Trapshooters Forum banner

Status
Not open for further replies.
1 - 15 of 15 Posts

·
Ljutic Nut
Joined
·
2,905 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
I need some help. I have looked for a few days at everything I could find and have not been able to identify the name-make-manufacture of this glass target. Any help with this would be appreciated.

There is nothing printed on the ball and it is almost clear with a slight green tint. It is a little better than 2 5/8" across.

Thanks

Jim R

jimr_2008_030394.jpg


jimr_2008_030395.jpg


jimr_2008_030396.jpg


jimr_2008_030397.jpg


jimr_2008_030398.jpg

 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,599 Posts
That is more than likely not a glass target ball.... All glass target balls were round with no flat spots such as shown in this picture.... They all had a fairly rough protrusion on the open end where they were blown. For all you want to know about glass target balls, go to the link above. You will see glass balls for several different countries, and none resemble what you have... Dan Thome (Trap2)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,666 Posts
It kind of looks like a float of a japanese fishing net. My grandma used to pick them up on the beach in Oregon after storms in the 70s.

but most of the ones she had didn't have that many bumps...they were more round.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,588 Posts
Not all target balls were round. Some had flattened/indented spots, but I think the original object is a float.


mtatom_2008_030312.jpg

 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,854 Posts
I've seen glass balls like yours advertised as "decorative glass balls". It doesn't look like any "target ball" that I have.

Ed Yanchok
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,145 Posts
Looks more or less like an old oil lamp base. Tipoff is the finished off opening, and flat bottom. Could be way wrong on this though. The diameter of the ball will also tell you something. "Most" target balls were around 2 3/4" to 2 7/8" in diameter. Bases and float balls were all different sizes.

Dave in SC
 

·
Ljutic Nut
Joined
·
2,905 Posts
Discussion Starter #10
The town I live in has a 3-block strip of Antique stores. I will run it by some of them today to see if they know what it is. I took the ball over to a gal last night that collects fishing floats and it’s not one of those.

I’ll post later today what I find out

Jim R
 

·
Ljutic Nut
Joined
·
2,905 Posts
Discussion Starter #13
I stopped at the largest of the Antique stores in town. Dave from SC is right, it is an oil lamp base. They could not tell me for sure how old it was but it is the same size as a target ball and may very well have come out of one of the glass works that made targets. Biggest difference is that this is much thicker than a target ball.

Jim R
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,003 Posts
BigDave,

In between the trap-shooting of live pidgeons and the clay targets used today, trap shooters shot at glass balls thrown from traps made to throw only glass balls. Some target balls were stuffed with feathers to simulate real, dead pidgeons. They were used for only twenty years or so. When clays targets were developed (1880's?), the use of glass target balls quickly diminished.

LA in MA
 
1 - 15 of 15 Posts
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top