In medley with The Irish Washerwoman (see there). Englishman who became first violin at the New York Met (1871-1943). 17th century nursery rhyme. Oldest sheetmusic version: as Pop Goes The Weasel For Fun And Frolic, published in 1850 by Miller & Beacham from Baltimore. In later versions marked as "an old English dance lately revived". The tune must have been much older than that, as it was published as The Haymakers in Gow's Repository (four volumes between 1799 and 1820). Sounds also like Humpty Dumpty, Lilliebulero and Rock A-bye Baby, three 17th century old jigs.
Also by 1910 Fruitgum Co, Capercaillie (as The Weasel), Lords Of Acid and Rick Hayward (as Weasel).