Scotland became a hotspot of British paperweight manufacture in the early 20th century. This was primarily down to Paul Ysart, who produced many individual weights from 1932 to 1979 that were so well designed that they were often mistaken for French antique weights produced in the golden age of the paperweight from c1846 to mid-1850s. Ysart’s paperweights range from £200 for a standard millefiori weight, to over £1,000 for those with three-dimensional Lampwork. Some of Ysart’s weights are signed with a ‘PY’ cane, though you should be aware that this is frequently faked as prices have risen. From 1963 Ysart was responsible for training young glassmakers, including Colin Terris, William Manson and Peter Holmes, at Caithness Glass (est. 1961). All Caithness paperweights were made by Ysart until 1969, when Terris released his revolutionary ‘The Planets’ set. Caithness went on to release many paperweights and continues to do so today.
Another of the leading makers of Scottish modern paperweights, Stuart Drysdale (also connected with the Ysart family) founded Perthshire Glass in 1968, which produced many different designs. These were signed with a ‘P’ cane in the design or set into the base.