The difference between a jug and a claret jug is that jugs don't have a stopper or lid of any sort. In my book that makes them a jug. Some jugs are still very like a decanter with a handle whilst others are clearly jugs.

Why include jugs in this web site about decanters, for starters I have some in my collection, but also many of the jugs I have are a part of the fine dining experience you would have with decanters or are associated with decanters in some way. Often decanters and jugs would be purchased together as a part of a set and many of my jugs are from that stable of usage.

If you are looking for glass to collect I can highly recommend jugs as good quality, well designed pieces with some age can be purchased quite cheaply. It seems glass jugs are more out of fashion than decanters are. In the same story applies to jugs, people go straight from tap or bottle to glass, and do not concern themselves with fripperies such as jugs. In the modern world they are just another shelf filling dust gathering item that needs cleaning.


This an early Georgian waisted cream jug, with a ribbed body and ribbed pig tail handle. Made circa 1770.

You really can get cheap little bargains off eBay if you are diligent. This does have a small crack near where top part of the handle joins the body, but this cost next to nothing for something so historic and well made.

I knew it was old but struggled to find a reference for it until I saw the tankards in my Eighteenth Century English Drinking Glasses, and there they were, just the same but with a pouring lip pinched in.

Reference: Eighteenth Century English Drinking Glasses An Illustrated Guide, L.M. Bickerton, page 261

Height: 3.25 inches

Width: 2.5 inches

This Mid-Georgian cream jug, etched foliage and a small flying bird and ribbed pig tail handle. Made circa 1790.

Here is another small cream jug, but slightly later than the previous one.

For English jugs these pig tails where the bottom of the handle has ripples and a curled around bottom, it's the sign of a very early jug, however I do know that in the US they were making this type of jug handle well into Victorian times.

Reference: Eighteenth Century English Drinking Glasses An Illustrated Guide, L.M. Bickerton, page 261

Height: 3.25 inches

Width: 3.5 inches

This is an urn shaped water jug with a strap handle, quilt molded body, and panel cut neck. Made c.1835-50

I may be wrong on the dates on this jug but there is something about the cutting on the neck and around the pouring lip that makes me think this is transitioning out of the Georgian era.

It is a very elegant design that I think has with stood the test of time and would look good on anyones table.

Reference: British Glass 1800-1914, Charles R Hajdamach, page 48

Height: 11.5 inches

Width: 5 inches

This is a frosted water jug with a strap handle, an applied ring around the base of the neck, and oval cartouches cut into the body containing a stylised flower. Made c.1845-60

This is a really heavy water, which makes me think of it as post glass tax design. As designs go, it seems very clunky and the quality seems to be all in the weight of the glass.

You look for a reference for a piece like this and it will be hard to find. The collectors like the earlier regency heavy cut glass or the later lighter more elegant classical looking pieces. This piece smells of the tax on glass by weight be rescinded and we can make things as heavy as we like because we can. That's not a good selling point really.

Height: 9.5 inches

Width: 7.5 inches

This is a aesthetic movement jug with a barley twist handle, vertically ribbed body, with notches cut in the ribs and rows of offset lens cut in the neck. Made c.1850-60

Richardsons registered designs with this type of loosely twisted handle in 1850. In catalogue pictures I have for jugs, these loosely twisted handles seemed to go out of fashion for more tightly twisted ones by the 1870s

I think this is a real designer piece of the period and would have stood out as a design piece when it was made. I haven't seen anything else like it, so it must have been unusual.

Reference: British Glass 1800-1914, Charles R Hajdamach, page 48

Height: 9.5 inches

Width: 5.5 inches

This is a frosted water jug with a strap handle, heavy vertical ribs to the body, and notches cut around the rim. Made c.1840-60

I believe this jug was made to go with a variation of the ribbed bell shape decanters that we see so much of.

Height: 9.5 inches

Width: 7.5 inches

This is a classical urn shaped jug with a star cut foot panel cut neck with small notches cut into the edges. The body is has rock crystal style cutting with swirling water and stylised water lilies. The handle has notches cut into it and it has a trefoil pouring lip. Made circa 1890-1910.

This is an elegant classical jug, with an art nouveau feel to the design cut into the body. Probably made for pouring wine. It might be made by Thomas Webb & Co., as the water lily design is one they use on other pieces.

Reference: The Decanter, Andy McConnell, page 391

Height: 8 inches

Width: 3.5 inches

This is a small round jug with a wrythen body, and four dents. The handle is applied top to bottom and has a right angle. Made circa.1900.

This jug is a part of a glass service I have that has tumblers and wine glasses. I believe this type jug was for watering your whiskey.

I originally listed this jug on the web site as Whitefriars, but the thing is I have not seen the glasses and tumblers listed in way that I could categorically say these are Whitefriars, however, the John Walsh Walsh book I have does have the glasses and tumblers this jug came with marked with the Walsh mark on them.

Height: 5.5 inches

Width: 4 inches

This is a khaki coloured classical urn shaped jug with no cutting apart from the pontil mark. Made circa 1880-1900.

As you can see I am rocking it with classical type jugs. I did say this site is based on my collection and now you know what my taste is jugs is like.

This jug is similar to some jugs made by Whitefriars but this is not a colour I know them to use. It also has a bubble in the glass near the rim and from all the Whitefriars glass I have, I am not sure this would be acceptable quality to them.

Height: 11 inches

Width: 5.5 inches

This is an urn shaped white glass jug with a cup mouth. It has a ribbed handle and an applied spiral of glass to the neck. Made c.1870-90

If you think I am going all pottery on you, think again, this is white glass, it even has a polished pontil mark.

Height: 7.75 inches

Width: 4 inches

This is a tall urn shaped white glass jug with a foot and short stem. It has a small ribbed handle and an applied spiral of glass to the neck. Made c.1870-90

This cool classical piece is completely impractical unless you have servants use it to pour oils into your bath.

This jug is obviously by the same maker as the previous jug, and I would really like to know who that maker is.

Height: 11 inches

Width: 3 inches

This is a cylinder shaped jug with a sagging base It has a star cut bottom with notches cut around the widest part of the base, rock crystal style cutting of whiplash foliage over most of the body surmounted by vertical fine grooves and notches cut in the rim. The bottom to top applied handle has further notches cut along its length. Made c.1890-1914

This is a quality art nouveau jug in a stylish shape with detailed cutting. With an organic shape and whip lash foliage cut into the body it is completely into the art nouveau fashion. If you will excuse the pun this is a top notch piece of glass that could grace anyone's table.

Height: 7.75 inches

Width: 5 inches

This is a ice jug with an overshot glass surface, a tight barley twist handle is an applied prunt to the base and trefoil lip. It has a bladder of glass inserted in the wall of the jug just above the base of the handle. Made by Baccarat in France, pattern number S.135 circa.1900.

The idea of this jug is that you can fill the glass bladder that hangs down inside the jug with ice and use the jug for white wine or champagne. In this way you can keep your drinks cool without mixing it with ice or resorting to an ice bucket.

These period ice jugs are quite rare, and in books I have seen them attributed to Richardsons, however, you can find jugs just like this on eBay coming from France. They are quite rare in France, but it seems you can find them and get them if you have money in your pocket.

Technically this jug is difficult to make. First you would have to cover the glass balloon you had blown with crushed glass particles to make the overshot surface effect, then you would have to blow the bladder into the side of your overshot coated balloon, then form your jug and apply the handle. All this done quickly, whilst the glass is still almost molten and not ruin the surface texture you had created.

I would like to thank a nice French antique dealer who posted their proof of attribution for this jug, with a section of a Baccarat catalogue.

Height: 11 inches

Width: 6.5 inches

This is a Whitefriars square mold blown amber jug with an applied handle. The ribbed angled handle is applied bottom to top, but applied at the top in the roman manner. Designed in 1908.

Designed by Harry Powell this jug is based on a Roman jug in the British Museum. Harry Powell liked to use glass designs from previous eras and remodel or reuse them. In addition to this jug Harry Powell also designed claret jugs and decanters based on this basic format. They come in clear, turquoise, green, and khaki as well as amber.

I have not seen any of these jugs other than in the books. The way the handle is attached at the top looks quite fragile and I suspect liable to break if the jug were full, which might be why I don't really see the jugs as much as the claret jugs and decanters.

Reference: Whitefriars Glass, James Powell & Sons of London, Wendy Evans, Page 311

Reference: Whitefriars Revisited 1936-1969, Chris Woolman, Page 51

Height: 8 inches

Width: 5 inches

This is a neo-classical cream jug with fine etchings of foliage around the body. Made circa 1850-1870.

I am going with the above dates because all of the jugs I have seen illustrated with a gaping pouring lip formed by pinching opposite ends of the rim all seem to within this time frame.

This is my wife's jug so I would like to thank her for allowing me to include it.

Reference: British Glass 1800-1914, Charles R Hajdamach

Height: 3.5 inches

Width: 2.5 inches

This is a water or lemonade jug with a rounded body with horizontal ribs. Made circa 1920-40.

When I said it was easy to collect good quality jugs cheaply this is the kind of thing I mean. I have guessed the age, but it definitely has some age to it, it is handmade and well made, and it the kind of thing you can still get in charity shops for a few pounds.

Height: 6.25 inches

Width: 6 inches

This is a water or lemonade jug made by Stuart Crystal in uranium green in the popular Stratford pattern. Pattern number 21699, designed by Ludwig Kny in 1921.

Another illustration of why it is easy to collect jugs, as I bought this jolly Stuart Crystal jug in a charity shop for 3. This is after they are supposed to be sorting all of the good stuff out. Jugs like this just don't count as good stuff.

To some people this might seem like a boring jug, but when the Stratford pattern first came out in 1921 this must have seemed ultra modern, and it still looks like a new design today almost a hundred years later. In my book that makes it a design classic.

Reference: Miller's 20th-Century Glass, Andy McConnell, page 236

Reference: Stuart and Sons Catalogue 1927 issue, page 5

Height: 6 inches

Width: 5 inches

This is an urn shaped straw coloured Swedish Ekenas Bruks AB water jug. The jug is step footed with a twisted moulded stem and a twist in the handle. Designed by Greta Runeborg-Tell circa.1941-52.

Before WWII the Scandinavian countries weren't really doing Art Deco, they were producing the prototype for modern and this jug follows those footsteps. This design looks relatively modern apart from the fact that hardly anyone uses jugs these days.

A very nice lady in the Heart of Glass Facebook group helped me ID this and provided a link to a Swedish website that included some catalogue pictures, so I am fairly certain of this attribution.

Height: 7.5 inches

Width: 4.5 inches

This is a Thomas Webb and Co. art deco brown jug. This is a footed jug of typical art deco geometric shape moulded with the Webb bullseye pattern from the "gay Series" glass. Acid etched with the mark Webb ENGLAND under the heal of the handle. Made c.1950-66.

This is much later than I imagined with Gay Series glass being a 1930s design, but the mark would need to be Webb MADE IN ENGLAND for it to be from the 1930s. This shows how problematic it is date glass as the use of designs and patterns could go on for decades. If it keeps selling, keep making it, must have been the motto.

This jug is part of a suite of glass I have, with the jug, a decanter and 6 conical glasses. I have also seen clear glass versions and what the gay series calls Sunshine glasses. Brown seems to be the most common colour. If you are looking for something weird this might be something to go for.

Reference: Art, Feat and Mystery H.W. Woodward

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

Height: 6.5 inches

Width: 7.5 inches

This is a water or lemonade jug made by Stuart Crystal in the popular Woodchester pattern. Pattern number 27861, designed by Ludwig Kny in the 1930s.

Although this is supposed to be Woodchester, in the Stuart and Sons pre-WWII catalogue they look a bit different in that between the vertical ferns their some matt etched circles. The post-WWII catalogues don't have this. The earlier version is now referred to as Woodchester and spot. To me it looks like a decision was made to "tidy" the design. I have to say it does look better without the spots.

This is not the jug shape shown in the catalogues and I think this is probably quite a late variation in the Woodchester pattern.

Reference: Miller's 20th-Century Glass, Andy McConnell, page 239

Reference: Stuart and Sons Catalogue 2000

Height: 9 inches

Width: 6.5 inches

This is a reproduction of a Roman jug with a ribbed handle, folded rim, and an applied spiral trail to the neck. The base has a kick in it in the manner Roman glass vessels do. Made by Mark Taylor in 1991.

This is not really an antique and I think Mark Taylor is still making these. If you are looking something made by a crafts man with a real aesthetic quality to it plus the spice of history, I would buy one of these. He makes other Roman glass but I think this is the most pretty thing he does.

Reference: www.romanglassmakers.co.uk

Height: 8 inches

Width: 3.5 inches