Linen Overshot Coverlet 1790

Elizabeth Deuel is said to have made this single-woven, all linen coverlet in1790, in the Saratoga region of New York State. Her name and the date are cross-stitched into the lower edge of the coverlet just above the fringe. A search of the 1790 census of the area produced no one with the surname Deuel. More research is needed to determine where Miss Deuel lived, and if she was the weaver or the owner of this coverlet. In the 18th century, it was common for household textiles to be marked with the initials or name of the owner and the date. The average colonial home did not have a great number of household textiles, and they were considered important possessions. This coverlet was woven in two sections that were then sewn together.
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Object Name
coverlet, overshot
Object Type
date made
late 18th century
weaver or owner
Deuel, Elizabeth
maker or owner of coverlet
Deuel, Elizabeth
Physical Description
linen (overall material)
overall: 101 3/4 in x 80 1/4 in; 258.445 cm x 203.835 cm
place woven
United States: New York
Associated Place
United States: Connecticut
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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