1845 - 1852 Baltimore Album Quilt

Description
An elaborate eagle and an American flag block adorn this patriotic example of a mid-19th-century album quilt. Baskets of fruit and flowers, wreaths, and cornucopias, all typical motifs of the period, complete the quilt. Some of the most extravagantly decorated blocks appear on a distinctive group of presentation quilts that were made in or near Baltimore, Maryland, and are now popularly known as Baltimore album quilts.
The quilt contains both hand and machine quilting. A two-thread chain-stitch machine was used to outline some of the appliquéd motifs and anchor the bias binding on the edges. The background was hand-quilted with feather plumes, clamshells, and diagonal grid patterns, 8-9 stitches per inch.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
quilt
date made
1845-1852
quilter
unknown
Physical Description
fabric, cotton, velvet, silk (overall material)
thread, cotton (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 87 in x 86 in; 222cm x 219 cm
place made
United States: Maryland, Baltimore
ID Number
TE*E363155
accession number
117457
catalog number
E363155
subject
Quilts
Textiles
Domestic Furnishings
Quilting
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
Quilts
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. C. D. Rhodes
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