The Town Crier character jug version 1 modeled by David B. Biggs and produced by Royal Doulton of Burslem, England, between 1960-1974. For centuries before the coming of newspapers, it was the Town Crier in his cocked hat and resplendent uniform who sang out the latest news to the townspeople. He made important announcements regarding forthcoming events, the time of town meetings, details of strayed animals, articles lost and found, and the like. He would ring a bell to attract attention and precede his proclamations by repeating three times in a loud voice, "Oyez! Oyez! Oyez!;" oyez being the old Norman French for hear ye. He was the "walking newspaper" of the American colonies during the seventeenth century. The tradition is carried on today when occasionally the hearty call of "Oyez!" can still be heard in many an English town square. A hand bell and scroll form the handle of the jug. The Town Crier character jug was made in three sizes with this being the largest along with small (D6537) and miniature (D6544) sizes.