Glass floats , glass fishing floats , or Japanese glass fishing floats are popular collectors' items. They were once used by fishermen in many parts of the world to keep their fishing nets , as well as longlines or droplines , afloat. These glass floats are no longer used by fishermen, but many of them are still afloat in the world's oceans, primarily the Pacific. They have become a popular collectors' item for beachcombers and decorators. Replicas are now manufactured. Norway, around , was the first country to produce and use glass fishing floats.
Glass Fishing Net Floats
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Many glass collectors are not yet familiar with this type of glass collectible, unless they live along the Western coasts of the US, or have seen them for sale at antique shops or gift shops. Every so often, especially after strong storms accompanied by long-continued onshore Westerly winds have passed through, beachcombers in Oregon, Washington and other areas have found these hollow glass balls cast up onto the beach along with driftwood and other flotsam and jetsam. Note : small fishing floats are sometimes confused with glass target balls, which were used in trap shooting during the late Victorian era. These hollow spheres were used on ocean waters to support large scale commercial fishing nets, often with many individual fishing nets strung together, sometimes several miles in extent and keep these nets from sinking.
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There is currently not all that much known about the Japanese glass industry, but more and more quality pieces of glassware are appearing, bearing Japan labels. Not just new glass, but vintage pieces from around 's - 's, the quality and style of which rivals Murano, Scandinavian, and Czech glass production. I have a hunch that Japanese glassware will become much more popular as more information is discovered, so watch this space!