Doulton Character Jugs

Captain Ahab Character Jug

In 1959, Royal Doulton introduced the Captain Ahab character jug, a captivating addition to their collection of ceramic jugs. Designed by the talented Garry Sharp, this jug pays homage to the iconic character from Herman Melville’s classic novel, “Moby-Dick.” Captain Ahab, the obsessed whaling captain on a relentless quest for the white whale, Moby-Dick, is a figure that has captured the imagination of readers for generations. G. Sharp’s interpretation of this legendary character as a Royal Doulton jug is a remarkable blend of literary tribute and artistic craftsmanship. It was made until 1984.

A Set of Three Royal Doulton Captain Ahab Graduated Character Jugs
A Set of Three Royal Doulton Captain Ahab Graduated Character Jugs

What sets the Captain Ahab jug apart is its intricate design and the attention to detail that G. Sharp infused into it. The jug portrays Ahab with his characteristic stern, brooding expression, symbolizing his deep obsession and vengeful pursuit of Moby-Dick. The details in his facial features, such as the furrowed brow and intense eyes, bring Ahab’s determined and relentless personality to life. Additionally, the jug features elements indicative of his nautical life – from his classic sailor’s attire to the handle which depicts in infamous white whale Moby Dick.

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The Captain Ahab jug was released in three sizes, catering to different collectors’ preferences and space considerations. The large size (D6500) stands out for its commanding presence, making it a focal point in any display. The small size (D6506) offers the same level of detail in a more compact form, suitable for smaller spaces or as part of a more extensive collection. The miniature (D6522) is a diminutive yet detailed version, perfect for those who appreciate the artistry in a smaller scale.