Etui Maker: William Garret Forbes (American, 1751–1840)

ca. 1794

American Decorative Arts

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

Silver, bone


4 1/16 × 2 1/2 × 13/16 in. (10.37 × 6.35 × 2.06 cm, 140 g)

Credit Line

Mabel Brady Garvan Collection

Accession Number



18th century


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Oliver De Lancey, New York, New York; subsequent members of the De Lancey family; Francis P. Garvan (1875 - 1937), New York, New York.
  • 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. 2, p. 129, no. 703
  • V. Isabelle Miller, Silver by New York Makers, Late 17th Century to 1900, exh. cat. (New York: Museum of the City of New York, 1937), 11, no. 105
Object copyright
Additional information


"W (superscript and underlined with three dots).G. Forbes." on rectangle on side of cover.


"Eliz(h superscript)/ De Lancey/ ob(t superscript). 23 Sept(r superscript)./ 1784/ Aet. 64" on urn, with drapery through loop at top and handles, engraved on side; "This/ MEMORIAL/ was bequeathed/ by the best of/ MOTHERS/ to her Son/ Oliver/ De Lancey" in wreath under crown of five points, each topped by a star, on other side; "E.DeL./ to O.DeL" on top of lid; "When you Receive this Token,/ The Parent who gives it,/ Will be no longer here on Earth./ Let us live so as to hope to meet/ in Heaven" on bottom.

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