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Good pearlware Martha Gunn Toby jug c.1790-1800


A very lightly potted and richly decorated pearlware Martha Gunn Toby Staffordshire c.1790-1800 complete with Prince of Wales feathers in good original condition - she really stands out! Underbase label for Oliver Sutton. Please contact us for additional information and a condition report.



SN: 1/7502

£1580

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Good Prattware Martha Gunn Toby jug Staffordshire c.1790


A particularly pleasing Martha Gunn Toby jug c.1790 well decorated in typical prattware colours - nicely moulded and with a bright glaze. Please contact us for additional information and a condition report.



SN: 1/7475

£1390

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Rare Ralph Wood sharp face Toby jug with raised pipe c.1780 - ex Bute collection


17th October - this lovely and rare sharp faced Ralph Wood Toby jug sold today and he's the 111th early Toby sold this year. I normally aim to sell 100 good early Toby's each year so clearly demand is high and I'm delighted to say that whilst many have sold to established collectors a good number have sold to new collectors - proving that this is a vibrant and growing community!



SN: 1/7423

SOLD

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Good Prattware Toby jug Staffordshire c.1780


A very good prattware Toby jug Staffordshire c.1780 well decorated in the typical Pratt colours of manganese, ochre and cobalt blue. Please contact us for additional information and a condition report.



SN: 1/7414

£740

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Fine Ralph Wood sharp face Toby jug c.1780 - ex Mackintosh collection


In 1967 Mike Collins bought two Ralph Wood Sharp Face Toby jugs at the Mackintosh sale at Sotheby's - he kept one and the other was given to a relative. I managed to buy Lot 47 in the UK in June (see my "News and Discussions" page) and astonishingly found this one (Lot 60) in Spain this month - reunited after 50 years! Crisply moulded, lightly potted and well decorated in manganese, cobalt blue and ochre translucent running glazes. A rare Toby jug with excellent provenance - please contact us for additional information and a condition report.



SN: 1/7424

£4300

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Rare Wood family raised glass 51 stamp Toby jug c.1790-1800


The c.1780 Ralph Wood raised glass Toby WITH the 51 stamp to the under base is relatively uncommon and comes decorated in translucent running glazes. This is the only raised glass Toby that I have seen in some 15 years with the under base 51 stamp and enamelled decoration. Whilst we cannot be sure, it is reasonable to assume that this is Wood family and a very early example of the enamelled Toby hence c.1790-1800. Please contact us for additional information and a condition report.



SN: 1/7426

£1760

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Good step Toby jug with dog Staffordshire c.1780


These early step Toby's always look so good! This one is made more unusual in having a dog by his feet and in addition to the blue there are grey translucent glaze highlights - pipe resting on on his arm. Please contact us for additional information and a condition report.



SN: 1/7403

£2300

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Prattware Toby jug Staffordshire c.1790


Prattware Toby jug decorated in manganese, ochre and cobalt blue with a nicely formed handle - please contact us for additional information and a condition report



SN: 1/7379

£630

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Staffordshire pearlware Toby jug c.1800


A richly coloured Staffordshire pearlware Toby jug c.1800 - please contact us for additional information and a condition report.



SN: 1/1350

£730

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Prattware Toby jug Staffordshire c.1790


Prattware Toby jug with sponged ochre and manganese decoration with sage green breeches and base ring. Please contact us for additional information and a condition report.



SN: 1/7182

£590

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Pearlware Long Face Toby jug Staffordshire c.1835


An attractive Long Face Toby jug in the style of Ralph Wood the well moulded pearlware body decorated in a translucent manganese glaze - in very good original condition. Coincidentally, a similar example is currently on Ebay: (Antique Staffordshire Longface Toby Ralph Wood Style c.1780) and whilst these are commonly thought to be late 18th century I believe that these were produced in the 1st half of the 19th century c.1820-50.



SN: 1/3513

£1290

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Mid sized raised glass Toby jug Staffordshire c.1790


Standing at 6 3/4" tall this is a well painted and nicely moulded raised glass Toby jug. Please contact us for additional information and a condition report



SN: 1/3684

£790

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Good Enoch Wood Toby jug STaffordshire c.1800


A lovely example of the Enoch Wood enamelled Toby jug with marbled base and pipe on arm - well painted with an attractive pink coat. Please contact us for additional information and a condition report.



SN: 1/6072

£560

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Good pearlware Sailor or Planter Toby jug Staffordshire c.1780


I've just added to the crew of sailors in my collection and so somewhat reluctantly I'm letting this one go! Richly decorated in cobalt blue, manganese and green translucent running glazes and well moulded. Please contact us for additional information and a condition report.



SN: 1/1985

£2100

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Good pearlware Toby with acanthus leaf handle c.1790


An imposing early Toby jug c.1790 - well moulded and with a handsome strap handle with acanthus leaf thumb piece. Please contact us for additional information and a condition report.



SN: 5685

£810

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Brown coated barrel Toby Staffordshire c.1790


The soft coloured manganese sponging on this barrel Toby almost gives it a Whieldon look - a good example. Please contact us for additional information and a condition report.



SN: 1/3039

£590

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Good prattware Toby jug Staffordshire c.1790


This Toby is beautifully decorated in typical prattware colours and has a brilliant glaze - he really does look as fresh as the day he came out of the kiln some 225 years ago! Pipe by his side and large strap handle. Please contact us for additional information and a condition report.



SN: 1/5605

£830

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Yorkshire pearlware Toby jug c.1830


Yorkshire Toby jug 1800-1850 in excellent original condition. Richly decorated and with a caryatid handle, curly pipe on his shoulder and a brilliant glaze.



SN: 1/755

£790

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Good Staffordshire pearlware Toby jug c.1790


Great looking Toby which someone (220 years ago!) took a lot of care decorating - in very good original condition



SN: 4759

£950

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Very Good creamware Toby jug Staffordshire c.1790


Crisply moulded creamware Toby with a rich glaze and decorated in green, manganese and cobalt blue - great colour combination! Please contact us for additional information and a condition report.



SN: 1/7382

£980

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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!