Hi Ross, It is a free hand, very fine, engraved signature but over the bevelled rim of the base. The wear and tear of the glass being scuffed as it has stood on a surface does not help. The only way to read it is with a strong back spotlight and to roll the weight slightly to get top and bottom of the signature into view. I am working on a way to get something of an image copied. I tried to trace it through onto a cigarette paper but that didn't work! Pressing plasticine onto it also failed! Hopefully I will devise a way to do this. Any thoughts? Thanks Trapper.