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The delicate light aqua coloration of this antique glass fishing float, combined with the misted 'frosting' at top of one side, give it a slight far away look, perhaps even a look of mystery. A bit like a mirage caused by intense heat, air, and water - the shimmering glimpse of water in the distance - earth's most precious element, along with the soil and sunlight. This lovely old glass fishing float has been named 'Aqua Mirage' in honor of the resource we cannot live without, yet most often take for granted.

This delightful 3-piece molded glass fishing float represents one of my favorite types of float. The superior construction and ingenious creation of the hand-whittled wooden molds, into which the glass was poured, are cause for celebration. The hand made whittle marks leave reverse 'dappling' on the surfaces of the glass that sparkle endlessly in both bright and low light.

Imagine such care and craftsmanship going into a 'tool' to be used for hard work at sea! Such a treasure. Everyone who collects or develops an eye for old glass fishing floats should have at least one or two of the 3-piece glass molded floats. One can never grow tired of one of these. Aqua Mirage measures 3-1/2" diameter or 10-5/8" in circumference - 'baseball' size is the term often used by collectors for easy reference to size.

This glass fishing float shows normal wear from its many decades of service at sea. Each side of the southern hemisphere of Aqua Mirage shows a mark in the form of 'IIII'. These particular marks, often called 'hash' marks, in the form of simple Roman numerals such as I, II, III, IV, were used primarily as a means of matching the lower two halves in the process of production. Other more obscure marks were occasionally used.

Aqua Mirage is a 2nd generation (Post-WW II) Korean or Japanese fishing float. The seal 'button' on this three-piece float shows a portion of the typical 'umbilical' type surround indentation near the outermost edge of the seal. The seals are mostly uniform and nicely crafted in the 2nd generation of 3-pc molded floats. This one has survived hard work and decades of service in rough seas and came through nearly unscathed, showing one small grazed spot on its surround edge. The seal button may be studied in photo #4, a favorite photo, as it shows the unique look of the float as an artifact from the old sea arts.

Aqua Mirage will bring joy throughout the year, no matter the season, no matter the celebration, no matter the blues. I hope each time you see it, you'll feel inner peace and inspiration to move forward with the 'mirage' of life!

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.


Glass Fishing Float Collectible, Aqua Mirage 3 PC, Home Decor, Nautical, Ocean, Beach Cottage Decor, Maritime, Fishing Decor, Coast Decor


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