Ralph Wood has been registered by historians as the first potter to produce the Toby commercially…nearly 85 years before Royal Doulton started producing them. Made and hand painted by Wood Potters Of Burslem, Staffordshire, England. The large piece stands approximately 7.00″ high. This was one of the first Tobies to appear about the time of the American Revolution (passage of the Tea Act that brought on the “unfortunate incident”…or the “civil war” to be exact. Tubby Toby represents the rising middle class… a jolly fellow who loves people and a mug of beer at the local pub. Very pleasant person to be around. Tubby Toby is represented by the two on the right. The two on the left (in other pictures) are known as Toby Philpot who represents the “street wise.” He will tell tales as long as someone else is willing to keep his “pot” full of “stingo” which is strong midland beer. Stingo was dropped later as it was so strong that women became “un-lady-like” after a pint.
Toby Jug: Ordinary “Tubby” Toby (large)
Ralph Wood has been recorded by historians as perhaps the first potter to produce the Toby commercially ..nearly 85 years before Royal Doulton started producing them. Made and hand painted by Wood Potters of Burslem, the Ordinary Toby is a reproduction of the original Toby that was introduced around the time of the American Revolution (the British often refer to it as “an unfortunate incident” or the “colonial civil war.”) The large piece stands approximately 7.00″ high and would hold nearly a pint of beer. The two pieces on the right are known as Tubby Toby and represent the rising middle class..jolly, loves a good beer with friends. Well dressed and hair is neatly tied. The two on the left (in other pictures) are known as Toby Philpot…the pick pocket/lower class, who will entertain the “boys” in the pub with tall tales, as long as someone else is willing to keep his “pot” (philpot) full of stingo (strong Yorkshire ale). His clothes are untidy and his hair is ragged at the ends. The original pieces showed him with open sores on his face, but public reaction made potters clean up their act.