Ordinary Toby jug produced by Griselda Hill Pottery of Fife, Scotland, circa 1990. The Ordinary Toby is the original toby jug featuring a common man of the time wearing 18th century clothing and a tricorn hat. Sitting in a chair, this Ordinary Toby has a flagon in his left hand and mug in his right. On the sides of the jug are the words Ceres Provost, referring to the Provost of Ceres statue located in Ceres, Scotland. The statue is reportedly the depiction of Thomas Buchanan, Minister of Ceres. A Provost is another term meaning mayor, and Buchanan served as the last official Provost of Ceres during the reign of King James VI. This squat, grinning little figure situated in a niche of sandstone has a colorful history and has done a fair bit of traveling. The statue was the handiwork of a local stonemason John Howie, who carved the statue in the 1830s.
Griselda Hill Pottery