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A Victorian Christmas

 This box of very traditional late Victorian Tom Smith crackers is held in the Victoria & Albert Museum. Over the years Tom Smith’s have also created many innovative designs.

Royal Christmas Crackers
Many of our Christmas traditions only began in or around the Victorian era, 1837-1901. Baker Tom Smith saw sugared almonds in a twirl of tissue in Paris. He made the first cracker in London in 1847 with love mottos and twisted ends. In 1850 toys, jewellery and trinkets replaced almonds. The “snap” came in 1860. Cracker Royal Warrants were given from the early 1900s. In 2013 a Royal Warrant was also granted for Tom Smith wrapping paper. The Royal Family get their own range of both each year, always kept “under wraps”! HM The Queen opened the new Tom Smith factory in Wales in 2014.

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Hazle Ceramics
A Victorian Christmas
Limited Painting of 30
on London Floris
With a lot of added 22ct gold
Fit for a Fortnums’ Xmas window for which that store is renowned!
The modelled crest over the fascia
is painted as wrapped gifts above

 The first UK Christmas card was sent in 1843. This one is from 1891.

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 Similar to the London Illustrated News woodcut from 1848, HM Queen Victoria with her family in the 1850 US Godey’s Lady’s Book. This made Christmas trees popular over there.

 One of Queen Victoria’s trees at Windsor Castle with colour wax candles and “snow”, 1843. Gifts, gingerbread and sweets went underneath. They were put up on 24th December - Christmas Day for Germanic Prince Albert.

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