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Victorian hanky box child's nursery rhyme handkerchief cardboard box with silk hanky

Victorian hanky box child's nursery rhyme handkerchief cardboard box with silk hanky

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Darling Victorian child's hanky box with large silk handkerchief. The graphics on the front depict an old woman on a broom and there are lyrics and music from a song called "The Old Woman Tossed Up in a Blanket", which was an English nursery rhyme that was put to music. Here is information I found from the Traditional Tune rchive''''

"Old Woman Tossed Up" exists in song and dance versions. As a song, the lyric was early set to the tune of "Lillibulero" (an early version of which appears in in Henry Playford's Musick's Hand-Maid, 1689, as "An Irish Tune") and was a favorite of Oliver Goldsmith's (see also the Scottish "There was a wee wifie rowed up in a blanket").

Here is the rhyme -

There was an old woman tossed up in a basket
Seventy times as high as the moon.
What she did there I could not but ask it
For in each hand she carried a broom.

“Old woman, old woman, old woman,” said I
“Where are you going to up so high?”
“To sweep the cobwebs from the sky
And you may come with me if you can fly.”

The box is attached on the left side so it opens like a book. There is some cracking on the edges of the box as you can see. The graphics are clear. The gold border is has a metallic look to it. It measures 5" x 5". The handkerchief is sheer and does have some holes throughout, which I have pictured.

This could be a lithograph but I am not skilled enough to say for certainty.


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