Glass Fishing Floats - About what is it worth?

by Cecilia
(Shoreline, WA USA)

Two Nice Glass Fishing Floats

Two Nice Glass Fishing Floats

Blue Ball Flass Fishing Float

~ submitted by Cecilia, Shoreline, WA USA

question on glass float

I have a blue ball glass fishing float with the marking of 1 on the bottom.

I was wondering if you could tell me what it is worth?

I have a green on without any mark, but it has an inny bottom (like an inny belly button) and I haven't seen to many of them.

Is that worth anything?

 Or is that a normal one?

Thank you for your time.

~ submitted by Cecilia

question on glass float

The two floats you have are called Salmon Gillnet Floats.

The blue one is Japanese with a #1 stamped into the seal button commonly found around the Aleutians this particular marking sometimes can be found in a very intense blue bringing the highest value.

Actually quite common the one you have is around a $22.00 float.

The green float looks to be a Contemporary Japanese float.

One way to tell of authenticity is does the float have any scars or scrapes or is the glass pretty flawless.

A early Contemporary float is heavy glass from the mid 50s to mid 60s.

If the glass is thinner it is a Curio float made for tourists {as was the Contemporary} from the late 70s to mid 90s.

The Contemporary would go for around $13.00 and the Curio would be around $7.00 Hope this helps.

~ answered by Stu Farnsworth

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