An employee of the Hermitage found a century-old candy in a Romanov dress. It’s still so sweet!

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The conservator of the St. Petersburg museum shocked Russia with her discovery – a strange little piece seemed to be a favorite candy of the Romanovs.

In 1903, the Romanov family celebrated the 290th anniversary of their dynasty. A large masked ball at the Winter Palace was organized for the occasion. They disguised themselves as 17th-century Russian czars and nobles. Here are the photos taken during this splendid celebration. Eventually, their gorgeous outfits became a source of inspiration for Russian-style playing cards.

These vintage dresses are now in the Hermitage Museum, and recently employees of the Scientific Fabric Restoration Laboratory began to restore one of the costumes. But they stumbled upon an unexpected discovery.

The dress of Nicholas II’s sister, Xenia, was in very good condition, just a few stitches had to be fixed.

“We used to look through every tab, fold, and hanging piece of the dress, as they usually collect dust or frayed fabric,” Hermitage’s Galina Fedorova said in a video the museum uploaded. on his instagram account.

One of the sleeves was sewn for some reason, but the stitch was quite light and the conservator decided to remove the thread… And something pink fell on his hand, looking like a little stone.

“For some reason – probably old instincts triggered – I licked this piece and it turned out to be sweet,” the museum employee said.

It turns out that it was a candy from the beginning of the 20th century, bitten by the Grand Duchess. Most likely, she just did not find where to put the candies and just hid them in the sleeve of her dress.

The candy was actually made from sugar paste. Can you imagine how good the quality of the sweets (and clothes) of the Tsars was, that they survived over a hundred years? It wasn’t even affected by bacteria or mold. The Great Find will now be stored and displayed with the dress – and will no longer be licked!

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