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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: 24 June 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. Please email us if you are interested in any pieces - we do not run 'Shopping Basket' software.

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 2005-2016

This site is updated regularly - sometimes daily - so remember to check for news and additional information.


Selected paperweights for sale
Please contact us if you want to buy any pieces - there is no 'Shopping Basket'.
Please click on pictures to enlarge / for more images; click links above for more items. 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.

William Manson garlanded cross paperweight (ref. 6344) Vasart Lassman paperweight cap opener (ref. 6325) Perthshire 1996C prototype paperweight (ref. 5563) Perthshire 1997G Snake paperweight (ref. 5376)
William Manson 1980s
Foliate cross
£65.00
Vasart /Lassman
Crown cap opener
£50.00
Perthshire prototype
for 1996C crown
£190.00
Perthshire LE
1997G Snake
£400.00

Paul Ysart millefiori rondello paperweight (ref. 6342) Antique Baccarat B1847 paperweight (ref. 2241) Perthshire Tudor Rose paperweight (ref. 5967) Ysart Bros paperweight (ref. 6341)
Paul Ysart
rondello on black
£325.00
Antique Baccarat
B1847 on muslin
£2350.00
Perthshire LE
Tudor Rose
£320.00
Ysart Bros
concentric
£90.00

Jack Allen (Perthshire) paperweight (ref. 5534) Vasart millefiori paperweight (ref. 6328) Clichy mini stave basket paperweight (ref. 0087) Perthshire LE 1982A paperweight (ref. 5366)
Perthshire (JA)
signed, Jack Allen
£140.00
Vasart
Millefiori and spoke
£50.00
Clichy
Mini stave basket
£580.00
Perthshire LE
1982A Flower
£170.00

Caithness LE 1982 paperweight (ref. 6339) Selkirk Glass Melody 1990 paperweight (ref. 6277) Caithness LE 1980 QE1 paperweight (ref. 6340) Antique Baccarat B1848 paperweight (ref. 2093)
Caithness LE
1982 Dragonfly
£110.00
Selkirk Glass
1990 Melody
£35.00
Caithness LE
1980 QE 1st
£55.00
Antique Baccarat
B1848 on muslin
£1600.00

Peter McDougall snowmen 2010 paperweight (ref. 4856) Perthshire LE 1977F paperweight (ref. 5437) Perthshire 2001 1 of 1 paperweight (ref. 5530) Antique Saint Louis scramble paperweight (ref. 19365)
Peter McDougall
LE Snowmen 2010
£130.00 Reserved
Perthshire LE
Carpet ground 1977F
£295.00
Perthshire 1 of 1
2001 cane
£150.00
Antique Saint Louis
Large scramble
£460.00

Baccarat LE Partridge 1975 paperweight (ref. 6312) Arculus low dome midi paperweight (ref. 6316) Antique American NEGC paperweight (ref. 6315) Antique Saint Louis fruit paperweight (ref. 19870)
Baccarat LE
Partridge 1977
£245.00
Arculus
Low dome midi
£95.00
New England GC
Facetted on lace
£325.00
Antique Saint-Louis
Fruit on latticino
£495.00

Perthshire PP19 paperweight (ref. 6308) Saint Louis overlay mushroom 1970 paperweight (ref. 6304) Perthshire LE PP209 paperweight (ref. 5623) Clichy mini millefiori paperweight (ref. 18921)
Perthshire
PP19 dated 1979
£100.00
Saint-Louis 1970
Overlay mushroom
£320.00
Perthshire LE
rare PP209
£170.00 Reserved
Clichy
Mini concentric
£265.00


Paul Ysart millefiori paperweight (ref. 6255) Isle of White magnum paperweight (ref. 6327) Antique Baccarat B1848 closepack paperweight (ref. 19257) Antique Saint Louis mushroom paperweight (ref. 19417)
Paul Ysart
Closepack centre
£365.00
Isle of Wight
Magnum 2004
£50.00
Baccarat B1848
closepack millefiori
£1950.00

Antique Saint-Louis
Mushroom torsade
£3600.00

Perthshire PP109 paperweight (ref. 6122) Antique Baccarat pansy paperweight (ref. 6140) Clichy scramble paperweight (ref. 19010) Antique Baccarat colour ground paperweight (ref. 6134)
Perthshire PP109
Butterfly centre
£125.00
Antique Baccarat
Type 3 pansy
£220.00
Clichy
Scramble, pink rose
£345.00
Antique Baccarat
Colour ground
£1250.00

Clichy millefiori paperweight (ref. 19989) Richardson paperweight bottle (ref. 20009) Paul Ysart millefiori paperweight (ref. 6259) Perthshire LE 1981F paperweight (ref. 4525)
Clichy
Millefiori in clear
£425.00
Old English - Richardson
Bottle and stopper
£220.00
Paul Ysart
Monart label
£395.00
Perthshire LE
Crown 1981F
£295.00

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) Perthshire PP1 paperweight (ref. 6125)
Peter McDougall
Double Overlay
£290.00
Perthshire PP11
1973 version
£130.00
 
William Manson
(
Scotia) 3 mice
£130.00
Perthshire PP1
Blue ground
£100.00

Modern French paperweight selection - more here

Saint Louis LE 1973 flower paperweight (ref. 5992) Saint Louis LE 1991 Gaugin paperweight (ref. 5853) Saint Louis 1981 Pope John Paul II paperweight (ref. 5814) Saint Louis Pink Carpet Ground 1972 paperweight (ref. 5827)
Saint-Louis LE
Flower 1973
£375.00
Saint-Louis 1991
'Les Tahitiennes'
£170.00
Saint-Louis 1981
Pope John Paul II
£150.00
Saint-Louis 1972
Pink Carpet Ground
£395.00

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
£1250.00
Antique Baccarat
Intaglio dog head
£150.00
Antique Baccarat
B1848 on muslin
£1250.00
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) Ronald Hansen flowers and buds paperweight (ref. 5192)
Debbie Tarsitano
with Paul Ysart
£1150.00
Orient & Flume
Marbrie 1979
£130.00
 
Parabelle
Proof 1996

£650.00
Ronald Hansen
Flower and buds
£100.00

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
£160.00
Whitefriars 1978
Mary and Joseph
£210.00
 
Richardson
Large concentric

£185.00
Old English
Richardson magnum
£250.00

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