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Quilt

Place Made:
Harford County or Baltimore Maryland United States of America
Date Made:
1820-1840
Medium:
cotton
Dimensions:
HOA: 105″ WOA: 107 3/4″
Accession Number:
5987
Description:
HISTORY: This quilt was most likely made by one of the grandmothers of Hannah Ann Baldwin (1869-1950). The Ashton, Baldwin, and Streett families were distinguished families from the Baltimore and Harford County area of Maryland. Hannah Baldwin’s genealogy is full of prominent and influential people as these families integrated and shared their land and wealth. Made between 1820 and 1840, and passed down through the family, this quilt was probably the work of Charlotte Streett Baldwin (1794-1868) or Hannah Streett Ashton (1805-1876), maternal great-grandmothers of the last family owner.

DESCRIPTION: Chintz applique quilts were popular in the first half of the nineteenth century. Using glazed chintz fabrics imported from England, individual motifs were cut out and appliqued on a cotton ground fabric. Remarkably, the chintz fabrics on this quilt retain their original glaze. The appliqued center basket motif, popular in southern quilts in the early 19th century, features an abundance of dogtooth borders, including an eight lobed “flower” shape. Dogtooth borders were popular, particularly in Virginia and Maryland quilts. This quilt also prominently features the fashionable pheasant and plum tree print within the framed center design.

Credit Line:
Gift of Peyton B. Hudson in memory of Dorothy Baldwin Streett