Tantalising Toby Jug

Tantalising Toby Jug

OBJECT OF THE WEEK: Tantalising Toby Jug

We don’t know much about this large Spanish jug on display in our Farmhouse Gallery, but it was probably made in Sargadalos in Galacia and exported to England.

It’s made of wooden peg and stitched leather materials and dates from before 1750 and depicts a man in a three pointed hat and long coat drinking a flagon of ale.

Historically the Toby Jug has been associated with ‘Toby Philpot’ a character from an 18th Century Ballad and immortalised by the Song ‘The Brown Jug’ (1761).

He was a notoriously prolific drinker and hence ‘Toby Fillpot’ or ‘Toby Phillpot’ may be a play on words meaning to fill a pot of ale.

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