Long John Silver character jug modeled by Max Henk and produced by Royal Doulton of Burslem, England, in a 1987 limited edition of 250 commissioned by D. H. Holmes to celebrate the opening of its Royal Doulton show room. "Pieces of eight, pieces of eight," croaks Captain Flint the parrot, as he perches on the shoulder of one of fiction's best-known pirates, Long John Silver. Hero of the 1883 children's adventure story "Treasure Island" by Robert Louis Stevenson, the pirate was based on a close friend of the author, W. E. Henley, who had lost a foot yet did not allow this disability to dampen his spirits and zest for life. Long John Silver portrays an equal degree of energy and, although a villain flying the Jolly Roger, he possesses courage and ingenuity not shown by the honest characters in the book. Set in the mid 18th century, the story relates how Silver leads a mutinous crew and a boy hero into a series of adventures in a search for buried treasure aboard the "Hispaniola". Captain Flint the parrot forms the handle of this jug.