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Remarkable Find: 121-Year-Old Chocolate Bar – A Gift From Queen Victoria – Found Intact

Chocolates have been despatched to the troop combating in South Africa (Representational Image)

Believe it or not, a 121-12 months-previous chocolate bar was not too long ago present in its authentic tin within the attic of a 500-12 months-previous English manor in Norfolk, japanese England. It belonged to Sir Henry Edward Paston-Bedingfield – an English aristocrat who participated within the Second Boer War (or South African War), which befell between 1899 and 1902. According to a report in Reuters, this chocolate bar was a New Year reward from Queen Victoria in 1900 to British troops combating in South Africa. It is believed to be one of many 100,000 half-pound (226-gramme) chocolate bars that Queen Victoria commissioned to boost the spirit of the troopers, who have been then combating the warfare in South Africa.

The tin of chocolate was discovered within the helmet case of Sir Henry. The tin lid had a message on it in Queen’s handwriting that reads “I wish you a happy New Year”. It additionally had the inscription “South Africa 1900” and a portrait of the Queen.


According to The National Trust within the United Kingdom, it’s believed that Sir Henry stored the chocolate and the helmet as mementoes of his participation within the warfare. The report additional learn that these things have been found together with the belongings of his daughter Frances Greathead, after her demise aged 100 in 2020.

“Although …you wouldn’t want it as your Easter treat, it is still complete and a remarkable find,” mentioned Anna Forrest, Cultural Heritage Curator on the National Trust. For the unversed, the National Trust is a charity organisation that preserves the heritage of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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