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Elizabethan Silver Coconut Goblet
- A coconut serves as the body of this exceptionally rare 16th-century silver goblet
- It was crafted during a period when coconuts were considered an extravagant novelty in England
- Due to political events and the Great Fire of 1666, silver objects from the 16th century are scarce
- This extraordinary goblet represents the small number of pre-Cromwellian English silver known
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First popular in the late 15th and early 16th century throughout Europe, coconuts were once believed to possess healing powers and were used in cups such as this to detect and deter poison. As more trade routes opened up during the 16th century, coconuts became more widely available, though still only afforded to a wealthy minority in Europe and England. A cup such as this that has been so masterfully encased in sterling would most certainly have been in the possession of royalty or nobility. Similar silver-mounted coconut cups can be found in the most respected museum collections, including the Gilbert Collection.
Hallmarked London, 1589 with the maker’s mark ‘B’
2 7/8" diameter x 7 3/4" high
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