Elliptical, convex sides ornamented by 16 oval bosses surrounded by reeding and divided by repousse trefoils, flaring rim, stepped and domed hinged cover, piercing hasp engraved SG, pad feet. Band of reeding midway on cover, gadrooned ellipse around top across which coiled serpent forms ring handle.
SG on hasp
Three marks: all heart-shaped with "I C" and cross or fleur de lis beneath 1. interior, center of bowl, facing toward the rear of the piece 2. and 3. on rim of lid above latch/lock, facing toward center of lid
Samuel Gardner of Salem, Massachusetts (1648-1724); the inventory of his grandson of the same name (1712-1769) listed "1 sugar box wt 23 oz". 1932, bequest of Charles Hitchcock Tyler to MFA. (Accession date: Sept 1, 1932)
Bequest of Charles Hitchcock Tyler