Heart of Glass - Blenko Glass

Blenko Glass is a West Virginia treasure that spans generations. Nothing symbolizes the state of West Virginia better or more beautifully than Blenko Glass. We will discuss current and former craftsmen and designers and how important it is that Blenko and West Virginia glass be appreciated and valued by the younger generation.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Blenko Lamps - Your Photos

Looking for NEW Blenko Lamps? D&K on Ebay, Blenko Gallery, Serenity Glass and Blenko Glass (http://www.blenkoglass.com/) are among the seller with NEW Blenko Glass Lamps. Vintage Glass Lamps are available in many antique malls and also ebay. Start looking today for your BLENKO LAMP or ask Blenko to make one 'just for you.' Blenko Collectors Four website and Blenko Museum website have excellent photos of Vintage Blenko Glass Lamps for your viewing pleasure.

If you have photos of BLENKO LAMPS or own a Blenko Lamp not pictured here - please send your photos to theblenkoproject@aol.com if you have a Blenko story to share we're available.

What is a lamp? Below are official definitions and descriptions of lamps, at BLENKO GLASS http://www.blenkoglass.com/ most any vase or decanter in the line can become a Lamp.

Charlie H. is the lamp man, he and his partners will make your favorite Blenko item into a lamp. phone 304 743 9081. Or else search the Web for vintage Blenko Lamps. Currently the prices are listed from $395 to $1290. At BLENKO LAMP could be just what you need, its a conversation starter, a show piece, and a little bit of West Virginia.
an artificial source of visible illumination
a piece of furniture holding one or more electric light bulbs
A lamp, in technical usage, is a replaceable component such as an incandescent light bulb, which is designed to produce light from electricity. These components usually have a base of ceramic, metal, glass or plastic, which makes an electrical connection in the socket of a light fixture. ...en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamp (electrical component)
The lamp was invented at least as early as 70,000 bc. Originally it consisted of a hollowed-out rock filled with moss or some other absorbent material that was soaked with animal fat and ignited. In the Mediterranean area and the Middle East, the earliest lamp had a shell shape. Originally, actual shells were used, with sections cut out to provide space for the lighting area; later these were replaced by pottery, alabaster, or metal lamps shaped to resemble their natural prototypes. Another basic type of primitive lamp, found in ancient Egypt and China, was the saucer lamp. Made of pottery or bronze, it was sometimes provided with a spike in the centre of the declivity to support the wick, which was used to control the rate of burning. Another version had a wick channel, which allowed the burning surface of the wick to hang over the edge. The latter type became common in Africa and spread into East Asia as well. hjh


westvirginiajanis said...

I have a vintage BLENKO lamp that could use some cleaning out on the inside of the glass. Any suggestions?

WV Janis

Anonymous said...

Lamp and Light Studio in So Charleston did this job for my Mom and Aunt they also make any collectible into a lamp.

Anonymous said...

Dear Hillary,

Thank you for including a picture of the vintage Blenko lamps in our store window here at Kissin' Kate's Antiques in Hurricane. Not sure where you got the picture but thanks just the same! The average cost of these lamps was $160 including the original lampshade and finial. If anyone needs an original lampshade to complete their lamp please contact us through our website (we have 2 left!) Visit us at kissinkatesantiques.com

Thanks Again!

Hillary J Homburg said...

Thank you KissinKate - the photo was email was from Barbra and she didn't mention your store - I apologize.
The PRICE is EXCELLENT thank you for sharing! $160 is a real deal for a Blenko Lamp.

Anonymous said...

Last summer the price for my lamps at Blenko were under $165 each. On line prices are higher.
Margie Hale

Anonymous said...

I lucked out a year and a half ago on ebay and won a turquoise crackle 920L original lamp for under $100, including shipping. No shade or finial and replaced harp. Wonderful local lamp shop replaced the wiring, (because I use it every day), the harp and added a crystal finial. I bought a similar shade, since the original brown doesn't work in my house. After seeing the gorgeous photos, I'm looking for more.
Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah to all from the snowy North.
Car Girl

Anonymous said...

I sent lamp photos and they
are not included.

Anonymous said...

We can recommend Kissin Kate my mom and aunt hit this and a 1/2 dozen other places each time they come to southern w.va.

Anonymous said...

How are you? I ask Hillary about you, Ram and others all the time,she doesn't respond.
This spring I will bring 4 vase to Charleston for lamp making. My neice request for Holiday included having her favorite no longer used vases transformed into lamps.
Estimate here was $165 per lamp in Charleston it is under $80.
Margie Hale

Anonymous said...

Larry of Serenity what is the
average cost for rewiring?

Anonymous said...

Hello Hillary,

To clarify, the lamps we mentioned earlier for an average cost of $160 were vintage lamps from the 1950's and 60's including the original lampshades and finials.


susan said...

Can you imagine how the photos would look if Phani or WVJanis had 20 minutes alone with these lamps?

susan said...

We have paid well over $400 for the one lamp blenko we own, bought at auction 3 years ago not as nice as the ones own by Hillary.
Then paid $110 for the rewiring and cleaning.

Phani said...

Thanks for the comment Susan. I would like to see much of Janis's Work on Lamps.