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If you are living in the United States, Toby Jugs are not a typical find in most antique stores or antique flee markets? I have spent days going from one antique store to another in search of finding even one Toby Jug, let alone, one of the precious rare finds, a 17th or 18th century Toby. Yes, I may run across a Royal Doulton Character Mug but I am actually looking for older Toby Jugs from the late 17th/ century18th Toby Jugs. I actually love all Toby Jugs but my personal favorites are the older Toby Jugs. My site will cover all Toby Jugs & Character Mugs as well as antique pottery, ceramics, and antique china & figurines. I hope to dabble in other information about antiques and collectibles.
What are the differences between various toby Jugs?
How can a new collector tell the date of a Toby or Character Jug?
Key points to consider when buying Toby Jugs
Toby jugs are normally classified into the Below Categories
Before 1820, or after that
This is an ordinary jug with a boat shaped shield on his left side, containing the words, "when it is empty, then fill him again". Very few of these exist and are attributed to Ralph Wood, made circa 1770, and there are about 12 known examples. Vic Schuler searched for such a jug for most of his life, and eventually bought one and was in such a bad condition, it almost had to be put back together bit by bit. This jug then featured as the center piece on the cover of his new book. Kevin Francis also did a reproduction version, using photos of Vic's jug, but he would'nt let them have the original. This reproduction is quite good, but does not have the same coloring, and compared to the original, looks very heavily potted.
Hearty Good Fellow
A standing toby, originating in the late 18th century, but mostly puduced in the Victorian era.
Shows a standing man, pipe in left hand, jug of ale in right hand, both help tightly to his chest,
later Victorian examples have the annotation "Heary Good Fellow" on the base.
Very fine example, showing a blue coated sailor, sitting on an oblong sea chest, sometimes with the wird "dollars" on the side. He has his left hand slightly outstretched, admiring a tankard of ale. Blue striped trousers. These jugs are highly sought after, and the best ones were made by Ralph Wood, but modern repros from Woods are available.
Standing woman, in full 18th century skirt, inbibing from a cup, seemingly drunk.
Exactly what the name implies; It's a standing man, with happy expression, look downwards, with both his hands in his pockets.
Most toby jugs can be described as an older or elderly man, with tricorn hat, sitting on a chair, wearing a frock coat, with a large jug of ale on his left knee, with his right hand in front of the jug. The handle is formed as part of the back of the chair.
Jug named after a famous woman, native of Brighton, who was the bather to the Prince of Wales, Normally show standing, with the prince of Wales feathers in the center of her hat.
Large jug, show a very splendid nam with a hooked nose, on a Chipendale chiar, holding a vase shaped jug, and early example have him holding a pipe in his left hand. Most examples the pipe has broken off, some examples have the pipe completely missed off.
Snuff Takers are usually standing Toby Jugs, with the hands at about chest height, with one hand holding
the snuff tin, the other hand taking a pinch of snuff.
These jugs are mostly from the Victorian era.
Toby of a seated man, normally black coated, his wig , and spilling a jug of ale on his lap. If the man has a white cravat, then it is normally referred to as a drunken parson, any other color would be a Dr Johnson.
Brew and Ale - This one is one of my personal favorites.
Never has one man been depicted by so many toby jugs. There could be a book written on this man and toby jugs alone. There are some vary famous and valuable ones, Jarvis being the most famous, several depicting Churchill in various uniforms or poses, such as Battle of Britain, Admiral, Siren suit, others with bulldogs or Lions at his feet, and nearly all showing that famous victory sign.
Showing the famous Neson as depicted atop of Trafalgar Square. Complete with missing arm, naval coat and hat, and his foot on a coiled up rope, a practice that Nelson would certainly not have done, concidered very dangerous. These jugs were not made earlier then 1858 as they were made to commorate the erection of Nelsons colunm in London, not his death.
Almost any jug with a black face. Sometimes the hands are the same colour. Also because colours were difficult to get exact and pure black was almost impossible, the colour cliould turn out any shade of blue. Early examples are very expensive and collectable.
The Thin Man
Punch and Judy
Yorkshire Toby Jugs
The later Victorian variations did not have the same workmanship as the initial Yorkshire Toby Jugs. Many feel that the overall quality was diluted and some of the best features were lost due to the efforts to mass produce these Toby Jugs.
Primary Characteristics of the Yorkshire Toby Jugs:
These are some of the main characteristics that make a Yorkshire :
The Scalloped design on hat
Detailed Eyebrows made of dots
Jug leans slightly to the left
The small jugs he's hold is another Toby Jug or decorated Jug
A Curly pipe is held in his right hand
A dog under his feet but not in the photos I posted
Brilliant colors, in particular the waistcoat
Melba Manor Ware
Shorter and Sons
WedgewoodWoods and Sons
The Toby Collector
Female Toby Jugs
Old Toby Jugs
Male Toby Jugs
Toby Jugs come in all shapes and sizes. You can also collect male or female Toby Jugs.
The exact origins of the toby jug are unclear. They first Toby Jugs appeared in the 1760s and were most likely named after "Toby Fillpot". Toby Fillpot was a nickname for a heavy set person who sat in the person known to sit in the pubs drinking. The early toby jugs were a full body figures. These early examples Toby Jugs that are shown above depicted as a full length figure in the traditional toby jug style and are now considered to be quite rare. The traditional early toby was a seated character in a frock coat and three-corned hat, holding a pipe or holding a jug of beer on his left knee. A few early examples bear the mark "R. WOOD" and have been attributed to Ralph Wood of Burslem.
The manufacture of toby jugs was taken up by various Staffordshire potters who depicted a range of characters, both real and imaginary.
Early examples all had the three-cornered hat (which formed lips for pouring) and a separate crown which formed a lid for the jug and acted as a measure - the lid held a gill; the jug held a quart..
The Old Staffordshire Pottery continued to make toby jugs until 1962. After the First World War, A.J. Wilkinson’s Ltd made some of the finest toby jugs (modelled by Sir Francis Carruthers Gould).
The Goss and Beswick potteries both made popular toby jugs from the 1930s to the 1950s. But the most collectable jugs are those made by Royal Doulton.
The Royal Doulton Character Mug
The Royal Doulton Character Mug are the shoulders and the head.
The first Royal Doulton toby jugs were made in the early 1920s, at the time when Doulton’s figurines were becoming popular.
As a result of the Great Depression, Royal Doulton attempted to diversify its range and, in 1933, started to produce a new type of character jug which depicted only the head and shoulders. Such character jugs had actually been designed as early as 1912 but Doulton’s "John Barleycorn" released in 1933 was the first to be commercially released.
In 1935, Doulton produced "Sairey Gamp", the first of many Dickens characters depicted in Doulton’s mugs & jugs. Sairey Gamp’s handle was an umbrella and this started another Doulton tradition of fashioning the handle of the jug from some object associated with the subject. (Earlier jugs all have plain handles.)
Royal Doulton character jugs have a backstamp with a lion standing on a crown. Early jugs have "Royal Doulton, England"; from the late 1930s, this was changed to "Royal Doulton - Made in England". The year of manufacture is shown by a number beginning at "1" for 1928. Until the 1960s, a registration number was used; this was replaced by a "C" (for copyright) from the 1970s.
This is a full body Royal Doulton Toby Jug.
Character jugs may be made in several sizes, normally:
Some people enjoy collecting the more unusual Toby pieces such as the Toby Teapots.
These are some of my favorite teapots!
This one is so small it couldn't fill sup a small teacup.
Two handled Toby, the loving cup.
The Female Toby Jugs are a particular favorite of mine. I call them my Kitchen Tobies. They are great conversation pieces and go great in my kitchen.
This is another small Teapot but very tiny.
This is an unusual old Toby Planter. It is very large and heavy.
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My Female Toby Collection