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: 28 May 2016
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.

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 LE 1988G paperweight (ref. 5316) Perthshire LE 1985F paperweight (ref. 5394) Perthshire LE 1984G paperweight (ref. 5440) Perthshire LE 1978A paperweight (ref. 5384)
Perthshire LE
Magnum 1988G
Perthshire LE
Triple overlay 1985F
Perthshire LE
Overlay 1984G
Perthshire LE
Petals 1978A

Baccarat LE Partridge 1975 paperweight (ref. 6312) Arculus low dome midi paperweight (ref. 6316) Antique American NEGC paperweight (ref. 6315) Baccarat LE 1977 Jubilee paperweight (ref. 6313)
Baccarat LE
Partridge 1977
Low dome midi
New England GC
Facetted on lace
Baccarat LE
Jubilee 1977

Antique Saint Louis fruit paperweight (ref. 19870) PCA Bulletin John Deacons pansy paperweight (ref. 6268) Selkirk Glass Storm Force 1993 paperweight (ref. 6276)
Antique Saint-Louis
Fruit on latticino
PCA Bulletins
Various years
£25.00 each
John Deacons
Mini Pansies
£15.00 Reserved
Selkirk Glass
Storm Force 1993

Perthshire PP19 paperweight (ref. 6308) Saint Louis overlay mushroom 1970 paperweight (ref. 6304) Perthshire Xmas 1983 paperweight (ref. 6186) Perthshire PP12 1976 paperweight (ref. 6306)
PP19 dated 1979
Saint-Louis 1970
Overlay mushroom
Perthshire LE
Christmas 1983
Perthshire PP12
1976 version

Whitefriars PG100 garlandsi paperweight (ref. 6218) Whitefriars EIIR paperweight (ref. 6250) Whitefriars P28 paperweight (ref. 6230) Whitefriars P25 paperweight (ref. 6145)
PG100 Garlands
EIIR 1953
P28 closepack
P25 design

Perthshire PP109 paperweight (ref. 6122) Clichy mini millefiori paperweight (ref. 18921) Perthshire PP62 millefiori paperweight (ref. 6280) Selkirk Glass Butterfly paperweight (ref. 6271)
Perthshire PP109
Butterfly centre
Mini concentric
PP 62
Selkirk Glass
Summer Magic Butterfly

Paul Ysart millefiori paperweight (ref. 6255) Paul Ysart rondello paperweight (ref. 6257) Antique Baccarat B1848 closepack paperweight (ref. 19257) Antique Saint Louis mushroom paperweight (ref. 19417)
Paul Ysart
Closepack centre
Paul Ysart
Jasper ground
Baccarat B1848
closepack millefiori

Antique Saint-Louis
Mushroom torsade

Perthshire PP1 paperweight (ref. 6125) Antique Baccarat pansy paperweight (ref. 6140) Clichy scramble paperweight (ref. 19010) Antique Baccarat colour ground paperweight (ref. 6134)
Perthshire PP1
Blue ground
Antique Baccarat
Type 3 pansy
Scramble, pink rose
Antique Baccarat
Colour ground

Clichy millefiori paperweight (ref. 19989) Richardson paperweight bottle (ref. 20009) Paul Ysart millefiori paperweight (ref. 6259) Saint-Louis LE Crown paperweight (ref. 5825)
Millefiori in clear
Old English - Richardson
Bottle and stopper
Paul Ysart
Monart label
Saint-Louis LE 1973
4 colour crown

Saint Louis 1981 Pope John Paul II paperweight (ref. 5814) Whitefriars millefiori paperweight (ref. 6229) William Manson Butterfly + Flower paperweight (ref. 5743) Strathearn S78 PSF62 paperweight (ref.6090)
Saint-Louis 1981
Pope John Paul II
Whitefriars 1975
PG 101 garlands
William Manson LE
Butterfly + flower
Strathearn S78
Flower PSF62

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

Peter McDougall double overlay paperweight (ref. 5590) Perthshire PP11 paperweight (ref. 6307) William Manson (Scotia) 3 mice paperweight (ref. 5975) Caithness White Heatherpaperweight (ref. 5676)
Peter McDougall
Double Overlay
Perthshire PP11
1973 version
William Manson
Scotia) 3 mice
Caithness (Manson)
White Heather

Modern French paperweight selection - more here

Saint Louis LE 1973 flower paperweight (ref. 5992) Baccarat LE paperweight (ref. 5683) Baccarat LE 1972 millefiori paperweight (ref. 5251) Saint Louis Pink Carpet Ground 1972 paperweight (ref. 5827)
Saint-Louis LE
Flower 1973
Baccarat LE
Revolution 200 yrs
Baccarat LE
1972 millefiori
Saint-Louis 1972
Pink Carpet Ground

Antique French paperweight selection - more here

Clichy chequer 2 roses paperweight (ref. 19738) Antique Baccarat dog paperweight (ref. 6212) Antique Baccarat B1848 paperweight (ref. 4671) Clichy spaced millefiori paperweight (ref. 2224)
Clichy chequer
Two roses
Antique Baccarat
Intaglio dog head
Antique Baccarat
B1848 on muslin
Centre pink rose

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) Bob Banford Pears paperweight (ref. 4080)
Debbie Tarsitano
with Paul Ysart
Orient & Flume
Marbrie 1979
Proof 1996

Bob Banford (USA)
Pears on muslin

Old English and Whitefriars paperweight selection - more here

Old English Arculus paperweight (ref. 5664) Whitefriars Christmas 1978 paperweight (ref. 6195) Click for larger image Old English Richardson magnum paperweight (ref. 19649)
Old English
Arculus low dome
Whitefriars 1978
Mary and Joseph
Large concentric

Old English
Richardson magnum