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 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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Petal Moulded Georgian Ale Glass c1780

Petal Moulded Georgian Ale Glass c1780

A very fine petal moulded ale glass from c1780 in excellent condition. For more antique glassware, including a wide range of Georgian drinking glasses, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£40.00

Georgian Wrythen Moulded Ale Glass c1780

Georgian Wrythen Moulded Ale Glass c1780

Georgian Wrythen Moulded Ale Glass c1780

£30.00

Wrythen Moulded Georgian Ale Glass c1780

Wrythen Moulded Georgian Ale Glass c1780

Wrythen Moulded Georgian Ale Glass c1780

£35.00

Georgian Ale Glass c1820

Georgian Ale Glass c1820

Georgian Ale Glass c1820

£45.00

Georgian Engraved Ale Glass With Folded Foot c1820

Georgian Engraved Ale Glass With Folded Foot c1820

Georgian Engraved Ale Glass With Folded Foot c1820

£60.00

Wrythen Moulded Georgian Ale Glass c1780

Wrythen Moulded Georgian Ale Glass c1780

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

£50.00

Georgian Wrythen Moulded Ale Glass c1780

Georgian Wrythen Moulded Ale Glass c1780

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

£50.00

Engraved Georgian Ale Glass c1745

Engraved Georgian Ale Glass c1745

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

£165.00

Engraved Opaque Twist Georgian Ale glass c1760

Engraved Opaque Twist Georgian Ale glass c1760

A very fine engraved opaque twist Georgian ale glass from c1760 in excellent condition. For more antique glassware, including a wide range of Georgian drinking glasses, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£225.00

Georgian Baluster Ale Glass With Domed Foot c1735

Georgian Baluster Ale Glass With Domed Foot c1735

18th Century Baluster Ale Glass With Domed Foot

£575.00

Engraved Georgian Opaque Twist Stem Ale Glass c1760

Engraved Georgian Opaque Twist Stem Ale Glass c1760

Georgian Engraved Opaque Twist Stem Ale Glass c1760

£230.00

Georgian Engraved Opaque Twist Ale Glass c1760

Georgian Engraved Opaque Twist Ale Glass c1760

Georgian Engraved Opaque Twist Ale Glass c1760

£285.00

Very Tall Georgian Plain Stem Ale Glass c1745

Very Tall Georgian Plain Stem Ale Glass c1745

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

£125.00

Plain Stem Georgian Champagne Or Ale Glass c1750

Plain Stem Georgian Champagne Or Ale Glass c1750

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

£125.00

Tall Engraved Georgian Plain Stem Ale Glass c1745

Tall Engraved Georgian Plain Stem Ale Glass c1745

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

£150.00

Facet Cut Stem Georgian Ale Glass c1770

Facet Cut Stem Georgian Ale Glass c1770

Facet Cut Stem Georgian Ale Glass c1770

£145.00

Blue Rim Ale Glass c1810

Blue Rim Ale Glass c1810

Blue Rim Ale Glass c1810

£145.00

A Tall 18th Century Champagne Or Ale Glass c1760

A Tall 18th Century Champagne Or Ale Glass c1760

A Tall 18th Century Champagne Or Ale Glass c1760

£260.00

Tall Georgian Single Series Opaque Twist Ale Glass c1760

Tall Georgian Single Series Opaque Twist Ale Glass c1760

A very fine opaque twist Georgian ale glass from c1760 in excellent condition. For more antique glassware, including a wide range of Georgian drinking glasses, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£340.00

A Very Tall Georgian Opaque Twist Stem Ale Glass c1760

A Very Tall Georgian Opaque Twist Stem Ale Glass c1760

A Very Tall Georgian Opaque Twist Stem Ale Glass c1760

£195.00

18th Century Engraved Single Series Opaque Twist Stem Ale Glass c1760

18th Century Engraved Single Series Opaque Twist Stem Ale Glass c1760

A very fine engraved opaque twist Georgian ale glass from c1760 in excellent condition. For more antique glassware, including a wide range of Georgian drinking glasses, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£295.00

Engraved Air Twist Stem Georgian Ale Glass c1750

Engraved Air Twist Stem Georgian Ale Glass c1750

A very fine engraved air twist stem Georgian wine glass from c1750 in excellent condition. For more antique glassware, including a wide range of Georgian drinking glasses, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£425.00

Triple Series Mixed Twist Rib Moulded Ale Glass c1760

Triple Series Mixed Twist Rib Moulded Ale Glass c1760

A very fine triple series mixed twist rib moulded ale glass from c1760 in excellent condition. For more antique glassware, including a wide range of Georgian drinking glasses, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£350.00

Engraved Opaque Twist Stem Georgian Ale Glass c1760

Engraved Opaque Twist Stem Georgian Ale Glass c1760

A very fine engraved opaque twist Georgian ale glass from c1760 in excellent condition. For more anitque glassware, including a wide range of Georgian drinking glasses, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£250.00

Rare Georgian Triple Series Mixed Twist Rib Moulded Ale Glass c1760

Rare Georgian Triple Series Mixed Twist Rib Moulded Ale Glass c1760

A very fine Georgian mixed twist ale glass from c1760 in excellent condition. For more antique glassware, including a wide range of Georgian wine glasses, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£525.00

Engraved Opaque Twist Stem Georgian Ale Glass c1760

Engraved Opaque Twist Stem Georgian Ale Glass c1760

A very fine engraved opaque twist Georgian ale glass from c1760 in excellent condition. For more anitque glassware, including a wide range of Georgian drinking glasses, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£245.00

Air Twist Stem Georgian Ale Glass c1750

Air Twist Stem Georgian Ale Glass c1750

A very fine Air twist stem Georgian ale glass from c1750 in excellent condition. For more antique glassware, including a wide range of Georgian drinking glasses, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£175.00

Facet Cut Stem Georgian Ale Glass c1780

Facet Cut Stem Georgian Ale Glass c1780

A very fine facet cut stem ale glass from c1780 in excellent condition. For more antique glassware, including a wide range of Georgian drinking glasses, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£170.00

Tall Double Series Opaque Twist Georgian Ale Glass c1760

Tall Double Series Opaque Twist Georgian Ale Glass c1760

A very fine double series opaque twist Georgian ale glass from c1760 in excellent condition. For more antique glassware, including a wide range of Georgian drinking glasses, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£225.00

Engraved 18th Century Plain Stem Ale Glass c1745

Engraved 18th Century Plain Stem Ale Glass c1745

Engraved Plain Stem Ale Glass c1745. A rare Georgian glass variant

£165.00

Opaque Twist Stem Georgian Ale Glass c1760

Opaque Twist Stem Georgian Ale Glass c1760

A very fine opaque twist stem Georgian ale glass from c1760 in excellent condition. For more antique glassware, including a wide range of Georgian wine glasses, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£120.00

A Tall 18th Century Opaque Twist Ale Glass c1760

A Tall 18th Century Opaque Twist Ale Glass c1760

A Tall 18th Century Opaque Twist Ale Glass c1760

£200.00

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