"poker" lore

Dave Hause dwhause at JOBE.NET
Mon Jan 3 01:36:59 UTC 2011

This strikes me as possibly relating to paying specially for the preparation
of something which has a defined price which should include the
preparation - a mulled drink classically heated with a poker from the fire.
Dave Hause, dwhause at jobe.net
Waynesville, MO
----- Original Message -----
From: "Victor Steinbok" <aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM>

Three unrelated "poker" pieces from around 1830-1833. No, they have
nothing to do with the game of poker AFAIK

1. I spotted several appearances of the phrase "[won't] pay for heating
the poker", including in the piece I cited in an earlier message on
"sponge". I am assuming the idea is similar to "X and a dime will buy
you Y".

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