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Antique Victorian Plate Claret Jug

  • Sheffield, circa 1885
  • Dimensions: 11 1/2 inches tall, 6 1/2 inches from handle to spout

A silver plated claret jug is a wine jug made of glass and silver plate. Claret is the British name for French red Bordeaux wine. Although glass had been used as a receptacle for beverages of all kinds fir hundreds of years, it wasn’t until the 19th century that the ‘Claret Jug’ in the form we recognize now, began to appear. Silversmiths began replacing glass stoppers with silver hinged lids in the beginning of the 19th century. In the next quarter of the 18th century, silver handles were added, although glass maintained the traditional design and bottle-like shape. From the middle of the 19th century claret jugs became a method for silversmiths to display their talent and sometimes flamboyant design ideas. From around 1880, some of the most rare and elaborate claret jugs were created.

An exquisite Antique Victorian Silver Plate Claret Jug. The top of the claret jug is beautifully chased with a floral and leaf design and the spout has wonderful detail to it. This design is also featured on the handle. To set off this intricate silver plated workmanship is a wonderful striking etched glass body. All of these different features complement each other quite well and makes the piece quite special. This Antique Victorian Silver Plate Claret Jug is in pristine condition and is a wonderful example of the workmanship done in the Victorian era.