The rectangular body has a molded base and a stepped lid hinged on the short side. It is constructed of scored, seamed sheet with an inset base. The foot rim consists of a thick molded wire. The cover is cast, with an applied molded wire rim.
ARMORIALS: engraved on front of canister, the arms of HAMILTON quartering DOUGLAS for the Dukes of hamilton, surrounded by the Order of the Thistle. INSCRIPTIONS: engraved on bottom, 14 = 16
On undersid, lion's head erased; Britannia; date letter G;maker's mark P (Grimwade 2171);
William E. Godfrey, New York, purchased by Frank Brewer Bemis, January 18, 1922, Bequest of Frank Brewer Bemis to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 7, 1935).
Bequest of Frank Brewer Bemis
English (London), 1722–23
- Marked by John Pero, first mark entered 1717