Orrefors Glasbruk is a famous Swedish glassworks company known for its high-quality crystal and glass products. The company was founded in 1898 in the small village of Orrefors, located in the province of Småland in southern Sweden.
The founders of Orrefors Glasbruk were two brothers, August and Johan Peterson. They established the company with the aim of producing high-quality glassware that would rival the best of what was being produced in Bohemia, which was then the center of the glass industry in Europe.
Orrefors quickly gained a reputation for producing exceptional glassware, and its products became highly sought more...
The earliest decanters date from the late seventeenth century and were made from blown moulded glass.
They were used to serve wine at a time when there was a move towards less formal dining procedures and the reduced reliance on servants and waiters.
The 1745 Excise Tax caused manufacturers to make decanters lighter in weight. The tax benefited the industry in Ireland where it did not apply. When the tax was repealed in 1845, a heavier gauge was reverted to.
In the second half of the eighteenth century blue, green and amethyst coloured decanters were made.
Decanters often sat on more...
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