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Paperweight. Vasart/Strathearn or neither please

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Good evening KevH/Richard

When I picked this up yesterday I automatically thought of Vasart/Strathearn. It just over 3" in dia. and approx 2" high. The ground that the canes sit in very typical of many of Vasart/Strathearn weights.
But its the canes that confuse me.....I had a look through both your sites and Franks, typically got distracted once in there, anyway got back to business but couldn't really find what I would call "blind" canes.... very plain with no interior formation. Also the overall design is really very basic.....The twists look fairly ok if a little weak and now I really dont know. The slightly concave base shows some wear so doubt if a recent modern repro piece. Either of you gentleman able to assist...particularly if it has a pattern name.




Hi Gareth,

I'd say it's Vasart rather than Strathearn.

You are correct about me not showing what you call "blind" canes in my Vasart / Strathearn section. (Although there are a couple in the pre-1956 Vasart part). However, these simple star / cog canes are actually fairly common in Vasart weights.

As for a pattern / design name, I think Vasart and Strathearn probably just called these "millefiori". I don't know for sure, but I suspect that the general "Spoke" / "Cartwheel" description was invented by collectors.

Hi Kev

Many thanks for the info.....I have looked again at the various canes and weight examples and realised that theres not a lot of point actually showing an individual  cane that has no internal pattern.
 From looking at the weights, although you say the use of "blind" canes was quite common, I didn't actually spot that many...perhaps distracted by the many more colourful ones...
...I suppose the thing that struck me was having such a variety of interesting canes to choose from why did they end up making such a boring weight??  ..... subjective I know ....and then maybe they made a lot more of this type but  dont warrant the space on a web site   .........perhaps I'm simply trying to appease my "oh wow" initial reaction to "oh well" conclusion that I settled for.

Again many thanks



The philosophy of Salvador Ysart was very pragmatic and paperweights were considered in no way art. They were a cheap and cheerful gift trade item. He was highly negative towards Paul's interest in weights.


--- Quote from: "Anonymous" ---........perhaps I'm simply trying to appease my "oh wow" initial reaction to "oh well" conclusion that I settled for.

Again many thanks


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No, Gareth!  Go with your initial response!  I had an initial 'Wow' reaction too - and still have  :shock:

Yes, it's simple and a bit plainer than many, but IMHO the colours are a really good combination and it's a pretty little weight which has 'novelty value' for being just that bit different from the run-of-the-mill.  

As long as you didn't pay a *too* 'Wow' price for it, it's well worth a place in a paperweight collection, I'd say   :)



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