This circa 1965 hand blown glass wine bottle from Blenko Glass is eye-popping in the ruby red color and in the large size...25 inches in height by 4-1/4 in diameter at the base. Of ruby red crackle glass, it has no chips, cracks or repairs. It is pristine and would be a great addition to your other Blenko glass for a grouping or as a solo piece.
William Blenko arrived in this country in 1893 and began blowing glass. He started a factory in 1909 in Point Marion, PA and later in Clarksburg, WV. Unfortunately both of these ventures failed. A letter indicates he was working in Bellaire, Ohio in 1919 at an unknown glass factory for $40 a week. He apparently also worked for Tiffany in New York for $50 a week. Finally in 1927, he decided to move to Milton, WV because of the low natural gas prices there. Now 67 years old, he was working by himself, blowing glass cylinders, flattening into sheets, and taking them on the road in his Model T car to sell them. The original name of the firm was Eureka Glass Company, called this because Blenko spent years trying to find a ruby red sheet glass that would not change colors when painted and fired. When he finally developed this color, he threw his arms in the air and said, "Eureka, I've found it!"