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This jewel-like, very pretty antique glass fishing float has been named 'Camomile' in honor of its serenity and lovely calming effect. It's warm, yet its beauty so soothing - comforting and light - like a cup of Camomile tea. My Grandmother used to insist that we leave the Camomile 'weeds' that grew along the round rock pathway.

The sage-olive color of Camomile is deepened as in photos #1 and #3, depending on lighting. It can go lighter with more of a sage 'mint' hue - as in photo #2 - depending on angle, lighting and background. In the seal 'button' area, of course, the color is quite saturated and lovely. The float is massively loaded with the tiniest, foamy type champagne bubbling, giving the surface more of an iridescent glow than an actual physical appearance of bubbles. These can best be seen when you hold the float closely up to a light source and gaze through it.

Camomile shows normal surface wear from its many decades of service at sea. The quality antique glass exhibits a gorgeous rich luster, high gloss sheen. Add to that, the hand blown collectible gem is visibly 'swirled' with very refined, striated swirls. Such a pretty piece, that of a delicate jewel. And feels like silk in the hand!

Camomile is shown with a float buddy in the last photo. The little float is only an inch less in diameter, being 2-1/2" D. Whereas Camomile measures 3-1/4" diameter or 9-3/4" in circumference. Yet look what a difference an inch makes in the 'round'! The smaller float size is usually referred to as 'golf ball' size, whereas Camomile's size is called 'baseball' size for quick reference. The little float wears a hemp net in great condition. It's called 'Little Star'. If you want to find out why, or see more of 'Little Star' (not part of this sale), it can be seen in the following link:


Notice the rich appearance of the seal 'button in photos #1, #3, and the close-up photo #4. The seal appears almost effervescent with the double layered glass, simply FULL of the tiny bubbling mentioned above. A hint of garden 'green' peaks through here and there - as seen in photo #4, enough to surprise us after we're used to the olive coloration. Such a multi-faceted, gorgeous old blend of glass! The seal's surround edge is in terrific condition, smoothed down with finesse, almost flush with the surface glass of the float body. Note a section of grazing to the edge, showing two chips - across from the 'smile' in the mark. The angle of the photo emphasizes these. Most of the surround edge is lovely.

The mark on the seal button is the famous, well-loved 'shi' or 'Smiley Face' - as it's commonly referred to in the West. In the Japanese katakana alphabet, Walt Pich says 'shi' means 'four'. However it's likely that the 'shi' mark was used to denote the Shimamura Glass Company.

The 'Smiley Face' consists of two crude 'dots' or short 'lines' - which can be taken as a pair of 'eyes' - with a crude, or sometimes lightly curved line below, indicating a 'smile'. Often the 'shi' is seen alone. However this one is outstanding and shows a perfect circle around it. Because it's stamped right over the 'eye' of the seal, there's a bit of an indentation on the left side of the 'shi' which made it difficult to photo and catch the entire mark evenly. Not perfect - but the concept is all there:) Camomile is distinct in its own way, yet its silky, iridescent beauty is wonderfully calming.

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 $10.00. 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.


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lightinawormhole by Robi

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


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