At the Maryland Institute Fair in 1852 Daniel Dobler showed a quilt he'd been given by students when he left teaching in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania to return to Baltimore.
Remarkably, his quilt survives.
"From John William B??? Dobler
To his affectionate Father
Elizabethtown Lan Co Pa
Nov 12th 1849"
UPDATE: Virginia tells me: John William Baehr Dobler (1827–1892)
"It was given to Mary Sauerteig's great-grandfather, Daniel Dobler, by students, relatives and friends upon his retirement from teaching in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. Mary's grandfather, along with another of Daniel Dobler's sons, each provided one of the squares."
Variations of the fleur-de-lis pattern were popular
for album quilts at the time. I have pictures of five with dates of 1849
on them, this one from the Moda collection.
Quilt dated 1849
Another son Gustavus (1839-1903) became a Maryland state senator. His biographies reveal a bit more about his father. Daniel was born in 1804 in Baltimore to German immigrants.
Christina Dobler's grave. Husband
and wife are buried in the Baltimore Cemetery
He married Christina Barbara Iehle (1802-1867) from Wurtemburg, Germany. He is described as a "chemist, physician and teacher [and] a manufacturer of paper boxes" in Baltimore.
Dobler quilt on display
The Doblers had at least seven children and it seems that some also entered handiwork at the Baltimore fairs. In 1852 Miss P.T. Dobler of Elizabethtown entered a vase of paper flowers (presumably daughter Paulina Theodora) and Miss Catherine Dobler showed two cases, crochet work.
Block from a quilt dated 1849 for Sarah Mullen,
Lancaster County, Collection: Lancaster History.
Links among people who signed mid-19th century album quilts are mostly unknown, but church connections are obvious in many. School connections are not found so often. Daniel Dobler's is one of perhaps twenty school-related signature quilts I have in my picture files. This year's Block of the Month at my Civil War Quilts blog is focused on school connections with a dozen pieced album blocks planned. See the first post in Antebellum Album here:
A pattern of sorts for this combination of hearts and fleur-de-lis.
Print it at 200%.