Eagles and Stars Coverlet

Description
This cotton and wool, double-woven Jacquard coverlet was made for C. Collings in 1836, probably 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. This coverlet design has been replicated numerous times dated from 1824-1840 and appears in major museums across the country. This design was intially associated with weaver, James Alexander of NY, but the consensus has changed. This group of coverlets was woven by more than one weaver whose identities have not been found. The floral medallions harken back to Scottish and English double-woven carpet designs.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1836
maker
Collings, C.
.
place woven
United States: New York
Associated Place
United States: Connecticut
Physical Description
cotton (overall material)
wool (overall material)
jacquard (overall production method/technique)
double weave (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 94 in x 78 in; 238.76 cm x 198.12 cm
ID Number
TE*T14962
catalog number
T14962.000
accession number
285502
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Charles Nagel
subject
Freemasonry
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Comments

"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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