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A pair of gold and silver medals gifted by Queen Victoria to a humble wine merchant has been discovered in a desk bureau after 156 years.  <br />
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Victoria offered them as a token of gratitude to the tradesman, who had sent her two enamel portraits of her and her late husband, in October 1866.<br />
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The miniature portraits struck a chord with the monarch who was freshly mourning Prince Albert after his death just five years earlier.