A 19th century Staffordshire Frog Mug. circa 1840-50
A 19th century Staffordshire Frog Mug. circa 1840-50
A 19th century Staffordshire Frog Mug. circa 1840-50
A 19th century Staffordshire Frog Mug. circa 1840-50
A 19th century Staffordshire Frog Mug. circa 1840-50
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A 19th century Staffordshire Frog Mug. circa 1840-50

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A 19th century Staffordshire Frog Mug also known as a Toad mug, Surprise Mug or Ague Mug mainly used for drinking beer or similar alcoholic beverages. Originally produced in Sunderland later copied in Staffordshire, Worcester and Newcastle.

These practical joke mugs containing frogs or toads date from circa 1775 and continued to be popular until the end of the 19th century. An unsuspecting drinker would be surprised as he quaffed his beer to see a frog or toad emerging from the typically cloudy beverage of those days as it was fully consumed and the amphibian came into view, with predictable results. In some cases the creature would gurgle and spit at the drinker through a hole in its mouth as the vessel was tilted and the dregs consumed.

Circa: 1840-50

Height:12cm