Learn about Claret and Wine Jugs

Although wine had been decanted into jugs for centuries, claret and wine jugs, also known as wine ewers as we know them today, are a product of the Victorian era, first making an appearance in the late 1830s.

In the early 19th century the technique of glass manufacturing was developing, and instead of being delivered in casks, wine was now able to be bottled in uniform sized and shaped glass bottles at the end of the production process.

For presentation purposes on the dining table, the more formal claret jug was preferred over that of the factory produced bottle, and as the industrial revolution progressed, the increasing wealth of the upper and middle class led to increasing demand for claret jugs.

Some claret jugs are all silver, but the majority have a glass container with silver, silver plate or gilt mounts forming the top including the pouring spout and the handle.

The bowls of most claret jugs are clear glass, sometimes with engraved decoration with the vine being a common theme, which was often carried through to the shape of the handle. Other examples have wheel cut decoration with a hobnail cut or other geometric variation on this theme. more...

You can reduce the number of items displayed by entering a keyword that must be included in the description of the item.

These items are not for sale and the descriptions, images and prices are for reference purposes only.

A pair of Continental Art Nouveau silver claret jugs, the pear form bodies with starburst cut circular bases, having an etched ribbon design. Plain silver mounts and rounded geometric silver handles. Height 26 cm. Base 9.5 cm diameter, circa 1900.

A glass and sterling silver mounted claret jug, Sheffield, 1892, 26.5 cm high

A good silver & cut crystal claret jug, hallmarked Birmingham 1913, 27 cm high approx.

A fine Victorian sterling silver clad glass claret jug, 1845 London, with maker's mark for Charles Reily & George Storer, of pedestal ewer form profusely embellished throughout with cast and chased trailing grape vines and fruits, the neck and base upon a

A fine cut glass and silver gilt claret jug, 19th century, apparently unmarked but tested for silver and remnant gold, the baluster shaped ewer of elegant proportions with tapering sliced flutes and lens cuts to the body and shoulder and an ornamented band

A Continental gilt bronze mounted crested parrot form claret jug, circa 1900 and later, the bird head form spout with mounted faceted eyes, marked 12 to the base of each foot, 24 cm high

A French Art Noveau gilded silver mounted claret jug, Paris, circa 1890, possibly Baccarat and Roussel Eugene Doutre, the frosted glass carved in low relief with flowering braches picket out in gilt, unmarked, 33 cm high

A crystal claret jug with sterling silver mount, Ht. 25 cm

An Edwardian VII sterling silver wine jug by Richard Martin & Ebenezer Hall, Sheffield 1907, 24 cm high, 380 grams

Victorian sterling silver wine ewer neo-classical vase shape design, part fluted with rattan bound handle, London, 1881

A fine Danish .826 silver wine ewer, circa 1888 with three towers mark, maker's mark of Peter Hertz, assay master mark of Simon Groth, of elegant baluster form with a waisted collar and shaped pouring rim, a high set scrolling handle and a pedestal bas

American silver handle claret jug. Marked '925 sterling' handle with grape finial. Crystal body and stopper. Engraved 'John Brothers.'. Height 29 cm

Victorian silver and crystal claret jug, mark of Edward Hutton, London, 1888, after a design by Christopher Dresser, hallmarked, height 21.7 cm

A Victorian neoclassical silver lidded wine ewer, John, Edward, Walter and John Barnard, London, 1874, the tapering body having a rosette and ribbon band with beaded borders encircling the waist above chased draped ribbons. supported on three leaf capped l

A Victorian silver wine jug, Alexander Macrae, London, 1871, of ewer form with everted spout, leaf capped scrolling handle, engraved foliae motif throughout, a vacant cartouche to each side, beaded borders, 754 gms, 35.5 cm high

Victorian sterling silver mounted claret jug plain mount with angular handle on clear glass baluster body, Sheffield, 1898, makers, James Deakin & Sons(John & William F Deakin)

Fine Victorian Scottish sterling silver wine ewer lobed baluster shape, the scroll handle with acanthus leaf thumbpiece, embossed decoration of florals, scrolls and cartouche on shaped circular base, Edinburgh, maker, Leonard Urquhart, 33 cm height

A George III silver claret jug, London 1775, of baluster form, with repousse, embossed and chassed grape vines interspersed with fluted panels, the grape vine finial and shaped cover above c scroll lip, with exuberant scrolling handle, the shaped circular

A Victorian silver gilt wine jug, Alexander Macrae / London / 1865, ovoid in form with an exaggerated scroll handle, the body engraved on a stippled ground, with opposing oval plaques, supported by a circular foot, approximately 698gms, 35.5 cm high

Victorian sterling silver ewer/claret jug, hallmarked London 1875, maker Thomas Smily, 729 grams approx (silver only), together on a timber stand

A sterling silver wine jug, Martin Hall & Company, London, 1872, the jug of tapering lobed form, finely engraved with scrolling and foliate motifs, with angular loop handle, domed lid surmounted by pinecone finial, supported on a stepped spreading circ

English hallmarked sterling silver George III claret jug of baluster form with a gadrooned dome hinged lid, having castellated & Viking themed etched detail to the body, with applied rounded foliate spout & an ebopnised timber handle, all sitting on a roun

A crystal claret jug with sterling silver mount 30 cm high

A Victorian sterling silver wine jug by John Le Gallais, London 1863. 36 cm high, 880 grams

Persian silver wine bottle & screw cap. C.1800-50s. Engraved cartouches with Persian script dedications. Mythical creatures, birds & male figures decoration. Silversmiths mark to base.900 silver & mark for Persia/Iran. Height 23 cm. Wt. 713g

A George III silver wine ewer, Augustin Le Sage, London, 1774 of simple baluster shape, with oak and ribbon borders, flower knop, scroll handle, square platform base on four bracket feet, 796 gms, 29.5 cm high

A Continental silver and crystal claret jug, 20th century, Italian, with.800 standard and lozenge, the globular diamond cut body with slice cut shoulders mounted to the long neck with a collar and mechanical lid opened by squeezing the handle, richly embos

A Victorian sterling silver mounted etched glass wine jug by William and George Sissons, Sheffield 1891, 28 cm high

A sterling silver topped crystal cut claret jug. 31 cm high.

A silver mounted crystal claret jug stamped 'Sterling. Ws&P', 20th century. 26.5 cm

A sterling silver mounted crystal wine jug, 20th century. 20 cm high

A good Victorian silver claret jug of baluster form with high loop branch handle and with applied cast fruiting vine ornament; presentation engraved 'John Kirby Hedges, 17th January 1856; Edward & John Barnard, London 1855. Height 36 cm. Weight approx 1000

A Victorian sterling silver mounted cut glass claret jug by Atkin Brothers Sheffield 1891, 23 cm high

A Victorian glass and silver claret jug of bulbous form with etched decoration. The collar with chased hunting landscape surmounted by a hinged cover with a lion finial

Sliver mounted crystal claret jug stamped 925 sterling, 29cm high approx