Maker:  Pittsburgh Type

Material:  Flint Glass

Year:  ca. 1840

Decanter:  H. 10.25” with stopper

Wine Glass: H.4”

Champagne flute: H 6.5”


2014.03.11 BMA Purchase; 2014.05.67EL, & .68a-b EL The Mr. & Mrs. Franck Kaiser Collection

Both the age and style of these pieces suggest Isaac Franklin as the original owner.  Adelicia would have known these items while mistress of Fairvue. 


The Pittsburgh firm of Bakewell, Pears & Co. (1808-1882) was the major producer of this style of glass in United States.  American firms in the early Republic often emulated the English designs but with bolder results.   

This cylinder shaped decanter has a hollow mushroom stopper with three faceted neck-rings around a polygonal neck.  The shoulder is decorated with wide cut flutes.  Wide cut flutes are also used around the body of the decanter that terminate in cut circles.    The circles are topped by eyebrow, or blazes decoration.  The two surviving flute champagnes and one wine glass all have identical decorations and stand on a star cut foot.  Originally there would have been six to twelve wines and the same number of champagnes.  Matching tumblers could also be had. 


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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