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Blenko

Blenko Glass (USA, est. 1893)
Blenko Glass (USA, est. 1893)

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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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

Blenko Crackle Glass Decanter Bottle by Wayne Husted
By Wayne Husted, Blenko Glass
Located in Rochester, NY
Large bulbous brilliant deep tangerine orange crackle glass decanter bottle by Wayne Husted for Blenko, circa 1960. Bottle with stopper is 13 inches high x 8 inches widest point. Bot...
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Mid-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

Unique Blenko Lamp 1972 Charisma Line
By Blenko Glass, John Nickerson
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

Pair of Table Lamps by Don Shepherd for Blenko
By Don Shepherd, Blenko Glass
Located in Denver, CO
A handsome pair of olive/antique gold tone table lamps on a walnut base with brushed brass CAP. Attributed to Don Shepherd for Blenko Glass Original label intact on one lamp. ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Brass

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

Blenko Glass Collection
By Blenko Glass
Located in Chicago, IL
Blenko glass collection consisting of 3 pieces. The large jug I am uncertain if it is Blenko or another Vintage glass maker of the same period. Dimensions are of the large blue ju...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern 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

Rare 1963 Rose Color Blenko Horn Model 964
By Winslow Anderson, Blenko Glass
Located in South Charleston, WV
Rare Blenko #964 horn of plenty or cornucopia designed by Winslow Anderson. This horn in this color was only produced between 1963 & 1964. Lovely piece with no chips, cracks, or mine...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Art Glass

Vintage Blenko Glass Emerald Green Decanter Bottle
By Blenko Glass
Located in Rochester, NY
Beautiful glowing emerald green glass vintage double spout water bottle decanter by Blenko. Look at all pictures and read condition.
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

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Glass

Blenko Crackled Glass Decanter Barware Vintage
By Blenko Glass
Located in North Miami, FL
The crackled glass of this vintage Blenko decanter with it's original glass stopper has the original and vintage plastic label on the glass. The bulbous form and shape is wonderful w...
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1960s American Modern Vintage Blenko

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Blown 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

Orange Blenko (?) Art Glass Vase and Decanter
By Blenko Glass
Located in Kansas City, MO
Orange art glass vase and canister / jar with lid attributed to Blenko. Priced each. Free shipping via FedEx in the Continental US arriving to you within 3-6 days of your order.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Art 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

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 Organic Modern Blown Glass Blue and Green Clear Handle Vase by, Blenko
By Blenko Glass
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
1980s organic modern Blenko blow glass blue and green ombre tall cylinder vase with clear applied abstract handles. Signed-original Blenko glass "Handmade" silver sticker intact.
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20th Century American Modern Blenko

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Blown 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 Half Circle Bookends
By Blenko Glass
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Simple demilune book ends - elegant and functional.
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20th Century Blenko

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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 Wilton Manors, 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

1960s Modern Blenko Glass Owl Bookends Joel Myers, USA
By Joel Myers, Blenko Glass
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

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Blown Glass

Mid-Century Modern Blenko Glass Decanter Vessel Stopper Joel Myers Red, 1960s
By Blenko Glass
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a rare and large oversized red orange Blenko glass decanter with stopper, by Joel Myers, made in Italy, circa 1960s. In excellent condition. The dimensions ...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage 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

Midcentury Clear Glass Fish Vase by Blenko
By Blenko Glass
Located in San Diego, CA
Fun midcentury glass fish vase by Blenko, circa 1970s. The vase is 12" long and 8.5" tall. Stylish and chic piece of midcentury decor.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

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Blown Glass

Blenko Ashtray 1960s Midcentury Brutalist Glass
By Blenko Glass
Located in New York, NY
1960s midcentury Blenko clear glass ashtray. Brutalist texture and design. Still retains original marking sticker. Excellent condition.
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Blenko

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Art Glass

Blenko Tumblers and Drink Glasses, 18 Total, Green Blown Art Glass, 1960s
By Blenko Glass
Located in Kansas City, MO
Two sets of Blenko blown glass drink glasses in green. Heavy glass with dimples There are ten glasses at 6 inches tall and eight glasses at 4.5 inches. Diameter is 3 inches. No chips...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Art 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

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

20th Century Blenko Glass Tangerine Vase
By Blenko Glass
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
20th century Blenko glass tangerine vase. this blown glass vase maintains the original manufacture sticker intact.
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20th Century American Blenko

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Blown Glass

Blenko Glass Double Spouted Pitcher Decanter, a trio
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 colors of amethysts purple, amber orange, and ...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

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Blown Glass, Glass

Set of Two Blenko Glass Candlesticks
By Blenko Glass
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
This stylish set of two hand blown glass candlesticks date to the 1970s-1980s and were created by Blenko glass. Note: Dimensions are 26" height x 9.63" diameter. Dimensions are ...
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Blenko

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Glass

Mid-Century Modern Large Blenko Glass Sculpture Bottle Vessel with Stopper
By Blenko Glass
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a rare and large, blue Blenko glass vessel with stopper, made in Italy. In excellent condition. The dimensions are 8" diameter x 34.5" height.  
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Blenko

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Glass

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

Rare Blenko Amberine Small Mouth Blown Crackle Glass Pitcher
By Blenko Glass
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful colors excellent condition on this petite crackle glass amberine pitcher.
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20th Century American Scandinavian Modern 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

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Blown Glass

Blenko Midcentury Glass Bottleneck Vase
By Blenko Glass
Located in Norwalk, CT
This is a gorgeous midcentury bottleneck glass vase by Blenko. In a striking lime green.
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Blenko

Materials

Glass

Vintage Blenko Orange Glass Skinny Vase by Wayne Husted
By Blenko Glass
Located in East Hampton, NY
This wonderful deep orange vintage Blenko vase with a flat top is in wonderful condition.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Art Glass

Joel Myers Emerald Green Blenko Genie Bottle Vase Retro Midcentury Art Glass
By Blenko Glass, Joel Myers
Located in Washington, DC
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

Ribbed Blenko Table Lamp, circa 1967
By Blenko Glass
Located in South Charleston, WV
An uncommon model produced by Blenko circa 1965 in a brown with lighter honey shade to the art glass as it tapers. The ribbed models (like #6732) were difficult to hand blow and thes...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Art Glass

Wayne Husted for Blenko Glass Decanter, Jonquil Yellow
By Wayne Husted, Blenko Glass
Located in New York, NY
Wayne Husted for Blenko glass decanter, Jonquil Yellow. Tall bottle form glass decanter with stopper. Handblown with pontil on the underside. Blenko Model number: 6027 - Jonquil Yellow.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Blown Glass

Monumental Lamp by Blenko, 1955
By Blenko Glass, Winslow Anderson
Located in South Charleston, WV
1955, Winslow Anderson, Blenko, Milton, WV USA art glass. Model LP-19. 46" tall and 9" wide. One of the largest lamps ever produced by Blenko, this hand blown lamp is featured in "Ch...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Art Glass, Maple

Midcentury Blenko Charcoal Glass Decanter, circa 1950
By Blenko Glass
Located in New York, NY
A Blenko charcoal crackle glass decanter with clear crackle stopper. Due to the antique nature of this fixture, there may be some nicks or imperfections in the glass, circa 1950. ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

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Blown 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

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Blown Glass

Tall Blue Blenko Hand Blown Glass Flower Vase
By Blenko Glass
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful tall blue Blenko flower vase great condition, no chips or cracks.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

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Blown Glass

Hand Blown Two-Tone Art Glass Vase by Blenko Glass
By Blenko Glass
Located in San Diego, CA
Hand blown two-tone (blue / gold) art glass vase by Blenko Glass, circa 1990s. A large beautiful example of American art glass.
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

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Art Glass

Crackled green lamp by Blenko
By Blenko Glass
Located in South Charleston, WV
Model LP-14, A lovely single olive green art glass green table lamp by Blenko studio, 1970s. In a crackle finish on wood turned wood base with original adjustable harp with original ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Art Glass, Maple

Rarely Seen 1950s Wayne Husted Blenko Chalice Vase
By Blenko Glass, Wayne Husted
Located in Miami, FL
Legendary Blenko artist Wayne Husted designed this rarely seen vase / Chalice and it is in Lilac, a color for Blenko in 1959 and 1960 and with a sandblasted Blenko on the foot. This ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Art Glass

Lidded Glass Jar Designed by John Nickerson for Blenko
By John Nickerson, Blenko Glass
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 blue example. Classic American late M...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

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Art 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

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Blown Glass

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

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Glass

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