The McCallum Royal Doulton Character Jug is one of the rarer models and was made from the mid 1930s to the early 1940s for D&J McCallum Whisky Distillers. The jug shows the face of bearded Scottish Highlander wearing a traditional Scottish cap – Glengarry sporting a badge. The words The McCallum are incised on both sides of the base. In this feature we take a look at this famous jug along with a price guide and valuation guide.
Two main versions of the jug: the Kingsware McCallum featuring the Kingsware glaze and the White McCallum. Although looking at auction results there do appear to be couple of other variations including a coloured version.
The Kingsware McCallum features the Kingsware glaze is a unique type of finish that was developed by Royal Doulton in the 1930s and was used to produce the McCallum Royal Doulton Character Jug. This glaze is made up of an intricate array of colors, ranging from dark blues and greens to light oranges and yellows. The glaze was designed to give the jug a natural and weathered appearance. It is estimated between 1000 and 1500 were made.
The White McCallum Royal Doulton Character Jug features the same bearded Scottish Highlander design as its Kingsware counterpart but is glazed in an eggshell white finish. It is the more common of the two and is often crazed.
The two main versions account for more of the jugs but a few variations have been noted. A coloured version without incised wording to base was sold in 2016 at Tunbridge Wells and Hastings Auctioneers. This is a very unusual edition in terms of its colouration and not having the words incised to the base. Probably a prototype. It sold for £1,250 ($1,800).
A jug with a green variation of the Kingsware glaze was sold in 2017 at Kingham & Orme Auctioneers which sold for £1,100 ($1,400).