The term “Old English” was coined to cover a number of glassworks which were producing paperweights - mainly close concentrics - in the 19th Century and well into the 1920/30s. Due to a lack of records, it is impossible to say with any certainty where many of these weights originated. Some are meticulously made with complex canes and display a high degree of technical expertise; others have only simple cogs and lack the quality seen in the better weights. Companies known to have produced paperweights include H.G. Richardson in Stourbridge as well as Arculus in Birmingham, which was later acquired by Walsh-Walsh.
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