Dating royal doulton character jugs
Toby Jugs 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.
It became an instant success and the range was added to with Old Charley, the Night Watchman, Sairey Gamp, Parson Brown and Dick Turpin.
Two years later the first character jug modelled on a real person was made with Herry Fenton’s John Peel, a trend which has continued to the present day.
The first plain handle disappeared inside the jug at their top end. Early versions of Stairey Gamp have an ‘S’ at the bottom end of the handle.
Members who joined at a later date find the clock points to two o’clock.
Other factors which aid dating and can affect value includes colour variations.
There have also been limited editions of handle design.
Founder members of the Doulton Collectors Club were offered versions of John Doulton with the clock on the handle pointing to eight o’clock.