Wright Marshall Ltd
Lot 138. A Toby jug painted with a blue tricorn hat and red coat.
Keys Fine Art Auctioneers
Lot 345. 19th Century Staffordshire Toby Jug modelled as a seated gent in
tricorn hat holding a pipe and jug, raised on a rectangular plinth base, some restoration
apparent, 9” high
Dreweatts - Donnington Saleroom
Lot 445. A pearlware Toby jug of so-called 'step'
or 'Twyford' type, circa 1780, modelled seated with pipe and jug
and decorated in shades of blue, green and brown, 25cm high
Sold on the reserve £350
Badly damaged with old restorations
Philip Serrell 8.1.15
A late 18th century Ralph Wood type Staffordshire toby jug, modelled as Admiral
wearing a tricorn hat, holding a beer jug in one hand and a beaker in the other,seated on a trunk with moulded
base, decorated in blue and white, height 11.5ins
Condition: badly damaged...
see news report.
Staffordshire Antique Toby Jug Articles
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.
Martha Gunn Toby Jug. immortalised in clay as a Staffordshire Toby
Jug by Ralph Wood.
Of the female Toby jugs Martha Gunn is the most famous, her Prince of Wales feathered mop cap makes her regal
and distinctive. She worked as a bathing attendant "a dipper" on the beach at Brighton. Find her illustrated by Ralph Wood....
Harold Vincent Mackintosh 1891-1964: Staffordshire Toby Jug Collection.
A rare Mackintosh's Quality Street toffee tin showing some of his Staffordshire Toby jug collection. He was
an avid collector of fine Ralph Wood toby jugs that sold through Sotheby's in various auction sales starting on 2nd May 1967.
World War One Staffordshire Toby Jugs 1914-1918:- Sir Francis Carruthers
Although sold today as a set of 11 Toby jugs they were potted in different quantities between
1915-1919. His Majesty King George V is also collected with Royal Commemorative wares and was potted
in a limited edition quantity of 1000...
Contemporary Antique Toby Jugs. Part 1:
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....
Old Toby Jugs. Antique Staffordshire Pottery circa 1780-1900.
A good basic history 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...
Toby Jug books.
Toby Jug catalogues and articles include:
The Earle Collection of Early Staffordshire Pottery. Astbury Whieldon
& Ralph Wood figures & Toby jugs. The Wood Family of Burslem.
Old English Pottery-The Freeth Collectiom. British Toby Jugs.
Nelson's Victory Sailors Antique Staffordshire 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, Staffordshire, England....
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.
Toby Jug stories .
Have you an Antique Staffordshire 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 Buying Guide.
Ray & Diane Ginns guide to buying and selling antique Staffordshire Toby jugs
through this site and at auction. Sensible independent advice.
Introduction to starting a new collection of Staffordshire Toby
Start your Toby jug collection with something you like rather than for investment.
Sound advice is to buy the most uncommon or rare model in the best possible condition, with no
restoration and with rich colour.
Antique Staffordshire Pottery
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 come alive.
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 of your Staffordshire Toby jugs.
Auction news reports and saleroom gossip. Relevant Questions
and answers including Toby jugs to avoid when fake or restored.
Impressed Neale & Co. Toby jugs inscribed with a number.
Can anyone help with the request below.
Although most Neale Toby jugs of which I am aware bear no marks at all, there are of
course some with the Neale & Co mark---and one, at least, that has an incised number accompanying the mark.
The numbers clearly identify potters working in the Neale factory, and hence any additions to the list
(which runs to 97 with certainty, but with a considerable number of gaps) would be of interest. The same
would be true of any Tobys even if they bear an incised number already on record, as they might add to the
range of products attributable to individual potters. I would be grateful for any information on the subject
that you are able to provide.
R&D. We have had several impressed enamel Neale & Co Toby jugs with inscribed numbers, even a
running glaze one. Unfortunatly we didn't record any of these markings when sold. The only one I have in stock
with an inscribed mark has the number 16.
What I can do is post a message on the site for further information.
It's very interesting that several numbered Tobys have passed through your hands,
Raymond, and I'm not at all surprised that you didn't record the numbers. With the notable exception of Diana
Edwards, neither authors nor auction-house staff have taken note of the numbers in the past, because their
significance wasn't apparent. Your number 16 Toby is the second with that potter's identification, and my records
include only one other piece by the person, so the addition of a second Toby is certainly of interest. I would
be very interested to see the result of a message on your site, and I wouldn't need anything complicated in the
way of information, nothing more than the number itself.
You begin to see how the different colour combinations alter their characters when
placed together, always look for the more unusual colours.
Mac Ralph Wood 51 Toby has little interest and was sold on the reserve at a total of £1125.
You can never predict prices at auction but I did think this Ralph Wood Toby jug (left)
would have made a little bit more given recent results for Mackintosh jugs, although this one is not listed
in the 1967 catalogue. Could the price represent a correction to normality? In my mind it is the correct
price for a rather plain dull coloured jug with hat damage. Only a few weeks earlier a R. Wood 51 example with
similar reported damage but much better colour realized £2600 (£3200 total) in the Colin Russell sale, its
big attraction being an impressed 51. It just goes to show that not even a famous provenance will inspire the
few collectors to continue to pay premium prices.
Our mail bag reported how uninspiring this jug was so I am not surprised that it only made a £950 bid.
If you recall the last Bonhams sale, apart from one Step toby, most of the other jugs sold cheaply near the
reserve and were assumed to have been bought by one dealer, so it will be interesting to see if this one has
gone to the same home. Let us all hope that the lone crusader attends the Woolley and Wallis sale 25.11.14.
Believe it or not?
Did any of you catch the article of a collector insisting that paint striper be used
on a ceramic piece to check for restoration before purchase. Extreme to say the leased. If only it would
work on photographs!!!!
This does show how worryingly restoration bothers some collectors, and rightly so. If you are having
difficulty spotting restoration try viewing it in different lights, auctions aside, if you do see any that
is not declared walk away.