- This box of chocolates, made in 1899 by Queen Victoria, sold for over £500.
- Queen Victoria ordered chocolate bars for British troops fighting.
- Immingham, who fought in the war but never ate chocolate.
You’re probably thinking of old whiskey or expensive wine. Chocolate, however, only lasts three years. This box of chocolates, made in 1899 by Queen Victoria, sold for over £500.
A box of bric-a-brac in a Lincolnshire attic contained several bars of Rowntree chocolate.
It sold for between £100 and £200 yesterday. The buyer paid £440, rising to £519 with costs.
They became interested in old sweets and their historical significance. Queen Victoria ordered chocolate bars for British troops fighting the Boer War in South Africa. However, Quaker pacifists owned the major chocolate companies, which made this controversial.
They provided free chocolate in unbranded boxes because they opposed the war.
Queen Victoria wanted the troops to know chocolate was good, so some bars were named after Rowntree. Queen Victoria, her badge and “South Africa 1900” decorate the box.
The price of chocolate was not only due to its history. This box is rare because it still contains chocolate. It was given to the owner’s grandfather in Immingham, who fought in the war but never ate chocolate.
In 2022, Eddisons auctioneer Paul Cooper advised against it.
“As impressive as it sounds, I don’t think I would be tempted to try it,” he said.
Experts say that chocolate loses flavor, texture, and taste as it ages, and it doesn’t become dangerous. However, they probably didn’t want 122 year old bars!
Militaria and Boer War collectors who bid on this rarity will never eat it.