1890's Photo Bobby Policeman w/ Antique Toby Jug: Bedfordshire England
#AD195 English Bobby Police:
Collecting antique toby jugs or mugs? A wonderful Victorian era photo of an British bobby policeman in his Bobby hat and early uniform, holding a large old toby jug in one hand and a glass of beer in another. He sits on a barrel with 2 others in this beautiful early sepia original photo, is rare and one of a kind. The reverse has "Bedfordshire" handwritten in old light blue period pencil script.
A Bobby is English slang for a constable in British law enforcement. They wear tall rounded hats, carry high pitched whistles and billy clubs. It is thought that term Bobby comes from Sir Robert Peel, who founded the London police in 1829. They were called "Bobbies" after his nickname Bob, and also "Peelers" for his surname.
Note: Bedfordshire is a county in the Eastern part of England. It consists of Bedford, Central Bedfordshire and Luton. The surrounding areas are Cambridgeshire to the east, Northamptonshire to the north, Buckinghamshire to the west, and Hertfordshire to the south.
Click images to see condition in close up views and click again to open full images on screen for scrolling to right. This is a rare old and original image found in Totnes, Devon, England. The toning is beautiful, as well as the composition. This antique vintage photo will be sent shipped in a new rigid sleeve.
Size: 4.5 x 3.25 inches
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