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Heart of Glass - Blenko Glass

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Birds of a Feather


Hillary:


Here we see some glass birds, all made in West Virginia. The red and green pieces are Fenton: the green one is a two-piece candle holder; the red eagle is a stamped commemorative, bicentennial piece (1976-1776). The blue bookends are BLENKO. I've owned these for years but have seen several pairs for sale lately, especially in amber and clear. Finally, the owl roosting in the back is a Viking ashtray. I don't actively collect glass birds but, over the years, these have flown onto my shelves and I really enjoy them. I have a couple of the Viking glass birds with the long tails; however, they seemed too delicate to hang out with these heavyweights. Notice the birds have been reading a lot lately. They've just finished reading the Appalachians and are moving on to PEANUTS. However, on their "to do list" is to finish reading Senator Byrd's autobiography, "Child of the Appalachian Coalfields."


I'd love to see other readers share their glass bird photos. At the very least, I'm hoping the comments section of your blog will work so that we can get a reaction or two from this one!


WV Janis

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

IS THAT A RUBY OWL?
I HAVE FOUR ALL ARE CRYSTAL AND REPRODUCTIONS.
THESE ARE VERY VERY NICE WVJ.
NOW WHERE DID THE RED BIRD COME FROM AND HOW OLD IS HE?
MOUNTAIN RITA

Anonymous said...

JANIS
BYRDS BIO IS AWESOME
RE READ
WELL WORTH THE TIME. AMAZING MAN WHO OVER CAME SO MANY TRIALS IN HIS LIFE.
MOUNTAIN RITA

westvirginiajanis said...

MTN. RITA:

The red EAGLE is a Fenton milkglass red (whatever the opaque red is called that looks like it was mixed with milk glass). I got it at a junk store as I liked the color and the fact if was a bicentennial piece.

Thanks for commenting. I sent this photo a very long time ago and was so pleased to find that it got published!

WV Janis

Anonymous said...

WVJanis
I have missed your wonderful photos and insightful comments.
Margie Hale

Anonymous said...

Very nice compositon.
I miss photos from Bruce, you and
the retired fella.