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Hidden treasure in the F&M Orient

Posted by modblog 26/07/2010 0 Comment(s) Fog & Mørup,Jo Hammerborg,

Few people know that when Jo Hammerborg‘s Orient pendant light first appeared on the market in the early 1960s, the range included a version of the Orient Minor (far left in the picture below) made of solid sterling silver and retailing at more than 10 times the price of other lamps in the line.

Jo Hammerborg Fog Morup Orient

An April 1963 Fog & Morup catalogue lists the complete Orient range with prices in Danish kroner (Dkr), US dollars (USD) and UK pounds (GBP in pounds, shillings and pence) as follows:

Orient Minor (diameter 22.5cm, height 25cm)
E 2358/40 CopperDkr 84.00USD 12.25GBP 4.7.0
E 2360/80 AluminiumDkr 65.25USD 9.45GBP 3.7.6
E 2360/84 Anodised brownDkr 71.50USD 10.35GBP 3.15.0
E 2360/85 Anodised slateDkr 71.50USD 10.35GBP 3.15.0
E 2363 Sterling silverDkr 866.00USD 125.70GBP 44.15.0
Orient Major (diameter 38cm, height 34cm)
E 2359/40 CopperDkr 134.50USD 19.50GBP 6.19.6
E 2361/80 AluminiumDkr 84.00USD 12.25GBP 4.7.0
E 2361/84 Anodised brownPrice not given
E 2361/85 Anodised slatePrice not given

Jo Hammerborg Fog and Morup Orient

There is, however, no sign of either the sterling silver or the anodised metal variants in a 1965 advertisement for the Orient (pictured above), and no mention of them in any subsequent F&M catalogues or advertisements in our possession. While the copper and aluminium versions of the Orient remained in production in both Major and Minor sizes until at least 1974, the anodised metal and solid silver editions never appeared again.