John LaTourette Coverlet

Description
This cotton and wool Jacquard double-woven coverlet features floral and geometric medallions with a floral border. The flower seen in each of the lower corners, along with the date, is the trademark of John LaTourette. LaTourette was born in New Jersey in 1793. In 1816 he and his wife, Sarah Schenck, moved to Germantown, Ohio. In 1828 he moved his family to Fountain County, Indiana, where he set up shop as a weaver. He and Sarah had fourteen children, several of whom became weavers. After his death in 1849, two of the children, Sarah and Henry, continued weaving coverlets in Indiana with his trademark. However, they placed the word “Year” above the flower to distinguish their work from their father's. This coverlet was woven in two sections, which were sewn together, and has a self fringe on the lower edge.
date made
1844
possible maker
LaTourette, John
maker
LaTourette, John
place made
United States: Indiana, Fountain
Associated Place
United States: Connecticut
Physical Description
jacquard (overall production method/technique)
double weave (overall production method/technique)
wool (overall material)
cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 88 in x 72 in; 223.52 cm x 182.88 cm
ID Number
TE.T14001
catalog number
T14001.000
accession number
269209
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. Maris M. Proffitt, in memory of Mrs. Maris M. Proffitt
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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