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You may find one of these tobies alone, usually in relatively poor shape, but you will seldom find a matched pair in such wonderful condition as these. The colors are strong, the gold trim is largely intact, and they are not even chipped or cracked! Of course they do have crazing in the glaze, because this is a very early pair, according to our research dating to as early as 1840. Punch and Judy is a popular puppet show, dominated by Pulcinella (anglicized as Mr. Punch) clowning with another character, often Mrs. Punch (Judy), who usually falls victims to his club. The audience is usually startled by the violence and reacts with nervous giggles. The Punch comedies have been a part of English culture since 1662. What an amazing pair of antique Staffordhire Tobies, no doubt having graced more than a few mantels and kitchen tables for the last 170 years. How they survived this long, is anyone's guess! Each measures about 4 1/2 inches tall and about as long from the nose to the handle. Marvelous and historical!
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A Rare Pair of Early Staffordshire Punch and Judy Toby Mugs C1850
$71 USD SOLD
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