ANTIQUES lovers are being offered a slice of the wedding cake made for Queen Victoria’s daughter at the spring Antiques for Everyone fair this week.
The 138-year-old delightful dessert is expected to fetch £145 when exhibitors visit the NEC today and tomorrow – but potential buyers are warned not to eat it.
The cake is one inch wide and antique dealer John Shepherd will show the piece at the fair.
“This is a fantastic piece of history and is a wonderful heirloom to pass on to future generations,” he said.
Originally over five-foot tall the wedding cake was made for Queen Victoria’s daughter Princess Louise, on her marriage to the Marquis of Lorne in 1871.
It is known to be one of the most ostentatious wedding cakes of the Victorian era.
The Royal Family of the time opposed the marriage, but Queen Victoria approved and the couple were married in lavish style. The wedding cake stood 1.52 metres tall from its base to the top tier, weighed over 225lbs and was finished in fine white icing.
A spokesman for Antiques for Everyone said: “We think this is a one-off piece of the cake and don’t know if any other bits have survived from 1871. But it may be there are other people who have slices of cake from royal weddings.”
Antiques for Everyone is Britain’s largest vetted and datelined antiques fair with over 350 specialist dealers from around the world on hand to advise visitors on the high quality authenticated antiques, fine art and objects d’art on sale.
Jewellery, vintage clothing, furniture and ceramic dealers will come together to create a wedding feature that will inspire brides-to-be.
The feature will also provide fantastic wedding gift ideas and show some of the most stunning engagement rings from the 19th and 20th Century.
For more information or bookings call 0844 581 0827 or visit: www.antiquesforeveryone.co.uk.