DESCRIPTION: This Jug “Chelsea Pensioner” was modelled by Stanley James Taylor and produced in 1988. A Chelsea Pensioner is a retired soldier of the British Army and iconic face of the United Kingdom’s veteran community. Chelsea Pensioners, over age 65 and living alone, may reside at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, their 325-year-old home founded by King Charles II in the heart of London.
The face of this Character Jug is aged and proud. This veteran is wearing his distinctive “Scarlet” coat and tricorne hat, a ceremonial uniform. The handle represents military medals achieved during years in active service.
Royal Doulton is the name used on Doulton and Company pottery made from 1902 to the present and represents the world’s best in pottery design and manufacturing. Toby Jugs have been around since the early 18th Century and were typical pouring vessels at local English pubs and taverns. By the early to late 20th century, Toby and Character Jugs were produced by approx. 200 makers including Doulton and Company.
Why I like it: I still recall my first Character Jug purchase (“Old Salt”) and if you don’t yet collect them, I think it’s a worthwhile adventure. Each jug represents historic significance and defines a moment in time. When displayed in your home’s gathering place or bar, your collection is sure to start conversations that are reminiscent, inquisitive, and perhaps… a glimpse into the story of your life.
DIMENSIONS: 5.5” (width at base) x 6.5”
BACKSTAMP(S): Royal Doulton, Hand Made and Hand Decorated, Made in England, D6817, Chelsea Pensioner, Modelled By Stanley James Taylor, 1988 Royal Doulton