Pair of Shoe Buckles Maker: W. G. (1) (1775–1785)
Maker, formerly attributed to: William Gowen (American, 1749–1808)
Maker, probably by: William Grant, Jr. (American, 1766–1814)

ca. 1785

American Decorative Arts

On view, 1st floor, American Decorative Arts before 1900

Silver, steel or iron


each piece: 3 1/8 × 2 1/4 × 1 1/8 in. (7.9 × 5.7 × 2.9 cm)
weight of a: 67 g
weight of b: 65 g

Credit Line

Mabel Brady Garvan Collection

Accession Number



18th century


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Francis P. Garvan (1875-1937), New York; gift in 1930 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.
  • Barbara M. Ward and Gerald W. R. Ward, eds., Silver in American Life: Selections from the Mabel Brady Garvan and Other Collections at Yale University, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1979), 35, 70–71, no. 36, ill.
  • Kathryn C. Buhler and Graham Hood, American Silver in the Yale University Art Gallery, 2 vols. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1970), vol. 1, pp. 213–14, no. 286, ill.
Object copyright
Additional information


"W.G" [Roman] in relief within rectangle with two raised lines at top and bottom and one raised line at each side moving in from the edge toward the letters.


"L/ R*H" engraved on back of frame at center of one end on each buckle; "XXXXXXXVIV" on back of frame of each buckle.

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