Overshot coverlet; New York; 1787

Overshot coverlet; New York; 1787

Description
This blue and white, overshot coverlet is woven in a simple patch pattern variation. The customer’s initials, "M S" and the date “1787” are woven into the fabric at one corner. The weaver of this coverlet is unknown; however, there are several others known. There are two others in the NMAH collection. It is thought that the weaver worked in the Albany, New York area. The earliest coverlet that is dated in the weave was woven by this weaver. It is dated 1771 and is currently in the collection of the National Museum of the American Coverlet in Bedford, Pennsylvania. The coverlet was constructed from two panels and measures 89 inches by 64 inches.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1787
maker
unknown
place made
United States: New York, Albany
Physical Description
indigo, white (overall color)
overshot (overall production method/technique)
cotton, linen, wool (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 89 in x 64 in; 226.06 cm x 162.56 cm
ID Number
1979.0723.02
accession number
1979.0723
catalog number
1979.0723.2
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Data Source
National Museum of American History

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