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This is a great piece of nautical / maritime decoration!

I found this vintage metal buoy, which is about 5 1/4 inches in diameter, on a beach in the Caribbean. It is just a bit larger than a softball. This is a great example of a "working float" -- that is, one that was really used in the sea. This buoy has TWO lighthouses embossed on it, one of which is partially covered with coral, in addition to some writing. This buoy is ready to hang in your office or in any corner of your home that you'd like to decorate!

Little is known about this particular type of buoy—some think they are mooring buoys, some think they are floats that would have been used in net fishing. I suspect they were used as both, though I’m still researching. I believe this float is from the early-to-mid part of the 20th century. The writing includes "Made in Spain" and "La Coruna" as well as some numbers having to do with a patent.

You can see from the photos that this float has had a long working life—it’s scars and coral hunks tell stories that no words can! This makes a great conversation piece in the office or in your home, as well as a great gift for fishermen and anyone interested in nautical history. Floats like this one are a must-have item for nautical collectors.

Vintage Metal Buoy / Fishing Float for Nautical Decor / Maritime Decor


  • Vintage item
  • Material: Metal
  • Only ships within United States.
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