Posted 2 years ago
This Blenko free form controlled bubble ashtray is 6.5" in diameter x 3" high, and weighs 4 lbs 1 ounce. It has a slightly silver/gray color tone. It was designed by Wayne Husted in 1953.
There is some minor bottom wear but it is otherwise mint. It retains its original foil label, but the ink is mostly worn off of it. This label, in the shape of a hand, was used from the 1930s until 1982. The depressions made by the letters are still sharp and it is easy to read "Blenko Handcraft".
Based on the wear and color, I estimate this ashtray was made in the 1950s. It has the ugliest broken pontil that I have ever seen on a Blenko piece. This is a monster size ashtray, but only has accommodation for three cigarettes/cigars. The orange color in some of the images is from the Illini shirt I was wearing...