The BBC TV program Antiques Roadshow has seen many strange and wonderful pieces over the many years it has been broadcast. On a recent edition, a man bought in a coco de mer, which is a giant nut whose shape resembles a backside on one side, and the belly and thighs on the other.
A coco de mer is a type of sea coconut found in Seychelles. It was discovered by its owner in the attic of his Victorian home. The coco de mer nuts float in the sea. When first discovered, people thought that the nuts were from underground sea trees, but this is not the case. The nuts are shed by the rare coco de mer palm tree.
In the 16th century, the Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II purchased a coco de mer nut for 4,000 florins which was the same amount given annually by Beethoven’s patrons for him to live on for a year. The Antiques Roadshow expert valued the nut at less than this, between £1000 and £1500.
Due to its shape resembling parts of human anatomy, the nut has a limited market for collectors. It could be used as an ornament or point of interest in a room. A coco de mar nut is the size of a small chair but it is not that comfortable to sit on.
For more comfortable and better-looking seats, go to Lancashire antique dealers for antique sofas, dining chairs and other elegant antique furniture.
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