Big Blenko Art Glass Decanter Charcoal Crackle
This Blenko Art Glass decanter bottle was made in the rare Charcoal color. Item’s in Blenko’s Charcoal color are relatively hard to find. The color was produced only a few years; 1954 to 1958, 1961 to 1962, and 1971.
The giant form was designed by Winslow Anderson, an infamous mid-century glass artist who worked with Blenko from 1947 to 1953. It is a 920L decanter and originally came with a tall teardrop stopper in matching color. This decanter has lost its stopper. The stoppers are very easy to break and usually don’t survive the years.
The 920 decanters continued in production well after Winslow Anderson’s departure. Because of the unique color, we can date this decanter bottle to one the five years the color was produced (see paragraph 1).
The bottle was mouth-blown, hand-formed, then sheared at the neck opening. It was dipped in ice water while still hot to create the crackle effect. The neck opening rim was fire-polished smooth.
The base still retains Blenko’s inventory label. It reads: “Blenko, Milton W.VA 0920L”. The bottle stands a whopping 16.5″ tall and weighs 3.6 lbs. The neck opening is polished to accept stopper (stopper not available). The neck opening is 1 1/8″ wide (measured from inner wall). In perfect condition. Glass is clean and brilliant.