A Pig in a Poke

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Back in the Middle Ages meat was scarce and piglets were sold in a bag (a poke from the French word poche). Thus, it was easy to be tricked and to buy something else, like a cat for example. The French phrase ‘acheter un chat en poche’ is the equivalent to buying ‘a pig in a poke’ or being tricked in to buying something without knowing its true value.

This next picture is a rather nice little print of two sleeping pigs and entitled “Snoozing”. It is not numbered and is signed by Laura Phillips. I have no idea of its true value, or indeed what was paid for it, but what you see is what you get so it is no pig (or should I say pigs) in a poke!

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