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Toy pie - Four and Twenty Blackbirds Pie

Four and Twenty Blackbirds Pie

  • Object:

    Toy pie

  • Place of origin:

    Sussex (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1930 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wadding card and tissue paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Celia Scott

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This amazing and unique pie was bought by Florence Sharpe for her two grand-daughters from a lady crafts person in the village of Lindfield in Sussex. It was a surprise present and was used on special occasions such as birthdays and Christmas. It was placed on the dining room table at tea-time and everyone would sing the nursery rhyme, Four and Twenty Blackbirds. It would then be revealed that the pie contained small presents for the children.

Physical description

An oval shaped pie with a stiffened inside of card covered with green tissue paper. The outside is covered with wadding that has been singed to provide a light brown "cooked" finish. The wadding is shaped to form a straight sided pie with a scalloped crust edge. The middle of the top has raised pieces of crust as on a real pie - a four-petalled flower with two large pieces placed longitudinally.
Surrounding this central area are twenty four black birds heads with long stiff necks, round heads, long beaks and green eyes. Around part of the pie edge are some fabric holly leaves with red berries.

Place of Origin

Sussex (made)


ca. 1930 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Wadding card and tissue paper


Length: 33 cm, Width: 24 cm, Height: 14 cm maximum

Object history note

The pies has been in the donor's (Celia Scott, nee Sharpe b.25/09/1925) family since she was a young girl

Descriptive line

A hand-made toy pie, Four and Twenty Blackbirds, made in England in about 1930

Subjects depicted

Holly; Birds; Pie


Children & Childhood; Christmas

Production Type



Museum of Childhood

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