These vintage glass fishing floats are the real deal. From Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, these “bobbers,” as the locals call them, were used by fishermen to keep their fishing nets afloat at sea. Both green and made of thick, heavy glass, these handmade floats were shaped by being blown into an iron mold which was then opened up to release the ball, leaving a raised line along the circumference of the float. These floats were likely made before 1940, when commercial glass-makers began machine-making floats and stamped them with a company insignia. Each float is approximately 5 inches in diameter, one with heavy twine netting and a natural rope loop, and other other with lighter weight netting and an orange marine twine loop on the end. The floats were quite dirty and we have soaked them in plain water to remove residue on the glass. Lots of reproductions of fishing floats are being made these days with thinner glass, but these are the real collectible originals.
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