Blue and White LaTourette Coverlet

Either Sarah or Henry LaTourette, of Fountain County, Indiana, is believed to have woven this cotton and wool Jacquard double-woven coverlet in 1858. The coverlet is woven in two pieces, which were sewn together. It features stylized flowers in rectangles, with a flower and vine border. Sarah (1830—1914) and Henry (1832—1892) were two of weaver John LaTourette’s fourteen children, and coverlet weavers in their own right. When John died in 1849, Sarah and Henry continued weaving in Indiana. They used their father’s corner flower trademark, but added the word “Year” to distinguish their work from his. Since Sarah and Henry used the same trademark, it is impossible to be certain which coverlets were made by Sarah (one of the few known female Jacquard weavers) and which were made by her brother. Sarah married John Van Sickle in 1870 and moved to Kentucky. Her brother married Elizabeth Cooper in 1872. Henry died in 1892, and Sarah died in 1914. Both Henry and Sarah are buried in the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Covington, Indiana.
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LaTourette, Sarah
LaTourette, Sarah
LaTourette, Henry
place made
United States: Indiana, Fountain county
Associated Place
United States: Connecticut
Physical Description
double weave (overall production method/technique)
cotton (overall material)
wool (overall material)
overall: 92 7/8 in x 74 1/2 in; 235.9025 cm x 189.23 cm
fringe: 5 in; 12.7 cm
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Data Source
National Museum of American History