The oldest Easter eggs on display!

The legacy of Easter eggs has been there for centuries, homemade, wrapped, and decorated; These eggs are a symbol of celebration and are an inseparable part of the festival. Well, Easter is just around the corner and it's that time of year, when the party is in the air. However, with the scare of the coronavirus pandemic, this year the celebrations will not be the same.

Interestingly, amid the global crisis, two of the oldest uneaten Easter eggs were displayed at the York Castle Museum in Yorkshire, England. These Easter eggs are believed to be as good as 90 years wrapped and uneaten. Collection facilitator at York Museums Faye Prior showed off these Terry Chocolate Eggs and Rowntree Eggs, which have been preserved for so many years.


However, the sad history of these Easter eggs has been the reason, they were left without eating. Terry's egg was donated to the museum after the boy it was made for died sadly before Easter came in the 1920s. On the other hand, the Rowntree egg was purchased by a 14-year-old boy for his mother in 1926, who kept it as a souvenir.

According to Katie Brown, an assistant curator at the York Castle Museum, over 90 years old, these eggs are extremely rare. They are also in incredible condition, with the chocolate incredibly intact for decades. Terry's Egg has an incredibly sad story about how it came to be in our collections: the accompanying short note simply says that the boy who owned the egg was deceased. Unfortunately, we cannot say who he was and where he lived, and this information will probably be lost forever.

On the other hand, Jacqueline Harvey of Amersham, Buckinghamshire, donated The Rowntree's egg to the York Castle Museum. It was given by his father, Geoff Walker, when he was 14 to his mother as a gift in 1926 when they lived in Holloway, London. She added that Mrs. Harvey said: I don't know why my grandmother didn't eat it at the time, but I'm so glad she didn't! I am planning to come to York and hope to see the egg on display.