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The transcendent, almost metallic blue or peacock blue of this lovely old glass fishing float is the stuff of 'Reverie', the blue of dreams. Not the light billowy, inviting picnic time blue of a serene daylight sky, nor the engulfing azure of desert nightfall, ready to pull you into deep slumber. This is the in between - many shades of escape - into the transcendent blue of a fascinating dream.

Reverie measures 2-1/2" diameter (the glass itself) or 7-7/8" in circumference with, or including the width of the net. This size is commonly referred to by collectors as 'golf ball' size. The next size would be 'baseball' size (glamorous, I know)! And beyond that, 'grapefruit size, etc to soccer and basket ball sizes and even larger into 18" floats, which are huge and scarce. These little guys, such as Reverie, are easy to collect, positively influencing life at almost every turn! They fit so wonderfully on a book case, window sill, desk top, computer desk, vanity, dresser, kitchen table, or dining decor, deck, patio, end tables, etc. No end to the fun of moving them around and changing displays at a whim!

Reverie shows normal surface wear, evidencing its many decades of service and journey at sea. Yet the glass remains glossy enough with a lovely glow. The float shows subtle swirling and wears an original, authentic net, intact, tight and in very good condition. The net is sturdy and has a great texture, I'm sure a combination of cotton and wool in what was a light foam green color.

The seal 'button' shows very fine formation. It's beautifully rounded, even throughout and nicely placed. The surround edge is in quite good condition, showing a few spots of very shallow, light grazing - almost negligible, this being a nice seal with a beautiful concentration of color. The seal is marked with basically (see next paragraph on details) a 'D.G' which stands for the Daiichi Glass Company of northern Japan, said to have been the 'most innovative' of the Japanese glass companies. 'Daiichi' stood for 'number one' or 'the most' or 'best'. (Thank you, W. Pich).

There are all together seven or eight versions of the 'D.G.' mark. This one shows a very large, prominent, stick-like 'D', almost resembling a box from one angle. Then there are two 'G's - not so prominent, but obscured by the 'eye' of the float and its general topography. I believe the maker attempted to stamp twice, or the iron may have slipped so two 'G's can be made out with a faint curved line to the left of one, which may indicate a 2nd 'D'. Often the seals are curved such that, along with the warm glass morphing, parts of marks have a way of wandering or disappearing. Here you have an interesting 'D.G' mark to celebrate as only about one in 300 floats bear marks.

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 $9.00. 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!

lightinawormhole by Robi

Glass Fishing Float Vintage Collectible, Reverie MARKED, Nautical, Home Decor, Ocean, Beach Decor, Cottage, Japanese, Fishing, Garden Decor


  • Vintage item from the 1940s
  • Materials: glass, cotton, wool
  • Only ships within United States.
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