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Cristalleries de Saint Louis was founded in 1767 in Lorraine, which became part of France in 1766.  The region was already home to several glassworks.  Paperweight production started at St. Louis in 1845 and most likely continued until about 1860.

Although the modern production of paperweights started in 1952, the output of millefiori and lampwork paperweights was small.  Fewer than 400 lampwork and millefiori paperweights were made between 1952 and 1955.  They were not all signed or dated.  The most successful product of this early revival period was the Queen Elizabeth sulphide which was made to commemorate her coronation in 1953.

After 1955, no additional weights were made at St. Louis until 1965.  In 1965 the factory resumed production of lampwork and millefiori paperweights and then in 1967 they began a series of sulphide weights.  Finally, in 1970 they started producing annual limited edition paperweights.

You can read more about the St. Louis Paperweights in the books:

If you are interested in purchasing any of these paperweights, e-mail me at: aport@paperweights.com
 
3467 Antique St. Louis Miniature Millefiori Scramble Paperweight with Complex Canescirca 1845-1860This is a miniature antique St. Louis scramble paperweight with an interesting variety of millefiori canes and twists.  Included are some star canes, floret canes, an arrow (anchor) cane and other twists and complex canes.  A small paperweight with a lot going for it.   

Although many people collect scramble paperweights for their own merit, scrambles are also valuable tools for learning to identify the different colors and canes used by each factory.

Note:  Please ignore the white spots - they are glare caused by my light.

Cristalleries de Saint Louis was founded in 1767 in Lorraine, which became part of France in 1766.  The region was already home to several glassworks.  Paperweight production started at St. Louis in 1845 and most likely continued until about 1860.  Although the modern production of paperweights started in 1952, the output of millefiori and lampwork paperweights was small.  Fewer than 400 lampwork and millefiori paperweights were made between 1952 and 1955.  They were not all signed or dated.  The most successful product of this early revival period was the Queen Elizabeth sulphide which was made to commemorate her coronation in 1953.  After 1955, no additional weights were made at St. Louis until 1965.  In 1965 the factory resumed production of lampwork and millefiori paperweights and then in 1967 they began a series of sulphide weights.  Finally, in 1970 they started producing annual limited edition paperweights.  In addition to the three types already mentioned, millefiori, lampwork, and sulphide paperweights, St. Louis also made a small number of designs with gold inclusions.

Miniature Size:  1 7/8" diameter by 1 3/8" high.  The bottom is ground slightly concave.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  There is age appropriate wear on the base plus a very small chip in the center of the base.  No scratches, chips, or cracks found on the body.  This paperweight may have been restored.
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this to be a genuine St. Louis antique paperweight.      

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Antique St. Louis Miniature Millefiori Scramble Paperweight with Complex Canes
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Antique St. Louis Concentric Millefiori Paperweight.   circa 1845-1860.  This is a small St. Louis concentric millefiori paperweight.  It is made up of a mix of wonderful complex and simple millefiori canes.  The outer ring has canes with the dominant color alternating between red and white.  The inner ring consists of five larger blue and white complex canes with a lime green center arranged around a lime green and white complex cane with a blue center.  All of this is set over a clear ground.  A nice colorful example.

Cristalleries de Saint Louis was founded in 1767 in Lorraine, which became part of France in 1766.  The region was already home to several glassworks.  Paperweight production started at St. Louis in 1845 and most likely continued until about 1860.  Although the modern production of paperweights started in 1952, the output of millefiori and lampwork paperweights was small.  Fewer than 400 lampwork and millefiori paperweights were made between 1952 and 1955.  They were not all signed or dated.  The most successful product of this early revival period was the Queen Elizabeth sulphide which was made to commemorate her coronation in 1953.  After 1955, no additional weights were made at St. Louis until 1965.  In 1965 the factory resumed production of lampwork and millefiori paperweights and then in 1967 they began a series of sulphide weights.  Finally, in 1970 they started producing annual limited edition paperweights.  In addition to the three types already mentioned, millefiori, lampwork, and sulphide paperweights, St. Louis also made a small number of designs with gold inclusions. 

Small Size:  2 1/16" diameter by 1 7/16" high. The bottom is ground concave.
Signature: Unsigned, but I guarantee this is an antique paperweight from the Saint-Louis factory in France.
Condition:  Excellent condition for its age with no cracks or chips. No significant scratches found on inspection.  There is wear consistent with the age of the paperweight on the base ring. 

For extra pictures, click on the picture at the right and the following links:

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Side View
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Antique St. Louis Concentric Millefiori Paperweight
2904 Modern St. Louis Sulphide Amour Paperweight with Certificate and Box.   dated 1979.  This is a modern St. Louis sulphide paperweight featuring a ceramic image of cupid set on a opaque red ground and surrounded by a garland of lampwork flowers with millefiori centers.  The paperweight was issued in a limited edition of 400 in 1979.  It is faceted with a large top facet and six side facets.  It is signed on the bottom with a millefiori signature "SL 1979" and retains its original foil label.  The paperweight comes with its original box and a somewhat wrinkled certificate numbered 85.  A great paperweight with fantastic color.   

The conceptual design for the paperweight was by Linda Pope-Selman.  Gilbert Poillerat sculpted the model for the image of cupid.  The sulphide bears the title AMOUR and the initials of the sculptor (GP). 

Sulphides are cast objects (animals, flowers, people) made of a ceramic material that has properties similar to the surrounding glass.  They are normally white, but are also sometimes colored or even painted.  The objects are cast in a mold that copied or made directly from a medallion, coin or sculpture.  The finest French sulphides are cast in a mold made by a skilled artist.  Often a sulphide will have a silvery appearance due to a thin layer of trapped bubbles between the glass and the sulphide itself.

Cristalleries de Saint Louis was founded in 1767 in Lorraine, which became part of France in 1766.  The region was already home to several glassworks.  Paperweight production started at St. Louis in 1845 and most likely continued until about 1860.  Although the modern production of paperweights started in 1952, the output of millefiori and lampwork paperweights was small.  Fewer than 400 lampwork and millefiori paperweights were made between 1952 and 1955.  They were not all signed or dated.  The most successful product of this early revival period was the Queen Elizabeth sulphide which was made to commemorate her coronation in 1953.  After 1955, no additional weights were made at St. Louis until 1965.  In 1965 the factory resumed production of lampwork and millefiori paperweights and then in 1967 they began a series of sulphide weights.  Finally, in 1970 they started producing annual limited edition paperweights.

Large Size:  Just over 3" diameter by 1 5/8" high.  The bottom is ground concave. 
Signature: Signed with a complex millefiori cane "SL 1979" on the bottom.  It also has its original certificate, label, and box.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, cracks, or chips found on inspection. 

For extra pictures, click on the picture at the right and the following links: 

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Signature cane
Label
Box
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Base
Paperweight in Box
Side view
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Modern St. Louis Sulphide Amour Paperweight with Certificate and Box

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