Brief history and description
Strathearn Glass was a Scottish manufacturing company which began production in 1965, before closing their doors in 1980. Some of their product range have become highly collectable, amongst these a beautiful selection of glass paperweights.
As suggested by the name, paperweights were designed primarily to weigh down paper; however they evolved quickly into decorative items for home and office, which are frequently used as ornaments separate from their original purpose.
Strathearn was the successor of the company Vasart Glass; the reason for the expansion and name change being that Vasart Glass’s works and capabilities were considered too small to reach the required standard to suit public demand. Many of the original staff remained with the company after its name-change and relocation, and Strathearn continued to make glass products in a similar style to Vasart for several years.
The company’s product range expanded, and over time so did it’s style; Strathearn products are, whilst often highly colourful, also often somewhat muted, though in subsequent years they became more vibrant.
The glass used to produce items in this range, including Strathearn’s paperweights, is also notable for its thickness, and for being highly glossed.
Guide for collectors
Paperweights in general are highly collectable objects, and Strathearn paperweights have a great appeal for collectors. They are also frequently available for very accessible prices, with even the most expensive remaining under $500, and some available for around $10-20.
When attempting to purchase a Strathearn paperweight, collectors are advised to check for the very recognizable leaping salmon seal, though in some cases this has been removed as the owners or sellers have attempted to pass the piece in question off as being made by one of Strathearn’s competitors, which complicated the identification process. If in doubt, it is advisable to verify authenticity before purchasing.
The paperweights are available not only through mainstream auctioneers and specialist antique shops, but are also frequently sold at online outlets, amongst them eBay auctions, where additional bargains may be found for those seeking to buy them at the lowest possible price point.
There is a wealth of information available for prospective collectors, such as TheGlassGallery.com, which includes a comprehensive history of paperweights.
Notable auction sales
The highest price paid for a Streathearn Paperweight is $325, for a group of five Strathearn Paperweight Doorknobs, auctioned from Leslie Hindman Auctioneers on 12th December 2005. In a similar price range, five internally decorated Strathearn Paperweights sold for $225 from Skinner on 19th November 2008.
In the middling price range, a pair of Strathearn star cut paperweights sold for $50 at K&M Auction Liquidation Sales Ltd. on 26th March 2011. Similarly, two Strathearn art glass paperweights sold for $100 from Skinner on 23rd May 2007.
The lowest price paid for a Strathearn Paperweight is $10, for a single Strathearn Paperweight, sold on 14th September 2010 from Paige Auction Gallery Inc. In a similar price range, a Strathearn crystal star paperweight auctions from The House In The Woods Auction on 26th December 2007 for $15.
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