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The word "hospital" was used in its original sense of a place providing hospitality for those in need of it, and did not refer to medical care, although the buildings included an infirmary which, after Greenwich Hospital closed, operated as Dreadnought Seaman's Hospital until 1986.
The foundation which operated the hospital still exists, for the benefit of former Royal Navy personnel and their dependants. The hospital was created as the Royal Hospital for Seamen at Greenwich on the instructions of Queen Mary II, who had been inspired by the sight of wounded sailors returning from the Battle of La Hogue in 1692.
Included in the Museum is a collection of Antique 18th and early 19th Century English Toby and Character Jugs.
Most of these jugs can not be attributed to any one maker, as generally no marks were provided anywhere on the jugs to identify such.
We have thousands of items in stock from over 80 manufacturers, with patterns from the 1960s onwards.
If we don't have it, we'll do everything in our power to find it.In doing so, potteries began to add their name or trademark to the base of the jugs in addition to “Made in England” or “Made in Germany”, etc.This was a great boon to collectors, who were now able to put together their collections by maker (or in some cases country).Sir John Vanbrugh succeeded Wren as architect, completing the complex to Wren's original plans.An early controversy arose when it emerged that the original plans for the hospital would have blocked the riverside view from the Queen's House.
Beginning with those originating in the late 19th Century, the Toby and Character Jugs in the American Toby Jug Museum are arranged in collections by makers.