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Heart of Glass - Blenko Glass

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Friday, April 09, 2010

For the Love of Myers


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.
Enjoy
Bruce

8 comments:

Phani said...

Didnt we have this post a week ago? The picture is still gorgeous. B and I love it.

chitrakahn said...

Hilary I knew you would eventually break with the work load -laugh- this is a repeat.
Beautiful glass by Bruce but a repeat!
Bruce send more photos!!!

Phani said...

Bridgett, I found a 4 book volume Blenko catalog collection from 1959-2001. If anyone would like to get blenko catalogs, please should try www.crunruh.com. A lot of catalogs out there.

Dr.BOB said...

This one and most others deserve a 2nd showing.

Dr.BOB said...

Phani
Pina books are less than accurate
The Eigle book you bought is golden.
I will check this website and Doc Glass you should check and if its good blog so others those folk who don't read comments will learn of this website.

Phani said...

Thank you for the Heads-up Dr. Bob. I will keep that in mind.

chitrakahn said...

I returned as I love this photo.
Bruce you take the very best photos.

Maxye said...

Bruce: eBay just turned up a Gump's decanter with the oblong stopper and a sticker that says "Made in Portugal for Gumps" -- how about that! Guess Gumps liked the Myers design and had it replicated. Wonder what year that was?