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PHOTOS/JULIE ROBINSON ROBARDS Three character mugs are about 2 3/4 inches tall. The first two, Widdicome and Queen Bess, were produced as Character Ware by the Lancaster Sandland pottery in England beginning in 1944. Abraham Lincoln was made in Japan and is of much lesser quality than the fine, glazed English china, however, as the 16th president of the United States who abolished slavery, he is of historical significance. Most character jugs and mugs made during the 1930s and 1940s represented historically famous male personalities or occupational men. Female representation is far less common and, therefore, very collectible. Queen Bess, also known as Elizabeth I, was queen of England and Ireland between 1558 and 1603. The value of the English mugs are between $55 and $65, while the Japanese example is worth about $30 to $35.