David Crowe at the Dryles Pottery, Montrose

The Dryles Pottery used the above mark while controlled by David Crowe. A number of copies of Staffordshire relief moulded jugs have been recorded with this mark plus some more domestic wares.

Most specimens are in museums in Montrose and Edinburgh. Montrose Museum also has this brown jug with hunting sprigs.

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The majority of sprigs are virtually identical to ones used by Port Dundas but the handle terminal seems unique to Montrose and the female toper has only been previously recorded on jugs from Bristol. The Bristol examples are all quite late in the 19th century so may have copied an as yet unrecorded Scottish example. The date 1761 on the Crowe sprig (a Scottish feature) is absent from Bristol jugs.

Information supplied by George R. Haggarty. Further information on Crowe and the Dryles Pottery can be found in his article “Dryles Pottery Montrose”, published in the Northern Ceramic Society Journal, volume 36, 2020, pages 54 to 66.