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Offline cfosterk

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buying paperweights on a budget
« on: October 14, 2006, 03:24:08 PM »
I have really modest means...

Occassionally I have a flash of recklessness and will pay what seems like a ridiculous amount of money for a piece of glass 3x3 in dimensions. My usual budget is only around £50 per piece - but this link gives you some idea of what is still out there!!!

Happy hunting!!!

http://s95.photobucket.com/albums/l139/cfosterk/

- yes the biggish splurges were the ysart snake, the baccarat mushroom and the manson 1/1 scent bottle (although i defy anyone to say this wasn't great value at £330). But the max price on the rest was probably £120


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« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2006, 06:38:05 AM »
My budget is not huge either but I have built a very nice collection of modern Scottish weights. I've always liked that fact that Perthshire and Peter McDougall offer a lot for my dollar.

(http://glassgallery.yobunny.org.uk/displayimage.php?pos=-3648)

(http://glassgallery.yobunny.org.uk/displayimage.php?pos=-3649)
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« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2006, 06:41:54 AM »
I collect Scottish and Italian paperweights and anything else that strikes my fancy.

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perthshire and the honourable mcdougall
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2006, 01:03:58 PM »
The level of craftsmanship is superb - such care is taken with even the lowest priced weight.

I love perthshire's stuff - but it's ironic that it (and others) have now to compete against the monolith that is ebay. When a retailed weight of value of £70 goes for £30/£40 on ebay, just how can a modern manufacturer compete??

I say this with regret, but the days of Scotland leading the way in the art of glass manufacture seem numbered. I hope I'm proved wrong...


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Re: perthshire and the honourable mcdougall
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2006, 05:48:24 PM »
Quote from: "cfosterk"
I say this with regret, but the days of Scotland leading the way in the art of glass manufacture seem numbered. I hope I'm proved wrong...


If it gives up the gift trade and concentrates on the custom/bespoke, collectors and art markets it can still be a leader.
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« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2006, 07:29:10 PM »
catch 22 - i agree frank that scotland could stay cutting edge, but without the cheaper end stuff, how will new collectors be attracted to the arts of glass making?


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« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2006, 08:05:51 PM »
It was the cheaper end stuff that got me in. I still can't afford the more expensive weights generally. Occasionally, I can about once a year get a higher end weight but most of the time it's one of the lower priced ones that I can afford.

When I have a bit to spend on a paperweight I start looking around to see what's out there. If I see an Italian weight and a Scottish for about the same price, I will invariably go for the Scottish weight because it looks so much finer.

For 2006 McDougall made a couple chequer weights. I wanted one but could not manage it. Now he's come out with a general range version. Just as beautiful but it's smaller. I'm getting me one of those.

The thing I appreciate about McDougall is his general range weights don't look 'general rangey' A lot of them employ latticino -something I never saw in a Perthshire GR or complex cane bundles -something else I had not seen before.

Even when the budget was extremely tight, I could still periodically add another eye popping beauty to my collection. When I have more to work with I get a higher end piece.

Before gas prices went up in the states I did get a few LEs. I have pictures of a couple of them in my glass query folder.
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