Pelican crested ware toby jug produced in England circa 1920. Pelicans are a genus of large water birds that are characterized by a long beak and a large throat pouch used for catching prey and draining water from the scooped-up contents before swallowing. They have predominantly pale plumage. The bills, pouches, and bare facial skin of all pelicans become brightly colored before the breeding season. Pelicans have a patchy global distribution, ranging the tropics to the temperate zones, though they are absent from interior South America, polar regions and the open ocean. Crested ware are small, porcelain objects in a variety of shapes and forms that bear a heraldic crest to represent the area in which they were sold as souvenirs. This crested ware pelican toby jug bears a Brighton crest on her breast.