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Perthshire Glass - from
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A short explanation of Perthshire Paperweights:
Perthshire Paperweights was a glassworks set up in Crieff, Scotland, by Stuart Drysdale in 1968. Stuart had been the manager of Vasart Glass and continued as manager when that company became Strathearn Glass. He left Strathearn in 1968 to form a new glassworks which would only make high-quality paperweights. Stuart took with him John Deacons, Jack Allan and Peter McDougall from Strathearn Glass. Jack Allan, who had been Salvador Ysart's last apprentice at Vasart Glass, was the master glassmaker; and the company recruited and trained a skilled local team who did indeed make consistently high quality paperweights.

The paperweight shown above on the left has a Perthshire signature cane in the base consisting of a P surrounded by the date 1996, together with a paper label. It was a Limited Edition weight with the code reference PP173. Drysdale's ambition was to make the highest quality of paperweights to rival the best 19th century French paperweights. There is no doubt the the quality acheived at Perthshire Paperweights was superb.

Unfortunately Stuart Drysdale died in 1990 and his son Neil, who took over the business, died just over ten years later in 2001. Perthshire Paperweights closed down in early 2002. The tradition of making superb paperweights was continued by John Deacons and Peter McDougall, who set up their own paperweight studios in Crieff.

If you would like more information on 20th century Scottish glass, go to our page on Monart glass (click here). The Glass Museum has an excellent article about Ysart paperweights (click here). And there is an excellent book called Ysart Glass (Volo Press 1990) but it is out of print, well worth buying if you can find a second-hand copy.

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