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Emerald Forest courageously represents a disappearing breed of vintage glass fishing float from the Gift Trade Genre. This hand blown Japanese collectible from the !940's - 60's is a thrill to hold in the palm of the hand. Its 'thunder bolt' heavy weight is a lovely surprise! You may read more below about the Gift Trade era production in Japan decades ago.

This wonderful antique piece measures 2-1/2" diameter or 7-11/16" in circumference. It's a joy to hold and play with. It's cooling effect, rich deep color and smoother-than-silk feel is a true delight. The lovely high quality antique glass seems layered when held to the light. The innermost layer shows a lacy like film. The coloration is transparent in direct light, yet turns more opaque in less light. This variation can be seen in the photos as I attempted to capture the different facets. Another layer shows interesting swirling patterns, but the glass is so thick you need to study it.

Surface wear is medium for this type of float. It's obvious is has been around, when the surface is studied under direct bright light, but likely not fished. In photo #4, notice the pollen scattered about the surface. You may notice these dusty looking specks in the other photos as well. The pollen from a beautiful Honey Locust stuck to the glass with an electrical charge! The camera had to be cleaned afterwords.

This vintage collectible float, called Emerald Forest represents the early Japanese Gift Trade Genre floats (1940's - 60's) when medium to thick glass, quality good weight floats in beautiful colors were made right alongside floats to be fished. High quality Gift Trade floats were produced by Japanese glass companies, such as the Hokuyo Glass Company in the 1950's, largely due to interest and demand in the West. Today these vintage pieces are not easy to come by, as people tend to hang onto the very colorful vintage gems. They were never produced in the very large numbers either, as were the floats to be fished.

It's accurate to say too, that most if not all of the earlier Japanese glass production companies and blowers did not keep records! I am fortunate to have a handful with labels still attached. The labels are old, faded or a bit tattered and say "Made in Japan".

Gift Trade Era floats have usually never been fished, though I have seen the odd exception. This one has likely never been fished. If you examine the surface closely in bright light, you will notice light wear, the odd buff or scrape. It's in excellent condition with high glossy sheen throughout. Please refer to the information in lightinawormhole's Shop Announcement, click at the top of the front page for detailed information on the three types of authentic vintage floats collected & sold in this shop. The Gift Trade Genre floats are becoming quite scarce. Emerald Forest comes from my personal collection. It would be great good fortune to stumble upon another. Far easier to locate a 'curio' but not likely in vintage!

The seal 'button' on Emerald Forest is a perfect, clean looking, well crafted little 'button', typical of the genre and time. It looks to have been made into a near perfect, obviously hand made, little round 'button' - showing the somewhat comical look of a carefully smooshed 'blob'. The placement is spot on with the surround edge remaining smooth and in MINT condition. There are no nicks, no grazing to the surround edge. See the seal in photo #2.

Note the amazing tiny hand blown vintage float, in all its golden delight, in the last photo. This float is also Gift Trade from my own collection. It has lovely weight and character to the glass. It is not part of this sale and not for sale, but appears to give an idea of how nicely another color will go with Emerald Forest, complementing the deep, glossy forest green. It also shows size difference. The little gold float is 1-1/4" to 1-1/2" in diameter, basically an inch less 'in the round', yet look how much difference that makes in terms of diameter!

The brilliant colors of the Gift Trade floats work well any time of the year, representing seasonal celebrations, winter holidays, summer's bright blossoms and foliage, or the exciting change and glow of autumn. I chose the title - Emerald Forest - because the rich, deep color and glow of the float do justice to any season of the year.

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SHIPPING: Happy to offer Priority shipping for this float. It will be DOUBLE boxed with extra insulation for maximal protection 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.


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Glass Fishing Float Collectible, Emerald Forest Vintage Gift Trade, Nautical, Home Decor, Ocean, Beach Decor, Cottage, Japanese, Fishing


  • Vintage item from the 1940s
  • Material: glass
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