Vintage Antique Japanese Glass Fishing Float Buoy Ball Roped Large FF Hokuyo Green Japanese Glass Fishing Float Marked with Netting attached.Provenance: From a Palm Springs estate, kept inside. The owner was a transplant from Alaska with many unusual items. This is a large heavy Japanese fishing float.Made by the Hokuyo Glass Company of Aomori, Japan and bear a Kanji mark of the upside down double F on a separate seal on the glass.The glass is a green glass, heavy & has many bubbles.The double F mark is under the tightly wound netting and covered by netting, a bit shows in one photo.. Large 13 tall 41 circumference with netting & 11 pounds The netting appears to be hemp or natural material preserved with Tar Net measuring 14 diameter tied in an Asian Longline Hitch.These floats are collectible and sought after for Home Decor especially for the ocean, nautical, sea, beach or garden style.Appears authentic vintage rather than vintage contemporary, either are collectible, please read below. We cant authenticate this float as a float that was actually used or a 50s contemporary by Hokuyo, please read the information below: Information from the book Beachcoming for Japanese Glass Floats by Amos L. Woods: The FF markers mark word kita meaning north and this mark has been dated back to 1940s. Made by Hokuyo Glass Co. of Aomori (Mark # 3) In the original 1967 book. The Double F was used for around 4 decades, beginning in the early 1940s with the North Sea Canned Crab Company (probably manufactured by Sasa Glass Company) and later on used by a successor, the famous Hokuyo glass manufacturing company. The mark apparently stands for kita meaning north in Japanese. These were companies or businesses of the north.Information from the Glass Float Junkie Blog: Glass fishing floats come in three categories - authentic, contemporary and curio.Authentic glass floats are those that were manufactured for actual usage. Those can be found made with heavy glass and show normal use such as scars and scrapes, chips, dings and sometimes there are signs of sea life encrusted on the glass. Roughly about 30% may have an embossed marking on the float, either on the sealing button, the side of the glass, or possibly on the top of the glass. Often on the larger floats, there are marks on a separate patch of glass.Contemporary glass floats are also made of heavy glass and usually come in beautiful colors. They show no signs of use, other than possibly some surface scratches from rolling around on the floor from the family cat playing with it. These floats are, however, older and were made at the time authentic floats were in full use. This classification of floats was mainly made by larger glass float companies who made authentic floats. Such is the case with Hokuyo Glass Company and the famous FF mark. Many of these floats were made for gift shops, but have the authentic marking embossed on the glass. These come in a wide variety of colors, and even though contemporary, they are still sought after. About Hokuyo Glass Company: This classification of floats was mainly made by larger glass float companies who made authentic floats. Such is the case with Hokuyo Glass Company and the famous FF mark. Many of these floats were made for gift shops, but have the authentic marking embossed on the glass. These come in a wide variety of colors, and even though contemporary, they are still sought after. Condition: Very good condition. Needs some cleaning. Some parts of rope have worn see pictures there is minor wear to the rope handle that does not effect the integrity, one portion on knot has fraying (picture 6), another spot has a lose rope that appears to be part of the knot (picture 10 & 11).Measures approximately: 41 circumference with rope14 tallNetting 14 RETURN POLICY: If you are not satisfied with your purchase we accept returns within 30 days if the item(s) are in the original condition- the buyer pays return shipping unless you contact us and other arrangements are made between us. Domestic SHIPPING Method: All domestic shipment will be sent via UPS, FED EX, or USPS. We will choose the most reliable method to have your item shipped promptly and safely. PAYMENT OPTIONS: Pay pal and check unless local pickup. Buyers with a California delivery address, please add 8.0% sales tax. FEEDBACK: Your feedback is very important to us and helps us to continually improve our processes. If you have any dissatisfaction please contact us before leaving feedback for a speedy resolution. We value our customers and hope you will continue to shop with us.