paperweights: Caithness

Caithness Glass, Perth, Scotland, began in 1961. Paul Ysart worked there from 1962 to 1970. Over the years it grew to a company with upward of 300 employees, including some of Scotland’s finest glass workers and artists.
My personal interest in Caithness weights is focused on their crimp flowers, the best of which are excellent. Much of their output over the years has been cheap gift shop variety baubles, but the good stuff is especially good.

PW1068. Caithness Symphony Limited Edition Museum Piece. Caithness made quite a few really great crimp flower weights and this is one. I’d call this a must-have for crimp flower collectors. It’s a beautiful piece with three simple elements that work in concert to give you this symphony (pun intended). The four crocus blossoms – pink, gold, violet, and white – rise from an alluring goldstone blue flash base as do a set of eight green leaves that seem to guard the delicate flowers. It’s an artistic achievement to bring this all together in glass. I don’t like a lot more Caithness weights than I like, but some are among the very best. The base is etched Symphony, Caithness, Scotland 498/750. It was issued in 1983. The original issue price in the US was $130. It sold out. (Adjusted for inflation the issue price is $310.) Diameter is 3 1/16 inches; height is 2 3/4 inches; one pound and five ounces. Condition is excellent.  $175

PW3106. Caithness Tropicana Limited Edition Museum Piece. Caithness made quite a few really great crimp flower weights and this is one. The centered poppy-like flower, replete with stamen, floats above three attractive leaves, all over a shimmering sandy ground with aqua flashing. The base is etched Tropicana, Caithness, Scotland Collectors Paperweight 918. It was issued in 1996. The original issue price in the US was $160. It sold out. Diameter is 3 1/8 inches; height is 2 3/4 inches; one pound and five ounces. Condition is excellent.  $135

PW3113. Caithness Red Poppy. The poppy with its crepe petals and black stamen floats in clear glass, backed by an amber flash and a lenticular array of tiny, perfect bubbles in a tight grid. The base is hand engraved Red Poppy, Caithness, Scotland. It was issued in 1999. Diameter is 2 9/16 inches; height is 2 5/16 inches; twelve ounces. Condition is excellent.  $45

PW3136. Caithness White Rose. The delicate crimp rose with its pure white petals floats in clear glass, backed by a deep rose flash and a lenticular array of tiny, perfect bubbles in a tight grid. The base is hand engraved White Rose, Caithness, Scotland. It was issued in 1999. Diameter is 2 9/16 inches; height is 2 3/8 inches; twelve ounces. Condition is excellent.  $45

PW3140. Caithness Floral Ballet Dancer, low dome. This is different for a Caithness floral weight. The anemone-like flower is beautifully colored in deep pink with radiating striations and a multi-colored frit center. It seems to swirl like a ballet dancer within a spiral of minute white frit over an elegant, transparent blue ground. The base is etched Caithness, Scotland © Disney (I cannot explain that.)and engraved Floral Ballet Dancer. It was issued in beginning in 2004. The original issue price in the US was $85. I gave one to my ballerina granddaughter. Diameter is 2 15/16 inches; height is 1 5/8 inches; twelve ounces. Condition is excellent.  $45

PW3147. Caithness Purity of Heart Limited Edition Magnum Low Dome Museum Piece. Caithness made quite a few really great crimp flower weights and this is one. The centered poppy-like flower, replete with pistils and stamen, floats above a grid of amazingly precisely-placed, uniform, tiny bubbles and just enough blue flashing to give it a cool hue. The base is engraved Purity of Heart, Caithness, Scotland 21. It was issued in 2002. The original issue price in the US was $190. It sold out. Diameter is 3 5/8 inches; height is 1 13/16 inches; one pound and five ounces. Condition is excellent.  SOLD

PW3156. Caithness Opus ‘88 Limited Edition Magnum Museum Piece. Caithness made quite a few really great crimp flower weights and this is one of the very best. Opus is a definite must-have for a crimp flower collection.  The rose, with its lovely shading from white to pink at the center, rises from an earthy green ground, two rows of thin leaves, and a blue flash ground. The base is engraved Opus ‘88, Caithness, Scotland, Collectors Paperweight 1988, 886/1000. It was issued in 1988 and designed by Colin Terris. The original issue price in the US was $300. It sold out. Diameter is 3 1/4 inches; height is 3 1/16 inches; one pound and ten ounces. Condition is excellent.  $200

PW3262. Caithness Opus 2002 Limited Edition of 250 Extra Magnum Museum Piece. Caithness made quite a few really great crimp flower weights and this is one of the very best. I believe it’s the largest. The presentation is magnificent. The rose, with its lovely shading from white to pink at the center, rises from a blue carpet of uniform bubbles and two rows of green leaves. The base is engraved 128-250 and etched Opus 2002 Classic Collection, Caithness, Scotland. It was issued in 2002 and designed by Colin Terris. The issue closed at 197. Diameter is 4 3/4 inches; height is 3 7/8 inches; four pounds and five ounces. Condition is excellent.  $600

PW815. Caithness Magnum Limited Edition Museum Piece. The Caithness glass company of Scotland made the best crimp roses outside the US. This one has a beautifully formed peach-colored rose with four green leaves. It sits in clear glass over an aquamarine ground that is encrusted with tiny sparkles like diamonds. It’s a beauty. The base is engraved “Glamis Rose Caithness Scotland 48/100”. Condition is extra fine with shelfwear on the base. 2 inches tall; 3 ½ inch diameter; one pound and six ounces.  $160

PW2028. Caithness “Springtime” crocus weight Limited Edition #436. Perhaps the most beautiful weight produced by Caithness. The flowers rise with the surge of spring from an aventurine ground – stunning. The flat, polished base is inscribed “Springtime Caithness Scotland 436-750. 3 1/8 inch diameter; 2 3/4 inches tall; one pound and six ounces. Condition is excellent. Fresh green leaves and newly opened blooms depict the golden hope of springtime. Design by Andrew Lawson.  It was made in 1981.  $140

PW3103. Caithness Amazonia Limited Edition of 50 Hexagonal Column 1997 Museum Piece. This is simply a beautiful work of glass art and an amazing paperweight. The designer was the exceptionally skilled glass artist Colin Terris. He incorporated a fabulous set of glass technique to make a beautiful tribute to the Amazon Rain Forest. The base is engraved Amazonia, Caithness, Scotland 38-50. It was issued in 1997. The original issue price in the US was $1050. It sold out. Diameter is 2 ½ inches; height is 3 5/8 inches; one pound and nine ounces. Condition is excellent/perfect. $650

PW2721. Caithness Winter Rose Limited Edition Magnum  Museum Piece. This is simply a beautiful work of glass art and an amazing paperweight. It is beautifully finished including a star cut base. Caithness certainly made a variety of great paperweights over the years – my personal favorites are their crimp flowers. The base is engraved “Winter Rose Caithness Scotland 66/500. Diameter is 3 7/8 inches; height is 2 1/4 inches; one pound and thirteen ounces. Condition is excellent with light shelf wear.   $165