The shallow, flat circular gold box has a removable cover that fits over the base. A thin wire molding at the perimeter of the cover and base joins them to the vertical sides.
Engraved on cover, the arms of Tighe with Bor in pretence and motto: "NON SIBI SED PATRIAE SUMMUM NEC METUAM DIEM NEC OPEM" for the Rt. Hon Richard Tighe (1678-1739) who married Barbara daughter and co-heiress of Christian Bor, Esq. of Drinagh co. Wexford. Engraved on underside, the arms of kilkenny with motto: INSGNIA ARMORUM CIVITATIS KILKENNIENSIS
On underside, HA incuse (unrecorded)
1718, commissioned for Richard Tighe, Esq. (b. 1678- d. 1736), Kilkenny, Ireland; until mid 20th century probably by descent in the family. 1956, Thomas Lumley, Ltd., London; 1956, sold by Thomas Lumley Ltd. to the MFA for £500. (Accession Date: May 10, 1956)
Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour