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Blenko

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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Orange Blenko Blown Art Glass Bottle with Original Stopper, Mint Condition
By Blenko Glass
Located in Kansas City, MO
Hand blown artglass decanter / bottle with stopper by Blenko. Striking bright orange.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Art 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

Set of Modern Blenko Glass Colorful Pinch Tumblers, 1970s
By Blenko Glass
Located in Miami, FL
Here a grouping of 5 pinched or dimpled mouth blown glass tumblers #418L by the Blenko Glass Co. of Milton, West Virginia. The grouping consists of 3 clear in olive, smoke and turquo...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Blown 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

Pair of Blenko Royal Leerdam Blue Green Baluster Form Hurricane Shades
By Blenko Glass
Located in Kensington, MD
A set of colonial Williamsburg restoration footed hurricane shades in baluster form by Blenko/Royal Leerdam. These tall green blue glass shades/chimneys are mouth-blown, after origin...
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20th Century American American Classical Blenko

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Blown 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

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

Tall Blenko Green Crackle Glass Decanter with Original Stopper, Mint Conditon
By Blenko Glass
Located in Kansas City, MO
Vintage blown crackle glass green Blenko bottle with the original stopper. 27 1/2 inches tall. Perfect condition.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Blown Glass

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

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Art Glass

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

Large Blenko Glass Orange Bottle Vase with Stopper
By Blenko Glass
Located in Ferndale, MI
Tall Blenko bottle vase with stopper.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern 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

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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

Genie Bottles Collection 3 Pieces by Blenko and Empoli from the Early 1960s
By Blenko Glass
Located in Halstead, GB
Vintage Genie bottles collection of 3 pieces, by Blenko and Empoli from the early 1960s - Blenko Bottle: Height 35 cms x diameter 16 cm x weight 0.988 kg - Empoli orb bottle: Heigh...
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1960s Italian Space Age Vintage Blenko

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Art Glass

Blenko Sculptural Glass Wedge Bookends by Wayne Husted, Mid-Century Modern
By Blenko Glass, Wayne Husted
Located in National City, CA
Mid Century Danish Modern Blenko Sculptural Cast Glass Handcrafted Wedge Bookends by Wayne Husted Vintage Modern Blenko Design. Extremely heavy Mid-Century Modern cast glass horsesh...
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1950s American Modern Vintage Blenko

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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

Vintage Blenko Table Lamp 1951 LP-12
By Blenko Glass
Located in South Charleston, WV
Produced by Blenko Glass, Milton WV in 1951, this model LP-12 is hard to come by. 32" tall and drops to 29" (adjustable harp). Light switch is 17" mark. 5.25" wide. New wiring and ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Art Glass, Maple

Mid-Century Modern Blenko Art Glass "Rocket" Vase, Wayne Husted
By Wayne Husted, Blenko Glass
Located in Buffalo, NY
This is the taller of the scarce vase number 6024, also known as the Rocket vase, designed by Wayne Husted in the lovely teal green color that Blenko called "aqua .The bottom retains...
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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 Blenko Glass, Wayne Husted
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

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 Distri...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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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 "...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Art Glass, Maple

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

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

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

Mid-Century Modern Handcrafted Marked Blenko Thick Clear Glass Owl Bookends
By Blenko Glass
Located in North 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

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

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Smoked Glass

Blenko Art Red Glass Vase, 1960's
By Blenko Glass
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Blenko 1960s Art Red Glass Vase 13.5"H x 4"T.Dia x 7" C.Dia     
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1960s American 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

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 Wayne Husted, Blenko Glass
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 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 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

Pair of Mid-Century Gradient Red and Yellow Blenko Glass Decanters Circa 1960
By Blenko Glass
Located in New York, NY
ATA1434 Circa 1960 A vintage gradated red-to-yellow Blenko glass decanter with matching stopper. Due to the antique nature of this fixture, there may be some nicks or imperfections ...
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Mid-20th Century 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

Large Blenko Bottle
By Blenko Glass
Located in New York, NY
Large and impressive stoppered bottle in perfect condition. Amber color blown glass midcentury item from Blenko.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

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Blown Glass

Large Blenko Amber Glass Lamps By Joel Philip Myers
By Blenko Glass
Located in Chicago, IL
Large Blenko amber glass lamps by Joel Philip Myers.   
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

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Art Glass

1980s American Blown Art Glass Footed Vase by, Blenko Glass
By Blenko Glass
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
1980s American blown art glass aqua & 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

Huge 1960s Vase by Blenko
By Blenko Glass
Located in Litchfield, CT
Blenko Glass Co., Milton, West Virginia, USA, circa 1960s. A brilliant example of the mod aesthetic in American decorative arts, this massive vase from Blenko is perfect for mid-cent...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Blown Glass

Mid-Century Blown Glass & 22-Karat Gold Drinks Set by, Briard & Blenko Set of 11
By Blenko Glass, Georges Briard
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Mid-20th Century blown glass & 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 Georges ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

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Gold

Blenko Glass Co. "Amberlina" Crackle Glass Table Lamp, 1960s
By Blenko Glass
Located in Bainbridge, NY
American midcentury bright hand blown crackle glass lamp by Blenko glass company. With translucent red, orange and yellow sunset coloration. On solid coated round wooden base. Shade ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

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Glass

Glass Fan Vase from Blenko
By Blenko Glass
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Elegant, tall tulip shaped hand blown glass vase by Blenko.
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1660s American Mid-Century Modern Antique Blenko

Materials

Glass

Vintage Pair of Blenko Owl Form Bookends
By Blenko Glass
Located in New York, NY
A pair of owl-shaped clear molded glass bookends with flat backs by Blenko. USA, circa 1960.  
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

Materials

Glass

Genie Bottles Collection 3 Pieces by Blenko and Empoli from the Early 1960s
By Blenko Glass
Located in Halstead, GB
Vintage Genie bottles collection of 3 pieces, by Blenko and Empoli from the early 1960s - Blenko Bottle: Height 35 cms x diameter 16 cm x weight 0.988 kg - Empoli orb bottle: Heigh...
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1960s Space Age Vintage Blenko

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Art Glass

Rare Blenko 5410 Bird or Rooster Vase by Wayne Husted in Tangerine
By Blenko Glass, Wayne Husted
Located in Chicago, IL
Rare Blenko 5410 bird or rooster vase by Wayne Husted in Tangerine.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

Materials

Art Glass

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Blenko Fish Bookends
By Blenko Glass
Located in Redding, CT
Pair of Mid-Century Modern Blenko fish bookends. Midcentury era, pair of Blenko, thick glass fish bookends. Solid, hand blown, with the back side being a smooth finish and the front ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Glass

Pair of Amber Blenko Glass Owl Bookends
By Blenko Glass
Located in Redding, CT
Pair of Amber Blenko glass owl bookends. Flat and smooth on one side and bumpy and carved on the other. These are great for the owl lover and can also be used flat as paperweights. ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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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

Materials

Glass

1980s Organic Modern Blown Glass Blue and Green Clear Handle Vase by, Blenko
By Blenko Glass
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
1980'S 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

Materials

Blown Glass

John Nickerson For Blenko Mid-Century Modern Amberina Glass Bowl
By Blenko Glass, John Nickerson
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern large Blenko centerpiece bowl in amberina glass in red and gold, designed by John Nickerson, vintage 1970s. The underside with large cut mark.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Glass

Mid-Century Modern Clear Blenko Handcrafted Glass Vase
By Blenko Glass
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a beautiful, clear Blenko glass vase, with applied green glass flower circles. In excellent condition. The dimensions are 7" diameter x 11" height.  
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1970s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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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

Rare American Clear Decanter with Citrine Stopper & Collar; Blenko Glassworks
By Blenko Glass
Located in San Francisco, CA
A rare American, 1960s clear decanter with citrine stopper and applied collar; designed by Joel Philip Myers for Blenko Glassworks; acid etched signature; with bulbous stopper above ...
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1960s American Vintage Blenko

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

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Blown Glass

Mid-Century Blenko Glass Optic Emerald Green & Brass Lamp
By Blenko Glass
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Mid-Century Blenko Glass Optic Emerald Green & 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

Materials

Brass

Wayne Husted for Blenko Mid-Century Modern Lime Green Glass Decanter
By Blenko Glass, Wayne Husted
Located in New York, NY
American Mid-Century Modern glass decanter made by Wayne Husted for Blenko Glass in the 1970s. The piece is in rare lime green and features a large glass stopper. In very good vintag...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Glass

Blenko Stacked Glass Ball Floor Lamp
By Blenko Glass
Located in Chicago, IL
A large-scale mid century Blenko stacked glass globe floor lamp. The base has a painted gold paint finish. A very tall table lamp or a diminutive sized floor lamp. Shade not included.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Metal

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