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Blenko Home Accents

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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Creator:Blenko
Cobalt Glass Bookends
By Blenko Glass
Located in Richmond, VA
Vintage glass half-moon bookends in beautiful cobalt blue color. Set of two by Blenko Glass Company.
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Glass

Pair of Joel Myers for Blenko Glass Elephant Bookends
By Blenko Glass, Joel Myers
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This pair of glass bookends by Joel Myers for Blenko, c.1960s, USA are a stunning teal color. Each bookend depicts an elephant figure embedded in the chunky glass semi-circle form. T...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko Home Accents

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Glass

Mid-Century Modern Blenko Clear Glass Half Circle Bookends by Wayne Husted
By Wayne Husted, Blenko Glass
Located in St. Louis, MO
Wayne Husted designed clear half glass bookends for Blenko, circa 1960s. In fine condition, no damage.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko Home Accents

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Glass

Blenko Mid-Century Modern Glass Bookends with Elephant Motif
By Blenko Glass
Located in New York, NY
A pair of Mid-Century Modern glass bookends depicting elephants on the front end. The pair was made in the United States by Blenko in the 1960s and is in very good vintage condition.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko Home Accents

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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 Home Accents

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Glass

Blenko Ice Block Bookends in Amber Glass Abstract Flower Design 1967 Joel Myers
By Blenko Glass, Joel Myers
Located in National City, CA
Glass Bookends By Blenko abstract ice glass block sculpture modern bookends in amber glass 1967 By designer Joel Myers for Blenko Glass of West Virginia Heavy pair of square amber co...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko Home Accents

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Art Glass

Blenko Stylized Bamboo Glass Bookends
By Blenko Glass
Located in New York, NY
Pair of cast clear glass bookends with a stylized bamboo motif by Blenko.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko Home Accents

Materials

Art Glass

Blenko Glass Owl Bookends Cobalt Blue Modern 1960s Joel Myers USA
By Blenko Glass, Joel Myers
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 Home Accents

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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 Home Accents

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Art Glass

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 Home Accents

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Blown Glass

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 Home Accents

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Glass

Mid-Century Modern Handcrafted Marked Blenko Thick Clear Glass Owl Bookends
By Blenko Glass
Located in Miami, FL
Mid-Century Modern handcrafted Blenko thick glass owl bookends. Original label on back of each.
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko Home Accents

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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 Home Accents

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Glass

1960s Modern Blenko Glass Owl Bookends Joel Myers, USA
By Blenko Glass, Joel Myers
Located in National City, CA
Mid-Century Modern clear hand blown glass owl bookends by Blenko of USA Beautifully handcrafted pair of thick clear solid glass bookends designed by Joel Myers for Blenko. No labe...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko Home Accents

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Blown Glass

Pair of Midcentury Amber Glass Owl Bookends by Blenko
By Blenko Glass
Located in San Diego, CA
Midcentury pair of handblown amber colored owl bookends by Blenko, circa 1960s. The bookends are heavy and solid with a smooth back side a finish and a textural finish on the front. ...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Blenko Home Accents

Materials

Blown Glass

Pair of Midcentury Glass Owl Bookends by Blenko
By Blenko Glass
Located in San Diego, CA
Midcentury pair of handblown owl bookends by Blenko, circa 1960s. The bookends are heavy and solid with a smooth back side a finish and a textural finish on the front. Very cool deco...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Blenko Home Accents

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Blown Glass

Pair of Midcentury Cast Glass Bookends or Paperweights by Joel Myers for Blenko
By Blenko Glass, Joel Myers
Located in San Diego, CA
Pair of massive (over 5 pounds each) midcentury cast clear glass bookends / paperweights by Joel Myers for Blenko Glass, circa 1960s. Each block measures approx 4.25" high, 3.75" and...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko Home Accents

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Glass

Blenko Glass Fish Bookends
By Blenko Glass
Located in New York, NY
Midcentury solid cast glass bookends depicting a fish in bas relief technique.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko Home Accents

Materials

Glass

Quarter Circle Wedge Clear Glass Bookends by Blenko
By Blenko Glass
Located in San Diego, CA
Nice pair of quarter circle / wedge / half moon clear glass bookends by Blenko, circa 1970s.
Category

Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko Home Accents

Materials

Glass

Ship Bookends by Blenko
By Blenko Glass
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mid-Century era, pair of Blenko, thick glass ship bookends. Solid, handblown, with back side a smooth finish and front side a textural finish.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko Home Accents

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Glass

Midcentury Blenko Glass Fish Bookends
By Blenko Glass
Located in Cathedral City, CA
A pair of midcentury Blenko fish bookends.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko Home Accents

Materials

Glass

Fish Bookends by Blenko
By Blenko Glass
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mid-century era, pair of Blenko, thick glass fish bookends. Solid, handblown, with back side a smooth finish and front side a textural finish.
Category

1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko Home Accents

Materials

Glass

Blenko Emerald Green Art Glass Modernist Wedge Block Bookend Wayne Husted 1960s
By Wayne Husted, Blenko Glass
Located in National City, CA
Glass Bookend Single BLENKO Emerald Green Art Glass Modernist Block Bookend 1960s Attribution Wayne Husted for Blenko Glass of WV 4 w x 4 h x 2.38d Inches Original Preowned Unres...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko Home Accents

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Art Glass

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Blenko home accents for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs Blenko home accents are available for sale. These distinctive objects are often made of glass and are designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Blenko home accents there are many options to choose from, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. We stock 24 vintage versions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of Blenko's original home accents were created during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style in North America. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider home accents by Herman Miller, Gordon & Jane Martz and Jenfred Ware. Blenko home accents can vary in price, size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $150 and tops out at $700, while pieces like these can sell for $468 on average.