Learn about Coconut Cups

Possibly one of the earliest types of cups standing on a stem or base, coconut cups are formed from the shell of the coconut, with a silver rim, and silver stem and foot, or multiple feet. They were fashionable rarities in Western Europe in the late 15th century and throughout the 16th century. They again became fashionable in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, which is the period of those coming onto the market at the present time.
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An early 19th century silver mounted coconut cup, the exterior bowl formed of the nut, rimmed and lined with silver on a silver tapered stem with a single knop, spreading circular foot, reeded detail at the edge, hammer working evident under the foot, unma

A Victorian sterling silver mounted coconut basket, maker's mark Edward, Edward Junior, John & William Barnard, London 1840, the ovoid shell applied with a tri-foil bordered rim, beneath a rope twist loop handle, raised on three foliate cast supports, gilt

A George III silver and coconut vase on three paw feet London 1782. Height 14 cm