Round, dark Purple River Glass - Hole in Center

by Kris
(Chesapeake, VA)

Round, dark Purple River Glass

Round, dark Purple River Glass

Round, dark Purple River Glass

Hole in Center

Please help me identify these dark purple pieces of glass.

I found them on the shore of the Elizabeth river in Portsmouth, Va.

I found them a couple of weeks apart. The broken pieces appear to have some type of corroded metal on them.

Both appear to be threaded and have a hole in my the center.

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Round, dark purple glass
by: Patty

Looks like old glass buttons, I have a couple broken pieces, but that's what I think they were?

Fun finds
by: David

I fixed the page links so you could compare what you are finding, Kris. Have fun!

by: Kris E.

Thank you for the identification! It was driving me bananas! I found another piece yesterday. :)

Purple Glass is Old Insulators
by: David & Lin @ OdysseySeaGlass

It's almost positive you have found old insulator glass! Very nice.

See these pages:

Exciting Sea Glass Colors
Dark Purple?

Exciting Sea Glass Colors
Carbon Insulators

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