Antique Toby and Doulton Character Jugs

John Barleycorn Must Die

John Barleycorn Must Die

As unappealing a bunch of characters as you’ll ever see.

Old school Toby Jugs have roots in the late 18th Century when the popularity of fictional and quasi-fictional figures like Sir Toby Belch, Falstaff, Toby Fillpot and John Peel was at its height. Early manufacturers like Ralph Wood successfully cashed in on the craze and produced some of the finest work of the English Potteries. By the 19th Century the interest remained but the hard heads in the Staffordshire Potteries were producing somewhat debased and unattractive lines. It wasn’t until the 20th Century that Royal Doulton breathed new life into the concept of the character jug. Using state of the art techniques and an imaginative design and marketing team they were able to exploit a continuing and deepening interest in Ye Olde England particularly where it intersected with the rich seam of characters found in the works of Charles Dickens.

Needless to say they are not everybody’s jug of tea.

Antique Toby and Doulton Character Jugs
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Antique Toby and Doulton Character Jugs
As unappealing a bunch of characters as you'll ever see.

Paul Williams

This is the blog of Paul Williams, Ceredigion resident since 1970. I am an English and Philosphy graduate of what was once known as St David's University College, at Lampeter. I played bass in Dyfed's first punk band, and living in Llandewi Brefi, had a grandstand view of Operation Julie. Eventually, after 2 years playing bass in Brighton's 256th punk band, I returned to Wales to deal in books and then antiques. I've trained and worked as a counsellor, I am a photographer, blog and web designer and I publish the annual Wales Antiques Guide. I am married and a father of one. Apart from my family, my interests include books, maps, Nikon, Yashica and Mamiya film cameras, British Culture 1935 - 1965, Poole pottery, Welsh textiles, and Poster art. My favourite movies include anything by Pressburger and Powell favourite music includes Gene Clark, Gram Parsons, and anything form San Francisco 1965-1970. I am a late convert to 'Kraut Rock'.

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