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Here's a transcendent antique glass fishing float that will capture attention, uplift the imagination and encourage lofty goals and ideals, if not simply inspire the moment! This attractive, special production old glass fishing float is called 'Honeycomb' in honor of the translucent, silvery clear glass and honeycomb effect of the terrific net. This wonderful glass fishing float measures between 6-1/2" diameter (the glass by itself) or 20-1/4" in circumference with or including the width of the net.

This ‘space age’ looking unique float was produced in the US during the 1950’s – 60’s by Pittsburgh Corning. These amazing, unique glass floats were produced for oceanic surveys and use with scientific studies. So few floats were ever produced in the US, this being the only float I know of that was produced for a purpose other than the fishing industry. These old pieces are few and far between and resemble a 'rounded satellite' type of structure if the float is seen with no net.

Note the unique appearance of the glass float with the double ‘lip’ fused or sealed halves meeting in the center of the float. Each 'half' has a little flat round disc on either end about the size of a quarter. The double fuse around the center, along with the flat round disc on either end give the Pittsburgh Corning clear glass floats an entirely unique, 'signature' look. The glass gives off a slight silver-milky hue in some lighting, likely due to the unique chemistry of the scientifically produced glass.

This exceptional glass float weighs well over two pounds, I get 2 pounds and 4 to 6 ounces on my antique style scales. (I know! Ha! I need to do something about that, but the old scales are sure cute!) A netted NWG float, same measurements and size, weighs just 2 pounds, so the glass in the Pittsburg Corning is the 'giant' of lasting glass, actually perma-glass - quite thick and heavy, a monster-built molded piece. The glass shows a smooth, clean sweep curvature, being machined and tempered to last, makes it one-of-a-kind.

It's obvious someone retrieved this 'scientific' glass float, applied an excellent net with authentic weave pattern and used it in the fishing industry. If we had any idea - the stories - of the scientists, the oceanic work, lab work performed as a result of data collection, then the 'lost' float, its finder, a fisher or fishers and their adventures.....? Well, Honeycomb would be the protagonist of a thick novel! Definitely a keeper!

The net is an original, authentic weave in 100% sturdy cotton. The thicker rope, tying into or the cinched circular area on top is thicker hemp or manilla rope, as seen clearly in photo #4. The cotton net shows overall natural wear from decades at sea, however it remains intact and in very good condition - some would say excellent vintage condition - especially considering the increasing scarcity of intact natural fiber nets, with the passing of time. It is always fortunate to come across a net worthy of museum quality display. Most have fallen off long ago or show areas of disintegration, including holes or breaks in the net.

The clear glass body of the float is not entirely clean, but quite dusty (go figure). This float remains in as found condition, fortunately packed safely for decades. My preference, if I were to display the float , would be to carefully clean between each section of the net with a damp, soft cotton cloth and probably go through a box of Q-tips to fine clean near the tines. (Put on your favorite music, this may take a while)! If you plan to display 'Honeycomb' in a rec room, beach cottage, cabin, rustic setting, deck, or on a hearth, you may feel it's fine as is. Certainly it's a matter of personal preference.

Or, if you want to dip the entire glass float and net into a sink full of ecologically 'safe' mild dish soap and warm water, swish it around a bit, then rinse it under a gentle flow of cold water, it should be fine. Some of the old preserved, intact, natural fiber nets are so fragile, I would not recommend this. But this should be fine as long as you do not use a scrub brush or any other object. Just let it self clean and leave it at that.

I also recommend using filtered water. I don't know the science on use of chlorine and other contaminants in water, as to preservation of natural fibers. For certain, a net of this caliber should be preserved for ....... lifetimes? Forever! Not to mention Pittsburgh Corning is not likely to produce the marvelous, strange 'satellite' type floats again for scientific or oceanic research. What an historical delight and stroke of genius that we can now enjoy the handful of these left!

Please give Honeycomb, this unique nearly one-of-a-kind, antique glass fishing float with its rich history, the very best home and be sure to pass it on to posterity. I'll send the historical description so you even have the 'papers' to accompany lovely 'Honeycomb'! 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 DOUBLE boxed with extra insulation for maximal protection of its antiquity while in transit. The cost is $20.00. 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.

lightinawormhole by Robi

Glass Fishing Float Collectible, Honeycomb 6 to 7 INCH DIAM, Antique, Ocean, Beach Cottage Decor, Maritime, Fishing Decor, Nautical Decor


  • Vintage item from the 1940s
  • Materials: glass, cotton, hemp, manilla
  • Only ships within United States.
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