The term 'carved' is used to describe a small group of brown stonewares with pierced, double-walled decoration, examples of which exist inscribed 'Crich', a pot-making center in Derbyshire, or 'Nottingham' and bearing dates between 1700 and 1703. The specific word 'carved' is used in the proof for a trade card issued by the Nottingham potter James Morley, which illustrates in line drawn-form several pieces of brown stoneware including a mug of the present shape entitled "A Carved Jug".
Adrian Oswald in 'A Ceramic Mystery - Nottingham Carved Ware', English Ceramic Circle Transactions, Vol. 14, part 3, pp. 254-259, notes the existence of "some fifty known examples" of jugs and distinguishes five styles of decoration. An example at Colonial Williamsburg is illustrated by Janine E. Skerry and Suzanne Findlen Hood, Salt-glazed stoneware in early America, Williamsburg, 2009, cover, p. 77, fig. 13, where the authors note recorded examples, one of which has been attributed to John Dwight's pottery. A further jug was in the Harriet Carlton Goldweitz Collection, sold, in these rooms, January 20, 2006, lot 39.