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Ale Glasses

Georgian ale glasses and those made through the ages have for the most part been a reflection of the British character, as befits something designed for use with what has amounted to the national drink for some 400 years or more. Fine continental wines may be best suited to sophisticated, decorative glasses, but the bluff, uncomplicated virtues belonging to the staple drinking diet of the British working man demand predominantly plain, stolid and functional pieces ­ with the occasional nod to eccentricity and extravagance along the way, of course.

It should be noted that for the most part ales ­ and wine-quality ciders which were available alongside them in similar vessels ­ were far stronger than their modern equivalents and in order to make at least a cursory gesture towards limiting the amount of debilitating liquor that might be consumed during one sitting, the glasses were of a relatively small capacity. Known as dwarf or short ale glasses, they were made with only slight variations in form for over 150 years from the late 17th century,
through the entire 18th century and beyond.

Ale glasses from the first half of the eighteenth century with hop and barley engravings to their bowls, folded feet and simple cushion or blade knops account for approximately 15% of all those which are still in existence. A similar proportion are fully wrythen-moulded ale glasses with folded feet. The most common variant is of a similar basic design but with the later conical foot. There is some variety in bowl shapes, the earlier
forms are simple funnels with pointed, round funnels and bucket bowls becoming more common on later examples. Decoration to the bowls was very much du jour ­ for the most part, plain simple "flat" cuts and moulded fluting, and similarly what limited engraving there was in evidence followed similarly staid convention; wheat ears and hop cones for ale glasses, apples, pears and quinces for cider vessels and ­ occasionally ­ vines and grapes for wine glasses.

Ale glasses with air twist and opaque twist stems are often sold as ratafia glasses by mistake (or intent) by auction houses and some dealers. Genuine ratafia pieces have far straighter sides, closer to the vertical, when compared to ale glasses.


 

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Georgian Ale Glass With Knopped Stem c1820

Georgian Ale Glass With Knopped Stem c1820

a fine early 19th century antique ale glass. Come and see more antique glassware at the Scottish Antique store online

£35.00

Very Rare Georgian Double Series Mercury Twist Ale Glass c1750

Very Rare Georgian Double Series Mercury Twist Ale Glass c1750

If you are looking for one glass that defined 18th century elegance this is it. See other possibilities at the online antique store

£675.00

Two Engraved Georgian Dwarf Ale Glasses c1760

Two Engraved Georgian Dwarf Ale Glasses c1760

The most abundant of all 18th century stemwares. Antique glassware to be used an appreciated

£85.00

18th Century Wrythen Moulded Ale Glass c1790

18th Century Wrythen Moulded Ale Glass c1790

A wrythen moulded ale glass with a folded foot to be used and appreciated

£30.00

Tall Double Series Opaque Twist Ale Glass c1765

Tall Double Series Opaque Twist Ale Glass c1765

A tall opaque twist ale glass, a must for the collector of Georgian glasses

£225.00

Regency Ale Glass c1830

Regency Ale Glass c1830

Antique glassware to be used and appreciated. Add champagne when feeling flush

£30.00

Wrythened Ale glass c1810

Wrythened Ale glass c1810

An unusual Georgian ale glass with an annular collar from the Scottish antique store online

£18.00

Georgian Opaque Twist Ale Glass c1760

Georgian Opaque Twist Ale Glass c1760

An 18th century opaque twist stem ale glass

£220.00

Engraved Georgian Knopped Ale Glass c1820

Engraved Georgian Knopped Ale Glass c1820

Antique ale glasses, an engraved example for collectors

£55.00

18th Century Dwarf Ale Glass c1760

18th Century Dwarf Ale Glass c1760

Antique dwarf ale glass. An 18th century English classic from the antique shop online

£38.00

Georgian Slice Cut Ale Glass c1830

Georgian Slice Cut Ale Glass c1830

An antique 19th century Georgian ale glass. A wide selection of antique drinking glasses for pleasure and the glass collector at the Scottish antique shop online

£38.00

18th Century Ale Glass c1780

18th Century Ale Glass c1780

Antique and vintage glasses for the glass collector from the scottish online antique store

£45.00

Petal Moulded Ale Glass c1770

Petal Moulded Ale Glass c1770

A Georgian ale glass with a petal moulded bowl for collectors

£55.00

Georgian Rib moulded Air Twist Ale Glass c1750

Georgian Rib moulded Air Twist Ale Glass c1750

A Georgian air twist stem ale glass. A superb piece of antique glassware from the mid 18th century with a rare moulded bowl

£195.00

Elegant 18th Century Ale Glass c1740

Elegant 18th Century Ale Glass c1740

A fine tall 18th century plain stem ale glass with a bell bowl

£140.00

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