Mottled brown antique Toby pitcher or small jug with classic details by a Staffordshire pottery from the mid to late 1800s. While treacle-glazed Toby Philpot jugs and mugs were first produced in the late 1700s in creamware and pearlware in Great Britain, this example dates from the late 1800s (c1840 to 1880s). It is made of high fired yellowware clay that looks cream colored where the brown mottling is thinnest. The gentleman on this jug is wearing the trademark tri-cornered hat and holding a jug in his right hand and a smaller item in his left hand, possibly a tobacco pipe. He also wears an unbuttoned heavy overcoat with a scarf and vest beneath it. Smaller details include buttons, button holes, folded cuffs, a well groomed moustache and a military medallion or insignia pinned on his hat. The figure of Toby on this jug is cut off at the waist and so one can not actually determine if he is sitting or standing. Most toby jugs and mugs portray him sitting.
The handle on this toby jug is not plain but also has an accent thumb rest with a leaf. Barrett (1964:40; 1958:319) shows this same exact toby pitcher as one of the types also produced by Bennington Potteries between about 1845 and 1859 (e.g., Fentons Works, United States Pottery, Lyman, Fenton & Co., etc.). This example, however is British and Barrett also states that this particular style of toby jug was also produced in Great Britain and was popular during the 1840s to 1870s. The glaze is also referred to as Rockingham glaze and it produces a slight metallic sheen or lustre where it is the thickest such as along the base or in crevices of the arms. The bottom or underside of the base is highly concave and very rounded which also seems to be typically of many British examples from the 1800s. Finally, the inner edge and bottom of the base was ground after the vessel was fired to remove excess glaze so that the jug would sit flat.
The character that all Toby mugs and jugs were molded after may have been a living person although their true identity has long passed from fact into obscure folk legend. Poole (1995:82-83) mentions a few verses from a popular song titled `The Brown Jug' which was published in 1761 by Rev. Francis Fawkes in his `original Poems and Translations.' The song begins with:
`Dear Tom, this brown jug that now foams with mild ale,
(in which I will drink to sweet Nan of Vale)
Was once Toby Fillpot, a thirsty old soul,
As e'er drank a bottle, or fathom'd a bowl.' Poole (1995:82) from Fawkes 1761
So if you are a beginning collector, history buff or avid treacle glazed toby connoisseur, do not miss this opportunity to acquire a nice treacle glazed Toby jug that is in excellent condition (see photos). The last photo with the red background shows this jug next to two other mottled brown Bennington-Style wares for comparison only (these other items are not for sale here, see my other listings for more examples). You are only purchasing the Toby jug at this time. And as always, this Toby jug also comes with a full satisfaction guarantee or you may return it post marked by 7 days for a refund minus mailing costs (see my full return policy details below).
SIZE: This pitcher or small jug stands about 5 7/8 inches tall and has a 2 7/8 diameter base. Its maximum width is about 5 inches from outer most handle edge across the lower section of the jug to his grasping hand
CONDITION: This Toby jug is in very good condition with No chips, No cracks, No hairlines, No stains, No repairs and No restorations (see photos). Its rim, handle and base are without damage and wear is minimal with the heaviest wear located on the foot of the base. So if you are looking for a brown Rockingham-style toby mug is excellent condition, then look no further.
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Item ID: RL78.a229
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