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TOBY JUGS vs CHARACTER MUGS :: by TOBY'S N MORE

Updated on January 23, 2011

TOBY JUG or CHARACTER MUG, which are you?

This lens was built to hear your opinion on what you would rather have in your home. Would you rather have a Toby Jug or instead would you like to have a Character mug? What the heck is the difference?

 

The difference being that a true Toby Jug is a full-length figure dressed from head to toe in the clothing associated with the 18th Century :- long frock-coat, tricorn hat, knee-length breeches, waistcoat & neckerchief;  Usually these characters are clutching a drinking vessel or sometimes a pipe or snuff box. 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.

 

A Character Mug on the other hand is only the head, or head and shoulders, of a figure & often having an elaborate handle.  Character Mugs were first introduced by Royal Doulton in the 1930s.  In old English, the term MUG is slang for a face so the name Character Mug describes the faces produced by Royal Doulton. During the last seventy years, this famous British company has produced hundreds of fictional and real life personalities from Marilyn Munroe to Elvis Presley and Glenn Miller to name a few famous Mugs.

A SMALL COLLECTION OF CHARACTER MUGS

A SMALL COLLECTION OF CHARACTER MUGS
A SMALL COLLECTION OF CHARACTER MUGS

HERE IS AN EXAMPLE OF A CHARACTER MUG--ALFRED HITCHCOCK--ROYAL DOULTON

HERE IS AN EXAMPLE OF A CHARACTER MUG--ALFRED HITCHCOCK--ROYAL DOULTON
HERE IS AN EXAMPLE OF A CHARACTER MUG--ALFRED HITCHCOCK--ROYAL DOULTON

A SMALL COLLECTION OF TOBY JUGS

A SMALL COLLECTION OF TOBY JUGS
A SMALL COLLECTION OF TOBY JUGS

HERE IS AN EXAMPLE OF A TOBY JUG--"HONEST MEASURE" --BY ROYAL DOULTON

HERE IS AN EXAMPLE OF A TOBY JUG--"HONEST MEASURE" --BY ROYAL DOULTON
HERE IS AN EXAMPLE OF A TOBY JUG--"HONEST MEASURE" --BY ROYAL DOULTON

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO COLLECT?

DO YOU LIKE TOBY JUGS OR CHARACTER MUGS BETTER?

DEFINITELY TOBY JUGS!

DEFINITELY TOBY JUGS!

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  • anonymous 5 years ago

    I like both!

  • Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

    I must admit that I didn't want to choose - I like them both.

  • Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

    I really like the Toby Jugs

NOPE, CHARACTER MUGS FOR ME!

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  • norma-holt 6 years ago

    I hink Doulton character mugs would be more in keeping with my taste

  • GramaBarb 6 years ago from Vancouver

    I like the character mugs a lot!

  • Tobbie LM 7 years ago

    I like that toby jugs have been around since the dawn of civilization, but i like the 300 plus characters made by R.Doulton

Character Mug Vs Toby Jug--Royal Doulton

Limited and special editions are recent developments, as the first Character Mug was commissioned in 1978 and the first Toby Jug by 1992

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      PathfinderVI 5 years ago

      My personal preference is character jugs but i only specialise in Native American Indian Chiefs of which i now have 20 but for a long time now I havent seen any advertised apart from ones I already have!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I said I like both but I like the Toby Jugs the best!

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      Nicely presented lens on an interesting topic. Top marks.

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      Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      Yet another thing (or two) that I've learned about on Squidoo. What an impressive "small" collection or two. Very interesting collectibles.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Hi, just dropping by to congratulate you on making 100 on the Ohme Quiz. Your name has been added to the coveted OAR board. Thanks.

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      Tobbie LM 7 years ago

      Don't be Shy, leave a comment!