Henry "Toby Fillpot" Elwes' Brown Jug
Henry Elwes' Jug


Henry Elwes/Frances Fawkes


Clay Jug


Never runs out of ale


Slowly absorbs drinker's spirit


Drinking from

Collected by

Warehouse 12



Date of Collection




Henry Elwes was a well known drunkard in the town of Orpington in England. He was often given the nickname "Toby", a term used to describe a scoundrelish man, coupled with "Fillpot", as he was rarely seen without a jug of ale in hand. No true record exists of his life or death, but his legacy continued on.

Buried in a clay-rich area, a vicar and part-time potter collected some for his craft. No matter how much he tuned and molded, the result always looked vaguely humanoid, though very bloated and unattractive. Tired of trying to reshape it, he left it in the sun to bake and when he returned it had formed a near perfect figure of Henry, sat on a stool with jug in hand.

Once painted the details were more apparent and the jug was held on site for a time as a novelty where it became a popular item to reproduce. Eventually it was found by another vicar, Frances Fawkes, who composed a poem about the story.

"Dear Tom, this brown jug, that now foams with mild ale,
(In which I will drink to sweet Nan of the Vale)
Was once Toby Fillpot, a thirsty old soul
As e'er drank a bottle or fathomed a bowl"


When held, the jug will never empty of rich English ale, no matter how much is drunk. 

The more it's used, the higher and higher the drinkers alcohol tolerance becomes, causing them to drink in excess. Going without alcohol will cause them to feel weak and lethargic, and they will eventually drink themselves to death. When the drinker finally dies, the jug will take on their appearance in a rather unflattering way, often depicting them at the moment just before death.

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