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Here's an opportunity to enjoy 'rogue waves' in your own home with no threat whatsoever of 'clear and present danger'! Glass fishing floats can bring irresistible humor when writing about them - in reference to the old Harrison Ford film, '"Clear and Present Danger". The movie has nothing to do with glass fishing floats or rogue waves. Isn't the mind a wonderful thing:)

This antique glass fishing float is heavily rippled with WILD swirling throughout the glass! Probably there's more strident rippling in this old beauty than you'll run across again. This glass fishing float represents probably a handful that were this magnificently swirled - out of the few thousand I've handled. Trust that the photos hardly do justice to the outstanding character in the glass! Impossibly to count the layers or numbers of ripples on one side. This marvelous antique hand blown glass fishing float resembles liquid!

'Rogue Waves' measures 3-5/8" diameter (the glass) or 11-1/2" in circumference with or including the width of the net. The glass float is the size of a large orange. The glass is something to rave about, while the net is not. But it is a net - and intact nets are becoming more difficult to come by with collectors hanging onto them and the passage of time. It shows plenty of natural wear yet it's tenacious enough! The net is flaxen in color and hard to nail down the fiber. The short fibers resemble old manila rope but how about the flax color? The longer fibers resemble the high quality poly used in the 1960's to replace worn natural nets, yet the frayed ends (where it's tied off in a few spots) are soft to the touch, like cotton, almost silky. I wonder if it might be a cotton-poly blend? But have never found confirmation that blends were used that early.

The netting looks a bit like straw, and consists of two sturdy strands alongside one another, with which the weave was done. It is intact, however thinned out along two of the tines or sections. While these are still holding, they are thinner than the rest. A lovely piece of silky cotton beige cord has been tied on top. It's about 8" or so in length. However I'd not advise this float be hung for display. The authentic, original flax colored netting is not something I'd trust over time, to be hung safely. Better in a static display near a window with plenty of natural light and this float will rock!

Rogue Waves shows a prominent 'geometric drag line' on one side. It makes a huge curve, like an engraved line in the glass, and curves on back to another portion or side, then trails on down, disappearing under the seal button. On first sight, a 'drag line' may look like a crack in the glass. No so. The float is fully intact. 'Geometric drag lines', as I call them, are created when a sharp object such as a shard of unmelted glass, or a sharp piece of rock, gets dragged along the surface glass as the float is being blown. Often the object creates an interesting geometric pattern, a random engraving of sorts. I always view such anomalies as an opportunity to make a wish on the float!

The seal 'button' on Rogue Waves is a sign of good fortune! The seal is a thick glass, oval shaped and a lovely display of brilliant teal blue-green glass. The seal has been placed perfectly. Near as I can tell (the net is tight around the seal button) the surround edge on the seal is in mint condition. I don't detect any nicks, chips or grazing to the edges. What are the odds that this seal would escape damage over decades of work and journey at sea?

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 $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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lightinawormhole by Robi

Glass Fishing Float, Collectible, Rogue Waves, Nautical, Antique, Home Decor, Sea, Beach Cottage Decor, Garden Decor, Ocean


  • Vintage item from the 1940s
  • Materials: glass, polyester, manila rope
  • Only ships within United States.
  • Feedback: 836 reviews
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