Commemorative Pieces

About these designs

Many commemorative pieces were commissioned over the years with Isle of Wight Studio Glass. It is not currently known to this site when the first one was made or who the designers were. However, when information becomes available the pieces will be listed here in approximate date order.


Yelverton Paperweight Centre (1979 and 1981)

Bernard Broughton who founded Yelverton Paperweight Centre in 1978 commissioned two series of limited-edition paperweights from IOWSG. The first series made in 1979 had a 'PO 79' embossed logo on the base. PO was a reference to Post Office. Bernard was the postmaster of St Tudy in Cornwall. He made his collection of paperweights accessible to the public initially in his post office building. The second series had 'Y 1981' embossed on the base, a reference to Yelverton and the year they were made. The second series paperweights contain pieces of quartz collected from Bodmin Moor to add to the local interest.

Series 2 paperweights

Yelverton 1981 pink paperweight
Yelverton 1981 pink paperweight

This paperweight has pink and white swirls. It measures 8 cm in diameter and 5.5 cm high. This example is numbered 49.

Yelverton 1981 green paperweight
Yelverton 1981 green paperweight

This paperweight has green and blue swirls, and an IOWSG triangular label attached to the side. It measures 7 cm in diameter and 5 cm high. There is no numbering on the base.


Killarney Championship Dog Show (1985)

This piece consists of a gold Azurene cylinder vase, 15.5 cm high x 6 cm diameter, with the text saying "KILLARNEY CHAMPIONSHIP DOG SHOW 1985" sandblasted on the side. Presumably it was a prize at the show.

Killarney Championship Dog Show cylinder vase

International Factors Ltd Silver Jubilee (1985)

International Factors Ltd Silver Jubilee 1985 goblet
International Factors Ltd Silver Jubilee 1985 base inscription

This piece is a 'White' Azurene drinking goblet, about 15 cm high, where the colourless foot has a commemorative engraving saying 'International Factors Ltd Silver Jubilee 1985'.

International Factors Ltd Silver Jubilee 1985 paperweight
International Factors Ltd Silver Jubilee 1985 paperweight
International Factors Ltd Silver Jubilee 1985 paperweight

Flattened globe paperweight, 7.2 cm in diameter and 4.5 cm high.


Our Lady Patricia Inaugural Voyage (1986)

Our Lady Patricia Inaugural Voyage paperweight

Flattened globe paperweight about 5.5 cm diameter and 3.8 cm high. On the base it says "Our Lady Patricia Inaugural Voyage 26th March 1986". HSC Our Lady Patricia was a catamaran ferry on the Ryde Pier to Portsmouth route operated by Wightlink. The logo is that of Sealink Stena Line.


Islander Twenty Five Year Anniversary (1990)

A flattened globe paperweight, 7 cm diameter, 3.5 cm high, similar to pink Azurene, with the words "1965-1990 B N Islander Twenty Five Glorious Years". Although the commemoration refers to 1990 there is a gold on black square label on the base which indicates the paperweight was probably made in 1991. The Islander reference is to the Britten-Norman Islander aircraft.

Islander Twenty Five Year Anniversary paperweight

Opening of Vantage West, 16th February 1996

A footed bowl in the style of Nightscape, about 19 cm in diameter and 11.5 cm high. The words engraved on the rim say "Opening of Vantage West for Consolidated Financial Insurance by HRH Prince Edward on the 16th February 1996." It was made in a limited edition of 50. They were signed "Jonathan Harris Isle of Wight Glass" and numbered.

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The Dedication and Naming of fastCAT (2000)

A flattened paperweight with the words "The dedication and naming of fastCAT 16.10.00 Fastcat Shanklin and Fastcat Ryde." HSC FastCat Shanklin and HSC FastCat Ryde were high speed catamaran ferries which operated between Ryde Pier to Portsmouth from August 2000 to 2010.

Dedication and Naming of fastCAT paperweight

The Dedication & Inaugural Sailing of M.V. St Clare, 24th July 2001

A footed bowl, 14 cm diameter at the rim, 7 cm high, with colours similar to Summer Fruits Mulberry.

MV St Clare Inauguration footed bowl

The Dedication and Celebration Cruise of M.V. St Clare, 26th September 2001

A footed bowl, 14 cm diameter at the rim, 7 cm high, with colours similar to Summer Fruits Mulberry.

MV St Clare Dedication footed bowl
MV St Clare ferry

The MV St Clare is a ship currently sailing on the Portsmouth to Fishbourne, Isle of Wight, route operated by Wightlink. Image courtesy of Brian Burnell.


Hooks Chartered Accountants 1922 – 2002

A footed bowl, 15.5 cm diameter at the rim, 9 cm high, with colours similar to Summer Fruits Mulberry.

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Southampton and South West Hampshire Health Authority 2002

A flattened globe paperweight in the style of 'New' Golden Peacock, 5 cm in diameter. It has 'SSWHHA 2002' sandblasted on the base. The example below is in the blue colourway.

Southampton and South West Hampshire Health Authority 2002 blue paperweight
Southampton and South West Hampshire Health Authority 2002 blue paperweight base

Flame of Hope (2006)

The first Flame of Hope Awards ceremony took place in 2003. Since then Cancer Research UK has presented over 500 Flame of Hope awards to thank and recognize individuals who have given significantly in the cause to beat cancer. There is a story in the Morpeth Herald in July 2006 mentioning that the award that year was a drop-shaped paperweight made by IOWSG. This item seems to be it. The paperweight has the words "Flame of Hope" etched in gold in large letters on the side.

Flame of Hope paperweight

NatWest Island Games (2011)

A diamond-shaped pendant, about 6.5 cm wide and 5.0 cm high, with the words "Isle of Wight 2011 NatWest Island Games XIV" on the front and "International Island Games Association Commemorative" on the back. It comes with a blue lanyard with "NatWest" and the NatWest logo and "isle of wight studio glass" with the flame logo substituting for the 'o' of 'of'. The diamond face of the pendant and the lettering on the back are in gold, silver or bronze. In total 1555 were made to present to the winning athletes. A further 265 commemorative medals were presented to dignitaries and officials at the Games. IOWSG worked with Octopus Designs to design the medal. There is an article about the medals on the On The Wight web site.

Island Games Medal 2011

Queen's Diamond Jubilee (2012)

The words 'Commemorating the Diamond Jubilee 2012' is in gold lettering around the cylindrical foot. Each piece is numbered and signed 'Timothy Harris Isle of Wight Glass England 2012.' The commemorative bowls were made in two sizes. Only six were made of the larger, which are 19.5 cm high x 23 cm diameter. This example is No.1. Sixty of the smaller bowls were made.

Queen's Diamond Jubilee 2012 bowl

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