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: 24 April 2014
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
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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.

Caithness Planets 1995 paperweights (ref. 3931) Perthshire PP1 paperweight (ref. 5013) Caithness Whitefriars LE Classical Moment paperweight (ref. 4969) Paul Ysart floating flower paperweight (ref. 5093)
Caithness LE
Planets Set 1995
Perthshire PP1
Post 1981 version
£110.00 Reserved
Caithness Whitefriars
LE Classical Moment
Paul Ysart
Harland flower

William Manson Gingham cut bouquet paperweight (ref. 4821) Allan Scott Kendal Posy LE paperweight (ref. 4808) Antique Baccacat B1848 muslin paperweight (ref.19050) Callum McDougall bouquet paperweight (ref.4806)
William Manson
Gingham bouquet
Allan Scott
The Kendal Posy
Antique Baccarat
B1848 Gridels
Callum McDougall
Rare bouquet

Antique Saint Louis bouquet paperweight (ref.18929) Perthshire LE 1990E paperweight (ref.4893) Perthshire LE 1997E paperweight (ref.4895) Antique Saint Louis mushroom torsade paperweight (ref.058)
Antique Saint Louis
Flat bouquet
Perthshire LE 1990E
Double overlay
Perthshire LE 1997E
Flash overlay
Antique Saint Louis
Mushroom piedouche

Paul Ysart fish paperweight (ref. 5092) J Glass Bouquet (ref. 4876) Clichy mushroom paperweight (ref.19047) William Manson Xmas Robin 1999 paperweight (ref. 4830)
Paul Ysart
Harland fish
J Glass
Bouquet 1981
Rare mushroom
William Manson
Christmas Robin

Perthshire 1977C Triple Overlay' paperweight (ref. 4897) Caithness Initial 'D' paperweight (ref. 5076) Baccarat paperweight mini millefiori (ref. 4623) Antique Baccarat mini pansy paperweight (ref. 2975)
Perthshire LE 1997C
Triple overlay
Caithness Glass
Initial 'D'
Antique Baccarat
Mini concentric

Antique Baccarat
Miniature Pansy


Perthshire paperweight LE Rooster 1977D (ref. 4892) John Deacons lampwork Blue Jay paperweight (ref. 4628) Perthshire paperweight LE Star of David (ref. 4920) Clichy Barber's Pole chequer paperweight (ref. 2199)
Perthshire LE
Porthole' Rooster
John Deacons
Blue Jay
Perthshire LE
Star of David

Barber's Pole 2 roses


Antique Saint Louis mushroom paperweight (ref. 2208) PCA Bulletins (ref. PCA) Caithness Millefiori Reflections (ref. 4420) Perthshire paperweight LE 2000E Budgies (ref. 4915)
Antique Saint-Louis

PCA Bulletins etc
various years
£16.00 each
Caithness Glass
Millefiori Reflections

Perthshire LE
Wild Budgies 2000E

Antique Saint Louis facetted mushroom (ref.2209) Strathearn signed and dated S75 (ref. 4745) Clichy concentric, centre rose (ref. 19093B) William Manson butterfly 1999 (ref. 4816)
Antique Saint Louis
Facetted mushroom

Strathearn spoke
Dated S75

Centre pink rose
William Manson Snr
Butterfly 1999


Scottish paperweights - more Perthshire here more Deacons / Manson here

Selkirk paperweight LE 3-D primrose (ref. 4754) Paul Ysart large millefiori star (ref. 4668) Caithness Whitefriars paperweight 1981 (ref. 4770) Salvador Ysart 3d flower (ref. 4441)
Selkirk Glass LE
3D Primroses

Paul Ysart
Large millefiori star

Caithness Whitefriars
Snow Crystal 1981

Salvador Ysart
3D flower


Modern French paperweight selection - more here

Baccarat 1975 Flower £325.00 (ref. 3716) Baccarat millefiori on muslin 1990 £395.00 (ref. 4102) Baccarat paperweight 1978 Chien (ref. 4691) Baccarat rondello on muslin 1974 £350.00 (ref. 4034)
Baccarat LE 1975
Flower and bud

Baccarat LE 1990
Muslin ground

Baccarat 1978
LE Chien

1974 rondello

£320.00 Reserved

Antique French paperweight selection - more here

Antique Baccarat B1847 closepack (ref. 4592) Clichy C scrolls in clear (ref. 2181) Antique Baccarat paperweight Gridels in clear (ref.2207) Clichy mini 2 roses (ref. 19093)
Antique Baccarat
B1847 closepack

Millefiori C scrolls

Antique Baccarat
Gridels in clear

Clichy 2 roses
2 inch


American paperweight selection - more here

Paul Stankard Cinquefoil plant 1981 £900.00 (ref. 4041) Paul Stankard Violets 1979 £900.00 (ref. 3756) Parabelle 1996 artist's proof (ref. 2559) Ken Rosenfeld Pumpkin (ref. M08)
Paul Stankard
Cinquefoil plant 1981

Paul Stankard
Violets 1979

Proof 1996

Ken Rosenfeld 1994


Old English and Whitefriars paperweight selection - more here

Whitefriars P3 paperweight (ref. 5102) Old English Richardson (ref. 3438) Kilner dump paperweight (ref. 212) Stamped Kilner dump paperweight (ref. JDKD)
1970s P3

Old English
Richardson 7 row

Foil flower dump

Kilner (stamped)
Foil flower dump



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