Buy Used
£2.80
FREE Delivery on orders over £10.
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: ALL ITEMS HAVE BEEN CHECKED AND IN WORKING ORDER - ALL OUR ORDERS ARE FULFILLED BY AMAZON
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Paperweights of the 19th and 20th Centuries: A Collector's Guide (Miller's Collecting Guides) Paperback – 17 Aug 2000


See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Paperback
"Please retry"
£61.81 £0.01

Special Offers and Product Promotions



Product details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Miller's Publications (17 Aug. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184000309X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840003093
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.6 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 398,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description

About the Author

Anne Metcalfe was a teacher for 20 years before she retired from the profession in 1980 to become a dealer of pictures, pottery and glass. She decided to concentrate solely on paperweights and, with her husband Peter, operates the UK's biggest paperweight dealership based in Helsby, Cheshire. Their stock of over 1,500 pieces ranges from antique French weights by Baccarat and St Louis to abstract Chinese designs. Anne is a member of the Cambridge Paperweight Circle and the PCA (Paperweight Collectors' Association). She also contributes regularly to leading antiques trade magazines.

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
4
4 star
0
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 4 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Oct. 2007
Format: Paperback
Glass paperweights, particularly those of the millefiori style are fascinating and in real terms are a recent addition to the glass making art. In fact they really only started to be made in any numbers in the mid 19th century, making their product span only a little more than a 150 years. When one considers that the ancient Romans and Egyptians had solved the problem of making glass over 2,000 years ago, it puts the time scale of glass paperweights into perspective.

A book on the subject is a must for the novice, or any other collector for that matter, as many of the earlier paperweights have nothing to aid the collector in establishing which factory they come from. How does one tell an old paperweight from a relatively new one. Well, experience and looking at as many different weights as possible, either in the flesh, so to speak or good quality photographs is the only way to get a `feel' for the different factories.

Some paperweights do in fact have `signatures.' Later Perthshire paperweights usually have a cane, normally in the centre of the weight with a P on it. Some of John Deacons weights have a cane with a thistle emblem and so on. The canes are the small coloured pieces of glass that are set into the base of millefiori paperweights.

This particular book covers the main factories of France, Scotland and the US. Some of the makers marks or the labels they place on their products are shown and full colour photographs of more than 150 weights are shown. The book also tells the beginner what to look out for when purchasing paperweights. As with most collectibles condition is everything. If you simply want the weight as a decorative piece of glass, small faults are acceptable and in some of the old paperweights scratches are virtually unavoidable but if you are trying to get a worthwhile collection together perfection is the key to value.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Paperweights of the 19th and 20th Centuries: A Collector's Guide this was bought for my granddaughter who collects paperweights very interesting book for her would recommend
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By Claire on 28 Mar. 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I am quite delighted with that excellent book. A real quality of information with a lot of precious détails. Each paperweight collector should read it. A must. Thanks +++
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andy on 30 Jan. 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I bough this for the missus who is fnally showing an interest in something other than cleaning - she seemed to like it - a bit sinnyer hat I expected
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)

Amazon.com: 2 reviews
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Out of date and poorly photographed 27 Nov. 2006
By Bluestocking - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This was a fine book in its day, but has been overshadowed by larger books with both better research and finer photography.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
An Essential Guide for the Novice Collector 4 Oct. 2007
By J. Chippindale - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Glass paperweights, particularly those of the millefiori style are fascinating and in real terms are a recent addition to the glass making art. In fact they really only started to be made in any numbers in the mid 19th century, making their product span only a little more than a 150 years. When one considers that the ancient Romans and Egyptians had solved the problem of making glass over 2,000 years ago, it puts the time scale of glass paperweights into perspective.

A book on the subject is a must for the novice, or any other collector for that matter, as many of the earlier paperweights have nothing to aid the collector in establishing which factory they come from. How does one tell an old paperweight from a relatively new one. Well, experience and looking at as many different weights as possible, either in the flesh, so to speak or good quality photographs is the only way to get a `feel' for the different factories.

Some paperweights do in fact have `signatures.' Later Perthshire paperweights usually have a cane, normally in the centre of the weight with a P on it. Some of John Deacons weights have a cane with a thistle emblem and so on. The canes are the small coloured pieces of glass that are set into the base of millefiori paperweights.

This particular book covers the main factories of France, Scotland and the US. Some of the makers marks or the labels they place on their products are shown and full colour photographs of more than 150 weights are shown. The book also tells the beginner what to look out for when purchasing paperweights. If I may throw my own two penny worth here, like many things condition is everything. Small surface marks can be polished out but bruises (where the weight has been knocked, or dropped are difficult and sometimes impossible to remove). If you simply want the weight as a decorative piece of glass, these things are acceptable, but if you are trying to get a worthwhile collection together leave these pieces alone.
Were these reviews helpful? Let us know


Feedback