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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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Engraved Georgian Ale Glass c1780

Engraved Georgian Ale Glass c1780

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

£38.00

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 Opaque Twist Double Series Ale Glass c1750

A Georgian Opaque Twist Double Series Ale Glass c1750

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

£260.00

Pair of Petal Moulded Georgian Ale Glasses c1810

Pair of Petal Moulded Georgian Ale Glasses c1810

This attractive pair of Georgian ale glasses can be found on our online antique store scottishantiques.com, where you will find a wide range of excellent and rare Georgian drinking glasses.

£65.00

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.

£65.00

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

Georgian Half Wrythened Ale Glass c1750

Georgian Half Wrythened Ale Glass c1750

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

£48.00

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.

£40.00

Georgian Engraved Ale Glass c1780

Georgian Engraved Ale Glass c1780

A Georgian engraved Ale Glass from c1780. Available at Scottish Antiques online store.

£40.00

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

18th Century Plain Stem Ale Glass c1760

18th Century Plain Stem Ale Glass c1760

see more gorgian ale and gin and wine glasses at the online antique shop

£32.00

A Wrythened Bowl Ale Glass c1750

A Wrythened Bowl Ale Glass c1750

Come and see the widest selection of antique glass and stemware online

£42.00

A Very Elegant Plain Stem Ale Glass c1750

A Very Elegant Plain Stem Ale Glass c1750

A very fine and elegant Georgain wine glass

£275.00

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

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

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

£220.00

Georgian Opaque Twist Ale Glass c1760

Georgian Opaque Twist Ale Glass c1760

An 18th century opaque twist stem ale glass

£220.00

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