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Blenko Glass Company

Blenko Glass Company is universally recognized as one of the 20th century masters of blown glass. Originally headquartered in West Virginia, Blenko Glass Company developed a reputation as one of North America's leading glass designers.

London native William J. Blenko arrived in the United States in 1893. He opened his first company in Kokomo, Indiana, specializing in sheet glass, but this venture proved disastrous. The company closed in 1903 and he returned to London soon thereafter. After a few more failed starts, Blenko moved to Milton, West Virginia, where in 1921, he started a new company. His initial focus remained on sheet glass, which was essential for stained glass creation, but the pressure of the Great Depression forced Blenko into the tableware and stemware markets.

This transition to tableware and stemware was pivotal, as it ushered in an era of Blenko success. Blenko's blown glass designs, which began as streamlined and straightforward, evolved over the following decades. They took on more elaborate designs and elegant shapes such as amphorae and bent-neck cruets. This dynamic production was further stimulated by chief designer Wayne Husted, who, over the course of his tenure in the '50s, carried Blenko's designs into the mid-century modern age.


Quick Facts

  • Blenko's original name for his Milton company was the Eureka Glass Company, which he changed to Blenko in 1930 in response to his shift in product line
  • Blenko Glass Company has created glass trophies for the American Country Music Awards
  • While some Blenko pieces bear signatures that have been engraved, the vast majority of the company's designs can be identified with a foil label that reads BLENKO HANDCRAFT. These labels were used from the '30s to '80s, so the presence of this label can help date a Blenko piece

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AMETHYST PURPLE BLENKO GLASS BUBBLE VASE
Dec 11, 2:00 PM PST
AMETHYST PURPLE BLENKO GLASS BUBBLE VASE
by District Auction
Est: $50- $100
$251 Bid
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Vintage Blenko Handcrafted Vase
Dec 18, 10:00 AM EST
Vintage Blenko Handcrafted Vase
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$100 Bids
Winslow Anderson for Blenko Glass, Horn of Plenty
Dec 11, 11:00 AM EST
Winslow Anderson for Blenko Glass, Horn of Plenty
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
Winslow Anderson for Blenko Glass, Horn of Plenty
Dec 11, 11:00 AM EST
Winslow Anderson for Blenko Glass, Horn of Plenty
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $200- $400
$500 Bids
Winslow Anderson for Blenko Glass, Horn of Plenty
Dec 11, 11:00 AM EST
Winslow Anderson for Blenko Glass, Horn of Plenty
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $200- $400
$500 Bids
Winslow Anderson for Blenko Glass, Horn of Plenty
Dec 11, 11:00 AM EST
Winslow Anderson for Blenko Glass, Horn of Plenty
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
Large MCM Blenko Bowl
Dec 17, 12:00 PM EST
Large MCM Blenko Bowl
by Main Auction Galleries
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
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Vintage Blenko Crackle Glass Vase
Dec 18, 10:00 AM EST
Vintage Blenko Crackle Glass Vase
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$100 Bids
A Blenko (?) Tall Goblet
Dec 11, 1:00 PM EST
A Blenko (?) Tall Goblet
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $60- $600
$600 Bids
A Blenko (?) Large Goblet with Label
Dec 11, 1:00 PM EST
A Blenko (?) Large Goblet with Label
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $60- $600
$600 Bids
Blenko Glass Bottle
Dec 10, 1:00 PM EST
Blenko Glass Bottle
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $125- $1,250
$1250 Bids
Part Glass Vase
Dec 10, 1:00 PM EST
Part Glass Vase
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $45- $450
$450 Bids
A Blenko Glass Brick
Dec 11, 1:00 PM EST
A Blenko Glass Brick
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $125- $1,250
$1250 Bids
A Blenko Glass Brick
Dec 11, 1:00 PM EST
A Blenko Glass Brick
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $125- $1,250
$1250 Bids
A Blenko Glass Brick
Dec 11, 1:00 PM EST
A Blenko Glass Brick
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $125- $1,250
$1250 Bids
A Blenko Glass Brick
Dec 11, 1:00 PM EST
A Blenko Glass Brick
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $125- $1,250
$1250 Bids
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2pc Blenko Wayne Husted Amberina Glass Small Pitcher & Vase
Dec 18, 10:00 AM EST
2pc Blenko Wayne Husted Amberina Glass Small Pitcher & Vase
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$100 Bids
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2pc Blenko Glass Handcrafted Vases, Crackled Emerald Green
Dec 18, 10:00 AM EST
2pc Blenko Glass Handcrafted Vases, Crackled Emerald Green
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$100 Bids
BLENKO Signed Art Glass Bowl
Jan 18, 10:00 AM EST
BLENKO Signed Art Glass Bowl
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $50- $100
$10 Bids
A group four large Blenko glass vases
Dec 18, 12:00 PM EST
A group four large Blenko glass vases
by Locati LLC
Est: $100- $500
$1000 Bids
Group of nine Blenko crackle glass vessels
Dec 18, 12:00 PM EST
Group of nine Blenko crackle glass vessels
by Locati LLC
Est: $100- $500
$1000 Bids
Five Blenko glass hat form whimsies, 20th Century
Dec 18, 12:00 PM EST
Five Blenko glass hat form whimsies, 20th Century
by Locati LLC
Est: $100- $500
$1000 Bids
Four large Blenko glass jugs and pitchers
Dec 18, 12:00 PM EST
Four large Blenko glass jugs and pitchers
by Locati LLC
Est: $100- $500
$1000 Bids
A group of Blenko glass fruit and bowl
Dec 18, 12:00 PM EST
A group of Blenko glass fruit and bowl
by Locati LLC
Est: $100- $500
$1000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Blenko Glass Company


Locati LLC

Locati LLC

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

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Auctions at Showplace

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Lion and Unicorn