A paperweight is a small solid object heavy enough, when placed on top of papers, to keep them from blowing away in a breeze or from moving under the strokes of a painting brush as with Japanese calligraphy. While any object like a stone can serve as a paperweight, decorative paperweights of glass are produced, either by individual artisans or factories, usually in limited editions, and are collected as works of fine glass art , some of which are exhibited in museums. Decorative glass paperweights have a flat or slightly concave base, usually polished but sometimes frosted, cut in one of several variations e. The ground on which the inner parts rest may be clear or colored, made of unfused sand, or resemble lace latticinio.
Scottish Caithness glass paperweights, from the 1960s onwards
Price guide for Caithness glass paperweights, limited edition,
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The Paperweight People
Antique glass paperweights make for beautiful and practical examples of multimedia art from a bygone era. Believe it or not, some of these miniscule paperweights can even command thousands of dollars at auction, and collectors are always searching for pristine artifacts to take home. Take a look at how these antique glass paperweights are collected and why collectors' captivation for these items has yet to slow down.
Caithness Glass Ltd. Making novelties for the gift shop trade, it now has close to three hundred employees working in three factories, making glass under their own name and the name Edinburgh Crystal. Paul Ysart worked there as a training officer from , and his making weights there on the weekends and after hours, exposed Caithness workers to the craft. Colin Terris, who joined the company in , saw the potential of making weights for gift shops.