Glass Paperweights are made by many different factories including Caithness Glass, Wedgwood Glass, Strathearn Glass, Perthshire Glass, Whitefriars and Selkirk Glass. We also have some paperweights for sale made by smaller manufacturers such as Teign Valley Glass, Langham Glass, Okra Glass and Isle of Wight Glassworks. There are also many glass factories abroad, for instance Mdina Glass from Malta, Baccarat, Clichy and St Louis from France. Well known designers of glass paperweights are Colin Terris, Peter Holmes, Paul Ysart, John Deacons and Willaim Manson. There are many different things that can identify the designer of a glass paperweight. Sometimes they sign the bottom, sometimes they include a date cane and a signature cane and sometimes the design itself can identify the maker, for instance Latticinio paperweight designs were often used by Baccarat and St Louis and millefiori paperweight designs were often used by Perthshire Paperweights. Both Wedgewood Glass and Baccarat are also well known producers of sulphide paperweights. These make excellent gifts for Mother's Day or gifts for fathers day or special birthday presents or christmas gifts. They are bought by serious paperweight collectors who will be looking for a specific paperweight to complete their glass paperweight collection or by someone who is looking for a beautiful gift for someone special.
Murano is a glassmaking company based in Venice and it is thought that paperweight making began there in 1845. Muranese weights often sell quite cheaply. Baccarat was established in 1764 and used mainly lead crystal and primary colours to make its French paperweights. Baccarat paperweights have 6, 8 or 12 cog canes and also used whorl, honeycomb and fortress canes. St Louis was established in 1767 in Lorraine and used lead crystal in its paperweights - antique St Louis weights have a slighly concave base and usually have 7 or 14 cog canes and often have silhouette canes and lengths of latticinio. Clichy was another French paperweight manufacturer but was taken over by Sevres in the 1880s. Clichy paperweights use soft colours and often used a rose cane, a six point star and a cross cane. Paul Ysart worked first at Moncrieffs in Scotland and moved to become training officer at Caithness Glass in 1963. His paperweights pre-war were made with dark tinted glass and post war with clearer glass. They often had a Monart label and had a H cane or a PY cane. the father and brothers of Paul Ysart set up Ysart Brothers Glass, which changed to Vsart Glass in 1956 and then to Strathearn Glass in 1964 until 1980 when Stuart Crystal took it over. Perthshire paperweights are top quality paperweights made by a team who all started at Strathearn Glass - these included John Deacons, Peter McDougall and Jack Allen all managed by Stuart Drysdale. Some Perthshire paperweights have a P cane and some have a date cane. Perthshire made limited edition paperweights as well as traditional Perthshire millefiori paperweights and special Perthshire christmas paperweights. Caithness Glass originally had factories in Perth and Wick but the Perth factory closed in 2008. Many early Caithness Glass paperweights followed a space theme and Caithness paperweights were often abstract weights. Caithness Glass also made limited edition glass paperweights and Caithness Glass commemorative paperweights for special events, particularly royal paperweights marking royal birthdays, weddings and anniversaries.Caithness paperweights are usually stamped Caithness Glass on the bottom along with the name of the design. Peter Holmes started as an apprentice at Caithness Glass where he stayed until 1977 when he left to set up Selkirk Glass. Selkirk Glass paperweights are usually signed on the bottom Selkirk Glass and some Selkirk Glass paperweights carry the designers name, the edition details and the date. There is sometimes a PH cane. John Deacons started his career at Strathearn Glass then moved to Perthshire Paperweights until 1978 when he started J Glass. This company folded in 1983 and his J paperweights which were made in limited editions of 101 are more valuable than his unlimited John Deacons paperweights. His weights have latticinio patterns and J, JD, JHD or StK canes. William Manson also started making Caithness Glass Paperweights where he worked until 1997 when he branched out on his own with William Manson Paperweights. He usually uses a WM cane and often uses lampwork in his paperweights. Teign Valley Glass make inexpensive paperweights which often have abstract designs and usually have TVG marked on the bottom. Langham Glass is owned by Paul Miller who started work at Kings Lynn Glass which later became Wedgwood Glass at Kings Lynn. He started up Langham Glass when Wedgwood Glass closed. All Langham Glass paperweights and Langham Glass animals are stamped or labelled and are often signed by Paul Miller. They are usually abstract weights but he has now started making lampwork paperweights and they also make Langham Glass animals. Isle of Wight glass was started by Michael Harris in 1973 and his paperweights are usually signed Michael Harris. He has now died and his sons Jonathan Harris and Tim Harris continue to make abstract weights. Wedgwood Glass made paperweights between 1969 and 1984 and in that time they produced weights, particularly Wedgwood Glass animals, that are very sought after. Often the weights designed by Ronald Stennett-Wilson depicted famous people and royalty. Okra Glass has now been bought by Moorcroft Pottery and Okra Glass paperweights are considered very high quality paperweights. The leading designer of Okra Glass was Richard Golding and his Okra paperweights are usually signed Ricard Golding and say Okra on the bottom. Okra Glass paperweights are usually surface decorated and are very sought after. John Ditchfield specialises in iridescent surface decorated paperweights. He works for a company called Glasform. A John Deacons paperweights will be signed John Deacons aor just Glasform if he did not make it. Siddy Langley makes surface decorated paperweights which are often iridescent and are often unique. Adrian Sankey also makes surface decorated paperweights. Whitefriars of London was established in the 1680s but closed in 1980. Between 1970 and 1980 they made Whitefriars Millefiori glass paperweights and usually the Whitefriars paperweights are faceted weights. Whitefriars paperweights usually have a monk cane and often have a date cane. Mdina paperweights are produced in Malta and usually use swirling patterns of blues and greens. The designer Michael Harris started his career at the Mdina Glass factory. Some Mdina paperweighs are signed but some are not. Swedish paperweights are often abstract designs and made using clear glass. Kosta Boda and Orrefors are famous swedish glass makers who have now merged and produce glass animal paperweights which are also very collectable.
Many people collect glass animal paperweights. We have a selection of glass animal paperweights for sale made by Wedgwood Glass in Kings Lynn and Langham Glass and also by Murano, the Italian glass maker, and Lalique, the French glass maker. Well known designers of glass animals are Paul Miller of Langham Glass, and Mats Jonasson of Kosta Boda. Wedgwood glass animals and Langham Glass animals are particularly sought after by paperweight collectors today. Mdina Glass and Caithness Glass both make a range of glass animal paperweights and Glasform also make ireidescent glass animals often designed by John Ditchfield. More modern manufacturers of glass animals include Nachtmann Glass from Germany and Ngwenta Glass from South Africa. Both Nachtmann Glass and Ngwenya Glass tend to use clear glass for their glass animal paperweights, although many of the Nachtmann glass animals are frosted glass on a clear glass base, similar to the Lalique style of glass animals and Ngwenya Glass animals are made from recycled glass. These glass animal paperweights make excellent gifts for Mothers Day or Fathers Day gifts and great gifts for birthdays or christmas gifts, and are especially great gifts for animal lovers.
Commemorative weights were made by many manufacturers but Caithness Glass Paperweights and Perthshire Paperweights are probably the best examples of commemorative weights. They were made for special events or anniversaries of special events and were usually made as limited edition paperweights. Wedgwood Glass also made royal paperweights and Caithness Royal Paperweights are particularly collectable, as they were often made as limited edition weights, some which had been specially commissioned. These make excellent gifts for Mothers Day or Fathers Day gifts and great gifts for birthdays or christmas gifts, and are especially great gifts for royalty followers or for aircraft enthusiasts.
These weights were made by many manufacturers but Caithness Glass Paperweights are probably the best examples of occasion weights. A range of Caithness Glass Paperweights were made for special occasions such as weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and christenings. These make excellent gifts for birthdays of gifts for anniversaries or christening gifts. The sporting paperweights again were made by Caithness Glass and Perthshire Paperweights and are ideal gifts for golfers or gifts for anglers or gifts for tennis players.
Christmas paperweights were made by many manufacturers but Caithness Glass Paperweights and Perthshire paperweights are probably the most well known examples of christmas paperweights. Christmas paperweights were often made using lampwork designs and were usually limited edition paperweights. Whitefriars Glass also made a range of christmas paperweights which are very collectable. Advertising Paperweights were made by a variety of glass makers who had usually been commissioned by the company concerned. These advertising paperweights are increasingly difficult to find and the engraved advertising paperweights are usually very collectable.