Wiltshire

1843 Christmas card sells for £4,200 at auction

  • 14 December 2013
  • From the section Wiltshire
Victorian Christmas card
Image caption The card was sent in 1843 and addressed to Marinda Cundy of London

One of the world's first Christmas cards has fetched £4,200 at auction.

The black and white greeting card, sent in 1843, depicts a festive scene of a Victorian family eating and drinking.

The card was one of about 2,000 printed in colour and black and white. The colour version sold for 1/2d (6p) and the uncoloured version was 1/- (5p).

The card, addressed to Marinda Cundy of London, went under the hammer in Devizes in Wiltshire. The sender is unknown apart from the initials JCJ.

The item, which had a pre-sale estimate of between £3,000 and £5,000, was sold by Henry Aldridge and Son.

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