Dean weighs in on pop­u­lar tips used to iden­tify Blenko pieces.

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TIP: Check for transparen­cy and avoid opaque or translu­cent—with the exceptions be­ing yel­low glass and the Rialto Spe­cialty Line. VER­DICT: “Not com­pletely true.” “But for colors in the cat­a­logued lines and dur­ing the 1945 to 1970 era this is largely true,” Dean says.

TIP: All glass will have the same rim thick­ness and be both rounded and smooth. VER­DICT: “Not al­ways. Not even close.” “Our glass varies based on the in­di­vid­ual team that cre­ated it—some are thicker, some are thin­ner. It is the nature of hand­made, mouth blown glass. Wa­ter bot­tles, the most com­mon Blenko item, defy both of those iden­ti­fi­ca­tion tips.”

TIP: Ref­er­ence against de­sign num­ber in the an­nual cat­a­log. VER­DICT: “Good, but who has ac­cess to the cat­a­logs?” “Buy the books of cat­a­log re­prints or use on­line re­sources,” Dean says. His bet­ter tip is to con­firm de­signs against line num­bers, as that is what Blenko uses to re­fer to what oth­ers might call de­sign num­bers.

TIP: Look for an un­fin­ished or oth­er­wise rough pon­til mark. VER­DICT: “None should be rough.” "They are all fire pol­ished pon­tils, and they are left vis­i­ble by in­tent so as to in­di­cate the process and the nature of hand formed glass,” Dean says. “Ex­cept for the Wa­ter Bot­tle and a few forms, most Blenko will have a fire pol­ished pon­til.”

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