I know what you mean about the Perthshires, I haven't got enough room for a lot of the spokes, so am selling those that are hiding away.
I don't know about you, but the miniatures whether they're the crimped Perthshires, little Strathearns, or any other small ones - are great as a stress reliever, I hold them and turn them over and over when I'm thinking through designs or other things.
Of course paperweights are always well accepted as gifts, and there's been too many people just ask me for one they like, and I gave a Caithness Knossos as a Christmas present to a friend who's helped me out a lot and really, really wanted it, so I couldn't say no.
As for your Italian partner! He's obviously got no taste - and if I were you, I'd have asked for it back and got him a box of chocolates instead. :wink: