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Nestegg Antiques on Instagram - bobmoores4


To access please press Instagram logo at top of page above "Contact". Instagram is an excellent way to find dealers in early English pottery and other antiques and I have set up an account under bobmoores4. There will be many pieces on display most (but not all) are for sale and quite a few are not on the website - many Toby jugs!


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Rare Tipsy Man Toby jug Staffordshire c1780


One of only 6 recorded this is a fine example of the Tipsy Man Toby jug c1780 - quite different from any other Toby jug and the creamware body is well decorated in manganese, ochre and green translucent running glazes - an exceptional Toby jug.


SN: 1/7731

SOLD

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Pearlware Toby jug Staffordshire c1790


A well decorated and nicely moulded pearlware Toby jugStaffordshire c1790 - please contact us for additional information and a condition report.


SN: 1/7707

£670

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Not able to buy now? - we are happy to hold a piece for payment at a later date


Whilst I’m always happy to discuss the price of a particular item I also recognise that sometimes the piece that a collector wants is more than they can afford straight away – to avoid you missing out I’m happy to hold a particular item until you are ready to pay, or you can pay in installments. Please let me know if you would like more information. Needless to say this stunning watch is not mine - if only!


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Good pearlware Toby jug Staffordshire c1780


A good early Toby jug well decorated in rich colour's with the green of his hat and manganese on his small jug being particularly pleasing - a great Toby!" Please contact us for additional information and a condition report


SN: 1/7708

£790

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Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery Toby jug - number 20 of 100


Number 20 of a limited edition of 100 depicting Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery from the set of 12 Toby jugs of the WW11 military and political leaders. I rarely sell new Toby jugs but I make an exception for this set as it complements the c. 1917 Wilkinson's Carruthers Gould WW1 set so well. Further details of these Toby jugs can be found in the Discussions and News section above.


SN: 1/6680

£300

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Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Toby jug - 20 of 100


Number 20 of a limited edition of 100 depicting Admiral Chester W. Nimitz from the set of 12 Toby jugs of the WW11 military and political leaders. I rarely sell new Toby jugs but I make an exception for this set as it complements the c. 1917 Wilkinson's Carruthers Gould WW1 set so well. Further details of these Toby jugs can be found in the Discussions and News section above.


SN: 1/6682

£300

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Rare and fine Ralph Wood Lord Howe Toby jug c1780


A particularly good example of a Ralph Wood Lord Howe Toby jug - well moulded, lightly potted and decorated in translucent manganese, ochre and green running glazes. The Howe was potted with 3 different "hair lengths" and this is the rare mid length. This Lord Howe sold in May 2005 for £9360 (probably a record for a Lord Howe Toby) largely due to two wealthy collectors bidding against each other - now priced at a more appropriate level!


SN: 1/7224

£4950

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Acquired today from Bonham's


Please see the comments (Discussions and News above) regarding these wonderful Toby jugs from the Midshipman family bought at today's sale at Bonham's in Knightsbridge


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If you are considering selling.................


Demand for good early English Toby jugs continues to be high and I am always eager to acquire fresh pieces to meet the needs of collectors around the world. As the largest dealer in antique Toby jugs I am prepared to pay the very best prices for either a collection or a single Toby jug - please send me a picture and I will reply straight away and if required I am happy to pay in cash and arrange collection.


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Very fine Ralph Wood Planter Toby jug c.1780


A fine Ralph Wood planter Toby jug Staffordshire c.1780 – well moulded, bright glaze and richly decorated in translucent manganese, ochre and cobalt blue running glazes. Please contact us for additional information and a condition report.


SN: 1/7581

£4120

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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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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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Sold pieces no longer listed in this "for sale" section of the website


I occasionally leave a “sold” item on these “for sale” pages if I think it is of particular interest, however, the majority of sold items (including over 250 early Toby jugs!) are kept on the archive section of the site: Press “Items for Sale” on the top bar and you will find an archive section which contains pictures of many pieces sold over the past few years – I hope that you will enjoy looking through them!


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Good Ralph Wood Toby jug Staffordshire c1780


From the renowned Stoner collection and more recently an excellent Yorkshire collection - this Wood family Toby jug richly decorated in blue, manganese and green translucent running glazes which, with the hat and shoes left in the white, makes this a most attractive Toby jug! Please contact us for additional information and a condition report.


SN: 1/7023

£1550

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Prattware Toby jug Staffordshire c.1790


A very nicely decorated Prattware Toby jug Staffordshire c1790 in ochre, manganese, cobalt blue and green on a cream body. Please contact us for additional information and a condition report.


SN: 1/7710

£590

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Fine Ralph Wood Lord Howe Toby jug Staffordshire c.1780


A fine Ralph Wood Lord Howe Toby jug - well potted, lightly moulded and decorated in translucent manganese, ochre and green running glazes - a lovely example. Please contact us for additional information and a condition report.


SN: 1/6919

£3310

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Good Mexborough Toby jug with caryatid handle Yorkshire c1800


A very well decorated Yorkshire Toby jug with a Toby as his small jug, caryatid handle and a clear Mexborough crown stamp to the underbase. Please contact us for additional information and a condition report. This is a fine example of the Yorkshire and would normally sell for c £1700, however, there is some professional restoration hence the lower price - he looks really good!


SN: 1/7693

£610

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An interesting raised glass pearlware Toby jug Staffordshire c1790 -1800


A well decorated pearlware Toby jug c1790-1800 with raised glass. Please contact us for additional information and a condition report


SN: 1/7691

£590

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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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