Daniel Pursell Coverlet

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The patterns seen in this cotton and wool Jacquard double-woven coverlet are “Birds of Paradise,” “Penelope’s Flower Pot,” and “Boston Town." The coverlet may have been made in Ohio by Daniel Pursell in the mid-to-late 1860’s. Mr. Pursell was born in Ohio about 1815. He reportedly lived in Portsmouth, Scioto County, Ohio. He is listed in the 1850 Ohio Census as a 35-year-old weaver. When the coverlet arrived at the Museum in 1982, a note was attached to it. It read: “coverlet 110 years old or more 1868 approx. Prob. Made by D.Pursell Ports O-Liberty Raised sheep for wool, Grandm helped twist flax GMa born 1848 married 1871 about 23 years old.”
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1860s
maker (possibly)
Pursell, Daniel
place woven
United States: Ohio
Associated Place
United States: Connecticut
Physical Description
jacquard (overall production method/technique)
double weave (overall production method/technique)
cotton (overall material)
wool (overall material)
overall: 95 1/2 in x 85 in; 242.57 cm x 215.9 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Linda Sue Heisel Faucett
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Data Source
National Museum of American History