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Once in a while it takes both 'Heaven 'n Sea' to reflect the extreme beauty in an antique glass fishing float so amazing, there's no place to go, but to bring both heaven and sea together. This very unique glass fishing float steals away the imagination, into the unknown depths of each realm, yet the glass float maintains a bit of mystery, enshrouded in its ancient sisal net!

This hand blown glass fishing float, in light celestial, cerulean blue exhibits an entire inner galaxy of star-lit bubbling of all sizes. The lovely old high quality glass is further enriched by the application of nature's 'paintbrush' which appears to have been relentlessly at work over many decades. Heaven 'n Sea shows 'ghost net' patterns or 'frosted' spots over much of the surface. Some collectors claim it takes winds of around 100 mph to successfully sand-blast these patterns into the glass. The beautiful frosted areas, between the tines or sections of netting, lend the glass fishing float an aura of mystery.

This rich character antique collectible glass fishing float measures 3-1/2" diameter (the glass alone) or 12" in circumference with or including the width of the net. This natural fiber was somewhat rare in use on old glass fishing floats. Hemp, cotton and later on polyester (man made) were far more commonly used. It's especially uncommon to find an old sisal net still intact or reasonably intact. This one is dry and shedding the short 'hairs', to be expected, but not nearly as rigid and fragile as most sisal on old floats has become over time. A collector in Alaska who is able to retrieve glass fishing floats as they wash ashore has said most sisal nets are in such a deteriorated state, they simple disintegrate partially or fall apart entirely once they're picked up or handled.

Sisal is harvested from agave. A native plant of Yucatan, it's found in the Caribbean, in Africa, and Brazil has been a prolific producer of the fiber which is used for making twine, rope, paper, cloth, carpets. And guess what? It just happens to be resistant to salt water damage! This sisal net is an old beauty, a true artifact. Made of the ancient plant, it emanates 'earthiness'. It is fragile and 'just' intact, however tenuously here and there, yet much of it remains stronger. As mentioned, it is shedding. It will be best to handle it with TLC, as little as possible. If treated with respect and care, as in kept out of water and bright, hot sunlight - it should last a very long time.

Now for the 'diamond' in it all! Check out that magnificent seal 'button' in photos #1 and #2! This seal shows master craftsmanship. The glass is a nice, even thickness throughout. It's primarily round with a slight oval to the shape. It shows perfect placement. Note a portion of the 'eye' in center of the seal is 'yellow-green' and the spectacular deposit of purple blue in the seal is discussed below. The surround edge appears to be in MINT condition - no chips, no nicks, no grazing. I say "appears to be" as I am not going to attempt to move or stretch the very delicate old net from areas covering the seal's surround edge. But I am 99.9% certain it's MINT. That in itself is a miracle!

Next miracle: Wasn't it Einstein who once said, "Everything is a miracle." ?? The next miracle is the excellent surprise of the purple blue swirl or deposit of deep color within a good half of the seal. If you hold the float up to direct light and gaze through the seal button, you'll be able to make out the full extent of the rich purple blue deposit. How fortunate that this glass maker must have dipped into a separate vat of melted glass from which to form the seal. Likely a chunk of rich color had not yet fully melted or evenly distributed throughout. Once is a while, rare on average, we run into seals that have additional color, or even an entirely different color, than the main body of the glass float, which indeed proves rare and thrilling for us 'miracle' seekers!

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 $12.00. 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!


Glass Fishing Float, Heaven 'n Sea SISAL NET, Antique, Home Decor, Nautical, Beach Cottage Decor, Fishing Decor, Ocean, Garden Decor


  • Vintage item from the 1930s
  • Material: glass
  • Only ships within United States.
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