The legacy of Easter eggs has been there since centuries, prepared at home, wrapped and decorated; these eggs are a symbol of celebration and are an inseparable part of the festival. Well, Easter is around the corner and it’s that time of the year, when festivity is in the air. However, with the coronavirus pandemic scare, this year the celebrations won’t be the same.
Interestingly, amidst the global crisis, two of the oldest uneaten Easter eggs were showcased at the York Castle Museum in Yorkshire, England. These Easter eggs are believed to be as good as 90 years old wrapped and uneaten. The Collections Facilitator at York Museums Faye Prior displayed these Terry’s chocolate egg and Rowntree’s eggs, which were preserved for so many years.
However, the sad story of these Easter Eggs have been the reason, they were left uneaten. The Terry’s egg was donated to the museum after the boy it was made for had sadly died before Easter arrived in the 1920s. On the other hand, the Rowntree’s egg was bought by a 14-year-old boy for his mother in 1926 who kept it as a keepsake.
According to Katie Brown, Assistant Curator at York Castle Museum, “At over 90 years old these eggs are extremely rare.“They are also in an incredible condition, with the chocolate amazingly left untouched for decades. “Terry’s egg has an incredibly sad story about how it came to be in our collections– the short note which accompanied it simply says the boy who owned the egg had passed away. “Unfortunately we aren’t able to say who he was and where he lived and this information is probably lost forever.”
On the other hand, The Rowntree’s egg was donated to York Castle Museum by Jacqueline Harvey, from Amersham, Buckinghamshire. It was given by her father, Geoff Walker, when he was 14 to his mother as a present in 1926 when they lived in Holloway, London. She further added that Mrs Harvey said: “I don’t know why my grandmother did not eat it at the time but I am just so pleased that she didn’t! I am planning to come to York and I am looking forward to seeing the egg on display.”