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Pair of Georgian Silver Coconut Cups

Date: 1826

Maker: Thomas Johnson

Country: England

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An excellent pair of antique silver mounted coconuts on decorative silver bases. The coconuts are carved in the forget-me-not design. Very ornamental examples.

Each contains 300ml.

Height 16.4cm. Diameter 8.7cm.

London 1826.

Maker TJ, probably Thomas Johnson.

Sterling silver.

Coconuts carved with the forget-me-not design are generally thought to have been made by a sailor or prisoner of war, probably of French origin

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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