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 Victorian etched crystal claret jug with silver-plate mount by Hukin & Heath, c. 1890

English hallmarked sterling silver topped Victorian claret jug decorated with repeating raised floral panels & one unmarked cartouche, having a hinged lid, the bulbous glass body etched with geometric & floral patterns, all on a collet foot base. L

English hallmarked sterling silver topped Victorian claret jug decorated with raised Bacchus face panels surrounded by grapes with a figurehead spout, having a hinged lid with a finial modelled as a revelling gent, the bulbous glass body etched with repeat

Victorian etched glass and silver plate claret jug 31 cm high

An English sterling silver mounted claret jug. 30 cm high.

Antique Moser Persian form ruby glass wine ewer of tapering sectional form with raised glass panels, jewel work and all-over raised gilt scrolls and lattice work on circular spreading foot along with three matching glasses (4)

A rare Victorian silver mounted novelty claret jug in the form of a seal, Alexander Crichton / London / 1882, naturalistically modelled in the form of a seal, the head with glass eyes, the head hinges and forms the spout, with a silver scroll handle, flipp

A Victorian sterling silver mounted claret jug, 1872 London, with maker's marks for E. C. Brown, the tapering jug with a compressed base, wheel engraved to the body with ribbons and floral swags, the design repeated in prick work and bright cut form to the

Antique cut glass claret jug, with hobnail cut, 31 cm high approx.

A Victorian silver mounted and cut glass claret jug, Edgar Finley and Hugh Taylor, London, 1888, the ovoid glass body hobnail cut, plain scroll handle, the cover and neck mounts chased with flowers and foliage and foliate finial, the cartouche below the li

A Continental etched crystal wine ewer with Britannia metal mounts. 36 cm high

Elkington & Co claret jug. Masks & grapevine decoration; engraved foliage to the body. Hinge needs repair. Height 27 cm

Victorian Elkington & Co claret jug & salver. Engraved as presentation to John Lawrence hall, artiste, Liverpool Sept 9th 1875. Jug embossed with classical scenes of Fauns, Bacchus & Maenad. Salver quad footed, also embossed with classical subjects. Small

Two early enamelled glass table items, including claret jug; & lidded dish, enamelled decoration. Height 32 cm (jug)

Pair of tall glass candlesticks glass vase and rams head claret jug tallest 39.5 cm a/f

Sterling silver overlaid crystal claret jug with inscription in part, 'Presented to Mrs Platt 1905.....', early 20th century.

Ruby glass claret jug, with plated handle and spout, h 31 cm.

Crystal & Glass Ware: Antique crystal decanters (4); lidded jars (2); Georgian Irish Crystal sweet meat comport; jug; wine glass & serving bowls (4). (13 items).

A 19th century Venetian wine jug. Together with a 19th century pair of Venetian cameo goblets. All with gilt fern decoration on a bulbous stem with a folded foot. The jug with a cameo of the mother. The goblets with cameos of her daughters. 20 cm high

Pair of Victorian ruby. Glass and gilt ormolu wine jugs, of tapering form with facetted decoration, with gilt collar and handle. 32 cm high.

A Victorian silver and cut glass wine jug, English circa 1880. 28 cm high

Fine quality Thomas Webb circular footed wine jug, with facet cut and floral etched body and silver plated mounts. Height 30 cm

Superb Webb cameo frosted ruby claret jug, of subtle tapered proportion, the body decorated with entwined flowers and vine, the plated mount having embossed decoration echoing the design on the body of the jug. Height 30 cm

Lalique 'Langeais' drinks suite consisting of decanter, jug, eleven champagne flutes, thirteen white wine glasses and eleven red wine glasses. Height of tallest 25 cm

A Rene Lalique 'Satyre' wine jug and stopper, 1920s, model 3167, designed 1923 for the wine merchant Cusenier, the clear glass jug with a flaring mouth and short waisted neck above the broad pear-shaped body, with a moulded glass handle with a satyr's mask

Antique claret jug, etched gilded decoration

A late Victorian cranberry glass wine ewer and a set of six glasses, last quarter 19th century, the ewer with slender neck above the globular body, the hollow spherical stopper and pincered loop handle in clear glass; the glasses with cup-shaped bowls on c

Mary Gregory ruby glass wine jug with clear handle and stopper decorated with a girl and blossom. 24 cm

A French Art Nouveau silver plate-mounted cameo glass claret jug, late 19th century, unmarked but possibly Daum of ovoid ewer form, the colourless frosted body decorated with parcel-gilt flowering and fruiting branches, mounted with a single piece silver-p

A Victorian ruby glass and plated claret jug, of a tapering form with etched decoration, the collar handle and cover plated. 28.5 cm high.

A silver plated mounted glass claret jug, the tapering conical body etched with a design of Grecian warriors, the silver plate collar with a masked spout, hinged dome cover and an S-scroll handle embellished with a fruiting vine. Height 31 cm

A cobalt blue glass wine ewer with a silver plated collar, hinged cover and handle, flattened spherical shape, the collar decoratively engraved. Height 22 cm

Sterling silver mounted, dimpled glass claret jug by John Griswell & Sons London 1900 after a design by Dr. Christopher Dresser. Height 15.5 cm

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