Rare Antique Dorset Owl almost certainly from the Verwood Pottery in Dorset and in good condition from a private collection.
These Harvest Bottles were typical of that region being made from a pale clay with honey glazed upper half. This 'Owl' has typical pinched eyes (lugs) to support the leather thong handle. There is a gap between the neck and the lugs. Traditionally used to take Cider or Ale into the Dorset countryside during harvest time they were more breakable and less survived unlike the Oak Barrel equivalent. Examples are in the Wimborne museum and further reading can be done in The DORSET COUNTRY POTTERY book by Jo Draper and Penny Copland-Griffiths.