Although usually referred to as jugs, the exact function of these figural vessels is not known. Eight dated examples with variations in decoration are illustrated by Louis L. Lipski and Michael Archer, Dated English Delftware, Tin-Glazed Earthenware 1600-1800, London, 1984, pp. 227-228, cat. nos. 1001-1008, the earliest example bearing the inscribed date 1657 and the latest 1676. Michael Archer mentions in Delftware in the Fitzwilliam Museum, London, 2013, p. 188, that there are at least thirteen examples of this form, the majority of which bear initials and dates, hinting that these objects were most likely meant as sentimental gifts for commemoration. The majority of the known examples are decorated with striped fur, similar to the present example, with slight variations in the molding. Archer also mentions ibid, p. 188, that excavated fragments of this form reveal that they were made at Montague Close and Pickleherring in Southwark and at Vauxhall in Lambeth. John Austin illustrates the Colonial Williamsburg example in British Delft at Williamsburg, Williamsburg, 1994, cat. no. 716, p. 285, where he mentions that fragments of a similar example were excavated near Williamsburg at the seventeenth-century Drummond site at Governor's Island.
Similar un-initialled and undated examples were sold at Sotheby's London, April 21, 1998, lot 146 and at Bonham's London, October 13, 1992, lot 28.