Frank, what is your source or sources that say Murano makers are sub-contracting some souvenir production out of Italy?
I ask because it sounds like some line an ebay seller uses to justify calling the weights they're selling as being Murano weights when, in fact, they are Chinese weights.
I should mention too in response to another member who asked about who puts Murano labels on the Chi weights when a label is present that;
These labels come in sheets for both Chi (Made in china) & Murano (labels vary) weights. Anyone buying the weights in bulk can ask for sheets of labels and then afix any label to any weight as they so choose.
So much for a label authenticating a weight, huh.
That being said, I certainly agree with Frank that those who collect Chi weights should feel welcome and feel that their collection matters as much as anyones
Myself included as I have over 50 Chi weights in my collection and enjoy them.
They are collectable and that is a good thing.
I also have over 50 weights made on the island of Murano in my collection.
Then, lol, they are all of the others I collect ranging from original Millville crimp roses to other crimp rose makers of more recent vintage.
I enjoy the work of the modern lampwork masters and have more than a few of those too.
Bohemian post classic period weights are another sub collection of mine.
Actually, about the only sub genre of weights that I do not collect are they 19th century French weights.
So thank you Frank for this site and all of your efforts