The American Toby Jug Museum

The American Toby Jug Museum The world's largest collection of Toby and Character Jugs. Over 8,743 jugs from the 18th to the 20th-century Admission is free. The American Toby Jug Museum houses the world's largest and finest collection of toby and character jugs.
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Located in Evanston, IL, the museum is home to over 7,000 jugs from the 18th to the 21st century.

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Attributed to Enoch Wood and produced in Staffordshire England circa 1800, the Drunken Parson has had too much to drink....
06/05/2021

Attributed to Enoch Wood and produced in Staffordshire England circa 1800, the Drunken Parson has had too much to drink. Wearing his black clergy cloak and white cravat, he is leering to the side with his hat askew. This wonderful Toby jug is for sale at the American Toby Jug Museum. #drunkenparson #enochwood #staffordshire #staffordshirepotteries #tobyjug #tobyjugs #tobyjugsforsale #figuraljug #characterjug #characterjugs #americantobyjugmuseum #antiquepottery

Two character jugs of Captain William Bligh who famously lost command of his ship, the Bounty, to mutiny in 1789. Found ...
05/25/2021

Two character jugs of Captain William Bligh who famously lost command of his ship, the Bounty, to mutiny in 1789. Found in a shop in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii while on vacation. #captainbligh #mutinyonthebounty #characterjug #characterjugs #tobyjug #tobyjugs #figuraljug #maui #mauihawaii #lahina #lahinamaui #americantobyjugmuseum

Unusual Royal Doulton Auld Mac character jug in creamware finish circa 1940s with A mark. Auld Mac name and Bang Went Sa...
05/16/2021

Unusual Royal Doulton Auld Mac character jug in creamware finish circa 1940s with A mark. Auld Mac name and Bang Went Saxpence incised clearly on rear #royaldoulton #royaldoultoncharacterjugs #characterjugs #characterjug #tobyjugs #tobyjug #figuraljug #auldmac #creamware #creamwarepottery #americantobyjugmuseum

A series of wonderful porcelain German Toby jugs by an unknown potter. Pics show group of Friars, Falstaff, Fisherman, a...
05/01/2021

A series of wonderful porcelain German Toby jugs by an unknown potter. Pics show group of Friars, Falstaff, Fisherman, and Ordinary Toby. Typically marked with a handpainted number on the bottom, 30 on Falstaff for example. #germanporcelain #porcelain #germanpottery #falstaff #friar #fisherman #ordinarytoby #tobyjug #tobyjugs #characterjugs #characterjug #figuraljug #figurine #figurines #americantobyjugmuseum

Another artist's work that we are keen to acquire when things get back to normal.
03/07/2021

Another artist's work that we are keen to acquire when things get back to normal.

Bad Day Monster Mug by Mitchell Grafton - Up for Auction at this link for 2 more days. https://goo.gl/jQq4Vu

I made this mug to be used only on special occasions.... bad days. We all have them. You wake up on the wrong side of the bed, no hot water, someone ate the last donut before you got one, there is a dead body in the trunk of your car, you know those days. Whether it’s that special occasion when you are feeling a little extra rage, fear and jealousy, or you just simply don’t feel like smiling for the camera while someone is taking your mug shot, this is a good mug to remind you that you are not alone, everyone has bad days, but unlike this mug, your bad day will end and there will be good days again soon.

Ezen's Toby Jug Collection
02/27/2021
Ezen's Toby Jug Collection

Ezen's Toby Jug Collection

A large and colourful collection of antique Toby Jugs also known as Toby Pitchers, dating back from 1780 until 1820 covering King George III during his reign in the 18th Centuary. These were onced used in Public Houses as beer jugs.

A new arrival, our third Thomas Forester Elephant from the 1890's. Note the slight size difference.
02/18/2021

A new arrival, our third Thomas Forester Elephant from the 1890's. Note the slight size difference.

02/02/2021
Drip Toby

When you have a drip in the ceiling and you can't find a bucket.

Beautiful majolica Cat figural pitcher by Gustavsberg Porcelain Factory of Gustavsberg, Sweden, circa late 1800s to earl...
01/25/2021

Beautiful majolica Cat figural pitcher by Gustavsberg Porcelain Factory of Gustavsberg, Sweden, circa late 1800s to early 1900s. Standing 9 1/4 inches tall, also known in gray color way. This is a direct copy of a Minton design with head and feet modeling differences. Note the poor mouse under the cat’s right paw. #gustavsbergsporslin #gustavsbergsporslinsfabrik #gustavsberg #figuralpitcher #figuralpitchers #majolica #majolicapottery #tobyjug #tobyjugs #characterjug #characterjugs #cat #americantobyjugmuseum

Arriving soon, a one of a kind artist sculpt from ?????
01/18/2021

Arriving soon, a one of a kind artist sculpt from ?????

Arriving soon, a one of a kind artist sculpt from ?????

Make way for some new arrivals to the collection.....details to follow once they have successfully crossed the Atlantic.
01/17/2021

Make way for some new arrivals to the collection.....details to follow once they have successfully crossed the Atlantic.

Tibetan Tobies join our wants list.
01/14/2021
Toby Jugs (1957)

Tibetan Tobies join our wants list.

Larkfield, Kent.C/U shot of the two toby jugs. Hands move them to show a little bald man with funny glasses cleaning toby jugs. Several tables around him ar...

Neptune Toby jug produced by Dartmouth Pottery of Devon England. Figural jug depicts the god Neptune as a merman holding...
01/04/2021

Neptune Toby jug produced by Dartmouth Pottery of Devon England. Figural jug depicts the god Neptune as a merman holding a trident in both his left and right hands. Produced circa 1950s to 1960s in green colorway, stands 6 3/4 inches tall, and is fully marked. There is also a companion Mermaid jug. #neptune #merman #mermaid #dartmouth #dartmouthpottery #dartmouthpotterydevon #devon #devonpottery #englishpottery #englishpotteries #tobyjug #tobyjugs #figuralpitcher #figuralpitchers #figuraljug #characterjugs #characterjug #americantobyjugmuseum

Toby Jug Maker Issue Title Is Pets And Pots (1940)
01/01/2021
Toby Jug Maker Issue Title Is Pets And Pots (1940)

Toby Jug Maker Issue Title Is Pets And Pots (1940)

Part of PETS AND POTS issue.Location of events unknown *.Various shots of potter making Toby jug on potter's wheel in a pottery works. A plaster of Paris mo...

Drunken Sal, made by Davenport in the 1830's. A very large jug standing just over 12 inches in height with very distinct...
12/31/2020

Drunken Sal, made by Davenport in the 1830's. A very large jug standing just over 12 inches in height with very distinctive features.Vic Schuler in his book British Toby Jugs which I edited in 1986 described her as "what can only be described as a sluttish leering woman". I remember Francis and I at the time debating whether to leave that language in.
Now fast forward 30 years and we bought another Drunken Sal for the museum and I got the pleasure of photographing it before going on display. Well lo and behold, one of the interesting features of this model is the little bits of cut away cloth modeled in - at the time of writing we assumed this was to denote the "poor nature" of Drunken Sal. Now upon close examination (as we did not actually have one to look at back in 1986) one can see a slightly more Victorian moral sculptors hidden twist with what if I'm not mistaken. is the naked female torso sculpted into her ankle.Perhaps its just me ?

Yorkshire Ordinary Toby jug circa 1880. Note old rivet repair on handle. Just joined the collection at the American Toby...
12/21/2020

Yorkshire Ordinary Toby jug circa 1880. Note old rivet repair on handle. Just joined the collection at the American Toby Jug Museum. #tobyjug #tobyjugs #figuralpitchers #figuralpitcher #characterjugs #characterjug Staffordshire #englishpotteryaddict #englishpotteryandporcelain #englishpotteries #englishpottery #americantobyjugmuseum

Ah its been so long............. the best part of our rebalancing fundraiser sales, the rebalancing purchases. Just snag...
12/09/2020

Ah its been so long............. the best part of our rebalancing fundraiser sales, the rebalancing purchases. Just snagged this Beauty in last months Online Whitleys Auction in Florida.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/224255096812 Wow the price just doubled in the last 2 mins of the auction to $1050. It's starti...
12/05/2020
Royal Doulton Character Jug Tiny Winston Churchill Prototype - Museum sale | eBay

https://www.ebay.com/itm/224255096812 Wow the price just doubled in the last 2 mins of the auction to $1050. It's starting to feel a bit like the old days, don't want to sound too overconfident here but it appears that the sale of a few of our rarer Doulton piece has really perked up the market's interest.
And speaking of markets if anyone has any Thomas Forester Toby jugs for sale, please do get in touch. David and I really want to expand that section of the museum and will pay a premium for the right pieces. We are also negotiating outside of the auction houses and Dealers with some of our Doulton collection so if you would like to see a list of what pieces are offered please just message the page or e mail [email protected]. Kevin - Curator and Chief Toby Jug Duster - The American Toby Jug museum

In perfect condition and with a Doulton Backstamp. It has been in our collection since the factory'sclosure.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/224252028339  We are not clowning around with the latest auction in our fundraising drive. Prob...
11/27/2020
Royal Doulton Clown with Bucket 1988 Prototype Character Jug - Museum sale | eBay

https://www.ebay.com/itm/224252028339 We are not clowning around with the latest auction in our fundraising drive. Probably the best one yet and certainly the one we have received the most requests to "set free" from the display. The first very impressive bid, was received within 2 hours and we have 22 hours to decide whether to accept it or not. Exciting stuff ! We're really tempted but there could be another bid from someone else by the morning.

Further details and pictures of this actual piece can be found on page 87 of A Century of Royal Doulton Character Jugs by Steve Mullins and David Fastenau. One of the our requested Prototypes to date.

Great to see we're not the only museum in town with Toby Jugs
11/25/2020
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Great to see we're not the only museum in town with Toby Jugs

The museum’s galleries are continually changing as newly acquired works and loaned objects join the spaces and expand the perspectives and stories that we share.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Royal-Doulton-Character-Jug-Small-Rule-Britianna-Color-trial-Museum-sale/324384106243?hash=item...
11/22/2020
Royal Doulton Character Jug Small Rule Britianna Color trial - Museum sale | eBay

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Royal-Doulton-Character-Jug-Small-Rule-Britianna-Color-trial-Museum-sale/324384106243?hash=item4b86cca703:g:4m0AAOSwPktfuZ59 - this should be a fun one to watch from our fundraising auctions, it's always more entertaining if you can start the bidding with a low price.

It has the not for sale Royal Doulton backstamp, in perfect condition and has been in the museums collection for years. The small Britannia colorway with a fully painted face is shown on the left alongside the original production release which was in that "awful" all blue tint.

The Beatles mid-size character jug collection produced 1984-1991 from Royal Doulton. Swipe to see George Harrison, Paul ...
11/21/2020

The Beatles mid-size character jug collection produced 1984-1991 from Royal Doulton. Swipe to see George Harrison, Paul McCartney, John Lennon and Ringo Starr pairs of jugs with beautiful prototypes on left and production jugs on right. On display at the American Toby Jug Museum #doulton #royaldoulton #johnlennon #paulmccartney #georgeharrison #ringostarr #characterjugs #characterjug #tobyjug #tobyjugs #figuralpitcher #figuralpitchers #prototype #prototypes #americantobyjugmuseum

Bairstow Manor, staying strong & relevant in these difficult times.
11/05/2020

Bairstow Manor, staying strong & relevant in these difficult times.

We’re delighted to announce the launch of our new NHS Nurse character jugs.

We’ve created this collection to celebrate the wonderful work of the NHS during this never ending pandemic and pledge to donate 10% from the sale of each jug to the UHNM Charity supporting the Royal Stoke University Hospital.

We hope you like them. You can find them on our new website - link in the bio. 👼🌈👨‍⚕️👩‍⚕️🧑‍⚕️

Sarreguemines majolica animal character jugs or figural pitchers. Pic 1 clockwise from upper left: horse, rooster, chamo...
11/02/2020

Sarreguemines majolica animal character jugs or figural pitchers. Pic 1 clockwise from upper left: horse, rooster, chamois, ram, lion, bulldog. Pic 2 greyhound dog. These were produced circa 1900 in Lorraine, France in beautiful majolica colors. See them in the Sarreguemines section at the American Toby Jug Museum. #majolica #majolicapottery #sarreguemines #animalpitchersinmajolica #animalpitchers #horse #ram #chamois #greyhound #rooster #bulldog #lion #figuralpitchers #figuralpitcher #characterpitcher #characterpitches #tobyjugs #tobyjug #americantobyjugmuseum

Wonderful majolica figural pitchers produced by Mafra Pottery of Caldas da Rainha, Portugal circa 1880-1890. Swipe to se...
10/06/2020

Wonderful majolica figural pitchers produced by Mafra Pottery of Caldas da Rainha, Portugal circa 1880-1890. Swipe to see Lizard Monk, Man in Cape, Snake, Gentleman Farmer, Monkey, Lady, Duck all on display at the American Toby Jug Museum #majolicapottery #figuralpitcher #figuralpitchers #tobyjug #tobyjugs #characterjug #characterjugs #mafra #mafraportugal #caldas #caldasderainha #monk #snake #monkey #duck #americantobyjugmuseum

For the Doulton Jug collectors amongst us, here's what looks like it could be an incredible piece at an incredibly low p...
09/27/2020
Rare Sir Francis Drake Toby Jug Hatless Royal Doulton 6" tall | eBay

For the Doulton Jug collectors amongst us, here's what looks like it could be an incredible piece at an incredibly low price ( "ignore the inside chip - that Drakes hatless and extremely rare) Better yet, it's all for a Hospital Charity in the UK. Fair warning though, the museum is currently the under bidder but I don't expect that to last long.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Rare-Sir-Francis-Drake-Toby-Jug-Hatless-Royal-Doulton-6-tall/264873719613?hash=item3dabb4373d:g:8T0AAOSw~5Rfadsp&autorefresh=true

Sir Francis Drake Hatless Royal Doulton Toby Jug. I believe this to be one of the more unusual designs. It is in good condition apart from one chip on the inside of the rim at the back of the jug.

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The worlds largest collection of Toby and Character Jugs. Over 8,500 jugs from the 18th to the 20 th century Admission is free. Open Friday through Sunday 12 to 5 .

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A question about RD OWD MAC please. This large jug that I have is date marked for 1937. The backstamp says "Registration Applied For" not "Owd Mac" Does this indicate it was manufactured in a batch before copyright of the title was approved. Thank you.
Extensive Antique Toby Mug collection just in from a Boston Estate sale! https://www.ebay.com/str/cddvd23?_bkw=toby+mugs&_sop=15&rt=nc
Is a Toby still a Toby if it has no handle? I bought this interesting piece that is English and Toby in many ways. Only about two inches tall and about 4 inches across. Never have seen one before...
From the Collecting Doulton page 😁
I liked this one, seen in St. Louis over the weekend
One of my favorites that was my grandmother's
A fascinating hobby.
Capt Ahab Doulton & Co
My little ‘danish 🇩🇰’ collection .... 😀
Good Morning. Are you able to help me identify these 2 tobys I picked up yesterday. I cannot find them in any of my books. Appreciate a little help please. Thanks.
Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson rare, salt glazed, character jugs. Sizes 6-1/4”, 7-3/4” and 13-1/2” high. The smaller jugs are circa 1820 to 1830, while the large one is circa 1845. The back stamps on all three jugs are: “Doulton and Watts” Lambeth Pottery, London (fore runner of Royal Doulton). Commissioned to commemorate the heroic efforts of Admiral Nelson during the Napoleonic wars. Died at the battle of Trafalgar in 1805. The jugs were purchased over a time period of 20 years.