Blenko Ruby

where can i find out about a Blenko ruby red cat paperweight?

i have a Blenko owl and a cat. i found the owl but can't find any info on the cat could anyone help me?

~William Blenko tried to open a glass factory in Kokomo, Indiana in 1893 but went bankrupt and returned to England in 1903. In 1909, he emigrated to Point Marion, Pa., and he tried again. Once again, his venture went belly-up so he tried a third time, now in Clarksburg, West Virginia. Three times was not charmed and Blenko was blanked again. He hooked up with Louis Tiffany for a spell, made a little money and started to make a name in the business.

When he had saved enough, he decided to make a fourth go of it. His wife, Estelle Hotchkiss, great granddaughter Adam Smith, reminded him of a conversation they had had with P.T. Barnum in 1892 when Blenko was organizing the Kokomo operation. Barnum told them that anyone could be an artist, but to be a success, he (Blenko) needed a gimmick (There's a sucker born every minute, remember?) This go 'round, Blenko took Barnum's advice to heart.

Back in March, 1854, Matthew Perry took the fleet of Black Ships to Keelung and extorted a trade agreement with the Kanagawa Shogunate. To commemorate the agreement (and probably to keep Perry's cannons quiet) Kanagawa presented Perry with a jade crane (the emporer's sacred bird) to take back to President Millard Filmore.

On April 29, 1920, Emporer Hirohito turned 20 years of age, the age at which, under Samuri code, Hirohito could rule on his own without "guidance" of the Shogun regency. As a birthday gift (and a publicity stunt) Blenko made a cat from the Schoenklopf Ruby, which he had obtained on the black market after the Bolsheviks had looted Katherine the Great's Winter Palace in St. Petersburg Russia in 1917. The gift was intended to celebrate the opening of Japan, Matthew Perry, and on a more mercenary note, to establish an oriental market for his new business. The yellow journalists of the day, most notably William Randolph Hearst (Estelle Hotchkiss' mother's cousin) picked up the story and Blenko was on the front pages across the country. He then introduced glass paperweight replicas of the Schoenklopf Ruby cat and marketed a few in Tiffany's stores initially, then in greater quantities through other outlets. The Tiffany cats bear Blenko's signature. The cats sold through Saks Fifth Ave bore Blenko's monogram until the merger between Saks and Gimbel's was completed. The cats sold through Bergdorf Goodman bear Japanese characters representing Blenko's name. All others were unmarked and unsigned.

If you have an original, it could be quite valuable, particularly if it includes any of the signatures. The US market is limited, (and ttraditionally undervalued by Western appraisers and insurance adjusters) but the Tiffany cats are particularly rare and there is a huge demand in Japan for these. I don't think I would use it as a paperweight if I were you. I would keep it in a safe deposit box at the very least. Unfortunately, Hirohito didn't value his too much after December 7, 1941, and it was stored in the Imperial Warehouse (something akin to the Smithstonian warehouse outside Washington) in Nagasaki in August 1945. The ruby was presumably melted to glass under the blast of "Fat Man" on the 9th, as it has never been found after the bomb was dropped. My father's uncle was part of the detail assigned by Gen. Douglas MacArthur, under orders of Harry Truman to look for it during the reconstruction and return it to Washington.

Find Blenko Ruby On eBay Below:

BLENKO decanter clear ruby red art glass larger size in perfect condition
BLENKO decanter clear ruby red art glass larger size in perfect condition
$167.20
Vintage Blenko Ruby Amberina Handblown Art Glass Jug 8 High Flower Vase
Vintage Blenko Ruby Amberina Handblown Art Glass Jug 8 High Flower Vase
$79.99
BLENKO ART GLASS RUBY DOUBLE SPOUT PITCHER WATER BOTTLE RARE HTF
BLENKO ART GLASS RUBY DOUBLE SPOUT PITCHER WATER BOTTLE RARE HTF
$102.50
LARGE RED ORANGE blenko decanter HUGE italy blown glass crackle mid century See
LARGE RED ORANGE blenko decanter HUGE italy blown glass crackle mid century See
$124.99
Three Ruby Pinched Dimpled Crackle Tumblers by Blenko Glass Company Hand Blown
Three Ruby Pinched Dimpled Crackle Tumblers by Blenko Glass Company Hand Blown
$29.99
BLENKO LARGE FLOOR DECANTER DESIGNED BY WAYNE HUSTED 1961 BEAUTIFUL RUBY RED
BLENKO LARGE FLOOR DECANTER DESIGNED BY WAYNE HUSTED 1961 BEAUTIFUL RUBY RED
$400.00
Ruby Red Pitcher Hand Blown Blenko Glass 11 1 2 Tall Applied Handle Beautiful
Ruby Red Pitcher Hand Blown Blenko Glass 11 1 2 Tall Applied Handle Beautiful
$28.00
Blenko Ruby Amberina Crackle Vase 95 NR Ex Condition
Blenko Ruby Amberina Crackle Vase 95 NR Ex Condition
$12.99
Vintage Ruby Red Hobnail Hand Blown Glass Vase Fenton  6 inches
Vintage Ruby Red Hobnail Hand Blown Glass Vase Fenton 6 inches
$14.95
LOVELY VINTAGE ART GLASS CRACKLE RUBY APPLE 3 3 4 SCULPTURE FIGURINE BLENKO
LOVELY VINTAGE ART GLASS CRACKLE RUBY APPLE 3 3 4 SCULPTURE FIGURINE BLENKO
$31.99
Vintage Mid Century Blenko Art Glass Ruby Red Pitcher With Clear Handle
Vintage Mid Century Blenko Art Glass Ruby Red Pitcher With Clear Handle
$49.95
Vintage Blenko Art Glass Ruby Red 75 Bowl 3744X
Vintage Blenko Art Glass Ruby Red 75 Bowl 3744X
$9.99
FREE FORM HAND BLOWN 9 1 2 CONTROLLED BUBBLE PINCHED SIDES RUBY VASE BLENKO
FREE FORM HAND BLOWN 9 1 2 CONTROLLED BUBBLE PINCHED SIDES RUBY VASE BLENKO
$93.74
RUBY RED BLENKO HANDCRAFT 6321 RUFFLED HEART ASHTRAY
RUBY RED BLENKO HANDCRAFT 6321 RUFFLED HEART ASHTRAY
$12.99
BLENKO RUBY RED GLASS WATER BOTTLE DOUBLE SPOUT DIMPLES BOTH SIDES 825
BLENKO RUBY RED GLASS WATER BOTTLE DOUBLE SPOUT DIMPLES BOTH SIDES 825
$39.00
Vintage Pilgrim Cranberry 6 Vase Ruby Mid Century Decor Great Condition
Vintage Pilgrim Cranberry 6 Vase Ruby Mid Century Decor Great Condition
$22.00
Vintage Pilgrim Cranberry 5 Bowl Ruby Mid Century Decor Great Condition
Vintage Pilgrim Cranberry 5 Bowl Ruby Mid Century Decor Great Condition
$10.00
VERY NICE FOSTORIA COIN RUBY RED GLASS MINT CANDY DISH
VERY NICE FOSTORIA COIN RUBY RED GLASS MINT CANDY DISH
$29.99
Vintage Blenko Glass 745 Amberina Tangerine Ruby Red Pitcher 6 Inches Tall
Vintage Blenko Glass 745 Amberina Tangerine Ruby Red Pitcher 6 Inches Tall
$39.99
Vintage BLENKO Ruby RED Glass RUFFLED Edge BOWL Hand Blown Art Glass pontil
Vintage BLENKO Ruby RED Glass RUFFLED Edge BOWL Hand Blown Art Glass pontil
$19.99
VTG MCM 60s RUBY RED AMBER ART GLASS PITCHER EWER VASE HAND BLOWN BLENKO VIKING
VTG MCM 60s RUBY RED AMBER ART GLASS PITCHER EWER VASE HAND BLOWN BLENKO VIKING
$45.00
MID CENTURY RARE CRACKLE GLASS RUBY RED DECANTER MUSHROOM STOPPER 11
MID CENTURY RARE CRACKLE GLASS RUBY RED DECANTER MUSHROOM STOPPER 11
$148.00
Lovely Blenko Vase with Ruby Swirl New
Lovely Blenko Vase with Ruby Swirl New
$34.99
Blenko Ruby Crackle Glass Bag Vase New
Blenko Ruby Crackle Glass Bag Vase New
$44.99
Pair of Blenko Ruby Pinched Sides Tumblers
Pair of Blenko Ruby Pinched Sides Tumblers
$44.99
Vintage Rainbow Ruby Crackle Decanter with Blenko Stopper
Vintage Rainbow Ruby Crackle Decanter with Blenko Stopper
$42.99
Blenko Ruby Large Ribbed Vase New
Blenko Ruby Large Ribbed Vase New
$42.99
Blenko Ruby Red Swirled Rib Crackle Tankard Large Mug New
Blenko Ruby Red Swirled Rib Crackle Tankard Large Mug New
$46.99
Lovely Blenko Large Ruby Ruffled Center Bowl New
Lovely Blenko Large Ruby Ruffled Center Bowl New
$42.99
Blenko Ruby Heart PaperWeight New
Blenko Ruby Heart PaperWeight New
$24.99
VINTAGE BLENKO Ruby Red Pinch  49 DECANTER 10 1 2 TALL W STOPPER
VINTAGE BLENKO Ruby Red Pinch 49 DECANTER 10 1 2 TALL W STOPPER
$69.99
Ruby Amberina Blenko Glass 7025 Large Multi Textured Pedestal Vase Urn 95
Ruby Amberina Blenko Glass 7025 Large Multi Textured Pedestal Vase Urn 95
$54.38
Blenko Ruby Red Ashtray Bowl Art Glass Ashtray Cigar Dish Mid Century
Blenko Ruby Red Ashtray Bowl Art Glass Ashtray Cigar Dish Mid Century
$24.99
6 Blenko Ruby Red Pinched Glasses Tumblers Rare Mid Century Modern
6 Blenko Ruby Red Pinched Glasses Tumblers Rare Mid Century Modern
$175.00
Ruby Amberina Hand Blown Art Crackle Glass Footed Retro 20 oz Tumblers Blenko
Ruby Amberina Hand Blown Art Crackle Glass Footed Retro 20 oz Tumblers Blenko
$28.00
Vintage Large Blenko Ruby Red Crackle Glass Vase
Vintage Large Blenko Ruby Red Crackle Glass Vase
$125.00
Blenko stopper NOS Ruby Red Rocket
Blenko stopper NOS Ruby Red Rocket
$29.99
Blenko stopper NOS Dark Ruby
Blenko stopper NOS Dark Ruby
$29.99
Vintage Medium Hand Blown Glass Carafe  Stopper Blenko Ruby Red to Yellow Fade
Vintage Medium Hand Blown Glass Carafe Stopper Blenko Ruby Red to Yellow Fade
$19.95
BLENKO Glass RUBY RED Round DECANTER Squat BOTTLE w STOPPER 6 1 2 Excellent
BLENKO Glass RUBY RED Round DECANTER Squat BOTTLE w STOPPER 6 1 2 Excellent
$35.00


Recently Purchased Blenko Ruby:


ruby red hand blown decanter , pair blenko 875 cylindrical flare top crackle glass vases ruby red lime green, blenko ruby heart paperweight new, vintage rainbow ruby crackle decanter with blenko stopper, blenko ruby large ribbed vase new , blenko ruby red swirled rib crackle tankardlarge mug new, lovely blenko large ruby ruffled center bowl new, lovely blenko vase with ruby swirl new, blenko ruby crackle glass bag vase new , pair of blenko ruby pinched sides tumblers, vintage blenko 4 inch creamerpitcher in ruby red w clear applied handle, gorgeous large blenko or empoli region flame stopper decanter in ruby red, vintage blenko ruby red handblown apple paperweight w clear stem , vtg blenko glasses 2 blown ruby red tumblers collectible glassware, blenko usa ruby red apple art glass hand craft figurine clear stem c4, rainbow glass 1012 ruby red vase pinched rim pontil, vintage medium hand blown glass carafe amp; stopper blenko ruby red to yellow fade, blenko ruby red glass water bottle double spout dimples both sides825, blenko amberina ruby spanish red cordials sherberts stemware c 1947, seneca 12 ruby red footed console rolled lip hat bowl 12 58 wide, vintage blenko ruby red handblown apple paperweight w geen stem, wayne husted ruby red architecturale size floor decanter mid century bischoff, vintage blenko art glass ruby red 75 bowl 3744x, vtg mcm 60s ruby red amber art glass pitcher ewer vase hand blown blenko viking , vtg mid century dimpled pinch vase rainbow glass ruby red crackle large 9, blenko dimple glass ruby 418l, vintage blenko ruby red glass ruffled edge bowl hand blown art glass pontil, vintage hand blown blenko ruby red faux crackle glass cruet pitcher creamer, midcentury modern blenko art glass amberina pitcherpontil baseruby redyellow, designer blenko dark ruby red hourglass shape vase slant top wayne husted 12, vintage red ruby vase, ruby red blenko handcraft 6321 ruffled heart ashtray, blenko large floor decanter designed by wayne husted 1961 beautiful ruby red , blenko art glass ruby double spout pitcher water bottle rare htf, blenko 3 ruby red crackle vase wgold trim, excellent 6 crackle ruby amberina wide mouth art glass pitcher rainbow vtg, small hand blown glass square pitcher ruby red pilgrim blenko rainbow unknown, vintage ruby red hobnail hand blown glass vase fenton 6 inches, blenko ruby amberina crackle vase 95 nr ex condition, midcentury rare crackle glass ruby red decantermushroom stopper 11, 3 vintage large 6 handblown glass ball fishingdecor floats ruby red blenko, 4 vintage handblown glass ball fishing home decor floats ruby red 3 blenko, three ruby pincheddimpled crackle tumblers by blenko glass company hand blown, vtg blenko crackle glass vase pitcher ruby red, blenko handcraft beautiful vintage ruby red pinched 3sided decanter cl, ruby hand blown 914 tall pitcher with a clear glass applied handle, ruby hand blown 1014 architectural pitcher w clear glass applied handle, ruby red hand blown 634 footed vase w pinched rim, blenko 629s ruby red crackle glass stemed compote 6 tall, vintage blenko bischoff ruby decanter 478 spouts amp; pinched, large vintage amberina glass ruby to amber pitcher hand blown blenko retro, vtg midcentury blenko art glass ruby red pitcher w clear crystal handle2 qts, antique blenko hand blown art glass round globe vase in rubyapple red 1930s, blenko honey brown w ruby on rim water bottle 2005 with sticker, blenko glass pitcher jug ruby red amberina hand blown gently used, blenko hand blown ruby red free form heart vase4 34 tall 891 with sticker, vintage blenko ruby red bubble decanter 715 joel myers, vintage blenko bookends midcentury modern ruby red glass tear drop shaped pair, blenko ruby amp; amber centerpiece compote ruffled, blenko pilgrim art glass crackle ruby red mini pitcher creamer reed handle, lot of 2 vintage blenko ruby red crackle glass decorative pitchers amber handles, ruby red blenko pear and apple, blenko ruby red heavy textured book end w american eagle sculpure on face, beautiful large ruby red hand blown art glass vase 15 tall strawberry pattern, vtg mcmodern pinched ruby art glass vase w pulled top blenko bischoff euc, blenko ruby red crackle glass wine bottle, blenko ruby red large 15 glass scallopped bowl hand crafted signed, vintage mid century modern ruby blood red glass vase, vintage blenko ruby red crackle glass pitcher creamer 35 x 275 excellent con, blenko glass co hand blown ruby pitcher 361p , blenko ruby red pitcher with yellow handle handblown glass, vintage ruby red art glass tulip shaped bowl w handle blenko, vintage blenko hand blown glass ruby red glass bottle with stopper decanter , blenko glass signed large 15 12 bowl fruit centerpiece ruby red nice, blenko ruby red art glass apple mid century modern mcm, early blenko ruby red center bowl, vintage blenko ruby amberina pinched crackle tumbler 16 oz, lot of 2 vintage blenko amberina crackle glass decorative pitchers ruby amber, blenko small ruby crackle finish pitcher with clear glass handle, vintage blown ruby red blenko art glass vase, vintage blenko large bowl 12 rufflededge fluted ruby crackle glass , blenko ruby red apple clear stem, blenko ruby red plates 2 original foil label 8 12, large ruby red crackle glass pear blenko , blenko glass 9351 pear in ruby crackle amp; amethyst stem label, vintage large blenko ruby red crackle glass vase, ruby amberina hand blown art crackle glass footed retro 20 oz tumblers blenko, 6 blenko ruby red pinched glasses tumblers rare mid century modern, blenko ruby red ashtray bowl art glass ashtray cigar dish mid century , ruby amberina blenko glass 7025 large multi textured pedestal vaseurn95 , vintage blenko ruby red pinch 49 decanter 10 12 tall wstopper, vintage blenko glass 745 amberina tangerine ruby red pitcher 6 inches tall, vintage pilgrim cranberry 6 vase ruby mid century decor great condition, vintage pilgrim cranberry 5 bowl ruby mid century decor great condition, lovely vintage art glass crackle ruby apple 3 34 sculpturefigurine blenko, ruby red pitcher hand blown blenko glass 11 12 tall applied handle beautiful , blenko decanter clear ruby red art glass larger size in perfect condition



Comments are closed.