Toby Jug with tin hat, c.1820

Isn’t he a dapper fellow? I bought this wonderful Toby jug from one of my favorite dealers in the UK, who always manages to find unique examples of inventive repairs.

This nifty pearlware pottery jug, which stands 10 inches high, was made in England, c.1820. Toby is holding a jug of his own, inscribed “Success to our wooden wall”, which refers to the wooden ships of the British Navy, protecting the British shores from invasion.

At some point in its early life, Toby’s tricorn hat broke off and its remains were chipped away to make room for a replacement. A skilled tinsmith carefully created a fully dimensional top hat which also acts as a lid. Although chipped, cracked and battered about, our friend Toby looks pretty sharp donning his new, updated hat.

This Toby jug of identical form still maintains his original tricorn hat.

Photo courtesy of Woolley & Wallis

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3 Responses to “Toby Jug with tin hat, c.1820”

  1. Carol Thosath says:

    He’s adorable!!
    Your stories are always so interesting
    and witty!
    Thank you for your blog!
    Love and hugs! Carol

  2. Leslie LeFevre-Stratton says:

    Wouldn’t it be AWFUL if someone did a Trump Toby Mug with a “Success to the Wall.” Dreadful thought but I could not resist… sorry!

  3. Thanks Carol!

    And yes, Leslie, it would be AWFUL!!

    All best,

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