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.

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Description, References and Size

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.

Height: 11.5 inches

Width: 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.

Height: 9.5 inches

Width: 5.5 inches

This is a Stevens and Williams Victorian ewer from the "Bart" range, pattern number 7311. The body of the ewer cut with gothic arches enclosing alternating hobnail and fine hobnail patterns. Made circa.1880s.

Occasionally you get lucky and find something of amazing quality for a bargain price. Clearly if you are pouring your water out of something like this you know that you have arrived. In fact, you wouldn't be pouring your water out of something like this, your servant would be doing it for you.

Reference: The Decanter Ancient to Modern, Andy McConnell. page 302.

Height: 12.5 inches

Width: 5 inches

This is a classical urn shaped ewer 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 classically shaped straw opaline jug. Probably designed by Harry Powell circa.1890s.

This is a very rare jug and the fact that it was a cheap eBay purchase by me, shows that it is worth learning your stuff and keeping your eyes open.

Reference: Whitefriars Glass, The Art of James Powell & Sons, Lesley Jackson, Page 56 & 99

Height: 10 inches

Width: 2.25 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 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 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 by Lindshammer and designed by Gunnar Ander mid-20th Century.

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

I would like to thank Louis Edwards from the Heart of Glass Facebook group for identifying this jug for me.

Height: 11 inches

Width: 3 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.


Height: 8 inches

Width: 3.5 inches