Sally Loper's Coverlet

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Description
This fancy double-woven coverlet was made in Westbury, Long Island, New York, in 1817 for Sarah Bishop Loper. It was woven with cotton and wool yarns, possibly on a draw-loom. Mrs. Loper’s name, the date (December 2, 1817), and the name of the town are woven into the two lower corners of the coverlet. The coverlet was woven in two sections, which were sewn together. Mrs. Loper was born November 10, 1786, and married Luther Loper on January 17, 1805. They had seven children. This coverlet was passed through six generations of the family before being given to the Museum in 1971. The weaver and the meaning of the date are unknown. This is the earliest extant example of a "figured and fancy" coverlet.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1817-12-02
1817
owner
Loper, Sarah Bishop
maker
unknown
place made
United States: New York, Westbury
Associated Place
United States: Connecticut
Physical Description
cotton (overall material)
wool (overall material)
double weave (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 88 1/2 in x 81 in; 224.79 cm x 205.74 cm
ID Number
TE.T15535
catalog number
T15535.000
accession number
294367
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Jane Dunning Dirks
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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