For sale is a WW1 British Home Front Cadbury’s Chocolate Confectionery Tin Of Wellington Arch.
Cadbury’s special edition of this chocolate gift box was run through out ww1 as a commemoration of the statue of Wellington arch. In it’s hey day it would have been much more colourful and stylish, sadly the test of time has faded this tin greatly, please see photos for more details. This is a great little piece and would fit in well with your ww1 HomeFront collection.
The statue of Wellington was taken down when the arch was moved, and the arch had nothing on its top for several decades. In 1911, after much public debate, a large sculpture of a four-horse chariot by Adrian Jones was erected on the arch's top.
The statue is titled 'Peace descending on the Quadriga of War' (or simply 'Quadriga' for short) and shows a huge female figure alighting on a chariot with four horses, driven by a small boy who is oblivious to her presence. She holds aloft a laurel wreath and the horses rear in the air. Apparently, Jones completely made up the theme, and neither the figures nor the theme appears in any ancient classical myth.
There are 5 floors of rooms inside the arch. These are very small in the piers, but the third level, above the arch, is spacious and contains an exhibition on the history of the arch and London's famous Blue Plaques scheme. The interiors still have original fittings, including windows, doors, and fireplaces.
The arch is one of two triumphal arches built in London following Wellington's triumph over Napoleon in 1815 (the other is Marble Arch). Both arches were intended to provide imposing new entrances to Buckingham Palace.
Guaranteed original or money back guaranteed. This will be sent 1st class signed for and dispatched within two to three working day’s.