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Old King Cole character jug tiny - Royal Doulton 1990

Old King Cole tiny character jug modeled by Harry Fenton and produced by Royal Doulton of Burslem, England, as the 1990 Royal Doulton International Collectors Club issue. "Old King Cole" is a British nursery rhyme first attested in 1708. The question of this jolly monarch's identity has been a subject of speculation for centuries. He is described in the popular nursery rhyme as "a merry old soul" fond of his pipe, glass and fiddlers three. The twelfth century chronicler, Geoffrey of Monmouth, records that the town of Colchester takes its name from a monarch named Coel who lived in the third century. Yet another explanation of the rhyme is given by Sir Walter Scott who claimed that the Old King was in fact the fabled father of the giant Fyn M'Coule. The most likely origin, however, was a Reading merchant named Colebrook who is found in Thomas Delaney's "Historie of Thomas of Reading". Known as Old Cole, this merchant was extremely rich and had no less than 140 servants and 300 poor people working for him.

Maker:

Royal Doulton

England

1990

Model #:

D6871

RDICC

character jug

Size:

tiny

Height:

1 1/2"

Old King Cole character jug tiny - Royal Doulton 1990
Old King Cole character jug tiny - Royal Doulton 1990
Old King Cole character jug tiny - Royal Doulton 1990
Old King Cole character jug tiny - Royal Doulton 1990
Old King Cole character jug tiny - Royal Doulton 1990
Old King Cole character jug tiny - Royal Doulton 1990
Old King Cole character jug tiny - Royal Doulton 1990
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