A Toby Jug is a ceramic pitcher modeled in the form of a popular character that dates back to the 1760's. The first Tobies, made in the form of a jovial, stout, man dressed in the attire of the period, wearing a tri-corn hat, puffing on a pipe and holding a mug of ale (stingo), are referred to as "Ordinary Tobies." Is it a Jug or a Mug? Jugs are used for pouring; mugs are used for drinking. To determine if a piece is a jug or a mug, look at the top rim. If the opening has a spout, it's a jug. If not, it's a mug. Toby Jugs versus Character Jugs: The Toby Jug is defined as a jug or pitcher in the form of a full-bodied character, while a Character Jug comprise(s) only the head or face, and often shoulders. See "What is a Toby Jug?" American Toby Jug Museum. Retrieved 2014-11-02.