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Caithness Paperweights: A Charlton Standard Catalogue [Paperback]

Colin Terris , W.K. Cross
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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Charlton Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (15 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0889682445
  • ISBN-13: 978-0889682443
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 605,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Scottish company of Caithness Glass is famous for its quality artglass pieces, especially the glass paperweights. This standard reference for Caithness Paperweights is a 'must have' for the paperweight collector. This second edition updates the listings and prices to 2004. Over 475 paperweights have been added making a total listing of 2,800. Key features: Over 400 pages list and illustrate 2,800 paperweights issued by Caithness Glass since the company started life in the 1960s. This new edition includes all new issues and new discoveries since the first edition was published in 1999 .Thirty-two pages of colour photographs touch on all the different segments of paperweight releases, from the classic Whitefriars weights, to examples of Colin Terris's final designs, to the limited editions and modern designs. Each listing gives the name of the paperweight, designer, date of issue, issue prices, edition size, and status.

Gives current market values for each paperweight in the UK, Canadian and US markets Includes information on the designers, tips on building a collection, step-by-step photographs showing the paperweight creation processes, and information sources on both Caithness Glass paperweights and paperweights in general A comprehensive index completes this unique work.


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4.0 out of 5 stars A Comprehensive Guide 4 Oct 2007
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This is the bible for all those who collect or are interested in Caithness paperweights. Caithness has been producing paperweights since the 1960's and is still going strong today. This is the second edition of the book that was first published in 1999. Caithness have produced a large number of weights some better than others but the phrase beauty is in the eye of the beholder was never more true than when referring to paperweights and what one collector likes another may dismiss out of hand.

The book is very comprehensive but only takes us up to 2004, so to find later issue paperweights, another source will have to be used. The book is extremely well laid out and there are a multitude of colored photographs that will set the collector drooling.

Each listing gives the name of the paperweight, designer, date of issue, issue prices, edition size, and status. It also gives tips on building a collection, step-by-step photographs showing the paperweight creation processes, and information sources on both Caithness Glass paperweights and paperweights in general A comprehensive index completes this unique work. It also gives current market values, at the date the book was published but I am always wary of these prices as anything, not just paperweights is only worth what somebody is prepared to pay for it.

All in all a must have for the Caithness collector and a nice addition for anyone interested in paperweights in general.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
This book is, at best, a reasonable catalogue mainly dedicated to the paperweight side of Caithness Glass (CG), an exclusive world-famous company.

This second edition supersedes the 1999 version, updating all the information up until the Caithness site closed in April 2004 - a 40 year span, shocking the `The Wickers', as another business vacated their town.
Now, the only remaining factory is the Perth one, which still manufacturers a large quantity of glass items, but Caithness folk refuse to accept the produce as CG, for obvious reasons, even if the US/Canadian market doesn't worry how far from Caithness, Perth actually is!!!!!!!

Softback - 230x180mm - 399 pages covering 2800 individually illustrated items, with all the relevant information, including:-

The name
The designer
The date of issue
The issue price
The total number released
Status
Series/Variation/Colour

32 pages of colour photography mentioning the different segments of paperweight releases.
Further information on collecting Caithness Paperweights, classic Whitefriars Weights, Caithness Collection Commissioned & Exclusive Weights plus limited editions along with the 2004 market value prices for sterling, USA and Canada. Author is a well respected designer of CG.
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3.0 out of 5 stars 2011 review - becoming increasingly out of date 24 April 2011
By C James
Format:Paperback
This catalogue has long been the must-have companion to any serious Caithness Glass Paperweight collector, but it is becoming increasingly out of date with an increasing price tag to go with it.

The catalogue describes itself as having two main purposes, one of which is "to provide collectors and dealers with an indication of the current market prices". The valuations are no longer worth the paper they're printed on, though the original issue price is always useful to know. The book does acknowledge the impact that eBay was starting to have on the secondary market back in 2004, so you can imagine things have only got worse since then.

Naturally the catalogue of entries stops with a bang at the date of publication, which means you have 7+ years of recent data missing. I realise that the author (Colin Terris) sadly passed away, but the information within is nothing that couldn't be up-dated on an on-going basis with the collaboration of the Caithness Studio.

That said, this is only a back catalogue, which is nothing that CG couldn't make available as a collector resource on their web-site anyway.

Overall the information within is still nice to have to hand, especially when collecting older designs, just don't allow yourself to believe that the valuations are accurate.
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