20th century

A Coco de Mer specimen box

The polished coco de mer or sea coconut (Lodoicea maldivica) specimen fashioned as an upright box with hinged lid, mounted on a custom stand
12" H x 10" W x 6" D; with stand: 16" H

  • Provenance: Estate of Dr. Sanford Kaufman and Dr. P. Waverly Davidson
  • Notes: Sea coconut, coco de mer, or double coconut is endemic to the islands of Praslin and Curieuse in the Seychelles. The fruit requires six to seven years to mature (and a further two years to germinate), and was originally believed to have been a sea-bean or drift seed- a seed designed to be dispersed by the sea. It is now known that because the nut is too heavy to float, it is only the rotten nuts that are found on the sea surface, which explains why the trees are limited in range to just two islands. Until the true source of the nut was discovered in 1768, it was believed by many to grow on a mythical tree at the bottom of the sea. The coco de mer tree is now a rare and protected species.

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  • Condition: Overall good condition with dust accumulation, light wear, faint spots, and scratches commensurate with age. A 1.25" fracture to left rear edge of opening. Oxidation to metal hinges.

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