This Tiny Character Jug from Royal Doulton personifies 'Sam Weller.' - a fictional character of Charles Dickens from the "Pickwick Papers." Wearing a jaunty top hat and red ascot with his tan coat, locks of his deep brown hair curl out from under his hat toward his face. One of the Original Twelve Tinies, Sam Weller was designed by Leslie Harradine and Harry Fenton and produced from 1940 to 1960. These Tiny Character Jugs were difficult and expensive to produce because of their small size. Painting was done by the artist balancing the tiny jug on the end of his little finger. Production ceased during the War and resumed in 1947 until the Tinies were discontinued in 1960.
Sometimes called Toby mugs, this tiny, porcelain character jug measures just 1-inch in diameter and about 1-3/8 inches tall.
It is marked with the circular "Royal Doulton Made In England" around a four-lobed square. Sam Weller was mold number D6147. Due to space, not all of the Tinies had their name on the bottom.
There are no condition issues.