Swedish Uranium Cut Crystal Decanter Set 1930’s
Made from leadless crystal in war neutral, Depression era Sweden. Signed Eda 33 on each base. Made by the Eda Glasbruk company in 1933.
These decanters are authentic “vaseline glass” (a modern nick-name for Uranium glass) in a brownish yellow color. Lead was scarce due to World War and glassmakers replaced it with Uranium. These decanters are a fine solid crystal, but made with Uranium instead of lead. VERY rare to see this color of Uranium glass. The Uranium in the glass is not harmful to your health in everyday use. Owners of this glass should not grind or melt it.
Beautiful and important art glass made in the year of the Eda Glasbruk glasshouse demise. Financial troubles from the Great Depression, and Nazi influences in Sweden, forced it closure in 1933. After the war, Evard Stromberg and his wife Gerda re-organized as “Strombergshyttan” and worked with Kosta Glasbruk.
Both are entirely hand-made with cut panels and stoppers. Heavy crystal, weigh 3 lbs each. In excellent condition with normal base-wear. Pontil mark is polished to an inverted half moon. Sharp corners were beveled. Rims are heat finished.
One is slightly smaller than the other. The difference in size can be attributed to the hand-making process, but more likely it was done so the owner could easily see which was which. Since the 1930’s, Sweden was (and still is) way ahead of the rest of the world in modernism and functionalism. Swedish products are always designed with quality, innovation and usefulness in mind.
Large decanter measures 11″ tall with stopper on. Smaller measures 10.5″ tall. Both are 4.25″ wide and 3″ deep, rectangular shape (easy grip). The stoppers are not interchangeable between bottles. Each is specifically sized for it’s own bottle.