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Heart of Glass - Blenko Glass

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Monday, December 29, 2008

Blenko Identification Problem - Can you Help?

Readers: Collectors: We received the following note and photo. Can we help this reader identify her collection?
Hillary:
I have a question for the blog…the attached are three crystal paperweights. Disregard the numbers I gave them in the file name for the photo. I have a pig, a swan or a duck and a ram. The ram I found in the 1976 catalog as a 76G. The pig I can only find in the 1980 catalog, but has a 76 number. There is a duck is in the 1982 catalog, with an 823 number, and a swan in the 1983 catalog with an 833 number, but it is in the same style as the older ones and has a silver label. The catalogs from 1976 to (I’m missing 1979) 1984 have different animals shown. Does anyone know ALL the animals that were made in this style, and between what years?

Thanks,

7 comments:

dlrl2001 said...

We made Squirrels, seals, rabbits, bears, horses, mice, cats, elaphants maybe a few more.

Don

Phani said...

Very nice artsy glass! transparent is sometimes the way to go..I likey.

Tim said...

Here are a couple of excepts from a Blowpipe article I wrote:
In 1976 paperweights at Blenko underwent a face-lift. A new line of figural paperweights was added. Eleven designs were part of this line: another snowman 76A, owl 76D, penguin 76P, elephant 76E, squirrel 76S, seal 76C, rabbit 76F, ram 76G, whale 76W, pig 76PG and fish 76K. These were solid crystal figurines were between 4-5” tall, a couple of them had color accents. It should be noted that the whale 76W, pig 76PG and fish 76K apparently do not appear in any catalogs until the 1980 catalog. These crystal figurines appear to be an extension of “lunchtime” pieces made by Blenko employees. Collectors should note that the catalog pages containing these pieces in not included in Leslie Pina’s catalog reproduction books. Part of the line can be seen on page 15 of the 1978 catalog and the rest in the 1980 catalog.

As for the Swam-
In 1983 two more figures were added to the line. #833 was a crystal swan and #831 is what appears to be a crystal dolphin these were also made for one year, making them hard to find.

Anonymous said...

WHERE CAN WE BUY THE BLOW PIPE?
HILARY DO YOU OWN, CAN YOU REPRINT AS BLOG POST? THANK YOU TIM THERE IS NOTHING SEXIER THAN A MAN WHO KNOWS HIS GLASS.
MOUNTAIN RITA

ren-woman said...

Thanks everybody! I knew I'd asked the right people.

chitrakahn said...

I do not much like the clear glass

chitrakahn said...

Tim
what is your icon?