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Heart of Glass - Blenko Glass

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Sunday, January 04, 2009

Specht Family of Texas Vases and Decanters




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The Specht Family of Texas( see part of their collection at http://www.blenkoproject.org/ )collects Blenko as a family activity. They were kind to send the following photos and note the note has a description of the glass shown. If you haven't digitally photographed your Blenko consider doing it now. Tim Alonzo at the BCS last year suggested photographing each item, labeling the photo with date purchased, amount paid and all the info you have about the item. After you photo and label - send copy to us - or if you can't label - send copy someone maybe able to help. hjh

Hillary,
Hi Hillary,You had put out the call for photos last week and I finally found the time to respond. The first is of several different "finishes" using the same mold. It is fascinating to see how the various designers adapted with color and casing to change a simple vase design. I am still trying to find out whom to attribute the second vase. It is similar to Shepherds but is not listed in the Pina Books. Maybe Tammy can confirm?The second photo was during one of my "blue " days. Enjoy and feel free to share.
Bruce Specht

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

LOOK AT THE SECOND PHOTO AND TELL ME CURRENTLY BLENKO CAN MAKE THOSE DESIGNS. THOSE COLORS.
MOUNTAIN RITA

Don said...

Yes

Hillary J Homburg said...

Mountain Rita
Last year or the year before (someone correct me) during collectors gattering a reproduction of that decanter was sold with stopper in the VC. The skill remains with Blenko. Where are you shopping for Blenko?
HJH

Anonymous said...

I DOUBT THIS, IF SO THIS DO A PHOTO FOR ALL TO SEE.
MOUNTAIN RITA

Anonymous said...

Went to our local Winter Antique Show yesterday. Out of 220 dealers, only 6 pieces of Blenko to be seen. I purchased 2, no model numbers, haven't had time to identify them. A green pitcher, square sticker and a mid-sized tangerine vase. No photo transmittal capability, another thing to do. Better priced than usual, less than $40 each. Keep your eyes open, you never know what you might find.
Car Girl

Phani said...

Nice pictures

Phani said...

I like the blue, or should I say, sky-blue?

Anonymous said...

PHANI
HOW IS THAT VACATION HOME GOING HAD ANY GOOD CURRIES? PICKLES? FRESH GINGER?
SEEN ANY WONDERFUL SITES OR ARE YOU VISITING FAMILY?
MOUNTAIN RITA
PS STILL WAITING FOR THE PHOTO OF NEW VASES THAT LOOK LIKE THOSE PICTURED

Anonymous said...

How did all the great blenko get to texas? It seems everyone in texas has spectacular blenko?
sue

Hillary J Homburg said...

One of the serious collectors might better answer this - but I think the high end Texas department stores sold Blenko. Perhaps Larry or someone else from Texas will have a better answer.
hjh

Phani said...

Yes Rita, visiting family after 2 yrs and having fun with nephews (.5 and 1.5 old) and ofcourse the my fav. mom's cooking...

mismgr said...

My only insight as to why there is so much BLENKO in TX is that there has been a showroom at the World Trade Center here for many years.Thus making BLENKO product readily available to the local retail trade. Could be several other factors such as Blenko was at one time carried by Neiman Marcus (a local store)and the amount of Texas oil money. Larry from TX