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5115 A Good Plain Claret jug

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In many ways, this might be said to be the perfact wine or claret jug as it holds a full bottle easily, the body is almost perfectly spherical and the moulded handle is quite deeply ridged to allow a firm grip to be taken.   It has a facetted ball stopper, a panel-cut neck and the base is star-cut, this latter feature enabling light to be refracted through the wine to obtain a better appraisal of the colour and clarity of the wine inside.

We often see wine jugs similar to this, but most are of oval section, while this is globular.

In my "Great British Wine Accessories 1550 - 1900", I illustrate a set of three oval wine flasks with similar handles to this example.  They are in an electroplated frame bearing the registration mark for 1867, so it can be assumed that this is a similar date.  On p.169, pl.8/35 is another jug similar to this, but with a plain handle.

Above all, perhaps, this is a very practical vessel from which to serve wine - claret or otherwise.

Date: c.1870

Dimensions: 10.1", 25.7 cm. high incl. stopper

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