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Author Topic: Butterfly paperweight ID help please  (Read 317 times)

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Offline Macapuno

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Butterfly paperweight ID help please
« on: January 05, 2018, 10:46:09 AM »
Hello, would anyone be able to identify this one please. I saw one similar, but with a boat not a butterfly, and it was described as having been made in Belgium in the 1920s/1930s. It is about 7.5cm across. There is a pit or crater in the bottom, several mm deep, that seems to have been made during manufacture as the edges are smooth,
Thank you.

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Re: Butterfly paperweight ID help please
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2018, 10:58:31 AM »
These are believed to have been made in England at Pilkington's Glass Works St Helens by Czech employees. I have a small collection mostly sourced from within 15 miles of the factory. Type Pilkington in the search box here and you will see (there are two pages) http://www.lustrousstone.co.uk/cpg/search.php

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Re: Butterfly paperweight ID help please
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2018, 11:33:38 AM »
Thank you very much for the post and the link - very interesting. I just did a search on Google and it led me to posts from several years ago on this forum - someone said the workers came over in the 1960s. Also, from something else I saw it suggested that the pws might not have been officially produced. Maybe the workers made them in their spare time and sold them locally to make a bit of cash, which is why you sourced most of yours in the St. Helens area?

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Re: Butterfly paperweight ID help please
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2018, 12:21:50 PM »
I have also seen others locally that I have not bought because they have been overpriced for a minor area of interest to me. The ones with blueish glass are more widespread because they were made as souvenirs of the (then) onsite museum.

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Re: Butterfly paperweight ID help please
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2018, 12:42:16 PM »
Here is that sailing boat weight for reference, I had not noticed the similarity to these possibly Pilkington weights.

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Re: Butterfly paperweight ID help please
« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2018, 01:21:35 PM »
That one has more varied colours and the glass is blueish compared with the Pilkington ones

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Re: Butterfly paperweight ID help please
« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2018, 01:29:55 PM »
In sunlight it is quite clear, all my photographs these days are under fluorescent light.

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