This is a hand painted, two-sided Toby character mug in the shape of a tea pot. It depicts a rotund 18th century gentleman in a three-cornered hat, a pitcher in one hand and a glass in the other, who looks as if he has sat down and can't get up again. He wears a turquoise colored coat, magenta trousers, butterscotch stockings and cravat and black shoes. His face is florid. The expressions on his face from one side of the jug to the other are greatly different, one tipsy but happy, the other tipsier yet but still amusing. Piece measures 2 7/8" tall x 4 1/2" wide.
Shorter and Son of Staffordshire were well-known for their Toby mugs from 1921 until "into the 1960s." Their mark, stamped over the glaze, is partly worn off. The glaze over the white painted parts is uniformly crazed. There is a tiny chip at the end of the spout which is more easily felt than seen. There is not a lid. Priced accordingly.