BLENKO GLASS

Historic Glass Preservation Line

Celebrating glass from the past with inspirations from today!


 

Explore our Historic Glass Preservation Line

These pieces are part of a recurring line of historic items meant to pay homage to the glass companies of WV gone by. Aptly named the Historic Glass Preservation Line, we will explore the history of these great glass companies and revive some of their signature pieces to be offered annually at our Festival of Glass.  
Pilgrim Vase
(Crafted for the 2020 Festival of Glass) The first piece in this line of historic preservation belongs to Pilgrim Glass and originally designed by Gene White. This towering vase stands 18.5” high and is certainly a statement piece for any collector. It is offered in a Turquoise/Crystal Fade The mould for this vase was purchased by Blenko Glass Co during the shutdown of Pilgrim in the early 2000s. Pilgrim Glass, located in Ceredo, WV, was founded in 1956 on Walker Branch Road. Over the decades, Pilgrim gained a well-deserved reputation for its quality tableware and art glass. Today, many of its glass pieces are eagerly sought by collectors. Unfortunately, in 2001, Alfred Knobler shut down the factory due to being unable to find a buyer.
Morgantown Glassware Guild Tumblers
(Crafted for the 2021 Festival of Glass) The second piece in this line of historic preservation belongs to the Morgantown Glassware Guild. This eclectic and functional tumbler was first designed in the 1960’s and was then aptly named ‘Festival’ as it is now part of our 2021 Festival of Glass. Enjoy a little piece of history with these stunning 5” tall glasses in our Charcoal and Citrine colors. Founded in 1899 in West Virginia, Morgantown Glass Works produced high quality pressed and hand blown glassware throughout the first half of the 20th Century. Originally the company produced clear pressed glass. By the 1920s, Morgantown gained in popularity as its Depression glassware featured an array of beautiful colors, many situated in chrome holders. The company ceased its operations briefly in the late 1930s, but reopened as Morgantown Glassware Guild Inc. Later, Morgantown became a favorite of the Kennedy White House producing a line of lead crystal glassware for the First Lady. In 1965, Morgantown was sold to the Fostoria Glass Company and was eventually closed in 1971.
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