Abraham Whipple toby jug produced by Grace Apgar, the founder of the Big Brook Studio Pottery of Marlboro, New Jersey, circa 1965. Captain Abraham Whipple was a Rhode Island hero for his involvement in the Gaspee Affair. Whipple lead a group who rowed out to the grounded English sloop Gaspee. They sent the sailors to shore and torched the sloop. The Gaspee's Captain sent a note to Whipple saying he would be hung. Whipple replied "Sir, always catch a man before you hang him." This jug depicts Whipple wearing a naval officer's uniform and holding his cards close to his vest, as he is reported to have done in real life.
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