The holiday season is well and truly upon us and in searching our collection for Christmas related items I came upon this tin. These small brass boxes were issued to all those wearing the Kings’ uniform, fighting in World War I, during Christmas 1914.
From Princess Mary, the tins contained cigarettes, tobacco, pens or chocolate, depending on who was receiving the box and follow on from a tradition begun by Queen Victoria at the turn of the century.
We also have a small collection of beautifully embroidered postcards, made in France, which soldiers sent home to loved ones in New Zealand.
Received on 20 December 1917, Christmas wishes were sent to ‘My Dearest Florrie’, from ‘Your loving Roy’.
It is quite sobering thinking of those who received these gifts a century ago and the conditions many were enduring at the time. It certainly makes me feel grateful for the good company, food, and gifts I will be enjoying this Christmas.
Jo Wehrly, Collection Manager