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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: diane.ginns@yahoo.co.uk

Antique Toby Jug News

With so much choice why buy a Toby jug that detailed condition is not stated
There are some very good dealers now using this selling platform
If you do follow you will have noticed at the end of 2018 there were twenty genuine antique Toby jugs listed at the same time.
Below are two recent sales, both in original condition meaning no professional Restorations.

EBay: item number 163334956115 A/F

How refreshing to see this jugs damage clearly shown in photographs.
Enamel is not to everyone's taste at the moment but this medium size Coachman realized a punchy 207 GBP
Condition: Hat damage running into body crack.

EBay: item number 362524650548

This lovely stoneware Toby jug with only a small chip received 18 bids and sold for a respectable 281 GBP

Social Media is more about website ratings and falling sales

What happened to the term "Fresh To The Market".

If promoting your Toby jug through a third party make sure it's portrayed in a good LIGHT. You might want to brush up on terms and conditions before highlighting restoration to valuable jugs on a platforms such as instagram. This can be a great help to the connoisseur collector but do very little for your jugs value. Exclusivity will always be paramount but don't rule out signed editions turning up around trade circles.

Legacy of "Doesn't it look Pretty Now" takes its toll as sales become unpredictable.

A small collection of Toby jugs

Ashcroft and Moore Willow Grove, PA, US 12.12.18,




Staffordshire Toby Jugs

Ashcroft and Moore Willow Grove, PA, US

Ralph Wood Type Toby Jug

Toby Jug Lot 255

Ashcroft and Moore Willow Grove, PA, US
Date 12.12.18

Catalogue Description.
Ralph Wood Type Toby Jug, seated holding a jug, keg between legs, pipe against side of leg, label on bottom Frances L. Dickson.
Estimate: 500-800 USD

Result: Passed

Ralph Wood Type Toby Jug

Toby Jug Lot 256

Ashcroft and Moore Willow Grove, PA, US
Date 12.12.18

Catalogue Description.
Ralph Wood Type Toby Jug, seated holding a jug on knee, with lid.
Estimate: 500-800 USD

Result: Passed

Ralph Wood Type Toby Jug

Toby Jug Lot 257

Ashcroft and Moore Willow Grove, PA, US
Date 12.12.18

Catalogue Description.
Ralph Wood Type Toby Jug, seated holding jug on knee with foaming beer, pipe resting aside right leg
Estimate: 500-800 USD

Result: Passed

Copyright 2014 : All rights reserved Ray and Diane Ginns

Hearty Goodfellow Toby Jugs.

Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates. USA. 10.11.18



Staffordshire Toby Jugs

Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates 10.11.18

These two small Prattware Hearty Goodfellow Toby jugs despite being heavily restored did remarkably well.
Good enamel Hearty Goodfellows are selling today for around the £80-120. mark
Also in the sale was a nice Step Whieldon which realized a very punchy £1846
Dollar Rate: 1.30 GBP at the time of sale.

Toby Jug Lot 2650

Catalogue Description.
CERAMIC TOBY JUG FIGURE, with pipe in left hand and pitcher in right, "Hearty Good Fellow" type with polychrome underglaze colors, decorated in the round.

Condition Report:
Head with glued repair and minor filled chips, pipe and hat with professional restoration, flake on pitcher, chips to underside of base, firing separations between handle and back of figure and shoulder to waste.

Estimate: 100-150 USD
Result: 650 USD


Toby Jug Lot 2653

Catalogue Description.
ENGLISH STAFFORDSHIRE PEARLWARE / PRATTWARE CERAMIC TOBY JUG FIGURE, with pipe in left hand and pitcher in right, "Hearty Good Fellow"-type with underglaze polychrome colors, decorated in the round.

Condition Report:
Professional restoration to head and hat, some exterior glaze flakes, and interior curved hairline. Areas of moderate crazing.

Estimate: 100-150 USD
Result: 700 USD

Copyright 2014 : All rights reserved Ray and Diane Ginns

Fancy a Ralph Wood Toby Jug for just £10

The down side is it has no hat and half the head is missing.

Atkins Auctions 2.11.18

Lot 385: A dapple grey Beswick shire horse, foal ( ear missing) along with an antique Toby jug ( A/F)
Estimate: 15-25 GBP
Result: 260 GBP

Late 19th century Toby Jug

Burstow & Hewett 5.9.18,

This Toby jug gives a whole new meaning to being head and shoulders above the rest and realized an extraordinary £900 bid. There has always been a degree of 'Buy mine or I'll bid you up' in the antiques trade, which I think is reflected in this result. It wasn't for me but I did manage to find this image, reports stated it looked attractive despite his head having been off, that should reassure the purchaser and maybe bag a collector with the same ideals. There is no gain in restoring the chips, flaking and severed head although some would then term it a good or fine raised cup and no doubt the best they have ever seen, cleaning off the excess glue is all that is required.

Many auctions are now stating condition with descriptions as standard; it continues to grow and is essential when buying. Our auction sales/archive page is now nearly 5 years old and becoming a regular feature in search engine results. Thank you for all your support. Keep bookmarking and cross referencing for damage and provenance.

Another Blue and White Toby Jug

Bonhams 26.9.18

Lot 6: A blue and white pearlware toby jug and Staffordshire Toby Teapot.

Result: 380 GBP

Blue and White Toby Jug

Ebay 3.8.18. Item No. 292656307972

This Toby Jug could set your collection apart but is not one for the faint-hearted. It had a starting price of just £10 and received several bids.

Result: 562 GBP

To find out about genuine Blue and white wares read:
The Dictionary of Blue and White Printed Pottery 1780-1880. Volume 1 and 2 by A.W.Coysh and R.K.Henrywood.

A Creamware Thin Man Toby Jug, circa 1780
Thin Man Toby Jug

Tennants 21.7.18,
Lot 44: A Creamware 'Thin Man' Toby Jug, circa 1780
Previously bought at Fieldings 3 months earlier for £1100. Lot: 101

Auction terms and conditions should be adhered to at all times.

Watching this Thin-man Toby jug sell on-line produced something new.
With a lower estimate of a £1000 the auctioneer received no interest and bidding opened at £500. It quickly spiralled up contested by the Internet and phone bidder who eventually had the highest bid of £2200, with my pc bidding platform asking for £2500. After quite a long pause and the next bid not forthcoming a message was relayed to the auctioneer that the £2200 bid was retracted, the lot was then apparently sold to the Internet at the previous bid of £2000. I am not sure how an electronic recording is reversible on a rejected bid. Surly the lot should have been re-offered without the time waster, as all bids should be null and void unless reinstated by the under-bidder; it then would have every chance of selling at the reserve.
Sales are normally recorded for clarity, but using a personal screen saver program might be a good idea in today's electronic age.

Lot 18. An early Toby jug in a multi lot of five.
Charles Ross Fine Art 21.7.18

If you are wondering why this Ralph Wood toby jug had an opening bid of just 12 GBP then email me for extra large images. Viewing essential.
Always limit your risk and view.

Result: 500 GBP

A set of WW1 Toby Jugs.

Golding Young & Mawer 18.7.18

A full set of eleven Wilkinson Toby jugs, each designed by Sir Francis Carruthers Gould, modelled in the form of First World War Generals, Monarchs, Presidents etc., to include Marshall Foch, King George V, President Wilson, Marshall Joffre, Admiral Beatty, President Botha, Sir John French, Lord Kitchener, Admiral Jellicoe, Lloyd George and Earl Haigh, various sizes, printed signatures and marks to base.

Estimate:2500-3500 GBP

Result: 3600 GBP

Three early Yorkshire Toby Jugs.

Thomas N. Miller 26.6.18

Amongst this tray of ceramic items were two early Prattware Toby jugs and a Leeds type. You have to look closely to spot all three including the damage on them. They didn't escape unnoticed realizing a respectable bid of 320 GBP for all.

Two Prattware Toby Jugs.
Contrasting results for these two Prattware jugs.

The Yorkshire type jug (left) including a Staffordshire Punch door stop was sold at Wright Marshall Ltd. for 80 GBP. The small jug looks to be a replacement for either a small Toby or sparrow beak jug. but still represents good value when overall quality is taken into account. An excellent buy where very little can be lost if left untouched .

The other Toby shown realized 550 GBP at David Lay (compare its price to a much finer similar example in our 'Auction Best Buys'). The suggestion and lack of a pipe will always put some collectors off. I am not certain that this model ever had a pipe or even a cup with comparison jugs also having restored pipes. It isn't uncommon to find an empty raised right hand on later jugs, given the high price there is every possibility that a pipe is intended, lets hope not.

An attractive small Postillion Toby jugs.
A small enamel Postillion Toby Jug.
EBay Item No. 183112420017 March 2018

These attractive small Postillion Toby jugs are not as rare as once pronounced. Before the 2006 Skinner sale they would retail around the 500 GBP mark, that sale (Skinner) changed minds with one selling for 3810 GBP. Now with several coming onto the market the prices are returning to realistic levels.
This colourful example has just sold on Ebay for 150 GBP.

A antique Staffordshire Prattware Toby jug.

This wonderful Toby jug with no restorations was sold at Gildings auction to a very satisfied private collector.

It's been suggested that collectors should be deprived of knowing what's coming to auction via the net. Do we really want to ban 'The-Saleroom.com'.
The buyer/collector of this Toby jug whom I have known for many years was most annoyed and said. 'First we are deprived of knowing if an item is restored and now all Toby jug auctions have to be a secret. Do they really have any interest in collectors.'

Specialist pottery expert Jonathan Horne always encouraged interest in collecting and dealing thus creating a vibrant antique community.

This lovely Clarice Cliff Winston Churchill Toby Jug had no restorations.
Clarice Cliff Winston Churchill Toby Jug.
EBay 273215059119

This lovely Clarice Cliff Winston Churchill Toby Jug had no restorations and was purchased from Golding Young & Mawer (18.4.18) for 850 GBP. It then travelled south and was listed on EBay resulting in an extraordinary winning bid of 2021 GBP.

Six WW2 allied leaders.
Six WW2 allied leaders - In production now in a series of twelve Toby jugs.
Golden Memories Auction. May 2018.

Description: Lot 85 - General Lissimo Chiang Kai-Shek no. 22 of l00, Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, General Douglas Macarthur, Admiral Louis Mountbatten, General Charles De Gaulle & General George S. Patton. All l0 inches tall

Retailing at 500 USD or 300 GBP each, this collection of six sold for a total of 225 USD or 166 GBP
Result: 225 USD

A buff coloured Hearty Goodfellow Toby jug.
Hearty Goodfellow Toby Jug and Jug.
Forsythes Auction

These later buff coloured small Hearty Goodfellows always seem to have firing issues. This one was dated 1850 and had little interest receiving just a single bid on the reserve of approximately 250 British Pounds.
See the new NEWS page for more details where it can be compared with previous examples.
What would preclude this toby jug from being 18th century?
Result 250 GBP


Auction Best Buys

As sale prices become more affordable, what were the recent best buys at auction.

Result: 130 GBP

Hearty Goodfellow Toby jug - Night Watchman Toby jug - Pepperpot.
JS Fine Art
Hearty Goodfellow Toby jug - Night Watchman Toby jug - Pepperpot

Result: 110 GBP

Hearty Goodfellow Toby jug and five others.
Semley Auctioneers.
Hearty Goodfellow Toby jug

Result: 731 GBP

Collier Toby jug.
Collier Toby jug.

Result: 104 GBP

Falstaff antique Toby jug
Falstaff antique Toby jug

Result: 184 GBP

19th century Toby jug
Antique English 19th century Toby jug

Result: 100 GBP

A Pattware Toby Jug
Wotton Auction Rooms
A Prattware Toby jug.

Result: 130 GBP

A Pearlware Toby Jug
Richard Winterton

Result: 260 GBP

A Prattware Toby Jug
Hutchinson Scott

Result: 200 USD

Dr Johnson Toby Jug
West Lake
A Dr Johnson Toby jug

Result: 100 GBP

Coachman Toby Jug
Franklin Browns
A Coachman Toby Jug

Result: 220 GBP

A Prattware Toby Jug
Franklin Browns
A Prattware Toby Jug

Result: 1200 GBP

A Ralph Wood Sailor
A colourful Ralph Wood Sailor

Result: 70 GBP

Portobello Toby Jug
Woolley Wallis
Portobello traditional Toby Jug

Result: 63 GBP

A Neale type Toby Jug
A good Neale type Toby Jug

Unsold 50 GBP

A Staffordshire Toby Jug
John Nicholson's
A Staffordshire Toby Jug.

Result: 79 GBP

Yorkshire style Toby jug
Yorkshire style Toby jug

Result: 220 GBP

Coachman Toby jug
Coachman or Large Hands Toby jug

Result: 260 GBP

Leeds type Toby jug.
Leeds type Toby jug.

Result: 140 GBP

Saltglazed Toby jug

Result: 500 GBP

Prattware Toby jug
A Pratt Type Pottery Toby Jug and Cover, circa 1800.

A Village Idiot or Laughing Man Toby jug.

Village Idiot or Laughing Man Toby Jug.

Fieldings Stourbridge

Collectors embrace buying at auction at this popular venue that's building quite a reputation for selling early Toby jugs.
The offerings this time were a mixture of running-glaze, Prattware and two late Delft type jugs, all results can be viewed on our auction pages. The majority were not in the best condition and the few I viewed carried no dealers/collection stickers. Great condition reports were available as usual but a personal inspection was the order of the day. Best prices were paid for the jugs that carried the usual hooks, Village Idiot, Thin Man, Sailor, and Ralph Wood. Although results for these were well above estimates they can still be considered bargains when compared to similar of today's trade offerings. Aesthetics is all important when buying so don't be afraid to ask for more images. Compare the Village Idiot's hat which is the wrong shape and lists to one side, it could be totally restored.
Result 1150 GBP

See: Restoration

See: All Sale Toby Jugs

A small Fiddler Toby jug.
Martin & Pole

This small fiddler Toby jug caught me by surprise when it came up for sale at my local sale room in Wokingham. Who would have thought such a rarity would turn up so close to the only other similar model that can be seen in the Brighton museum. This small bespoke jug always carries a big price being sort by Early pottery and Toby jug collectors alike. The over-burnt manganese hat was unusual, the orange breeches and porridge crazed glaze different which made viewing essential if you have deep pockets. Consult Pat Halfpenny's books for more information and Toby jug collectors should compare it with the traditional model. I hope the minor damage is never touched on what is probably the nicest one I have seen in over 40 years.
Result 8000 GBP

Four early 19th century Toby jugs.

Twelve Toby jugs divided into 3 lots.

Adam Partridge. 22.2.18.
An interesting lot of 4 Toby jugs was sold by Adam Partridge Auctioneers. A green coat running glaze traditional, a Ralph Wood sailor and the remaining two of no consequence. They did extremely well for their condition realizing a bid of 1500 GBP against an estimate of just 60 GBP. All lots are posted on our auction page. Adam Partridge will always oblige with extra photographs posted on their website on request with the usual condition reports alongside description. They certainly helped me. The hat on the geen coat traditional had many cracks that carried into the hair and body, one shoe was restored. Heavy crazed staining is apparent which can be problematic on a white background. I thought the sailor to have been dropped at some time and needed a personal viewing. Extensive cracks around the neck and odd shaped handle should have shouted beware. Did the missing small handle draw your eye away from the main body of the jug.
Result: 1500 GBP

A full set of eleven Wilkinson Carruthers Gould World War One Toby jugs of the allied war leaders.

A full set of eleven WW1 Toby jugs realised a bid of 3500 GBP.

That is great value for a complete set when averaged out at 318 GBP each especially Botha that is limited to 250. Recent estimates ranged between 5-10,000 GBP for a full set.

Seven Wilkinson Carruthers Gould World War One Toby jugs of the allied war leaders.

Value for money if your looking for WW1 Toby jugs.

Sheffield Auction 1.12.17.
Good result for Seven Wilkinson WW1 Toby jugs that have just sold for a bid of 1700 GBP or 243 GBP each
Estimate was 12-1800 GBP

An enamel sailor toby jug. A Prattware traditional toby jug and a very nice quality bocage group of the Scuffle

Staffordshire Pottery thought provoking result.

Bonhams Edinburgh 22.2.17.

An enamel sailor toby jug. A Prattware traditional toby jug and a very nice quality bocage group of the "Scuffle".
Presenting these three items together in one lot would have been unthinkable only a few years earlier.
They carried an estimate of 600-900 GBP and received a single winning bid of 500 GBP.

Staffordshire Toby Jugs.

Fielding Auctioneers 7.1.17.

If enamel toby jugs are your choice then there were bargains to be had at Fieldings. Running glaze toby jugs still remain the collectors preference but prices are not what they once were.

Their first sale of the year included a collection of 19 early toby jugs. Colourful Victorian, Prattware, enamel and running glaze with most having varying degrees of restoration. Attendance by collectors was average with most securing at least one toby with the majority being bought by the trade. I won't mention detail of the restoration which was considerable on some other than to say there were no trade stickers present. I had seen most of these jugs sold at an earlier time so viewing was essential. One jug had been deliberately altered from its original form but there were good buys to be had for the experienced collector. You can view the results on our auction pages. Shown are a few of the most interesting jugs worth a closer look, don't they look wonderful in the photographs, but can you spot the restorations.
All images can be viewed in more detail on Fieldings website.

Three Toby jugs: Ralph Wood Lord Howe Toby jug, Creamware Toby jug, Trafalgar Sailor Toby jug

Prices from left - right - 1100 - 420 - 620 GBP

Three Toby jugs: A Prattwre Toby jug, a Walton Hearty Goodfellow Toby jug and a Dollars Sailor Toby jug.

Prices from left - right - 230 - 190 - 180 GBP

Buying English Pottery at auction.

Can't be bothered to view. No amount of restoration is too much.
Click and Collect - Well. post it if you can!

I have always been a big fan of buying from auction and would recommend you do the same. To have first choice makes all the hard work worthwhile and if successful will set your collection apart if quality is your goal. View leisurely and all will be fine. What possible reason would you have for buying anywhere else other than for paying someone for their experience and expertise.
This account of buying from auction is all you need to read to trust in your own judgement.

A specialist dealer bought several English pottery items from auction. On receipt they were dissatisfied to find that two items had restoration that had not been disclosed in the auction houses condition report. The two pieces were then stripped of the unaccounted restoration material by their restorer and pre restoration photographs taken along with a quotation for reinstatement. The photographs were then sent to the auction house where apparently an appropriate refund was agreed. They then state that it's a shame other auction houses do not act in a similar fashion and refuse to accept responsibility when they issue incomplete condition reports.
I am not sure if this account is to discourage you from buying from auction, it certainly might discourage you from collecting.
If you are unfortunate to have a legitimate complaint, please consider taking the items back.
Restoration should be a last resort not a "Get Out of Jail Free Card".

Here are some useful facts when buying from auction.
Auctioneers can't be expected to be experts in every field and are not obliged to issue condition reports. Reports should be treated as a guide only but can be useful time savers when long journeys are involved. Always view unless practically impossible or you could end up buying a fake, damaged or restored item or simply just not liking it when it arrives through the post ( another risk ). You have to abide by the auction house terms and conditions. They will undoubtedly include a DISCLAIMER which basically means "Buyer Beware". If travel is inconvenient or you just want to keep costs down, expect the worst and not a refund, auctions are not retail outlets.
NB: Larger auction houses use standard condition report forms where the disclaimer is printed as a footnote.

Typical Disclaimer

In response to your request we are pleased to provide the following information for guidance only, without legal obligation or prejudice to our standard terms and conditions of sale. This auction house cannot be held responsible for damage or faults that may be missed during our inspection of the item/s in question. The statements contained in this report are expressions of our opinion only and not statements of fact, nor do they imply any basis of fact upon which the opinion is founded. You should not rely upon this report when deciding whether or not to make a bid. Please note that any attached illustrations are intended as a guide only. Colours and general appearance may differ from the original item/s. We strongly recommend that you inspect the lot yourself and consult an independent professional conservator or restorer.

A Dr. Johnson Toby jug. Staffordshire pottery.

Dr Johnson Staffordshire Toby Jug.

EBay. 22.12.16. Item No. 302166847782
22 bids were placed with the winner paying 380 GBP.

I really like this jug because of its originality. It is not the best quality you will see having most of the black enamel glaze degraded but hasn't flaked exposing the white glaze beneath. The challenge facing any new collector is whether to restore or not and if so in what quantity. I would prefer a little sympathetic restoration to the damaged corners of the hat only; others would paint over the degraded enamel to portray an unblemished jug. It's a shame that choice is slowly disappearing.

A 19thC Toby jug.

Contrasting fortunes for an Enamel Toby Jug.

Golding Young & Mawer. 16.11.16

Descripton: A 19thC Toby jug, wearing a red coat, carrying a flagon, painted in puce, 26cm high

Neale type toby jug with brightly coloured red coat looked to be in good condition. With recent high prices for marked examples you would expect this toby to do well.
Sadly it realized just 130 GBP.

Yorkshire toby jug.

First sold at Skinners and recently at Woolley and Wallis.

Viewing and research will always be your best friend.

Opinions will always differ when a toby jug is as unique as this interesting Yorkshire example which was sold at Woolley and Wallis auctions Salisbury on 13.9.16. It had changed hands several times since being auctioned in the Coil collection at Skinners Boston in 2006 and is one of only three examples I know of that all appeared in the second half of the 20th century,
The Salisbury auction catalogue entry read;
A rare Yorkshire creamware Toby jug c.1780, seated with a massive clay pipe, holding an empty jug moulded with Cupid to two sides and with a face beneath the spout, with caryatid handle, all picked out in a deep manganese and raised on a rare flat base.
Being of stoneware appearance with a treacle type glaze makes it difficult if not impossible to date this bespoke toby jug. There was major damage that added to some troublesome questions that arose from viewing. One dealer with over 35 years experience of toby jugs said "I have looked in all the books and catalogues and it has no history". It did however have two trade stickers on the base, one from Bernard & S. Dean Levy, Inc, who were trading from 1973 and another of Ginsburg and Levy first trading form 1901 and ceasing in 1976. I would be interested to here from anyone that can pre-date the B.S.Dean Levy sticker with a catalogue entry, illustration or museum reference. Another version also with major damage has been recently sold twice by Bonhams.
To begin to make sense of this jug you first have to answer, "why do Bonhams constantly date this model c1820".
For more information on Ginburg and Levy see: http://www.nytimes.com/1983/03/27/arts/antiques-view-a-curtain-falls.html

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

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

Border Auctions 27.8.16
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.

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.

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.
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.

Eight WW1 Toby jugs designed by Sir Francis Carruthers Gould and produced by the Wilkinson factory.

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. http://www.adampartridge.co.uk/
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

Staffordshire Ralph Wood type toby jug

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. https://www.peterwilson.co.uk/
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

19thC Ralph Wood Style Staffordshire Toby Jug.
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

Staffordshire Prattware colour Toby jug.
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

Toby Jug Auction News


Toby Jug Lot 361

Whitley's Auctioneers, Inc.
Date 19.1.19

Catalogue Description.
Starting bid 500 USD

General Botha Toby jug.

Toby Jug Lot 370

Whitley's Auctioneers, Inc.
Date 19.1.19

Catalogue Description.
General Botha Toby jug.
Starting Bid 1500 USD

Toby Jug female figure Stone faience mug

Toby Jug Lot 570

Marques dos Santos, Portugal
Date 13.12.18

Catalogue Description.
Toby Jug female figure Stone faience mug, attributed to the Cavaquinho Factory, 18th / 19th century, polychrome decoration, representing a female figure with a dog in her lap. Signs of use.
Estimate: 1950-2600 EURO
Result: Contact Auction

A Continental faience Toby jug, probably French, late 19th century
Continental faience Toby jug

Toovey's 29.11.18,
Lot 4187: A Continental faience Toby jug, probably French, late 19th century, modelled seated holding a glass in his right hand and a jug in his left, wearing a green jacket and yellow trousers on a naturalistic base, blue painted 'FT' monogram to base, height 31cm (chip to side edge of base).
Estimate: 60-100 GBP
Result: 40 GBP

You could learn a lot from this matching pair of Toby jugs.
They already have a bid of just £30

Ewbank's 30.11.18,
Lot 2026: Early 19th century Toby jug on a sponged base, 24cm and a another of a woman 26cm
Estimate: 50-80 GBP
Result: 420 GBP

Unusual Hearty Goodfellow Toby jug.

Mellors & Kirk 29.11.18,
Professional restoration to tricorn, pipe and coat flaps
Estimate: 150-200 GBP
Result: 160 GBP

A rare Prattware Thin Boy Toby jug
A Prattware Toby jug.

Thomas Watson 27.11.18,
Lot 83: A Traditional Prattware Toby jug.
Opening Bid 60 GBP
Result: 85 GBP

A rare Prattware Thin Boy Toby jug
A Toby jug that you don't often see.

Bonhams 14.11.18,
Lot 288: A rare Prattware Thin Boy Toby jug, circa 1800
Opening Bid 2000 GBP
Result: GBP

A late 18th / early 19th Century Staffordshire Toby jug
What a great result for this Toby jug.

TW Gaze 5.10.18,
Lot 284: A late 18th / early 19th Century Staffordshire Toby jug, yellow jacket, smoking a pipe, 25cm tall
Estimate:100-120 GBP
Result: 340 GBP

A Pratt Type Pottery Toby Jug, circa 1800
Three separate lots of Prattware Toby jugs

Tennants 21.9.18,
Lot: 156 showing
A Pratt Type Pottery Toby Jug, circa 1800, of traditional form, seated holding a jug of ale, 26cm high; and A Similar Toby Jug, 26cm high (2)
Condition Report: With repaired hat and old restored handle. Other with old restore hat and right hand.
Estimate:150-200 GBP
Result: 160 GBP

A similar Prattware Toby jug with orange face to the one on the left realized an extraordinary £1200 bid at Bonhams 11.7.18
The asking price for this pair is £150.


A Staffordshire pearl glazed earthenware Toby jug
A Staffordshire Toby jug,

Mellors & Kirk 19.9.18,
Lot: 293
A Staffordshire pearl glazed earthenware Toby jug, of unusual small size, C1800-20 with overglaze enamel painted decoration, 17cm h
Estimate:150-200 GBP

Result: 320 GBP

A wine Toby jug
A Portuguese Toby jug and two Staffordshire examples

Marques dos Santos, Porto, Portugal 11.7.18,
Lot 611: A Wine jug, 'Toby Jug', from Cavaquinho
Estimate: 800 Euro


Two Prattware Toby Jugs
A large collection of 'Early and Victorian Toby Jugs'

Freeman's Philadelphia, PA, US 11.7.18,
Lot 342: Two Prattware Toby Jugs
Estimate: 400-600 USD
Result Two Toby jugs shown - 950 USD


A Wood family Sailor toby jug, circa 1790
Over 40 Toby jugs being sold in the late Leo Kaplan collection at Bonhams London 11th July 2018

Bonhams 11.7.18
Lot 187: A Wood family 'Sailor' toby jug, circa 1790
Estimate: 1400-1600 GBP
Result: 1200 GBP

Sale Toby jugs

A 19th Century Salt-glazed Stoneware Toby Jug attributed to Brampton
A 19th Century Salt-glazed Stoneware Toby Jug attributed to Brampton

Wilkinson's Auctioneers 24.6.18
Lot 78
Estimate: 80-160 GBP
Result: 130 GBP

An early Toby jug.
An early/mid 19thC earthenware Toby Jug.

Amersham Auction Rooms 14.6.18
Lot 396
Estimate: 40-60 GBP
Result: GBP

An early Toby jug.
An early Toby jug.

Brighton General Auctions 1.6.18
Lot 291
Opening bid 0 GBP
Estimate: None GBP
Result: 800 GBP

Two American Sailor type toby jugs Circa 1820.
Two American Sailor type toby jugs Circa 1820

Bonhams 13.6.18
Lot 91
Estimate: 300-400 GBP
Result: 200 GBP

An early 19th Century Stoneware Toby jug.
An early 19th Century Stoneware Toby jug.

Capes Dunn 30.5.18
Lot 276
Opening bid 25 GBP
Estimate: 40-60 GBP
Result: None

An early 19th Century Sinner Toby jug.
An early 19th Century Sinner Toby jug.

Lodge & Thomas 18.5.18
Lot 308
Opening bid 180 GBP
Estimate: 300-400 GBP
Result: 580 GBP

An 18th/19th Century Staffordshire Pearlware Toby jug including a Punch door stop.
You could be pleased as Punch if you buy this lot on the low estimate

An 18th/19th Century Staffordshire Pearlware Toby jug including a Punch door stop.
Wright Marshall Ltd 15.5.18
Lot 312
Estimate: 40-60 GBP
Result: 80 GBP

Three Toby Jugs.
An opening bid of just 2 GBP is required to buy these three Toby jugs.

Gary Don 15.5.18
Lot 229
Estimate: 2 GBP
Result: Passed

A Yorkshire Toby jug in a small collection of three
Yorkshire Toby Jug

A Yorkshire Toby jug in a small collection of three.
Halls Fine Art 23.5.18
Lot 12
Estimate: 300-400 GBP
Result: Passed

Prattware Staffordshire Toby jug.
Nice Toby jug

50 GBP could buy you another great Toby. This early Prattware Toby jug is being sold with three other Staffordshire pieces.
Batemans 5.5.18
Estimate: 80-120 GBP
Result: 300 GBP

Three toby jugs, circa 1785 and later
Unusual Toby jugs

Bonhams. 2.5.18
Three toby jugs, circa 1785 and later
Result: 800 GBP

Admiral David Beatty Toby Jug David Lloyd George Toby Jug
Good Toby jugs

Catherine Southon. 7.3.18
A Wilkinson Sir Francis Carruthers Gould 'David Lloyd George' and 'Admiral David Beatty' Toby jugs were in fine condition. A realistic price of 150 GBP was achieved for each jug.
Result: 150 GBP Each

Neale type Toby jug
Bargain Toby jug

Penrith Farmers' & Kidd's PLC 21.2.18
This Neale type Toby jug is being offered with an opening bid of just 15 GBP. Great value if your thinking of starting a collection.
Estimate: 15-25 GBP
Result 85 GBP

A mixed lot of household china was this lovely medium size Prattware Toby jug
Good Toby jugs

Rogers Jones & Co. 13.2.18
Included in a mixed lot of household china was this lovely medium size Prattware Toby jug. No damage other than a small chip to hat. It didn't pass by unnoticed realizing a very respectable price.
Result: 260 GBP

Salt-glazed stoneware King George Toby jug
Six antique Toby jugs sell with bids totaling 360 GBP

Gildings 9.1.18
Salt-glazed stoneware King George Toby jug:
Result: 80 GBP

Burke's Whiskey jug - Toby Jug advertising memorabilia
Toby Jug advertising memorabilia

Whyte's 3.2.18
Lot 469. Burke's Whiskey jug. A large, ceramic, toby-style jug, a figure in tricorn hat seated on a barrel of Burkes Green Label Whiskey, by Fieldings, Stoke on Trent.
Estimate: 300-500 EUR

Creamware Toby Jug.
Creamware Toby Jug.
Result: 700 EUR

Marques dos Santos 19.12.17
For a similar model described as Wood type see: Mellors Kirk 17.3.13 - Lot 450
Estimate: 525-700 EUR

Two early 19th century toby jugs.
Two early Toby Jugs.
Result: Passed

Paul Beighton
Lot 134. Two early 19th century toby jugs.
Estimate: 100-150 GBP

A 19th century pearlware Toby jug and cover.
A nice under-glaze Toby Jug.
Result: 65 GBP

Adam Partridge 1.11.17
Lot 308. A 19th century pearlware Toby jug and cover.
Estimate: 30-50 GBP

A pearlware Walton Toby jug.
A Walton Toby Jug.
Result: 250 GBP

Bonhams 15.11.17
Lot 82. A pearlware Walton Toby jug.
Estimate: 250-350 GBP

Two 19th Century Toby jugs
Nice Hearty Goodfellow and Yorkshire.
Result: 32 GBP

Inmans Auction 23.10.17
Lot 245. Two 19th Century Toby jugs

A creamware Toby jug

A collection of 15 lots of Toby jugs

Woolley and Wallis Auction 18.10.17

An early C19th Staffordshire Toby jug painted in naturalistic colours
Ten Pounds could buy you this Toby jug

Result: 260 GBP

Crow's 13.9.17
Lot 262. An early C19th Staffordshire Toby jug painted in naturalistic colours
Estimate: 10 GBP

A Ralph Wood Staffordshire type Toby jug
A Ralph Wood Staffordshire type Toby jug, a mug and cow creamer
Result 340 GBP for all three

Rogers Jones & Co. 15.9.17
Lot 35.
Estimate: 70-100 GBP

A pearlware Toby jug and two others.
Three Traditional Toby jugs

Anderson & Garland 12.9.17
Lot 35. A pearlware Toby jug and two others.
Estimate: 80-150 GBP
DARK brown coat - firing crack to handle, occasional firing cracks, restoration to hand, tunic and jug, hairline crack near left arm, small chip to edge of left foot, glaze wear and crazing.
BROWN coat black - hat-restoration to hat, chipping to right hand, chipping and glaze chipping to base and underside, star crack to underside, wear to glaze overall.
BLUE coat - extensive restoration, restored hairline cracks to hat, chipping and associated hairline cracks to rim, firing cracks to handle of beer jug resulting in handle detached from jug (in factory), crack to underside, restoration to underside, firing flaws and glaze wear.

A 19th century Toby jug
Five Pounds could buy you this Toby jug
Result 20 GBP

Warren & Wignall 7.6.17
Lot 737. A 19th century Toby jug.
Estimate: 5-10 GBP

A creamware Toby jug, circa 1780
A creamware Toby jug


Sale date: 17.5.17
Lot 123. A very rare creamware Toby jug, circa 1780
Of 'No Base' type, wearing a shallow hat, his coat and waistcoat with incised buttons and buttonholes, his right hand resting on his knee and holding a pipe, a tall glass in his left hand held close to his body, his face, coat and shoes picked out in light brown, 18cm high (crazed, chipped, fine crack, losses to hat)
Estimate: 1000-1500 GBP

A Pratt Ware American Sailor toby jug
Prattware Sailor antique Toby Jug


Sale date: 9.3.17
Lot 274. Rare Pratt Ware American Sailor toby jug, circa 1800, wearing an ochre jacket, blue yellow and green striped waistcoat and blue and white striped britches, clutching a jug of foaming ale in his left hand and a mug in his right, seated on his trunk which has the erroneously spelt script 'Dollars' to each side, and anchor between his feet, 30.5cm high
Condition: The handle and the hat show signs of restoration and there are large visible restored cracks running around the back of the chest that the figure is sat on (see extra images), the tankard in the right hand broken off but we have the part, we would recommend viewing this lot in person - **General condition consistent with age.
Estimate: 800-1200 GBP
Result: 780 GBP

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