appliqué

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Floral Appliqué Quilt

About 1840-41

Made by Rebecca Sands Gladstone (1795-after1860) and Rebecca Gladstone Harker (1824-98)

96 inches square
10-11 stitches per inch

Friends of the Museum Purchase
97.2.1

Location

Harford Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland

Harford Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland

Design

A large diamond within squared borders was a favored layout for Maryland and Virginia chintz quilts from the mid-1700s on. This late example uses sawtooth edging, adding movement to a regional style being overtaken by smaller block patterns.

Maker

Rebecca Gladstone made this quilt with her mother shortly before her 1841 marriage to John James Harker. Her two younger sisters, and the free black female servant listed in the household in the 1840 census, probably also helped.

Rebecca exhibited quilts at the Maryland Institute Fair in 1853; this may have been one of them.

Material

Block-printed cotton chintzes; solid cotton; cotton filling and backing

Rebecca chose a harmonious combination of floral prints with bird and butterfly accents. Possibly this quilt’s bed had bed hangings that matched one of the prints.

Appliqué

Albums

Pieced

Migration