English Coconut Cup

  • An exotic coconut fits perfectly into the ebony turned pedestal of this remarkably rare Georgian cup
  • It was crafted during a period when coconuts were considered an extravagant novelty in England
  • This charming example bears highly detailed carvings that celebrate the thrill of the hunt
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Item No. 29-8607

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An exotic coconut fits perfectly into the ebony turned pedestal of this remarkably rare Georgian cup. Crafted during a period when coconuts were considered an extravagant novelty in England, this example bears highly detailed carvings that celebrate the thrill of the hunt. 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. A revival of interest in the coconut arose again in Georgian England when they were mounted in precious metals such as silver and were used as drinking vessels. Bringing together Georgian elegance and exotic charm, this coconut cup is an exotic and charming rarity.

Circa 1800

3 1/2” diameter x 5 1/2” high
English Coconut Cup
Period: 19th Century
Origin: England
Type: Miscellaneous
Diameter: 3 Inches
Style: Georgian

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