Hausman CoverletBenjamin Hausman, Figured and Fancy Coverlet; Pennsylvania, 1841

Benjamin Hausman, born March 2, 1799, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, wove this cotton and wool Jacquard double-woven coverlet for Jane Paul in 1841. His name and hers appear in the lower corners along with the date. The coverlet is Jacquard double-woven with floral medallions and stars, as the overall pattern, and with a border of trees and flowers. It has no center seam. Several members of the Hausman family were coverlet weavers in Pennsylvania in the 19th century. Benjamin worked in Allentown, Lehigh County, from 1836 to 1845, and in York, York County, from 1847 to 1848. He is listed as a coverlet weaver in the 1850 census of York, York County, Pennsylvania. He moved to Philadelphia in 1852 and in the 1862 Philadelphia Septennial Census he is listed as a weaver. He and his wife Sarah lived with their daughter and son-in-law in Philadelphia. He died c. 1869.
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date made
owner of coverlet in 19th century
Paul, Jane
Hausman, Benjamin
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Allentown
Physical Description
cotton and wool (overall material)
overall: 107 in x 85 1/2 in; 271.78 cm x 217.17 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Maybelle K. Price
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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