Perthshire paperweight

above: Perthshire glass

Angela's book on
Pirelli Glass has
a chapter about
Vasart paperweights
and the link between
Vasart & Pirelli.

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Perthshire Paperweights
- The Glass Encyclopedia

A short explanation of Perthshire Paperweights:
Perthshire Paperweights was a glassworks set up in Crieff, Scotland, by Stuart Drysdale in 1968. Stuart had been the manager of Vasart Glass and continued as manager when that company became Strathearn Glass. He left Strathearn in 1968 to form a new glassworks which would only make high-quality paperweights. Stuart took with him John Deacons, Jack Allan and Peter McDougall from Strathearn Glass. Jack Allan, who had been Salvador Ysart's last apprentice at Vasart Glass, was the master glassmaker; and the company recruited and trained a skilled local team who did indeed make consistently high quality paperweights.

The paperweight shown above on the left has a Perthshire signature cane in the base consisting of a P surrounded by the date 1996, together with a paper label. It was a Limited Edition weight with the code reference PP173. Drysdale's ambition was to make the highest quality of paperweights to rival the best 19th century French paperweights. There is no doubt the the quality acheived at Perthshire Paperweights was superb.

Unfortunately Stuart Drysdale died in 1990 and his son Neil, who took over the business, died just over ten years later in 2001. Perthshire Paperweights closed down in early 2002. The tradition of making superb paperweights was continued by John Deacons and Peter McDougall, who set up their own paperweight studios in Crieff.

If you would like more information on 20th century Scottish glass, go to our page on Monart glass (click here). The Glass Museum has an excellent article about Ysart paperweights (click here).

And if you would like to see a wide range of Perthshire paperweights, have a look at the selection on ebay - click Perthshire paperweights. There are always some beautiful examples.

References and Sources:

There are some excellent books on glass that include information relevant to Perthshire Paperweights. Click on any book cover or title to read more about that book.
Perthshire Ppwts Later Years 2015 Perthshire paperweights Paul Ysart paperweights 2009 Ysart Glass Scottish  paperweights book 1999 Scotlands Glass 2009 British Glass Book 2 GB Paperweights book 2007 World Paperweights book 2001 Brackel Paperweights book 2000 All About Paperweights book 1992 Pirelli Glass Book 2016 Encyclopedia of Caithness Paperweights, Nowson 2011 20th Century glass book

Or make your own search of

It is always interesting to see what Perthshire Paperweights there are on eBay. Take a look often to be sure you don't miss something. Click
Perthshire paperweights

The first part of a Trilogy on three London Lampworkers covers Pirelli, Bimini, and Komaromy. If you are interested in Pirelli glass you are sure to enjoy this one. It is available as a paperback book or as a downloadable Kindle.

INFORMATION about the Pirelli-Vasart Link!
Angela's book on Pirelli Glass has a whole chapter on the links between Pirelli Glass and the Ysart family, in particular with Vasart glass. Pirelli formed a partnership with Vasart and used their paperweights in all kinds of items from door handles to automatic cork-screws. Whilst Paul Ysart was working at Caithness his brother Vincent was collaborating with Pirelli. A link with Pirelli continued into the early years of Perthshire Paperweights.

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