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Offline BAINSY

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HELP PLEASE WITH I.D
« on: May 25, 2009, 05:22:01 PM »
Can anyone tell me what this paperweight is.  It measures 55mm high by 75mm wide and is very heavy??? It has a bouquet of flowers with a pink rose in the middle with 2 milliefiori canes either side of it.  has a white lattice design in the base with a star cut in to the base???It has a main circular window at the top, with 8 circles below that, with 10 below that, then finally 10 on the bottom.


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Re: HELP PLEASE WITH I.D
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2009, 09:42:36 PM »
I would say antique St. Louis, and quite valuable!


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Re: HELP PLEASE WITH I.D
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2009, 05:40:59 AM »
Hi Kari, thankyou for replying, much appreciated.  Still trying to get my head around these paperweights.  It was a toss up between Clichy and St Louis but didnt want to put words in to any one's head.  What do you reckon to the age of it, and How much do you reckon on price as i am thinking of selling it at a later stage?  Is anyone else of the same opinion that this is St Louis?  Many thanks to you all.


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Re: HELP PLEASE WITH I.D
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2009, 05:51:49 AM »
Setting a price is more homework than I'm up to on my slow laptop!

Do a Google search, and put in the terms "antique St. Louis paperweight/upright bouquet", or some variations.  You should also be able to find similar pieces through the L H Selman website: search his completed auctions and use those terms in your search.


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Re: HELP PLEASE WITH I.D
« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2009, 12:18:05 PM »
Hi, I found some that look like your weight being sold on roslynroseantiques.com
under St. Louis paperweights. Looks like they sell for $3000 to $4500.

You have a very beautiful weight.


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Re: HELP PLEASE WITH I.D
« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2009, 04:04:31 PM »
I think that sometimes Roslynn Rose is overly optimistic - especially in these times.  although antique French paperweights are always in demand due to their limited nature, I still think it would be good to get into the Selman site.  You would have a better idea of what one would actually sell for as opposed to what the dealer would like to get.  Even Selman manages to sell for more than the usual Ebay transaction, but the site would be a good resource for you: it's called The Paperweight Connection, or again, just google his name. 


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Re: HELP PLEASE WITH I.D
« Reply #6 on: May 26, 2009, 05:17:32 PM »
Thanks everyone.  I definately think it's St Louis now.  I have looked at those websites, shocked to see the prices, good shock.  There are 3 chips on the top window and an internal bruise on the base.  Do you think i should get this restored or sell it with chips?  The biggest chip is 5mm.  What do you all think of that, restore or leave?  It must halve its value???  Thanks by the way for all your valueable input. :thup:


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Re: HELP PLEASE WITH I.D
« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2009, 08:08:28 PM »
Hi

Chips the size you mention would certainly reduce the sale price - and so would having it polished and reducing the size. But on balance, I would go for the slightly smaller but good condition piece.

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Re: HELP PLEASE WITH I.D
« Reply #8 on: May 26, 2009, 08:13:18 PM »
Thanks Alan.  Now does anyone know a good reliable paperweight restorer.  I live near Heathrow airport?


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Re: HELP PLEASE WITH I.D
« Reply #9 on: May 26, 2009, 08:45:48 PM »
Good question! It is not easy to find someone who does good restoration including facetting. There is a Scottish cutter called Gordy Taylor (ex Perthshire)  who does a very good job, but it can take a long time (ie count in months rather than weeks...or even in years). I can give you his contact details if you send me a PM.

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