Coverlet by Daniel or Levi Fisher

This coverlet was made in South Bend, Indiana, in 1852. It is Jacquard double-woven with cotton and wool yarns, and features a conventionalized repeat design with palms, crosses, and a bird border. The lower corners contain the words: “FEAR GOD AND KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS/SOUTH BEND/1852.” This maker’s mark is credited to Daniel and Levi Fisher, of South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana. Both brothers were born in Pennsylvania: Daniel in 1821 and Levi in 1829. It is believed they arrived in Indiana in or around 1846. In the mid- to-late 1850s, both men moved to California.
Currently not on view
Object Name
coverlet, Jacquard single-woven
date made
Fisher, Daniel
Fisher, Levi
Physical Description
jacquard (overall production method/technique)
single weave (overall production method/technique)
wool (overall material)
cotton (overall material)
overall: 91 1/2 in x 78 1/2 in; 232.41 cm x 199.39 cm
Place Made
United States: Indiana, South Bend
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Domestic Furnishings
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Dr. Lucile Tasher and Mrs. Eloise Tasher Moore

Visitor Comments

5/4/2015 10:56:36 AM
Robin Callahan
I recently bought a similar coverlet at a sale. The colors are vivid (navy, red, mustard gold) with flowers in the middle and birds along the boarder. Both comers have writing on them........ Daniel Fisher South Bend M. V. Thompson 1853 Was Thompson the owner of the coverlet? Thank you Robin
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