9386
George III Silver Coconut Cup

Date: Circa 1800

Country: Continental

Stock Number: 9386

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Of colonial interest. An antique sterling silver mounted coconut bowl or cup on an applied silver foot. The nut has a carved rosette decoration. There is a hand engraved crest of an owl to the front of the rim. Height 10 cms. Diameter 10 cms. Unmarked. Circa 1800. English or continental.

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. Many coconuts were carved on board ship by the sailors (or prisoners of war).

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