Antique Silver Coconut Cup

Date: 1800

Maker: Phipps & Robinson, London

Country: England

Stock Number: 8629

An antique silver mounted coconut cup on a tall spreading foot. Good size and condition. The silver mount has a silver inner bowl with the original gilding. Hand engraved on the foot is the crest of a castle topped by a bird. Contains 235 ml. Height 14.4 cms. Diameter 8.2 cms. The silver is marked inside the bowl and on the rim and foot for London 1800. Maker Phipps and Robinson.

Literature: Coconuts were prized in early times for their healing powers and drinking vessels were often formed from them. The coconut cup is a variety of standing cup, made and used in Europe in the 15th and 16th Century, with a revival in Georgian England. Usually they have a pedestal foot or 3 ornamental feet and are mounted in silver or Old Sheffield plate.

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