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This is actually an American-made glass fishing float. During the period of the 2nd World War, the Owens-Illinois Glass Company of Oakland, CA used bottle machines to produce 5" floats. Per Amos Wood, in Beachcombing for Japanese Glass Floats, there were 2 reasons they manufactured these. First, supplies from Japan, Russia & Czechoslovakia were cut off by hostilities during the war & with the advent of bottom fishing, the cork floats wouldn't withstand the water pressure from being submerged. Cork was also difficult to obtain from countries such as Spain & Portugal.

These aren't all that uncommon, but this float is in excellent condition & is out of my personal collection. I have a 2nd one with the original net on it! :)

Glass fishing floats are ideal for home/beach/nautical/cottage decor, landscaping, flower beds, koi ponds, etc. They also make unique recycled gifts!

All of the floats I sell were once working, or actually used for fishing. I don't sell colored reproductions or contemporary floats meant for souvenirs or the gift trade.

NEW SHIPPING POLICY: Due to the increase in international shipping charges, I will gladly send any boxes under 4 pounds via first-class mail. It is much less expensive, but will take quite a bit longer to receive. If you would like your floats sent this way, please message me or make a note when you make your purchase. I will refund the difference in shipping charges.

For example, I just sent a single 3" float to the UK. Priority was $28. First-class mail was just under $10.

American Made Glass Fishing Float - Owens-Illinois, Duraglas, Authentic, 5" Diameter


  • Vintage item
  • Materials: recycled glass, glass
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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