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Christmas Carol Trio
Merry Freaking Christmas, yes yes, I know, Too Damned Early, Sorry bout dat. Deal With It.
This great Caithness Christmas Carol Three Pack, includes three golden glass paperweight with Christmas Carol themes. Each weight is a classic Caithness cut-off design, featuring a crystal clear interior, with a simple gold overcoat.
Each interior features a trio of awesome dramatic swirls of glass, one matte red, one dichroic green, and one dichroic gold. Each face/view window offers an etched Xmas symbol, and snippets from the corresponding carol.
Hark The Herald Angel Sings . . . The Golden Angel features an etched angel on the face. Designed by Helen MacDonald in 2001, and produced as a unlimited weight, this piece was originally priced at £ 43.
Star Of Wonder, Star Of Night . . . The Golden Star features an etched star on the face. Designed by Helen MacDonald in 2001, and produced as a unlimited weight, this piece was originally priced at £ 43.
We Three Kings Of Orient Are . . . The Golden Crown features an etched crown on the face. Designed by Helen MacDonald in 2001, and produced as a unlimited weight, this piece was originally priced at £ 43.
All in all, simply a gorgeous set, a must for any Caithness collector, and a great addition to any paperweight collection.
Etched on bottom, Caithness Golden Angel Scotland
Etched on bottom, Caithness Golden Star Scotland
Etched on bottom, Caithness Golden Crown Scotland
These weights are roughly 3 1/4" around, and together have a ship weight of 5 pounds.
This set is mostly in great condition. The Star and Crown are in great shape, no dings, scratches, gouges, or fleabites. I'm afraid, the Angel has had a rather sordid past, and has a fleabite, and a scratch on one side, near the back.
I have included a photo with a Fresca can, to help show the scale. The Fresca is NOT included, though, if you add an extra 10 bucks to your payment, I'll throw in the can.
The story behind the success...
Robin Sinclair founded Caithness Glass in Wick, North East Scotland in 1961, the company first started designing and creating many forms of Art Glass and in 1962 started creating paperweights with the arrival of Paul Ysart, who primarily made millefiori paperweights. Colin Terris then joined in 1968 to establish an engraving studio, trained by Paul, Colin soon began to experiment with many ideas, techniques and designs that were far beyond the conventional style of paperweight design known to that day.
In 1969 Colin designed the first modern-style Caithness Glass paperweights, the Planets set, which was an instant success. At the time the first weights were released, the paperweight team consisted of two people working in a corner of the Wick Factory. In 1969, Caithness established a second factory in Oban and in 1979 opened the Perth Factory.
In 1992, new glassworks and visitor centres were opened in both Wick and Oban. By 1973, forty four people were involved in the paperweight production process. Caithness centralised paperweight production in Perth in September 1995. Over time, Caithness expanded it's wealth of designers to include Alastair MacIntosh and Helen MacDonald.
This has translated into a diverse range of paperweight designs, from double magnum to miniature weights and from the modern to traditional ones total more than 2,500 as Caithness continue to produce new designs. The Caithness paperweight output has developed a following among collectors the world over and has brought the company from it's small beginnings to its current status as the world's leading producer of fine-quality glass paperweights.