To complicate the issue further, I have seen two putto inkstands where the putto wears a hat. Yes, a hat. Isn't that what every putto needs? The head/face is from a different mold, best I can tell. One of these inkstands is in the Earle Collection (item 664 if you have the book.) The other is quite important because it has written beneath it "John Foster made this at Hanley August the 29 1820." Like the Earle putto, this fellow was made with hat and quiver (quiver now missing.)
We know John Forster made one putto astride a dolphin on a summer's day in 1820--yet we know of not a single other item he made, and he must have made a fair number. Of course, I will always wonder if he made the look-alike figure in the Earle Collection. But who was John Forster and what else did he make??? Our figure potters were small operators. Sadly, the identities of many of these men has, like their fragile wares, vanished into the mists of time.