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Glass Paperweights / Re: Two more which I cannot identify
« Last post by tropdevin on Yesterday at 10:15:08 PM »

Agreed - top one Strathearn, lower one Japanese.

Glass Paperweights / Re: HBS?
« Last post by tropdevin on Yesterday at 10:13:33 PM »
I think you may know all that there is to be known about this,  Not Bohemian, but from Czechoslovakia, as you say: I doubt the B is for Bohemia, but who knows what marketing people get up to!  Probably dates to the mid - late 20th century.  Harrachov..maybe: they had a number of cheap and cheerful paperweights for sale when we there a few weeks ago.

Glass Paperweights / Re: Clichy?
« Last post by tropdevin on Yesterday at 10:08:41 PM »
As Allan says, restored, but still a decent piece.

Witch's balls have had wet sticks poked into them when still hot, to make strands of glass appear internally. They're the bits that the witches get tangled in.

It was the lack of these which accounts for the failure of your ball to stop them. ;D
I just hope the ones that found you were only a little bit naughty. :-*

(sorry about the appearance of my thumb in the pic, it's not a long, dirty nail. It's looking down from my knuckle and the image has just gone very peculiar. :-[ )
...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!

Three inches does not seem big enough to have been a working float.  ???
Click on the link for that previous 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.


Glass / Re: How do I know if theses floats are authentic fishing net floats?
« Last post by Scott13 on Yesterday at 07:40:57 AM »

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  :)


Glass Paperweights / Re: Clichy?
« Last post by AdrianW on Yesterday at 12:08:10 AM »
Thank you Allan! My first major French weight; yippee!
 ;D 8) ;D 8) ;D
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