Heart of Glass - Blenko Glass

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Blenko Gump's decanters

Hi Hillary,
By now most of your blog readers already know of my love of the Myers designed pieces, Gump's decanters in particular. I thought I had come close to having examples of all the colors that Blenko produced so I was taken back when I saw a piece listed on Ebay as "Charcoal". Can't be, they didn't produce Charcoal in '64 and '65. This must be a mistake and this piece they have listed is just a very dark version of Chestnut. The pictures were such that I couldn't tell, but I knew I had to pick it up. Well, I can tell you I was blown away when it arrived this week. And yes, it is Charcoal. The beautiful older 50's color that didn't appear again until '71. I will need to do a more thorough cleaning at a later date but for now I wanted to share this revelation. As for the Peacock piece on the right, I picked up a correct stopper that will come in later this week. So please forgive the #657S one that is temporarily keeping the dust out. Even though, as my daughter points out, it looks quite striking with it.


Phani said...

These are very cute!!!! Nice pics Bruce.

Anonymous said...

why did this blog move?

Anonymous said...

fail. that's not charcoal.

Anonymous said...

So what is it if its now charcoal
You can't just said its not w/o explanation.
Bruce is our guru
and we'll go with charcoal.

bridgett said...

Oh Bruce
yet another awesome delicious photo.