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Caithness glass was founded by Robin Sinclair in 1961, in Scotland. Paul Ysart became the supervisor and instructor in 1962. Early designers include Domhnall O'Broin, John Ritchie, and Charles Orr. Caithness is best known for its production of glass paperweights, which began in 1969. Designers at the factory from 1970's onwards include Colin Terris, Margot Thomson, Alastair MacIntosh, Philip Chaplain and Helen MacDonald. In 1988, Caithness bought the Wedgwood glassworks in King's Lynn, England, and renamed the factory Caithness Crystal. In 1991, Caithness was bought by Drambuie, and was sold to Royal Doulton in 1996. Caithness glass is now owned by Dartington Crystal, who took over in 2006.

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Caithness Glass Paperweights

MARKED Caithness Vintage Red Glass 'Crucible' Paperweight

A red, purple and clear British glass 'Crucible' paperweight. Made by Caithness, marked to base.

MARKED Caithness Vintage Purple Glass 'Extravaganza' Paperweight

A purple, black, white and clear British glass 'Extravaganza' paperweight. Made by Caithness, marked to base.

MARKED Caithness Scottish Green & Pink Glass 'Daydreams' Paperweight

A pink, green, yellow and clear British glass 'Daydreams' paperweight. Made by Caithness, marked to base.

MARKED Caithness Red, Pink & Purple Glass 'Brimstone' Paperweight

A red, purple and clear British glass 'Brimstone' paperweight. Made by Caithness, marked to base.

MARKED Caithness Vintage Glass Love, 'All My Heart' Paperweight

An orange, white and clear British glass 'All My Heart' paperweight. Made by Caithness, marked to base.

MARKED Caithness Vintage Glass 'Florette' Flower Paperweight

A red, green and clear British glass 'Florette' flower shaped paperweight. Made by Caithness, marked to base.

MARKED Caithness Pink & Turquoise Glass 'Twirl' Paperweight

A pink, turquoise and clear British glass 'Twirl' paperweight. Made by Caithness, marked to base.

Caithness Pink Glass 'Pastel' Paperweight/Paper Weight

A pink, white and pale blue British glass 'Pastel' paperweight. Made by Caithness, marked to base.

BOXED Caithness Black & White Glass 'Reflections '94' Paperweight

A black, white and clear British glass 'Reflections '94' paperweight. Made by Caithness, marked to base and boxed.

Caithness 'Champagne' Glass Paperweight/Paper Weight

A pink and clear British glass 'Champagne' paperweight. Made by Caithness, marked to base.

Caithness Glass 'Cauldron' Paperweight/Paper Weight

A green, white and clear British glass 'Cauldron' paperweight. Made by Caithness, marked to base.

Caithness Glass 'Dinosaurs' Paperweight/Paper Weight

A blue, green, brown and white British glass 'Dinosaurs' paperweight. Made by Caithness, marked to base.

Caithness Green Glass 'Creatures' Elephants Paperweight

A green and clear British glass 'Creatures' paperweight, featuring elephants. Made by Caithness, marked to base.

Caithness Blue Glass 'Creatures' Dolphins Paperweight

A blue and clear British glass 'Creatures' paperweight, featuring dolphins. Made by Caithness, marked to base.

Caithness 'Acrobat' Glass Paperweight/Paper Weight

A green, pink and clear British glass 'Acrobat' paperweight. Made by Caithness, marked to base.

Caithness Glass 'Lavendar' Paperweight - Signed + Boxed

A purple and blue British glass 'Lavendar' paperweight. Made by Caithness, marked to base and boxed.

Caithness Glass Petunias' Paperweight/Paper Weight

A blue and pink British glass 'Petunias' paperweight. Made by Caithness, marked to base.

Caithness Glass 'Streamers' Paperweight/Paper Weight

A black, white and clear British glass 'Streamers' paperweight. Made by Caithness, marked to base.

Caithness Glass 'Companions' Paperweight/Paper Weight

A purple, blue, white and clear British glass 'Companions' paperweight. Made by Caithness, marked to base.

Caithness Glass Disney 'Doc' Seven Dwarfs Paperweight

A green, blue and clear British glass Disney paperweight, featuring 'Doc', one of the seven dwarfs. Made by Caithness, marked to base.

Caithness Vintage Purple Glass 'Petunias' Paperweight - Marked

A purple, white and clear British glass 'Petunias' paperweight. Made by Caithness, marked to base.

Caithness Vintage Blue Glass 'Tango' Paperweight - Marked

A blue and clear British glass 'Tango' paperweight. Made by Caithness, marked to base.

Caithness Amber Glass 'Brave Heart' Paperweight - Marked

An amber and black British glass 'Brave Heart' paperweight. Made by Caithness, marked to base.

MARKED Caithness Vintage Pink Glass 'Fireball' Paperweight

A pink and clear British glass 'Fireball' paperweight. Made by Caithness, marked to base.

BOXED Caithness Blue & Yellow Glass 'Reflections '92' Paperweight

A blue, pink and clear British glass "Reflections '91" paperweight. Made by Caithness, marked to base and boxed.

BOXED Caithness Blue & Yellow Glass 'Reflections '92' Paperweight

A blue, yellow and clear British glass "Reflections '92" paperweight. Made by Caithness, marked to base and boxed.

BOXED Caithness Vintage Blue Glass 'Reflections '93' Paperweight

A blue and clear British glass "Reflections '93" paperweight. Made by Caithness, marked to base and boxed.

BOXED Caithness Vintage Pink & Blue Glass 'Reflections '95' Paperweight

A pink, blue and clear British glass "Reflections '95" paperweight. Made by Caithness, marked to base and boxed.

MARKED Caithness Pink, Black & White Glass 'Ribbons' Paperweight

A pink, black, white and clear British glass "Ribbons" paperweight. Made by Caithness, marked to base.

MARKED Caithness Pink & Blue Glass 'Maydance' Paperweight

A pink, blue and clear British glass "Maydance" paperweight. Made by Caithness, marked to base.

MARKED Caithness Vintage Pink Glass 'Chevrons' Paperweight

A pink and clear British glass "Chevrons" paperweight. Made by Caithness, marked to base.

MARKED Caithness Vintage Pink Glass 'Seagems' Paperweight

A pink and clear British glass "Seagems" paperweight. Made by Caithness, marked to base.

MARKED Caithness Turquoise & Clear Glass 'Foursome' Paperweight

A turquoise and clear British glass "Foursome" paperweight. Made by Caithness, marked to base.

BOXED & MARKED Caithness Gold Glass 'Wisp' Paperweight

A golden, white and clear British glass "Wisp" paperweight. Made by Caithness, marked to base and boxed.

Other Caithness Glass

Caithness Glass 'Morven' Decanter by Domhnall Ó Broin

A smokey grey and clear British cased glass 'Morven' decanter. Made by Caithness, designed by Domhnall Ó Broin, pattern number 4024.

Caithness British Purple Cased Glass Vase - Marked

A purple and clear British cased glass vase. Made by Caithness, marked to base.

Caithness British Pink + Yellow Glass Vase - Labelled

A pink and creamy yellow British glass vase. Made by Caithness, labelled.

Caithness British Turquoise + White Speckled Glass Vase

A speckled turquoise, white and clear British glass vase. Made by Caithness, labelled.

Caithness Vintage Pink Glass 'Flamenco' Striped Vase

A British clear glass vase with pink stripes and spirally ribbed body. Made by Caithness, designed by Colin Terris circa 1987, design name "Flamenco".

Caithness British Pink + White Speckled Glass Vase

A speckled pink, white and clear British glass vase. Made by Caithness.

Caithness British Green + White Speckled Glass Vase

A speckled green, white and clear British glass vase. Made by Caithness.

Caithness Crystal

Caithness Crystal Orange + White Glass Squirrel Paperweight

An orange and white British glass squirrel sculpture. Made by Caithness Crystal.

BOXED Caithness Crystal Blue Glass Dolphin Paperweight

A blue and white British glass dolphin sculpture. Made by Caithness Crystal, boxed.

BOXED Caithness Crystal Pink Glass Piglet Paperweight

A pink British glass piglet sculpture. Made by Caithness Crystal, boxed.

BOXED Caithness Crystal Black & White Glass Panda Paperweight

A black and white British glass panda sculpture. Made by Caithness Crystal, boxed.

BOXED Caithness Crystal Green Glass Tortoise Paperweight

A green British glass tortoise sculpture. Made by Caithness Crystal, boxed.

BOXED Caithness Crystal Pink & Clear Glass Pig Paperweight

A pink British glass pigt sculpture. Made by Caithness Crystal, boxed.


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References

For more information on Caithness glass, check out the following resources:

Books


Caithness Glass: Loch, Heather & Peat | ISBN 978-0955286551


Caithness Paperweights (1st Edition) - The Charlton Standard Catalogue | ISBN 978-0889682382


Caithness Paperweights: A Charlton Standard Catalogue | ISBN 978-0889682443


20th Century Factory Glass | ISBN 978-1857322675

Websites

www.caithnessglass.co.uk