I agree that this weight is probably one sold under the name Royal Crest, although as has been pointed out, the same or very similar weights are sold under the name Leonardo (and also another, which escapes me at the moment :?)
Some are indeed very good, as I said in another thread some time ago, but some are less than carefully finished and would probably have been rejected as 'seconds' by a more up-market company. Mind you, heresy though it may be, I feel the same about some of the Caithness 'unlimited' weights!
And, it must be said, there is (inevitably, in a hand made product) a degree of variation in even the 'limited edition' weights which makes me for one aware of the need to pick and choose! For example, I have a Caithness limited edition paperweight entitled 'Rainforest', designed by Helen MacDonald, which I consider to be far and away better quality than several others in the same edition which I have seen since purchasing mine. The implication is that the quality varies, within given limits of course, in even the top end of the 'gift weight' market!
I do also have a couple of Royal Crest (or Leonardo :wink: ) weights in my collection, which I consider to be well made and attractive - more so than some of the mass-produced Caithness offerings!
I try not to fall into that "Scottish = good quality, Chinese = mass-produced cr*p" mentality! :twisted:
I wish we could find out exactly who is the 'Chinese' (generic term :evil: )manufacturer of these rather nice weights we are beginning to see imported! I do have this 'thing' about importers who don't give credit to the maker, as you may know :oops: :roll:
That's enough outta me, I guess