Toby Jugs and Mugs have been around since the early 18th century. They were revived by Doulton in the 19th century, who developed the idea into a range of character jugs. Today their popularity shows no signs of waning and they hold their price at retail galleries. The first Toby Jug was made in the early 18th century. It was a jovial seated, male figure, with a mug in his hand and a tricorn hat, which made a pouring spout. No one knows why he was called "Toby", although it is possible he was called after Sir Toby Belch a character in Shakespeare's Twelth Night. Toby Jugs and mugs are full bodied figures and are different from character jugs which only show the head and shoulders.
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