Quilted petticoat

European, used in America
around 1775

Object Place: Massachusetts, United States


267 x 97 cm (105 1/8 x 38 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Quilted silk satin with linen plain weave lining quilted with silk thread; cotton drawstring, cotton plain weave waist band, silk plain weave pocket (added later); cotton batting and cording

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Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Pink silk satin petty coat; quilted in diaper pattern at top with deep border of garlands in ovals with rosettes and narrow diagonal lines across bottom; linen lining stamped near pocket slit with a black “c” over “k” within black circle about 1” in diameter; pocket slits at sides, later white silk pocket sewn in one; later white cotton draw cord in replacement waistband. There are about 7-8 quilting stitches per inch in the upper diamond pattern, and there are about 13-15 quilting stitches per inch in the rosette and fan pattern in the border.


Stamp on lining:
"GK" intersected by a "7"


Possibly worn by Desiree Thompson Lamb (m. 1744); Inherited by her great-great-granddaughters Misses Aimee and Rosamund Lamb; Gift to the MFA, 1959

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Aimée and Miss Rosamond Lamb