As mid-century modern design becomes ever more popular, BLENKO glass bookends are popping up frequently in antique shops. BLENKO items are well known to glass collectors, as expressed in this Modernism Magazine article, but have not received much attention from bookend collectors. Here we have two representative pairs of BLENKO bookends, both of them solid and heavy.
The BLENKO Glass Company, established in 1893 and continuing to produce glassware today, is located in Milton, West Virginia. BLENKO bookends appear frequently on internet auctions and sales. A person could make an attractive collection of BLENKO’s colorful bookends. A good resource for dating bookends are the catalogs on the BLENKO Project website. Below is a screen shot of the 1969 Catalog, pg. 13 from that website.