1843 Christmas card sells for £4,200 at auction
- 14 December 2013
- From the section Wiltshire
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.