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What is in a Toby Jug?

“What is a Toby Jug”? That is the question I have today.

Toby Jug
So, just what is a “Toby Jug” anyway?

By definition a Toby Jug is a full-length figure, more often than not male (although there are a few females too), dressed from head to toe in clothing associated with the 18th century. This includes a long frock coat, tricorn hat, knee-length britches, waistcoat and neckercheif.

Usually these characters are clutching a jug or drinking vessel, or sometimes a pipe or snuff box.

Toby Jugs have been produced for years and there is some dispute among collectors as to their exact origins but it is believed that the first ones were made in the mid 1700’s.

It is said, “With my pipe in one hand, and a jug in the other, I drink to my Neighbor and Friend; My cares in a whif of tobacco I’ll smother, For life you know shortly must end.”

So note that these pictured today are Character Jugs. A Character Jug is only the head, or head and shoulders, of a figure much like a cup or mug shape and often with an elaborate handle. They are more modern than a true Toby Jug and have a large following among collectors today.

Character Jugs are made by Royal Dalton and are great examples of famous characters in history.

So, tell us…do you have any Toby Jugs of your own, and if so, how do you display them?  Feel free to tell us in the comments below or on our Facebook page.  We would love to hear from you and see your lovely photos!

Garden Seating – Perfect Chairs and Benches

“Sitting in your garden is a feat to be worked at with unflagging determination and single-mindedness – for what gardener is worth his salt sits down. I am committed to sitting in the garden.” – Mirabel Osler

Wooden Garden Chair
Wooden Chair is perfect for enjoying your yard or garden.

We have a nice collection of beautiful garden benches and chairs of cast iron to wood. Life is too short not to take advantage of times to sit aned reflect on the beauty around us. For today is the first day of the rest of our lives and we should live it as if it were our last. Happy Friday!

Cast Iron Garden Bench
This beautiful cast iron garden bench would be a delightful addition to any garden.

We invite you to visit the store, located at 23 South Main Street in beautiful downtown Winchester, KY.  If nothing else, drop in and sit for a spell with us. We have many beautiful and unique items in the store.  We think you’ll agree, these seating options are wonderful place to relax and rest in the middle of your shopping day.

Beautiful Garden Ornaments
These beautiful garden statues/ornaments will make your garden the most interesting one in your neighborhood.

With beautiful pieces like this in front of the store, it makes it more difficult to stay inside on gorgeous days like this one

Black Cast Iron Bench and Chair
This charming cast iron set would look perfect in your garden.

So now we want to know…what seating arrangements do you have in your lawn or garden, and how often to you get to utilize them?  Feel free to tell us in the comments below or on our Facebook page.  We would love to hear from you and see your lovely photos!