Thursday, June 10, 2010

Antique chocolates

They have seen better days, but that is because these chocolates are 100 years old! They were sold as souvenirs of the coronation of the son of England's Queen Victoria (1819-1901) following her death. King Edward VII (1841-1910) and his wife Alexandria of Denmark (1844-1925) were crowned in 1902, and the occasion was commemorated with vases, mugs, and medals. The tin of chocolates was given as a gift to Scottish schoolgirl Martha Greig, who resisted the temptation to eat them. After she married Robert MacDonald Nelbrae, Martha warned their 4 children against doing the same. One of those children inherited the tin and in turn passed the now inedible chocolates down to her twin daughter Frieda McIntosh, who thought it best to donate the souvenir to the St. Andrews Preservation Trust. I'm sure any of the world's chocolate museums would be equally happy to have it.

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