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Sea Phantom is an 'extreme antique' full of historical service and journey at sea, loaded with legends and tales of the sea - its fishers, ocean side villages, fisher's families - hard times and good fortune. As such, this hand blown collectible artifact is a bit of a 'phantom', carrying the secrets, tragedies and triumphs of its many handlers over 6 to 8 decades. The look of the float, its personality - both revealed and hidden - even resemble a 'phantom', as does the 'phantom' mark!

Measuring 4-1/4" diameter (the size of a large grapefruit) or 13-1/8" in circumference, Sea Phantom exhibits a silvery or golden 'sheen' or hue in certain types of lighting. The photos were taken to demonstrate some of its 'faces' in different lighting. The actual color may be described as a light olive-sage with metallic sheen, as mentioned. Wish I knew what element in the melted glass creates the metallic sheen as I've several times come across this, though not often.

The silvery or golden sheen adds to the 'phantom' like feeling about the float, along with the motley, scrappy, rough-neck appearance. Photo #4 was taken in attempt to demonstrate the indefinably, rough-neck feel of the float - a float that has done its time with its many challenges and history recorded in the glass. Expect normal and obvious surface wear along with the mysterious allure of Sea Phantom.

The float shows beautiful, thick rippling swirls in the basal area. The photos do not capture this, but trust that the float fortunately will balance, sitting on its 'top', thereby displaying the sealed end along with the lovely swirling. The first photo is my favorite.

The seal 'button' is thick and more the blob type formation, though smooth enough. It has been well placed over the pontil. Wonderfully, the surround edges have escaped any damages! The surround on the seal is smooth, showing no chips, no nicks, no grazing. The big SURPRISE is the tiny bona fide signed/mark buried in the topography of the glass, within the center. The mark is illusive, tiny and appears only once. (Sometimes attempts to mark or stamp occur two or three times on a seal button, though not all marks nor parts of marks end up clear and wholly identifiable, due to the nature of the hot glass and curved surfaces.)

While there is some evidence there may have been more to this particular mark, rendering it a less common mark (possibly one of those marks under a ^ 'roof' symbol) - what comes most easily is to say it may be a 'T', which was a trademark for the Akita Glass Company, west coast of northern Honshu. Yet the float appears to be a much earlier production than the Akita Glass floats - and that mark was generally used on floats ranging in size from 6" to 16" in diameter. This float being 4-1/4" diameter, does not fit that category. From another angle the stamp resembles a check mark or an arrow. The area in which the mark was stamped comes to a hill or little mountain of glass, which is why a portion of the mark may have skidded, melted or disappeared, leaving traces of identifiable possible 'parts' to a larger mark.

By the time I discovered the mark, there was not sufficient light to capture it. I do not use flash as it tends to distort or sensationalize glass. The mark will be extremely difficult to capture and you'll need a magnifying glass to study it, if you're so inclined or fascinated. A float buddy has suggested the intended mark may have been #58 (W. Pich) which is a + under the ^ ('roof' symbol). This is an uncommon mark. We cannot definitively say this is the case. While this discussion is fun, it moreover serves as an open, honest discussion of what we have or do not have here. It is fascinating. Suffice it to say, Sea Phantom has been marked and the mark is also a 'phantom'!

This is one special float. The float has been priced very reasonably, taking into consideration the wear and antiquity, the beauty and allure of the 'phantom', as well as the unidentifiable nature of the 'phantom' mark.

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 $11.50. 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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Vintage Glass Fishing Float - Sea Phantom, GRAPEFRUIT SIZE with MARK - Antique, Home Decor, Glass, Nautical, Ocean, Beach Decor, Cottage


  • Vintage handmade item from the 1940s
  • Material: glass
  • Only ships within United States.
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