In the mid 1900s there seemed to be a fashion for tall thin lager glasses. Clearly lager wasn't the beer that common people drank as these glasses are out to make you look sophisticated and they are definitely for home use as they wouldn't last in any kind of commercial drinking establishment.

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Tall Lager Glasses

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Description, References and Size

This is a pale blue tall lager glass made by Ekenas of Sweden. The foot has a step in it, the stem is wrythen. Designed by Greta Runeborg-Tell 1941-52.

These are the glasses that go with a jug that you can find in the Ekenas section of Glass by Maker on this website. If you are actually planning on serving lemonade in them make sure you have plenty of lemonade on standby because these glasses have a good capacity.

If you do some searches you can find an advert for these glasses that have been reproduced on a Swedish website.

Height: 8.5 inches

Width: 3 inches

These are tall lager glasses with a slightly erratic horizontal band of grooves cut around the base. Acid etched with the mark Webb MADE IN ENGLAND in the centre under the foot. Made c.1936-49

The slightly wobbly horizontal grooves might make these glasses seem modern, but the mark underneath says otherwise. I don't know if it is parallel evolution or if he was ripping these glasses off, but Jasper Conran designed some glasses for Waterford called Strata that look remarkably like these. On the Jasper Conran glasses the wonkyness of the cutting is more exaggerated.

Reference: Glass Signatures Trademarks and Trade Names, Anne Geffken Pullin

Height: 8 inches

Width: 2.75 inches

This is a lager glass, with a golden amber foot, two applied amber rings around the stem and clear bowl. Whitefriars pattern number 9316. Circa. 1957.

This is what you drink lager out of if you have class. These are beautiful statuesque super delicate glasses. Don't use these if are planning to get drunk as they will be gone a second. They are also quite rare so you can't pop down the shop and get more.

Reference: Whitefriars Glass, James Powell & Sons of London, Wendy Evans, Page 326

Reference: Whitefriars Revisited 1936-1969, Chris Woolman, Page 44

Height: 8 inches

Width: 2.75 inches

This is a Stuart Crystal ale glass with a hunting scene enamelled onto it. Made circa 1935.

The horse and rider are transfer printed onto the glass and the colours added by hand, but the rest of the picture is done free hand.

Although Stuart Crystal's catalogue calls this shape an ale glass, I believe it fits into this category, because as with the other glasses this is essentially a tall glass for posh people to drink beer out of in the mid-20th century.

I don't believe this glass is one of Stuarts artistic high points, it is clearly a nod to the aspiring middle classes of the 1930s who might consider they have a chance of riding out with a hunt. Am I being harsh, probably, but in my defence I have several references to Stuart's enamelled works, but huntsmen only appear in one.

Reference: Miller's 20th Century Glass, Andy McConnell, page 241

Reference: British Glass Between the Wars, Roger Dodsworth, pages 41

Reference: The Journal of the Glass Association Volume 3 1990, page 30

Height: 7 inches

Width: 3 inches