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Princess Mary’s Gift Box

1914

Brass box contains a number of gifts including pencil case, Christmas cards for 1914 and 1915 and photographs.

Gift boxes were presented to British troops at Christmas 1914.

In November 1914 an advert went out for donations to the Sailors & Soldiers Christmas Fund set up by the 17 year old daughter of King George V and Queen Mary.

By Christmas 1914 around 355,000 tins were delivered to those serving overseas.