Rose of Sharon Coverlet

The weaver of this single-woven overshot coverlet is unknown. It is made entirely of wool, and was probably woven in the late 18th or early 19th century. The pattern used is similar to the patterns known as “Rose of Sharon” and “Freeman’s Felicity.” It was woven in two sections and sewn together. The lower edge has an applied fringe, while the one on the side is a self fringe. In the 18th and early 19th centuries, it was common for women to spin fiber into yarn, and take the yarn to a professional weaver for use in a coverlet. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, household textiles were precious belongings, frequently listed in household inventories right along with furniture and tools.
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Object Name
coverlet, overshot
Object Type
Rose of Sharon
date made
late 18th century
early 19th century
Physical Description
overshot (overall production method/technique)
wool (overall material)
overall: 94 1/2 in x 76 1/2 in; 240.03 cm x 194.31 cm
place woven
United States: New England
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
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