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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 wine glasses 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 befitting of strong ales. 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. Georgian drinking glasses and antique beer glasses do enhance the drinking experience even with modern beer styles and lend themselves well to Belgian ales, IPA, barley wine and imperial stout.


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A Very Elegant Plain Stem Georgian Glass Domed Foot c1740

A Very Elegant Plain Stem Georgian Glass Domed Foot c1740

A fine 18th century champagne or ale glass with a domed and folded foot

£260.00

Wheel Engraved Georgian Ale Glass c1745

Wheel Engraved Georgian Ale Glass c1745

A very fine wheel engraved Georgian ale glass from c1745 in excellent condition. For more antique glassware, including a wide range of other Georgian drinking glasses, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£175.00

Wheel Engraved Georgian Ale Glass c1745

Wheel Engraved Georgian Ale Glass c1745

A very fine wheel engraved Georgian ale glass from c1745 in excellent condition. For more antique glassware, including a wide range of other Georgian drinking glasses, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£170.00

Engraved Georgian Ale Glass c1745

Engraved Georgian Ale Glass c1745

A very fine wheel engraved Georgian ale glass from c1745 in excellent condition. For more antique glassware, including a wide range of other Georgian drinking glasses, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£165.00

Petal Cut Tall Ale Glass c1840

Petal Cut Tall Ale Glass c1840

A very fine Regency or early Victorian petal cut ale glass from the early 19th century in excellent condition. For more Georgian drinking glasses and a wide range of other antique glassware please visit Scottish Antiques online store

£35.00

Georgian Double Series Mercury Twist Ale Glass c1750

Georgian Double Series Mercury Twist Ale Glass c1750

A very fine mid 18th century double series air twist ale glass. For more Georgian drinking glasses, Victorian drinking glasses, and much more antique glassware please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£575.00

Flamiform Georgian Ale Glass c1740

Flamiform Georgian Ale Glass c1740

A fine Georgian flamiform ale glass from c1740 in excellent condition. For more Georgian drinking glasses including wine, champagne, and ale glasses as well as a wide range of other antique glass please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£295.00

Tall Petal Cut Victorian Ale Glass c1810

Tall Petal Cut Victorian Ale Glass c1810

A very fine large petal cut Victorian ale glass in excellent condition. For more Georgian and Victorian drinking glasses and a wide range of other antique glass please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£45.00

Two Georgian Petal Moulded Ale Glasses c1810

Two Georgian Petal Moulded Ale Glasses c1810

A very fine early pair of 19th century petal moulded ale glasses in excellent condition. For more Georgian drinking glasses and a wide range of other antique glassware please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£65.00

Somerset Wrythen Moulded Georgian Ale Glass c1780

Somerset Wrythen Moulded Georgian Ale Glass c1780

A fine Somerset wrythen Georgian ale glass in excellent condition. For more Georgian drinking glasses and a wide range of other antique glassware please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£45.00

Somerset Wrythen Moulded Georgian Ale Glass c1780

Somerset Wrythen Moulded Georgian Ale Glass c1780

A fine Somerset wrythen moulded Georgian ale glass from c1780 in excellent condition. For more Georgian drinking glasses and a wide range of other antique glassware please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£40.00

Air Twist Stem Georgian Ale Glass c1750

Air Twist Stem Georgian Ale Glass c1750

A very fine Georgian air twist stem ale glass from c1750 in excellent condition. For more antique glassware including Georgian drinking glasses, Victorian drinking glasses, and much more please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£375.00

Wheel Engraved Georgian Ale Glass c1780

Wheel Engraved Georgian Ale Glass c1780

A very fine wheel engraved antique ale glass from c1780 in excellent condition. For our range of Georgian drinking glasses including wine glasses, rummers, and drams please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£45.00

Double series Georgian Opaque Twist Ale Glass c1760

Double series Georgian Opaque Twist Ale Glass c1760

A very fine Georgian opaque twist ale glass from c1760 in excellent condition. For more antique glassware including Georgian drinking glasses, Victorian drinking glasses, and much more please visit ScottishAntiques.com

£195.00

Georgian Wheel Engraved Ale Glass c1780

Georgian Wheel Engraved Ale Glass c1780

A very fine wheel engraved ale glass from c1780 in excellent condition. For our wide range of antique glassware including Georgian drinking glasses, Victorian drinking glasses, and much more please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£45.00

Somerset Wythen Ale Glass c1780

Somerset Wythen Ale Glass c1780

A very fine 18th century antique Somerset wrythen ale glass in excellent condition. For our wide range of antique glassware including Georgian drinking glasses, Victorian drinking glasses, and much more please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£45.00

Facet Cut Stem Ale Glass c1780

Facet Cut Stem Ale Glass c1780

A very fine 18th century ale glass with a facet cut stem from c1780. Fore more antique Georgian drinking glasses including rummers, wine glasses, and much more please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£75.00

Georgian Capstan Stem Ale Glass c1800

Georgian Capstan Stem Ale Glass c1800

Georgian ale glass with capstan stem in excellent condition

£35.00

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. For more antique glassware including Georgian drinking glasses, antique wine glasses and a wide range of porcelain and silverware please visit Scottish Antiques online s

£135.00

Georgian Ale Glass With Facet Cut Stem c1780

Georgian Ale Glass With Facet Cut Stem c1780

A good early Georgian ale glass with a facet cut stem. One of the most useable forms of antique glassware this would make an exceptional champagne flute. For more Georgian drinking glasses including air twist stem, opaque twist stem, and facet cut stem wi

£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 including a wide range of Georgian wine glasses as well as antique silverware and porcelain on our online antique store scott

£170.00

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

£160.00

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. For a wide range of antique glassware including Georgian wine glasses, Georgian drinking glasses, and a wide range of silverware and Porcelain please visit Sco

£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.

£185.00

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

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