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Good Martha Gunn Toby jug Staffordshire c1790


A particularly attractive Martha Gunn Toby jug c1790 - well decorated and complete with green Prince of Wales feathers in her bonnet - a similar Martha Gunn sold at Bonham's in 2009 for £3840 - see picture. Please contact us for additional information and a condition report.


SN: 1/7770

£1690

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Rare pair of Prattware Hearty Good Fellow Toby jugs Staffordshire c1790


It's so unusual to find a matched pair (slight variances in decoration) of Toby jugs and they look so good together! Well moulded and decorated in typical Prattware colours these two Hearty Good Fellow Toby's are in very nice original condition. Please contact us for additional information and a condition report. I would prefer to sell these as a pair, however, will consider splitting


SN: 1/7765 and 1/7766

£1520

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Thin Man Toby jug Staffordshire c1780


YES his hat is a replacement (based upon an original) and included FOC but doesn't it look fabulous! - see above in Discussions and News! A very nice example of the Thin Man Toby jug c1780 richly decorated in translucent manganese, cobalt blue and green glazes with his small jug in "terracotta" Please contact us for additional information and a condition report.


SN: 1/7669

£3700

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Original letter from Carruthers Gould to Wilkinsons dated 14th April 1917


Together with design drawings and comments a rare and fascinating original letter from Francis Carruthers Gould to Wilkinsons dated 1917 in which he discusses various design suggestions for the Toby jugs and confirms details for Botha and Beatty – particularly interesting discussion (and drawings) regarding the base for the Haig Toby – more under “Discussions and News” above.


SN: H/C/1

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Good Ralph Wood Toby jug c1780


A lovely Ralph Wood Toby jug well decorated in translucent manganese, aubergine, ochre and green translucent glazes - I love these aubergine coated Ralph Wood's! Well moulded and decorated with a brilliant glaze - hat restored. Please contact us for additional information and a condition report.


SN: 1/7726

£980

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Rare Portuguese Reading Toby c1800


Portuguese Reading Toby with original cap and a dog between his legs c1790-1800 - the creamware body decorated in translucent ochre, manganese and green - this lovely and rare Toby jug now on it's way to a fine collection in Kent.


SN: 1/983

SOLD

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Excellent creamware Toby jug Staffordshire c1780


The finest creamware Toby jug's that I've had and in my collection since I acquired him at Bonhams in 2004. Beautifully moulded and delicately decorated in manganese and blue - an excellent Toby jug. Completely unrestored - front corners clearly detached on 1st firing but decoration and 2nd firing went ahead - it would be simple to restore this but none of the many owners over the past 235 years or so have seen fit to do so - why on earth should they he's magnificent as he is!


SN: 5689

£1750

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Fine Ralph Wood sailor Toby jug Staffordshire c.1780.


Fine Ralph Wood sailor Toby jug Staffordshire c.1780. crisply moulded and well coloured in translucent manganese, ochre, cobalt blue and green running glazes. Please contact us for additional information and a condition report.


SN: 1/6261

£3130

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A fine Ralph Wood Lord Howe Toby jug c1780


In lovely condition and a fine example of the Ralph Wood Lord Howe Toby jug Staffordshire c.1780. Decorated in translucent manganese, cobalt blue and ochre running glazes and with the more unusual strap handle. Please contact us for additional information and a condition report.


SN: 1/6151

£4250

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Excellent Ralph Wood Planter Toby jug Staffordshire c1780


One of the best that I have had - the colours on this lovely c.1780 Ralph Wood Planter Toby jug are particularly pleasing and this, allied to the crisp moulding, rich glaze and fine condition makes him an excellent example. Please contact us for additional information and a condition report.


SN: 1/6467

£3130

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Good pearlware blue and white Toby jug c.1790


Ex Aurea Carter - The cobalt blue on white together with the floral decoration to hat and handle makes this a very striking late 18th century Toby jug. Please contact us for additional information and a condition report.


SN: 1/7167

£1240

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Fine Ralph Wood Long Face Toby jug Staffordshire c.1780


Lightly potted and richly decorated in the typical Ralph Wood colours of cobalt blue, manganese and ochre this is a fine example of the Long Face Toby jug. Please contact us for additional information and a condition report.


SN: 1/7272

£1960

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Ralph Wood hooked nose toby jug Staffordshire c.1780


A well moulded and richly coloured Ralph Wood hooked nose toby jug with raised glass Staffordshire c.1780. Painted in translucent cobalt blue, ochre and manganese running glazes. Please contact us for additional information and a condition report.


SN: 1/4924

£1420

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Very best prices paid for early English Toby jugs


I have collectors around the world and demand is very high, therefore, I am always eager to buy single Toby jugs or collections and pay the very best prices. My interest is in very early Toby's (not 20th century). Please send me a picture and I will let you know it's value and, if it's of interest, make you a serious offer and if not I'll advise you on where best to sell. I am happy to travel to see your Toby and to pay in cash.


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Good midsized Coachman Toby jug Staffordshire c1800


The Coachman is a lovely and interesting Toby jug and this mid size (9"tall) example is well potted and enameled in good strong colours. Please contact us for additional information and a condition report.


SN: 1/7714

£610

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Fine Ralph Wood Toby jug Staffordshire c1780


From a very fine North of England collection and previously the renowned Stoner collection a fine Ralph Wood 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 striking Toby jug! Please contact us for additional information and a condition report.


SN: 1/7023

£1780

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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 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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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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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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