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This very beautiful, old European glass fishing float is in truly amazing condition, being 70 to 80 years old - having survived the ferocious seas, high winds and decades of service. I have a similar float this same wonderful size, 5-1/4" diameter or 16-1/8" in circumference, sitting here facing me right now. It's a Scottish float in much lighter weight glass, with exactly the same measurements, and while the color is also a dark forest type of green, the entire surface is riddled with very heavy wear. Whereas, 'Olive Forest EU' (European in origin, likely British) is in (hooray!) comparably terrific vintage condition.

Now I wish I'd had the Scottish one out and thought to take photos with 'Olive Forest' so you could compare and contrast what I'm describing. Considering what these old floats have endured during their journeys of service, and the challenges they've undergone at sea, it is almost magic to find and own one that has survived so beautifully.

The marvelous high quality antique glass in 'Olive Forest' is wonderfully thick, with the float weighing close to 1-1/4 pounds. Surface wear is light (to normal if you tend to be picky)! Yet, as mentioned, in comparison to the Scottish float, this one is rave! Though it does, naturally, show some wear. The surface glass does show the odd scratch and light buffing here and there. Most notably, if you study photo #2, on the left side you'll see a mold line - all good - and to the right of that look for another more 'scriggly' line or impression. This is a long, curved, surface scratch, with a bit of a wide open 'v' shape - each leg being about 1-1/2" in length. This being the 'worst' of the wear, and really hardly serious.

The float was a curious one to photograph. It's surface is 'mirror-like' - highly reflective with the glass layers of deposit being of differing thickness here and there, so it bounces the light about like a cup of water sloshing back and forth. Observe the phenomenal effect in photo #4! Actually 'ethereal'! I took some photos for fun because the interplay of the gorgeous curved, mirror-like glass and the light was mesmerizing!

Indirect light passing through this float will give you much what is seen in photo #1, a rich, deep olive forest green - thick, rich luster glass. In low light or shade the float will appear more opaque as in photos #3 and #5. Photo #2 was taken with a lovely light blue float buddy in a 3-1/4" size, to give you more of a size comparison. 5-1/4" diameter is a good size.

Olive Forest is a 2-piece molded glass float so you will note a seam on either side. The 'top' (actually the 'base' as it's made) is a lovely inset round beveled piece of glass, measuring 2-1/4" in diameter. Photo #5 shows this very pretty, precisely crafted beveled plate.

The seal 'button' is beautifully crafted, thick and quite oval in shape. The sealing iron had tiny wavy lines or impressions on its outermost edges, so tilted at the right angle, these can be observed in the finishing. The surround edge to the seal is in excellent MINT condition, showing no chips, no nicks or grazing. What a delight - and great good fortune! Observe the seal in photos #3 and #4. Photo #4 also shows a bit of the 'mirror' like reflection or undulations in the glass, much prettier in person!

This heavy glass old beauty will be DOUBLE boxed with extra insulation for maximal protection. I take no chances with these artifacts so shipping is not cheap. Apologies, but if you're like me, you'd rather have the museum piece, than the insurance money!

Thank you for helping to care for vintage fishing floats which are rapidly being replaced with plastic or synthetic floats.

Your time and energy are valued. Thank you for your interest in lightinawormhole.
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 $17.00. 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.


Glass Fishing Float Collectible, Olive Forest EU 5 Inches Plus, Nautical, Antique, Home Decor, Sea, Beach Cottage Decor, Garden Decor


  • Vintage item from the 1940s
  • Material: glass
  • Only ships within United States.
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