The Royal Doulton character jug ‘The Hatless Drake’ that sold for £1400 at Golding Young & Mawer.

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In 1985, for example, several examples of The Hatless Drake appeared for sale, topping out at £3200 for that sold by Abridge Auctions, Essex.

Abridge Auctions are no longer with us and neither are such stratospheric sums.

The Hatless Drake, which has the words Drake he was a Devon man printed in relief across its subject's shoulders, was made in only limited numbers in the early years of the Second World War and remains among the rarest of the production run of Doulton 'tobys', but it is an indication of where the market is now that another was sold by Lincolnshire auctioneers Golding Young & Mawer (17.5% buyer's premium) on June 20 for £1400.

Nevertheless, it is a great deal more than the later Sir Francis Drake design (one in which he wears a hat) might bring today: probably no more than £30 at auction.