Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution
The promotion advancement of science, literature and art
The Duncan brothers, Philip Bury Duncan & John Shute Duncan were important figures in setting up BRLSI and shared their time between Bath and the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.
Made from birch-bark with blue and red dyed porcupine quill embroidery (the blue colouration has faded), the craftsmanship of this item is superb. The person who made this container was either a Métis or First Nations aboriginal Canadian of Red River Colony, Manitoba, Canada.