Material: Silver Year: 1844

Size: Cup Height - 2 1/8”;

Spoon Length - 3 7/8”

Mark: Unidentifiable marks

20014.05.22EL & 21EL The Mr. & Mrs. Franck H. Kaiser, Sr. Collection

Bearing an inscription of “Emma” this spoon can be tied to the birth of Adelicia’s fourth child by Isaac Franklin in 1844. The spoon has a Gordian knot motif which is usually associated with French flatware. The accompanying urn shaped baby cup bears examples of etched Rococo scrollwork. Those same motifs are repeated on the applied handle. This urn is a fine example of late neo-classical American silver. The interior of the cup and the bowl of the spoon are both gold-washed.


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Belmont Blvd & Acklen Avenue 

Nashville, TN 37212


1900 Belmont Blvd

Nashville, TN 37212


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The architecture of Belmont Mansion makes it one of the most significant homes of 19th century Tennessee.

Sold by the Acklen family in 1887, the house went to a developer who began one of Nashville’s early suburbs.

It was then purchased by two women who in 1890 started a college which evolved into Belmont University. Today the Belmont Mansion Association, which was formed in 1972, owns the collection, runs the museum, and shares this unique story of 19th century Nashville with visitors from far and near.

Photos by Ed Houk