Maker: Tiffany & Co.

Material: Sterling with a gold wash bowl.

Year: 1860-1867

Size: 4 5/8 inches long


2012.09.04 Gift of Mrs. Linda Grizzard Tiffany

Having belonged to Adelicia, this egg spoon was designed by John Polhemus in 1860, then manufactured by Tiffany & Co. of New York. John Polhemus (active 1833-1877) was a famous New York silversmith who worked for Tiffany, among other firms. Purchased by Adelicia before 1867, the egg spoon is in the “Armor” pattern, and today considered very rare. Most likely her spoon would have been part of a larger set of six or twelve egg spoons. Often such specialized sets would not have been part of a larger set of flatware, but purchased separately. The introduction of a specialized spoon for eating soft boiled eggs in an egg cup marked the beginning of the specialization in silver flatware in the nineteenth century.


The spoon passes from Adelicia Acklen to her son Joseph H. Acklen, to his daughter Pauline Acklen Landis, to her daughter Pauline Landis Grizzard, to her daughter Linda Grizzard Tiffany, to Belmont Mansion Association.


Engraved on the front “AA,” marked on the back with “Tiffany & Co.” and “Patent 1860.”


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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