"Harvest jugs", are named so for their connection with carrying ale or beer to field workers during the harvest. A poetic example of this is recorded on a jug in the Plymouth City Museum, inscribed by the potter 'The Potter fashioned me complete, as plainly doth appear, for to supply the harvest men with good strong English beer...', referenced by Leslie B. Grigsby, English Slip-Decorated Earthenware at Williamsburg, Williamsburg, 1993, p. 33. The basic design of such vessels remained much the same throughout the 18th century and into the 19th century, where the Harvest theme was still incorporated into jugs as late as the 1850s. Two jugs dated 1857 and 1860 respectively are in the Collection of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
A slightly larger dated jug decorated with the royal arms, incised 'S. EVENS/ 1791', is illustrated by Leslie B. Grigsby, The Longridge Collection of English Slipware and Delftware, London, 2000, Vol. 1, pp. 144-145, S. 84; where the author notes two further examples decorated in this manner, one dated 1792, inscribed with the name 'F. DRAKE', and an undated example inscribed 'Mr Willm Rdard'(?)
Another example with the same armorial was sold, Sotheby's, New York, February 22-23, 1988, lot 564.