Easter Eggs Through The Years: The wood, the clad and the ugly

It’s Easter at the weekend and so we’ve pulled something from the archive for you. Interestingly, chocolate wasn’t always the gift du jour and easter eggs have a long and varied history, as this peculiar 1954 news reel demonstrates.

The Romans once used stone eggs to cool their hands, while in Russia (or “from behind the Iron Curtain” as the presenter prefers to say) the tradition was to give wooden eggs.

Silver nutmeg graters were once the buzz craze at this time of year, whilst the very wealthy occasionally gave each other ornately decorated ostrich eggs. One such specimen from 1900 can be seen in this clip. Enjoy!

Author: British Pathé

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