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Towncrier toby jug - Bairstow Manor Pottery circa 1980

Towncrier toby jug produced by Bairstow Manor Pottery of Hanley, England, circa 1980. A towncrier, also called a bellman or bell ringer, is an officer of a royal court or public authority who makes public pronouncements as required in the streets. Towncriers often dress elaborately, by a tradition dating to the 18th century, in a red and gold coat, white breeches, black boots and a tricorne hat. In English-speaking countries, they carried a handbell to attract people's attention, as they shouted the words "Oyez, Oyez, Oyez!" before making their announcements. The word "Oyez" means "hear ye," which is a call for silence and attention. This toby jug is a part of the Staffordshire Character Jugs Series.

Maker:

Bairstow Manor

England

circa 1980

Model #:

Staffordshire Character Jugs Series

toby jug

medium

Size:

Height:

6 1/4"

Towncrier toby jug - Bairstow Manor Pottery circa 1980
Towncrier toby jug - Bairstow Manor Pottery circa 1980
Towncrier toby jug - Bairstow Manor Pottery circa 1980
Towncrier toby jug - Bairstow Manor Pottery circa 1980
Towncrier toby jug - Bairstow Manor Pottery circa 1980
Towncrier toby jug - Bairstow Manor Pottery circa 1980
Towncrier toby jug - Bairstow Manor Pottery circa 1980
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