Caithness Paperweights

The Caithness Glass Ltd takes its name from the county in which its home town of Wick is to be found, at the north-easterly extremity of the British Isles.

The company was found in 1961 by Robin Sinclair, 2nd Viscount Thurso, an RAF Flight Lieutenant (reconnaissance) who became a businessman and politician after his wartime career became redundant.

Paul Ysart joined the Viscount's enterprise in 1963, but it was not until Colin Terris was recruited six years later that Caithness glass paperweight production was embraced commercially (with the assistance of Ysart’s apprentice, Peter Holmes (of later Selkirk renown).

Eschewing standard millefiori and lampwork designs from the early stages of their paperweight production, Caithness embraced unusual and abstract compositions, created in limited editions intended to appeal to collectors at home and abroad. Terris’s arrival coincided with the moon landings, and he eagerly caught the zeitgeist with a series of celestially-themed paperweights which proved exceptionally popular; he also founded the Caithness Collectors Society to make the most of the demand for the company’s products.

The next great leap forward for Caithness came in the early 1980’s with the acquisition of the naming rights and intellectual property of Whitefriars Glass when the latter ceased trading. True to their business model, Caithness instigated the production of an annual Whitefriars limited edition paperweight.

The centre of production was moved to Perth shortly after the Whitefriars takeover, along with a further factory being started in Oban and the expansion of the original Wick location.
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A Boxed Caithness Lampwork Flower Paperweight c1980

A Boxed Caithness Lampwork Flower Paperweight c1980

A Scottish Lampwork Flower Paperweight c1980

£50.00

A Caithness Robin Hood British Myths and Legends Series Paperweight 2002

A Caithness Robin Hood British Myths and Legends Series Paperweight 2002

A Caithness Robin Hood Paperweight 2002

£145.00

A Caithness Lampwork Flower Paperweight  c1980  'Carnelia Caithness 149/250'

A Caithness Lampwork Flower Paperweight c1980 'Carnelia Caithness 149/250'

A Caithness Lampwork Flower Paperweight c1980 'Carnelia Caithness 149/250'. Available from Scottish Antiques online store

£180.00

A Caithness Allan Scott Miniature Rose Paperweight 1990

A Caithness Allan Scott Miniature Rose Paperweight 1990

A Caithness Allan Scott Miniature Rose Paperweight from 1990. Available from Scottish Antiques online store

£40.00

A Caithness Helen MacDonald Festive Reflections Paperweight 2000

A Caithness Helen MacDonald Festive Reflections Paperweight 2000

A Caithness Helen MacDonald Festive Reflections Paperweight 2000

£175.00

A Caithness Tian Di Ren Humanity Paperweight By Linda Campbell 2004

A Caithness Tian Di Ren Humanity Paperweight By Linda Campbell 2004

A Caithness Tian Di Ren Humanity Paperweight By Linda Campbell 2004

£135.00

A Caithness Tian Di Ren Earth Paperweight from Linda Campbell 2004

A Caithness Tian Di Ren Earth Paperweight from Linda Campbell 2004

A Caithness Tian Di Ren Earth Paperweight from Linda Campbell 2004

£150.00

A Caithness Tian Di Ren Humanity Paperweight By Linda Campbell 2004

A Caithness Tian Di Ren Humanity Paperweight By Linda Campbell 2004

A Caithness Tian Di Ren Humanity paperweight from Linda Campbell 2004

£150.00

A Caithness Tian Di Ren Heaven paperweight from Linda Campbell 2004

A Caithness Tian Di Ren Heaven paperweight from Linda Campbell 2004

A Caithness Tian Di Ren Heaven paperweight from Linda Campbell 2004

£150.00

A Caithness Thistle Lampwork Highland Bouquet Paperweight c1990

A Caithness Thistle Lampwork Highland Bouquet Paperweight c1990

A Caithness Thistle Lampwork Highland Bouquet Paperweight c1990

£195.00

A Caithness Little Red Riding Hood Helen MacDonald Paperweight 2001

A Caithness Little Red Riding Hood Helen MacDonald Paperweight 2001

A Caithness Little Red Riding Hood Helen MacDonald Paperweight 2001. Available from Scottish Antiques online .

£180.00

A Scottish Borders Peter Holmes Irish Shamrock Paperweight c2005

A Scottish Borders Peter Holmes Irish Shamrock Paperweight c2005

A Scottish Borders Peter Holmes Irish Shamrock Paperweight c2005

£90.00

A Caithness Magnum Ringed Planet Paperweight 2001

A Caithness Magnum Ringed Planet Paperweight 2001

A Caithness magnum Ringed Planet paperweight from 2001. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£150.00

A Caithness Magnum Into The LIght Collectors Society Annual Paperweight 2004

A Caithness Magnum Into The LIght Collectors Society Annual Paperweight 2004

A Caithness Magnum Into The LIght Collectors Society Annual Paperweight 2004

£150.00

A Caithness Jacobs Dream Paperweight  c1990's

A Caithness Jacobs Dream Paperweight c1990's

A Caithness Jacobs Dream Paperweight c1990's

£100.00

A Caithness Tian Di Ren Paperweight from Linda Campbell 2004

A Caithness Tian Di Ren Paperweight from Linda Campbell 2004

A Caithness Tian Di Ren paperweight from Linda Campbell

£150.00

A Whitefriars Caithness Allan Scott Hellebore Lampwork Paperweight 73/100 2004

A Whitefriars Caithness Allan Scott Hellebore Lampwork Paperweight 73/100 2004

A Whitefriars Caithness Allan Scott Hellebore Lampwork Paperweight 73/100 from 2004. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£250.00

A Caithness Tian Di Ren Heaven Paperweight from Linda Campbell 2004

A Caithness Tian Di Ren Heaven Paperweight from Linda Campbell 2004

A Caithness Tian Di Ren Heaven paperweight from Linda Campbell 2004. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£150.00

A Caithness Sea Pearl Peter Holmes Paperweight 1976

A Caithness Sea Pearl Peter Holmes Paperweight 1976

A Caithness Sea Pearl Peter Holmes Paperweight 1976. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£100.00

A William Manson Lampwork Flower & Millefiori paperweight 1980

A William Manson Lampwork Flower & Millefiori paperweight 1980

A William Manson Lampwork Flower & Millefiori paperweight 1980. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£175.00

A Caithness William Manson Raspberries Paperweight 1992

A Caithness William Manson Raspberries Paperweight 1992

A Caithness William Manson Raspberries Paperweight 1992. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£250.00

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