American Decorative Arts
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Maker: Liberty Browne, American, 1776–1831
Honorand: Commodore Stephen Decatur, American, 1779–1820

Sword and Scabbard for Stephen Decatur

ca. 1815

Gold, steel, and leather

other (Sword): 41 1/2 in.(105.41 cm) other (Scabbard): 34 1/4 in.(86.995 cm)
Josephine Setze Fund for the John Marshall Phillips Collection and Leonard C. Hanna, Jr., Class of 1913, Fund and a gift from Mrs. James Harper Poor Garnett in memory of her mother, Maria J. E. Decatur Mayo Deyo and her father, Vice Admiral M. L. Deyo, U.S.N.
1994.34.1
Culture: 
American
Period: 
19th century
Classification: 
Arms and Armor
Geography: 
Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Status: 
On view
Provenance: 

Commissioned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for presentation to Commodore Stephen Decatur (1779-1820) in 1813; descended to his nephew, Stephen Decatur (1814-1876), his daughter, Maria Susanna Mayo (b. 1853), her son, Stephen Decatur Mayo (b. 1875), his niece, Lila Deyo Garnett

Bibliography: 

“Acquisitions, January 1994–December 1995,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (1995–96): 131.

Helen A. Cooper et al., Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: American Art from the Yale University Art Gallery, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2008), 112–13, no. 55, ill.

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.