A beautiful, as always, small vintage Royal Doulton, Beefeater Toby Jug. Delightfully made.
The original Toby Jug, with a brown salt glaze, was developed and popularised by Staffordshire potters in the 1760s. It is thought to be a development of similar Delft jugs that were produced in the Netherlands. Similar designs were produced by other potteries, first in Staffordshire, then around England, and eventually in other countries. The Jug in the form of a Head.
There are competing theories for the origin of the name "Toby Jug".One is that it was named after the intoxicated, jovial character of Sir Toby Belch in Shakespeare's play Twelfth Night. Another is that it was named after a notorious 18th-century Yorkshire drinker, Henry Elwes, who was known as "Toby Fillpot" (or Philpot),who was mentioned in an old English drinking song The Brown Jug, the popular verses of which were first published in 1761.
Size : 6 cm. ( 2 23/64" ) tall, 6 cm. wide.
Weight : 62 g. ( 2.2 ounces ).
Character jugs are among the most popular collectibles produced by Royal Doulton. They were introduced in 1934 at the Burslem Pottery in Stoke-on-Trent and new designs were added to the collection until 2011. Hundreds of different characters from literature, legend and real life have been introduced to the collection. Many popular character jugs were made in a variety of sizes, large, small, miniature and tiny, and collectors often specialize in a favorite size for their displays.
Condition : excellent, no flaws at all.