These are one of my favorite things! I have two of them in my kitchen- one is clear and relatively new looking. The other is darker and more opaque and a little beat up looking. People always ask me what they are and I love to tell the story. My husband always rolls his eyes, but I think it's so fun to imagine where they've been in the world! Great item!
Glass Fishing Float
$49.00Item Number #W3279
Availability:Out of Stock
- Each one is a unique treasure
- A rare piece
Since the turn of the century, these hollow glass floats, woven into the rope line of large fishing nets, were the worldwide choice of commercial fishermen from Norway to Japan to America. Often these round glass renegades escaped their worn-out nets. With the advent of plastic and the decline in commercial fishing, these lost, blue/green glass floats are now rare and highly sought after by collectors around the world. They were made by fusing glass together, so each ball has seams. Since age and origin is difficult to determine, variances may occur with each.
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Ratings & Reviews
Most Helpful Reviews
Some time back, I purchased three of these floats hoping for variations in color. Unfortunately, the three floats are so identical in color and wear, they seem artificially reproduced. They are exactly the same shade of green with heavy wear on the outside and scuffs in exactly the same locations, preventing any twinkle/reflection in sunlight. As others have said, the size makes them unique but do not purchase them if you are looking for a transparent glass effect in your decor.
Hi Pip ,
Thanks so much for your feedback. After reading your review, we found that our Sourcing team was matching the image on our website too literally. We have now instructed them to collect a broad range of interesting floats, so that each one that the customer receives is unique and has its own special story. We hope to update the images on our website to reflect this unique range of variation soon.
I purchased these some time ago. While I was expecting differences in color and wear I did not expect what I received. As one customer noted one of the floats is opaque because of wear barely looking like glass. The other have heavy wear on one side. The sun does not make these sparkle as I was hoping. Additionally mine are definitely all the same color. I was hoping for differences there! - a bottle green rather than aqua or blue tones. If it wasnt for their magnificent size these would have been returned.
I have been wanting to get one for a while then when I finally ordered I went for TWO and BOY are they different!! One does seem to have more age to it than the other as it shows the effect of the ocean and even has what was probably a chip that has lost the sharpness. It is quite light in color and the other is rather green and much less aged. I thought I might only keep one but how could I decide when they were so different!! GOOD JOB WISTERIA!!
I gave this item 5 stars because it was as I expected the colors are nice and the size is impressive. I ordered 3 floats and as they are hand blown into a mold none were the same. These do appear used as expected w/ scratches and glass making blemishes bubbles/ripples which adds to their rustic charm. The colors are nice variations of aqua blue which is a result of impurities/metals in the glass. They will capture and play with light beautifully whether natural light or strategically placed candles/lamps. A unique item for my mid-western location - Ive never seen a float of this size in anyones decor - even in coastal regions.
The size of the glass ball is quite impressive but the glass is almost opaque with scratches. Not quite the look I was going for.