This is a very pretty acorn shaped box made out of Cuban Mahogany (Swietenia mahoganii) with Red Palm (Cocos nucifera) cap. The next best thing that comes out of Cuba--beside the Cuban cigar--is Swietenia mahagoni, the "Wood of Kings". It has been among the most prized and valuable timbers since the late 16th century for ship building and high end furnitures. Its reputation as an excellent timber contributed to its being extensively logged to the point of commercial extinction. It is now protected by an international treaty, so what still grows in the Caribbean and South Florida can't be cut down. Occasionally, the timber is available from salvage windfall or dead trees, and pruning of living trees that pose some kind of hazard, with a permit. This piece came from such a salvage effort. On the other hand, red palm is abundant. It is also well known as the coconut tree of the tropic. I am not sure how many Cuban Mahogany trees left in Cuba, but am sure there are many palm trees shading their beaches...
A nice box for your valuables. The screw-on cap ensures that your content is secured, good for jewelry, keepsake... Through the ages, people has given out acorns as a symbol of prosperity and luck. This one is a unique gift.
Dimension (largest diameter x height): 1-3/4" x 2-1/2"
-- All wood turned items were hand made and/or hand threaded on a lathe. Hardwood threaded inserts were used for woods that do not accept threading well.
-- The item was sanded to 1200 grid for a mirror finish and sealed with a food-safe varnish, if applicable. For hard, fine grained wood with a natural shine, only wax and oil was applied.
-- Each piece offered is a unique item. The design may be repeated but the dimension and wood combination, and or decorative accent will be different
-- Artist signature and catalog number will be inscribed on the item
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