Musical jugs are amongst the most rare Doulton collectables because so few were made over very short time period. The jugs were introduced in the late 1930's and discontinued by 1945, however because of World War II, the actual number of years they could have been produced is two to three years. There were only six jug models made - Auld Mac, Old Charley, Paddy, Tony Weller and both the brown and yellow version of Old King Cole.They look like the large jug version with a slightly extended base to accommodate the Thorens music mechanism. The music tune is appropriate to the jug. The musical jug Old King Cole is very rare and few come to market each year. Designer: Harry Fenton and Leslie Harradine. Condition: Outstanding example with no chips, no cracks and no repairs; relatively little crazing.
The Thorens music mechanism is working properly. Please note that any white spots or lines may be light reflection.The item "Rare Royal Doulton Musical Character Jug Brown Crown Old King Cole" is in sale since Friday, September 15, 2017. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Decorative Collectibles\Decorative Collectible Brands\Royal Doulton\Character, Toby Jugs". The seller is "twilight_savings" and is located in Beaufort, South Carolina. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Russian federation, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion.