The unopened box with a tin given to auctioneer Patrick Bogue's own father.
100 year old time capsule from Xmas 1914 discovered.
A time capsule box of Christmas gifts originally destined for First World War troops fighting in the trenches in 1914 is to be opened for the first time after it emerged for sale.
X-rays have shown that the unremarkable brown cardboard box contains 81 brass tins containing gifts for front line soldiers sent from the Royal family.
The brass tins held cigarettes, pencils made from shell casings, chocolate, sweets and even Christmas cards.
They were made in their thousands then shipped off to soldiers fighting in the trenches over the first Christmas of the Great War.
But one box never made it to its intended destination and is now up for sale 100 years on for almost £30,000 after being discovered by a collector.
It will be opened for the first time by Lady Emma Kitchener, great-grandniece of military leader Herbert Kitchener, at the Chalke Valley History Festival near Salisbury, Wilts.
A select amount of tins will be sold at the festival for £300 with the rest being auctioned at Onslows in Blandford, Dorset, on July 9.