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Old King Cole character jug produced in the United States circa 1960. Old King Cole is a British nursery rhyme first attested in 1708. Though there is much speculation about the identity of King Cole, it is unlikely that he can be identified reliably as any historical figure. The poem describes a merry king who called for his pipe, bowl, and musicians, with the details varying among versions. The head of one of King Cole's fiddlers forms the top of the handle. "Old King Cole" is inscribed around the rear of the jug.
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