Although nobody knows when the first puzzle-jugs were produced, pottery has certainly been made in the Donyatt area since the middle ages.
At the Fitzwilliam museum in Cambridge where they have a substantial collection of Antique English Pottery there is a puzzle-jug of exactly the same form as ours but dated 1571.
If one considers the vast amount of puzzle- jugs that have been made over the centuries this fact in itself illustrates the affection in which they are held by an eccentric, carousing and gameful English public.
Naïve pottery embellished with scraffito decoration of flowers, trees and birds is how we recognised ‘Donyatt’. Our pot continuing this tradition has not only paired tulips and a bird but its original spout too! It is further enhanced upon its shoulder with a favourite rhyme:-
When this you see remember me
And bear me in your mind
While I am seldom at your house
Speak of me as you find:
This jug was made for William Hurford of the historic Hurford family and is inscribed to its front in a square reserve
W. Hurford – June 2nd – 1827
It has remained within that family its entire existence and been passed down by decent, until our purchase.