Antique Silver Jugs and Claret Jugs

From fine silver claret jugs and Wine Jugs to sterling water pitchers, Georgian silver beer jugs and victorian wine ewers, silver has always been a metal from which people fashioned vessels to contain liquid.

Silver jugs and wine ewers were old even in Roman times. As long as people have been fashioning objects from silver, they have made silver jugs. Wine ewers were first made to emulate ancient ceramic vessels, and used for serving liquid at special ceremonies and occasions. In renaissance times the famous silversmith Cellini fashioned a silver wine jug, the design of which endured in popular culture, and was reproduced in the Victorian period.
In Georgian times fine silver beer jugs holding up to four pints were made, quite plain with elegant and cheerful proportions. Later in the century tall and elegant neoclassical jugs were produced, sometimes used as wine ewers or, as part of tea equipage, as hot water jugs.

In the early 19th century we see the arrival of the silver claret jug, an antique silver jug made of silver and cut crystal, or in the finest examples, rock crystal. These were often fabulously ornate, with elegant patterns in the glass which sparkled marvellously under candle light. Claret jugs were intended for the serving of Red Bordeaux wine, from which they get their name, but antique silver claret jugs are used today for any sort of liquid which one wishes to serve in style!

Please note that cream jugs can be found under Silver Teaware.

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A Fine Victorian Silver Claret Jug by Elkington

This magnificent silver Claret Jug was made by the celebrated firm of Elkington, Birmingham 1860. It is of superb quality, beautifully decorated with tendrils of... More Details & Photos

A Fine Quality Art Deco Lemonade Jug in Sterling Silver

A very rare item in sterling silver, this fine Edwardian lemonade jug was made by John Grinsell & Sons in Birmingham in 1911. The defining characteristic of... More Details & Photos


A Victorian Silver Claret Jug

This Victorian Silver Claret Jug was made in London in 1897. The mounts are silver, while the body is finely cut lead crystal. Both the silver mounts and crystal... More Details & Photos


A Renaissance Style Cellini Claret Jug

This magnificent Victorian Period jug or ewer was made in Germany circa 1880, and is of fabulous quality.Heavily influenced by the Renaissance silversmiths, this... More Details & Photos


A Victorian Silver Claret Jug made in London by Horace Woodward & Co in 1898

This Victorian Sterling Silver Claret Jug was made in London by Horace Woodward & Co in 1898. It is in magnificent condition, beautifully chased, with... More Details & Photos