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Revolutionary War Uniform

Collections - Library & Museum

Maryland Historical Society collections include more than 350,000 objects and 7 million books and documents, ranging from pre-settlement to the present day and representing virtually every aspect of Maryland history and life.


Library Collections

View the Library Collections Overview page to read about the Library's collections. Please consult the H. Furlong Baldwin Library Library page for hours and research information.

 

Left: One of only three surviving Revolutionary War officer's uniforms in America.  Now on display in Inventing a Nation: Maryland in the Revoluntionary Era

Museum Collections

As the oldest continuously operating cultural institution in the state, the Society houses the most significant collection of Maryland cultural artifacts. The Museum collection includes:

  • 2,200 paintings and miniatures, including portraits of Maryland heroes from the Revolutionary War and War of 1812, the world’s largest collection of paintings by members of the Peale family, 7 portrait paintings by Joshua Johnson, the first professional African American portrait painter in the United States, and 10 Maryland landscapes by Francis Guy, considered one of the most important English artists to come to America in the late 18th century
  • 4,134 pieces of silver holloware and flatware, including over 400 objects made by Samuel Kirk and his descendants and a significant collection of English silver with colonial Maryland history
  • 900 pieces of furniture: including 400 pieces of veneered and painted furniture from the early 19th century, the “Golden Age” of Baltimore furniture production 
  • 10,750 textiles, including the world’s largest collection of Baltimore Album quilts, 124 samplers and embroideries, women's, men's and children's clothing and accessories ranging from c. 1730 to the present, bed and table linens, one of only three surviving Revolutionary War officer's uniforms in America, an extensive collection of Confederate and Union uniforms, and a collection of important flags, including one of the only surviving examples of a Civil War flag carried by an African-American regiment
  • 1,500 examples of porcelain and pottery, including a notable French dinner service associated with Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte, Chinese Export porcelains made for and used by Marylanders, and a fine collection of Maryland-made redware and stoneware
  • 400 examples of decorative and utilitarian glass made and used in Maryland, including rare examples created by John Frederick Amelung, founder of one of America’s earliest glassworks and a remarkable collection of early 19th century Anglo-Irish glass
    Basket

    Slave-made Coiled Basket c.1860 Woodlawn Plantation, Prince George's County

  • 8,250 works on paper: including 19th century drawing and sketch books that cover a wide range of Maryland topics among them, the largest national collection of B. Henry Latrobe sketchbooks featuring 343 pages of sketches from 14 books
  • 10,000 miscellaneous household objects, office, and agricultural equipment, including gentlemen's and women's accoutrements (snuff boxes, card cases, canes, and sewing cases), lamps, washing machines, typewriters, and farming implements
  • 8,021 fabrication drawings primarily from 19th and 20th centuries: including 2,165 architectural drawings for domestic and business architecture from the Baltimore region, 56 plans and drawings from 17 architects for the design competition for the United States Capitol, 3,800 drawings for silver made by Samuel Kirk and Son, and 500 furniture drawings from the Potthast Brothers and 1,500 from the Jenkins Furniture Company
  • 2,500 toys, dolls, and games: played with by Maryland children
  • 2,200 Native American prehistoric archaeological objects: including projectile points, pottery, and stone tools 

 

 

 Sampler

In 1848, eight-year-old Sarah Elizabeth Haines stiched this sampler.

 

  • 1,000 maritime objects: in many media including half hulls, ship models, maritime-related navigation tools, and trailboards
  • 866 pieces of jewelry for women and men: including a King Charles I commemorative ring of 1649 worn by a Maryland Catholic in the 17th century, and a ruby tiara owned by Betsy Patterson Bonaparte in the 1820s
  • 600 glass bottles, drinking glasses, glass tablesware and eight stained glass windows from Baltimore buildings
  • 350 sculptural and architectural objects: including portrait busts, portrait medallions, and architectural components from Maryland buildings
  • 294 woodworking and silversmith tools and scientific instruments
  • 231 weapons: including; muskets, rifles, bayonets, swords, sabers and handguns from the 18th - 20th centuries, associated with the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and the Civil War, and World Wars I and II, and other weapons used for hunting and ceremonial purposes.

 

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