MINIATURE TOBY JUGS: SHERIFF OF NOTTINGHAM, KING JOHN, MADE MARION – ROBIN HOOD SERIES
Toby jugs are ceramic figurines that resemble a seated, portly man with a jovial expression, often depicted holding a mug of ale or pipe. They originated in England in the 18th century and were named after the character Toby Philpot from Shakespeare’s play “Twelfth Night”.
The first toby jug was created in the Staffordshire region of England, known for its pottery production. These early jugs were made for practical use as drinking vessels and were often decorated with political or social satire. They quickly gained popularity and began being produced solely as decorative items.
As toby jugs became more popular, different variations emerged in their design. Some were made to resemble historical figures, while others depicted fictional characters from literature or plays.
Toby jugs have been collected for centuries, with early examples being highly sought after.
This set of three-character toby jugs are Made in England by Staffordshire Fine Ceramics/Crown Dorset and is a rare collection. A sought – of.