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Title: Unique 1/1 Selkirk Paperweight
Post by: Nick77 on September 13, 2012, 11:56:48 AM
I have recently acquired this beautiful magnum sized Selkirk paperweight. It is engraved to the  base "Selkirk Glass Scotland 1992 1/1 made by William Lowery" it is 80mm diameter at the widest point, 110mm tall and weighs 910g.

I have had a number of Selkirk weights but this is the first 1 off I have seen, there does not seem to be much info about Selkirk about, I cannot find anything about William Lowery and this is the first time I have come across the name, also were many one offs made by Selkirk?

Many thanks
Nick
Title: Re: Unique 1/1 Selkirk Paperweight
Post by: Wuff on September 13, 2012, 06:14:14 PM
..., there does not seem to be much info about Selkirk about, I cannot find anything about William Lowery ...
Correct - not much on Selkirk online: it is my next project, and consequently I would very much appreciate if you'd allow me to use your images of this one-off weight, which will not show up in the catalogues. I cannot tell you, however, how common one-offs were for Selkirk.

Now on the artists: they are named in the catalogues from 1990 to 2004 (last full catalogue) with the exception of Chris Dodds (for his non-paperweight designs). Only in 1999 to 2002, however, certain paperweights were attributed to individual artists.

The artists I find mentioned (apart from Peter Holmes, of course) are:
Chris Dodds 1988-1993
David McGregor 1990-2004
James Brown 1990-2001
William Lowery 1990-1998
Philip Holmes 1991-2002
Martin Coyle 1994-2004
Kenneth Scott 1996-2003
James McBeath 1998 only
McDiarmid Fiona 2002-2004

So William Lowery had left by 1999, when designs were first attributed to individual artists - but 2 of his older designs were still in production and listed: Tiger Lily and Windswept (both in several colourways).
Title: Re: Unique 1/1 Selkirk Paperweight
Post by: Nick77 on September 13, 2012, 07:07:18 PM
Many thanks for the info Wolf, you are more than welcome to use the images, I can send you the higher res. originals or take some more before I sell it if you want them with a different angle/background etc.

Nick
Title: Re: Unique 1/1 Selkirk Paperweight
Post by: Wuff on September 13, 2012, 08:18:10 PM
Thank you very much, Nick.
Images are fine - but high resolution versions would be even better: I have sent you a short note, so you have my mail address for this purpose.
Best regards - Wolf
Title: Re: Unique 1/1 Selkirk Paperweight
Post by: tropdevin on September 13, 2012, 09:16:28 PM
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I did not win the particular lot at Peter Wilson with this weight, along with the Perthshire posted earlier and the Strathearn flower, but I have won several auction lots before with one or more Selkirk 1 of 1 in them. I do not know how many were made, but quite a few!

Alan
Title: Re: Unique 1/1 Selkirk Paperweight
Post by: Nick77 on September 14, 2012, 08:46:43 AM
Hi Alan
Thought you may have been bidding, did you by any chance get the Clichy and old English (Bachus?) at Fellows recently?
Nick
Title: Re: Unique 1/1 Selkirk Paperweight
Post by: tropdevin on September 14, 2012, 08:54:47 AM
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Hi Nick.

No - the Fellows lot went for more than I thought they were worth, as I don't believe it was a Bacchus, and the Clichy had a big bruise.

It was an interesting Old English, but the profile of the head canes looked wrong for Bacchus: they were more like the profile that turns up occasionally in Richardson weights (though I don't think the weight was a Richardson piece, either! There were lots of glass factories around Birmingham and Stourbridge that probably had a go at making some paperweights, perhaps buying in the canes).

Alan
Title: Re: Unique 1/1 Selkirk Paperweight
Post by: Nick77 on September 14, 2012, 09:33:54 AM
They certainly went for more than I thought, or would pay.
I went to view these and didn't think the bruise was too bad and would have polished out OK, wasn't 100% sure if the other was Bachus or not but it was a nice weight albeit needing re polishing.
Nick