Child's blanket

Crewelwork embroidery

first quarter of the 18th century
Embroidered by Mary Fifield Adams (American, 1694–1748)

Place of Creation: Massachusetts, United States


Overall: 109.2 x 100.3 cm (43 x 39 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton and linen twill, embroidered with wool

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Child’s bed cover; white cotton and linen twill (fustian), two pieces with abutting seam through center; wool embroidery (crewelwork) in deep floral borders and central flowers; chain stitch used extensively for outlines, stems, and filling; many petals filled in with buttonhole stitch; flower centers in bullion stitch; M and F in cross stitch on either side of large central flower; according to original label, “said to be initials of Mary Fifield who worked it and used it for christening her son Samuel Adams.”


M F (in silk cross stitch)


Embroidered by Mary Fifield (1694-1748) (who married Boston brewer Samuel Adams in 1713); Inherited by second child, Mary(Adams) Allen (b. 1717); Inherited by daughter Mary (Allen) Avery (1754[5]-1842) of Holden, Massachusetts; Inherited by eldest daughter, Mary (Avery) White (1778-1860), of Boylston, Massachusetts; Inherited by daughter Miss Mary Avery White (later Mary A. W. Davis); Gift to niece, Mary Avery White (daughter of Isaac Davis White and Elizabeth Hall Grosvenor), April 1, 1859; Gift to MFA, 1930

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Mary Avery White