Green’s Dictionary of Slang

drum and fife n.

[rhy. sl.]

1. (also duchess, Duchess of Fife) a wife.

[Aus]Truth (Brisbane) 28 Sept. 2/3: [I]t’s a good thing for any man to take unto himself a drum and fife.
[UK]J. Franklyn Dict. of Rhy. Sl. 50/2: drum and fife (1) Wife.
[UK]J. Jones Rhy. Cockney Sl.
[UK]B. Kirkpatrick Wicked Cockney Rhy. Sl. 28: Duchess of Fife wife.
[UK]B. Dark Dirty Cockney Rhy. Sl. 48: drum and fife wife.

2. (also Duke of Fife) a knife.

[UK](con. WWI) Fraser & Gibbons Soldier and Sailor Words 84: Duke Of Fife: Knife.
[UK]J. Franklyn Dict. of Rhy. Sl. 59/2: (2) knife.
[UK]S.T. Kendall Up the Frog.
[UK]B. Kirkpatrick Wicked Cockney Rhy. Sl.