Labels & Marks

 
  Decoding
  Orrefors
   Kosta by Vicke lindstrand
 
  Numbering
  Numbering Orrefors
 
  Labels
  Orrefors
   Kosta
   Labels designers and artists
   Labels manufakturers
 
 
 
Decoding Orrefors Glass
The following two tables show the meaning of the lettering in Orrefors numbers:
From 1980, two initials have been used, e.g.: NL = Nils Landberg, BB = Gunnar Cyrén)
A
Olle Alberius
B1926
AE
Anna Ehrner
B1948
AW
Anna Wahlström
 
B
Gunnar Cyrén
B1931
BV
Bertil Vallien
B1938
D
Ingeborg Lundin
 
F
Edvin Öhrström
B1906
G
Simon Gate
1883-1945
GS
Gunnel Sahlin
 
GW
Göran Wärff
B1933
H
Edward Hald
1883-1980
J
Jan Johansson
 
K
Henning Koppel
1918-1981
KE
Kjell Engman
 
L
Vicke Lindstrand
1904-1983
MB
Monica Backström
B1939
N
Nils Landberg
B1907
P
Sven Palmqvist
1906-1984
R
Carl Fagerlund
 
S
John Selbing
 
T
Lars Hellsten
B1933
UHV
Ulrike Hydman-Vallien
B1938
V
Eva Englund
B1937
A
Cut
 
E
Frosted
 
U
Hand made
 
Z
Lustre
 
S
Graal
 
X
Corona quality
 
 
 
 
 
 
Numbering
Dating most Orrefors glass by the serial numbers is too complicated to go into here, but the following table will enable dating of four of their series (for more detail, see Swedish Glass Factories Production Catalogues, 1915 - 1960):
 
Year
Ariel
Slip-Graal
Ravenna
Fishgraal
1945
-
-
-
2261 - 2355
1946
-
-
-
2356 - 2824
1947
-
-
-
2825 - 2999
300 - 650
B
1948
-
-
1 - 8
651 - 1660 B
1949
-
-
9 - 10
1661 - 1999 B
200 - 869
C
1950
51 - 52 B
53 - 832
E
51 - 52 B
53 - 399
L
11 - 18
870 - 1914 C
1951
833 - 1450 E
400 - 847 L
19 - 22
1915 - 2999 C
200 - 437
D
1952
1451 - 1755 E
848 - 1175 L
287 - 365
438 - 1835 D
1953
1756 - 2022 E
1176 - 1600 L
366 - 608
1836 - 2866 D
1954
2023 - 2203 E
1601 - 2308 L
609 - 743
2867 - 3000 D
200 - 1386
H
1955
50 - 242 F
2309 - 2310 L
50 - 433
M
744 - 913
1387 - 2547 K
1956
243 - 408 F
100 - 289 N
914 - 1078
101 - 1276 L
1957
409 - 572 F
51 - 225 O
1079 - 1219
101 - 1294 M
1958
100 - 226 G
226 - 344 O
1220 - 1343
100 - 1204 N
1959
100 - 267 H
345 - 440 P
1344 - 1567
100 - 1134 Q
1960
268 - 711 H
441 - 558 P
1568 - 1725
100 - 963 P

 
 
Labels Orrefors
Some example of Orrefors labels.

paper label
paper label
 
 
Decoding Kosta Glass by Vicke Lindstrand
Some Kosta pieces designed by Vicke Lindstrand carry a full engraved signature. Others are engraved with a two-letter code (beginning with an L for Lindstrand), followed by a number. These appeared in the Kosta catalogues as laid out in the following table, although, of course, Lindstrand will have produced the designs during the two or three years prior to publication of the catalogue.
Catalogue:
1955 - 56
1958 - 59
1962 - 63
LH (hand-formed by Lindstrand)
1001 - 1261
1265 - 1627
1640 - 1784
LU (Unica series)
2004 - 2036
-
-
LC (hand-formed Colora)
1 - 11
-
-
LF (hand-formed birds)
1 - 7
-
-
LG (engraved glass)
101 - 212
213 - 330
335 - 407
LS (cut glass)
501 - 590
595 - 675
683 - 754
 
 
Labels Kosta
Some example of Kosta labels.
 
 
 
Kosta paper label
Metallic label (black on gold)
Design by Ellis Bergh
C 1930's - 50's
Diamond point design by Kjell Engman
 
 

 

 

Labels designers and artists
Labels and marks from glass and ceramics artists.

Sign Olle Alberius
Olle Alberius


Just Andersen


Arne Bang

Sign Carl Halier
Carl Halier


Hans Henrik Hansen

 


Vicke Lindstrand

 


Valdemar Petersen


Axel Salto

Carl-Harry Stålhane
Carl-Harry Stålhane

 


Alf Wallander

 


Connie Walther


Bode Willumsen

 

Axel Brüel
Axel Brüel

 


Edith Sonne Bruun

 


Jais Nielsen

 


Nils Thorsson

 



-


Gunnar Nylund


Ivan Weiss

 


Bjørn Wiinblad

 

 
Labels manufacturers
Labels and marks from glass and ceramics manufacturers.


Aluminia
(Denmark)


Royal Copenhagen
(Denmark)


Royal Copenhagen
(Denmark)


GAB2



GAB
(Sweden)


Gustavsberg
(Sweden)

Käler
Kähler
(Denmark)


Bing&Grøndahl
(Denmark)

GAB1
GAB
(Sweden)


Nymølle
(Denmark)


Kosta
(Sweden)