Hausman Coverlet

Benjamin Hausman, (1795—1885) 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 appears to have moved to Philadelphia in 1852, but is listed as a coverlet weaver in the 1850 census of York, York County, Pennsylvania.
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Object Name
coverlet, jacquard single-woven
coverlet, Jacquard single-woven
date made
owner of coverlet in 19th century
Paul, Jane
Hausman, Benjamin
Physical Description
cotton and wool (overall material)
overall: 107 in x 85 1/2 in; 271.78 cm x 217.17 cm
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Allentown
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Domestic Furnishings
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Laura H. Dow and Mary Dow in memory of Mary Ann Gwynn Davidson

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