This antique figural toby jug is modelled as Admiral Horatio Nelson (British, 1758-1805), who died at the Battle of Trafalgar. He stands beside a cannon, with one hands tucked in his waistcoat, wearing a blue coat, white breeches and black bicorn hat. Plinth marked: Nelson. Possibly William Kent (Porcelains) Ltd. (Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, England, 1894-1944).
Originally designed in the potteries of Staffordshire England in the 1760s, Toby Jugs (Fillpots or Philpots) are modelled as seated or standing figures, typically jovial and intoxicated holding a beer, with a tricorn hat forming the spout and a handle on the back. These jugs also take the form of popular historical or fictional characters. Figural jugs modelled with only the head and shoulders are referred to as Character or Face Jugs.
Width 4.5 Depth 6 Height 12 inches