This is a great little vase, hand blown and copper-wheel engraved at Strömbergshyttan in Sweden, in the late 60s or early 70s. It depicts a longship, an iconic image of the Nordic countries. Originally invented and used by the Norsemen (commonly known as the Vikings) for commerce, exploration, and warfare during the Viking Age, the longship appeared in its complete form between the 9th and 13th centuries, and it influenced the shipbuilding of other cultures for centuries.
The story of Strömbergshyttan begins in 1876, when a glassworks called Lindfors ("winding falls") opened about 50 km west of Orrefors. In 1933, Edward Strömberg, who was a former head at Orrefors, and his wife Gerda, who was a designer at Eda, leased the company and changed the name to Strömbergshyttan ("Strömberg's hut"). Edward and his son Eric devised a way to produce a glass that had a bluish-silver hue, which became characteristic for Strömbergshyttan. Eric Strömberg and his wife, Asta, bought the company in 1945, and they invested heavily to modernize it. The Strömberg family further upgraded the mill in 1960. For most of the 40+ years that the family controlled the glass mill, Gerda and Asta Strömberg designed the glass. A fire in 1973 left the glassworks in financial difficulties, and it was sold to Orrefors in 1976. Orrefors closed the Strömbergshyttan glassworks just three years later. (Adapted from Nils Bergqvist)
The vase is 4" high, 4.5" wide, and 2" deep, and it is in very good condition, clear and sparkling, with only a few light scratches as expected for its age.
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