The portrait is of Czar Paul I (d. 1801), and the box is reputedly one of a series designed by his widow, Maria Feodorovna, showing portraits of various members of the imperial family.
Inscription: In gold, on cover below portrait: П I • trans.: P[aul] I]
Marking:  I.M. (probably maker's mark)  St. George and dragon (Moscow mark, possibly 1790–1801)  84 (Russian guarantee mark since XVIII century indicating standard of 84 zolotnik, silver)  weevil (French mark for silver imported from countries with customs conventions, from 1893)
Location of marks: ,  inside cover  inside cover and inside box  stamped twice on rim of box
[ A La Vieille Russie , Paris, until 1924; sold for $60.52 to Martin ] ; Mary Martin (1924–38; bequeathed to MMA)