A delightful vintage Royal Doulton toby jug - the ' Veteran Motorist.' Wonderfully coloured and he looks exactly the part. Concerning this particular piece a mistake was made on the assembly line in that the piece was stamped ' The Gardiner' ( which is model D6634 ) whereas this piece is , I believe, model D6637 or D 6641 - perhaps it passed through the line on a smoggy Monday morning in the Potterys, Staffordshire. !
Size : 10.5 cm. ( 4 9/64" ) tall x 10.5 cm. wide.
Weight : 205 g. ( 7.23 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: very good - no chips or cracks. Note the motorist's car horn seems to have some ingrained smudge to the rear ( not visible from the front really - see photographs. I have however seen other photos of this model on the internet and many of them have the same ' smudge' - perhaps it was intentionally so designed!
Royal Doulton's ' Veteran Motorist' Toby Jug, 1972.