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Collecting: Handblown Glass Buoys

Photography by: Bryan Gardner

First crafted in Norway in the early 1800s, handblown glass buoys were used to keep fishing nets afloat. They gained popularity in the 20th century in Europe and Japan, where many washed ashore from the Pacific Ocean. Nowadays these gems, ranging in color from watery blues and greens to rarer reds, are mainly decorative, lending a nautical touch to any interior. Find originals on eBay or at antiques shops, such as Beall & Bell, in Greenport, New York (