These authentic Japanese Glass Floats were discovered by beachcombing the coastal shores of Alaska. They range in color from deep iridescent green to brilliant, milky blue....all beautiful and rare, brought back from the sea. Each ball is 3" in diameter.
The Japanese produced glass fishing floats circa 1910 through the late thirties. The glass floats were commonly blown from recycled sake bottles, hence most recovered authentic glass floats come in shades of blue. The sturdy, buoyant floats were used by fishermen to keep their nets afloat. They came in various sizes ranging from 2 inches up to 20 inches in diameter. They were either oblong or round, and came in a variety of colors. (All of our Glass Floats are round, and approximately 3" in diameter.)
The use of glass floats was ultimately discontinued, because, unfortunately for the Japanese fishermen, the glass floats had a habit of escaping their nets. These authentic Japanese Glass Floats have made the long journey across the Bering Sea from Asia to finally wash ashore along our Alaskan beaches.
Authentic Japanese fishing floats are extremely rare to find these days, requiring an investment of a lot of time combing lonely beaches after high tide, and not a little luck. Most 'Japanese fishing floats' found for sale today are modern imitations produced 'in the style' of the originals.
Today, glass fishing floats are collected for use in the decoration of homes and gardens.