Abbie Corey Bracket Coverlet

Abbie Corey Brackett is said to have woven this cotton and wool 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 be used immediately or it could be put into their dowry, or hope chest, for use after marriage.
Currently not on view
Object Name
coverlet, overshot
date made
owner; possible maker
Brackett, Abbie Corey
Brackett, Abbie Corey
Physical Description
overshot (overall production method/technique)
wool (overall material)
cotton (overall material)
overall: 80 in x 98 in; 203.2 cm x 248.92 cm
place woven
United States: Connecticut, Plainfield
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 Gertrude O. S. Cleveland

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