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A tankard in the form of a seated toper, wearing a tricorn hat (forming the cover) and holding a jug of ale, based on the figure ‘Toby Philpot’, who appeared in an engraving to illustrate the song ‘Little Brown Jug’, published in 1761. Toby jugs were first made at the Staffordshire pottery of Ralph Wood, but were widely imitated throughout the second half of the 18th century and during the 19th. Many variations were made, including ‘Rodney's Sailor’, ‘The Squire’, and a model of a woman, ‘Martha Gunn’.

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