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.
Woolley Wallis auctions. sale 25.2.14
Last week saw the sale of a private collection of toby jugs at Woolley
& Wallis, Salisbury Salerooms, I was unable to attend the auction but
was aware of the collection having viewed it earlier. It was always going
to be unpredictable having had Fieldings successful auction of the Mackintosh
toby jugs two weeks earlier. The results appear to be disappointing although
there were a couple of surprises and these were picked up by collectors
through our post. One thought he had missed something special in the two
Leeds type jugs lots 446 and 452 which did rather well regarding price.
I suggested that they reacquaint themselves with our article. "The Humble
Leeds", I like to think or hope that collectors find our articles useful
in the pursuit of good toby jugs. The collection offered were an eclectic
mix from contemporary to early running glaze and all in differing states
of quality. There was one special traditional toby, that has to be revered
by its new owner, as rare as a Standing Postillion masquerading as a Hearty
Goodfellow, this toby would take pride of place in any collection and
would always be a talking point, it is of course Ricky Gervais, (lot 449
bid £420), the beard making him a sure give-away. The few serious highlights
were, a Ralph Wood type with unusual coloured blue coat and restored hat
(Lot 480 £1100), the price well in line with others recently sold of this
popular model. A full multicoloured Leeds toby made £900 (shown left)
and a traditional Leeds at £420. A Prattware Long-Face £800 and a very
heavily restored pale discoloured Step Whieldon £800. The prices overall
seemed depressed to previous sales which could be seen all to clearly
in all ordinary examples. Lot 441, a common later copy Yorkshire type
so often sold as c1800 for £400 only realised £190, a considerable drop
in any standard. This theme continued with a Walton Hearty Goodfellow
at £300 and a Traditional Walton at £250, commission on all lots was 22%
plus VAT. The full auction catalogue can be viewed with all illustrations
at Woolley and Wallis Saleroom, Salisbury. Pottery Porcelain & Glass sale.25th
There were two Rodney's Sailor toby jugs offered that were not the best
examples. They were previously sold at auction in the last ten years giving
us the opportunity to compare prices. The early running glaze Sailor lot
447 was first sold at Skinner's, USA sale in 2006 for £1651.35 + shipping
and import charges. ($3055/ Dollar Rate 1.85=£1/ Lot 271. Coil Collection
15th -July-2006). The hat was broken in several pieces and repainted,
there were numerous other cracks to the jug, this realised £1200 plus
commission. The enamel Sailor lot 451 was sold at Halls, Shrewsbury in
2008 for £1900 total. It started out with a deep blue coat which has now
changed to turquoise, the hat was completely replaced (poorly) and numerous
other damage, it realised £700. Acquiring the two toby jugs from dealers
and assuming a 25% profit margin with a 10% vendors fee, a fair modest
calculation of the two jugs show a total loss of approximately 65%. Condition
seems to have taken its toll when compared to the buoyant prices of the
Mackintosh jugs. Although not a better investment than money in the bank
at this time, a good collection is achievable at a reasonable cost when
sort direct from auction, especially at these prices. The other advantage
of buying at auction is that clean items can still be acquired untouched
by an unskilled restorers hand.
This sale had excellent detailed condition reports provided by Clare Durham,
as did Fieldings provided by Nicholas Davies & Will Farmer. How refreshing
to have accurate condition reports, the few auctions that merely state,
"well it looks all right to me" have to change.
Article with full illustrations....See
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 potter.
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.