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Thursday, November 19, 2009

West Virginia Glass - Paper Weights


I wrote in September to ask about Paper weight collecting. What Blenko had to offer, what was currently available and also if you could publish photos of older paperweights.

I received a form email - stating you received my email and would research.

Call me Still waiting in OK.

Max K.


We wrote to Blenko in early September asking for photos of available Paperweights and any information they might have.
Readers: If you collect paperweights please send photos to theblenkoproject@aol.com Or if you have suggestions for starting a paperweight collection.

Dave Osburn - Osburn Modern Glass, Ron Hinkle, and Appalachain Glass all make paperweights. Check their websites.

Max just for you - I did find TAMARACK has a large - more than a dozen different paperweight made in WV available this day.

Below you'll find photos of my favorites.
Glass Potted Lily Paperweight
Enjoy the beauty of the outdoors at your office with this hand-blown potted Lily paperweight by John Murphy. Colors of flowers will vary.
4" x 3.5" x 4"
Glass Pyramid with Geese in Flight
Decorate your desk with this pyramid shaped hand made glass paperweight made by Fred Wilkerson, Jr. Inside you will find Geese in Flight. Each paperweight is unique and one-of-a kind.
3.5" x 4" x 2.5"
price $45.00
Red Glass Apple
Be the apple of someone's eye with this his glistening Ron Hinkle Glass Apple, it will be a delicious addition to your Ron Hinkle Glass Collection! Perfect gift for teachers or apple collectors.
2.5" x 4.5" x 2.5"
price $22.00


susan said...

Blenko is making night lites out of the paperweights.
I purchased 3 for birth gifts.
Paper weights are being made, not sure what the delay with photos is but they do offer these, or did when I was last to Blenko.

Anonymous said...

I gave my paper weight collection to the local glass museum, but most all were from the tri state area.
Charlie Gibson made the best
he and Mr. Harmon. See if you can find photos of their work for blog readers.
Blenko use to make paper weights with roses and swirls in the 70s . I have no knowledge of paper weights in the current stock.
Margie Hale

Anonymous said...


we have a collection of Blenko, Gibson and Hamon paperweights at home and in our store. The Blenko paperweights are the old-style with swirled, colored centers. The Hamon paperweights are mostly freeforms that are one of a kind. I will send picks in the next few days.

Kissin Kates Antiques

sweetdoc said...

I ordered the 3 pictured but would you have glasslady post photos of your collection.
Paper weights would be an inexpensive way to start a collection or if one is older they take up little room.
Beauty in a mini size.

sweetdoc said...

Thank you I ordered from Tamarack
I plan to start paper weight collections for the children of my co workers.
If you (Hillary) get photos of Blenko paperweights please post.

sweetdoc said...

Send photos and price
to Hillary
Will you post Ti'm photos andprice?
We need sources for glass.

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