cigarette card

Cigarette card with a colour image of a man carrying a skewer in one hand (?), entitled 'Roasting-Jacks, Toasting-Forks, Files or Skewers' Number 25 in a set of 25 cigarette cards entitled 'Cries of London'. Issued by John Player & Sons, a branch of the Imperial Tobacco Co. Ltd. Text on reverse reads:' “Buy a fine toasting-fork for toast/Or fine spice-grater – food for an hoast;/If these in winter be lacking, I say,/Your guests will pack, your trade decay.” This verse appears beneath a woodcut (now in the print room of the British Museum) showing an itinerant trader of Shakespeare’s day with his queer assortment of graters, roasting-jacks, skewers, files, candalstickes, tosting irons etc.'

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