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Ever heard of Nelson's Brandy?

Deathly souvenirs are amongst our collections. We have a small bottle of brandy which allegedly is a sample from the liquor Nelson's body was pickled in after the battle of Trafalgar.

Curatorial Curiosities

Coco-de-Mer (<i>Lodoicea maldivica</i>)

Seedy humour:The fruit of the Coco-de-Mer (Lodoicea maldivica) contains the largest seed known. 40–50 cm in diameter and weighing 15–30 kg, the fruit requires 6–7 years to mature. The shape of the seed has been said to be suggestive of parts of human anatomy. Coincidentally, the inflorescence of the palm is rather phallic.