Pearly King character jug modeled by Stanley J. Taylor and produced by Royal Doulton of Burslem, England, between 1987-1991. The Pearly "royals" of the London boroughs were originally Victorian costermongers, street vendors selling fruit and vegetables. These cockneys get their name from their glittering suits, which are studded with hundreds of pearl buttons. This style of dress probably dates from the 1880s when a large cargo of Japanese pearl buttons arrived at the London docks. One bright coster decided to use them to liven up his suit, and the fashion was born. The "royals" wear the most elaborate costumes that can feature as many as 30,000 buttons on one suit. The Pearly King and Queen were formerly elected to safeguard the rights of the London street traders but they now devote their time to raising money for charity. The first Pearly King was Henry Croft. Bow bells and pearl buttons form the handle of this jug. The Pearly King character jug was made in two sizes with this being the largest along with small (D6844) size.