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PRE-1900 JUGS

This section covers a range of jugs used for various purposes, including, water, lemonade, beer, sauce etc... that were initially made up to and including 1900. Any that started being made before 1900 will be in this section too.

From what I have seen in various glass catalogues, during the 1870s the way jug handles were made started to change, with the handles going from being applied from top to bottom going to bottom to top. By looking in this section you will see these contrasting methods.

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Description, References and Size

This is a pillar moulded footed beer jug with panel cutting to the upper half. Made circa 1840-60.

I was told this is a beer jug by a reasonably well known glass dealer, so that is the description I am going with. Whatever the intention of its manufacture it's a great jug with good presence.

Height: 6.25 inches

Width: 6 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 This piece smells of the tax on glass by weight be rescinded and we can make things as heavy as we like because we can.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 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 pillar moulded sauce jug with a Montieth cut rim. Made circa 1840s-50s.

I have said that this jug and the one below are sauce jugs because they are too big for cream and too small for water. This decanter would go with the pillar moulded bell shaped decanters that you will see in the Victorian glass section.

Height: 6 inches

Width: 5 inches

This is a sauce jug with a panel cut neck, printies around the body and with a Montieth cut rim. Made circa 1860s-70s.

I have gone with this date as the type of decanter that would go with this jug is later than the type that would go with the one above, but the way the handle is made constrains it to older than the 1870s.

Height: 5 inches

Width: 5 inches

This is an Aesthetic movement blue opaline water jug with a right angled handle and no pouring lip. Made circa 1880s-1900.

This is the kind of smart jug you would use to water into your whiskey (have no idea why you would want to do that, but some people do).

Height: 6 inches

Width: 4 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. 1880s-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 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 water or lemonade jug with a cylinder body with cut with ellipses and printies. Made circa 1890-30.

This is a fairly standard kind of jug which you see a lot of. This kind of jug would have sat on kitchen and dining tables all across the country. A lot of my other jugs are fancier than this, but this is the baseline.

Compared to the jug about the quality difference bares no comparison. This is probably just a few minutes of glass cutting, whereas the one above will be hours if not days of work.

Height: 6.25 inches

Width: 6 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

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