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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.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

#9011 swirl decanter and more from Diane!

Hillary:

The #9011 swirl decanter (designed by Hank Adams) in plum and crystal is my latest local find. I had thought it was black until I got it home and checked the catalog. The dark plum was only made in 1990. Way cool. I’ve done VERY well in my local antique malls.

The attached are pieces I found in Palmdale – high desert California, 60 miles from downtown Los Angeles. 963 pitcher in charcoal, 5431 bowl in jonquil, 5611 pitcher in charcoal (it’s the tall one among the shorter 555 cocktail pitchers), a 6955 decanter in lemon, a 7327 milk can in olive, and shock of shocks, the 4-RE Regal pitcher (second shelf from the top on the left in the group picture).

Hope the bloggers enjoy the photos!

Diane








10 comments:

Phani said...

Nice collection Diane. Tell me more about the Charcoal decanter.

ren-woman said...

The 5611 is a Husted design. The taller charcoal pitcher has the same lever handle used in the earlieer 555 cocktail pitchers. I didn't recognize it as Blenko the first few times I saw it in the shop, but loved the charcoal color. Once I had that, I started finding the smaller pitchers, and put them to gether in the display you see in the photo.

Phani said...

Thank you.

westvirginiajanis said...

Diane:

I am so glad the BLENKO glass found an appreciative home!

Do you ever plan to come to any of the BLENKO events on the East Coast?

WV Janis

ren-woman said...

I went to the first BCS convention, but haven't traveled more than a half day from home in a few years. Work concerns and budget constraints mostly. I would like to get back east again, but don't see it happening in the near future.

Anonymous said...

DIANE
I WANT ALL YOUR GLASS AND I WANT TO KNOW YOU I HOPE YOU COME TO WV FOR THE COLLECTORS CLUB AND I PLAN TO DRIVE DOWN FOR THAT WEEK END
IT WILL BE NICE TO MEET WOMEN AND MEN AND ALSO YOUNG PEOPLE LIKE PHANE WHO LOVE COLOR AND GLASS AND HISTORY AND PHOTOGRPAHY. I AM EXCITED.
MOUNTAIN RITA

Anonymous said...

I LEFT CALIFORNIA BECAUSE IF BECAME TOO INVOLVED WITH JUST MAKING MONEY AND NOT ENJOYING LIFE READING YOUR COMMENTS LET ME KNOW IT WAS NOT CALIF OR THE WEST IT WAS JUST ME.
I LEFT ONE SET OF MOUNTAINS FOR ANOTHER BUT I TOOK ME WITH ME. FINALLY I CHANGED ME.
15 YEARS AGO I WOULD HAVE WRITTEN OFF BLENKO GLASS AS A FACTORY PRODUCT NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME.
MOUNTAIN RITA

Anonymous said...

The first photo are those hard to find and the cost, I think I am in love with those.

Anonymous said...

Will someone kinder than I tell Mountain Rita caps are considered yelling?
Ted

ren-woman said...

None of this is hard to find. You just need to know what to look for. Know the colors, the shapes, the sizes. Then you can cruise through a 50-booth antique mall and go to town. When you make road trips, include some of these places in your trip. You'll be surprised, and pleased, with the things you will find.