The Christmas tree, purchased for a mere 6p in 1920, is now sold for an impressive £3,400.

The family of Dorothy Grant purchased a 103-year-old tree and kept it until her death at 101. This tree, one of the first mass-produced Christmas trees, was bought for 6p in 1920. It was recently sold at an auction for over £3,400.

Described as “the humblest Christmas tree in the world”, it stands at 79cm (31in) tall and has 25 branches, 12 berries, and six mini candle holders. The tree is placed in a small wooden base painted with red, adorned with a simple decorative emblem.

Dorothy Grant’s family bought the tree when she was eight years old. It had been her Christmas tree for many years until she passed away at the age of 101. After her death, the tree was passed on to her 84-year-old daughter, Shirley Hall.

Initially expected to sell for £60 to £80, the tree was auctioned for £3,411 at Hansons auctioneers.

Charles Hanson, the owner of Hansons, expressed, “This tree is one of the earliest of its type that we have seen. Its new home represents the power of nostalgia, and we are thrilled for both the buyer and the seller.”

The tree held great sentimental value for Dorothy, despite its simplicity, and had been an essential part of their family celebrations. It serves as a reminder that the spirit of Christmas can be captured without extravagance and excess.

It is believed that Dorothy’s mother, born in 1891, purchased the tree in 1920, possibly from a London shop. It resembles the mass-produced artificial trees sold by the popular department store Woolworths, but the red-painted decoration on its wooden base sets it apart from previous Woolworths examples. It is speculated that Dorothy’s tree might have been made for an expensive London department store.

The earliest artificial Christmas trees were manufactured using machinery designed to make toilet brushes. The generations of old, who wasted nothing and valued simplicity, teach us an important lesson about appreciating the simple things and not replacing objects needlessly.

The tree is now being sold by the owner to honor her mother’s memory and ensure that it endures as a modest memento of life in the 1920s, a decade of both prosperity and economic downturn.

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