SOLD Antique 18th century European Silver-mounted Coconut Cup
DIMENSIONS: Height: 13 cm (5 1/8 in). Width across the handles: 10.5 cm (4 1/8 in).
Coconuts, while commonplace objects in their native lands, were highly prized and rare objects in Europe. When they first arrived in Europe is not certain, however in 1259 a Bishop of Durham noted, 'cyphum de nuce cum ped et apparatu argenti'. Throughout the following centuries there are further mentions and by the 16th -18th century they regularly appear in the silver inventories of the nobility.
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