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Title: Caithness Paperweights
Post by: Bernard C on October 18, 2004, 02:36:45 AM
Recently I bought an attractive but probably fairly standard Caithness "Daydreams" paperweight, numbered "H87727".

I assumed that there must be some sort of Caithness archive on the Internet, but, after an hour or more searching, I can't find it.

Where should I be looking?   When did Caithness make "Daydreams", and does it have a named designer?

Bernard C.  8)
Title: Caithness Paperweights
Post by: ChrisStewart on October 19, 2004, 11:50:26 AM
Hi Bernard,

Caithness used to run a collectors club. On joining you received a small folder with a list and picture of all of the paperweights they made. An update was sent out each year. When we started collecting, this was free but eventually they started charging - and so we dropped out of the club.

Your best bet would be to find someone who was a member and they could check out your paperweight (sorry we cannot help, we do not have the lists anymore).


Title: Caithness Paperweights
Post by: KevinH on October 19, 2004, 06:02:14 PM
"Daydreams" was designed by Margot Thompson, 1989, and was an unlimited production item with an original sale price of UK £22.95 (US $87.50) and a "1999 value" of £29.50 ($95.00).

Details are from "The Charlton Standard Catalogue of Caithness Paperweights", published 1999. Although most images are black and white, the book has been a useful reference for folk like me who never did join the Caithness Collectors Club!

But  I now see that there is a 2004 version (2nd edition) of the book, called, "Caithness Paperweights: A Charlton Standard Catalogue".
Title: Thanks
Post by: Bernard C on October 20, 2004, 05:39:52 PM
Chris and Kevin:

Grateful thanks for your time and knowledge.   I should have thought of the Collector's Club angle.

Warmest regards, Bernard C.  8)
Title: Caithness Glass identification
Post by: Angela B on April 07, 2005, 12:26:58 AM
Hi Bernard,
The numbers on your paperweight relate to the total number of paperweights that Caithness had been made in that year, up to that one. So yours is the 87thousand seven hundred and twenty seventh, and the H refers to the month it was made.
The 2004 edition of Colin Terris's book is definitely worth buying if you collect or deal in Caithness paperweights, even if you already have the earlier edition. The prices have been updated, there's several sections of colour photographs, and sections on paperweights that weren't included in the earlier one.
Here's a link to read more about it:
Caithness Paperweights (2nd Edition) : The Charlton Standard Catalogue, by Colin Terris, 2004
The 2004 value for "Daydreams" is GBP25, US$50.
Hope that's helpful
Title: Caithness Paperweights
Post by: Frank on April 07, 2005, 08:02:48 AM
I would be quite happy to include some pages on Caithness paperweights on the Ysartglass site. I will create the pages along the lines of the Strathearn paperweight pages ( but someone else has to provide images and some text (glassware would be intresting too).

However, there is a dealine of July this year as then I will be finalising the site for transfer to the Perth Museum, so if you want to take your place in history... :wink:

It is practical for more than one collector to collaborate on this and requirements apart from time are: A brief essay on Caithness, say 400-600 words, images of marks and labels, images of weights 220x220 pixels, a list of references used and/or available. Links to useful sites.
Title: Caithness Paperweights
Post by: Bernard C on April 07, 2005, 09:53:44 AM
Angela — grateful thanks.   Your cheerful reply was a breath of fresh air.

I think it was the Bard himself who penned:

How far that little candle throws his beams!
So shines a good deed in a naughty world.

It has to be from The Glass Merchant of Murano, or if not, it should have been.

Bernard C.  8)
Title: Caithness Paperweights
Post by: Bernard C on February 21, 2006, 12:28:22 AM
I put this paperweight on display (first time for ages) at the Cambridge Glass Fair on Sunday, and it sold, to a keen PW collector.

So, grateful thanks to all the above contributors for the Id and information.

Bernard C.  8)