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Cute as pie (though probably not as tasty) are this 'Sugar Plum Pair' of vintage glass fishing floats. Both are partially or mostly 'frosted' in areas from decades of artful sand-blasting by Mother Nature! I like to think of the wind, water and sand as nature's paint brush, with the glass providing the canvas. Sometimes the sand-blasting or 'frosting' process seem etched into the glass in a way that reminds me of sugar-coating. They look so beautifully sugar-coated! So it was fun to name them 'Sugar Plum Pair'.

The adorable little float with the peridot green seal measures 2-5/8" diameter or 7-3/4 in circumference. The lovely powder blue float, which almost looks like iced sugar in real time measures 2-7/16" diameter or 7-11/16" in circumference - a wee bit smaller than the other. Please note the coloration will appear lighter or darker depending on the available light and type of lighting in combination with the environment or background. The first and third photos most closely approximate what the floats are. The other photos are low exposures, taken in very little light so the wooden deck background tends to deepen the coloration. It's always a joy to experiment with different settings.

The powder blue iced is absolutely sweet, showing heavier frosting on one side and partial on the other. Yet the delicate coloration and total 'sugar' effect glows through, or encompasses the entire appearance. Surface wear on each float is normal, to be expected, reflecting their many decades of hard work and service at sea. The powder blue shows some scratching here and there amidst the 'frosting'. This seems a natural part of the 'art' to me - like extra strokes of the paint brush. However I mention it, for the collector or purchaser who may not be as used to these old gems and what to expect.

The peridot green seal float, slightly larger one, is an interesting collectible showing lots of diversity such as a handful of reverse 'ghost net' patterns, a wonderful 'crown halo' and little 'worm' in the glass on top, and an external 'spindle' or drag line in the glass. This occurs when a sharp or hard object gets dragged through the surface glass as the float is being blown. Usually these 'lines' are short, or form interesting geometric shapes. This one is amazing! It begins on one side at the equator and extends nearly all the way around the float, finally dipping south, to disappear under the seal. Be sure to study the photos to look for these desirable qualities.

The seal 'buttons' on each float are unique and interesting as artifacts. Both seals are large, well formed, primarily round in shape and of thick, even glass. Each shows very good placement with a lovely 'eye' in the center (note the glowing 'peridot' eye one one). Adding to that, the seal button on the powder blue iced is 'textured'. It is said that the better Japanese glass makers or master blowers used to 'texture' their seals. The one on the slightly larger float, of course, shows the pretty, glowing bright peridot green 'eye'. It should be mentioned that this float shows a tiny impact 'blow' just above the seal on one side. It's of no consequence. Obviously the float remains intact and did its job admirably over decades. Again, being conscientious, I want to mention everything I may take for granted, but a new purchaser may want to know about.

The Sugar Plum Pair are truly adorable and come from my own collection. They promise to charm you with their joyful, peaceful personalities for a life time or more. Please give them the best home and Thank you:)

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 boxed with extra insulation for protection 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.

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!


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lightinawormhole by Robi

Glass Fishing Float, Japanese Collectible, Sugar Plum Pair, Home Decor, Nautical, Ocean, Beach Decor, Cottage Decor, Garden Decor, Fishing


  • Vintage item from the 1940s
  • Material: glass
  • Only ships within United States.
  • Feedback: 836 reviews
  • Favorited by: 5 people