Eagles and Stars Coverlet

This cotton and wool, double-woven Jacquard coverlet was made by C. Colling in 1836, possibly in New York State. It features a floral design in the center, with eagles, stars, buildings, and Masonic symbols in the border. There is no center seam. In each corner the design includes these words: “AGRICULTURE & MANUFACTURES ARE THE FOUNDATION OF OUR INDEPENDENCE July 4, 1836.” The year 1836 was the 60th anniversary of American independence. Unfortunately, nothing more is known about Mr. Colling.
Currently not on view
Object Name
coverlet, Jacquard double-woven
date made
Collings, C.
Physical Description
cotton (overall material)
wool (overall material)
jacquard (overall production method/technique)
double weave (overall production method/technique)
overall: 94 in x 78 in; 238.76 cm x 198.12 cm
place woven
United States: New York
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Domestic Furnishings
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Charles Nagel

Visitor Comments

10/29/2015 10:51:10 PM
Jude Fera
This coverlet was likely woven for C. Colling rather than by C .Colling. According to my research and to the best of my knowledge no coverlet weaver named C Colling has ever been identified. However, there are many almost-identical coverlets of this pattern all with different names, That alone indicates that the name is the owner, not the weaver.
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