Let Them Eat Cake


A hundred and thirty eight year old piece of cake is up for auction.

The cake is thought to be the only surviving item from the 1871 wedding of Queen Victoria’s fourth daughter, Princess Louise, to the Marquis of Lorne.

It went on sale for 145 pounds ($215) Thursday at the Antiques for Everyone fair in Birmingham. The seller is antiques dealer John Shepherd. He bought the slice from a private seller who is a descendant of a noble family from Kent.

“I like unusual objects with history,” said Shepherd. “This was obviously treasured by the Royal Family, and I believe things should be treasured and looked after.”

The slice, which is one-inch thick and protected by parchment, is a tiny portion of the towering 5-foot (1.5 meter) cake served at Princess Louise’s wedding. The entire cake originally weighed over 225 pounds (102 kilograms) and took three months to create.

The cake slice is still wrapped in its original parchment, and it was kept for generations in a gentlemen’s “cabinet of curiosity” where men kept treasures to show off, such as fossils and pieces of Egyptian art.





~ by eaesthete on 04/16/09.

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