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These Kent-made luxury handmade crackers are tied with blue and white ribbon and are fatter than your average cracker. T he White Company is beloved for its understated, minimal aesthetic and this follows through to its crackers too. In white, with subtle silver details, they're ideal for a cool and calm Christmas look. F ill these cheerful crackers with jokes and gifts specifically chosen for the people you love.

T hese gold Christmas crackers from Selfridges are designed so you can easily place your own gifts inside. What a fun way to make Christmas a little more personal. All the products mentioned in this article are selected and reviewed independently by our journalists. The Telegraph makes money by adding affiliate links to some of the products. We urge you to turn off your ad blocker for The Telegraph website so that you can continue to access our quality content in the future.

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Buy now 6. B uy now 7. Records show an order for a six foot cracker to decorate Euston Station in London, and in a gentleman wrote to the company enclosing a diamond engagement ring and 10 shilling note as payment for the ring to be put in a special cracker for his fiancee. Unfortunately he did not enclose an address and never contacted the Company again.

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The ring, letter and 10 shilling note are apparently still in the companies possession today. At the turn of the century the cracker industry in England was booming. Contents were tailored to each box and included artistic masks, puzzles, conundrums, tiny treasures, jewels, games and mottoes. Perhaps most notable of this era was that most the beautifully illustrated boxes, crackers, and hats were made by hand.

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The fully illustrated catalogs which date back to provide an exceptional visual history of British social and political development over an entire century. In the early days Tom Smith specialized in producing high end exclusive crackers, including Wedgwood Art Crackers from original designs by permission of Josiah Wedgwood and Sons, and designs such as Japanese Menagerie crackers containing the latest novelties from Japan.

These include animals, birds and and reptiles and even mottoes in Japanese. The company was, importantly, very aware of current affairs and the political and leisure activities of each period. Exclusive crackers were also made for members of the Royal Family and still are to this day. The first was granted to the Prince of Wales in The company still holds two of these warrants, one granted to Queen Elizabeth II in and the second to the Prince of Wales in to produce special crackers for the Royal Household.

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During the Second World War, cracker production was banned by the government of the day, perhaps as a means to save money but also to implement a troop training method where the snaps exploding part of the cracker were used to imitate gun fire! After the war, vast quantities of surplus cracker snaps were released back into the cracker trade.

Further merges took place over the following years with Mead and Field, Neilson Festive Crackers and Manson and Church, each specialists in their own particular field. Tom Smith Factory, A number of the images accompanying this article were made available by permission of Peter Kimpton, renowned Christmas Cracker historian and owner of The Kathleen Kimpton Collection.

History of Christmas Crackers. History of Christmas Crackers Gary Stonedahl T Crackers have been a traditional part of British Christmas festivities and other celebrations since Victorian times.

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From the Publisher : For over thirty years, in lieu of Christmas cards, the distinguished historian John Julius Norwich has been sending friends his Christmas Crackers—personal collections of quirky quotes and literary odds and ends. Buy New Learn more about this copy. Other Popular Editions of the Same Title. Search for all books with this author and title.

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