Overshot Coverlet, all wool; Ohio, 1840-1860

Description
According to the donor of this coverlet, it first belonged to Mrs. Ferdinand O’Neal, who lived just outside Zanesville, Ohio. Her maiden name is believed to have been Wheeler, and in about 1863 she married Mr. O’Neal and moved to a home outside of Zanesville, known as “Greenwood.” Mrs. O’Neal passed the coverlet on to her daughter Marcella O’Neal, who passed it on to Martha Margaret O’Neal. The coverlet is made entirely of wool, and was probably woven between 1840 and 1860. It is an overshot weave, seamed together from two pieces. The pattern, of concentric circles linked by small squares giving the effect of a diagonal grid, is similar to one known as “Cup and Saucer.” The weaver is unknown.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1840-1860
maker
unknown
place woven
United States: Ohio
Physical Description
overshot (overall production method/technique)
wool (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 82 in x 67 in; 208.28 cm x 170.18 cm
ID Number
1993.0225.01
accession number
1993.0225
catalog number
1993.0225.01
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Data Source
National Museum of American History

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