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Anton is 1m81 tall, weighs 65kg and wears a size M.
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The corozo buttons
Spanish term for vegetable ivory, corozo or tagua is the inner pulpit of the ivory palm fruit - called albumen - native to the Amazon rainforest. It can be carved, turned and polished as easily as ivory.
The discovery of the corozo dates back to 1798 when Spanish explorers Hipólito Ruiz López and José Antonio Pavón set out to explore the Peruvian jungle in the upper Amazon. They discovered that the first to use the palm tree to make jewellery and objects were the Quechuas Indians.
The sailors also worked the corozo and made small boxes and snuffboxes out of it. In 1865, a steamboat left Esmeraldas in Ecuador for Hamburg and took on board a cargo of tagua. The Germans then discovered vegetable ivory and began to make buttons and small ornamental objects such as thimbles and jewellery.
Another warm garment inspired by the naval wardrobe! It is said to have been worn since the 16th-century by British sailors but became popular two centuries later. For the record, James Thomas Brudenell, Earl of Cardigan, cramped in his regulation military sweater at the start of the 19th-century, apparently cut it from base to top with his sword to be more comfortable. Wear it in winter as an extra layer for warmth, or as a jacket for those cooler summer evenings.