1859 - 1870 Adaline Wharton Street's Pieced Album Quilt


This album quilt top, belonged to Adaline Wharton Street, the donor’s grandmother. The quilt top is composed of twenty-four 7¾-inch blocks pieced in the “Flying Geese” or “Goose in the Pond” pattern. Except for four blocks in the center made of green and white cottons, the rest of the top utilizes roller-printed cottons. This unfinished quilt top has a 4-inch border along one side.

Adaline was born in Pennsylvania in 1820. She married Jonathan Street (1843) and in 1855 they settled in Wenona, Illinois. The dates on this quilt top are 1859 and 1869. There are several signatures, most with the surname of “MCarty” or “McCarty”. It is not possible to determine whether these are blocks from Pennsylvania or Adaline’s new home in Illinois. Album quilts were popular items during the mid-19th century, often given to friends or family moving to new locations.

Date Made: 1859-1870

Maker: unknown

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States

Subject: Quilting


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Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Gift of Mary Vaill Long

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: TE.T17603Accession Number: 318024Catalog Number: T17603

Object Name: quilt

Physical Description: fabric, cotton (overall material)thread, cotton (overall material)Measurements: overall: 61 in x 57 in; 155 cm x 145 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a3-bc83-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_556577

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