1843 - 1845 Pink Phillips's "Lily" Album Quilt


This album quilt from the mid-19th century is constructed of 49 blocks; the majority of them are signed in ink or cross-stitch. On some of the blocks Maryland towns of Westminster, Emmitsburg, and Taney Town are named and ten blocks state dates of 1843, 1844 or 1845. According to donation information the quilt belonged to Pink Phillips, mother of the donor, Marion Taylor. Pink may have been a family name.

The “Lily” motif, popular in the 19th century, is also known as “Peony,” “Cactus Flower,” or “Tulip” pattern. The red and green roller-printed cottons used for the motif are also typical of the period. The blocks are framed by a green and white saw-tooth border.

Date Made: 1843-1845

Maker: unknown

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Maryland

Subject: Quilting


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Credit Line: Gift of Miss Marion Taylor

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: TE.T16834Accession Number: 1978.2412Catalog Number: T16834

Object Name: quilt

Physical Description: fabric, cotton (overall material)thread, cotton (overall material)filling, cotton (overall material)Measurements: overall: 104 in x 102 in; 264 cm x 259 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a3-bad2-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_556525

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