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19th century Napoleon Toby jug


At 12" tall an unusual and very imposing faience Toby jug depicting Napoleon - very nicely decorated and probably French. Please contact us for additional information and a condition report.


SN: 1/7893

£390

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Fine pearlware Double Base Toby jug c1780


An excellent double base Toby jug - 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

£1500

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Rare Ralph Wood large hat Toby jug c1780


A good Ralph Wood Toby jug decorated in blue, manganese and ochre translucent running glazes with the unglazed areas found on very early Ralph Wood pieces - in addition to the large hat he also has an unusual strap handle - a rare and most attractive Toby. Please contact us for additional information and as condition report.


SN: 1/7901

£1850

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Very good 51 stamped Ralph Wood Toby jug c1780


Bearing the rare underbase 51 stamp this is a lovely example of the Ralph Wood raised glass Toby jug. Lightly potted and well decorated in manganese, ochre and soft green translucent running glazes. Please contact us for additional information and a condition report.


SN: 1/7904

£2100

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A fine and rare Ralph Wood Hook Nose Toby jug c1780


The grey coated Ralph Wood Toby jug's are particularly attractive and rare and this Hook nosed example is rarer still - decorated in translucent grey, ochre and manganese running glazes. In very nice original condition.


SN: 1/7903

£2350

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Very fine Ralph Wood Planter Toby jug c.1780


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


SN: 1/7902

£3550

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Mid sized (7" tall) Staffordshire Toby jug c1800


As attractive mid sized Toby jug with nicely marbled base and raised cup. Please contact us for additional information and a condition report.


SN: 1/7880

£395

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19th century Hearty Good Fellow Toby jug


As attractive 19th century Hearty Good Fellow Toby jug in good original condition - 11" tall and possibly continental.


SN: 1/7892

£390

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Rare Royal Doulton saltglazed stoneware Toby jug - The Priest c.1900


An imposing and rare 13 1/4" tall saltglazed stoneware Toby jug by Royal Doulton - The Priest c.1900 Please contact us for additional information and a condition report.


SN: 1/6011

£495

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Fine Sinner Toby jug Staffordshire c1800


The Sinner is a very well detailed mid Size Toby jug (8" tall) and a real character! This is one of the best that I have had - well moulded and decorated and in good original condition with no restoration. Please contact us for additional information and a condition report.


SN: 1/7815

SOLD

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Good Martha Gunn Toby jug Staffordshire c1800


A particularly attractive Martha Gunn Toby jug c1800 - 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

SOLD

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Excellent prices paid for early English Toby jugs


I have several new collectors of early Toby jugs (as well as many established collectors!) and am extremely keen to buy single Toby jugs or collections and will pay the very best prices. My interest is in pre Victorian Toby's (not 20th century). Please send me a picture and I let you know value(s), make an offer or 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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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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Ralph Wood 51 mould raised glass Toby jug with central pipe c1780


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


SN: 1/7690

£1450

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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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Very fine pearlware Toby jug c1780


A particularly fine pearlware Toby jug standing 9 1/4" tall and in excellent original condition with no restoration. Beautifully decorated and well moulded.


SN: 1/7867

£1550

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Good mid sized Portobello standing Toby jug Scotland c1820


71/4" tall - an attractive Portobello Toby jug c1820 in very nice condition - please contact us for additional information and a condition report.


SN: 1/7816

£340

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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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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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