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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.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Blenko Water Bottles- An Inexpensive way to start a collection

The Water Bottle is the longest running item in the Blenko catalogue. Water bottles are still made and sold (photo # 1 Visitor Center - Water Bottles ($16- $25). The style has changed very little over the years. At one time a handle was added these are considered rare and sell for between $150 - $300 (new they were less than $5.) I recently purchased the teal green one for $100 from Dawn Weber. It has some minor factory marks and Dawn was upgrading.


Tim and Karin Alonzo of TEXAS had the largest know collection of water bottles with handles from Blenko. We hope to have photos of their collection on the blog very soon! Tim told me in 2008, WV is a great place to search for unique water bottles and other vintage Blenko.  A waterbottle with handle was recently 5/1/2017 seen at a store front in South Charleston, W.Va. 






This photo is of a Black Water Bottle made in 2005 - however , its valuable as Ebony/black is a discontinued Blenko color and a limited number of water bottles were made in this color! Collecting Blenko can be fun and educational. One doesn't have to have a lot of money or time. Blenko makes the most wonderful gifts. When you give Blenko you are giving an item that can be used, is beautiful and will increase in value with time!

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

U didn't answer my ? about designers or why buy Blenko
Do U read your own Blog?
Alan P
Barboursville, WV

Anonymous said...

can I order the bottles on line?
please include a link.

Hillary J Homburg said...

You may order the water bottles currently in stock from on line at the BLENKO GLASS CO web site
you may link from www.blenkoproject.org
RE: Mr. Alan P
Your question about designers - has no easy answer. The Blenko Project survey ask this question of over 1,800 radom people and the answers were amazing. I'll be doing several BLOG entries about designers- - please be patient. My school schedule will be lighter with the upcoming holidays. I want to thank you for reading the BLOG and also for your comments.
IF you are reading this NOW and you haven't commented please do...its encouraging for me to know that there is interest!

Anonymous said...

HILLARY, I WISH TO EXTEND MY APPRECIATION FOR WHAT YOU ARE DOING TO PROMOTE INTEREST IN ONE OF WEST VIRGINIA'S LAST ART GLASS COMPANIES. BLENKO IS AN ABSOLUTE TREASURE AND I CONSIDER MYSELF FORTUNATE TO LIVE CLOSE BY. I STARTED COLLECTING ABOUT 2000 AND HAVE A DIVERSE COLLECTION INCLUDING MANY BEAUTIFUL BLENKO PIECES. IT BROKE MY HEART TO WATCH PILGRIM CLOSE IT'S DOORS AND I HOPE THAT NEVER HAPPENS TO BLENKO. REGARDS, RON R. HUNTINGTON, W. VA.

Hillary J Homburg said...

Ron,
Thank you for writing - perhaps you'll send some photos of your collection for me to share.
It is sad to see glass factories close - - my hope is that we teach new generation to appreciate 'made in WV' and if this happens the demand will exceed the supply.
Again, thank you for your comments and for reading!

Anonymous said...

GREAT PHOTOS
DO MORE PHOTOS
AND TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF.

jo said...

Hi Hillary,
I grew up near Milton WV and loved visiting Blenko as a kid in the 60's. I now live in another state. I have a small collection of water bottles. A friend noticed them and said "I have one of those I never use. I'll give it to you." She gave me a ruby water bottle with a HANDLE! I had never seen one before. I think it must be worth a lot and I should return it to her and let her know its value. What do you think a ruby water bottle with handle (in pristine shape) would be worth?
Thanks,
Jo

Bouncer said...

I have started collecting the Blenko Water bottles and found a teal bottle with handle in a small antique store this weekend, for $15!

Hillary J Homburg said...

BOUNCER
please write to tell me where you found this
theblenkoproject@aol.com
hillary