A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Vintage Toby Jug Figural Teapot..Too English!!!

England has it's share of eccentrics...ya think??!  I KNOW they do...I'm related to lots! But it's all in the family.

available at Antiques And Teacups...click the photo

I just thought I'd show you this funny two sided teapot made by Shorter & Sons, England between 1905-1920. The design is called a Toby, and one train of thought is that Toby jugs developed from a character called Toby Philpots after the character Toby Philpots from a translation of an Italian story/poem in the mid 1700s. The Tobies were very popular in all forms, jugs, mugs, pitchers and bottles during the 1800s. They are also thought to have derived from the Shakespeare character Sir Toby Belch in 12th Night....who knows...but they are fun! Think of Royal Doulton's famous character jugs, called Toby Jugs!

Have a great day and a cuppa with a friend!


  1. Never been to England so know little about what they have to offer. I do know I love this little tea pot.

  2. It's very cute, so different...

  3. This Toby pot is so cute, Ruth. You know, my mother had a mug exactly like this that her sister had given to her when they were girls. My brother owns it now. Thanks for sharing at my HOME.


  4. Hello Ruth
    He's a very handsome Toby teapot Ruth - I wonder do you use him on occasion and does he make a good cuppa?!

    Wishing you a happy weekend too

  5. Ruth, what a unique and fun teapot. We all have a few interesting characters in our family I think. None of my are from England, but still some are eccentric. Thanks for sharing with SYC.


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