Captain Cuttle chalkware toby jug produced by Friar Ware of Devon, England, circa 1960. Captain Edward Cuttle is the eccentric old sea captain in Charles Dickens' 1846 novel "Dombey and Son". He is a retired sailor, "a very salt-looking man indeed." On his first appearance on the scene, he is described as "a gentleman in a wide suit of blue, with a hook instead of a hand attached to his right wrist; very bushy black eyebrows; and a thick stick in his left hand covered all over (like his nose) with knobs." Captain Cuttle is an intimate friend of Sol Gills, the ship's instrument maker. He is a simple, trustful, kind-hearted old fellow who, when he sees a friend in misfortune, is given to producing and handing over his store of worldly wealth, "two withered atomies of teaspoons, an obsolete pair of knock-kneed sugar tongs, an immense double-cased silver watch," and a little cash. He decides to give the watch to Walter, old Sol's nephew, as the young fellow, whose prospects are far from bright, is starting on a sea voyage. The Captain is immortalized by his favorite saying, "when found, make note of it."