Maker:  J. S. Jarden & Bro., Philadelphia, Penn.

Material:  Silver electroplate and glass

Year:  ca. 1860

Provenance:  From Adelicia to her son Joseph H. Acklen to his daughter Jeannette Acklen Noel to Ellen Stokes Wemyss by bequest to Belmont Mansion Association


2001.04.14 a-c Ellen Stokes Wemyss estate

J. S. Jarden & Bro. is listed in the 1859 Philadelphia City Directory as a manufacturer as 304 Chestnut street.  John S. Jarden is listed in the same directory as an electro plater along with his brother is Samuel.  Most large cities in America had companies that did electroplating.  The 1857 Campbell city directory for Nashville listed two electro platers of silver.* It is seldom that a piece from one of these small companies is found.


Today only the cucumber is associated with pickles but in the nineteenth century it was just one of many vegetables and fruit that were preserved by pickling.  A survey of cookbooks from the last half of the nineteenth century incudes Mrs. Beaton’s  landmark 1861 cookbook with Xx receipts for pickles including lemons with and without there peel, onions, nasturtiums and walnuts.  An 1853 Boston Cookbook, Mrs. Chadwick’s Home Cookery added to the usual lemons and walnuts and seventeen items, including watermelon and mush melon rinds, to be pickled. Before refrigeration and fast transportation pickling was a way of preserving seasonal fruits and vegetables.  Pickled items added interest to what was sometimes a bland diet.     



*H. Leonard Silver Plating on College Street was in business for many years and Henry Parkhurst on Deaderick Street was a silver and brass plater.


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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