Royal Doulton Character jug Arry Large D6207 1946

The Royal Doulton Company was an English company producing collectables and tableware since 1815. The quality of their products has been compared to Spode, Wedgwood and Minton, and they had quite a reputation in "The Potteries" (Stoke-on-Trent). Three of its brands were Royal Doulton, Royal Albert and Minton; which are now owned by WWRD Holdings Ltd (Wedgwood, Waterford, Royal Doulton) near Stoke-on-Trent.

Toby Jugs have been around since the early 18th century, but they were revived by Doulton in the 19th century. It was Charles Noke who developed the idea into a range of character jugs. He envisioned a more colorful and stylish jug based on the head and shoulders of a character rather than the full figure. He had in mind characters from English song, literature, history and legend, designed to appeal to future generations. It took him almost ten years to be satisfied with the standards of design and production, but in 1934 the first character jug was launched. To-date it has included more than 300 different subjects in a huge variety of sizes and shapes (including teapots and toothpick holders). This makes quite a challenge in collecting and keeps it very exciting.

"Arry" was a design by Harry Fenton; representing the Cockney character. Cockney is a term that refers to the working-class Londoners, particular those in the East end, but not geographical association but also linguistic used by those residents; hence "Arry" rather than "Harry". He certainly looks the part, with his captain's hat, and aging face; a cigarette butt hanging from his mouth (which has very few teeth). The coloring on him is tremendous. He was made in 1946 and is the large size, pattern number D6207. He stands 6 7/8 inches high and is 3 ¾ inches wide. There was limited distribution and he is now considered very desirable. He is fine condition, no chips, cracks or restoration

Item ID: H101H

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