paperweights: United Kingdom (others)

England and Scotland have interesting histories when it comes to paperweight manufacture. For English weights, more information see the book Old English Paperweights by Robert Hall. There are several books on Scottish weights.

PW554. Salvador Ysart (father of Paul Ysart) Museum Piece. Salvador’s work is often overlooked in the shadow of the more popular works of his talented son Paul. Let us not forget that Salvador is the true father of all Scottish paperweights. His work is far more rare than Paul’s and forms the keystone of a collection of Scottish weights. Identification was made by Robert Hall, author of Scottish Paperweights. This piece is in excellent condition with just minimal wear to the base. 2 7/8 inch diameter; 1 13/16 inches tall; 13 ounces. $350

PW290. Arculus/Walsch Walsch Magnum Museum Piece “1848.” After paperweight collecting came back into favor post-World War 1, one or two or three English glass works decided to get in on the action. Because it was a known date for genuine old French weights and some weights widely believed in England to be English, several makers settled on 1848 as the date to insert into their fake antique weights. This weight likely dates to 1920-1940. This is a low dome weight and an excellent example of the paperweights made by Walsch Walsch. It is a six-row concentric with the ersatz date in the second row from outside. The design is nice and attractive, well made. The condition is Extra Fine to Excellent. It has a smooth polished concave pontil. It measures 3 3/8” diameter; 1 5/8 inches tall; 1 pound, two ounces.  $240

PW431. Ysart Scottish Museum Piece by Vasart (1960-1964). Excellent Vasart cross weight with a beautiful salmon pink ground. Possibly this is a so-called Vasart-Strathearn crossover where the nascent Strathearn glassworks used some old Vasart canes. The twisted ribbons are particularly colorful. As you can see from the side view, the canes are shaped in a mound. The center cane has what appears to be a letter “c” at the center maybe a “v” or maybe just an aberration. Excellent condition with a fire-polished pontil. Not even any shelfwear for such an old piece which   makes me think it sat in someone’s curio cabinet for the last fifty years – it has been in mine for quite a few years. 2 13/16 inches in diameter; 2 inches tall; fourteen ounces.  $85

PW245. Arculus Museum Piece. This weight likely dates to 1920-1941. The Arculus/Walsh Walsh factory was destroyed by a German bomb in 1941. This is a low dome weight and an excellent example of the paperweights made by Arculus. It is a six-row concentric. The design is concentric but the circles wander a bit, lending flavor and charm to the piece with shelf wear. It is a cheerful and colorful paperweight. The condition is Extra Fine to Excellent. It has a smooth concave pontil. It measures 3 1/16” in diameter;; 1 11/16 inches tall; fourteen ounces.  $150

PW879. Arculus/Walsh Walsh Museum Piece. This weight likely dates to 1920-1941. The Arculus/Walsh Walsh factory was destroyed by a German bomb in 1941. This is a good example of the paperweights made by Arculus. It is a seven-row concentric with an attractive set of colors. The condition is fine on the dome with substantial wear to the base. Concave base with a fire-polished pontil. It measures 3 3/16” in diameter; 1 13/16 inches tall; one pound and three ounces.  $125

PW379. Ysart Scottish Museum Piece by Vasart (1955-1964). Excellent Vasart cross weight with a beautiful bright deep blue ground. The total effect is like Van Gogh’s Starry Night with stars and comets arrayed on the deep blue dome of heaven.  Ground pontil and excellent condition.  As you can see from the side view, the canes are shaped in a mound. Not even much shelfwear for such an old piece.  2 7/8 inches in diameter; 1 15/16 inches tall; fourteen ounces.  $85

PW2920. Arculus/Walsh Walsh. This weight likely dates to 1920-1941. The Arculus/Walsh Walsh factory was destroyed by a German bomb in 1941. This is a five-row concentric. The condition is not great – it looks fine unless you look closely a see several scrapes and dings. Concave base with a rough fire-polished pontil. It measures 2 13/16” in diameter; 1 1/2 inches tall; thirteen ounces.  $40

PW570. Strathearn Closepack Millefiori Museum Piece. This is a killer large concentric closepack with a wide range of colorful. This is one of their best closepacks and is nicely made. Strathearn made some excellent closepacks like this one that make are a fine addition to a closepack collection. The dark gray background makes the orange fire burn with a festive glow. Condition is excellent with minimal shelf wear. 3 1 /16 inch diameter; 2 5/16 inches tall; one pound and two ounces.  $70

PW3214. Arculus Magnum Museum Piece. This weight likely dates to 1920-1941. The Arculus/Walsh Walsh factory was destroyed by a German bomb in 1941. This is a low dome weight and a fine example of the paperweights made by Arculus. It is a seven-row concentric with a wide variety of interesting canes including the date 1848. The condition is excellent. This is a really good example. Concave base with a fire-polished pontil. It measures 3 5/16” in diameter; 1 11/16 inches tall; one pound and four ounces.  $250

PW453. Strathearn Closepack Millefiori Museum Piece. This is a killer large concentric closepack with an overall bright orange tonality punctuated with a range of other bright colors. Nicely made. Strathearn made some excellent closepacks like this one in addition to their more usual designs. A nice closepack weight like this belongs with a top grade closepack collection along with the Clichys and Baccarats. Condition is excellent with minimal shelf wear. 3 1/8 inch diameter; 2 3/16 inches tall; one pound and two.  $70

PW267. Vasart Museum Piece. Striking Vasart piece with bold canes and colors and four row concentric design with seven twisted spokes and a 1-2 pattern. Circa 1950s Vasarts like this are in some ways more exciting than later Scottish production weights which arguable got into a rut in later years, and they are certainly more rare. These weights are nicely positioned in the history of Salvador Ysart through his boys to the still vibrant paperweight community in Scotland. Ground pontil. Condition is extra fine with some shelf wear. 3 1/8 inch diameter; 2 ½ inches tall; one pound and two ounces.  $85

PW2584. Whitefriars 1977 Museum piece. Six-row concentric closepack from Whitefriars in England Embedded with the canes is a signature/date cane with the Whitefriars monk and the year 1977, which is when Whitefriars weights were still being made in England (before they sold the name to a Scottish company – after 1980 so-called Whitefriars weights were made by Caithness). The label on the side reads: “Whitefriars Full Lead Crystal Made in England.” The condition is excellent. 1 13/16 inches tall; 3 3/16 inches diameter; one pound and four ounces.  Comes with one of the old-style hat box boxes which is also in fine condition. $150

PW2840. Whitefriars 1970 Museum piece. Stunning Closepack Concentric (the number of rows depends on the way you count the mass of turquoise and white stars at the center – up to nine total rows). The balance of colors is attractive – nice eye appeal. Embedded with the canes is a signature/date cane with the Whitefriars monk and the year 1970, which is when Whitefriars weights were still being made in England (before they sold the name to a Scottish company – after 1980 so-called Whitefriars weights were made by Caithness). The condition is excellent, like new. 2 1/16 inches tall; 3 1/16 inches diameter; one pound and five ounces.  $145