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Northwest Glass briefly produced clear and ‘beer bottle’ colored floats shortly after WW II and into the 1950’s. The floats usually measure 4” to 6” with the a unique looking 'signature' stick-up seal button (on a little neck raised up from the glass). The seals were therefore quite vulnerable to damage. Most I’ve seen are chipped, some badly, others mildly. These floats are, for some reason – somewhat difficult to find, especially with an original hemp intact net. There aren’t a lot around, much less sun-turned and with an intact original net!
The NW Glass Co floats are unique - you don’t have to go to Europe and pay a fortune for a very different type of non-Japanese float in big demand with scarce supply. Nonetheless, the Northwest Glass floats remain reasonably priced even in today’s market. Possibly one reason: they didn’t get around the world, weren’t manufactured for long, & small in numbers so they didn’t get widely known. They are quite appealing and, as a 2-piece molded float, the look, design and quality will always be a favorite for me!
As mentioned, the float is fine condition. Its seal button is in perfect condition, showing no nicks, not even any grazing to the edges. That's a beautiful thing! However it has been worked at sea and shows normal surface wear to its thick, heavy glass. The float is wearing an original hemp net. Definitely an authentic natural old fiber, definitely not cotton. Either hemp or sisal. This wonderful fully intact net shows natural wear. It's 'dry' but not actually to the 'brittle' stage (as some I've seen). Though if you mess around with it, tiny fibers are going to be encouraged to separate. Treat it with care and respect and it will display well for a very long time to come.
The base on the NW Glass floats is very interesting. As mentioned, these are 2-piece molded floats. The base is a flat round plate with nicely beveled edges - a bit like a mirror. Very unique! On one side of the float, about 1/4" just above the beveled edge, is the number "4". I have seen this number on some of the Northwest Glass Co floats, though not all. In the last photo you can see a brilliant reflection - this is the seal 'button' being reflected by the flat round plate at the back, acting somewhat like a mirror in the photo!
This entrancing float is clear with a somewhat 'cloudy' look even though it's glass is glossy enough. The 'cloudy' appeal has to do with sun aging or what is referred to as 'sun color' (mentioned in first paragraph) - which takes on a slight pinky or purply look, a chemical reaction of some sort that takes place with the ingredients of the very old glass interacting with sunlight. Please note the lavender like tint will be more or less visible depending on the lighting and angle at which the float is observed. As it continues to age, it will gradually show more of this very desirable 'purpling' effect. To those who have not developed the eye to identify this effect, it may appear more ordinary. While this float is definitely in the beginning stages of 'purpling' or becoming 'sun colored' - the quality of the light and surroundings in the photos bring out this lovely, desirable quality.
Thank you for helping to care for vintage fishing floats which are being replaced rapidly with plastic or synthetic floats.
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SHIPPING: I am 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 $15.00. 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, likely less. If you require the item quicker, please let me know 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 through Paypal once your parcel or 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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