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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.

Vintage Glass Fishing Float - Vancouver

  • Your price: $22.00
  • Item Number: AA748
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