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Rare brass Show Can used as a display item in high end late Victorian dairies. These small brass cans came into use around the 1880,s and this is one of the earliest examples from a local London tinsmith S.Hardy of Leicester Square. Milk was heavily marketed during this period for the baby and medical trade and this explains the infants and invalids engraved plaque. The handles seem to have been an afterthought and possibly added at a later date within the Victorian period for decoration. Height 17 inches, width 10 inches. A couple of old shrinkage cracks in the brass otherwise in good overall condition. C1880/90.