Orange Peel Coverlet

Description
The maker of this blue and white, cotton and wool, overshot coverlet is unknown. It features a “Star” design similar to the “Orange Peel” pattern, and has a border on three sides, with a checked design in the two lower corners. The coverlet was probably made in the early 19th century, possibly in Newberg, New York. Since this coverlet dates from the early 19th century, it is quite possible that some of the yarns used were homespun. Professional weavers switched to machine-spun cotton as soon as it was available, but hand-spun wool continued in use in coverlets in the early 19th century.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
coverlet, overshot
date made
1800-1850
maker
unknown
Physical Description
overshot (overall production method/technique)
wool (overall material)
cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 72 in x 94 in; 182.88 cm x 238.76 cm
place made
United States
ID Number
TE*T6887
catalog number
T06887.000
accession number
011503
subject
Domestic Furnishings
Textiles
Art
Coverlets
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Coverlets
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Daniel Gardner

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