Look carefully at the base. There is a dark patch at the man's feet. If you compare it to the second example, you can see that a little leaf might have been in that spot--and John was, of course, quick to tell me about that loss. The loss of a leaf is no big deal--especially when the whole rest of the figure is in original condition. Some naughty child picked the leaf off the base, and a kitchen-table restorer dabbed some gunk on the spot.
So third time lucky. I POUNCED on John's spill vase--and I am sure that it wouldn't have lasted long. The best things are worth waiting for, and perhaps my husband was right....for once! After all, John's vase has a far prettier spill that the one I first coveted.
By the way, both these spill vases were both made by the same pot bank. Look at the flowers on the bases. Big flowers of exactly that form occur repeatedly on a Group of figures that Pat Halfpenny dubbed the "Patriotic Group." Pat chose that name because the figures often have red, white, and blue swirls on their bases. In any event, the flower that you see on both examples is very specific to the Patriotic Group, and its presence confirms the attribution.