A comparable coconut cup mount by Elias van de Velde made in The Hague in 1660 is in the collection of the Municipal Museum in The Hague (J.W. Frederiks, Dutch Silver, The Hague, 1961, no. 230, pl. 229; (Beeling, Nederlands Zilver 1600-1813, part III, Heerenveen, pp. 140-141).
The mounts of this coconut cup are quite plain, which is not unusual for the second half of the 17th Century. The excellent quality of the carving gives of the impression that the nut is earlier than the mounts.
The savage, forming the stem of the object, represents the animal in mankind. The figure on top of the cup represents Fortune, who is an example of modesty and perseverance.