Offered for sale at the Grantham Auction Rooms next month will be a collection of 18th and 19th Century Toby Jugs.
Whilst Toby Jugs are pretty common at auction, it is unusual to come across an extensive collection of this age and nature. The collection features 13 jugs including a signed Neale and Co, toby jug. Neale & Co had a troubled existence and was a short lived factory in the Staffordshire potteries.
Toby Jugs were developed in the 18th Century by Staffordshire potters and usually feature a heavy set, jovial man holding a jug of beer or pipe. The character is said to be styled upon Sir Toby Belch, an intoxicated jovial man from Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. The figures often wear 18th Century dress and a distinctive 'tricorn' hat that was popular in this era.
The collection can be viewed on the 6th August between 10am and 4pm or from 8.30am on the sale day. If you have any questions about the collection contact the saleroom manager, Andrew Doubleday.