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Aquamarine is a 'Prince' of the 3-piece molded Korean or Japanese floats which are a spectacular species, known for their sparkling, dappled surfaces which reflect and throw the light about like an unstoppable jazz or ballet dancer. They will always be favorites of mine due to their unique genius of their construction.

Observe how the mold lines come together on one side, so beautifully, in photo #3. The float wears an original, authentic 100% cotton net, very thick and sturdy. It shows natural wear from decades of work at sea yet remains in terrific vintage condition. The net is fully intact, save some normal fraying ends which can be seen on the somewhat 'ratty' tie line - hanging to the left side in photo #4 - and to the right side in photo #5. (There's no 'ratty' on the net itself! :) :) :)

The float has been priced reasonably to reflect the apparent scarcity of old floats which still have decent, intact, natural fiber nets. Many have rotted, or fallen off, or are no longer intact. A second consideration is that the 3-piece hand molded floats seem to be less available or harder to come by in the past several years, especially since the very sad event of Fukushima.

These floats used to be plentiful but have become quite expensive to locate and ship from, say nations such as Australia. A float buddy in Hawaii will no longer let his 3-piece go, though I understand some in Alaska still go out into their backyards and 'harvest' floats! If only we float lovers could all be so lucky! The float measures 3-1/2" diameter (the glass), or 11-3/4" in circumference including the width of its sturdy cotton net.

Adoring the 3-piece as I do, fewer of mine will go out in the future. Imagine that these natural works of art, so expertly crafted by whittling wooden molds by hand, then pouring the glass and matching the pieces, will never be made like this again. Imagine Beings from another planet, discovering them in archaeological digs hundreds or perhaps thousands of years from now. This is something we'd be proud of! Finally, trust that the seal on this float is quite a jewel. You may read about it more below.

This is a 2nd generation (Post-WW II) Korean or Japanese 3-piece molded glass fishing float. The seal 'button' on this three-piece float shows the typical 'umbilical' type surround indentation near the outermost edge of the seal. The seals are mostly uniform and nicely crafted in the 2nd generation of 3-pc molded floats. This one has survived hard work and decades of service in rough seas - somehow unscathed! The outer surround edge appears in MINT CONDITION .

You may study the seal in photo #1 and see how beautifully crafted it is. This seal button is actually 'textured' by a master's sealing iron. Don't see this very often. It has been said that the better Japanese glass blowers or master blowers used to 'texture' their seals. This one looks like a beautiful obviously 'textured' label as an authentic branding of an old artifact. The seal on this float is outstanding, elevating the float to a level of superior craftsmanship. It is perfectly shaped, of excellent even thickness throughout. What a work of great good fortune!

Each side of the southern hemisphere of Aquamarine shows a lovely, clear mark in the form of 'III'. These particular marks, often called 'hash' marks, in the form of simple Roman numerals such as I, II, III, IV, were used primarily as a means of matching the lower two halves in the process of production. Other more obscure marks were occasionally used. The 3-piece molded floats will always be a collector's favorite due to the amazing craftsmanship and care that went into hand-whittling the wooden molds into which the glass was poured. The construction is exquisite when you think they were made for work 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 boxed with extra insulation for protection while in transit. The cost is $9.50. 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.

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!


Vintage Glass Fishing Float, Japanese Collectible - Aquamarine 3-PC - Home Decor, Nautical, Fishing, Beach Decor, Cottage, Sea, Garden Decor


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