John Mitchison (Newcastle, active 1774-92)
An antique, 18th century Georgian coconut goblet with silver mounts on a pedestal foot. The front features an oval plaque engraved with the owner's monogram: IR. Hallmarked: (maker) IM, (duty) monarch's head and (standard) lion. At the time coconuts would have been quite a novelty to England, most-likely brought by a sailor. The silver mounted decoration would have been done by a silversmith converting it into a drinking vessel.
c. 1790 W 3.5 D 3.5 H 5 in.