Miniature Toby Mug

Discussion in 'Pottery, Glass, and Porcelain' started by Steve Shubinski, Aug 6, 2020.

  1. Steve Shubinski

    Steve Shubinski Active Member

    I have a very small Toby Mug. It stands 1 1/2" tall. There are no markings that I can see other than maybe a little gold mark on the back near the bottom. Any thoughts on maker or age? Thanks in advance! toby 1.jpg toby 2.jpg toby 3.jpg toby 4.jpg toby 5.jpg toby 6.jpg
  2. clutteredcloset49

    clutteredcloset49 Well-Known Member

    Please always show the bottom of your items. How it is finished tells us a lot. Also sometimes faint marks can be seen in a photo.

    That said, I suspect this is Japanese. 1950ish.
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  3. Ownedbybear

    Ownedbybear Well-Known Member

    I agree on Japanese.
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  4. Steve Shubinski

    Steve Shubinski Active Member

    Thank you clutteredcloset49 and Ownedbybear for the responses!
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  5. DanaB

    DanaB Active Member

    Hello, I'm looking at your pics of this little toby jug. The little gold mark on the back is a gold anchor mark. This is not Japanese but German. I'm a toby collector for 40 yrs & know this toby very well. It's from the 1940s - 1950s and other than German I can't tell you a maker.

    There are many of these that are made in Japan but that anchor mark sets it aside and let's me know it's from Germany. The mark is not very clear but it's there. The base of the anchor is slightly thick and there are tiny slash marks at the end of each side of the base of the anchor to make the actual anchor. The 3rd pic shows it best and it's laying down of that gives you an orientation of the anchor. The top of the anchor is under the handle. It's hard to describe when it's not obvious but I think you may be able to see it now. Most of these anchors are very clear but once in a while I come across one that's harder to tell.

    If this was a Japan toby, it would be worth about $5.00. But because it's German, it's worth about $15.00 ‐ $20.00.

    Hope this helps,
  6. Steve Shubinski

    Steve Shubinski Active Member

    Thank you Dana. Much appreciated. Unfortunately, I sold it on eBay a while back thinking it was from Japan. Oh Well!
  7. DanaB

    DanaB Active Member

    Sorry Steve that I didn't see the post sooner!
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