SMALL TOBY JUG MANUFACTURED BY TONY WOOD, STAFFORDSHIRE, ENGLAND.
A superb example of a vintage Tony Wood Toby Jug. The first Toby Jug was made in the early 18th century. It was a jovial, seated, male figure, with a mug in his hand and a tricorn hat which made a pouring spout.
He was dressed in clothes of the time; a long coat with low pockets, waistcoat, cravat, knee breeches and buckled shoes.
No one really knows why he was named 'Toby' although it is possible he called after Sir Toby Belch a character in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. Or maybe it was after a song popular in 1761, around the time the jug was first produced in a traditional, brown salt glaze version.
Bone China, beautifully hand painted. No flaws that I can find.
5 inches tall.