Boxing Day

Victorian English Steel Hat Box with Brass Latch and Weathered Original Paint

In aristocratic England, household servants were expected to serve their employers on Christmas Day.  The day after Christmas, therefore, was a day of rest and celebration for working men and women—and the day on which they (and special tradesmen) would receive their "boxes" (gifts) from those whom they served.  Shown above, a Victorian English painted steel hat box, c. 1860's - 1870's.


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