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    Posted 2 years ago

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    Here are three glass owls from these vintage WV glassmakers:

    Pilgrim Glass olive green bubbled owl paperweight, 3 1-4"H, item #158 from their 1972 catalog
    Kanawha Glass amber owl, 3 3-4"H, ca 1970s with orig label
    Blenko Glass blue owl paperweight or bookend, 4 1-2"H, ca 70s-80s. Often confused with the similar Viking design

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    1. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Who? Who! Can't decide on a favorite. Nice, Jenni!
    2. LaurenRedmond LaurenRedmond, 2 years ago
      I have to say the orange one looks really similar to a glass sculpture of one of yours before I think?...they make a really nice little trio together and as for the paper weight I can see why they happen to be so collectable, but in my local area so difficult to come by :/
    3. truthordare truthordare, 2 years ago
      This is fun, I love it when collectors show groupings. Your information is appreciated Jenni, I am just beginning to delve into all the American glass companies. So much to learn. Thanks for posting.
    4. Newfld Newfld, 2 years ago
      Super thanks all for the owl love

      Kevin thanks for the cool comment, ya know I can't pick a fave either cause they are so different, I just thought these guys have been with me awhile why not take a group photo! Glad you liked

      Thanks Lauren for the lovely praise and yes that orangey-amber one does have a familiar look, it was probably another animal by Kanawha theirs are often less well-defined than other glass cos, though I do love its big clown feet :). I love that fat little green bubbleglass paperweight too, looks like he'd be perfect to keep papers from blowing away he's a heavy one!

      Lisa thank you for the sweet praise and I would like to share some of my glass sources with you. The WV Museum of American Glass has a lot of online catalogs you can purchase on that famous "e" site that has everything, Pilgrim and Rainbow come in booklets of catalog copies, Kanawha and Viking come in CD-ROM disc form with their catalog pages on it. There is a great book called Popular 50s and 60s Glass by Leslie Pina, it's beautifully illustrated with all types of WV glass lines. If you want to find out about non-WV glass cos I have a great book Glass Animals & Figurines by Coe, although it primarily shows animals it lists most of the vintage American glass cos including Cambridge, Duncan & Miller, Heisey, LE Smith etc plus a brief synopsis of their years and evolution. I'm sure there are great websites too, good luck in your quest
    5. truthordare truthordare, 2 years ago
      Thank you very much Jenni, we are familiar with this Museum and their publications because they published a monograph with Czech glass export advertisements in 2012. Did not know about the other publication. Appreciate it. :--)
    6. Hoot60, 2 years ago
      A great parliament of owls!!! Owls are normally loners (somewhat like me....but fine with that). A group of owls are not very common....a group of wise owls is a parliament...a very fitting name:) I will miss you most on C are very kind and have great informative posts. The green owl is my favorite and most appropriate to be in front on the first pic. Take care my CW friend.....Yours truly, Kurt
    7. Newfld Newfld, 2 years ago
      Kurt I am so glad you got to see my owl parliament which was really meant for you, thank you again for teaching me so much about these beautiful majestic birds. I wish you well, it has been wonderful to know you and to be your friend. Every happiness, Jenni

      Thank you for the love
    8. iggy iggy, 2 years ago
      Love the 'fat' one the most!
    9. Newfld Newfld, 2 years ago
      Thanks iggy for the super comment, the fat green bubble guy really is the best of them all I think!

      Many thanks iggy & ho2 for the love and support, you guys are always great to me & I really appreciate it :)
    10. Newfld Newfld, 2 years ago
      Many thanks for the love & support Leah it is truly kind of you and very much appreciated
    11. racer4four racer4four, 2 years ago
      What a wonderful post. I love seeing different takes on the same subject!
      I won't pick a fave because how is that possible?
      Thanks again Jenni for showing so much wonderful American glass. You have a stellar glass menagerie. Really fantastic collection.
    12. Newfld Newfld, 2 years ago
      Thanks dlp & Karen for the love, it's really nice of you and always totally appreciated - glad you liked this trip!

      Karen I can't thank you enough for the terrific kind praise, it makes my heart glad that we can reach out across the miles here with mutual appreciation of our beloved glass collections. These owls seemed to complement each other, and I also enjoyed identifying them in the records as all being from WV glassmakers, which are often called river glass as there were many refineries along the WV rivers. I have been seeking out more unusual glass animals for future posts, found some cuties I hope you'll like coming up
    13. Newfld Newfld, 2 years ago
      Many thanks HappyHourOwls & Hoot for the love it is so kind of you & very greatly appreciated
    14. Newfld Newfld, 2 years ago
      Thanks TimeT & MarmorealMaiden for the thoughtful love it is most gratefully appreciated & very pleased you enjoyed my owl trio
    15. Newfld Newfld, 1 year ago
      Thank you vcal for the love of this glass owl trio as well as my other animals today, you are very kind and I'm so happy you enjoyed them
    16. Newfld Newfld, 9 months ago
      Thank you Giana for the love for these glass owls and other posts of mine today, you are so nice and I truly appreciate your kindness
    17. BTSMatthew, 3 months ago
      I have an amber version of the blue owl above and was asking about it in a Blenko group I belong to. I was told that it is actually made by West Virginia Glass Co. While I have not seen that owl in any Blenko catalogs, I also can't seem to find any catalog reprints or even books on the West Virginia Glass Co. (other than decorated pieces or Blendo items)
    18. Newfld Newfld, 3 months ago
      Hi BTSMatthew,
      Thanks for your question about the blue owl bookend. While I do not have Blenko's catalogs, I have had repeated sightings of this owl online (esp in the amber) that are defined as mid century vintage Blenko pieces. To my knowledge there was no specific glassmaker called West Virginia Glass Co, but many of the vintage glassmakers were from WV, and there is a website for the WV Museum of American Glass, perhaps if you send them a photo of your owl they can specifically i.d. it for you; they also have catalog copies available for other vintage WV glassmakers
    19. Newfld Newfld, 3 months ago
      Thank you Reise for the love for this glass owl trio, very glad you liked it and always appreciate your kindness

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