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'Ocean Motion' is a superb glass fishing float that instantly transports the senses to feel the immense power and mystery of the ocean. Old glass fishing floats, specifically 'fished' floats, offer all manner of unique personalities and of course, they've all done their time in the ocean. Yet they're as different as people! Notice how this wonderful glass fishing float changes coloration with the lighting - beautiful in bright as well as low light.

It's not every antique glass fishing float that emanates the character of the ocean itself. Ocean Motion is so full of 'wave and water' - that as a piece of natural glass art - it could not be closer to resembling the ocean itself. How to describe the amazing qualities of the superb antique glass? It's rich with complexity, character and 'movement' to the glass. In real time, far richer than the photos convey. This delightful hand blown collectible measures 3-1/2" diameter or 10-1/2" in circumference. Collectors often refer to this as 'base ball' size, for easy reference.

The immense 'movement' in the glass includes a 'galaxy' of bubbling in all types and sizes: Champagne type bubbling, foamy bubbles, rain drops, tear drops, 'space windows', and some huge 'comets'! One side of the top shows an elongated, stretched bubble in the shape of a graceful whale. (Believe it!) I also see seven or eight reverse 'ghost net' pattern markings on one side where sand-blasting left its imprints, adding a hint of deep mystery.

In photo #4, note the striking 'line' near the top slightly to the right, this is what I call a 'geometric drag line'. This is a deep striated 'line' in the glass (they come in many different geometrical shapes, in this case a straight 'line') caused by a sharp object that was dragged through the surface glass as the float was being blown. The object may be a piece of unmelted sharp glass, a tiny rock or other hard, sharp material that leaves its impression, yet the glass is fully intact. The object eventually imbeds itself within the glass, or falls off. Such an anomaly, including the mark can be a good opportunity to make a wish! Why not? We could all use more good wishes and an old glass fishing float is above all, an object of good fortune and prosperity.

The seal 'button' is in terrific condition. The glass is nice and thick, well proportioned throughout. It has been masterfully formed into an oval shape and shows very good placement. The surface of the seal shows an interesting 'swirled' or circular type texture in areas. This is not under the seal, as swirling that may be in the body of glass itself. It must actually have been part of the sealing iron and indicates the work of a master craftsman. Very lovely, the texture can actually be felt with a finger tip.

The surround edge is in MINT condition, showing no chips, no nicks or grazing! Stamped on the edge in one spot is an Arabic numeral '1' with a cross bar at its base. Nice, as often these are lopped off, or sort of disappear off the edge, morphing into warm glass, or into the atmosphere! Arabic numerals were commonly used, generally '1' through '6' with the occasional use of less common numbers. If the number '1' has special meaning for you, a friend or loved one, this might make a 'forever' gift. Or gift yourself and make a special wish upon this excellent, delightful and highly collectible artifact.

Thank you for helping to care for vintage fishing floats which are rapidly being replaced with plastic or synthetic floats.

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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 $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.


Glass Fishing Float, Ocean Motion MARKED, Nautical, Ocean, Sea, Beach Cottage Decor, Antique, Home Decor, Maritime, Fishing Decor


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