Rare Victorian Folk Art Carved Half Coconut Shell Souvenir Of Brazil Becoming A Republic In 1889. Initialled.
Dating from around 1889, this rare carved half coconut shell is a piece of memorabilia, carved by someone to mark the moment Brazil became a Republic.
You’ll see the coat of arms carved into it, which were created on 19 November 1889, four days after Brazil became a republic.
The coat of arms consists of the central emblem surrounded by coffee and tobacco branches, which were important crops in Brazil at that time. In the circle in the center, the Southern Cross can be seen. It even appears to have the makers initials carved into it, “O.P”.
Perhaps used as a bowl or simply a decorative piece. It’s a very unusual item marking a significant moment in history for Brazil.
Condition is very good for its age. A tiny split to one edge, please see photos, but a very nice item, with wonderful detail and the initials really do make it that extra bit special.
Measures 12.5cm across x 9cm deep.
Weighs 43.61 grams.
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