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American Decorative Arts
Maker: William Jones, American, 1694–1730

Book clasp

ca. 1722


3 13/16 × 1 1/8 in. (9.68 × 2.83 cm, 15 g)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
Made in Boston, Massachusetts
18th century
Tools and Equipment

Originally owned by Mercy English (1704-1777), Salem, Massachusetts; Francis P. Garvan (1875 - 1937), New York, New York; gift in 1935 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


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. 102–3, no. 116, ill.

Patricia E. Kane, Colonial Massachusetts Silversmiths and Jewelers (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1998), 635.

John Marshall Phillips, Masterpieces of New England Silver, 1650–1800: An Exhibition Held June 18 through September 10, 1939, Gallery of Fine Arts, Yale University (Boston: Harvard University Press, 1939), 63, no. 138.

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