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...

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A late Victorian etched glass claret jug with plated mounts. 28 cm high

A Victorian claret jug with plated mounts, of a cylindrical tapering form with etched decoration with star cut base, the plated collar handle and cover of with chased decoration

English 5 piece silver plated tea & coffee set, comprising of teapot, coffee pot, hot water jug, milk jug & sugar bowl

4 piece du Barry silver plated coffee set. Coffee pot, hot water jug, sugar bowl & cream jug. Height 26 cm (coffee pot)

Two silver plated claret jugs, 20th century, one manufactured by Whitehill. A Whitehill pedestal jug in the Art Nouveau manner with a globular body incised with a swirling motif, the foot and mounts with entwined sinuous foliage, the handle of vegetal whip

A silver plated and crystal claret jug, with maker's marks for the Whitehill silver & plate Co, the Art Nouveau styled jug of compressed bulbous form with a broad straight body, acid etched with an iris motif, the mounts, 'C' form handle and domed lid and

A silver plate mounted crystal claret jug. Late 19th century, the globular jug with star and lens cut borders having a long slender neck mounted with an ornate pierced and embossed mount in the Italian manner with scrolls, knots, mascarons and grape vine m

A pair of cut crystal and silver plate claret jugs, the bodies of baluster shape with hobnail cutting fitted with silver plate collars with hinged lid and scrolling handles surmounted by a griffin’s head. Height 30.5 cm

A WMF silver plated tea service, circa 1910-1918, with beehive mark containing WMF, ostrich and G in a rhombus, comprising a coffee pot, hot water jug, covered sugar bowl and creamer of tapering straightsided form with a lappet style neck and a running bor

Edwardian three piece Elkington silver plated tea & coffee set. Teapot, coffee pot & hot water jug. Height 25 cm (coffee pot)

Silver plated compote & a jug by Hardy Brothers, 14 cm & 18 cm high respectively

Continental silver-plate jug, beaker and tray, decorated in relief with tavern scenes 25 cm jug

A three-piece Paramount silver-plated tea set, together with a Robur two-cup teapot, water jug with Bakelite handle and mount

An Edwardian crystal claret jug with silver plate mounts. Height 30 cm

Silver plated galleried tray, together with a silver plated tea set comprising teapot, water jug, milk jug & sugar bowl

A silver-plated water jug, together with bachelor tea pot, sugar with Bristol liner and another small jug

Silver plated coffee pot & water jug. Buckingham coffee pot; & Stokes water jug. Height 23 cm (jug)

A WMF silver plate and cranberry glass claret jug, the squat circular wrythen fluted cranberry glass body fitted with a short cylindrical neck with hinged cover and loop handle. Height?? 14 cm

Silver plate & crystal claret jug, English 19th century. 27 cm

Mappin & Webb silver plated & glass claret jug, after Christopher Dresser design, 16 cm high

Christopher Dresser claret jug, silver plated mount on crystal, made by James Dixon, late 19th century. 30 cm.

A Sheffield silverplate cream jug with gilded interior (1790-1810)

Two silver plated coffee pots & a hot water jug, 30 cm high approx (tallest)

Hobnail crystal claret jug, with EPNS handle and spout depicting a god and dragon decoration.

An Edwardian plated and etched crystal claret jug. 26 cm high

Four various crystal & silverplated cruet items, including three various jugs; & one bottle. All with silverplated lids etc. Height 15 cm (average)

Three various good quality silverplated table items, including swing handled fruit basket; sugar bowl & milk jug on stand; & teapot.

Early Elkington silver plated crystal claret jug. Silver plated lid, collar & handle. Acorn finial. Stamped R & Co. Height 29 cm

Two handled copper pan, jug and silver plated ladle (3)

Silver plated jug, pair of coasters and a sugar jar (4)

Silver plated jug, the estate of Cynthia McCall-power Russell, approx 23 cm high