Just a quick note to confirm this is a Caithness weight. The cane does have a Maltese cross in it: it is one of a range of canes which Harry McKay and I designed in the early 1980s to use in all weights requiring millefiori canes. Originally as I remember we made around 22-23 basic "single pull " designs of which the Maltese cross was number 15. The canes were used for various weights right up to the end of the Perth factory. It was a Maltese cross as it is the easiest cross to form; all it required was Harry to use a basic 8 point star mould and then squeeze the star inbetween every second point of the star using his pricillas. This brought 4 of the inward facing points closer to the centre and forced the other 4 inward points back out to form the flatter outer edges of the cross. hope this helps.