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Whitefriars Glass was located near London on a site originally occupied by Carmelite monks - the White Friars, hence the famous logo. Although for years many "experts" insisted that Whitefriars had produced paperweights in the 19th Century, more recent research indicates that the first weights only appeared in the late 1930s! The heyday of paperweight making were the years between 1953 and 1980 - when, under the guidance of Geoffrey Baxter, who became the company’s chief designer - some beautiful and extremely sought after designs were introduced. Whitefriars paperweights were always of the highest quality. In late 1980 economic pressures forced the company into liquidation.

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Reference: WHI 04266
A beautiful large butterfly composed of complex millefiori canes and set on a dark blue ground (appears black !).  Bundled pale-blue tubes make up the insect’s body.  Composite pink/blue canes in the outstretched wings produce an overall mauve tonality, offset by the white/pink edging and similarly-..
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