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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An Art Nouveau silver plated and cut glass water jug, having a wide tapering glass body with circular base with carved floral design, with scroll silver plated mount and heavy geometric handle, circa 1910.

A ruby glass and silver plate claret jug, 20th century, marked electroplate and maker's mark Nj and D with flower mark, the tapering ruby glass vessel with plated mounts in the Renaissance revival manner with a mask and shell form spout, a scrolling ha

Christopher Dresser design silver plated claret jug by Robert & Belk with an ivory handle, starburst cut base & a hinged lid. Condition: good to fair, some wear to the plating, crack through the ivory, minor weat to the base. Height 21.5 cm

A silver plated and etched glass claret jug, early 20th century, the tapering jug with etched spiral designs with alternating star and tendril patterns, the plated mount with a mascaron and shell spout, an oval handle with an applied Renaissance styled gen

A Victoria crystal claret jug with silver plate mount, height 30 cm

Victorian etched glass and silver plate claret jug, height 30 cm approx

Victorian etched glass and silver plate claret jug, height 32cn approx

A Victorian glass wine jug with silver plated mounts, English, circa 1880, 29 cm high

Victorian butterfly etched claret jug with silver plated mount and handle

Silver plated crystal claret jug. Plate worn. Height 29 cm

Victorian silver plated and cut crystal claret jug, 28 cm high approx

A pair of Edwardian cut crystal claret jugs with silver-plated mounts

A Christofle silver plated hot water jug, of bulb form, monogrammed Mr on front. Height 18 cm.

A silver plate ecclesiastical tankard jug, mid 20th century, Buckinghamshire, UK, the tapering jug with a stepped shaped base, a scrolling handle with foliate embellishments, a gadrooned domed lid and bud finial and anthemion thumb piece, engraved with the

A James Dixon & Sons for Saunders of Sydney silver-plated jug

A silver-plate Universal Landers Frary and Clarke thermos jug, 26 cm

Carlton Coursing Club: c1890s trophy, silver-plated jug engraved 'Brown's Four Crown Whisky Trophy, Presented to the Carlton Coursing Club, per Howell & Joske Agents'.

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