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Vintage English Advertising Rolling Red Painted Handles Cornish Pasty Widecombe Fair Horses Poem

$119.99

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Perfect for your Farmhouse cottage kitchen, this antique rolling pin will make quite a statement.  It advertises and depicts a Cornish Pasty on one side and Widecombe Fair on the opposite.   A horse with the 7 people traveling on it as they follow the sign that reads "Widecombe Fair".   There is a poem as well.  The wooden handles are painted red.

"Widecombe Fair", also called Tom Pearce (sometimes spelt "Tam Pierce"), is a well-known Devon folk song about a man called Tom Pearce, whose horse dies after someone borrows it to travel to the fair in Widecombe with his friends. Its chorus ends with a long list of the people travelling to the fair: "Bill Brewer, Jan Stewer, Peter Gurney, Peter Davy, Dan'l Whiddon, Harry Hawke, Old Uncle Tom Cobley and all." Some research suggests that the names originally referred to real people.

As the last name in a long list, "Uncle Tom Cobley" has come to be used as a humorous colloquialism meaning "anyone and everyone". - Wikipedia

The rolling pin has the poem which reads:

Tom Pearce, Tom Pearce, lend me your Grey Mare.

 All along, down along, out along lee.

 For I want to go to Widecombe Fair.

Wi Bill Brewer, Jan Stewer, Peter Gurney, Peter Davey, Dan'l Whidden, Harry Hawk, Old Uncle Tom Ca\obley and all,

Old Uncle Tom Cobley and all.

 

So pretty and unique!

Measures: appx 14"
Condition: no chips, cracks, a little crazing… wonderful condition! 

 

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