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: 11 April 2017
Paperweight People
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Or telephone Alan Thornton on: 01935 822316 (outside the UK use 0044 1935 822316).

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.

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.


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 button 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.

Whitefriars 1980 closepack paperweight (ref. 6479) Whitefriars Bouquet 1977 paperweight (ref. 6480) Anitque Saint Louis scramble paperweight (ref. 20624) Chinese White paperweight (ref.5628)
Whitefriars 1980
Facetted closepack
Whitefriars 1977
Antique Saint-Louis
scramble, 2 pictures
Chinese White
Butterfly + flowers

Antique Baccarat B1848 millefiori paperweight (ref. 19493) Perthshire 1981F LE paperweight (ref. 5318) Perthshire PP19 LE 1970 paperweight (ref. 5439) Whitefriars Xmas 1976 paperweight (ref. 6398)
Baccarat B1848
10 silhouettes
Perthshire 1981F
LE Crown
Perthshire PP19
LE 1970
Whitefriars 1976
Three Wise Men

Clichy nosegay millefiori paperweight (ref. 6136) William Manson LE Manta Ray paperweight (ref. 5779) Clichy mini  millefiori paperweight (ref. 2267) Clichy millefiori paperweight (ref. 6133)
mini nosegay
William Manson LE
Manta Ray 3 of 3
mini concentric
Clichy mini
Centre rose

Perthshire LE PP31 paperweight (ref. 6443) Perthshire PP30 paperweight (ref. 6459) Perthshire PP2 paperweight (ref. 6432) Perthshire PP5 variant paperweight (ref. 6462)
Perthshire LE
PP31 design 1978
Perthshire LE
PP30 star design
PP2 design
PP5 design variant

Perthshire Xmas 1981 paperweight (ref. 6457) Antique Saint-Louis millefiori paperweight (ref. 4089) Phoenix millefiori paperweight (ref. 4805) Peter McDougall G2 paperweight (ref. 6465)
Perthshire LE
Christmas Silhouettes
Antique Saint-Louis
Rondello on muslin
Manson studio 2002
Peter McDougall
Medium ribbed

Perthshire Xmas 1979 paperweight (ref. 6458) SBAG Peter Holmes paperweight (ref. 4757) Perthshire PP81 Golfer paperweight (ref. 6456) Caithness Petal paperweight bottle (ref. 3351)
Perthshire LE
Christmas Angel
SBAG (P Holmes)
Midnight Bouquet
PP 81 Golfer
Caithness Glass
Petal bottle

Clichy millefiori paperweight (ref. 19592) Baccarat LE 1977 paperweight (ref. 5682) Whitefriars millefiori paperweight (ref. 6229) Baccarat Dupont scramble paperweight (ref. 6184)
Clichy miniature
Baccarat LE
1977 Jubilee sulphide
PG101 design
Baccarat Dupont
1920s scramble

Antique Baccarat bouquet paperweight (ref. 20444) Caithness Flower in the Rain paperweight (ref.6463) Perthshire PP10  paperweight (ref. 6429) Perthshire 1977E LE paperweight (ref. 6439)
Antique Baccarat
4 flower bouquet
Flower in theRain
PP10 star base
Perthshire LE
1977E design

Perthshire PP5 paperweight (ref.6433) Antique Baccarat concentric mushroom paperweight (ref. 6400)  Randall Grubb Dahlia paperweight (ref. 6351 ) Paul Ysart garlanded closepack centre paperweight (ref. 6254)
PP5 design
Antique Baccarat
Concentric mushroom
Randall Grubb
Dahlia 1988
Paul Ysart
Spaced concentric
£295.00 Reserved

Baccarat 1991 Impatiens paperweight (ref. 6353) Baccarat LE 1972 millefiori paperweight (ref. 6451) Union Glass name paperweight (ref. 3088) Caithness LE Strawberry paperweight (ref. 6405)
Baccarat LE
Impatiens 1991
Baccarat LE 1972
Millefiori on muslin
Union Glass, Somerville
'David Lane'
Caithness (Manson)
LE Strawberry

Selkirk LE Crown 2000 paperweight (ref. 6360) Antique Baccarat garlanded clematis  paperweight (ref. 6138) Arculus millefiori '1848' paperweight (ref. 6157) Antique Baccarat overlay paperweight (ref. 20450)
Selkirk Glass LE
Crown 2000
Antique Baccarat
Garlanded clematis
Low dome. 1848 canes
Antique Baccarat
rare overlay

Antique Saint Louis Daisy sulphide paperweight (ref. 20152) Selkirk Glass Primrose paperweight (ref. 6363) Antique American NEGC paperweight (ref. 6315) Caithness LE 1982 paperweight (ref. 6339)
Antique Saint-Louis
Daisy sulphide
Selkirk Glass LE
Primrose 2000
New England GC
Facetted on lace
Caithness LE
1982 Dragonfly

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

PerthshireLE PP211 Bouquet paperweight (ref. 5553) Perthshire PP11 paperweight (ref. 6307) Paul Ysart Harlequin paperweight (ref. 5099) Ysart Bros paperweight (ref. 6341)
Perthshire PP211
LE Bouquet
Perthshire PP11
1973 version
Paul Ysart
Harlequin design
Ysart Bros

Modern French paperweight selection - more here

Baccarat 1974 overlay mushroom paperweight (ref. 6469) Saint Louis LE 1991 Gaugin paperweight (ref. 5853) Baccarat 1991 Carnations paperweight (ref. 6354) Saint Louis Pink Carpet Ground 1972 paperweight (ref. 5827)
Baccarat LE 1974
£240.00 SOLD
Saint-Louis 1991
'Les Tahitiennes'
Baccarat LE
White Carnations 1991
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 mini closepack paperweight (ref. 2257) Antique Baccarat B1848 paperweight (ref. 2093)
Clichy chequer
Two roses
Antique Baccarat
Intaglio dog head
Antique Baccarat
Mini closepack
£575.00 SOLD
Antique Baccarat
B1848 on muslin

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
Orient & Flume
Marbrie 1979
Proof 1996

Ronald Hansen
Flower and buds

Old English and Whitefriars paperweight selection - more here

Whitefriars P2 1974 millefiori paperweight (ref. 6063) Whitefriars Christmas 1978 paperweight (ref. 6195) Click for larger image Old English Arculus paperweight (ref. 5664)
Whitefriars 1974
P2 millefiori
Whitefriars 1978
Mary and Joseph
Large concentric

Low dome closepack
£160.00 SOLD