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The World's Oldest Shopping List Found

Posted Jan 31, 2008 by Michelle Duffy
Perhaps what might be the oldest shopping list in the world has been found hidden in a vase after cleaners found it in a stately home in the north of England. The fragmented paper is reported to have listed some items used to paint the vase.
The 300-year-old shopping list appears to be written in a Chinese language which hasn't been used for hundreds of years. The list was found hidden at the bottom of a vase which was being carefully cleaned at the mansion known as Fairfax House, in York, in the north east of England.
The house, which has been a public museum since it's opening 25 years ago, has shown some of the priceless and rare antiques which have been in the family since 1762. The house had been original a gift for Anne Fairfax, as a dowry since she was the only surviving child of the Viscount Fairfax. The house has been famous for displaying some of the most beautifully crafted furniture of the 18th Century in England.
The supervisor at the house, overseeing the cleaning of this and other priceless artifacts was Peter Musgrove. He told the BBC News Website: "I heard a rattling in a vase and found a crumpled-up piece of rice paper with black ink Chinese writing."Yet this is no ordinary shopping list. The items mentioned on it including their price is the very coloured pigments which were bought to decorate the vase.
The list will now be in the very careful hands of experts who intend to read a lot more into it.