Touchstone character jug modeled by Charles J. Noke and produced by Royal Doulton of Burslem, England, between 1936-1960. Touchstone is the clown in Shakespeare's comedy, "As you Like It". First produced around 1599, the play is a dramatic adaptation of Lodge's Rosalynde, and the humorous scenes and the character of Touchstone are some of the delightful additions to the plot. The jesting of clowns is often a guise for the expression of sound philosophy, and this applies to Touchstone. A mixture of the ancient cynic philosopher and the modern buffoon, he turns folly into wit and wit into folly. He accompanies Rosalind and Celia on their adventures in the Forest of Arden and makes "Many a clever jest e'en when his heart is sore." While the heroines finally marry their heroes, Touchstone ends up marrying Audrey, the country wench. A Jester's marotte forms the handle of the jug. Charles Noke modeled the Touchstone character jug in the likeness of Arthur Shorter, Royal Doulton's long time Australian agent.