Monday, August 10, 2009

Monday And The Sun Is Shining

Received two emails from Per today with photos. In the first email photo, Per and Amund look like they're having a really good time.

I'll let Per's emails and the photos do the "writing."

just waiting for the ferry and dinner.

Valuable info collected today in the Bjørum, Aasnæs, Holmen, Survig
and Namsos glasswork area

Thank you much my friend for all info in your last two emails.

Plenty of driving you know, but as soon as we arrive at the cabin I will shoot a few pictures from the info, and translate into the U.S. language, so you can share the info with all collector friends on your blog.


Later in the day with photos from the archives:

Hi Tom

Is one hour after midnight here at Nevernes. We are connected to mobile broadband and will send some pictures.

Plenty of valuable info and old data from old accounts and archives from Bjørum, AAsnes, etc.

I will add descriptions and translated info after I have read all the documents added in this email. Give me this night and I will go thru the info.

All the best

Per and Amund

I am writing this post at 8:15 P.M. It's about 2:15 A.M. Nevernes time, and Per is probably asleep with dreams of tomorrow. Have a good night all.


  1. These dates and numbers are very interesting,the aas production timelines are pre 1840s. Does this mean that the aas marked float is maybe very very old ?

  2. Hi Todd, Thanks for the comment. At this time it is impossible for me to answer that question definitively. We do know that the first commercial production of floats was in 1841. Whether floats were produced by glassverks prior to that year is not known, or at the least, has not been divulged. We do know about the Shimmelman's glasswork unearthed glass ball finds, which pre-dated the 1841 float production. Most glassworks only produced on demand. The Norwegians were using wooden floats on their cod gillnets. When did the demand start for glass to replace the easily-waterlogged wooden balls? I personally think quite a few years earlier, perhaps in the mid-to late 1700's. As I have written earlier, it was a short jump from making a bottle to sealing it for a float.

  3. Back at you Todd: I don't think that marked floats were necessary prior to 1841. My guess is that it was competition and/or the need for business, which accounted for glassworks puting their logos on floats. Individual glassblowers who marked their work may have pre-dated the companies hiring engravers to produce their marks and the engraving tools.