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Blenko

A producer of hand-blown glass since 1893, Blenko Glass is currently headquartered in Milton, West Virginia, where it has operated since 1921. Among its many illustrious projects are the stained-glass windows it produced for St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Washington National Cathedral. Blenko is known today for the brilliant colors of its glass vessels and objects—particularly those produced in the 1950s and ’60s—which range from jewel-like blues and greens to brilliant reds and yellows.

The company was founded by William J. Blenko, an English immigrant who was apprenticed to a glassmaker in his native London as a young man. Blenko developed expertise in the production of rondels, the round panes used in stained glass windows. His interest in the potential of natural gas to fire glass furnaces led him to Milton, where abundant reserves of the fuel had attracted a pool of skilled glassblowers. Under the name Eureka Glass, his company began making window glass in 1923, and in 1925, he was joined in the business by his son, William H. Blenko.

When the Great Depression quelled demand for stained glass, William J. Blenko brought local Milton glassblowers into the company to begin producing stem- and tableware, products for which the company, which changed its name to Blenko in 1930, is now best known. Up until the end of World War II, Blenko’s tableware designs were fairly straightforward, and they sold well at American department such as Gump’s, in San Francisco. The company was also commissioned in 1930 to produce a line of reproductions for Colonial Williamsburg.

In 1947, the company hired as its art director Winslow Anderson, who introduced artful, fanciful and modern vessels and objects in vibrant colors. This began what collectors refer to as Blenko’s “historic period.” A number of Anderson’s designs were honored by the Museum of Modern Art’s Good Design Awards in 1950, and throughout the 1950’s and ‘60s, the company enjoyed robust sales and critical acclaim. The forms Blenko produced during this period followed the contemporary vogue for biomorphism, or organic modernism, which favored rounded and fluid shapes inspired by nature.

One of Blenko’s most influential designers, Wayne Husted, who was active from 1953 to ’63, is credited with aligning Blenko’s products with the prevailing mid-century modern aesthetic by pushing the envelope on both form and color, particularly in his wedge-cut and Spool decanters and his Echoes series. Joel Philip Myers, who designed for Blenko in the 1960s, brought a sense of whimsy and visual excess to the product line, in keeping with the psychedelic look favored during the period.

Blenko Glass still produces many of its classic designs in items ranging from stemware and tableware to decorative objects and ornamental decanters. Among collectors, pieces created under Husted’s creative direction are of special interest. The company has come to the attention of younger audiences through the documentaries Blenko: Hearts of Glass and Blenko Retro: Three Designers of American Glass, both of which aired on PBS. Blenko also designed the glass award trophy for the Country Music Awards.

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1970's Mouth blown Glass Vase by Blenko
By Blenko Glass
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful abstract glass vase by Blenko, circa 1970's no chips or cracks.
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Late 20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

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Blown Glass

Blenko Blue Art Glass Bulbous Vase W/ Narrow Neck, Hand Blown Undulating Form
By Blenko Glass
Located in Kansas City, MO
Art Glass vase in blue by Blenko, 1960s. Hand blown bulbous with undulating wave like form. No chips, cracks or repairs.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Art Glass

Blenko Mid-Century Modern Blue Glass Pitcher
By Blenko Glass
Located in New York, NY
Blenko Mid-Century Modern blue hand-blown glass pitcher, unmarked. Measures: 13" height x 8" diameter.
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Late 20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

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Glass

Blenko Glass Double Spouted Pitcher Decanter Set
By Blenko Glass
Located in Austin, TX
Square geometric shape with a double spouted design. Lovely and Fun Emerald green pitcher with matching glasses. Five piece set. Among its many illustrious projects are the staine...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

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Blown Glass, Glass

Monumental Blenko Ruby Red Vessel and Stopper by Wayne Husted
By Blenko Glass, Wayne Husted
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Large Blenko ruby red floor vessel/bottle by Wayne Husted. Bottle is 20.25" high and 7" diameter. Manufactured by Blenko, USA. Bottle contains label Blenko Handcraft.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Blown Glass

Monumental Blenko Ruby Red Vessel by Wayne Husted
By Blenko Glass, Wayne Husted
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Large Blenko ruby red floor vessel/bottle by Wayne Husted. Bottle is 26.25" high and 9.5" diameter (bottom), 7" diameter (top). Manufactured by Blenko, USA.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Blown Glass

Mid-Century Modern Art Glass Vases by Blenko Blue and Amber
By Blenko Glass
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Pair of fish bowl vases by American glass blowing company Blenko. Amber colored case is a little taller than the blue vase 10 inch to 9.5 inch. Amber vase retains 90% of it's origina...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Art Glass

Trio of Don Shepherd Hand Crafted Glass Bent Spiral Neck Vases for Blenko 1988
By Blenko Glass, Don Shepherd
Located in Miami, FL
Blenko Set of 3 of Bent Spiral Neck Bottle Vases, in three heights, created by Don Shepherd in 1988. This designed makes its debut in the 1988 Blenko catalog and assigned number 8827...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Blenko

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Blown Glass

Wayne Husted Art Glass Vase for Blenko, circa 1960
By Wayne Husted, Blenko Glass
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Wayne Husted Art glass vase for Blenko. circa 1960.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

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Blown Glass

Blenko Art Glass Mushroom Candlesticks, circa 1975
By Tapio Wirkkala, Blenko Glass
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Blenko art glass mushroom candlesticks / candle holders set, circa 1975 #1. 5" diameter x 3.13" tall #2. 5" diameter x 4.13" tall #3. 4.5" diameter x 5.13" tall.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

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Glass, Art Glass

Blenko Art Glass Mushroom Candlestick
By Blenko Glass
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Art glass mushroom candlestick by Blenco, circa 1975
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Glass

Mid Century Blenko Amorphic Centerpiece Bowl
By Blenko Glass
Located in Buchanan, NY
Blenko 1963 heavy free form amorphic centerpiece bowl in green. Very good condition.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Art Glass

Monumental Blenko Ruby Red Vessel and Stopper by Wayne Husted
By Blenko Glass, Wayne Husted
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Large Blenko ruby red floor vessel/bottle with stopper by Wayne Husted. Bottle (without stopper) is 26.5" high and 8" diameter. Bottle (with stopper) is 37" high. Manufactured by Ble...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Blown Glass

Monumental Blenko Red Floor Vessel and Stopper by Wayne Husted
By Blenko Glass, Wayne Husted
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Large Blenko ruby red floor vessel/bottle with stopper by Wayne Husted. Bottle (without stopper) is 18" high and 10" diameter. Bottle (with stopper) is 23.5" high. Manufactured by Bl...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Glass

Blenko Glass Double Spouted Pitcher Decanter, a trio in Mid-Century Colors
By Blenko Glass
Located in Atlanta, GA
Lovely set of three pitchers, jugs, decanters by Blenko Glass Manufacturer. Square geometric shape with double spouted design. Assorted Mid-Century colors of amethysts purple, amber ...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

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Glass, Blown Glass

Mid-Century Blenko Amberina Blown Glass "Bubble" Vase by Wayne Husted
By Wayne Husted, Blenko Glass
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Blown glass vase designed in 1961 by Wayne Husted for Blenko (model number 6041). Attractive 'bubble' pattern throughout and brilliant amberina / tangerine palette with red and yello...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Blown Glass

Blown Glass Amberina Tangerine Jug Designed by John Nickerson for Blenko
By John Nickerson, Blenko Glass
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Blown glass jug designed by John Nickerson and manufactured by Blenko. This design first appeared in the 1972 Blenko catalog as model number 7226S. Large size and attractive amberina...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Blown Glass

Large Turquoise Blown Glass Asymmetrical "Ribbed" Vase by Blenko
By Blenko Glass
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Asymmetrical Blenko vase with ribbed pattern, large in scale (H: 11" x L: 8" x D: 4") in attractive turquoise palette. The design's first and only appearance was in the 1966 Blenko...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Blown Glass

Large Blenko Blown Glass Turquoise Asymmetrical "Ribbed" Vase
By Blenko Glass
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Asymmetrical Blenko vase with ribbed pattern, large in scale (H: 11.25" x L: 8" x D: 4.25") in attractive turquoise palette. The design's first and only appearance was in the 1966 B...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Blown Glass

Pair of Crystal Penguins by Blenko
By Blenko Glass
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Pair of crystal penguins by Blenko. They measure about 13.5" high and 5" diameter.
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Crystal

Blown Glass Amberina Decanter with Stopper by Wayne Husted for Blenko
By Wayne Husted, Blenko Glass
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Blown glass decanter with original button stopper designed in the 1960s by Wayne Husted for Blenko as part of the "New York" line. Sculptural form and attractive amberina / tangerine...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Blown Glass

Mid-Century Blenko Amerbina Tangerine Decanter with Stopper by Winslow Anderson
By Winslow Anderson, Blenko Glass
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Blown glass decanter designed in the 1950s by Winslow Anderson for Blenko (model number 920-S). Unusual, diminutive size and striking amberina / tangerine palette with red and yellow...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Blown Glass

Blown Glass Decanter with "Flame" Stopper Designed by Wayne Husted for Blenko
By Wayne Husted, Blenko Glass
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Blown glass decanter designed in the 1960s by Wayne Husted for Blenko. Uncommon example with applied handle and original flame stopper. Large size and attractive amberina / tangerine...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Blown Glass

Drinking, Cocktail, and Shot Glasses by Blenko, 1950s, Blown Clear & Green Glass
By Blenko Glass
Located in Kansas City, MO
Set of seventeen Blenko hand blown glasses. Nine drinking glasses, four hi-ball glasses and four shot glasses. All with applied spiraling green glass which is both decorative and fun...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Art Glass

Cast Glass Bookends by Wayne Husted for Blenko
By Wayne Husted, Blenko Glass
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Extremely heavy Mid-Century Modern cast glass horseshoe-shaped wedge bookends by Wayne Husted for Blenko. Missing the silver foil label, but definitely Blenko. In very good vintag...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Blenko

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Glass

Pair of Vintage Blenko Glass Vases, circa 1960's
By Blenko Glass
Located in Chappaqua, NY
Pair of vintage Blenko glass vases, circa 1960's. Hand-blown aquamarine glass. Distinctive shape that mimics a paper bag. Original label. Blenko glass manufacturer started in 1893, l...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Blown Glass

Pair of Blenko Glass Bookends
By Blenko Glass
Located in Cathedral City, CA
Pair of glass handmade bookends made by Blenko. Each one look like a chunky half circle block of ice. Blenko sticker bookend.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Art Glass

Original Mid-Century Modern Blue Hand Blown Art Glass Vase, Vessel Blenko, 1980
By Blenko Glass
Located in Miami, FL
Blenko blue Mid-Century Modern hand blown art glass vase, vessel, geometric shape made in the 1980s. The sculptural blue glass body looks stunning with every turn. No markings.
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Art Glass

Vintage Pair Blenko Amoeba Tangerine Glass Candleholders
By Blenko Glass
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful pair of vintage Blenko Amoeba Glass Candleholders in Tangerine. The beautiful freeform and color of these catapults them to sculptures. The joyous hue of deep tangerine add...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Glass

Monumental Blenko Smoky Blue Grey Glass Lamp
By Blenko Glass
Located in New York, NY
Large Blenko glass lamp in a beautiful blue / grey color. The lamp sits on a thick beveled lucite base and has been Newly rewired with adjustable polished brass double cluster tha...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Glass

Important Prototype Vases by Winslow Anderson, 1952
By Winslow Anderson, Blenko Glass
Located in South Charleston, WV
Signed by the Artist 1952, Winslow Anderson. When Winslow designed the vase model 961 he produced prototypes, and he kept these 2 handblown prototypes with him until his death in 20...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Blown Glass

Mid Century Blenko Amberina Glass Table Lamp by Wayne Husted, 1962
By Blenko Glass, Wayne Husted
Located in Miami, FL
Mid-Century Modern Amberina colored glass table lamp designed by Wayne Husted in 1962 for Blenko Glass Company of West Virginia. In a dramatic large bulbous shape and in a color, cal...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Blown Glass

Joel Myers for Blenko Mid Century Tall Blown Amberina Glass Floor Decanter, 1969
By Blenko Glass, Joel Myers
Located in Miami, FL
Wonderful and large mid-century blown glass floor decanter by Joel Myers for Blenko of West Virginia. In mixed color Amberina, called Tangerine by Blenko, which is red melding into a...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Blown Glass

Vintage Glass Elephant Bookends by Blenko
By Joel Myers, Blenko Glass
Located in San Diego, CA
Midcentury glass elephant pair of bookends designed by Joel Myers for Blenko. Made of dense textured glass with an elephant design. Sculptural, unique and whimsy. Each is handcrafted...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Glass

Blenko Art Glass Bookends Indian Sculptures
By Blenko Glass
Located in Cathedral City, CA
Blenko 1970s clay-molded textured clear glass bookends.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Art Glass

Pair of Blenko 1950s Green Crackle Glass Lamps
By Blenko Glass
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Blenko green crackle glass lamps on circular wood bases. Original glass sphere finial and height adjustable hardware. Signed with stamp on felt base. Overall height measures ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

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Blown Glass

Blenko Midcentury Glass Sculptural Candleholder
By Blenko Glass
Located in San Diego, CA
A Classic beautiful glass candleholder by Blenko. Diamond like and Alien like at the same time. This vintage design by the house of Blenko is truly modern and timeless. This candleho...
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

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Glass

Blenko Smoky Blue Glass Bottle Lamp
By Blenko Glass
Located in New York, NY
Blenko smoke blue glass lamp with circular wood base. Original hardware and finial. Overall height measures 27 inches, lamp body, 14 inches height. Signed with paper label on harp, ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

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Blown Glass

Blenko Blown Glass Lamp with Glass Finial
By Blenko Glass
Located in New York, NY
Beautiful shade of green blown glass Blenko lamp with blown glass finial and wooden base. Original brass hardware.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

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Blown Glass, Wood

Blenko Blue Smoke Glass Lamps
By Blenko Glass
Located in New York, NY
Beautiful blue smoke glass Blenko lamps, with original glass finials. Mounted on wood bases. Solid brass hardware, double sockets and brass pulls.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

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Brass

Pair of Ice Block Emerald Glass Bookends by Blenko Glass
By Blenko Glass
Located in San Diego, CA
Nice pair of of free flow ice block emerald glass bookends by Blenko Glass, circa 1970s. The bookends look like a large chunk of ice with a very cool three dimensional effect and mea...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

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Glass

Midcentury Clear Glass Trumpet Vase by Blenko
By Blenko Glass
Located in San Diego, CA
Fun midcentury clear hand blown glass trumpet vase by Blenko, circa 1970s. The vase is 7" W x 6" D x 15.5" H and in very good condition with no chips or cracks. A very stylish and ch...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

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Blown Glass

Blenko Hand Blown Decanters by Husted and Anderson
By Blenko Glass
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A pair of hand blown decanters with stoppers the smaller one having the bubble pattern and the larger one having the crackle pattern with pinched design. Both are in tangerine color ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

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Blown Glass

Unique Blenko Lamp 1972 Charisma Line
By John Nickerson, Blenko Glass
Located in South Charleston, WV
The Charimsa series by John Nickerson for Blenko of 1972 is a highly regarded and collectible line of the art glass from the Blenko Studios of Milton, WV. This bulbous table lamp is ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Art Glass

Large Blenko Crackle Pitcher by Wayne Husted
By Blenko Glass
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A large hand blown art glass pitcher in tangerine and ruby with the crackle textured pattern produced under the Blenko Glass company designed by Wayne Husted.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

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Blown Glass

Mid-20th Century Blenko Glass Decanter-form Floor Vase in Vivid Green
By Blenko Glass
Located in Nantucket, MA
Large Mid-Century Modern floor vase by Blenko Glass in the form of an oversized decanter and stopper. The hand blown vivid green glass with optical ribbing and broken pontil. Measure...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Blown Glass

Mid-Century Modern, Amberina, Blenko Glass, Moonshine Jug
By Blenko Glass
Located in Nantucket, MA
Mid-20th century Blenko glass moonshine jug in amberina - large size of rounded bell form having a single applied loop handle below the flared mouth and an out-turned rim at the base...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

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Blown Glass

Owl Bookends by Blenko
By Blenko Glass
Located in Los Angeles, CA
1960s Blenko glass bookends, designed by Joel Myers. In overall excellent condition, with no chips or repairs. We have 4 pairs in stock and on display in our Los Angeles Arts Distr...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Glass

Owl Bookends by Blenko
By Blenko Glass
Located in Los Angeles, CA
1960s Blenko glass bookends, designed by Joel Myers. In overall excellent condition, with no chips or repairs. We have 4 pairs in stock and on display in our Los Angeles Arts Distr...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Glass

Midcentury Blenko Glass Optic Emerald Green and Brass Lamp
By Blenko Glass
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Midcentury Blenko glass optic emerald green and brass mount table lamp. This sparkling Blenko glass lamp maintains its original Blenko glass silver manufacturer sticker. Features the...
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Mid-20th Century American Blenko

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Brass

Vintage Midcentury Glass Owl Bookends by Blenko
By Blenko Glass
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful pair of midcentury glass owl bookends by Blenko from the 1960s with original signature seal sticker. Incredible craftsmanship and detail in this pair of glass bookends that...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

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Blown Glass

Extra Large Hand Blown Cobalt Blue Art Glass Vase by Blenko Glass
By Blenko Glass
Located in San Diego, CA
Extra large hand blown cobalt blue art glass vase by Blenko Glass, circa 1990s. This gorgeous statment piece is a beautiful example of American art glass. #1295.
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20th Century American Blenko

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Art Glass

1980s American Blown Art Glass Footed Vase by Blenko Glass
By Blenko Glass
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
1980s American blown art glass aqua and translucent ribbed and fluted footed vase by Blenko glass. Original Blenko glass manufacturer sticker in tact, indicating 1980-1999 production.
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20th Century American Blenko

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Blown Glass

Blenko Large Pinched Vase in Bright Blue, Mint Condition
By Blenko Glass
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Beautiful blue tall cylindrical pinched vase with Blenko acid etched signature. Measures 12 ½ inches tall. The angular top measures 6 3/4" x 5 5/8" wide. The vase is in excellent c...
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Mid-20th Century Blenko

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Glass

Midcentury Blown Glass & 22-Karat Gold Drinks Set by, Briard & Blenko Set of 11
By Georges Briard, Blenko Glass
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Mid-20th century blown glass and 22-karat gold drinks set by, Georges Briard and Blenko glass-set of eleven pieces. Set includes one large serving bowl and six shot glasses by George...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

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Gold

Monumental Mid-Century Modern Emerald Green Blenko Glass Ashtray
By Blenko Glass
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Monumental Mid-Century Modern emerald green Blenko glass ashtray. Size: 9.5" D x 1" H.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Art Glass

Glass Bottle, by Blenko, Midcentury, circa 1950, Grey, Tall, USA
By Blenko Glass
Located in New York, NY
Decorative tall grey or dark green glass bottle, circa 1950, Blenko, USA.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Smoked Glass

Blenko Glass Owl Bookends Cobalt Blue Modern 1960s Joel Myers USA
By Joel Myers, Blenko Glass
Located in National City, CA
Mid-Century Modern rare cobalt blue hand blown glass owl bookends by Blenko of USA, 1960s Beautifully handcrafted pair of thick blue solid glass bookends designed by Joel Myers fo...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Glass

Blenko Furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Blenko Furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of glass and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Blenko collection of furniture, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Blenko were created in North America during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider Furniture by David Cressey Furniture, Dorothy Thorpe Furniture and Steuben Glass Furniture. Blenko Furniture prices can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $75 and tops out at $5,500, while pieces like these can sell for $495 on average.