Overshot Copp Coverlet

This cotton and wool overshot coverlet in red, green, and white is part of the Copp collection of late 18th-and early 19th-century, costume and household textiles given to the Museum in the late 19th century by John Brenton Copp of Stonington, Connecticut. The Copps were a middle- class family of merchants and businessmen who first settled in America in 1635. They imported items for their shop from England, Europe, and India, and engaged in the home production of textiles as well. This single-woven coverlet was made in the early 19th century, and the overall design is similar to the one known as “Worlds Wonder.” The use of the color green is interesting, as there were no direct green dyes until the discovery of synthetic dyes in the middle of the 19th century. Before that time, when the color green was wanted, yarns or fabric would first be dyed blue and then yellow, using natural dyes. The weaver of this coverlet is unknown.
Currently not on view
Object Name
coverlet, overshot
date made
Physical Description
cotton and wool (overall material)
overall: 88 3/4 in x 84 in; 225.425 cm x 213.36 cm
place made
United States: New England
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Domestic Furnishings
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of John Brenton Copp

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