This Royal Doulton Miniature Rip Van Winkle Character Jug is an excellent depiction of the man who slept for twenty years. His long gray hair blends into his long gray beard, and a blackbird rests on a tree branch near his cap, while a muted image of himself sleeps at the bottom, forming the handle of the jug. The name, "Rip Van Winkle" is inscribed on the back, though it is difficult to see.
From Royal Doulton circa mid-1950's to early 1970's, this mold, is named "Rip Van Winkle, D 6517." Sometimes called a Toby Mug, this Bone China miniature jug measures 2-1/2 inches tall. The mark bears the familiar Royal Doulton standard backstamp which includes "Rip Van Winkle, D6517, COPR 1954, Doulton & Co Limited" followed by four RD numbers, which were phased out between 1960 and 1973. It is in excellent condition.