Jacob Impson Coverlet

The weaver of this Jacquard double-woven cotton and wool coverlet, Jacob Impson (1802—1869), worked first in Ludlowville, New York, and then in Cortland Village, New York. His name, the name of the owner (Lois Burnham) and the date 1834 appear in both of the lower corners of this coverlet. The words “Lady’s Fancy” (which may be the name of the design) appear across the upper edge of the border, and the words, “Cortland Village” appear across the lower area of the border, just above the finished edge. This coverlet was made at the height of the “Fancy” period (1790—1840) in the decorative arts. During the “Fancy” period, items were covered with bright designs with lots of movement rather than the classical motifs used in other periods. This coverlet was woven in two pieces and sewn together.
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Object Name
coverlet, double woven
coverlet, jacquard double woven
coverlet, Jacquard double woven
date made
Burnham, Lois
Impson, Jacob
Physical Description
jacquard (overall production method/technique)
double weave (overall production method/technique)
wool (overall material)
cotton (overall material)
overall: 93 in x 82 1/2 in; 236.22 cm x 209.55 cm
place woven
United States: New York, Cortland
place made
United States: New York
Associated Place
United States: Connecticut
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Harriet Ross

Visitor Comments

3/12/2016 6:59:17 PM
Cliff baum
I just purchased a Jacob impson coverlet at an auction this past weekend, it is also dated 1834, and has lady's fancy and coryland village across the bottom. I am very excited to find this weaver on here.
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