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...That's what I thought Sue, which brings me to another conundrum, how do you tell the difference between a witches ball and a fishing float?

The red/orange one in the photo looks similar to the ones in Islandbearpaw's collection and also measures three inches, it is also quite heavy, but there are no signs of any wear or bubbles. I've placed it against the east facing front door to ward off any evil spirits, but it doesn't appear to be working!  ;D

The blue one on the other hand is not perfectly round, has a large area of wear on one side, lots of bubbles and appears to be missing its top. It nearly finished up in the bin until I read Scott and John's posts, I never realised there was so much to learn about fishing floats... absolutely fascinating!

Penny
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Three inches does not seem big enough to have been a working float.  ???
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Click on the link for that previous topic: https://www.glassmessages.com/index.php/topic,67449.0.html

I have no experience of Japanese floats, we just don't find them in this part of the world. Floats were made to be used, they were utilitarian rather than decorative so I tend to assume bright colours are from more recent decorative production. With glass the colour is the expensive part and that costly colour was unlikely to be used if it was not needed. What do your floats weigh? Floats needed to withstand a fair bit of wear and tear and so tended to be relatively thick walled and heavy, at least in comparison to decorative only examples.

John

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Hi and welcome,
I asked essentially the same question, about a couple of weeks ago, about a float which I’d found.
Have a look on page 2 - the info provided by ‘ glassobssed’ (John) and the links may be of some use—
of course you may have already seen this post!
Hope you find someone locally that can have a look at them.
Anyway good luck  :)

Scott

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Glass Paperweights / Re: Clichy?
« Last post by AdrianW on Today at 12:08:10 AM »
Thank you Allan! My first major French weight; yippee!
 ;D 8) ;D 8) ;D
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British & Irish Glass / Re: Percival Vickers Newfoundland dogs
« Last post by thewingedsphinx on Yesterday at 10:07:36 PM »
Thanks to Neil for this piccie.
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Glass / How do I know if theses floats are authentic fishing net floats?
« Last post by islandbearpaw on Yesterday at 09:44:10 PM »
Picked these at an estate sale of a very elderly person, box marked "Japanese Floats"  I was going to sell them as a group, but from the research that I have done, the bright red, yellow, amethyst, cobalt ones might actually be very rare, rather than recent reproductions.  I have read through lots of information and still can't tell for certain.  No markings at all on any of them.  Even though I am probably asking for the impossible, I would greatly appreciate help.  I am near Seattle in case there is anyone in the area who appraises or authenticates them.  They each measure about 3 inches.  Happy to send photos of individual ones the file was too big.  Many thanks!
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Glass Paperweights / Re: Clichy?
« Last post by paperweights on Yesterday at 05:08:50 AM »
Yes, definitely.  Congratulations.  It has probably been restored at some time as the outer ring of canes vanishes under the curve of the edge.
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Glass Paperweights / Clichy?
« Last post by AdrianW on November 18, 2018, 11:57:02 PM »
Hello,

I think this one is Clichy; please can someone confirm?

Polished base, slightly concave, some wear around the edge of the base surface. It looks very bright and very clear in reality. Air bubbles are only really visible in photographs

If not, any ideas?

Many thanks!

Adrian
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