This is an enlarged view of an x-sprig on another Dudson figure. It really is quite distinctive.
Dudson's establishment coincides with the closure of Ralph Wood's pot bank. Ralph Wood died in 1795, but his son, Ralph Wood III, operated the pot bank until his own premature death in 1801. We repeatedly see Dudson figures formed just like Ralph Wood figures. It is possible that Dudson simply copied the Ralph Wood figures, but it is more likely that Dudson acquired some of the Ralph Wood molds. There are further examples in a similar vein in August 7 and April 24 blog postings.
So what did the Ralph Wood gardeners look like? This pair is currently in the stock of Castle Antiques. You can read all about Ralph Wood gardeners from these molds in the July 10 blog posting.