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Vintage Fishing Float Glass Japanese - Honey Lime - Home Decor, Blown Glass, Nautical, Ocean, Sea, Cottage, Beach, Garden Decor

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  • Vintage handmade item from the 1940s
  • Material: glass
  • Only ships within United States.
  • Feedback: 836 reviews
  • Favorited by: 30 people

  • Vintage handmade item from the 1940s
  • Material: glass
  • Only ships within United States.
  • Favorited by: 30 people
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This small gem, called 'Honey Lime', is an unusual old glass fishing float, an 'extreme' antique. You gotta love 'old' - as in really old and beautifully imperfect. The glass will show you history of its journeys, challenges, impacts, possibly even the dreams of the villagers, the fishers, their lives in triumph and tragedy. It's as if the history is etched right into the hand blown collectible, its surface glass representing a virtual and literal sea 'scroll'.

Honey Lime measures 2-1/2" diameter or 7-9/16" in circumference. Surface wear is normal plus, as mentioned. Yet the quality antique glass is so glossy, with high luster and glow, it refused to let me show its surface imperfections! You may glimpse a bit of surface scratching in the last photo and in photo #2 (observe Honey Lime racing downhill!) - you may catch a little group of scratches in the center, below the equator, in the southern hemisphere of the float. Try enlarging the photos to see if these will show better for you. Nonetheless, the float is an absolute charmer in an entirely unusual color, sort of a lemony-lime.

The float shows some minor bubbling throughout and a wonderful 'transverse' type swirl that traverses one side gracefully from basal area to near the top. If held at an angle, one side of the 'top' also shows a 'crown halo' or extra concentration of reflective glass that's quite a pretty effect. The weight of this little gem is amazing. It's a bit of a thunder bolt! Quite thick and heavy!

Honey Lime is shown in photo #1 and photo #4 with its 'buddy', called 'Memories' - a cerulean light blue with 'ghost net' patterns and enormous bubbling when seen up close. The pair show size difference adequately and help with color comparison. Honey Lime being 2-1/2" diameter, Memories is 3-1/2" diameter. Notice what a difference an inch makes in the 'round'. Honey Lime is referred to by collectors as 'golf ball' size, with the other commonly referred to as 'baseball' size, for ease of reference. Memories (the larger cerulean blue float) is not part of this sale and may be seen in the link below, if you wish:

Honey Lime has a marvelous seal 'button'. One side of the relic shows substantial grazing to the edge with a bit on the other side. The seal button appears to have originally been beautifully crafted, much like a delicate 'jewel'. The glass was laid on evenly in a delicate fashioning, not the 'blob' type seal. This one, weathered and challenged, has obviously held up intact and performed its function.

The 'eye' of the seal is simply gorgeous! It's highly reflective and shows an extra concentration of a deeper lime-yellow, nearly casting the entire look of the seal in a lime green in the photo of the seal and mark (3rd photo). The seal is especially wonderful as it shows the mark known in the West as 'River Mouth' (Kawaguchi). Only about 20% of floats over all were marked. Those that bear the 'River Mouth' mark usually show one, two or even three impressions or strikes of this ancient kanji mark on a seal. Often parts or bits are missing as the science was quite inexact.

This seal shows one complete mark (with one side of the rectangular 'box' being flanked by the edge of the seal, if we want to be exact). It can be seen fairly well in photo #3. The 'box' in this ancient pictorial symbol represents the portal or opening of the river, while the three parallel or vertical lines show the flow or movement of the river. (Thanks, W. Pich for decoding the info so well.) Beautiful, historical and curious. There is also a 'box' or two showing on the other side. Honey Lime is a beautiful artifact, deserving of the best home.

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!


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