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Blenko Bookends

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

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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 Bookends

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Art 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 Bookends

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Art 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 Bookends

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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 Bookends

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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 Bookends

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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 Bookends

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Blown 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 Bookends

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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 Bookends

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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 Bookends

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Blown 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.
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko Bookends

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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 Bookends

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Blown 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 Bookends

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Art 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 Bookends

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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 Bookends

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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 Bookends

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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 Bookends

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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 Bookends

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Blown 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 Bookends

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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.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko Bookends

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Glass

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Pair of glass Blenko bookends - the pair have the look of ice and are very nice for the library, den or Childs room, or kitchen. A wonderful pair.
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  • Blenko Half Circle Bookends
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  • Blenko Half Circle Bookends
H 5 in. W 2.5 in. D 5 in.
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By Blenko Glass
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Blenko Bookends for sale on 1stDibs.

The Blenko Bookends are available on 1stDibs for sale. These distinctive objects are often made of glass and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many choices in our Blenko Bookends collection, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of Blenko's original bookends were created in Mid-Century Modern style in North America during the 20th century. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider Bookends by Curtis Jere Bookends, Gordon & Jane Martz Bookends and Jenfred Ware Bookends. Prices for Blenko Bookends can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $300 and tops out at $650, while pieces like these can sell for $472 on average.