Second World War Burgess and Leigh Churchill ‘Bulldogs’ Toby Jug, 1941
Second World War Burgess and Leigh Churchill ‘Bulldogs’ Toby Jug, 1941
Second World War Burgess and Leigh Churchill ‘Bulldogs’ Toby Jug, 1941
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Second World War Burgess and Leigh Churchill ‘Bulldogs’ Toby Jug, 1941

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Height: 28cm (11ins)

 

Sculpted in 1941 by Ernest Bailey, a principle designer at the Burgess and Leigh’s Middleport works in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent during the 1930s and 40s. This design was among the first Toby jug to associate Churchill with the British bulldog. However the idiom was clearly recognised by Charles Noke at Royal Doulton in his iconic series of Union Jack draped bulldogs, and Clarice Cliff in her revamped design of the Carruthers Gould toby jug produced by Wilkinson’s in late 1941. The present jug was also issued in ‘utility white’ under wartime restrictions. In the early war years Toby jugs were bar top items, used for water to eek out dwindling supplies of blended whiskey. The base of the jug bears the impressed legend: ‘John Bull Churchill 1940. We shall defend every village, every town and every city.’