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The history of Gullaskruf Glasbruk begins in 1893 when construction of the factory started, in the town of Gullaskruf (now called Gullaskruv) in Sweden. Building was completed in 1895, and the original name of the factory was Willk├Âls Glashytta (glass foundry). Production began with beer bottles, soon moving on to window glass, with the name changing to Gullaskruf Glasbruk before the end of 1895. This link shows the cover of an old price list from 1895, with the name "Gullaskruf" already in use. The company closed in 1922 due to fierce competition from overseas, and reopened in 1927 under the name Gullaskrufs Glasbruk (note the added "s") when it was bought by William Stenberg. Designers at the factory included Hugo Gehlin, Arthur Percy, Lennart Andersson and Kjell Blomberg. In Autumn of 1977, Orrefors rented Gullaskrufs Glasbruk, and bought the company in January 1978. The factory was closed by Orrefors on 30th September 1983. It was reopened briefly in 1990 until closing again in 1995.

I would like to give a huge thanks to Raoul Karlsson, an expert + collector of Gullaskruf glassware, who has provided lots of information, and helped me to correct some common mistakes.

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Gullaskruf White Glass 'Randi' Bowl by Lennart Andersson

A Swedish opaque white glass textured 'Randi' bowl. Made by Gullaskruf, designed by Lennart Andersson.

Gullaskruf Vintage Red Glass 'Randi' Bowl by Lennart Andersson

A Swedish red glass textured 'Randi' bowl. Made by Gullaskruf, designed by Lennart Andersson.

Gullaskruf Retro Red Glass 'Randi' Bowl by Lennart Andersson

A Swedish red glass textured 'Randi' bowl. Made by Gullaskruf, designed by Lennart Andersson.

Gullaskruf 1950's Red Glass 'Randi' Bowl by Lennart Andersson

A Swedish red glass textured 'Randi' bowl. Made by Gullaskruf, designed by Lennart Andersson.

Gullaskruf Swedish Red Glass 'Reffla' Vase by Arthur Percy

A Swedish red glass 'Reffla' (grooves) vase. Made by Gullaskruf, designed by Arthur Percy.

Gullaskruf Opalescent Glass 'Reffla' Vase by Arthur Percy

A Swedish opalescent white glass 'Reffla' (grooves) vase. Made by Gullaskruf, designed by Arthur Percy.

Gullaskruf Ruby Red Glass 'Reffla' Bowl by Arthur Percy

A Swedish red glass 'Reffla' (grooves) bowl. Made by Gullaskruf, designed by Arthur Percy.

Gullaskruf Ruby Red Glass 'Delphi' Bowl by Lennart Andersson

A Swedish red glass 'Delphi' bowl. Made by Gullaskruf, designed by Lennart Andersson.

Gullaskruf Swedish Glass Ice Bucket - Lennart Andersson

A Swedish clear textured glass 'Isi' ice bucket. Made by Gullaskruf, designed by Lennart Andersson, labelled.

Gullaskruf Smokey Blue Swedish Glass Vase - Labelled

A Swedish 'dark indigo' blue glass footed vase. Made by Gullaskruf, labelled.

Gullaskruf Smokey Blue Swedish Glass Bowl - Labelled

A Swedish 'dark indigo' blue glass ashtray bowl. Made by Gullaskruf, labelled.

Gullaskruf Kjell Blomberg Swedish Blue Glass Bowl Labelled

A Swedish 'dark indigo' blue glass bowl with clear footed base. Made by Gullaskruf, designed by Kjell Blomberg, labelled.

Gullaskruf Vintage 1950's Swedish Red Glass Ribbed Bowl

A Swedish red glass bowl. Made by Gullaskruf, with Hans Geismar import label.

Gullaskruf Swedish Purple Glass Bowl + Creamer - William Stenberg

A Swedish purple glass 'Ingrid' sugar bowl and creamer set. Made by Gullaskruf, designed by William Stenberg, labelled.

Gullaskruf Swedish Purple Cased Glass Vase - Labelled

A Swedish purple and clear cased glass vase. Made by Gullaskruf, labelled.

Gullaskruf Smokey Glass Bowl by Hugo Gehlin - Signed

A Swedish smokey grey glass ashtray bowl. Made by Gullaskruf, designed by Hugo Gehlin, signed "Gehlin Gullaskruf".

HUGE Gullaskruf/Arthur Percy Swedish Blue Glass Vase

A large Swedish blue glass bottle vase. Made by Gullaskruf, designed by Arthur Percy in 1952.

Gullaskruf Swedish Purple Glass Vase - Arthur Percy 1952

A large Swedish purple glass bottle vase. Made by Gullaskruf, designed by Arthur Percy in 1952.

Gullaskruf/Arthur Percy Swedish Purple Glass Vase Label

A Swedish purple glass bottle vase. Made by Gullaskruf, designed by Arthur Percy in 1952, labelled.

Gullaskruf/Arthur Percy Swedish Purple Glass Vase - Label

A Swedish purple glass bottle vase. Made by Gullaskruf, designed by Arthur Percy in 1952, labelled.

Gullaskruf Swedish Blue Glass Vase - Arthur Percy 1952

A large Swedish smokey blue glass bottle vase. Made by Gullaskruf, designed by Arthur Percy in 1952.

Gullaskruf Swedish Blue Glass Vase - Arthur Percy 1952

A Swedish smokey blue glass bottle vase. Made by Gullaskruf, designed by Arthur Percy in 1952.

Gullaskruf Swedish Blue Glass Vase - Arthur Percy 1952

A Swedish smokey blue glass bottle vase. Made by Gullaskruf, designed by Arthur Percy in 1952.

Gullaskruf Swedish Blue Glass Vase - Arthur Percy 1952

A Swedish smokey blue glass bottle vase. Made by Gullaskruf, designed by Arthur Percy in 1952.


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References

For more information on Gullaskruf glass, check out the following resources:

Books


Scandinavian Glass 1930-2000: Smoke and Ice | ISBN 978-0764316531


Scandinavian Glass 1930-2000: Fire and Sea | ISBN 978-0764324499

Websites

www.gullaskruv.se - Raoul Karlsson's website.
www.bergdala-glastekniska-museum.se - Several original Swedish glass catalogues, including Gullaskruf.
http://precisensan.com/antikforum/showthread.php?13533-Arthur-Percy - Swedish forum thread on Arthur Percy.