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Appliqued Signature Album Quilt

1853
Origin: America, New Jersey, Somerville, Flemington, and Readington
Overall dimension: 88" x 88" (223 x 223 cm). Each square is 17" x 17".
Plain and printed cottons with ink inscriptions
Gift of Mrs. Frederick G. Hammitt and Family
Acc. No. 2002.609.3
This quilt consists of twenty-five red-and-green blocks with inked signatures of twenty-three different people. Two blocks are unsigned. Each square consists of four appliquéd multi-lobe leaves coming from the center, a variation of the Oak Leaf and Reel patterns. The quilt is bound in a folded one-half-inch strip of red cotton printed with yellow and brown sprigs. It is backed in plain-woven cotton and quilted in a simple outline pattern in 8-10 running stitches per inch.
Label:In the 1840s and 1850s autograph or album quilts made up of individually signed blocks became especially popular. A variation of the "Oak Leaf" and "Reel" patterns, this quilt consists of twenty-five squares with inked signatures of twenty-three different people. Seven of the signatures bear the Rockafellow surname and four the Auten surname. The identified makers ranged in age from fourteen to thirty-three at the time they signed their blocks. Place names include Somerville, Flemington, and Readington, New Jersey.
Provenance:The quilt descended in the Stevenson family of New Jersey. The donor obtained the quilt from cousin's mother-in- law.