These Japanese handcrafted fishing floats have been made and utilized by fishermen from beautiful metropolis of Hokkaido Island and are precise real floats. In some place of Japan, this glass fishing floats gear are being modified by plastic and a few case polystyrene making real glass fishing floats extraordinarily collectible. Glass floats can be found in all colors, from totally clear to completely black opaque.
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Glass fishing floats come in three categories - authentic, contemporary and curio. Authentic gl ass floats are those that were manufactured for actual usage. Those can be found made with heavy glass and show normal use such as scars and scrapes, chips, dings and sometimes there are signs of sea life encrusted on the glass. Often on the larger floats, there are marks on a separate patch of glass.
Seller: thenauticalplace 29, They were once used by fishermen in many parts of the world to keep their nets afloat. These Japanese hand made fishing floats were made and used by fishermen from Hokkaido Island of northern Japan and are real authentic floats.
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My aunt almost married a North Coast fisherman. As a child, I was fascinated by these sea-green glass balls, lit in the evening sun. I resolved that one day I too would travel to the exotic Queen Charlotte Islands and collect treasures on the beach and meet a handsome prince who would whisk me away in his fishing boat. I never did meet the prince, but the lure of miles of sandy beaches on Haida Gwaii have drawn me back almost every summer, searching for gifts from the sea.
I was wondering if you could tell me what it is worth? I have a green on without any mark, but it has an inny bottom like an inny belly button and I haven't seen to many of them. Is that worth anything?
Many glass collectors are not yet familiar with this type of glass collectible, unless they live along the Western coasts of the US, or have seen them for sale at antique shops or gift shops. Every so often, especially after strong storms accompanied by long-continued onshore Westerly winds have passed through, beachcombers in Oregon, Washington and other areas have found these hollow glass balls cast up onto the beach along with driftwood and other flotsam and jetsam. Note : small fishing floats are sometimes confused with glass target balls, which were used in trap shooting during the late Victorian era. These hollow spheres were used on ocean waters to support large scale commercial fishing nets, often with many individual fishing nets strung together, sometimes several miles in extent and keep these nets from sinking.