Sweet tooth for history? Auctioneers uncover century-old box of chocolates

Buried among the weird and wonderful items at Hansons you will find a century-old box of chocolates, as images taken from the auctioneers in Etwall, Derbyshire on Monday show. When Eileen Margaret Elmes was given a box of Pascall's Little Red Riding Hood Chocolate Novelties as a Christmas present more than 100 years ago, she simply could not bring herself to eat them. Elmes kept her nursery... Еще-rhyme themed box with her until she passed away at the age of 99 in 2007. The treasured gift has now been revealed to the general public for the first time, in much the same condition as the original. Inside sit four chocolate figures on a bed of shredded paper, including Little Red Riding Hood complete with a red bonnet, cloak and frock. She is accompanied by a baby in a cradle, a man in a blue sailor suit and a lady in a summer dress. The chocolates will go under the hammer on December 19, with an estimated selling price of £70-100 (€79-114; US $94-134). Perhaps you will be the lucky recipient of this confectionary piece of history.

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