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Offline petern00

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Caithness weights: lampwork attributions?
« on: October 27, 2010, 11:37:54 AM »
If not 'the bible', Colin Terris's 'Caithness Paperweights' is usually the first port of call for collectors identifying weights from Caithness.  The information provided in this excellent resource includes the designer for each piece.  

At this site, however, some of the images of Caithness lampwork weights carry attributions for both designer and lampworker.  Where has this information come from?  Is there another 'catalogue' or resource that gives this (and/or other) level(s) of detail?



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Re: Caithness weights: lampwork attributions?
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2010, 06:49:53 PM »
Hi Peter,

I am not sure but it may be because it is indicated on the certificate which comes with the weight. Or may be she was told that it had been done by somebody specific e.g. Allan Scott. I have a weight which I know both designed and the lampwork made by him.


PS: I will email pictures as promised soon.

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Re: Caithness weights: lampwork attributions?
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2010, 01:37:24 AM »
Peter, I have had the great privilege of viewing and handling these weights earlier in the year, and the collector does exhaustive research on the web,also via her contacts and of course the numerous books on paperweights. She has an "out of the box" attitude to research and can tie together information from numerous sources including old auction catalogues. So it is all out there, just turn over a rock or two. I only wish I had half her energy and commitment ;D
regards Carol
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Re: Caithness weights: lampwork attributions?
« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2010, 10:02:37 AM »
There is a lot of additional information on hundreds of the 2,600 CG weights on Scotland's Glass, again through original research by the team putting the catalogue together. It is also correcting the errors in Charlton as well as adding a large number that have never been listed elsewhere. We still have a long way to go in actually getting them all on-line but most of the images are ready.
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Re: Caithness weights: lampwork attributions?
« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2010, 10:11:07 AM »
Sophie & Carol.  Thanks for those comments and shared experiences.  I'd suspected the answer wasn't going to be as easy as 'another reference book'.  Of course, the gentle art of thorough research has much to recommend it; one can discover all sorts of fascinating extras that might otherwise never come to awareness.  ... So, we'll begin with Frank Andrew's excellent site and a handful of those catalogues that I've long been meaning to bring back to the top of the pile.  
Cheers. Peter

 .. and Frank - whose post has just flashed up - I was just thinking of you ;)



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