As you can imagine, I get a lot of e-mails from different people for various reasons. Many people want to sell and antique and collectible and they want to know how to go about it. Others have collections that they have amassed or in most cases inherited and they want to know if I would be interested in buying it. Then there are the cases of people wanting to know how I can tell if such and such is fake or real. Such was the case a couple of weeks ago; I received an e-mail from a man who wanted to know how I knew something was Blenko Glass.
I explained to the gentleman, that identifying vintage glass or art glass collectibles is probably one of the hardest things to do. Many people including myself struggle with attributing a piece of glass to a certain manufacturer because many companies merged or were bought out by others; glass molds and design licenses were shared, bought and sold by many companies and lastly, a lot of glass is not marked. In many cases, paper, foil or stickers that were attached to glass before it left the manufacturer have since fallen off and washed away.
As a collector and reseller of vintage collectibles, like many others, every few weeks go to the “lists.” The lists are what tell us what people are searching for and we hope, if they are searching for, they are buying. As webmaster, I also check my own list, to see what searches have landed people on my website, but there are also lists on Tias and eBay that are published periodically for all to see. One name that has seems to be on these lists for a little while now is Pfaltzgraff.
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Blenko Glass however has tried to help us their website actually contains information that may be helpful in determining whether a piece of glass is indeed Blenko. In short here are some things to look for in Blenko Glass. First, all Blenko Glass was hand blown and hand made. As such, Blenko Glass may have tooling marks, bubbles and striations. The pontil mark at the bottom of the piece should be rough; Blenko rarely polished the pontil mark.
Rims are fire polished or rounded and usually slightly
uneven and the underside of a piece is usually not grounded or polished either. Lastly, you should look for color; which they
provide on their website and transparency. Blenko Glass was almost never opaque or translucent, the only exception being their
Rialto Specialty Line.
Rims are fire polished or rounded and usually slightly uneven and the underside of a piece is usually not grounded or polished either. Lastly, you should look for color; which they provide on their website and transparency. Blenko Glass was almost never opaque or translucent, the only exception being their Rialto Specialty Line.