A beautiful example of a19th C coconut dipper, with outstanding, original painted surface. The 18th and early 19th C maritime trade introduced into the US exotic items such as coconuts whose shells were used to fashion fancy gifts and useful items like this dipper. The Whaling Museum on Nantucket has an excellent collection of coconut dippers and other sailor made items.
What sets this particular example apart is its fabulous, original painted swag decoration in white and gold. The paint has survived in excellent condition showing honest wear. The fitting is pewter, and is appropriately loose from wood shrinkage over the years, and the handle appears to be turned oak.
CONDITION is excellent, with one stable 'age check' which is shown in the fifth and sixth photographs. Measures 14 1/4" long with the handle measuring 10". The diameter of the opening in the coconut is 3 1/2", and the coconut has an approximate diameter of 4 1/4" at its widest.
Antique painted Americana like this wonderful dipper is rare. A fabulous piece to add to a collection of early American or maritime artifacts. Enjoy!