Applique Album. There are different quilting patterns in each square.
Although some of the fabric is deteriorating in several areas, this is a rare example of this type of quilt that included applique and broderie perse with crewelwork embroidery.
Sarah Heald --1804-1845
Son --Samuel W. Heald -- 1842-1903
Granddaughter --Alice Eleanor Heald Bentley -- 1902-1986
Quilt given to LHF by Ronald C. Bentley (Husband of Alice Heald Bentley)
2/3/2006 In a conversation with Nancy Davis of the Maryland Historical Society, and describing the quilt to her, many of the features point to this quilt as being a Baltimore Album Quilt. Based on the designs used in the blocks, the date that Sarah lived and when Baltimore Album Quilts were most popular (about 1844 -1855) and that the family could have had a Methodist affiliation ( the son, Samuel, became a Methodist Minister), these are key points that help identify Baltimore Album Quilts. Nancy checked their card file of quilters and did not find Sarah's name in the card file but said that isn't a reason that would rule out a Baltimore Album quilt status.
There are 3 blocks with inking. Top row 4th block from the left. Center block. 4th row, middle block. Inking is faint on all blocks. Center block is the most visible with the initials EAR
|Dimensions||W-72 L-74 inches|