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Folk Art Sailor Carved Coconut, circa 1800



Sailors from various countries would carve green coconuts to help pass the time. This particular example is early and dates to circa 1800. It has some of the most interesting and folky figures, when compared with other examples. There are 3 full size figures, 2 faces, and an eagle clutching a snake. Most likely this is French or English, but could possibly be American as well. These were referred to as 'Bugbears' and were made throughout the late 18th and most of the 19th centuries and sometimes fitted with silver mouthpieces for use as a gun flask.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 7.5 in. (19.05 cm)Width: 4.5 in. (11.43 cm)Depth: 4.5 in. (11.43 cm)
  • Style
    Folk Art (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. In excellent condition for its age.
  • Seller Location
    Boulder, CO
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1017621962132

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    Ships From: West Bloomfield, MI
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

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