Daniel Pursell Coverlet

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.”
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Object Name
coverlet, Jacquard double-woven
coverlet, jacquard double-woven
Object Type
jacquard coverlets
Old Boston
double weave
date made
ca 1860s
maker (possibly)
Pursell, Daniel
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
place woven
United States: Ohio
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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