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.

Monday, August 10, 2009

California Blenko

Readers - I'm clearing out the SPAM Folder - some of these maybe a duplicate - but all are beautiful photos of Blenko Glass. hjh


I haven’t been out antiquing as much as I used to, but I have two recent finds that I think the bloggers will enjoy.

First, located in a medium sized multi-booth antique mall in Ventura, CA. 598 L pitcher in Persian blue, complete with sandblasted etching. This pitcher is 18” tall, and the largest of the three sizes in which the design was made, medium being 16” tall, and the small one 11” tall. This design was made only in the 1959 line. I paid $55 for this piece; Pina’s book Blenko Catalogs: Then and Now lists price ranging from $100 to $150.

Second, located in a large multi-booth antique mall in Santa Clarita, CA. Probably a 3715 S vase in Sky blue. The vase is 6” tall, slightly seeded glass. According to the catalog reprints in the Eason Eige book, Blenko Glass, 1930 – 1953, page 87, there were four sizes of this design, 3715 L at 9”, 3715 M at 7”, 3715 S at 6” and 3715 X at only 5”. I paid $14 for this piece, which originally sold for $1. The Eige price guide (1992 – 1993) lists the large vase being between $60 and $75. I say probably a 3715, because according to Damon Crain, early Blenko designs were not always original or exclusive to Blenko. However, it feels right (hard to quantify, I know, but that’s the best description I can give of the method) and I’m leaning towards it being an early piece of Blenko glass.

Bottom line, I bought both pieces because I liked the design, condition and color, and was comfortable with the price. I passed on another pitcher in a different Ventura antique mall on the same day as the piece was over $100, and the condition of the piece did not warrant that price.

Excellent decision to moderate the comments; Good luck in your career, and I hope you continue with the blog.


DW / Calif


Anonymous said...

I like the picther. Nice! Forgot to say that your photo looks like a painting. I agree that it looks like any WV day. Were the lamps Blenko? If so what year. When I think about those white lamps It made me wonder what color shadow they would cast on the wall when the sun shine through them. Nice, to see. Still say Blenko makes the greatest lamps. The Big tall ones, are the best in light.Love my cobalt blue and it puts a blue, purple color on my white walls. Lovely color. Must say that WSAZ channel four did a great job for Blenko. They were in the news not just a sale ad. Even interveiwed one woman from MICH. That was good. When people travel in from out of state, it makes others wonder, what they are going to Blenko for. Everyone likes their own art work. I have stuff that Rog made in Wood shop class. One of an kind.Will be going out of town for a week so I will have alot of catching up to do on the Blog. My daughter Kate is moving into her first house,3 bedrooms, office, basement and three acrers to run after Lilly and Leah. I know not Blenko only maybe I will get Kate to take picture of the Pink bunny and the girls and any other Blenko I might run across. Yard sales are big weekend item. Pray I get lucky looking. Till tomorrow, Roxie

Anonymous said...

I sent you a photo of the North Carolina Christian from the Gazette and you didn't publish it

sweetdoc said...

A repeat but a welcome repeat
Where is Diane I love her collection and always want more.

buckndi said...

I live in Southern California, specifically in Los Angeles County, but range from Central California south in antique hunting. I wasn't collecting Blenko the last time I was in Washington state, so have no frame of reference beyond the existence of the Blenko Museum (no longer in a brick and mortar location) in Seattle.

annu said...

AH! buckndi
My family is also in Calif, we rarely see Blenko
a decade or more ago Rick did some promotional work and Blenko was 'hot' for a while. Last week I heard Wayne Husted lives in my area (Montecito) he may be the source of some Blenko?