here are some very rare examples from my own collection- they are all from the 1800s probably early- they used to get confused with carved Jet but in fact the material is the shell of a palm nut called "Acrocomia Aculeata" - confirmed by the head expert at Kew -Royal Botanical Gardens in London. They have a slight relationship to the family of the coconut.
They are very shiny but also hollow and are a slightly flattened round shape, most are approximately 1" or 25mm across, and found in the tropical areas particularly in South America. there's a suggestion that the designs may commemorate historic events as the scratched-on motifs include flags that might be the British Union Jack, and the harp, the shamrock, the thistle and the rose are British national symbolic plants. Pine trees and tulips can also be noticed. We dont yet know if this was art created where the palms grow by homesick sailors or prisoners of war, or made by local natives...
I rubbed talcum powder on the surfaces to make the designs easier to see- otherwise its all dark.
on one of the pieces there are 3 inlays of silver-coloured metal-
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