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Victorian royal wedding cake sale

The wedding cake
The entire cake would have been 5ft high

A 138-year-old slice of cake thought to be the only surviving item from the wedding of one of Queen Victoria's daughters has gone on sale.

The cake was made for the marriage of Princess Louise and the Marquis of Lorne and is on sale at an antiques fair in Birmingham.

The one-inch cake is wrapped in antique parchment dating back to 1871.

The princess's wedding to a commoner was controversial and is said to have outraged the Prince of Wales.

'Unusual object'

Antique dealer John Shepherd, who bought the cake from a private seller, is asking for £145.

He said: "This was obviously treasured by the Royal Family and I believe things should be treasured and looked after."

He said the cake had been sold to him by a descendant of "a noble family from Kent".

The entire cake was 5ft high and would have taken three months to make, the auctioneers said.

A spokeswoman for the Antiques for Everyone fair, which is at Birmingham's NEC until Sunday, said whoever buys the cake should not eat it.

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