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Fine Davenport Drunken Sal Toby jug c.1850


A lovely example of this rare and striking Toby jug - Drunken Sal is one of the largest early Toby jugs and a potter's masterpiece. Well decorated and bearing the Davenport impressed anchor mark to the underbase - an excellent Toby jug!. Please contact us for additional information and a condition report.


SN: 1/7250

£2350

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Fine creamware midsized Toby jug Staffordshire c.1780


An attractive mid-sized (7 1/4" tall) creamware Toby jug possibly by Ralph Wood. Well moulded, standing on a high base and decorated in a rich green translucent running glaze. Please contact us for additional information and a condition report.


SN: 1/7123

£990

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Good creamware Step Toby Staffordshire c.1780


An attractive and well coloured creamware step Toby with pipe on his arm Staffordshire c.1780. The step Toby's are appealingly naive and considered to be some of the earliest Toby jugs made. Some professional restoration - please contact us for additional information and a condition report.


SN: 1/6272

£1450

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Fine Prattware short hat Toby jug Staffordshire c.1780


One of the nicest Pratt Ware Toby jugs that I have had for a long time - the rare short hat version and featuring an unusual and well formed handle - very well moulded and decorated in typical prattware colours. Please contact us for additional information and a condition report.


SN: 1/7575

£1590

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Rare small Hearty Good Fellow Toby jug c.1790


A delightful and rare miniature Hearty Good Fellow Toby jug in good original condition - c. 8 1/4" tall. Well decorated in manganese, ochre and blue on a buff coloured body suggesting the North of England. A similar example sold at Christie's in 2002 for $2820. Please contact us for additional information and a condition report.


SN: 1/7580

£1290

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Fine creamware Toby jug Staffordshire c.1780


A particularly good creamware Toby jug Staffordshire c.1780. Comprehensively decorated in manganese and green translucent running glazes - the hat and small jug showing off the rich mottled manganese to great effect! Please contact us for additional information and a condition report.


SN: 1/7274

£1780

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Are you considering selling?


If you are considering selling a single early Toby jug or a collection then please contact me – I will be happy to provide you with a free valuation and will offer extremely good prices. Click the link at the bottom of this page to send me pictures and I will get back to you. I'm afraid that we do not buy Royal Doulton character or Toby jugs


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Fine and early Ralph Wood Toby jug c.1780


A lovely Ralph Wood Toby jug and as with many of these earlier Wood's there are subtle firing flaws which do not detract but do add great character! Well decorated in manganese, ochre and green translucent running glazes. Please contact us for additional information and a condition report.


SN: 1/6463

£1950

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Good Askew Toby jug Staffordshire c1780


A lovely example of the earlier of the Askew Toby jugs c.1780 standing at 7 3/4" tall - well moulded and richly decorated I just love his hair! Please contact us for additional information and a condition report.


SN: 1/7630

£1420

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Portobello Toby jug Scotland c.1820


A well decorated Toby jug in typical Portobello colours Scottish c 1820. Please contact us for additional information and a condition report.


SN: 1/7631

£320

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Good Staffordshire Toby jug c.1800


An attractive Staffordshire Toby jug 1790-1800 well decorated and with a nicely moulded base rim. Please contact us for additional information and a condition report


SN: 1/7603 reserved

£425

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Well decorated Staffordshire Toby jug c 1820


A brightly coloured and well decorated Staffordshire Toby jug c.1820. Please contact us for additional information and a condition report.


SN: 1/7596

£390

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Very good Long Face Toby jug Staffordshire c1780


One of the nicest Long Face Toby jugs that I have had, in very good original condition with good moulding and unusually rich colouring - and with a large acorn like pipe bowl! I purchased this at Bonham's in 2006 and it remained in my collection for a number of years until I sold it to a friend in Spain - now available again - an excellent Toby jug


SN: 1/7624

£2450

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Good Ralph Wood 51 mould Toby jug c.1780 - Lot 69 from the Marquess of Bute collection


Lightly potted and well moulded this is a fine example of the Ralph Wood raised glass Toby jug c.1780 decorated in translucent manganese, ochre and green running glazes - the soft green of the coat is particularly appealing. Lot 69 from the Marquess of Bute collection sold at Christie's in 1996 - please contact is for additional information and a condition report.


SN: 1/7577

£2350

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Fine Ralph Wood Planter Toby jug c.1780


Received this week from an excellent collection in Spain is this fine Ralph Wood planter Toby jug Staffordshire c.1780 – well moulded and richly decorated in translucent manganese, ochre and cobalt blue running glazes. In very good condition - professional restoration to his hat. Please contact us for additional information and a condition report. Please also see my comments on this Toby jug under the “Discussions and News” section – press “About Us” on the top bar


SN: 1/7581

£4200

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Good Ralph Wood 51 stamp raised glass Toby jug c.1780


A very good example of the Ralph Wood raised glass Toby with the 51 stamp to the underbase - nicely moulded and decorated in translucent manganese, ochre and a soft green running glazes. Please contact us for additional information and a condition report.


SN: 1/7582

£2660

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Fine Ralph Wood hook nosed Toby jug c.1780


A particularly nice example of the Ralph Wood hook nosed Toby jug with raised glass c.1780. Lightly potted and well decorated in translucent manganese, grey and ochre running glazes. Please contact us for additional information and a condition report.


SN: 1/7583

£2950

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Very fine pearlware double base Toby jug Staffordshire c.1780


One of the best double base Toby's that I have had - c.1780 with excellent moulding and very well decorated in manganese, cobalt blue and green translucent running glazes. Please contact us for additional information and a condition report.


SN: 1/7545

£1330

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Fine creamware Neale & Co Toby jug Staffordshire c.1790


A most attractive creamware Toby jug the quality of painting and gentle glaze suggests that this is Neale & co. The face is particularly well painted - a real character! Please contact us for additional information and a condition report.


SN: 1/7544

£790

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Nestegg Antiques frequently have many other early English toby jugs available - Ralph Wood, Enoch Wood, Squire, Sailor, Lord Howe, Postillion, Davenport, Neale, Martha Gunn, Drunken Sal, step tobies, Sinner toby's and other rare antique toby jugs.

The number of collectors of early English toby jugs both in the UK and across the world continues to increase and this ensures that the value of collections rises accordingly - this is potentially a great investment area and certainly a lot more fun than having savings in the bank and likely to show a better return! New collectors (once their hooked!) have a tendency to buy a large number of lower priced mid Victorian or later toby jugs - my advice would be to buy fewer and concentrate on the good pre 1820 toby jugs - these early toby jugs are likely to be the good investments.

Nestegg Antiques is the leading provider of antique and early English Toby jugs and over the past ten years we have been able to work with both museums and private collectors around the world assisting them in expanding their collections. We normally have over 150 early toby jugs in stock at prices ranging from under £100 to over £7000 and therefore, in addition to the ones listed on our website, we have many others - please contact us if you are looking for a particular toby jug.

It is generally acknowledged that the earliest English toby jugs were produced in Staffordshire c.1780 although there is good reason to suggest that the Midshipmite and step toby jugs might be slightly earlier. We are all familiar with the "Ordinary" toby jug although these come in many variations such as Long Face, Roman nose, Sharp face, Yorkshire, Collier, Askew, Step etc and can be in pearlware, creamware and saltglaze stoneware as well as delft or tinglazed for the continental versions. In addition to the ordinary toby jug we have numerous other moulds such as The Squire, Hearty Good Fellow, Lord Howe, Coachman, Drunken Parson, Sinner, Sailor, Thin man, Martha Gunn, Drunken Sal, Welshman and many more - the list if not never ending is substantial! I have collectors who focus solely on variations of the ordinary toby jug and collectors who wish to have a representative selection of moulds - this is entirely down to personal preference.

Nestegg Antiques is always eager to buy good early toby jugs and as the leading supplier we are prepared to pay the very best prices - often this can be preferable to selling at auction as you avoid the not insignificant fees involved. If you have a single early toby jug or a collection that you are considering selling please contact us and we will be pleased to advice you regarding value - you may well be pleasantly surprised!

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