Dating blenko glass

As the 1930s progressed, Blenko's pieces got a bit fancier.

A clear iced-tea glass, for example, would have a colored glass leaf on its outside surface, while dusty-green highball glasses were sometimes wrapped with threads of vivid red.

Blenko came to the United States from England in 1893, his vision was to produce and sell American-made "antique" (mouth-blown) flat glass instead of having it imported from Europe.

After a few failed ventures, he started The Eureka Glass Company in 1921 and produced stained glass from its Milton, West Virginia glassmaking facility until the Depression.

These objects, as well as Blenko’s candleholders, rolled-rim plates, and crackle-body decanters, caught the eye of the folks running Colonial Williamsburg.

In 1933, Blenko became the exclusive manufacturer of table and stemware for the historic site.

This endeavor quickly failed, as did a third, in Clarksburg, West Virginia.

Prior to 1946, Blenko's tableware output was largely functional and classical in form but sold very well at high end department stores throughout the country.The first artisans hired for these important positions were Axel Muller and Louis Miller, a pair of Swedish glassblowers who had the background in stemware that Blenko and his son, who joined his father in 1923, lacked.

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