1852 Mary Ann Kinyon's White-work Quilt

Cross-stitched in pink silk: “Mary Ann Kinyon 1852,” clearly identifies this quilt. A framed-center design, the center panel (51 inches by 44 inches) focus is a basket of tulips, daisies, and grapes with pineapples and tulips in the corners. The frame is a 3-inch band of cone motifs. An outer 16-inch border is quilted with a feathered vine and flowers and a triple diagonal grid 3-inch border. All finely quilted; 12 to 13 stitches per inch.
Mary Ann Bardwell was born July 29, 1816 in Onondaga Co., NY. She married Anthony Kinyon (1805-1892) about 1837. The spelling of the name was later changed to Kenyon. They farmed in the Onondaga County area and raised three children; Anson, Willis, and Flora. Mary Ann died March 25, 1903. Her precisely quilted counterpane is an example of mid-19th-century white-work.
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Object Name
date made
Kinyon, Mary Ann Bardwell
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton, silk (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
overall: 92 in x 82 in; 234 cm x 208 cm
place made
United States: New York, Otisco
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Domestic Furnishings
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert D. Kenyon
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