Restoration on Antique Toby Jugs.
Looking for restoration on antique Toby jugs and Staffordshire pottery. A few important points to consider that you probably
are not aware of that will help avoid the costly mistakes when starting your collection pottery purchases. Not everyone excepts restoration......
Real Collectors of Antique Toby Jugs
Meet some of the real collectors who have given others
inspiration to purchase Toby jugs. Individuals who over the years have
shared their first collecting moments. This has inspired them to become
authors, museum owners, collectors or just pottery Toby jug specialists.
Contemporary Antique Toby Jugs. Part 1:
Running glaze long-face Toby jug circa ?
Ralph Wood, Enoch Wood, Tony Wood. ?
Original, contemporary or fake. ?
When handling antiques for a long period of time you instinctively
know when something is right or wrong..
Contemporary Antique Toby Jugs. Part 2:
Leeds creamware marked Toby jugs and other
comparison jugs. The question is were they made when collecting
became popular (at the end of the 19th century) with the purpose
to deceive the Toby collectors of that day. A catalogue was published.........
Collecting Antique Toby Jugs Circa 1780-1900.
A good basic introduction antique toby jug article
on the inspiration for the first toby jug and some of the different
models available to collect from the 1780's through to the Victorian
period. Toby jugs have always been collected by the British pubic
and remain as popular as ever.
Nelson's Victory Sailors Antique Toby Jugs.
Trafalgar Toby, Dollars Toby also known as
an American Sailor: Toby jugs to commemorate Vice-Admiral Lord
Horatio Nelson, his flagship HMS Victory, the Sailor crew and
the Battle of Trafalgar (1805), attributed to the Enoch Wood factory,
Shorter D'Oyly Carte Staffordshire Toby Jugs
The Gilbert and Sullivan characters from The D'Oyly
Carte Opera Company were marketed from 1949 by Shorter & Sons Ltd.
Stoke-on-Trent, England. A set of fourteen character toby jugs was created
and designed from colourful costumes worn by actors.
Memorable Antique Toby Jug stories shared.
Have you an antique Toby jug story you would
like to share? Collectors tell you some of their memorable stories
about the pleasure it gave them to find their first toby jug...some
have moved on to fill many cabinets. Have you caught the "toby bug" yet?.........
Antique Toby Jug News
Auction news reports and saleroom gossip. Relevant Questions
and answers including Toby jugs to avoid when fake or restored.
High Road Auctions 14.2.14
A nice little Sinner
toby jug has just been sold for a bid of £300 at High Road Auctions.
(Walton type Staffordshire). This price should be near to what the
jug is worth when taking into account the additional costs involved
to repair it. Very good enamel decoration but looks to have the hat broken and reattached.
Fieldings Auctioneers, Sale date 8.2.14.
provenance toby jugs: Staffordshire pottery at its best.
It's always nice to meet up with collectors/dealers when viewing a
sale that once was our local several years ago. We received some nice
comments from collectors that our site is helping them in the pursuit
of good quality jugs at auction, this is encouraging. Like the Grantham
sale, fresh to the market items always create interest, in this case
four desirable Mackintosh toby jugs which must have been bought directly
by the vendor from the 1967 ceramic sale. The first of the Staffordshire
toby jugs and subsequent models that were ordinary had a lukewarm
reception. This soon changed to intensity with the offering of the
first Mackintosh toby jug lot 204 (left). I can't recall having seen
this form of toby jug from this potter in forty years of dealing,
wonderful. A low reserve meant there were no telephones bids but that
didn't deter it making a bid of £2300. The second Mackintosh
toby jug lot 205 was a Ralph Wood hooked nose toby, rich in colour
and in mint condition it was contested by six telephones and numerous
bids from the floor and book, a bid of £2300 achieved. Lot 207
was a Mackintosh Ralph Wood 51 impressed raised cup, wonderful aubergine
coat but a little over burning to the base. With just age related
wear and pleasing face it was bid again to £2300, quite expensive
when compared to a similar better example sold in South Ken. (sale
news/ref.A9.2013). The last of the Mac jugs was lot 213, a traditional
Staffordshire model toby with raised cup face. This had a pleasing
colour combination and good mould although there was a little age
related wear around the base. It received a bid of £2100, a
little expensive for an ordinary model that is common. Remember, any
attempt to restore some of the age related wear will DEVALUE your
toby jug. Please don't do it.
The in-between toby jug lots I felt were dragged upwards from the
fallout of the Mackintosh name. A poor quality traditional running
glaze toby jug with measure, lot 208 was over-burnt all over, it was
bid to £1050. Lot 213, a Ralph Wood impressed 51 raised cup
had its skewift tri-corn hat replaced, possibly from another damaged
toby, it realised a bid of £1200. There was an unusual toby
jug (lot 210), that from the internet illustration looked to be Russian
in origin, it wasn't. It was huge in size and had late gold highlights
suggesting a date of 1880 onwards, unusual. Please write if you know
The desirable sleeper at the sale should it have been in good un-restored
condition was lot 206, a Prattware Postillion toby which is illustrated
on the auction preview. The whole hat had been restored (wrong shape)
and the cup and right hand were replaced. It made £1400 bid.
This far exceeds the price achieved by an enamel small Postillion
that was recently sold in a multiple lot of five for a mere £188
inclusive at Bonhams in Oct 2012. Small enamel Postillion condition
(Bonhams): Considerable damage/restoration to the hat, face, handle
and the base........Ref.....A5
Toby News with more illustrations.
Staffordshire Pottery for Sale.
One of the best
collections of antique toby jugs I have seen consisted of just six
jugs. They were the finest and rarest Staffordshire Ralph Wood and
Whieldon models you could ever want to own. Positioned central in
a Victorian display cabinet and surrounded by complementary wares
by the same potters, the glass making the running glaze on the jugs
It's that thought that has prompted us to include our other antique
Staffordshire pottery articles to tempt you into a broader collecting
field which will also help with identification.