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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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Double Series Opaque Twist Ale Glass c1760

Double Series Opaque Twist Ale Glass c1760

The foot has been polished but the twist is stil ethereal

£75.00

18th Century Early Facet Cut Ale Glass c1770

18th Century Early Facet Cut Ale Glass c1770

A very fine early facet cut ale glass. The colour, pucella marks, snapped pontil and scalloped cutting are all indicative of an earlier date than the standard. The thick stem could be attributed to Ireland.

£150.00

Tall Engraved Plain Stem Ale Glass c1780

Tall Engraved Plain Stem Ale Glass c1780

An engraved Georgian ale glass for sale at the Scottish Antiques store online

£60.00

Georgian Flamiform Ale Glass c1730

Georgian Flamiform Ale Glass c1730

A Georgian flammiform ale glass for sale at the Scottish Antiques on-line store

£325.00

Two Georgian Plain Stemmed Ale Glass c1790

Two Georgian Plain Stemmed Ale Glass c1790

A small Georgian ale glass. This certainly was not for "small beer" a drink that was consumed during the day instead of water

£75.00

A Plain Stemmed Ale Glass c1845

A Plain Stemmed Ale Glass c1845

A small Georgian ale glass. This certainly was not for "small beer" a drink that was consumed during the day instead of water

£28.00

Engraved Georgian Ale Glass c1800

Engraved Georgian Ale Glass c1800

An engraved Georgian ale glass which can be found on our Scottish Antiques on-line store.

£40.00

Engraved Georgian Ale Glass with Folded Foot

Engraved Georgian Ale Glass with Folded Foot

A Georgian engraved ale glass which can be found on our Scottish Antiques on-line store.

£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

Georgian Plain Stem Ale Glass c1740

Georgian Plain Stem Ale Glass c1740

A plain stem Georgian Ale glass which can be found on our on-line store at Scottish Antiques

£95.00

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.

£45.00

Two Georgian Ale Glasses c1780

Two Georgian Ale Glasses c1780

Antique glassware to be used and appreciated

£45.00

A Georgian Bucket Bowl Ale Glass c1840

A Georgian Bucket Bowl Ale Glass c1840

A Georgian 19th century bucket bowl ale glass which can be found on our Scottish Antiques on-line store

£35.00

A Superb Double Series Opaque Twist Engraved Ale Glass c1765

A Superb Double Series Opaque Twist Engraved Ale Glass c1765

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

£295.00

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

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

Georgian Opaque Twist Ale Glass c1760

Georgian Opaque Twist Ale Glass c1760

An 18th century opaque twist stem ale glass

£220.00

18th Century Ale Glass c1780

18th Century Ale Glass c1780

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

£32.00

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