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Toby Fillpot brass character jug produced in England circa 1960. Toby Fillpot was the subject of a popular poem, The Brown Jug, by Francis Fawkes, and possibly served as the inspiration for the creation of the toby jug. The most widely accepted theory is that the original was a Yorkshireman, Henry Elwes, who was 'famous for drinking 2,000 gallons of strong stingo beer from his silver tankard, while eating nothing." He was nicknamed Toby Fillpot, and after his death in 1761, the London publisher of popular prints, Carrington Bowles, issued a mezzotint portrait of him.
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