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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 Capstan Stem Ale Glass c1800

Georgian Capstan Stem Ale Glass c1800

Georgian ale glass with capstan stem in excellent condition

£35.00

Wheel Engraved Dwarf Ale Glass c1780

Wheel Engraved Dwarf Ale Glass c1780

Dwarf ale glass in excellent condition c1780

£40.00

Pair of Georgian Wrythen Moulded Ale Glasses c1760

Pair of Georgian Wrythen Moulded Ale Glasses c1760

A fine pair of Georgian wrythen moulded ale glasses from c1760 in excellent condition. Available from the online store scottishantiques.com

£85.00

Engraved Georgian Opaque Twist Stem Ale Glass c1760

Engraved Georgian Opaque Twist Stem Ale Glass c1760

Georgian opaque twist ale glass in excellent condition engraved with hops and barley

£135.00

Georgian Ale Glass With Facet Cut Stem c1780

Georgian Ale Glass With Facet Cut Stem c1780

A good earlky Georgian ale glass with a facet cut stem

£145.00

Tall Rare Georgian Barley Wine Glass c1750

Tall Rare Georgian Barley Wine Glass c1750

This is the only the second example of a barley wine glass with a double saltire that we have made available since 2002 and only the fourth barley wine glass. Please note that barley wine does not require hops to act as a preservative, it is a true wine,

£475.00

An Eighteen Century Engraved Ale Glass c1740

An Eighteen Century Engraved Ale Glass c1740

This fine Georgian ale glass finely engraved with hops and barley can be seen alongside a wide range of Georgian drinking glasses on our online antique glassware store scottishantiques.com

£175.00

Tall Georgian Engraved Plain Stem Ale Glass Rare Variant c1740

Tall Georgian Engraved Plain Stem Ale Glass Rare Variant c1740

An extremely fine example of an 18th century engraved ale glass. This magnificent antique glass can be found o our scottishantiques.com online store alongside a wide range of rare and interesting Georgian drinking glasses and other antique glasses

£220.00

Georgian Engraved Plain Stem Ale Glass c1740

Georgian Engraved Plain Stem Ale Glass c1740

This beautifully engraved 18th century antique ale glass can be seen in finer detail on our scottishantiques.com online store. We specialise in fine antique glassware and stock a wide and interesting range of antique drinking glasses

£165.00

A Georgian Half Wrythen Ale Glass c1750

A Georgian Half Wrythen Ale Glass c1750

A Georgian half wrythen ale glass from c1750. Available from Scottish Antiques online store

£50.00

A Tall Georgian Petal Moulded Air Twist Stem Ale Glass c1750

A Tall Georgian Petal Moulded Air Twist Stem Ale Glass c1750

One of the best we have had, a rare tall Georgian air twist petal moulded ale glass from c1760. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£295.00

A Georgian Double Series Opaque Twist Ale Glass c1750

A Georgian Double Series Opaque Twist Ale Glass c1750

A fantastic Georgian opaque twist double series ale glass from c1750. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£210.00

Tall Engraved Georgian Ale Glass with Folded Foot c1745

Tall Engraved Georgian Ale Glass with Folded Foot c1745

You will find this engraved Georgian ale glass on our scottishantiques online store where we have a vast selection of all types of 18th century antique drinking glasses.

£58.00

Engraved Georgian Ale Glass c1780

Engraved Georgian Ale Glass c1780

The most prolific of all 18th century drinking glasses. Ale glasses may be used and appreciated today

£40.00

A Georgian Capstan Stem Ale Glass - c1800

A Georgian Capstan Stem Ale Glass - c1800

A Georgian capstan ale glass from c1800. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£35.00

A Large Regency Capstan Ale Glass c1820

A Large Regency Capstan Ale Glass c1820

A large Regency capstan ale glass from c1820. Available at Scottish Antiques online store.

£35.00

Engraved Georgian Ale Glass c1780

Engraved Georgian Ale Glass c1780

An engraved 18th century ale glass. See more exhibit antiques at the online antique store

£40.00

Georgian Ale Glass Lemon Squeezer Foot c1800

Georgian Ale Glass Lemon Squeezer Foot c1800

These are far rarer than those with conical and folded feet.

£42.00

Engraved Georgian Ale Glass c1780

Engraved Georgian Ale Glass c1780

18th Century engraved Georgian Ale Glass found on our Scottish Antiques on-line store

£51.00

Engraved Plain Stemmed Georgian Ale Glass c1750

Engraved Plain Stemmed Georgian Ale Glass c1750

Georgian engraved with barley and hops design to be found on our antique website.

£40.00

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