Wiltshire

1843 Christmas card sells for £4,200 at auction

  • 14 December 2013
  • From the section Wiltshire
Victorian Christmas card
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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