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:

We are sorry but are unable to give personal valuations.

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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.

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 on the left 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.


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


Sale date: 17.2.16
Lot 598. Three 19th century pearl ware Toby jugs.
Estimate 60-100 GBP


Thomson Roddick & Medcalf Carlisle
Sale date: 4.2.16
Lot 719. 19th century salt glazed Toby tea pot, the seated figure wearing a frock coat & top hat, unmarked, chips noted to hat.

What a lovely teapot that looks to have original hat and spout.

Toby Jug Articles

Restoration on 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.
Toby Jug A-Z List 1780-1850
A comprehensive list of British antique Staffordshire pottery toby jugs that are available to collectors.
Toby Jug books.
Toby Jug catalogues and articles include: The Earle Collection of Early Staffordshire Pottery, Astbury Whieldon and Ralph Wood figures and Toby jugs, The Wood Family of Burslem, Old English Pottery,
Museums where Staffordshire toby Jugs are on public display.
Museums where you can view English antique toby jugs. The Ashmolean, Oxford and the Hanley Museum Stoke on Trent Staffordshire are two of the best.
Limited Edition Toby Jugs by Wood and Sons, Staffordshire England.
A contemporary set of Staffordshire Toby Jugs of Ralph Wood type.
Most Toby collectors know the famous Wood family name but have you seen the 20th century models produced through the 1970's-81?