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Victorian bauble keeps hanging on

Annabel Smith, 78 holding the silver bauble

Annabel Smith, 78 holding the silver bauble

This beautiful silver bauble has been lighting up Christmas trees for over 140 years – making it possibly the country’s oldest festive decoration.

Leeds pensioner Annabel Smith, 78, who is pictured with the glass bauble which she was given as a family heirloom, told how it dates back to 1870 when it was bought for her grandfather John Swann.

The festive fixture was purchased in the year A Christmas Carol author Charles Dickens died, midway through Queen Victoria’s reign.

Annabel said: “The story goes that my grandfather was only a baby and he would see this bauble hanging in the shop window of a little store in Newcastle.

“He would cry out for it when he went past and his parents bought him it for Christmas. It has been in my family ever since.”

 

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