Roger, good cane spotting in Alan's website.
Hmm, when I said earlier ...
... the only example I have in my "Ysart-etc." collection that has a complex cane with a 3-cane central section ...
... I had forgotten about some examples in a couple of Paul Ysart closepack weights for which I have not yet made a photographic extraction of each cane. [I'll claim getting older in my defence :spls: ]
The images below show macro focus versions of the canes in my weights that are identical to those Roger found. Also, to make the comparison easier for other readers, the links that follow are to Alan's pages that show the single enlarged version of each PY paperweight containing those canes:http://www.pwts.co.uk/images-sale/1963w.jpg
(green cane with 3-cane inner)http://www.pwts.co.uk/images-sale/1865.jpg
(complex cane with 3-cane inner)
So what does this mean? It shows that Paul Ysart definitely used a 3-cane motif as an inner section of at least two of his canes. However, the green cane is not a "complex cane" in the sense that it does not have multiple canes making up the outer layer. So it is not really a true comparison to the complex cane that is the subject of this thread.
The other cane is a good comparison and raises the question of whether Roger's "crunchy bar" orange-ground weight might have been made by Paul Ysart. I know what I think, but what do others say - and why?