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Object ID 004071

Object Name Widdicombe Fair Musical Tankard

Object Desc Ceramic mug with built in music box. Front of mug shows several men with a grey mare, and has the words "Widdicombe Fair." Back of mug has lyrics to the folk song "Widdicombe Fair" (or Tom Pearse).

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY003531

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Breweries


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Speakeasy Exhibit

Object Date

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords Crown Devon,Widdicombe Fair,mug,ceramic,music box,tankard,

Title Widdicombe Fair Musical Tankard

Description Ceramic mug with built in music box. Front of mug shows seven men in black hats with a pale colored horse. Four men are on the horse, one leading, one walking alongside, and one behind. The words "Widdicombe Fair" are above the scene. Back of mug has lyrics to the folk song "Widdicombe Fair" (or Tom Pearse) and shows the faces of two men talking. "No. 802897" is stamped into back base. The handle is shaped like a triangular signpost, and says Widdicombe. Inside the base of the tankard is a music box. When the key is turned, the music box plays the tune to the folk song "Widdicombe Fair" without lyrics. Bottom of base is painted gold. Inside bottom of ceramic says "Crown Devon Fieldings Made in England Rd No 804874".


Approx Collection Date

Height 6

Length 0

Width 5.5

Depth 0

Diameter 3.5

Circumference 15

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details Width is measurement of diameter across mouth of tankard and handle. Diameter is measurement of just mouth of tankard. Circumference is base of tankard, which is larger than mouth of tankard.

Quantity 0



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Crown Devon

Maker Details Fielding majolica is pottery made at the Railway Pottery in Stoke on Trent under the proprietorship of Simon Fielding (1827-1906) and Abraham Fielding. The Railway Pottery was renamed the Devon Pottery in 1912 and developed the Crown Devon line. "Crown Devon launched the John Peel series of musical novelties in the early Thirties ... these were followed by the Widdicombe Fair (jug, two tankards, and two cigarette boxes)"

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY3531


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Date MAR 20,2016

Summary Good

Assessor Kayla Sutherland

Notes Glaze on ceramic has cracks all across surface. Some minor stains. Music box is out of tune. Gold paint on bottom is worn away in places, and metal holding music box in place is slightly rusted. Gold paint on base comes off when touched.


Date MAR 20,2016

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Speakeasy Exhibit from Barber Shop Exhibit - automatic entry by admin