Baltimore Album Quilt

Appliqued quilt

American, Baltimore, Maryland
Made for Georgianna Eltonhead

Object Place: Baltimore, Maryland, USA


Height x width: 210.8 x 186.7 cm (83 x 73 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Appliqued and embroiderd cotton plain weave top, cotton plain weave back, cotton twill binding; quilted; ink

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Baltimore album quilt with serpentine floral border with red flowers; 5 x 5 square with floral appliqed designs of wreaths, basked and bouquets, white ground; probably made for Georgina Eltonhead on her marriage in 1847; edges bound in twill tape; backed with undyed cotton plain weave. Written in ink are the names: “Georgina Eltonhead 1847” “Martha J. Riley” “Maria L. Riley” and “Mary E. Riley”.


Written in ink are the names: "Georgina Eltonhead 1847" "Martha J. Riley" "Maria L. Riley" and "Mary E. Riley".


1847, made for Georgianna Eltonhead (b. 1822 - d.1910), VA; between 1847 and about 1955, given by inheritance within family; about 1955*, sold to Florence Peto (b. 1881 - d. 1970); 1969 sold by Peto to Florence Maine, Ridgefield, CT; before 1999, sold by Maine to a private collector, PA; January 16, 1999, sold at auction at Sotheby’s, New York; 2000, acquired by Gerald E. Roy, Warner, NH; 2013, sold by Roy to the MFA. (Accession date: February 27, 2013)

*1955 Peto lent the quilt to the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan; two years later it was lent to the Long Island Museum of American Art, History & Carriages in Stony Brook, New York

Credit Line

Mary S. and Edward J. Holmes Fund, Frank B. Bemis Fund, Elizabeth M. and John F. Paramino Fund in memory of John F. Paramino, Boston Sculptor, Helen B. Sweeney Fund, Textile Income Purchase Fund, Mary L. Smith Fund, Joyce Arnold Rusoff Fund, and Alice J. Morse Fund