Gaffer toby jug produced by Wade Ceramics of Burslem, England, circa 1999 as a promotional piece for Tetley GB. The Tetley Tea Folk in originated in 1973 with animated commercials produced featuring the Gaffer, Sidney, and supporting characters. The series combined animation with live-action sets and "props", such as real tea bags, cups, saucers, etc. Gaffer and Tetley go back a long way. He has worked his way up from Tea Boy to become the boss of the Tetley Tea Folk. He first appeared as the star of the very first Tea Folk advert in 1973. He is a bit of a perfectionist; after all, making the best cup of tea in the world is a big responsibility and he truly understands just how important Tetley tea is to people. Gaffer's left arm and a bottle of milk form the handle of the jug.