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: 20 November 2014
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 is also the Newsletter Editor for the Paperweight Collectors Circle.

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 2005-2014

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 LE 1979B Blue Silhouette paperweight (ref. 5621) Perthshire LE 1979D Garland paperweight (ref. 5613) Antique Baccarat B1847 paperweight (ref. 2230) Perthshire LE 1982E Nursery Rhymes paperweight (ref. 5379)
Perthshire 1979B
Blue silhouette
Perthshire 1979D
Garland on Ruby
Antique Baccarat
B1847 closepack
Perthshire 1982E
Nursery Rhymes
£325.00 SOLD

Paul Ysart near magnum paperweight (ref.5774) Antique Baccarat closepack B1846 paperweight (ref. 2226) Antique Baccarat closepack paperweight (ref. 2214) Chinese White paperweight (ref. 775)
Paul Ysart
near magnum
Antique Baccarat
B1846 closepack
Antique Baccarat
1849 closepack
Chinese White
Two birds

Flying Space Lizard paperweight (ref.4759) Clichy spaced millefiori paperweight (ref. 2224) Perthshire LE 1986G Golden Dahlia paperweight (ref. 5319) Perthshire LE 1987D paperweight (ref. 5407)
A Scott / H McKay
Flying Space Lizard
Centre pink rose
Perthshire 1986G
Golden Dahlia
Perthshire 1987D
Humming Bird

Paul Ysart bouquet paperweight (ref. 5663) Josh Simpson Inhabited Planet paperweight (ref. 5736) Perthshire LE 1974C Bouquet paperweight (ref. 5378) William Manson Bat Cave paperweight (ref. 5152)
Paul Ysart
Garlanded bouquet
Josh Simpson
Inhabited Planet
Perthshire 1974C
Bouquet Dragonfly
William Manson
Mini Bat Cave

Caithness Kingfisher paperweight (ref. 5677) Perthshire LE 1992C paperweight (ref. 5611) Peter Holmes Yelverton paperweight (ref. 4755) William Manson 1/1 Butterfly paperweight (ref. 5148)
Caithness LE
Perthshire LE
1992C Clematis
Peter Holmes
PH cane Yelverton
William Manson
1 of 1 Butterfly

Rick Ayotte mini Finch and Berries paperweight (ref. 5289) Paul Ysart millefiori paperweight (ref. 5219) Perthshire /John Parsley paperweight (ref. 5565) Parabelle Glass 1 0f 1 Artists Proof paperweight (ref. 5280)
Rick Ayotte
mini Finch 2002
Paul Ysart
aventurine spokes
Perthshire 1 of 1
John Parsley
Parabelle Glass
Artist's Proof

Rare Perthshire2001 bird paperweight (ref. 5314) John Deacons millefiori paperweight (ref. 4871) Perthshire 1989B millefiori paperweight (ref. 5452) Caithness White Heatherpaperweight (ref. 5676)
Perthshire LE 2001
rare - 15 made only
John Deacons
Closepack torsade
Perthshire 1989B
Millefiori butterfly
Caithness (Manson)
White Heather

Antique Saint Louis mushroom paperweight (ref. 2208) Clichy scramble 2 roses paperweight (ref. 19423) Clichy mini 2 roses paperweight (ref. 19294) Strathearn 1980  millefiori paperweight (ref. 4786)
Antique Saint-Louis

Clichy scramble
two roses
Clichy mini
Two roses
Strathearn 1980
Design No. 6

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

Peter McDougall double overlay paperweight (ref. 5590) Perthshire paperweight LE 2000E Budgies (ref. 4915) Caithness  LE Butterfly paperweight (ref. 3852) John Deracons 2001 paperweight (ref. 5619)
Peter McDougall
Double Overlay
Perthshire LE
Wild Budgies 2000E
Caithness LE
3D Butterfly
John Deacons
2001 Rondello

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 interlaced garlands paperweight (ref. 19378) Antique Baccarat Anemone paperweight (ref. 2103) Clichy mini 2 roses (ref. 19093)
Antique Baccarat
B1847 closepack

Antique Baccarat
Interlaced trefoils
Antique Baccarat
Clichy 2 roses
2 inch


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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