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Cut Glass Crystal and Silver Claret Jug or Pitcher - with Cooling Tube
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Cut Glass Crystal and Silver Claret Jug or Pitcher - with Cooling Tube
Cut Glass Crystal and Silver Claret Jug or Pitcher - with Cooling Tube
Cut Glass Crystal and Silver Claret Jug or Pitcher - with Cooling Tube
Cut Glass Crystal and Silver Claret Jug or Pitcher - with Cooling Tube
CUT GLASS CRYSTAL AND SILVER CLARET JUG or PITCHER - with Cooling Tube

If you are looking for a "Wow Factor" item for your more elegant Buffet settings, this pitcher could certainly be it. It sparkles, it is huge, it is heavy, and it will keep its contents cool without diluting. When I first found this beautiful pitcher, it simply had to come home with me.

I am told it is officially called a Claret Jug, and I am not sure exactly where this particular jug originated. There is absolutely no marking that I can find anywhere on either the glass or the silver. Our research indicates that they are European and were found in both Germany and France. The Claret Jug, as the name suggests, was used to serve the claret, or wine, and the jug had a glass tube for holding ice to keep the wine cool. Of course it serves the same function for tea, lemonade, etc. and we call it a really great pitcher.

This one stands 12" tall, and is 7" across at the widest part of the glass. It measures 10" across, including the handle. The crystal is an amazing full ΒΌ" thick, and has a wonderful clarity, which would likely indicate it is a quality lead crystal. This pitcher weighs well over 7 pounds, empty. The cutting and etching is beautifully done and give a sparkle that exceeds what my photographic attempts can show. I find no flaws in the glass at all. The silver-plated collar, handle and lid are in very nice condition with only minimal signs of wear, as is the glass tube insert with its silver top. I have seen a few of these offered for sale and often the glass tube has not survived or is cracked. (My assumption is that people tried to freeze the actual tubes, rather than placing the ice inside the tube and keeping it submerged in the pitcher contents.) This one however is undamaged and ready for use. The tube, with its screw-on cap is inserted into the top, turned slightly so it becomes secured by two tiny nubs on the collar of the jug. It is motion free while pouring. If the cooling function is not needed, the cooling tube and its cap can be removed, and the pitcher used as a normal pitcher.

Whether displayed or used for serving, this piece never fails to evoke admiring comments.

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