ca. 1855-1870

This Twig settee, listed in period catalogs as a Rustic settee, imitated popular wooden furniture of sticks and tree branches made for gardens in the second half of the nineteenth century.  They were first made in England and Scotland and by 1850 were being made in the United States.  They were made well into the 1890s by all the major cast iron companies and many of the smaller regional companies.  Many settees were also sold with matching chair sets. 



[1] Israel, Barbara Antique Garden Ornament:  Two Centuries of American Taste. (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1999), 172.

[2] Metropolitan Museum of Art. 19th-century American Furniture and other Decorative Art.  The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York. 1970.

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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