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Blenko Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

American

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 vases, decanters and other 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.

Blenko's 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 stemware 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 stores 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 1950s 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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Creator: Blenko
Massive 1970s Blenko 'Caribbean Blue' Brutalist Ashtray
By Blenko Glass
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Massive 1970s Blenko 'Caribbean Blue' Brutalist Ashtray USA, Circa 1970s Transport yourself to the vibrant era of the 1970s with this striking piece of Blenko craftsmanship: a Mas...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Glass

Blenko Lemon Yellow Optical Art Glass Flame Stopper Decanter
By Blenko Glass
Located in Greenport, NY
We assume this is by Blenko Glass Company however we’re still combing through their catalogs to find an exact match. It is in their popular Lemon Yellow. It has optical ribbing on th...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Art Glass

Vintage Red Amberina Blenko Fauna Glass Ashtray
By Blenko Glass
Located in East Quogue, NY
Gorgeous vintage mid-century red Fauna Amberina Blenko art glass ashtray, with a deep leaf pattern impressed on the base. Intense Amberina colors, ranging from yellow to deep orange/...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Glass

A Pair of Blenko Glass Works Genie Bottle Decanters with Solid Glass Stoppers
By Blenko Glass
Located in San Francisco, CA
A good example of Blenko hand-blown glass, each with long neck above a bulbous body fitted with a water-drop solid glass stopper all in a cerulean blue clear glass; with pontil marks...
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1960s American Modern Vintage Blenko Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Blown Glass

Rare Blenko Amberine Tall Mouth Blown Glass Pitcher
By Wayne Husted, Blenko Glass
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful colors excellent condition on this petite glass amberine pitcher.
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20th Century American Scandinavian Modern Blenko Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Blown Glass

Vintage 2001 Blenko Hand Blown Art Glass Bowl
By Blenko Glass
Located in Naples, FL
Excellent condition ~ no chips or cracks! This vintage footed bowl is a stunning piece of art glass by Blenko, hand blown in 2001 in W. Virginia. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Blenko Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Art Glass

Blenko Glass Trivet, United States, 1950's
By Blenko Glass
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Blenko Glass Trivet, United States, 1950's.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Glass

Set of 5 Vintage Blenko Glass Pinch / Dimple Tumblers or Small Vases.
By Blenko Glass
Located in Chicago, IL
Set of 5 Vintage Blenko Glass Pinch / Dimple Tumblers when put into light, there is a faint white-like residue on interior of glass. Uncertain if...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Art Glass

Blenko Amberina Don Shepherd Glass "Bear Claw" Bowl
By Don Sheperd, Blenko Glass
Located in Miami, FL
Blenko Amberina Don Shepherd Glass "Bear Claw" Bowl Offered for sale is a Blenko Amberina glass Don Shepherd designed "Bear Claw" five-sided footed g...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Glass, Art Glass

Rare Blenko 5410 Bird or Rooster Vase by Wayne Husted in Charcoal
By Wayne Husted, Blenko Glass
Located in Chicago, IL
Rare Blenko 5410 bird or rooster vase by Wayne Husted in Charcoal. Beautiful color and form. The tail does have damage. Appears it was chipped evenly across. Almost looks natural. ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Art Glass

Wonderful Mid Century BLENKO Purple Amethyst Art Glass Large Centerpiece Bowl
By Blenko Glass
Located in Roslyn, NY
A Wonderful Mid Century Modern "BLENKO" Purple / Amethyst Crackle Art Glass Large Centerpiece Bowl, With Original Label. Measures 18 1...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Blenko Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Art Glass, Blown Glass

Hand Blown Crackled Clear Glass Ewer / Pitcher by Blenko Glass
By Blenko Glass
Located in San Diego, CA
Hand blown crackled clear glass ewer / pitcher by Blenko Glass, circa 1990s. The piece is in very good vintage condition and measures 7"W x 4.5"D x 10.75"H. This gorgeous piece is a ...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Art Glass

Vintage Blenko Light Purple Decanter Bottle With Stopper and Molded Design
By Blenko Glass
Located in North Miami, FL
This lovely vintage molded glass decanter bottle by Blenko has a teardrop original long stopper. The design on the front and back are abstract bod...
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1960s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Glass

1980s Blenko Purple Paper Bag Blown Art Glass Vase American Mid-Century Modern
By Blenko Glass
Located in Miami, FL
Purple Blenko sculptural Paper Bag blown art glass vase, vessel, geometric shape made in America 1980. The sculptural purple transparent glass body look...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Art Glass

Pair of Blenko Art Glass Decanters
By Blenko Glass
Located in Norton, MA
A pair of Blenko charcoal crackle glass decanters with charcoal crackle stoppers, circa 1950s.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Glass

Wayne Husted for Blenko Vintage Rare Purple Glass Vase with Nipple Protrusions
By Wayne Husted, Blenko Glass
Located in North Miami, FL
This rare and obscure signed Blenko vase or vessel is a luscious color of light purple. It was designed by Wayne Husted for Blenko and was most likely an...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Blown Glass

Three Vases by Joel Myers, Model No. 6427 for Blenko
By Joel Myers, Blenko Glass
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Three Joel Myers colored glass vases, model no. 6427, 1960s. Manufactured by Blenko. The tallest vase is 23.75" high and 2.75" diameter. The smaller vases are about 21.5" high and 2....
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Blown 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 Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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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 Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Blown Glass

Blenko Decanter Designed by Joel Myers
By Blenko Glass
Located in Asbury Park, NJ
Great green and clear glass Blenko decanter. This beautiful piece was designed in 1968 by Joel Myers. Notice how the stopper has the clear and green gl...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Blown Glass

Pair of Vases by Joel Myers, Model No. 6427 for Blenko
By Blenko Glass, Joel Myers
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Pair of Joel Myers colored glass vases, model no. 6427, 1960s. Manufactured by Blenko. The tallest vase is 24.25" high and 2.75" diameter. The smaller vase is about 21.75" high and 2...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Blown Glass

Midcentury Blenko Charcoal Grey Crackle Glass Decanter with Stopper, Circa 1950
By Blenko Glass
Located in New York, NY
ATA1433 A Blenko charcoal crackle glass decanter with clear crackle glass stopper. Due to the antique nature of this fixture, there may be some nicks ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Blown Glass, Glass, Art Glass

Three Vases by Joel Myers, Model No. 6427 for Blenko
By Blenko Glass, Joel Myers
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Three Joel Myers colored glass vases, model no. 6427, 1960s. Manufactured by Blenko. The tallest vase is 23.5" high and 2.75" diameter. The smaller vases are 22" and 21.75" high, 2.7...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Blown 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 joyo...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Glass

Vintage Blenko Art Glass Vase Pitcher
By Blenko Glass
Located in Chicago, IL
A Vintage Blenko Art Glass vase pitcher. Attributed to Wayne Husted.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Art 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....
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Mid-20th Century Blenko Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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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 Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Crystal

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 Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Blown Glass

Massive Yellow Glass "Leo the Lion" Zodiac Ashtray by Blenko
By Blenko Glass
Located in San Diego, CA
Massive and very heavy yellow glass "Leo the Lion" zodiac sign ashtray by Blenko, circa 1960s. Very impressive piece in excellent condition with no chips ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Glass

Lidded Glass Jar Designed by John Nickerson for Blenko
By Blenko Glass, John Nickerson
Located in New York, NY
Nice lidded vessel in blue crackle glass designed by John Nickerson, produced by Blenko. This example is in perfect condition, it is an uncommon blu...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Art Glass

Collection of Large Blenko Glass Pieces
By Blenko Glass
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
A collection of large, red-orange Blenko pieces, largest measuring 33.25" H.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Tall American 1960s Hand-Blown Apple-Green Glass Decanter by Blenko Glassworks
By Blenko Glass
Located in San Francisco, CA
A tall and striking American 1960s handblown apple-green decanter by Blenko Glassworks; the bulbous shaped body with long neck of heavy handblown glass fitted with a solid glass stop...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Set of Two Large Scale Blenko, Clear Glass Decanters
By Blenko Glass
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
This stylish set will make the perfect addition to your bar, kitchen or perhaps to collect your sea-glass from your summer by the sea.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Glass

Ruffled Shape Blenko Bowl
By Blenko Glass
Located in Buchanan, NY
This American 1960s Blenko glass bowl is a charming embodiment of vintage beauty. Its ruffled design and light yellow color create a delightful visual appeal, while the bubble incl...
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20th Century American Blenko Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Art Glass

Amber Glass Bookends
By Blenko Glass
Located in Richmond, VA
Vintage glass half-moon bookends in dark amber color, set of two. By Blenko Glass Company.
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20th Century Modern Blenko Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Glass

Clear blenko pitcher
By Blenko Glass
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Classic blenko pitcher. This one is dated 2004. It has the original blenko sticker. These pitchers are great for serving, they can be grabbed and poured by either side. Measures:...
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Blenko Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Glass

Blenko serveware, ceramics, silver and glass for sale on 1stDibs.

Blenko serveware, ceramics, silver and glass are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of glass and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Blenko serveware, ceramics, silver and glass, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original serveware, ceramics, silver and glass by Blenko were created in the mid-century modern style in north america during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider serveware, ceramics, silver and glass by Dorothy Thorpe, Arthur Court, and Steuben Glass. Prices for Blenko serveware, ceramics, silver and glass can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $56 and can go as high as $5,500, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $800.
Questions About Blenko Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2024
    A few things account for what is so special about Blenko glass. The vibrant colors that the brand is famous for set it apart, as do its imaginative designs. In addition, Blenko is known for its quality crafting techniques and for its rich history, which dates back to 1921. Explore a selection of Blenko glass on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Identifying a Blenko lamp often comes down to studying the forms and shapes of authentic Blenko lamps and comparing similar pieces. Since the majority of Blenko glass lamps will no longer have the sticker that was used for identification, you can look at books that are basically reprints of the annual Blenko catalogue, visit a collector-run website, or have a professional assessor look at it. On 1stDibs, find a selection of Blenko lamps from top sellers worldwide.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMay 14, 2024
    To identify Blenko glass, look for markings, usually found on the bottom. Over the years, the American glassmaker has used dozens of different markings, so the best approach is to compare yours to images shared on trusted websites for reference purposes. Once you've confirmed that your piece is a Blenko, you can download Blenko glass catalogues from online sources and search for your piece to learn more about it. Alternatively, you can have an appraiser or dealer who specializes in glassware evaluate your piece. Find a wide range of Blenko glass on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Blenko glass is hand-blown sheet glass that is used for stained glass windows or architectural glass. The Blenko Glass Company is most recognized for their work with the St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City. Shop a wide selection of Blenko glass goods on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    To know if glassware is Blenko glass, you will likely need to seek the help of a licensed appraiser. Blenko did not sign most pieces and did not create specific patterns. As a result, it is usually not possible to identify Blenko glass using only online resources. On 1stDibs, shop a variety of expertly vetted Blenko glassware.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 22, 2024
    Rose is the color of Blenko glass that tends to be the most valuable, followed by other intense jewel tones. Generally, the honey and pale green colors are less frequently sought after by collectors. However, there are exceptions. Keep in mind that the age, condition and type of glassware will also impact its value. Explore a range of Blenko glass on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Yes, Blenko glass is still made. The Blenko Glass Company produces their products at a company-owned factory in Milton, West Virginia. It opened in 1921 and is well known for producing decorative bottles, bowls and vases. Find a selection of Blenko glass on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    West Virginia-based Blenko Glass Company made its beloved jewel-toned, hand-blown glass lamps from 1947 through 1963. The company, established in 1893, has operated out of Milton, WV, since 1921, and started out producing glass vases and decanters. On 1stDibs, find a selection of Blenko pieces from top sellers worldwide.

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