Nancy toby jug produced by Bairstow Manor Pottery of Hanley, England, circa 1985. Nancy is a fictional character in the 1838 novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. She is a member of Fagin's gang and the lover, and eventual victim, of Bill Sikes. In spite of her criminality, Nancy is portrayed as a sympathetic figure, whose concern for Oliver overcomes her loyalty to Sikes and Fagin. By the climax of the novel, she is emaciated with sickness and worry, and filled with guilt about the life she is leading.
Staffordshire Character Jugs Series