Historian Possibly Has the World’s Oldest Easter Eggs

A historian made a cracking find at an auction and bought the world’s two oldest EASTER EGGS—including one that dates back to the 19th Century.

Mark Lawrence, 31, believes his two eggs—a chocolate egg from 1912, and a painted duck egg from 1899—smash the current record for oldest Easter treat, from 94.

The chocolate ‘Piet Van Klinkenberg’ egg was made in Germany and sold in the UK, possibly as a gift to a relative who passed away before they had the chance to eat it.

Mark runs Reading-based charity History Portal, who promote history across Berkshire, and bought the egg last year at an auction.

He said: “Normally when I spot something at an auction like that I get a real gut feeling, and I’d seen another old egg but it was nowhere near as old as these two.

“There’s no central registry about the age of Easter eggs but we’re hoping to get ours verified by Guinness World Records.

“At the moment, the oldest egg is 94 years old and it’s in Canada.

“We bought the eggs at auction and are hoping to display them at Easter at Reading Museum.”

Mark named the chocolate egg after his late friend Pieter van Klinkenberg, who died aged 71 in December.

The painted ‘Sallie Maxwell Bennett’ egg is named after its original owner and likely creator.

Sallie was the wealthy widow of Louis Bennett, Speaker of the House of Delegates in the US Congress, and the Mother of WWI fighter pilot hero, Louis Bennett Jr.

Mark spotted the painted duck egg in an auction in October 2017, and said he was able to spot that it was a record holder because of the knowledge he’d built since buying the chocolate egg.

He bought the eggs at Bellman’s Auctioneers in Billingshurst, West Sussex.

Mark added: “This wonderful chocolate Easter egg was made in 1912, most likely in Germany and supplied to a UK retailer.

“Chocolate eggs were expensive luxury items in the Victorian and Edwardian eras, made exclusively for adults.

“It is not known why this luxury item was not consumed but it is possible that the sweet treat was a gift for an individual that passed away before having the opportunity to enjoy it.

“Items related to deceased people were often retained by grieving relatives, so that might be why they kept it.

“In terms of the painted egg, during the Victorian era, it was a common pastime to decorate real eggs, from hen to ostrich eggs.

“One detail that makes these eggs extra special is that they are both dated.

“The Klinkenberg egg is engraved with the date 1912 and the Bennett egg has the inscription ‘Easter Greetings 1899’ on the back.”

The chocolate egg is probably edible, as it is not perishable, although Mark said he has no plans to crack it open.

Credit: SWNS

 
 
 

China Rushes to Curry Favor With Japan

China Rushes to Curry Favor With Japan
For eight years, China and Japan had been in a standoff over territorial rights to the Senkaku Islands, ...
READ MORE >
 

UN Team Fired Upon While in Syria Visiting Suspected Chemical Sites

UN Team Fired Upon While in Syria Visiting Suspected Chemical Sites
THE HAGUE/BEIRUT—A U.N. security team came under fire in Syria while doing reconnaissance for inspectors to visit sites ...
READ MORE >
 
US

Syrian Sanctioned for Smuggling People to US Border

Syrian Sanctioned for Smuggling People to US Border
WASHINGTON—A Syrian man accused of trafficking Syrian and Lebanese nationals to the U.S. border was sanctioned on Wednesday ...
READ MORE >
 

China to Set up Hainan Free Trade Zone by 2020, Port by 2025

China to Set up Hainan Free Trade Zone by 2020, Port by 2025
SHANGHAI—China aims to establish a free trade zone in the island province of Hainan by 2020 and will encourage multinationals ...
READ MORE >