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Alan and Helen Thornton

...The Paperweight People.... 01935 822316
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paperweights, information and links for glass paperweight collectors

Perthshire Xmas paperweight for 1972
site updated: 2 August 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.

Articles

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.

Paul Ysart garlanded concentric millefiori paperweight (ref.6008) Paul Ysart millefiori star paperweight (ref.5999) Perthshire 1993 magnum paperweight (ref. 5539) Caithness 1973 Crown paperweight (ref. 5893)
Paul Ysart
Concentric millefiori
£375.00
Paul Ysart
Millefiori star
£395.00 SOLD
Perthshire 1993
Magnum millefiori
£1150.00
Caithness LE Crown
A&M 1973
£165.00

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
£130.00
Antique Baccarat
B1847 scattered
£2350.00
William Manson LE
Butterfly + flower
£165.00
Clichy chequer
Two roses
£1250.00

Saint Louis LE 1973 flower paperweight (ref. 5992) Perthshire LE 1983E paperweight (ref. 5483) Clichy millefiori paperweight (ref. 5890) Old English Richardson paperweight (ref. 5891)
Saint-Louis LE
Flower 1973
£395.00
Perthshire LE
P1983E Bouquet
£220.00
Clichy
Millefiori in clear
£345.00
Old English Richardson
Magnum millefiori
£195.00

Whitefriars closepack millefiori paperweight (ref. 5976) Paul Ysart millefiori rondellos paperweight (ref. 5949) Saint Louis millefiori carpet ground paperweight (ref. 5843) Perthshire LE 1973E paperweight (ref. 5966)
Whitefriars
Closepack 1978
£295.00 SOLD
Paul Ysart
Millefiori rondellos
£380.00
Saint Louis 1986
LE Carpet ground
£330.00
Perthshire LE
1973E Flower
£135.00

Antique Baccarat B1847 paperweight (ref. 19461) Perthshire PP81 Golfer paperweight (ref. 5308) Baccarat 1953 Coronation sulphide paperweight (ref. 5887) Perthshire Selman Glassmaker paperweight (ref. 4943)
Antique Baccarat
B1847 closepack
£2850.00
Perthshire LE
PP81 Golfer
£210.00
Baccarat 1953
Coronation sulphide
£95.00
Perthshire unissued
Selman Glassmaker
£225.00


William Manson (Scotia) 3 mice paperweight (ref. 5975) Trabucco Frog paperweight (ref. 5962) Clichy mini 10 roses paperweight (ref. 5595) Perthshire special paperweight (ref. 4966)
William Manson
(
Scotia) 3 mice
£140.00
Trabucco 1993
Frog on stones
£580.00 SOLD
Clichy mini
10 roses
£380.00
Perthshire special
for Cork company
£145.00

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
£130.00
Saint-Louis 2000
Magnum Aurore
£795.00 SOLD
John Deacons
Pansy on latticino
£95.00 Reserved
Perthshire
PP13 1977
£135.00

Gillinder Type 1 paperweight (ref. JG1) Perthshire 1981G Magnum paperweight (ref. 5444) Selkirk Glass 1993 Thistle paperweight (ref. 3553) Antique Saint Louis fruit paperweight (ref. 19599)
Gillinder
Type 1 fluted
£1250.00
Perthshire 1981G
Magnum Bees
£1495.00
Selkirk Glass
1993 Magnum Thistle
£55.00
Antique Saint-Louis
Fruit group
£525.00

Antique Saint Louis mushroom paperweight (ref. 2208) Perthshire 2001 one-off paperweight (ref. 5509) Antique Baccarat B1849 paperweight (ref. 2229) Antique Baccarat B1848 paperweight (ref. 4671)
Antique Saint-Louis
mushroom

£3750.00
Perthshire 2001
1 of 1 design
£140.00
Antique Baccarat
Big 1849 closepack
£2995.00
Antique Baccarat
B1848 on muslin
£1250.00


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
£290.00
Perthshire 1 of 1
John Parsley
£595.00
 
Peter Holmes
PH cane Yelverton
£160.00
Caithness (Manson)
White Heather
£70.00

Modern French paperweight selection - more here

Saint Louis LE bouquet plaque paperweight (ref. 5833) Baccarat LE paperweight (ref. 5683) Baccarat LE 1972 millefiori paperweight (ref. 5251) Saint Louis Pink Carpet Ground 1972 paperweight (ref. 5827)
Saint-Louis LE
Plaque bouquet
£480.00
Baccarat LE
Revolution 200 yrs
£195.00
Baccarat LE
1972 millefiori
£320.00
Saint-Louis 1972
Pink Carpet Ground
£425.00

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

£1650.00
Antique Baccarat
Trefoil garlands
£950.00
Clichy mini
centre pink rose
£450.00
Clichy
Centre pink rose
£625.00

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) Parabelle Glass 1 0f 1 Artists Proof paperweight (ref. 5280)
Debbie Tarsitano
with Paul Ysart
£1150.00
Orient & Flume
Marbrie 1979
£130.00
 
Parabelle
Proof 1996

£650.00
Parabelle Glass
Artist's Proof
£975.00 SOLD

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) Whitefriars EIIR 1953 paperweight (ref. 5954)
Old English
Arculus low dome
£160.00
Whitefriars
EIIR Jubilee 1977
£95.00
 
Kilner
Foil flower dump

£160.00
Whitefriars
EIIR 1953 5 row
£175.00

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