Hans Hansen Cufflinks and Tie Bars
The Hans Hansen
smithy in Kolding was one of Denmark's most important and prestigious
ateliers. The Hans Hansen smithy was opened in 1906 by Hans Hansen
(1884-1940), The work done there was of high quality but in 1932 the
smithy entered into the first rank when Hans' 18 year old sculptor
son, Karl Gustav Hansen (KGH) (1914 - 21 December 2002 ) joined the firm.
The young Hansen was a brilliant designer and
his first collection of designs, "Future Line", in 1932 was well received.
His early exhibitions included: World Expo in Brussels 1935, Paris 1937
and New York 1939.
The elder Hansen passed away soon thereafter and the firm prospered under
the oversight of KGH. Ever the innovator, KGH sought and hired many of the
best designers. Bent Gabriel Pedersen (Bent G), Bent Knudsen (Bent K) and
Henning Koppel all designed for the Hansen smithy.
The consortium that owned Georg Jensen
purchased the smithy in 1992. It is important to be able to attirbute the
dates of cufflink manufacture properly. Many cufflinks were manufactured
with the HaH mark that were not 1930's marks but 1950s and 60s. Recently some of the HaH, superimposed HH
and the Hans Hansen signature marks have been re-issued by Georg Jensen.
The cufflinks below are originals and 7 of them are from the famous
"Future Line" series and were manufactured before 1937.
Be very careful when
purchasing cufflinks. HH and HaH marks do not necessarily mean they are
original issue. If you are in doubt send me a photo and I will try to help
if time permits.
Beware of forgeries of Georg Jensen and Hans Hansen cufflinks now circulating and being
sold as genuine. Purchase your cufflinks from reputable sources!