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
General Category History
Source Category Found In Collection
Accession Date JAN 1,1991
Location Speakeasy Exhibit
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".
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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.
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)" https://issuu.com/francisjoseph/docs/crown_devon_all_optimize
Date MAR 20,2016
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