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Dick Turpin silverplate 3/4 body toby jug produced in the United States circa 1970. Richard Turpin (1705 - 1739) was an English highwayman whose exploits were romanticized following his execution in York for horse theft. Turpin may have followed his father's trade as a butcher early in his life but, by the early 1730s, he had joined a gang of deer thieves and, later, became a poacher, burglar, horse thief and killer. He is also known for a fictional 200-mile overnight ride from London to York on his horse Black Bess, a story that was made famous by the Victorian novelist William Harrison Ainsworth almost 100 years after Turpin's death.
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