Blenko Colonial Williamsburg 4XX Restoration CW10 Large Hurricane Glass Shades (2) Pre-1966. Sizes: 17 3/8" high and 17 1/2" high Top width 5 5/8" and 5 7/8" Bottom width on both 6 1/8" with an inside opening of 5 3/8". A size adaptation reproducing an 18thC original in the Colonial Williamsburg collection that used to be in the upstairs hall of the Governors Palace.
In a world lit by fire these were used to shield candles from wind and drafts.. And protect clothing from being set alight. These are a fairly rare set for a few reasons. They are a large set made by Blenko who last made them in 1966 and the first firm selected by Colonial Williamsburg in 1937 to reproduce they're historic pieces using the same techniques used in Colonial America.
And mainly kept in absolutely beautiful condition. An early set with deep character lines, impurities and internal bubbles that you would see in an original of the 18thC which with condition, is the main beauty of these.
The Blenko are slimmer in the center than the sets of Royal Leerdam I have which is very nice. After 1966 these were made by Royal Leerdam in Holland (which are also wonderfull) But Blenko's were I've found often heavier and a little more authentic and early looking. Were a little heavier and had a little more earlier look to the glass.Cheers : I also have another more recent Colonial Williamsburg pair in this size for a little less cost. The item "Blenko Colonial Williamsburg CW10 Lg Heavy Hurricane Glass Shades (2) Pre-1966" is in sale since Tuesday, April 30, 2019. This item is in the category "Pottery & Glass\Glass\Art Glass\North American\Blenko".
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