Japanese Glass Fishing Floats, Set of 2, Alaska Beachcombed, Teal Blue, Kanji Marks


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These beautiful glass fishing floats are originally from Japan.  They were handblown using recycled glass prior to the early 1970's & after 1910.  They were used by Japanese fishermen for salmon gillnet fishing in the Bering Sea.  The floats were beachcombed on a remote beach along the coast of the Aleutians in Alaska.

Each float originally had a net on it, which connected it to the large gillnet.  The nets often disintegrate & fall off after exposure to the elements, such as the sun, saltwater, surf & sand.  The frosted areas were created from being tossed on a sandy beach...sometimes with a net, sometimes without a net!

Size:  3.2" in diameter
Color:  Shades of teal blue.  The float on the left has a light amber swirl around the circumference.
Marks:  The float on the left has some kanji marks on the seal button.  The meaning is unknown.  The float on the righ has the number 3 on the seal button.  The meaning of it is also unknown.

These are lovely floats with lots of character!