Just took a peak at the Paperweight forum and saw this topic took off in a few directions I wansnt even thinking about....
As for the Venini weights, I do have to say I've seen, at auction, a few paperweights signed and with the "carpet ground" listed before. Within the last 3 months there have been 2 of them if Im not mistaken. The 2 of them were completely white (also with the "carpet ground"), which is a color I would think Venini would use for their weights. I didnt look closely at how they were signed. Now I think I really should have because it would have been a great help on this case.
The only others I've seen signed have been newer weights in the form of disks with a totally different signature. Those were very colorful.
As far as it being a fake? I have no idea.
All the Venini signatures I have on my items look etched in, not drilled, except for a Venini fazzoletto vase dated 2000.
Paul, thats an interesting weight? Is it initails on top?