Craig Family Coverlet

Description
This rust, white, and blue Jacquard double-woven coverlet may have been made by a member of the Craig family of Indiana, in 1850. William Craig and his sons William Jr. and James were weavers in Decatur and Franklin Counties, Indiana. Their corner trademark was a courthouse with a cupola. On occasion they used an initial and their last name to sign a coverlet. James Craig sometimes used a lily and the date to sign his work. William Sr. was born in Scotland in 1800, and immigrated to the United States in 1820. His sons were born in North Carolina in 1823 and 1824. He moved his family to Indiana in 1830. The wool in this coverlet is believed to have been hand spun by Jane Russell, grandmother of the donor. The lower border features birds and buildings, while the side borders show vases of flowers. The center of the coverlet features medallions of flowers, with leaves and vines.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1850
maker
Craig, James
place made
United States: Indiana, Fountain county
Associated Place
United States: Connecticut
Physical Description
cotton (overall material)
wool (overall material)
double weave (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 86 in x 64 1/2 in; 218.44 cm x 163.83 cm
ID Number
TE.T12728
catalog number
T12728.000
accession number
239334
Credit Line
Gift of Nettie R. Jenkins
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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