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Author Topic: Pirelli paperweight  (Read 211 times)

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Offline ChrisH

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Pirelli paperweight
« on: November 07, 2005, 08:05:33 PM »
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Pirelli is one example and lampwork figures are the only product they manufactured.

Hi Frank - excuse my ignorance, I got a Pirelli paperweight in a mixed lot at auction with a bunch of Strathearn weights which I've recently sold on ebay, (and a load I can't attribute myself as they aren't labelled, though they look awfully like Strathearn also) - when you say they were the only products they manufactured, was this before they bought-out Strathearn?

I'm trying to get a handle on whether Pirelli weights are all that collectible, as I haven't bothered listing it yet!


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Offline Frank

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Re: Pirelli or Murano figures can you help please
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2005, 08:19:49 PM »
Pirelli paperweights are Vasart or Strathearn paperweights with a Pirelli retail label on. As the Pirelli labels are not found that often it can give a slight edge over the exact same weight with a Vasart or Strathearn label.

Pirelli did not buy out Strathearn but the MD of Pirelli was also a director of Vasart from 1956 on. Teachers bought Vasart in 1964 and set up a new glassworks at Crieff with the Strathearn name. It was the same people making the glass and it is virtually impossible to identify if some items were Strathearn or Vasart - these are generally referred to as transitional for the period 1956-1970. The only difference immediately felt was the kilns being fired by Propane gas at Strathearn. Later new colours and designs were introduced.

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