Col­lectable and af­ford­able jugs with plenty of char­ac­ter

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ROYAL Doulton char­ac­ter jugs were first pro­duced in the early 1930s from a de­sign and model by Charles Noke, who was the creative direc­tor of the com­pany.

He started a trend that con­tin­ues to the present day.

This par­tic­u­lar jug, of Good King Hal – Henry VIII – came into pro­duc­tion in 1979 and con­tin­ued for more than 10 years.

These jugs are gen­er­ally very af­ford­able – start­ing at around £25 – and there are some great ones to col­lect in many dif­fer­ent se­ries.

These in­clude char­ac­ters from Charles Dick­ens, Lau­rel and Hardy, sports stars, fa­mous his­tor­i­cal char­ac­ters and many oth­ers.

The char­ac­ter jugs come in three sizes – small, medium and large – although these days only the large range re­main in pro­duc­tion.

Not sur­pris­ingly then, the best ones to col­lect are the small and medium ranges, which take up less space in your dis­play cab­i­nets and could prove to be a great in­vest­ment in years to come.

Vir­tu­ally all the Royal Doulton char­ac­ter jugs ever pro­duced are on dis­play at the Amer­i­can Toby Jug Mu­seum in Evanston, Illi­nois.

Royal Doulton char­ac­ter jugs like this one of King Henry VIII are very col­lectable

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