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: 6 December 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.


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 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.

Paul Ysart floating butterfly paperweight (ref. 6392) Antique Saint Louis mushroom paperweight (ref. 20379 ) Antique Baccarat closepack paperweight (ref. 4086) Perthshire1 of 1 Baseball paperweight (ref. 5532)
Paul Ysart
Butterfly over basket
Antique Saint-Louis
Mushroom torsade
Antique Baccarat
B1848 underneath
Perthshire 1 of 1
Baseball player

John Deacons special Yelverton paperweight (ref. 6350) Antique Saint Louis mixed fruit paperweight (ref. 20447) paperweight (ref. 1412) Antique Saint Louis clematis paperweight (ref. 20380) Antique Saint Louis concentric paperweight (ref.20824)
John Deacons
Yelverton museum
£160.00 Reserved
Antique Saint-Louis
Mixed fruit
Antique Saint-Louis
Blue clematis
Antique Saint-Louis
Concentric millefiori

Perthshire 1977D Rooster paperweight (ref. 20311A) Clichy millefiori on muslin paperweight (ref. 20440) Antique Saint Mande paperweight (ref. 20487) Antique Saint Louis paperweight (ref.20443)
Perthshire LE
1977D Porthole
Muslin ground
Saint Mandé
Millefiori 'M'
Antique Saint Louis
Large upright bouquet

Perthshire Tudor Rose paperweight (ref. 5967) Antique Baccarat Primrose paperweight (ref. 1412) Antique Baccarat B1848 paperweight (ref. 20449) Clichy turquoise ground paperweight (ref.20311)
Perthshire LE
Tudor Rose
Antique Baccarat
Antique Baccarat
B1848 with Gridels
Turquoise ground

Perthshire LE 1997F paperweight (ref. 6390) Clichy miniature paperweight (ref. 2258) Antique Saint Louis jasper ground paperweight (ref. 20445) Antique Baccarat overlay paperweight (ref. 20450)
Perthshire LE
1997F Bouquet
Clichy super miniature
Centre rose
Antique Saint Louis
Panelled jasper ground
Antique Baccarat
rare overlay

Paul Ysart 1930s millefiori paperweight (ref. 5640) PerthshireLE PP211 Bouquet paperweight (ref. 5553) Caithness LE 1982 paperweight (ref. 6339) Baccarat 1991 Impatiens paperweight (ref. 6353)
Paul Ysart
1930s concentric
Perthshire PP211
LE Bouquet
Caithness LE
1982 Dragonfly
Baccarat LE
Impatiens 1991

Paul Ysart garlanded closepack centre paperweight (ref. 6254) Baccarat 1991 Carnations paperweight (ref. 6354) Perthshire LE 1977F paperweight (ref. 5437) Antique American NEGC paperweight (ref. 6315)
Paul Ysart
Spaced concentric
Baccarat LE
White Carnations 1991
Perthshire LE
Carpet ground 1977F
New England GC
Facetted on lace

Antique Baccarat B1847 closepack paperweight (ref. 20171) Selkirk LE Crown 2000 paperweight (ref. 6360) Perthshire Mayflower 400th  paperweight (ref. 3673) Antique Baccarat B1847 paperweight (ref. 2241)
Antique Baccarat
B1847 closepack
Selkirk Glass LE
Crown 2000
Perthshire LE
Mayflower 400th
Antique Baccarat
B1847 on muslin

Antique Saint Louis Daisy sulphide paperweight (ref. 20152) Selkirk Glass Primrose paperweight (ref. 6363) Paul Ysart millefiori star paperweight (ref. 5948) Perthshire 1997G Snake paperweight (ref. 5376)
Antique Saint-Louis
Daisy sulphide
Selkirk Glass LE
Primrose 2000
Paul Ysart
Millefiori star
Perthshire LE
1997G Snake

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

Perthshire PP156 variant paperweight (ref. 4964) Perthshire PP11 paperweight (ref. 6307) Paul Ysart Harlequin paperweight (ref. 5099) Ysart Bros paperweight (ref. 6341)
PP156 variant
Perthshire PP11
1973 version
Paul Ysart
Harlequin design
Ysart Bros

Modern French paperweight selection - more here

Saint Louis LE 1973 flower paperweight (ref. 5992) Saint Louis LE 1991 Gaugin paperweight (ref. 5853) Baccarat LE Partridge 1975 paperweight (ref. 6312) Saint Louis Pink Carpet Ground 1972 paperweight (ref. 5827)
Saint-Louis LE
Flower 1973
Saint-Louis 1991
'Les Tahitiennes'
Baccarat LE
Partridge 1975
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
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 decanter paperweight stopper (ref. 6374) Whitefriars Christmas 1978 paperweight (ref. 6195) Click for larger image Old English Arculus paperweight (ref. 5664)
CM625 Decanter
Whitefriars 1978
Mary and Joseph
Large concentric

Low dome closepack