Abbie Corey Bracket Coverlet

Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
coverlet, overshot
date made
1800-1825
owner; possible maker
Brackett, Abbie Corey
maker
Brackett, Abbie Corey
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
place woven
United States: Connecticut, Plainfield
ID Number
TE*T9125
catalog number
T09125.000
accession number
169638
subject
Textiles
Domestic Furnishings
Coverlets
See more items in
Home and Community Life: Textiles
Coverlets
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Gertrude O. S. Cleveland

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