Posted 2 years ago
Paperweights have long been an interest of mine...in fact, they're what got me into collecting glass at an early age.
This is my latest acquisition, something different that applies the paperweight form to a doorknob. This one was made by the Scottish firm Perthshire in the 1980s - mid 1990s era.
It is a concentric millefiori on a cobalt blue ground, with a central "P" signature cane, & an unusual star - shaped crimped edge. The weight has been set into a brass fitting that enables it to be attached to a door. I am not 100% sure if I will use it that way, but what I particularly enjoy is how the brass fitting raises up the weight like a pedestal. It measures 6 cm across.
In the third & fourth photos, it is shown with two other paperweights by Perthshire that have the same pressed, crimped form, in a miniature size (4 cm across). The red, white, & blue concentric millefiori on a cobalt blue ground was purchased in the mid 1990s from a specialist paperweight dealer, & the closepack millefiori on a red ground was a fairly recent find in an op shop (& super cheap, too).
In the "classic" mid 19th century period of manufacture, paperweight related items were designed as decorative toppers for stair newel posts as well as knobs for doors & pieces of furniture - rather opulent & wonderful, don't you think?
I'm all for a return to that style of living & applying it the best I can in my home...