Toby Duo


Beautiful duo of Toby jugs. Very rare collector's items from the 19th century. Provenance: Ghentian private collection. 

A Toby jug or Philpot (Fillpot) is a pottery jug in the form of a person. Typically the figure is a heavy-set, jovial man holding a mug of beer in one hand and a pipe in the other and wearing 18th century attire: a long coat and a tricorn hat. The original toby jug was developed by Staffordshire potters in the 1760s. 

Etymology: There are competing theories. One is that it was named after the intoxicated jovial character of Sir Toby Belch in a play of Shakespeare (Twelfth Night). Another is that it was named after a notorious drinker. 

This nice duo consists of two male figures, one with detachable hat and one salt barrel. The figure with the removable hat is very nice to use as a vase!

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Width6 cm
Height+/- 14 cm