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, March 01, 2010

An Intuitive Collector

Hillary: These little vessels are 5" and almost 4" tall. I think they are Rainbow glass. The speckled white overlay makes them interesting.
I am an intuitive collector and, unfortunately, don't know always know what I'm buying. I buy what I like and paid $15 for both so, I'm not too worried about value. However, I would like to know what they are-- if anyone on the blog knows. Not much is written about the WV's Rainbow Glass.
WV Janis
Webmaster Steve sent this info from the Blenko Collector 4 webpage, he reports photos of many Rainbow Glass items.
The Rainbow Art Company was first founded in 1940 by President J. Goudaker and Vice President Henry P. Manus in Long Island City, New York. Hand decorated Rainbow items were sold in every state as well as in Canada, Mexico, South and Central America, British India, and South America.

Rainbow was located in Huntington, West Virginia from 1942 - 1973. They only decorated glass from 1942 - 1954. Glass was purchased from other Glass Companies and decorated with painting and staining among other techniques. From 1954 - 1973 they made their own glass. In 1973 the company was sold to Viking glass. The factory burned in 1983. Many Rainbow items can be found with Viking stickers showing that the Rainbow items were popular enough to continue making for many years.

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