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EKENAS GLASS

Ekenas of Sweden is a new discovery for me. I bought my first piece thinking it was Orrefors, only to be told it was Ekenas. Although I don't really know much about the output of Ekenas, I have seen and been able to purchase the glass of a particular suite with a stepped foot and wrythen stem. All the glass you see here will be from that suite, but I promise to learn and buy more.

Tableware

This is a pale blue pedestal decanter/cocktail shaker. The foot has a step in it, the stem is wrythen and it has a double pouring lip. The top of the solid stopper has three diminishing cushions of glass. Designed by Greta Runeborg-Tell 1941-52.

I have hedged my bets in the description and although this looks like a cocktail shaker I think it is decanter for spirits like Vodka. Whatever it is it's a really cool thing.

Height: 9.5 inches

Width: 4 inches

This is a pale yellow urn shaped pedestal jug. The foot has a step in it, the stem is wrythen and the handle has a twist in the middle. Designed by Greta Runeborg-Tell 1941-52.

If this jug were blue I would expect it to go with the decanter above. Size wise it is too big for a cream jug and too small for a lemonade or water jug. It probably was for water but for relatively small amounts, which is why I think it would go with decanter above.

This the first piece of Ekenas I bought, and bought it thinking it was Orrefors as the foot and stem is quite like a Simon Gate design from the 1920s (see Orrefors page). I was corrected in this matter by a nice lady on the Facebook page Heart of Glass.

Height: 7.5 inches

Width: 5 inches

This is a pale blue pedestal jug. The foot has a step in it, the stem is wrythen and the handle has had an additional curl of glass added at the top. Designed by Greta Runeborg-Tell 1941-52.

For me this monumental jug the classic identification piece for this suite of Ekenas glass. Floating around in the Swedish bit of the Internet is a catalogue page with this jug and a few glasses on it. The jug handle is very distinctive so you can spot it from a mile away.

The top of the handle resembles some of the old Roman techniques of attaching the top of jug handles. I am not sure if this is intentional or not.

Height: 11.5 inches

Width: 7 inches

This is a pale blue tall lemonade glass. The foot has a step in it, the stem is wrythen. Designed by Greta Runeborg-Tell 1941-52.

These are the glasses that go with the above jug. If you are actually planning on serving lemonade in them make sure you have plenty of lemonade on standby because these glasses have a good capacity.

Height: 8.5 inches

Width: 3 inches

This is a pale yellow cocktail glass. The foot has a step in it, the stem is wrythen and the bowl has an enamelled cockerel with a blue tail. Designed by Greta Runeborg-Tell 1941-52.

How nice is this, the cockerel is more stylish than the ones on the Stuart Crystal glasses as they appear to be a bit stiff and this ones have movement. This is also more freehand and less stencil drawn, so they clearly had more trust in the in-house artists.

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Height: 3.75 inches

Width: 2.5 inches

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