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The final photo, a close-up of the seal 'button', shows the glorious teal turquoise color of this antique glass fishing float. Dubbed 'Navaho Blue Cloud' to honor the marvelous color and fascinating 'ghost net' patterned 'clouds' on the surface, this vintage hand blown collectible is a real treasure and a definite keeper.

Measuring 3-1/2" diameter or 10-5/8" circumference, the 'blue' appears more of a gray blue or powder blue depending on the background or immediate environment because the glass is so highly reflective. When I hold the float up in the air or away from darker colors, the teal blue turquoise of its brilliant seal (seen in photo #5) takes over and reflects throughout. The seal 'button' is where the most color is concentrated. The 'mix' of powder blue and teal turquoise can be picked up a little more in photo #3 than some of the others, which were taken in low light conditions, so the wood of the deck brought out the 'gray' blue or 'powder' blue. All in all, the float definitely takes one's imagination into the clouds!

About 2/3 of the surface shows the lovely 'ghost net' patterns from sand-blasting which would have occurred way back when the float wore a net. The clear patterning is where the net used to be. The 'frosted' portions (between the 'ghost' netting), I like to say, represents nature's paintbrush - the wind, sand and water elements - with the glass representing the canvas.

The very high quality antique glass shows normal surface wear, 'if' you can even think about it while being dazzled with the float's beauty. The clear portion of the float, about 1/3 of one side, is stunning with the rich luster and high gloss of the amazing old glass! A bit of this clear area may be seen in photo #1. The float is a virtual galaxy of 'movement', swirling, and bubbling of all sizes. Some are tear drops or rain drops that appear ready to dissolve any moment, spilling into the hand like magic from the past. Meanwhile, luxuriate with the float in the palm of the hand, resembling 'silk'. How this marvelous relic exhibits multiple attributes associated with 'natural art' is part of the mystery. Navaho Blue Cloud is one float that is actually far prettier in real time than the photos can possibly convey.

The seal 'button' resembles an ancient 'label' or artifact to be studied. The seal has been well placed. It's thick and feels sturdy even though it's glass! It shows a curious signed mark that resembles a hook of some sort - possibly even a softer, morphed 'roof' or 'mountain' mark. I puzzled over it for a long time. If you turn it 'upside down' (the mark) - what is called a 'reverse 2' shows clearly at a certain angle. Dare you to fine it! It's there! Then make two wishes.

Arabic numerals were commonly used to mark floats, though only one in 300 floats bear marks. The numbers 1 through 6 were most often used with several others being rarely used. Though a 'regular' 2 as we know it was used, curiously the only number that shows up reversed, now an then, is the 'reverse 2' or 'mirror-'image 2' as it's sometimes called.

The surround edge on the seal is in quite good condition, mostly smooth, showing just a bit of shallow, minor grazing. But most wonderfully, an entire section of the periphery of the surround, measuring maybe 1-1/2" in length, shows a very curious texturing that resembles miniature characters of some sort - reminds one of 'cuneiform', an ancient script composed of 'wedged' pictographs.

Enjoy some of the seal's amazing topography in the last photo, along with its transcendent turquoise 'eye' in center of the seal. This is a float to make wishes on and keep it in a special place, a significant place in the home that represents the promise of hope and good fortune.

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.
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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!

THANKS AGAIN FOR YOUR TIME AND INTEREST. HOPE YOU RE-VISIT lightinawormhole.
lightinawormhole by Robi

Glass Fishing Float Vintage, Navaho Blue Cloud MARKED, Nautical, Home Decor, Sea, Beach Decor, Garden Decor, Cottage, Fishing

Overview

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