Old catalogs have been a huge resource for putting together color information including years and specialty lines. Over 600 color photographs of Blenko glass courtesy of Blenko's Visitor's Center Museum, the Huntington Museum of Art,and private collections , detailed captions, information of the designers, the 1960 catalog not previously published , bibliography, and index make this book a valuable reference. This look is purposefully achieved by dipping hot glass into cold water, and it became very popular in the mid-twentieth century. Note that values vary from state to state, region to region, and country to country; for example, I live in Upstate New York, which has very different pricing from New York City. There are four small fluted sweet dishes black, Portland blue, royal blue and promise , two round. It will never be opaque or even translucent.
Find out more here, About This Price Guide Each of the items in the photos below I currently own or have owned in the past. Blenko glass pitchers, Blenko glass vases, and Blenko decanters come in an array of prismatic colors, from cobalt to ruby to citrine! Values are based on my personal experience being in the antique business for almost twenty years. From the get-go, color was the name of the game for Blenko. In the late 1940s it hired talented designers and made innovative pieces. Blenko Collections Various Blenko collections from around the world. Sometimes instead of a pontil mark you will find a super smooth indent, a sign that the pontil mark was polished off. We have also been extremely fortunate to have several designers assist us on their own pages.
Blenko Glass Company is the 1930s successor to several glassworks founded by William John Blenko in Milton, West Virginia. From the collection of Arthur. It is still in business and is best known today for its modern decorative wares and stained glass. Small orange bowl with orange trees on the exterior and sailing scenes. One exception to this is the 384 double-spout water bottle, which was made from a metal mold and was very widely produced. The only exception to this rule is the Rialto Specialty Line, which has a translucent white body with ruby elements. Please see the for color identifications.
Other signs that a piece was hand blown are a smooth rim and an applied handle a piece of glass separate from the body, applied to the body. Blenko Glass is still owned and run by the Blenko family and their glass items continue to be very popular with art glass collectors. If you find a piece of glass that you believe may be Blenko, do a quick screening for typical Blenko details before you start scouring the old Blenko catalogs to identify your piece. Blenko changed that and to this very day they are still the only American maker of mouth blown sheet glass, making them a true standout in the American art glass industry. Tennessee Texas New York Missouri Pennsylvania California New York Oregon Illinois Illinois Kentucky Maryland Oregon Texas Texas West Virginia West Virginia Virginia Florida Georgia Florida Texas California Do you have a Blenko collection? So keep in mind that my guides are meant to be just that guides, just one tool in your arsenal to help you value your collectibles.
In 1933, his son, William H. The latter three companies produced much larger, more stunning pieces like decanters and vases, often designed by artists who are sought after today. Check for a rough mark on the base of the glass. See the Signatures and Labels section of Blenkoarchive. . This the pontil mark, left from where a rod was affixed to the bottom of a piece of molten glass after the base has been shaped.
The company made tablewares and vases in classical shapes. Other factors affecting value include condition and market auction, store, eBay, etc. W e welcome your comments and questions about the site. Five West Virginia glass companies are primarily responsible for the vintage crackle glass we find on the market today: Pilgrim, Rainbow, Blenko, Birchoff, and Kanawha. Blenko rims are fire-polished: the rims are reinserted briefly into the fire to smooth away shear marks or signs of tooling, so the rims will be smooth and rounded, though they may be a little uneven. Four glass collectors got together to attempt to build the ultimate web site about glass.
It remains one of the few glass factories in the United States still making modern hand blown production glass. Blenko glass is always transparent. Three outstanding designers were resonsible for the entire design repertoire of that era -- Winslow Anderson,Wayne Husted, and Joel Myers. Blenko glass is blown into a wood mold, but then it is spun, which smooths out mold lines completely. Please click on the button below to see what Wayne is up to! In 1929 William Blenko realized that the company needed to expand beyond stained glass in order to weather the severe economic downturn during the Great Depression. By the mid-1900s, Blenko was one of the most prominent producers of artistic glassware in the country.
This factor is not foolproof, but Blenko glass is seldom thinner than this. Although inspired by Swedish glassmakers like , the Blenko Glass Company was established in 1893 in Indiana and later moved operations to West Virginia. Look for a thick rim. Recently, collectors have been scooping up Blenko designs from the company's middle years of production, the 1950s and 1960s. Our goal is attainable, please join us in our quest. Blenko Glass Company was started in 1921 in West Virginia, as the Eureka Art Glass Company. You can sort by any title.