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Makers mark
Maker: Joseph Richardson, Sr., American, 1711–1784

Shoe Buckle

ca. 1740–50

Gold, iron

1 5/8 × 1 7/8 in. (4.13 × 4.76 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
On view
18th century

Charles G. Wade, Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania; Francis P. Garvan (1875 - 1937), New York, New York; gift 1931 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


Samuel W. Woodhouse, Jr., “American Craftsmanship in Gold,” Antiques 20 (June 1931): 32-3, fig. 1.

John Marshall Phillips, “Additions to the Garvan Collection of Silver,” Bulletin of the Associates in Fine Arts at Yale University 8, no. 1 (June 1937): 17.

Peter J. Bohan, American Gold, 1700–1860, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1963), 19, 39, no. 82, fig. 82.

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. 183, no. 831, ill.

Graham Hood, American Silver: A History of Style, 1650–1900 (New York: Praeger, 1971), 158–59, fig. 173.

Martha Gandy Fales, Joseph Richardson and Family, Philadelphia Silversmiths (Middletown, Conn.: Wesleyan University Press, 1974), 148, fig. 130.

Philadelphia: Three Centuries of American Art (Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1976), 46–47, fig. 35.

Martha Gandy Fales, Jewelry in America, 1600–1900, 1st (Suffolk, England: Antique Collector’s Club Ltd., 1995), 55, fig. 28.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.