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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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Architectural Glass Blenko Lilac Vessel with Stopper by Wayne Husted
By Blenko Glass
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Architectural lilac glass bottle with stopper by Wayne Husted and manufactured by Blenko, USA. Measures 31.5" high (without stopper), 33" high (with stopper). Stopper is 5.5" diamete...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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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

Joel Myers Emerald Green Blenko Genie Bottle Vase Retro Midcentury Art Glass
By Blenko Glass, Joel Myers
Located in Hyattsville, MD
Joel Myers emerald green floor decanter vase/bottle Model #6954 Blenko, 1969. Very good vintage condition, no chips, no cracks.    
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Art Glass

20th Century Tall Amber Optic Art Glass Vase by Blenko
By Blenko Glass
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
1980'S Amber Optic Tall Art Glass vase by Blenko Glass Co. Maintains the original Blenko sticker, Handmade-Blenko.
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20th Century American Blenko

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Blown 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

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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. Ref #: H0721-02 Dimensions: 5”H x 15.5”W x 7.5”D
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Art 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

Rare Wayne Husted for Blenko "Kitty" Cat Bottle with Stopper
By Blenko Glass, Wayne Husted
Located in Chicago, IL
Rare Wayne Husted for Blenko cat bottle with stopper.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

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Art Glass

Blenko Handcrafted Midcentury Glass Vase
By Blenko Glass
Located in San Diego, CA
A beautiful 1960s handcrafted glass vase by Blenko. Has a clear finish with blue accents. In excellent condition, no chips or cracks. A very collectible and rare piece. Made by an Am...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

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Blown Glass

Blenko Moss Green Glass Lamps
By Blenko Glass
Located in New York, NY
Pair of American Classic blown glass lamps with an all-over optic pattern on satin brass disc bases. Rewired for use in the USA.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

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Brass

1950s Mid-Century Modern Amber Yellow Blenko Handblown Crackle Art Glass Carafe
By Blenko Glass
Located in Haarlem, NL
Cute little 1950s MCM amber yellow Blenko handblown crackle Art-Glass carafe with stopper and visible pontil. Blenko Glass Company has been a family owned and operated American comp...
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Mid-20th Century Central American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

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Art Glass, Blown 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

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

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

Hand Blown Bamboo Art Glass Vase by Don Shepherd for Blenko Glass
By Blenko Glass, Don Shepherd
Located in San Diego, CA
Hand blown yellow / gold art glass vase by Don Shepherd for Blenko Glass, circa 2005. This bamboo shaped design was initially introduced for one year by Don Shepherd in the late 1970...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

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Art 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

Materials

Art 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

Vibrant American Blue Glass Ships Decanter, Blenko Glass
By Blenko Glass
Located in San Francisco, CA
A vibrant American 1960s blue glass ships decanter with over-scaled stopper, by Blenko glassworks, the very cool decanter with large clear glass paddle-form stopper resting on a vibr...
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1960s American Vintage Blenko

Blenko Crackle Vase with Stopper by Joel Meyer
By Blenko Glass
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A nice sized amber and red crackle vase with matching raindrop stopper, the crackling affect gives this piece a fragile shocking appearance handcrafted by Joel Meyer for the Blenko g...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

Materials

Glass

Blenko Cobalt Blue Water Bottle
By Blenko Glass
Located in Buchanan, NY
Fabulous cobalt blue Blenko iconic water bottle with sandblasted etching on base with the maker, Blenko, and the year 2002. Would be great as a vase with white peonies or in a window...
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

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Art 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

Materials

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

20th Century Blenko Style Blown Art Glass Amberina Optic Decanter & Stopper
By Blenko Glass
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Mid-20th Century Blenko Style Blown Art Glass Amberina Optic Liquor Decanter With Stopper.
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Mid-20th Century American Blenko

Materials

Blown Glass

Tall Massive Collectible Amberina Glass Handkerchief Vase by Blenko
By Blenko Glass, Wayne Husted
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful colors on this large Blenko amberina glass vase, circa 1970's excellent condition.
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20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

Materials

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

Materials

Blown Glass

Architectural Glass Blenko Tangerine Vessel by Wayne Husted
By Wayne Husted, Blenko Glass
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Architectural Blenko tangerine 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

Materials

Blown 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

Vintage Blenko Vase in Green Glass with Overall Raised Molded Designs
By Blenko Glass
Located in Nantucket, MA
Mid-Century Modern vase of pillar form with two flat sides and two convex sides. The molded green glass divided into rectangular areas with various patterns, each flat side with two ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

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Glass

Blenko Hand Blown Vase with Stopper
By Blenko Glass
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A green bodied hand blown glass vase with clear tear drop stopper retains the original Blenko tag and to the bottom etched signature signed and dated Richard Blenko 2003.
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

Materials

Blown 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 23.75" 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

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Blown Glass

Blenko Art Glass Mushroom Candlesticks, circa 1975
By Blenko Glass, Tapio Wirkkala
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 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

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

Materials

Glass

Blown Glass Amberina Tangerine Jug Designed by John Nickerson for Blenko
By Blenko Glass, John Nickerson
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

Blown Glass Decanter with "Flame" Stopper Designed by Wayne Husted for Blenko
By Blenko Glass, Wayne Husted
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

Materials

Blown 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

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Glass

Signed Mid-Century Blenko Amber Art Glass Nude Female Vase by Joel Philip Myers
By Blenko Glass
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This art glass vase was designed by Joel Philip Myers of Blenko Glass of the United States in approximately 1969 in the period Mid-Century Modern style. The vase is done with clear g...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

Materials

Art Glass

Pair of Blenko Candleholders
By Blenko Glass
Located in Austin, TX
Pair of Blenko Candleholders Vintage Blenko clear glass Icicle candle holder mid century 3 leg melting ice. Measures: 4.5” Height x 8” Diameter.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

Materials

Glass, Art Glass

Vintage Wayne Husted Amberina Blown Glass "Bubble" Vase
By Blenko Glass, Wayne Husted
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

Materials

Blown 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

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.
Category

Late 20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

Materials

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 23.25" high and 2.75" diameter. The smaller vase is about 22.75" high and 2...
Category

1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

Materials

Blown Glass

Vase by Joel Myers, Model No. 6427 for Blenko
By Joel Myers, Blenko Glass
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Joel Myers colored glass vase with stopper, model no. 6427, 1960s. Manufactured by Blenko. Vessel measures 25" high (with stopper), 21.5" (without stopper) and 2.75" diameter.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

Materials

Blown Glass

Architectural Glass Blenko Tangerine Vessel / Stopper by Wayne Husted
By Wayne Husted, Blenko Glass
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Architectural Blenko tangerine floor vessel/bottle with stopper by Wayne Husted. Bottle (without stopper) is 18" high and 10" diameter. Bottle (with stopper) is 23.5" high. Manufactu...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

Materials

Glass

Pair of Vases by Joel Myers, Model No. 6427 for Blenko
By Joel Myers, Blenko Glass
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

Materials

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 23.5" 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

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Blown Glass

Mid-Century Modern Black Glass Champagne / Wine Bucket by Blenko
By Blenko Glass
Located in Nantucket, MA
Mid-Century Modern champagne / wine cooler or ice bucket in the form of a black glass top hat made by Blenko of West Virginia.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

Materials

Glass

Cast Glass Bookends by Wayne Husted for Blenko
By Blenko Glass, Wayne Husted
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

Materials

Glass

Blenko Emerald Green Art Glass Modernist Wedge Block Bookend Wayne Husted 1960s
By Blenko Glass, Wayne Husted
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

Materials

Art Glass

Mid-Century Blenko Amerbina Tangerine Decanter with Stopper by Winslow Anderson
By Blenko Glass, Winslow Anderson
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

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

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

Blenko Ice Block Bookends in Amber Glass Abstract Flower Design 1967 Joel Myers
By Joel Myers, Blenko Glass
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

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Art Glass

Rare Blenko Glass Ram Sculpture Mid Century
By Blenko Glass
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful and rare ram glass sculpture by Blenko circa the 1970s, excellent condition no chips or cracks or scratches in clear glass.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

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Blown Glass

Original Blenko Mid-Century Modern Mint Green Art Glass Bowl, Centerpiece 1980
By Blenko Glass
Located in Miami, FL
Marked Blenko Mid-Century Modern handmade Art Glass Bowl made in America 1980. Can be used as serving bowl or centerpiece. Foil label at the bowl.
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Art 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

1960s Blenko Tangerine Mid-Century Modern Footed Bowl
By Blenko Glass
Located in Pasadena, CA
Blenko tangerine footed bowl. Measures 10.5" by 8.5". In very good vintage condition.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

Materials

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

Blenko Furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

The 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. There are currently 84 vintage editions of these items in stock, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of the original Blenko furniture was created in the Mid-Century Modern style in North America during the 20th century. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by David Cressey, Dorothy Thorpe and Steuben Glass. The prices for Blenko Furniture can vary depending upon 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.