No one knows for sure the origins of the “Toby” Mug, but the general consensus today is that they were modeled after an 18th century Yorkshire man who got the nickname Toby Fillpot after he drank 2,000 pints of Yorkshire Ale. Potters of that era began modeling mugs after the infamous Toby and by 1820 this character was commonplace. They were revived by Royal Daulton in 1934, using designs of their original sculptor – Charles Nokes; by the 1980s the series grew to more than 150 figures, but by the 1990s their popularity had dwindled. This set of Toby mugs show the character as a hunt master complete with the elusive red fox that was hunted for centuries by mounted horsemen and hounds. The set includes a small and mini sized mug, excellent condition, Made in England, 1959. The larger one measures 2 ¾ wide x 2 long x 4 ¼ high (inches); the mini measures 2 wide x 1 ½ long x 3 tall (inches).