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Catalogue code: VM107
PRINCESS MARY’S GIFT FUND BOX
On 15 October 1914, Princess Mary launched her Christmas Gift Fund. In a public letter, she wrote, “I want you now to help me send a Christmas present from the whole nation to every sailor afloat and every soldier at the front.” Her appeal was met with an enthusiastic response, eventually raising over £162,000. On Christmas Day 1914 alone, 426,724 gifts were distributed to British service personnel. Each included writing materials, a Christmas card and a photograph of the Princess, and most contained tobacco and cigarettes, all enclosed in an embossed brass box. Many boxes survived, becoming distinctive mementoes of the war’s first Christmas.
This souvenir scale replica of the Princess Mary Gift Box was commissioned exclusively for Royal Mail, creating an evocative and authentic collector’s item, ideal for storing all of your First World War memorabilia. Dimensions H 34mm x W 18.2cm x L 24.3cm.
Princess Mary’s Gift Fund box, courtesy Imperial War Museums, photographed by John Ross © Royal Mail Group Ltd 2014, Stamp designs © Royal Mail Group Ltd 2014.