David Garrick's silver shoe buckles
Character not specified : High Life Below Stairs
Silver with steel buckle; dimensions refer to each buckle; damage to one
"JR" (makers mark on side of silver)
Presented to the Garrick Club by Mr E.P. Smith, 1945
Said to have been worn by David Garrick in the play "High Life Below Stairs", a farce written by James Townley which Garrick introduced as an afterpiece during the 1759-60 season at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. The piece is famous for provoking a near riot in the footmen's gallery. It had been produced anonymously and was generally assumed to have been penned by Garrick, despite his denials. There is no evidence that Garrick ever appeared in the play.