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Clover Leaf welcomes the change of season with its beautiful, sparkling, emerald garden green. This hand molded 3-piece Korean or Japanese fishing float shows wonderfully clean, excellent craftsmanship. The mold pieces have been matched so well, the seams are nearly 'seamless'! What makes this antique piece stand out of the pack, for this genre, is that the 'hash' marks normally found on the southern two halves don't appear on this one. The purpose of those particular marks is supposed to be to match the two correct southern pieces to the upper. Here we see a perfect match with no 'hash' marks. Totally unusual. I've seldom seen this, yet the actual craftsmanship is superior.

Clover Leaf measures 3-3/8" or a few hairs shy of 3-1/2" diameter with 10-5/16" circumference. The way it formed in its mold, it developed a 'crown halo' which can be seen in photo #2 - the rich extra deposit of sparkling, emerald colored glass that reaches out and grabs the imagination.
The surface glass shows surprisingly less surface wear than many for its age, with a lovely high gloss and tiny 'checkered' spots, forming an interesting pattern over a portion of the 'halo'. The float also shows several 'frosted' spots from sand-blasting.

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. The outer surround edge shows two areas of grazing to the edges. Fortunately, it survived better than others, because the glass seals are exposed to the harshness and challenges of working at sea over decades. You may study the seal in photo #4 and see it's pretty enough, with any damage basically minimal considering how the glass seals are exposed to dangers we'd never consider safe in our own kitchens!

The 3-piece will forever be favorites due to their sparkling dappled surfaces and superior uniqueness of construction. What a great legacy for the world to enjoy! Clover Leaf deserves an appreciative home and it will almost certainly bring inspiration to your days. It's a sweet treat to care for a few of these - when considering these historical artifacts will never be made again.

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 of its antiquity 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.

lightinawormhole by Robi

Vintage Glass Fishing Float - Clover Leaf, 3 PC MOLDED - Nautical, Home Decor, Glass, Ocean, Beach Cottage, Sea, Recycled, Garden Decor


  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Material: glass
  • Only ships within United States.
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  • Favorited by: 10 people