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Svea Rosebowls by Eda Glassworks, Varmland Sweden

By Steven Lindquist and Gary Sullivan

The following was taken from the Eda tourism website:

Eda Glass Museum can be found in Eda Folkets Park near the border with Norway. The museum displays a selection of glass from Eda glassworks’ production.

The mill was active between 1835 and 1953 and around the turn of the century 1900 one of Sweden’s largest glassworks with about 300 employees. Household glass was mainly produced here and in the museum’s large hall, e.g. ground, engraved, painted and engraved glass, luster, uranium and other press glass, designer Gerda Strömberg’s beautiful art deco glass, unique grave balls etc.


Luster glass mentioned above refers to carnival glass. We started to collect Svea rosebowls when we saw one at an ACGA convention and it spoke to Steve’s Swedish heritage. We have since accumulated the five rosebowls above. They are 3 1⁄2, 4 1⁄2, 5 1⁄2, 6 1⁄2and 7 1⁄2 inches across at the widest part of the bowl. We have found them in marigold, a light blue, shades of amethyst and an iridized milk glass. Above are both blue and amethyst rosebowls. The iridescence makes it hard to see the difference in these two colors. Hooked on Carnival lists over 30 different Eda carnival patterns . The Svea pattern has other shapes besides rosebowls but we are happy with our small Swedish collection.



This article first appeared in the NECGA Bulletin in the October 2023 issue and is reprinted with permission.