Sea beans, also known as driftseeds, are produced by tropical members of the pea family native to Asia, Africa, Australia, and South America. These resilient little seeds can float along for years in rivers and oceans before landing on a near or distant shore - frequently retaining the capacity to germinate. In the 18th and 19th centuries in Europe, they were a symbol of longevity, endurance, and fertility, and were widely believed to bring good luck. Part of their luckiness might have had something to do with their exoticism and rareness - you'd be lucky to find one at all in the Northern hemisphere. This c. 1860 scent bottle is made from an exquisitely carved sea bean with gold fittings. The lovely vessel would have been used in a similar manner to a vinaigrette - the wealthy person's answer to foul odors, fainting spells, and headaches. Hangs on a new 18" 14k chain.
10k gold (tests), sea bean, new 14k chain
1.5" length including chain, 1 1/8" width, 18" chain
1837 — 1901
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