Help identify this amazing piece!

by Betsy
(Milwaukee WI)

By: Betsy - Milwaukee WI

This piece of beach glass was found yesterday (12/8/11) in Milwaukee, WI along the shore of Lake Michigan. 

Could it be a bottle stopper

It is dark purple, perfectly frosted, and medium purple when held up to the light.

I am new to this hobby - completely hooked - and I realize this may be a once in a lifetime type find.  Or maybe not...

Your help in identification is appreciated!


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Sep 09, 2016
Perhaps a piece from windchimes?
by: Anonymous

Windchimes piece?

Dec 09, 2015
Me too
by: Anonymous

I found a yellow one just like that in Milwaukee.

Nov 08, 2014
by: brook

possibly a very worn down glass insulator

Oct 08, 2012
Wow! Amazing Beach Glass!
by: David @ Odyssey

That is something really special, whatever it is. Yes you have a once-in-a-lifetime find!!! Lin says you should enter it in one of the national contests!

Jan 14, 2012
I'm So Jealous!
by: Carol Lee

I'm so jealous of your find! I know it was about a month ago, but I just saw your photo for the first time.

Seeing this picture just makes me want to be somewhere, collecting seaglass! My birthday is tomorrow; that piece would be a great present (just kidding - kind of)!

I have no idea what the item was -- probably a bottle-stopper as you suggested, or maybe a piece of a glass handle.

Enjoy your new hobby! I've been collecting for over 45 years, and this piece is better than any I've ever found!

Dec 16, 2011
Absolutely stunning!
by: WhiteWave

I, too, am new to collecting, so cannot weigh in on what it is with any authority, though it looks to my lay eye like a bottle stopper.

It is breathtakingly beautiful.

Thank you for sharing it with us and congrats on this find!!

Dec 14, 2011
by: Estela27

Congratulations! This is a great piece!

I mean color, shape and perfectly smoothed surface! A lifetime find!

Dec 13, 2011
sea glass stopper
by: Anonymous

That is an awesome piece...and a once in a lifetime! It appears to be a stopper, but never have seen one that shows purple...the only ones I've seen are black and have only one ridge. Hang onto that is beautiful.

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