By Catherine Reid
Rare Boer War artefacts – including leftover CHOCOLATE – have been found stashed in a pub cupboard.
The relics, dating back to the start of the 20th Century, were discovered at The Hedgehog Inn in Lichfield, Staffordshire, by an unsuspecting landlord.
The box of gems, which includes a food vacuum tin and leftover chocolate, are now expected to fetch hundreds of pounds when they go under the hammer.
Charles Hanson, director of Hansons Auctioneers, said: “It was an archive kept in a cupboard in Lichfield belonging to our client’s father who was a collector.
“There is still chocolate in the tin and the tin foil encasing it.
“The chocolate does have an aroma but I wouldn’t recommend it for chocoholics!”
The stash also contains a rare food vacuum, made by Donkin and Hall, which majorly impacted how food was delivered to troops.
The vacuum tin prevented supplies from being damaged in transit and are rarely seen today.
Charles added: “As an auctioneer we thrive on real history and the archive tells us so much about the daily life of a British soldier who served in the Boer War.
“We think the picture of a young man on a card is probably the serviceman who owned the archive.”
The lot will go up with a guide price of £200 to £300 when the rare Boer War artefacts is up for auction on March 21.