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Toby Jug of Sailor Type: C.33-1930

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Toby Jug of Sailor Type


Production: Unidentified Staffordshire factory




Lead-glazed earthenware jug in the form of a seated man holding a cup, a screw of tobacco, and a jug

Off-white earthenware, press-moulded, and decorated with dark brown slip, underglaze colours, greyish-blue and green glazes. The underside of base slightly concave and unglazed. The man is seated on a chest resting on a D-shaped low mound base with a rock at the front on which he rests his right foot. He faces towards the front with his head turned slightly to his right. He holds a brown drinking cup in his right hand and in his left holds a screw of tobacco, and supports a large brown jug on the top of the chest beside him. He wears a dark brown tricorne hat, a greyish-blue neck tie and waistcoat, a yellowish-brown and yellow coat, greyish-blue trousers, and dark brown shoes with greyish-blue buckles. The strap handle is attached to a panel rising from the top of the chest against which the man rests his back. It curves outwards and downwards and has an inward curl at the bottom.


History note: John Henry Taylor (1849-1930); Sotheby's, 14 November 1930, Catalogue of the Valuable Collections of English Pottery & Porcelain, Glass, Objects of Vertu and Furniture, the Property of the late John Henry Taylor, Esq., Newstead, Birstall, Leicestershire, lot. 538.

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Bought from Sotheby's

Measurements and weight

Depth: 16.5 cm
Height: 30 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1930-11-14) by Sotheby's


Late 18th century
George III
Circa 1785 - Circa 1800


Toby jugs of this design are described as 'Sailor' type Tobys because the drinker is seated on a sea chest, and on some examples has striped trousers. The point at the front of the tricorn hat allows the vessel to pour when it is held by the handle and tipped forward. When new it may have had a cover in the shape of the crown of the hat.

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Components of the work

Visible Surfaces composed of lead-glaze
Decoration composed of oxide colours
Base Width 12.7 cm

Materials used in production

cream Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Off-white earthenware, press-moulded and painted with coloured lead glazes

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.33-1930
Primary reference Number: 74567
Glaisher Additions Number: GL.Add.1-1930
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 13 December 2022 Last processed: Tuesday 14 February 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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