This toby pitcher (toby jug) was made byPfaltzgraff USA in 1971. The pitcher is beige reproduction salt glaze with blue accents and was produced as part of the Yorktowne line. The pitcher depicts a smiling seated man in colonial attire holding a pipe and cup. It is heavy for its size and has a substantial feel to it. The pitcher is 4 inches wide, 6 inches tall and 5¾ inches deep and in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or repairs. The bottom is marked Pfaltzgraff.
“There are competing theories for the origin of the name “Toby Jug”.It was named after the character of Sir Toby Belch in Shakespeare’s play, Twelfth Night. He was an intoxicated, jovial man. It was named after a notorious 18th century Yorkshire drinker, Henry Elwes, who was known as “Toby Fillpot” (or Philpot). It was inspired by an old English drinking song, “The Brown Jug”, which paid tribute to Toby Fillpot; the popular verses were first published in 1761.” (source Wikipedia, Toby Jug).
“For almost 200 years the Pfaltzgraff brand has been associated with the highest quality ceramic products available for the home. The company grew from a modest-size pottery shop that produced simple earthenware, salt-glazed stoneware crocks and even flower pots into one of the best known designers and marketers of dinnerware, drinkware, ceramic accessories, giftware and other products. Several Pfaltzgraff patterns are among the best-loved dinnerware designs in America, including Yorktowne, Folk Art, Naturewood and Pistoulet. ” (source: Pfaltzgraff website).