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Broderie Perse Album Quilt: Circa 1845; Baltimore, Maryland

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This broderie perse (chintz applique) quilt is as grand as they come. Each block is a finely detailed floral motif, some including birds, with a cross stitched name in the tiniest of stitches. Several of the names include locations, most of which are Baltimore but also showing Alabama; New York; Pennsylvania and England. One can only speculate as to how the quilt found its way to a contributor across the pond. Dated blocks are from 1845. The surnames most often seen are Stewart; Cochran(e);Baxter and Neimeyer. The five names in the large center block are all from the Stewart family. Unfortunately, we do not know the relationship between the quilt and the Stewarts. The quilting is as detailed as the signatures. There are many floral and leaf designs surrounded by stipple quilting. The quilt measures 100" x 110".The body of the quilt is in excellent condition. There is slight deterioration to the red fabric of the border and sashing but it is minimal. One would be hard pressed to find a more finely made; dated and documented Baltimore album quilt.