998
Orient & Flume
Marbrie 1979
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) Whitefriars EIIR 1953 paperweight (ref. 5954)
Old English
Arculus low dome
Old English
Richardson 7 row

Foil flower dump

EIIR 1953 5 row