My brother is a difficult person to shop for. Not because he’s picky, but because he’s a picker. Yes, like the American Pickers. He spends his free time trolling the best, and the worst, that Colorado has to offer. And, he’s a mid-century afficionado. Flash him a piece of furniture and he’ll name the manufacturer, style, and years it was produced. The man knows his stuff – so there’s no throwing one over on him! I stumbled across this fabulous juice set at The Salvation Army and knew that my Christmas woes were solved! (We do Christmas at Thanksgiving for he and his wife, so it’s safe to post this now.)
I’d only ever seen a few pieces of Blendo before, and I usually assumed they were mass produced toss-offs. Shame on me for not doing research! While they’re not particularly valuable, they are definitely the bees knees when it comes to kitsch gold. Speaking of gold, the gold rim is apparently the West Virginia Glass Company’s signature, separating these wonderful ombre glasses apart from the rest.
There’s only a little information out there regarding Blendo (also known as Glacial Glass). Some internet trolling brought me Mandy, who not only has a great collection, but this information about Blendo:
“The company that made these was called the West Virginia Glass Company. They were in business until about the 1980s as far as my research can tell, but their big boom was the 50s-60s when they were producing the entertaining glassware like the juice sets and cocktail pitchers/glasses. They created several different styles, but by far their most popular was called “Blendo”. This style is characterized by a bright neon/pastel solid base that fades as it goes up the glass and a gold rim. You’ll see repros and knock off brands that have the base color, but not the gold rim. These were big wedding gifts in the 1950s and early 60s and are really fun entertaining ware even today!”
We couldn’t agree more, Mandy! The glasses are a super fun way to liven up your entertainment! Click here to check out her blog, Vintage Baubles & Bits, and see what she has collected – she’s selling off her collection, so get your wallets ready!