Category Archives: Character & Toby Jugs

Good Sir Toby

Toby XX Stoneware Jug
Toby XX Stoneware Jug

Most Royal Doulton collectors are familiar with the work of Charles Noke who launched character jugs at the Burslem Pottery in 1934. However, few are aware of the pioneering work done at Doulton’s Lambeth Pottery in London a century earlier. The first Doulton character jug was a salt-glaze stoneware portrait of Admiral Lord Nelson, the great naval hero, which dates from the 1840s. By the 1860s Doulton’s Lambeth Pottery was also making the traditional style of toby jug in brown salt-glaze stoneware. During the 20th century, the toby tradition was revived by Harry Simeon, one of Doulton’s most talented artists. Simeon fashioned Toby Fillpots into a variety of useful articles, such as a teapot, ashtrays, bookends, candlesticks and liquor decanters, as well as the more traditional toby jug.

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Betsy Ross Character Jug
The 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg will be marked by ten continuous days of ceremonies, programs and re-enactments in July. The Civil War was the bloodiest conflict in American history and the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863 was the most famous confrontation with over 50,000 casualties in three days. The Union victory signaled the end of the war although it took nearly two more years to finish. The commemoration coincides with July 4th celebrations around the country so this is a good time to look at some of the great Americana collectibles from Royal Doulton and other famous potteries.

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Miniature Jugs

Angel Mini
If you love doulton character jugs but don’t have a lot of space to devote to a collection then the miniature size is the perfect solution. They measure approximately 2 1/2 inches tall yet have great character and detail.

Special Commissions – An added advantage to collecting minis is that there are just 100 jugs to find. The miniature size was officially discontinued by Royal Doulton in 1991 although there have been occasional introductions since that date, notably the various Christmas miniatures. Continue reading Miniature Jugs

President Barack Obama Honored by the Royal Doulton Company

Obama Jug
President Barack Obama has been chosen as the 2011 Character Jug of the Year by Royal Doulton, the famous British china company. Since the 1930s, Royal Doulton artists have become renowned for their portrayals of celebrities in character jug form – Winston Churchill was one of the first politicians to be honored in 1940 and he continues to be a popular subject today. Royal Doulton character jugs are very collectible around the world and particularly in the USA.

The new character jug portrait of President Barack Obama was
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