Beefeater character jug in a small size with a gold GR handle modeled by Harry Fenton and produced by Royal Doulton of Burslem, England, circa 1950. Beefeater is the popular name for the Yeomen Warders, ceremonial guardians of Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress the Tower of London. They are responsible for watching over prisoners in the Tower and safeguarding the British crown jewels, but in practice they act as tour guides and are a tourist attraction in their own right. They wear red and gold uniforms, white ruffles and black hats. Yeoman Warders, formed at Henry VIII's coronation, began guarding the Tower in 1485. The handle carriers the GR Royal cipher for George Rex. The gold GR cipher handle dates this to the early production years. The Beefeater character jug with a gold handle can also be found in the miniature (D6251) size.