Dating orrefors glass
The new management quickly saw that artists were needed in the business, so Simon Gate was employed in 1916 and was joined by Edward Hald a year later.
That same year, Gate and Hald made their first tentative attempts at figure engraving.
Following the journey of glass from a syrupy, molten state to glittering crystal is a spectacular sight that takes place in the Kosta Boda hot shops every day.The successes of Simon Gate and Edward Hald in Paris in 1925 constituted the start of the long Orrefors tradition of creative design closely combined with genuine and innovative craftsmanship.Since then, new designers and skilled glassmakers have continued in the spirit of Gate and Hald.Check the bottom of the piece: "Orrefors" should be engraved in cursive. The presence of two letters indicates Orrefors' second numbering system, meaning that the piece dates from 1926 to 1934.The first letter represents the designer, and the second represents the glass type. Depending on the glass type, a lower number usually indicates an older piece. Although some glass types bear a much higher pattern number, they still date to roughly the same period. Make sure "Orrefors" is engraved on the bottom of the piece. The presence of only one letter — A, E, U or Z — indicates glass type and typically means the piece dates anywhere from 1935 to 1960. The numbers used in the third numbering system range from 1400 to 3832.