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It has been said by a respected Western expert that only about one in 300 floats are all over 'frosted'. Blue Pearl is a fine example of all over frosting - nature's art. Frosting occurs from decades of sand-blasting - the actions of ferocious winds and relentless bashing of tides and sands. It's as if the glass is the canvas while nature's paintbrush is the wind and sand! How fortunate to summon forth your own inner spring with contemplation on Blue Pearl.
This sweet, inspiring hand blown collectible measures 2-1/2" diameter or 10-9/16" circumference - approximately a good sized orange. The quality antique glass is extremely thick and what I call 'battleship' heavy (which is why the shipping is a bit high). The 'frosting' naturally has the 'washed' look, as in an old pair of jeans - good to go! The last photo shows a bit of the un-evenness, if it's even an issue on this near perfect frosted piece! The glory - the color - oh, and there's still an even bigger surprise - the signed mark!
The seal 'button' on Blue Pearl is something to rave about. It is quite large and a bit square-round in shape. It's of nice thickness and placed well enough. The surround edges - miraculously enough - show no impact blows, no chips, no grazing! The edges are nicely rounded over, smooth and in MINT condition! Then there's the wonderful mark. Note the 'D.G.' with 'A' below (actually stamped in two places, so the 'A' appears twice).
The mark represents the famous Daiichi Glass Company of northern Japan - Daiichi meaning 'number one'. There are perhaps six to eight versions of the mark that have been stamped decades ago. It's worth noting that this particular Japanese glass manufacturing company was said to be likely the "most innovative" of those companies that produced the glass balls. (Thank you, W. Pich). Apparently only around 20% of floats have ever been marked.
Blue Pearl is special. Not only the inspiring color, but the frosting is not something easily located - and the clear, prominent, unbroken, perfect mark is definitely a collector's dream. If you give Blue Pearl a new home, please be sure to pass it on to posterity. These will never be made again.
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SHIPPING: Happy to offer Priority shipping for this float. It will be double boxed with extra insulation for maximal protection of its antiquity while in transit. The cost is $11.00. This includes your tracking number and insurance. It will be packed with absolute care. *** Please allow 1 to 3 days to ship and 2 to 3 days for the carrier. You should receive it in a week or less. If you need it quicker, tell me and I’ll ship it fast! ***
COMBINED SHIPPING: Yes - I will combine! Floats of generally similar size & weight can be combined so you save on shipping. These decisions are made at the actual time of packing, using my best judgment to keep items safe from damage in transit, protecting them maximally. Best option is to pay the shipping on each item up front. A shipping refund will be issued promptly via Paypal when your parcels are complete. My customers will confirm I am happy to do this. If this doesn’t work for you, convo for a ‘guesstimate’ on combined shipping of items.
CANADA: USPS has omitted insurance from the economy (1st Class International) shipping category. Priority International is the next best available method yet not cost effective in my opinion, unless purchasing two or three items & combining shipping. Please convo for a quote if interested. My sincere apologies!
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