DWARF ALE GLASSES

Dwarf ale glasses are so called because of the short (or dwarfed) stem which they exhibit.  Many collections of dwarf ales exist and there is a huge variety of such glasses available.   Ale in the eighteenth century was as strong as the wine, and needed decanting in much the same way.  In order to hide the dirty nature of the drink a lot of dwarf ale glasses had engraving or decoration on the bowl.  One of the more common forms found on dwarf ales is the effect seen on the glass to the right which is called wrythening. 



Flute moulded dwarf ale glass engraved with hunting slogan

Flute moulded dwarf ale glass engraved with hunting slogan

This is what we believe to be a late Georgian, engraved dwarf ale glass of hunting significance dating from the turn of the 18th/19th centuries, circa 1800.
 
The glass is in restored condition.  It shows the age related wear and tear to the rim of the foot consistent with over 200 years of use.  It has a rough pontil mark on the foot which is nicely striated as is the bowl.  
 
The glass has an extended rounded funnel-shaped bowl measuring 6 cm (2.4 inches) in diameter at the rim.   The bowl is engraved with the slogan "Success to stag hunting" and is petal-flute moulded to the lower half.  The bowl sits on a ribber cushion knop, a small length of plain stem and a...

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Price: £125.00

Flute-moulded dwarf ale glass

Flute-moulded dwarf ale glass

This is what we believe to be a Georgian, English, wrythen-moulded dwarf ale glass dating from the late 18th century, c1790.  
 
The glass is in excellent condition for its age.  This means, of course, that it shows age related wear and tear to both the rim of the bowl and to the rim of the foot consistent with some 200+ years of use. It has a rough pontil mark on the foot which is nicely striated.
 
The glass has a funnel-shaped bowl measuring 6 cm (2.4 inches) in diameter at the rim.  The bowl is  wrythened from the base to about three quarters the way to the rim and sits on a small cushion knop, a very short, plain stem and a basal cushion knop.  The stem leads to a shallow,...

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Price: £40.00

Hop & barley engraved dwarf ale glass, cushion knop

Hop & barley engraved dwarf ale glass, cushion knop

This is what we believe to be a late Georgian hop & barley engraved dwarf ale glass dating from the late 18th century, c1790.  
 
The glass is in excellent condition for its age.  It shows age related wear and tear to the rim of the foot consistent with some 200+ years of use.  It has a rough pontil mark on the foot.
 
The glass has a funnel bowl measuring 5.8 cm (2.3 inches) in diameter at the rim.  The bowl is engraved with a single hop and a pair of barley ears in saltire (crossed) to the reverse.   The bowl sits on a cushion knop and a short, plain stem that leads to a shallow conical slightly-misshapen foot which measures 6.8 cm (2.7 inches) in diameter.  The...

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Price: £45.00

Hop & barley engraved dwarf ale glass. plain stem

Hop & barley engraved dwarf ale glass. plain stem

This is what we believe to be a Georgian, hop and barley engraved, dwarf ale glass dating from the middle of the18th century, c1770.  
 
The glass is in excellent condition for its age.  It shows age related wear and tear to the rim of the foot consistent with some 250 years of use.  It has a rough pontil mark on the foot.
 
The glass has a funnel bowl measuring 5.7 cm (2.3 inches) in diameter at the rim.  The bowl is copper-wheel engraved with two barley ears in saltire (crossed) and a single hop to the reverse.  The bowl sits on a short plain stem with shoulder and basal swollen knops that lead to a conical which measures 6.2 cm (2.5 inches) in diameter.  The glass is 12.7 cm...

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Price: £45.00

Tall Somerset wrythen-moulded dwarf ale glass

Tall Somerset wrythen-moulded dwarf ale glass

This is what we believe to be a tall, Georgian, English, wrythen-moulded dwarf ale glass dating from the late 18th century, c1780.  
 
The glass is in excellent condition for its age.  This means, of course, that it shows age related wear and tear to both the rim of the bowl and to the rim of the foot consistent with some 200+ years of use. It has a rough pontil mark on the foot which is nicely striated.
 
The glass has a funnel-shaped bowl measuring 5.5 cm (2.2 inches) in diameter at the rim.  The bowl is wrythened to the base and sits on a cushion knop, a short, plain stem, and a basal cushion knop.  The bowl sits on a shallow, conical foot which measures 6 cm (2.4 inches) in...

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Price: £45.00


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