Appliqued bed quilt

about 1845–50
Designed by Mary Heidenroder Simon (American (born in Lucktersbach, Bavaria, 1810))

Object Place: Baltimore, Maryland, USA


222.5 x 221.5 cm (87 5/8 x 87 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Cotton plain weave appliquéd with printed Cotton and silk plain weave and velvet, quilted; ink

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Cotton, quilted and appliquéd with plain and printed cotton and some silk, including velvet; inscriptions and details drawn in ink. Nine appliquéd squares on diagonal quilted ground: large central square enclosing latticework basket containing flowers and Bible, flying bird above, surrounded by floral garlands punctuated by triple bows and individual flowers at each corner; outer eight squares containing floral wreaths enclosing birds bearing sprigs of fruit, flowers, etc.. Plain cotton border, diamond quilted, bound by red edge. (Quilting goes through to backing). Ink inscriptions (worn) on two of the baskets and the Bible.


Made for Elizabeth Morgan Proctor (1805-1895), at her death bequeathed to Mary Morgan Norris and descended through Hazlehurst, Sutton, and Rice families to donor, William Craig Rice.

Credit Line

Gift of William Craig Rice in memory of Elizabeth Purviance Hazelehurst Sutton, Arthur Tracy Cabot Fund and Helen B. Sweeney Fund