Toby Jug set of First World War Allied Commanders tipped to make £6,000

Toby Jug set of First World War Allied Commanders tipped to make £6,000 at auction


A full set of 11 Wilkinson Toby Jugs made in tribute to First World War Allied Commanders is expected to sell for more than £6,000 at auction on Wednesday, March 2.

The set will go under the hammer in our antique, design and contemporary auction at the Battlefield salerooms.

Issued in limited editions from 1915-’19, the highly collectable Toby Jugs were designed by Sir Francis Carruthers Gould (1844-1920), one of the most famous political cartoonists of his time. It is quite rare for a complete set to be offered at auction.

The set comprises Admiral Beatty – Dread Naught, Field Marshall Haig – Push and Go, Admiral Jellicoe – Hell Fire Jack, Marshal Joffre – 75mm Ce que J’Offre, Lord French – French pour les Français, Lloyd George – Shell Out!, President Wilson – Welcome! Uncle Sam, Marshall Foch – Au Diable Le Kaiser, King George V – Pro Patria, General Botha – Loyalty and Lord Kitchener – Bitter for the Kaiser.

Only limited numbers of each jug were made, meaning that some characters and full sets are now very rare and sought after. Only 150 examples of the rarest jug, General Louis Botha, were produced.

The auction also includes a collection of antiques, comprising furniture, clocks, ceramics and glassware, from Linley Hall, near Bishop’s Castle, one of Shropshire’s most important country homes which has recently been sold.

The collection includes a Regency mahogany circular dial wall clock by ‘Arnold, 84, Strand, London’, which is valued at up to £2,000 and a 17th century iron bound strong box or ‘Armada’ chest at up to £1,000.

The ceramics section features a Bow porcelain model of ‘The Fortune Teller’ by the Muses modeller at up to £1,200, a set of four Derby figures representing the ‘Four Season at up to £600

Two early 19th century twin-handled joke cups which bear the name ‘John Mytton of Halston’, otherwise known as outrageous Shropshire aristocrat ‘Mad Jack Mytton’, are expected to fetch in excess of £100. The interior of each cup reveals a crouching frog, which would have been revealed to the surprise of the drinker as the contents were consumed.

The auction also features 35 lots of Caughley porcelain including ice cups valued at up to £800 and sparrow’s beak and robin’s beak jugs at up to £600 each.

A rare 19th century pearlware group, attributed to Tittensor and modelled as a young baby asleep in a crib beside a deer, is valued at up to £1,000, a silver and glass liquor set on a tray, attributed to Christopher Dresser, could make at up to £800, a pair of 19th century Sevres style pink-ground vase a oreilles carry an estimate up up to £700 and a 1790 Ralph Wood Staffordshire pearlware model of a lion is set to roar at up to £600.

Sculptures include a bronze of a leopard by South African sculptor Dylan Lewis, which is valued at in excess of £6,000 and an early 19th century ormolu, malachite and ivory chess board is expected to fetch around £1,500.

Potential stars of the furniture section are Victorian oak clock back pedestal sideboard with the crest of former Shrewsbury MP and surgeon William Clement, which carries an estimate of up to £1,200, a Regency mahogany serving tale in the manner if Gillows at up to £3,000 and a Regency rosewood, marble and giltwood pier table and a set of 12 Chippendale style dining chairs at up to £1,500 each.

The saleroom will be open for viewing on Monday, Tuesday and on the morning of the auction and the catalogue may be viewed online at



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