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 Caithness Margot Thomson Limited Edition Quorum Paperweight 1990

A Caithness Margot Thomson Limited Edition Quorum Paperweight 1990

A Caithness Margot Thomson Limited Edition Quorum Paperweight 1990

£55.00

A Caithness Alastair MacIntosh Limited Edition Facet Cut Tijuana Paperweight 1998

A Caithness Alastair MacIntosh Limited Edition Facet Cut Tijuana Paperweight 1998

A Caithness Alastair MacIntosh Limited Edition Facet Cut Tijuana Paperweight 1998

£55.00

A Caithness Helen MacDonald Limited Edition  Distant Planet Paperweight c1990

A Caithness Helen MacDonald Limited Edition Distant Planet Paperweight c1990

A Caithness Helen MacDonald Limited Edition Distant Planet Paperweight c1990

£55.00

A Caithness Helen MacDonald Burning Desire Paperweight For Atlantic Bridge 2000

A Caithness Helen MacDonald Burning Desire Paperweight For Atlantic Bridge 2000

A Caithness Helen MacDonald Burning Desire Paperweight For Atlantic Bridge 2000

£90.00

A Caithness Alastair MacIntosh Limited Edition Tyrolean Summer Paperweight 1995

A Caithness Alastair MacIntosh Limited Edition Tyrolean Summer Paperweight 1995

A Caithness Alastair MacIntosh Limited Edition Tyrolean Summer Paperweight 1995

£70.00

A Caithness Colin Terris Limited Edition Facet Cut Ocean Treasure Paperweight 1986

A Caithness Colin Terris Limited Edition Facet Cut Ocean Treasure Paperweight 1986

A Caithness Colin Terris Limited Edition Facet Cut Ocean Treasure Paperweight 1986

£60.00

A Catithness Alastair MacIntosh Jalal Paperweight 1998

A Catithness Alastair MacIntosh Jalal Paperweight 1998

A Caithness Alastair MacIntosh Jalal Paperweight 1998

£50.00

 A Caithness Helen MacDonald Limited Edition Facet Cut Royale Domed Paperweight 1995

A Caithness Helen MacDonald Limited Edition Facet Cut Royale Domed Paperweight 1995

A Caithness Helen MacDonald Limited Edition Facet Cut Royale Domed Paperweight 1995

£70.00

A Caithness Helen MacDodald Limited Edition Festive Reflections Paperweight 2000

A Caithness Helen MacDodald Limited Edition Festive Reflections Paperweight 2000

A Caithness Helen MacDodald Limited Edition Festive Reflections Paperweight 2000

£75.00

A Caithness Colin Terris Limited Edition Floral Illusion Paperweight 1991

A Caithness Colin Terris Limited Edition Floral Illusion Paperweight 1991

A Caithness Colin Terris Limited Edition Floral Illusion Paperweight 1991

£50.00

A Caithness Colin Terris Limited Edition Castles In The Air Paperweight 1998

A Caithness Colin Terris Limited Edition Castles In The Air Paperweight 1998

A Caithness Colin Terris Limited Edition Castles In The Air Paperweight 1998

£50.00

A Caithness Colin Terris Limited Edition Floral Illusion Paperweight 1991

A Caithness Colin Terris Limited Edition Floral Illusion Paperweight 1991

A Caithness Colin Terris Limited Edition Floral Illusion Paperweight 1991

£50.00

A Caithness John Spittal Limited Edition Frosty Morning Paperweight 1994

A Caithness John Spittal Limited Edition Frosty Morning Paperweight 1994

A Caithness John Spittal Limited Edition Frosty Morning Paperweight 1994

£85.00

A Caithness Helen MacDonald Limited Edition Oceans Garden Paperweight 2015

A Caithness Helen MacDonald Limited Edition Oceans Garden Paperweight 2015

A Caithness Helen MacDonald Limited Edition Ocean Garden Paperweight 2015

£100.00

A Caithness Cosmic Volcano Paperweight c1990

A Caithness Cosmic Volcano Paperweight c1990

A Caithness Cosmic Volcano Paperweight c1990

£70.00

A Colin Terris Apparition Caithness Limited Edition Paperweight 1997

A Colin Terris Apparition Caithness Limited Edition Paperweight 1997

A Colin Terris Apparation Caithness Limited Edition Paperweight 1997

£95.00

A Royal Wedding Caithness Luckenbooth Edward and Sophie Paperweight 1999

A Royal Wedding Caithness Luckenbooth Edward and Sophie Paperweight 1999

A Royal Wedding Caithness Luckenbooth Edward and Sophie Paperweight 1999

£100.00

A Colin Terris & William Manson Caithness Swan Paperweight 1979

A Colin Terris & William Manson Caithness Swan Paperweight 1979

A Colin Terris & William Manson Caithness Swan Paperweight 1979

£130.00

A Colin Terris Desert Orchid Caithness Paperweight 1990

A Colin Terris Desert Orchid Caithness Paperweight 1990

A Colin Terris Desert Orchid Caithness Paperweight 1990

£45.00

A Caithness Thistle Lampwork Highland Bouquet Paperweight c1990

A Caithness Thistle Lampwork Highland Bouquet Paperweight c1990

A Caithness Thistle Lampwork Highland Bouquet Paperweight c1990

£175.00

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 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.

£225.00

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

£170.00

A Whitefriars Caithness Large Sherlock Holmes Paperweight 1987

A Whitefriars Caithness Large Sherlock Holmes Paperweight 1987

A Whitefriars Caithness Large Sherlock Holmes Paperweight 1987

£200.00

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.

£70.00

A Colin Terris Hydroponic Caithness Paperweight 1992

A Colin Terris Hydroponic Caithness Paperweight 1992

A Colin Terris Hydroponic Caithness Paperweight 1992

£70.00

A Colin Terris & William Manson Swan Paperweight 1978

A Colin Terris & William Manson Swan Paperweight 1978

A Colin Terris & William Manson Swan Paperweight 1978

£140.00

A Colin Terris Caithness Sea Crab Paperweight 1976

A Colin Terris Caithness Sea Crab Paperweight 1976

A Colin Terris Caithness Sea Crab Paperweight 1974

£45.00

A Rare Colin Terris Caithness Iris Paperweight 1986

A Rare Colin Terris Caithness Iris Paperweight 1986

A Colin Terris Caithness Iris Paperweight 1986

£140.00

A Colin Terris Comet Paperweight For Caithhess 1977

A Colin Terris Comet Paperweight For Caithhess 1977

A Colin Terris Comet Paperweight For Caithhess 1977

£45.00

A William Manson Millefiori Reflections Paperweight For Caithness 1976

A William Manson Millefiori Reflections Paperweight For Caithness 1976

A William Manson Millefiori Reflections Paperweight For Caithness 1976

£50.00

A Caithness Helen MacDonald Limited Edition Winston Churchill Paperweight c2000

A Caithness Helen MacDonald Limited Edition Winston Churchill Paperweight c2000

A Caithness Helen MacDonald Limited Edition Winston Churchill Paperweight c2000

£150.00

A Caithness Colin Terris Reverance Limited Edition Paperweight 1994

A Caithness Colin Terris Reverance Limited Edition Paperweight 1994

A Caithness Colin Terris Reverance Limited Edition Paperweight 1994

£140.00

A Colin Terris Planetarium Caithness Limited Edition Paperweight 1989

A Colin Terris Planetarium Caithness Limited Edition Paperweight 1989

A Colin Terris Planetarium Caithness Limited Edition Paperweight 1989

£25.00

A Colin Terris Caithness Mysteria Paperweight 1989

A Colin Terris Caithness Mysteria Paperweight 1989

A Colin Terris Caithness Mysteria Paperweight 1989

£35.00

A William & Joyce Manson Lampwork Swan And Millefiori Paperweight c1980

A William & Joyce Manson Lampwork Swan And Millefiori Paperweight c1980

A William & Joyce Manson Lampwork Swan And Millefiori Paperweight c1980

£95.00

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