My team and I are so pleased to welcome you on our site!
Do you actually know the story of how we got to the Gluckigluck?
It all started with a brunch at my British friend Victoria in summer 2011 in Berlin! What do you want to drink? Water! What kind of fish is that? Don't you know Vic's amazing fish? Nope. Well, watch out: Tilt, bounce, glug, gurgle, burp! What was that? The fish or what? I bursted out laughing and everyone around me did as well! This is Vic's wedding present from her British family! This jug is cult in England and every family should have it. It has been around for over 150 years!! I want one too!!! Yes, we do too, but it's not available here and it's hard to get it online in England! Well, no problem, I'll take care of it!
This is how my acquaintance with the fish jug began! So many years have passed now and the fish and I have become great friends. We were not only able to delight family members and friends with it, but also countless other people in Germany and Europe who want a little pep in their everyday life!
Selling it is so much fun - even though we decided to go online, we wish we could see your smiling faces when you try the fish jar out!
And of course, this traditional cult design object has its own story:
The Gluggle Jugs were originally made by Thomas Forester & Son in Staffordshire in the late 1870’s.
However, most people will associate these jugs with Dartmouth Pottery, who originally produced a fish shaped water jug which they called ‘Gurgling Fish Jugs…..a novelty which always attracts attention’.
A special pair of jugs were made in 1958 for presentation to the Queen and Prince Philip on their visit to Britannia Naval College to present New Colours.
The Commanding Officer of the college commissioned the jugs which were 9” tall, glazed green and embossed with the Royal insignia and the date 28th July 1958. This gift undoubtedly helped the popularity of the jugs, and they became great collector’s items.
They were also used as advertising items by breweries, and over the years hundreds were made to advertise ‘Plymouth Gin’. Gurgling jugs were intended for use as water jugs – they inherited their name due to the sound they made when liquid was poured out.
When Dartmouth Pottery closed in 2002, Wade Ceramics had the opportunity to buy the fish jug mould and have continued to produce the jugs since then.
In the meantime, the Gluggle Jug has been copied over and over again. The copies do not survive the original: they are unsustainably produced in China, and their import to Europe leaves a large ecological footprint. The copies are also not certified for drinking and may only be used as a vase. And most importantly, the copies don't gurgle! So stay with the quality and fun, stay with the original!
And at last: Of each sale, a part of our margin goes into the #syngap research fund, cf. www.syngap.de.
Fine, 'nough said!
Thank you so much for stopping by and have the outmost fun with your jug!
Sophie & team