Welcome back to Belmont Mansion in Nashville, Tennessee. To keep the last post from being too long I could only share a fraction of the photos I took, but today I’m back to show you some of the china and table settings on display at Belmont.
I thought these bone-handled knives were really lovely. Of course, we couldn’t touch anything, but given their age I feel sure they’re real bone. And just look at that pretty serving platter!
Here are just a few of those unique napkin rings. I couldn’t get photos of all of them because my tour group was leaving me!
I have a plate warmer in my house just like this one, doesn’t everybody? No, but back in the days of fireplace heating, this would have been a wonderful thing. This is the kind of thing I love: material culture. The artifacts of the past can really teach us what daily life was like years ago. Nowadays, your plate is probably warm enough already from central heating, but if not, we just pop it in the microwave!
Let’s move on to the formal dining room, where dinners at Belmont typically took five hours. Five hours. While the ladies were probably wearing corsets. I don’t think so.
Adelicia Hayes Franklin Acklen Cheatam, the mistress of Belmont, owned several complete sets of china. Now just look at the size of that table. For her, a complete set had to accommodate 12 people, at least, not to mention serving pieces. Our tour guide said the estate had thousands of dishes.
And from what I saw, they were pretty much all pink.
This incredible sideboard was about 6′ or 7′ tall!
If you really like dishes and table settings, you might want to visit Between Naps on the Porch on Thursdays, where they have a big Tablescaping party every week!
And if you missed the tour of this incredible mansion, you may want to check it out by clicking “Previous Post” below.
Y’all take care and have fun junkin’ –