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Vintage Glass Fishing Float from Vancouver Island, Canada
Size: Small - 2 inches in diameter
Condition: very good
Weight: 2 Ozs.
Markings: None - there is a pontil which shows it was handblown. The pontil mark is a circular depression on the bottom. It is made when the pontil rod is transferred from the blowpipe for final shaping and finishing.
This is one of the floats that the Islanders from Vancouver Island collect. They come over via floating in the ocean from Asia and are collected by the Islanders as they come in on the tide. This is a real one - not one that they import to sell to tourists. I collected this one myself in the 1970's.
Glass fishing floats were once used by fishermen in many parts of the world to keep the nets afloat. Large groups of nets were strung together and were set adrift in the ocean. They were supported near the surface by handblown hollow glass balls. You can tell the real ones by the pontel left when handblowing them.
When the floats are broken away by storms or certain tidal conditions they can be afloat for over 10 years, before they come ashore on Canada's west coast. They are prized finds for beachcombers.