Strathearn glass paperweight

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Angela's book
on Pirelli Glass
has a chapter on
Vasart paperweights
and the link between
Vasart, Strathearn &
Pirelli. Worth a look

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Strathearn Glass - from
The Glass Encyclopedia

A short explanation of Strathearn Glass:
Strathearn Glass was the name given to the Vasart Glass company in Scotland when it was bought out in 1965 by Teacher's the whisky company. Teacher's moved the glassworks into a new purpose-built factory in nearby Crieff. Strathearn Glass continued to make the same style of vases, bowls and lamps as Vasart and Monart, but these are easy to distinguish because they have the company trademark, a leaping salmon, imprinted onto the pontil. Strathearn also made millefiori paperweights like the one shown above on the left. But the main attraction for their new owners, Teacher's Whisky, was a series of ashtrays made out of squashed whiskey bottles, which were made in their thousands.

The Ysart family had founded Vasart Glass in 1946, when Salvador Ysart and two of his sons left Moncrieff Glassworks and set up their own works in Perth. This now-famous immigrant Spanish family had designed and made the very successful "Monart" glass vases and bowls whilst working at Moncrieff Glassworks, and Vasart glass was similar to Monart but the colours were more pastel. Strathearn glass is similar to both, with a return to bright colours in some examples. Like Monart, the glass was made by blowing a clear crystal blank, then rolling this molten vessel over a pattern made up from crushed fragments of coloured glass (enamels). The whole vase was then cased in clear crystal.

Before Teacher's took over Vasart, both Salvador and Augustine Ysart had died (in 1955/56) leaving only Vincent Ysart and his partner George Dunlop of Pirelli Glass. Pirelli formed a partnership with Vasart and used Vasart and later Strathearn paperweights in all kinds of items from door handles to automatic cork-screws. The link continued into the Strathearn years. The book "Pirelli Glass" has a whole chapter on the links between Pirelli Glass and the Ysart family, in particular with Vasart glass.

Strathearn Glass had new facilities and could make eight times the production levels of Teacher's novelty ashtrays than had been acheived at Vasart. But some 12 years later, in 1980, when the flattened whisky bottle ashtrays were no longer so popular, Teachers sold Strathearn Glass to Stuart Crystal. Stuart's used the factory to make crystal blanks for cutting at their Stourbridge factory in England and they no longer made the Strathearn range of art glass nor paperweights.

If you are looking for Strathearn glass, see what is on ebay -
click Strathearn glass

Or you could try Vasart glass (click here) or possibly Pirelli glass (click here)..

References and Sources:

Here are some books on glass that include information about Strathearn glass. Click on any book cover to read more about that book.

Ysart Glass Pirelli Glass Book 2016 Scottish  paperweights book 1999 Scotlands Glass 2009 British Glass Book 2 GB Paperweights book 2007 World Paperweights book 2001 Brackel Paperweights book 2000 Perthshire paperweights 1997 All About Paperweights book 1992 Encyclopedia of Caithness Paperweights, Nowson 2011 20th Century glass book

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

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 and Strathearn 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. The link continued into the Strathearn years.

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