Antique Toby Jugs

Toby Jugs Wanted

We are keen to purchase fine early English pottery toby jugs circa 1780-1840. Ralph Wood running glaze, or unusual enamel models including 20th century full sets of F.Carruthers Gould first world war one Wilkinson jugs. All purchases and contacts will be held in the strictest confidence. If you are collectors, dealers, executors or beneficiaries and have a toby jug that matches the above criteria and you think it could be of interest please send a brief description or photograph with price and condition to:

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Toby Jug News

If you want to sell your collection try selling them as one lot.

A small collection of five Ralph Wood toby jugs.

It certainly worked for this small collection of unusual running glaze jugs that were sold at Rowleys on the 31.8.16. Despite having some damage the jugs were rare enough to command a 4000 GBP winning bid. One has to assume the rare highly coloured Martha Gunn had an influence on the final result. I don't remember ever seeing such a pleasing Martha face highlighted by a rich full coloured under-glaze decoration which is very reminiscent of the classic Rodney's sailors adorned with check waistcoats and trousers.

Marked Spode Copeland toby jug (below).

The Hearty Good Fellow had its raised Walton scroll removed and was incised Copeland on the remaining white space. The price achieved was 420 GBP.

New low for a Prattware toby jug that failed to receive the required 100 GBP starting bid.
Border Auctions 27.8.16

A traditional Prattware toby jug and a Whieldon miniature toby jug with green running glaze coat.

Even though this attractive Prattware traditional toby (left) was described as Ralph Wood the estimate of 3-400 GBP turned out to be just too optimistic. Sadly it was passed.

Stamford Auction Rooms 27.8.16
In contrast the miniature running glaze toby fared much better receiving a respectable 440 GBP bid. It was creamware of Whieldon type with its trademark green running glaze giving it much more appeal than the usual Ralph Wood small jugs that are normally bid to around 300 GBP.

EBay 26.8.16 Item No. 272345984001

Marked Spode Copeland toby jug

For sale on EBay is this marked Spode and Copeland toby jug (left) which looks remarkably like the one sold in Woolley Wallis on 9.9.14. If you are one that collects factory marks and numbers such as 51 then this could be for you. It is priced at 7500 GBP
At first glance you could be forgiven for thinking it's by Walton notwithstanding the mark and price. Would anyone like to have a guess at the potter and price of the Hearty Goodfellow on the right.

Smoking can be costly in more ways than one.

Canterbury auctions 2.8.16 Right: Bolton auctions 1.8.16

What a difference 11 days between sales can make. These two early toby jugs (left) were sold at Canterbury auctions last week for a bid of 480 GBP. They were the same model as the Tennants example minus the pipes but made approximately 90% less in final values. It does tend to highlight the fragility in a picky market with established collectors creating an imbalance.
The majolica Falstaff toby jug (right) realized a woefully low bid of 42 GBP. This colourful jug was free from damage apart from a few scuffs and is around 150 years old with a date registration mark underneath the base. If you believe the old chestnut that toby jugs are an investment you surly can't go wrong with him.

18th century toby jug of ralph wood type.
Excellent auction price for an untouched running glaze toby jug. Tennants Auctions 22.7.16

It was described by the auction house as: A Ralph Wood Type Pottery Toby Jug, circa 1780, of traditional form holding a jug and smoking a pipe, decorated in pale manganese glazes. Estimate 400-600 GBP

Other than the addition of a pipe there is no noticeable difference from other traditional toby jugs that you would expect to see in most collections. It was sparsely coloured with a heavy pearlware glaze that had intermittent crazing being occasionally stained, particularly to the inside of the hat. Two unsightly chips were on separate high points of the outside rim of the hat. Any attempted restoration of these would clash with the surrounding crackled glaze spoiling its appearance and devaluing what is a very clean jug. I doubt if the bidders realised the significance of this jug so it must have been the addition of an original pipe that was its attraction. There have been other similar cheaper jugs offered over the last two weeks but some have had their pipes added which hardly inspires confidence. This toby made a lot more than what I thought at this time realizing a total price of 3200 GBP
Two points that should be derived from this sale result in light of recent price falls.
Quality seems to be the new rarity with unwarranted restoration deterring collectors.
When dispersing of older collections where opinions have changed, seriously consider auctions as well as private selling avenues. Get as many valuations as possible to avoid being short changed.

18th century toby jug of ralph wood type.
Eastbourne Auctions. 14.7.16

This richly coloured 18th Century Ralph Wood type pottery toby in creamware colours realized a very reasonable price of 180 GBP against an estimate of 250-350 GBP. Prattware and enamel traditional toby jugs have never being more affordable which hopefully should encourage collectors of Victorian jugs to move into this fascinating earlier period.

Result 180 GBP

Extremely low priced Toby jugs that might just turn out to be a bargain.

Having sold six similar WW1 Toby jugs on 3.3.16 with estimates at 300-500 GBP, these eight new offerings from Adam Partridge seem rather cheap being priced at 50-80 GBP and 50-100 GBP. Do check that these values are correct before placing any bids.
Adam Partridge Auctioneers.
Sale date: 30.6.16
Eight separate lots of Wilkinson Ltd Royal Staffordshire Pottery WWI character jug designed by Sir Francis Carruthers Gould


Lot 472. Earl-Kitchener 160 GBP
Lot 473. Lord French 90 GBP
Lot 474. Lloyd George 100 GBP
Lot 475. Marshall Foch 170 GBP
Lot 476. Admiral Beatty 300 GBP
Lot 477. Douglas Haig 160 GBP
Lot 478. Admiral Jellicoe 160 GBP
Lot 479. Marshall Foch 140 GBP

Condition is all in the "Detail"

This jug may not be for you but I really like Peter Wilson's comprehensive 14 detailed photographs and condition statement for selling this early Toby jug. Bidding is being conducted in house and live on the Internet. Full size images can be viewed at:
Peter Wilson.
Sale date: 7.7.16
Catalogue Description.
Lot 66. Staffordshire Ralph Wood type toby jug, typically modelled with pipe and ale jug, of the earlier hollow foot variety, early 19th century, 24cm high
Condition report: Old restoration to his hat and the rear corner of the base, chips to the front edge, glaze wear to the handle and the edge of the jug.

Result: 90 GBP

20th Century Decorative Art and Design is becoming more mainstream.

Antiques and Home magazine June 2016 issue ran an article that encouraged readers to display antiques in contemporary room settings even if there was just one antique featured, you should then post it on Pinterest under the heading "Antique with Modern".

Fashion changes and prices will always fluctuate.

18th century toby jug of ralph wood type.
Gerrards Auction Rooms 2014

Catalogue Description.
18th Century Toby Jug Of Ralph Wood Type.

While working on reviving our archive news reports I came across this Prattware jug that was for sale at Gerrards auction less than two years earlier than the one below. It's good to compare auction estimates which are a good indication on how an auctioneer views the market. Gerrards must have deemed it buoyant as the estimate for this jug was 800-1000 GBP

Prices continue to tumble with this nice looking Prattware Toby jug only securing a low bid of 220 GBP.

Gerrards Auction Rooms 26.5.16
It was described by the auctioneers as:
19thC Ralph Wood Style Staffordshire Toby Jug. Odd Chips To Glaze, Height 10 Inches
No Restoration. Good condition, with odd glaze chips and missing glaze to the mug which he is holding in his hand.
Estimate 80-120 GBP

EBay still draws the collectors looking for a bargain. Item No. 351721270603

What could be clearer than this description.
Here today we bring you an antique Staffordshire Prattware colour Toby jug.
This jug is Circa 1820 apx 9" tall
There are no markings on the item to show makers mark or where it was made.
There is no major damage to this jug there are some cracks to glaze and some missing glaze/colour
There is some marks to the item
Please see pictures

This early 19th century enamel toby had its faults that were more than compensated with a very fair sale result of just 102 GBP. The degraded black might have put some off but far better to see the original condition than a restored painted finish as you will never be sure what other damage lies beneath. It was offered for sale with 8 photographs that highlighted its true condition. If the flaking distracts, touch it up with a special water based model paint that can be easily removed without any further damage, ovoid the sandpaper at all costs.
It seems enamel and Prattware jugs are still considered secondary when compared with running glaze examples.

Ralph Wood Bacchus, Pan and the serpent Toby Jug.
Ralph Wood Bacchus and Pan Toby jug

Brightwells 20.4.16
A majolica Bacchus, Pan and the serpent Wine Jug, 12 1/2in H
This lovely colourful Ralph Wood Bacchuss Toby jug was described as majolica but is instantly recognizable to all collectors of Ralph Wood pieces. Not all liked it enough with the Toby realizing a meager 120 GBP
Estimate was 80-120 GBP

Ralph Wood small toby jug.
Miniture Ralph Wood Toby jug

East Bristol Auctions 14.4.16
Having failed to sell on two previous occasions with an estimate of 1000 GBP this nice small Ralph Wood Toby jug is being Re-listed. The new estimate is a very reasonable 300 GBP. My first purchase of this model at auction was in the early eighties at a cost of 600 GBP. Definitely worth following.
Price realized 340 GBP

EBay. Item number: 291705615095

This colourful jug had a turbulent sale on EBay last week. It was offered at a "Buy it Now" price of around 1200 GBP that gradually reduced to 700 GBP while at the same time being offered with a bidding starting price of 199 GBP. It eventually found its own level selling for 399 GBP.
With over two hundred jugs for sale around the country at this time they can quickly become stale, so it is important to give your toby the right sale attribution. This one was described as:
A Rare English Antique Ralph Wood Pottery of Burslem Staffordshire. Toby Philpot Jug, Whieldon Ware with rare muted colour run glaze, circa 1765.
I have never come across a R.Wood toby with a running glaze black hat and such a heavy handle in all my dealing years. Attribution should always be taken with a pinch of salt and more attention paid to what is before you. This toby only had age related wear which was clearly shown in numerous photographs that buyers seem to prefer. What you should take away from this sale is that a good R.Wood toby can be as little as 399 GBP. There has never been a better time to collect English pottery.
Ref: Ralph Wood Toby jugs.

A 19th century Scottish Toby jug.

Being sold at Great Western Auctions on the 18.3.16 is this lovely Scottish Toby jug. Twelve photographs will inspire confidence for all collectors worried about buying damage items. Sometimes described as circa 1800, and even one impressed with an implausible 1794 date will still not convince me they are anything other than Victorian. Competitively priced at 60-80 GBP this colourful jug would add to any collection.
Ref: The evolution of the Yorkshire Toby jug.

A Yorkshire Toby jug.
EBay. item number 111885930326

If you are looking for a genuine Yorkshire toby jug then maybe this might be the one for you. Being sold on EBay this week is an early 19th century toby where condition is shown in no less than 41 images. Apart from auction, I never buy if condition is not mentioned alongside description, but this seller's approach will encourage most, especially when you see their feedback at 100%. The jugs rarity is average but what is interesting, and something I have never encountered before, is the unusual shape of the crown that you wouldn't normally expect to see with this jug. Although it is only shown in situ you get the impression of a genuine original complete piece with just age related wear. The missing small cup doesn't have to be restored, but if you have to don't be tempted to replace it with anything that isn't true to this jug. An item will only be original once and will command 100% audience, if you mess with it interest will only decline. If you are serious about collecting do keep the image for reference to help avoid associated crowns or alterations.

An unusual white glazed Toby jug.
Peachtree and Bennett

This was an interesting sale of mixed toby jugs that covered several periods. It was probably assembled in the late 70s when you take into account the old yellowing and part restorations. Notice how all the fine glaze chipping / frosting has been left untouched with only essential work carried out. The unrecorded white toby jug is where you should focus your attention. It is potted in a traditional style with a narrow plinth supporting a flat unglazed base, a real collectors piece but it only achieved a winning bid of $10. I have listed most of the other early jugs but if you want to see the full auction in greater detail do view Peachtree's own website where each jug can be seen with numerous large photographs for each lot.
Rupert Toovey also had an unusual jug (left) with a flat unglazed base that was signed R Wood. The jovial character was nicely coloured in running glazes and realized a bid of 360 pounds. A website to bookmark and follow.

Any jug with a flat unglazed base will always be of interest
Be cautious and view the package as a whole as there is every chance it could be a prototype, studio piece or fake. The Peachtree jug was sold at a bargain price of $10 but can you imagine the possibilities if glazed in prattware colours.


Early 19th century Pearlware Yorkshire Toby jug.

Sale date: 22.9.16
Lot 2032. Early 19th century Pearlware Yorkshire Toby jug, 19.5cm tall,
Estimate 300-500 GBP


Two 19th century Toby jugs, sponge decoration

Andrew Smith & Son
Sale date: 13.9.16
Lot 399. Two 19th century Toby jugs, sponge decoration, approximately 25 cm high
Estimate 80-120 GBP


One of a group of Staffordshire toby jugs.

Turner Auctions and Appraisals LLC
Sale date: 11.9.16
One of a group of Staffordshire toby jugs.


A Ralph Wood Staffordshire toby jug of Toby Philpot circa 1780.

Border Auctions
Sale date: 27.8.16
Lot 361. Ralph Wood Staffordshire toby jug of Toby Philpot circa 1780. 10: high
Estimate 300-400 GBP

Result: Passed.


A good Antique Toby jug with blue ground coat.

Whittons Auctioneers & Valuers
Sale date: 11.8.16
Lot 603. A good Antique Toby jug with blue ground coat. Approx. 25 cms
Estimate 150-200 GBP


A group of eight 19th Century toby jugs

Warren & Wignall Ltd.
Sale date: 27.7.16
Lot 293. A group of eight 19th Century toby jugs/teapots and another, tallest 28cm. Condition - one with repaired chip to hat, Harty Good Fellow with chips to base, generally ok, minor faults.
Estimate 50-100 GBP


An early 19th Century pearlware pottery Toby jug of Yorkshire type

Canterbury Auction Galleries
Sale date: 2.8.16
Lot 410. An early 19th Century pearlware pottery Toby jug of Yorkshire type, modelled seated with a foaming jug of ale, 10ins high, and a Staffordshire pearlware example of traditional form, 9.75ins high (restoration)
Estimate 200-300 GBP
Result 480 GBP


19th Century Toby Jug

Perry & Phillips Shropshire

You could be in the "Pink" if this Staffordshire Toby jug sells for just 20 GBP.
Sale date: 5.7.16
Lot 135. 19th Century Toby Jug, 25cm tall
Estimate 20-30 GBP

Result: 90 GBP


TWO TOBY JUGS S. Smith Longton, 1851

Two of my favourite Victorian Toby jugs to collect.
Sale date: 28.6.16
Lot 1104. TWO TOBY JUGS S. Smith Longton, 1851 23 and 19 cm. high
Estimate 50-80 EUR


Early 19th century salt glazed stoneware Toby jug of a corpulent seated figure, with ale jug, 30cm and 
		 late 18th century pearlware Toby jug with brown glazed ale jug

Reeman Dansie
Sale date: 21.6.16
Early 19th century salt glazed stoneware Toby jug of a corpulent seated figure, with ale jug, 30cm and late 18th century pearlware Toby jug with brown glazed ale jug, 26cm high (2)
Estimate 60-100 GBP


Winston Churchill Toby Jug

Shapiro Auctioneers of Australia
Sale date: 21.6.16
This popular Winston Churchill toby jug designed by Clarice Cliff is being sold alongside ten other toby jugs from the series of WW1 allied leaders produced from the Wilkinson factory.
Estimate 1000-2000 AUD


Unusual 19th Century Minton Majolica Quaker man Toby jug

Lawrences of Bletchingley
Sale date: 7.6.16
Lot 700. Unusual 19th Century Minton Majolica Quaker man Toby jug with impressed makers and date ciphers to base, 11.25ins high
Estimate 500-800 GBP



Peter Francis
Sale date: 18.5.16
Lot 256. 19TH CENTURY STAFFORDSHIRE POTTERY 'HEARTY GOOD FELLOW' TOBY JUG, the toper standing holding a foaming jug of ale and holding his pipe across his chest. 28.5cm high. Unmarked.
Some paint flecks and losses to particularly the gentleman's green jacket and to naturalistic base, crazing overall as expected, no obvious other major significant damage, cracks or restoration.
Estimate 100-150 GBP
Result: Unsold.

Nice detailed condition statement.
Collectors will always tell you their biggest fear when buying any toby jug is that it's been damaged and restored. Auctions are not obliged to state condition but many now do. A condition statement will only be a guide and does not guarantee there isn't more issues than stated. If you don't see them always assume the item to have serious detrimental damage which will then require a personal viewing for piece of mind before purchase.


18th c. glazed stoneware Toby jug.

The Auction House of Bridport
Sale date: 29.4.16
Lot 254. 18th c. glazed stoneware Toby jug with tricorn hat, blue coat and a pint of ale!
Estimate 0 GBP
Result: 320 GBP


A Leonard Jarvis creamware commemorative toby jug: modelled as a seated Winston Churchill.

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood
Sale date: 19.4.16
Lot 541. A Leonard Jarvis creamware commemorative toby jug: modelled as a seated Winston Churchill, with palette and brushes in one hand, the other raised in the victory salute, under pale yellow, brown and green tones, signed and numbered 38/350, the base captioned 'The Rt. Hon. Winston S. Churchill
Estimate 400-500 GBP



Sale date: 3.3.16
Lot 162. A LATE 18TH CENTURY YORKSHIRE TOBY JUG, decorated in Pratt style colours on a green base, 11cm high
Estimate 120-180 GBP


An 18th century pearlware Toby jug.

Sale date: 13.2.16
Lot 162. An 18th century pearlware Toby jug (lacking cover) (a.f.)
Result: 90 GBP

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