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 July 2014
Paperweight People
Sales pages:

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.

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.

Paul Ysart suoer magnum paperweight (ref. 5652) c Perthshire LE 1986D paperweight (ref. 5347) Paul Ysart millefiori paperweight (ref. 5656)
Paul Ysart
Super magnum
John Parsley
Rare Bouquet
£260.00 SOLD
Perthshire 1986D
LE Strawberries
Paul Ysart 1930s

Perthshire PP83 inkwell paperweight (ref. 4952) Orient & Flume 1979 paperweight (ref. 5646) Perthshire PP83 inkwell paperweight (ref. 5535) Perthshire PP132 inkwell paperweight (ref. 5536)
Perthshire Inkwell
PP83 pre-1993
Orient & Flume
1979 iridescent
Perthshire Inkwell
PP83 post 1993
Perthshire Inkwell

Paul Ysart CP millefiori paperweight (ref. 5243) Paul Ysart millefiori paperweight (ref. 5219) Phoenix Paperweights LE paperweight (ref. 5651) Old English Richardson paperweight (ref. 4800)
Paul Ysart 1930s
closepack centre
Paul Ysart
aventurine spokes
LE 2002
Old English
Richardson CP
£225.00 Reserved

Caithness (Manson) LE Orchid paperweight (ref. 5260) Paul Ysart millefiori paperweight (ref. 5240) Perthshire prototype design paperweight (ref. 5561) Caithness Whitefriars Butterfly Duet paperweight (ref. 5601)
Caithness (Manson)
LE Orchid 1996
Paul Ysart
1930s concentric
Perthshire prototype
Nursery Rhymes
Caithness Whitefriars
Butterfly Duet

Rick Ayotte mini Oriole paperweight (ref. 5285) Rick Ayotte mini Finch and Berries paperweight (ref. 5289) Selkirk 1 of 1 Crown paperweight (ref. 5295) Rick Ayotte mini Warbler paperweight (ref. 5286)
Rick Ayotte
mini Oriole 1999
Rick Ayotte
mini Finch 2002
Peter Holmes
Thistle Crown 1of1
Rick Ayotte
mini Warbler 1988

Steven Lundberg water lily paperweight (ref. 5277) Rick Ayotte magnum roses paperweight (ref. 5282) Ken Rosenfeld Sunflowers paperweight (ref. 5274) Parabelle Glass 1 0f 1 Artists Proof paperweight (ref. 5280)
Steven Lundberg
Water Lily + bud
Rick Ayotte
magnum roses
Ken Rosenfeld
Sunflowers 1998
Parabelle Glass
Artist's Proof

John Deacons porthole paperweight (ref. 5298) Clichy miniature paperweight (ref. 5594) Rick Ayotte mini Hummingbird paperweight (ref. 5288) Melissa Ayotte Berry Bouquet paperweight (ref. 5284)
John Deacons
Porthole 2005
Clichy mini
central rose cane
Rick Ayotte
mini Hummingbird
Melissa Ayotte
Berry Bouquet

Peter McDougall overlay bouquet paperweight (ref. 5590) Caithness Manson Lagoon Life paperweight (ref. 5605) Caithness LE Robin paperweight (ref. 5602) William Manson 1980 Butterfly paperweight (ref. 5299)
Peter McDougall
overlay bouquet
Caithness Manson
LE Lagoon Life
Caithness LE
1981 Robin
William Manson
1980 LE Butterfly

John Deacons double overlay paperweight (ref. 5266) Baccarat LE 1972 millefiori paperweight (ref. 5251) Clichy fluted millefiori garlands paperweight (ref. 1455) Caithness Whitefriars Primula paperweight (ref. 5604)
John Deacons
big double overlay
Baccarat LE
1972 milleifori
Clichy garlands
Fluted, on muslin
Caithness Whitefriars
LE Primula

Selkirk Summer Magic Butterfly paperweight (ref. 5169) Antique Saint Louis mushroom torsade paperweight (ref.058) Antique Baccarat Dog Rose paperweight (ref. 2104) Perthshire 1976B paperweight (ref. 5209)
Selkirk Glass
Summer Magic
Antique Saint Louis
Mushroom piedouche
Antique Baccarat
Large Dog Rose
Perthshire LE
1976B design

Antique Baccarat B1848 millefiori paperweight (ref. 19283 Antique Saint Louis camomile paperweight (ref. 19316) Clichy mushroom paperweight (ref.19047) Antique Baccarat B1846 millefiori paperweight (ref. 2209)
Antique Baccarat
B1848 closepack
Antique Saint Louis
Rare mushroom
Antique Baccarat
B1846 closepack

Antique Saint Louis mushroom paperweight (ref. 2208) Clichy scramble 2 roses paperweight (ref. 19423) Paul Ysart fish paperweight (ref. 5092) Clichy Barber's Pole chequer paperweight (ref. 2199)
Antique Saint-Louis

Clichy scramble
two roses
Paul Ysart
Harland fish
Barber's Pole 2 roses


Scottish paperweights - more Perthshire here more Deacons / Manson here

Selkirk paperweight LE 3-D primrose (ref. 4754) Perthshire paperweight LE 2000E Budgies (ref. 4915) Caithness  LE Butterfly paperweight (ref. 3852) Salvador Ysart 3d flower (ref. 4441)
Selkirk Glass LE
3D Primroses

Perthshire LE
Wild Budgies 2000E
Caithness LE
3D Butterfly
Salvador Ysart
3D flower


Modern French paperweight selection - more here

Baccarat Gridel stork 1977 paperweight (ref. 4692) Saint Louis 1975 flower paperweight (ref. 4694) Baccarat paperweight 1978 Chien (ref. 4691) Baccarat garlands paperweight 1976 (ref. 4690)
Baccarat 1977
Stork Gridel
Saint Louis 1973
Flower and bud
Baccarat 1978
LE Chien

1976 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

Paul Stankard Cinquefoil plant 1981 £900.00 (ref. 4041) Ken Rosenfeld Bouquet paperweight (ref. 5272) Parabelle 1996 artist's proof (ref. 2559) Ronald Hansen flowers and buds paperweight (ref. 5192)
Paul Stankard
Cinquefoil plant 1981

Ken Rosenfeld
Bouquet 2000
Proof 1996

Ronald Hansen (US)
Flowers on red

Old English and Whitefriars paperweight selection - more here

Whitefriars EIIR 1953 paperweight (ref. 5596) Old English Richardson (ref. 3438) Kilner dump paperweight (ref. 212) Old English Richardson magnum paperweight (ref. 19103)
EIIR 1953
Old English
Richardson 7 row

Foil flower dump

Old English
Richardson mangum


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