1864 Mary Seamans's Album Quilt
- Friends of Mary Elizabeth Hitchcock Seamans created this quilt of fifty-six 9½-inch blocks, possibly on the occasion of her marriage to Stephen Harris Seamans in 1864, or possibly before they left for Wisconsin. All but 8 of the blocks contain either embroidered or inked names of friends and family.
- The blocks are made of printed and white cottons in the “Friendship Chain,” or “Album,” pattern. The border has machine-stitched initials “MES,” a back-stitched date “May 4th,” and the hand quilted year “1864.” One block has a tiny pair of embroidered mittens which according to the family represented a suitor Mary had rejected; she had “given him the mitten,” a phrase popular in the 19th century.
- This Album Quilt is one of three quilts donated from the same family.
- Currently not on view
- Data Source
- National Museum of American History
- date made
- Credit Line
- Gift of Mrs. Margaret Seamans Birch
- Physical Description
- fabric, cotton (overall material)
- thread, cotton, silk (overall material)
- filling, cotton (overall material)
- overall: 87 in x 83 in; 221 cm x 210 cm
- Object Name