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Robert Burns 'Toby jug'

Period:
20th Century
Description:

This 'Toby Jug' is modelled from the figure of Robert Burns as an Exciseman.  It depicts Burns seated with a manuscript on his lap. Burns began working as an Excise Officer in Dumfries in September 1789.

 

Excise was a tax similar to VAT but collected at the point of manufacture or import rather than at the point of sale.  A wide range of goods was liable for it, notably silk, tobacco and spirits. Burns as a gauger had to calculate and collect the tax due.

Place of Production:
Stockwell China Bazaar, Glasgow
Materials/Media:
ceramic
Dimensions:
height 200mm
Source:
Robert Burns Centre
Accession number:
DUMFM:1999.1
Digital Number:
BCBN034n
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council