Cup made from coconut shell which belonged to Robert Burns

This decoratively carved cup made from the shell of a coconut was given to Robert Burns by Jock Brodie of Dumfries.  Perhaps unimpressed by the gift, Burns later gave it to a Miss Dickson.   The cup may have been the work of a seafarer.  The dark polished surface is decorated with fine engraved carvings typical of their work, including a shield and laurel wreath, a sailing ship, a rope and grape motif and the words "Peace" and "Plenty".  The cup has at some time acquired a fine box decorated with marquetry.   It is one of the relics of Burns which has been preserved in Burns House, Dumfries.
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height 85mm, diameter (rim) 73mm
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plant, coconut shell
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Dumfries & Galloway Council
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