Glass floats have long been a collectible item for many people. We are lucky to have found a few a couple of months ago and have them for sale in the shop now for $88 each. Our floats are actually quite large and a really beautiful shade of green, the hottest color for Spring (it’s in all of the magazines, if you haven’t noticed)! We have gotten quite a few questions about floats and their history, so I thought I would take this opportunity and give a brief synopsis.
In the mid 1800s fishermen in Norway started producing glass floats to keep their fishing nets afloat. Their use became very widespread across Asia, especially in Japan, in the beginning of the 20th century. In Japan, Sake bottles were recycled into glass floats. Because of the increased need and desire to use them on nets, glass float production evolved from handblown to being made in molds. If a glass float has a seam around it, it was made in a mold. It’s estimated that thousands of floats roam the Pacific Ocean, as well as some being trapped in ice in the Arctic Circle. Because of ocean currents, most of these wayward floats come ashore on the beaches of the Northwest and Alaska – get out there on those beaches and find some floats! If you ever find one without a seam, we would love to see it!
We are in the process of organizing an exciting event here at the shop! Stay tuned for an announcement in the next few days.