Sorry to be posting here so late but I have stopped getting emails alerting me that this thread had been continuing and so I was not aware.
Jackie wrote: Mark when you say that Murano glassmakers fake Shneider signatures on weights - how do you know that they are Murano?? Do they also put a Murano label next to the Shneider signature?? Why would Murano glassworks fake such a signature when they can sign it with their own glassmasters names? I think it is far more likely to be a Chinese copy. I agree with Simone that it looks Chinese - that was my first gut reaction. But it certainly does not look like a Murano weight to me.
OK, I know they're Murano because I and other collectors have similar Murano weights without the faux Schneider signature.
Researching Scheider, we found that Schneider did not make paperweights with encased lampwork or torchwork designs.
I have a pedestal Murano tulip with the same faux Schneider signature as wrightoutlook's and she has received my pics.
I also have a Murano pedestal crocus like hers but that one does not have the faux Schneider signature. The fashion of the pedestal & foot as well as the design within, all say Murano, not Chinese.
As to Who put the faux Schneider signature on the Murano weights that have them well, we know that Murano artisans occasionally place faux 19th century date canes in their modern weights so yes, it could be the makers/glasshouse that did it. Or, it could be one or more retailers/dealers who did it in order to capitalize on the Schneider name for fun and profit.
This link, http://www.glassencyclopedia.com/Schneiderglass.html
, placed here before, contains helpful information on Schneider.
Finally, many collectors know from experience that there are also some modern Murano weights extant that have a faint faux modern Baccarat acid etched signature as well. So these faux Schneider & Baccarat signatures on modern Murano weights, while not plentiful, become known to collectors with experience, over time.
I hope this is helpful