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Fine pearlware Ralph Wood Bacchus & Pan jug c.1780


One of two Bacchus & Pan jugs that I will be listing and both in excellent original condition - this example decorated in translucent cobalt, manganese and green glazes on a rich pearlware body complete with monkey, lion, owl and dolphin! Such complex pieces of pottery and so rare to find in such good original condition


SN: 1/8286

£1350

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Fine Prattware Bacchus & Pan jug c.1790


One of two Bacchus & Pan jugs that I will be listing and both in excellent original condition - this example decorated in typical bold Prattware colours complete with monkey, lion, owl and dolphin!


SN: 1/8287

£1330

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Good original creamware Step Toby jug c.1780


This lovely Step Toby jug is completely original and rather nicely bears the signs of handling over the past 240 or so years with various chips and nibbles! Last sold at Sotheby's in February 1989 and the catalogue picture shows him to be in this condition.


SN: 1/8281

£1850

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A good enamelled Long Face Toby jug c.1800


An attractive enamelled Long Face Toby jug c.1800 - well moulded and decorated. Please contact us for additional information and a condition report.


SN: 1/8235

£760

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Unusual pearlware Toby jug c.1800 with the initials I. B. moulded on his hat


An interesting pearlware Toby jug c.1800 with the initials I. B. moulded at the front of his hat - the hat was probably restored in the 19th century and these initials added (presumably by the owner) and so as this is very much a part of the Toby's history and shall remain.


SN: 1/8253

£790

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Good pearlware Toby jug c.1790


A nicely moulded pearlware Toby jug c.1790 - 7 1/4" tall. Well decorated in translucent manganese, ochre and blue glazes. The chip on the base occurred during the first firing some 230 years ago and I love the fact that no-one has seen fit to fill it! a lovely honest Toby jug


SN: 1/8274

£785

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Very good pearlware Toby jug c.1780 - green hands!


A very good quality Toby jug in lovely original condition Staffordshire c.1780. The green highlights make this Toby really stand out - particularly his hands!


SN: 1/8256

£990

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Exceptional small pearlware Toby jug c.1780


Standing at 6 1/2" tall this is an outstanding small pearlware Toby jug c.1780 and you would have great difficulty in finding a better one! I particularly like his small tankard with froth spilling over and the overall decoration is really good.


SN: 1.8275

£1150

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Fine and well decorated white Toby jug Staffordshire c.1800


An unusual Toby jug which is predominantly white but very well decorated in puce with a buff coloured small jug. Please contact us for additional information and a condition report.


SN: 1/8023

£790

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Good pearlware Toby jug Staffordshire c.1780-90


A richly coloured pearlware Toby jug Staffordshire c.1780-90 with strap handle and a very nicely decorated base edge - well defined stepped underbase. Please contact us for additional information and a condition report. SN: 1/6038£990


SN: 1/6038

£890

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FAKE Toby jug - according to Captain R. K. Price! 7 3/4" tall


Plate 180 in Captain Price's "Astbury, Wieldon and Ralph Wood Figures" shows a picture of an identical Toby jug with the simple caption "FAKE"! In fact he is a very nice small mid to late 19th century continental Faience Toby jug in the style of the earlier English Toby's - a very pleasing FAKE!


SN: 1/8267

£250

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A set of three small Scottish "Portobello" Toby jugs c.1820 - tallest 7 1/2"


Three very nice examples of the Portobello type Toby jug displaying the range of colours and moulds found - all in very nice condition the largest being 7 1/2" tall. All available individually - please enquire


SN: 3 x Portobello

£750

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Rare stoneware Farmer Toby jug Musselburgh, Scotland c.1830-40


The Farmer is a rare Toby jug and the enamelled versions sell for upwards of £5000 - this is a slightly later "stoneware" version in excellent original condition with no restoration. Musselburgh crown mark to the under base.


SN: 1/8258

SOLD

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A fine pearlware Toby jug Staffordshire c.1790


Looking as fresh as when he came out of the kiln some 230 years ago! A fine and well moulded pearlware Toby jug decorated in manganese, ochre and green with a nicely formed churchwarden pipe by his side and terracotta small jug.


SN: 1/8257

£1050

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Excellent Ralph Wood Planter Toby jug Staffordshire c1780


This fine Ralph Wood Planter Toby jug c.1780 spent the last 70 or so years in a major American museum. Good decoration and crisp moulding he's in very good original condition with just a firing blemish on right shoulder - no restoration!


SN: 1/7913

£3950

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Good pearlware Toby jug c.1780


A very nice and richly decorated pearlware Toby jug c1780 with pipe by his side - he looks as if he has sneezed into his snuff with ochre on his nose and forehead - a great Toby! Please contact us for additional information and a condition report


SN: 1/7787

£880

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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£720


SN: 1/7714

£790

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Fine creamware Admiral Lord Rodney mug c.1780


A lovely example of the Staffordshire creamware Admiral Lord Rodney mug - 4 1/4" tall - decorated in soft manganese, ochre and green translucent glaze. In very good original condition - faint firing lines on right jaw and the rim line above left eye is decoration and not a crack!


SN: 1/8147

£1330

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Prattware Long Face Toby jug Staffordshire c.1780


Am imposing large hat version off the Long Face Toby jug c.1780 well decorated in typical prattware colours. Please contact us for aditional information and a condition report


SN: 1/7997

£1510

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Very fine pearlware Toby jug c.1780


A fine and well moulded pearlware Toby jug with very distinctive decoration c.1780. In extremely good original condition with no restoration - a great Toby jug!


SN: 1/8001

£1510

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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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