Abbie Corey Bracket overshot coverlet; Connecticut; early 19th C.

Description
Abbie Corey Brackett is said to have woven this cotton and wool overshot coverlet on the Corey farm in Plainfield, Connecticut, in the early 19th century. It is woven in two sections, each forty inches wide. The center seam of this single-woven coverlet is sewn with linen thread. The attached fringe is eight inches deep, and made of hand-knotted wool. In the 18th and 19th centuries, very few women were involved in weaving anything as complicated as a coverlet. However, women were involved in spinning fiber into yarn. They would take the yarn to a professional weaver and pay him to make them a coverlet. The coverlet might have been used immediately or it could be put into the maker's dowry, or hope chest, for use after marriage.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1800-1825
owner; possible maker
Brackett, Abbie Corey
place woven
United States: Connecticut, Plainfield
Physical Description
overshot (overall production method/technique)
wool (overall material)
cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 80 in x 98 in; 203.2 cm x 248.92 cm
ID Number
TE.T9125
catalog number
T09125.000
accession number
169638
Credit Line
Gift of Gertrude O. S. Cleveland
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Data Source
National Museum of American History

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