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.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Blenko Glass Collecting. The Hat

Hillary Homburg
Last week we saw a cowboy hat with a Blenko label - the block label it was priced $390.

I was attracted but felt the price was too high. Can you tell me what this item was intended to do, what I should pay and when it was made.


Most Blenko was made to be used. In the home decor, or for tableware. The hat you saw is still being made by Blenko Glass and last I checked the cost was $132 The hat was made in several sizes.

This hat can be used as an ice bucket or to hold and chill wine. My Mom frequently puts soil and violets or grass in this hat and uses for display in an entry hall. ( note: collectors are concerned with stains, both water and soils can cause stains to the glass).

You didn't mention the color - The most common color and thus the least expensive is crystal, the most rare is Ebony and thus the seller will ask more for Ebony.
This hat has always been a big seller in the TEXAS area. The 'hat' was available in a rainbow of colors over the years. Special orders produced an even wider selection of colors.

In the last year - the hat has been offered for a low as $125 and up to $375. Always check the conditon of an item prior to purchase, and its always a good idea to know the value prior to buying.

Note: Ebony was produced for a short time is is the most valuable color
and elusive color for the hat. The crystal hat is from the Blenko website.
Blenko also made a ladies bonnet and a top hat.

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