Thanks! for the info. Roy, a clearer understanding in the process is beginning to sink in now.
Lots of info. available on the Murano Project Site. Wow! well displayed too. Having zoomed in on the Fratelli Toso paperweights as per your reference Alan, I noticed that most of the canes had three layers of star shape design around the centre red cane, where as, the one displayed on this post has two. Would this be one of your reasons for not being able to provide a positive identification? just a question to further my knowledge and understanding.
I spent the evening browsing for further info. and whilst rifling through my paperweights collected over a good number of years with interest. To my surprise, I managed to find one that is very similar to the one posted. The shape of the paperweight is more oval and slightly larger, but still contains the same characteristics. The only main difference is the outer white star shape band, that is thinner. I tried searching for one with this particular style on your site and other sites, but not had much luck. The dimensions of this paperweigh is Height 4.2cm, widest point 4.6cm and the flat base dia. 3.2cm. Here are the attached pics.