Seifert Jacquard Coverlet

This multicolored cotton and wool single–woven Jacquard coverlet was made by H. & A. Seifert of Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, in 1851. The border consists of potted flowers, while the center of the coverlet is made up of medallions of flowers in circles. The four corners of the coverlet say this: “WOVEN SUPERIOR TIGHT WORK/MANUFACTURED ON THE LATEST FASHION BY H & A SEIFERT/MACHANICS=BURG/CUMBERLAND COUNTY PENNSYLVANIA/AD 1851.” Henry Seifert was born August 21, 1822, and married December 25, 1843, Harriet Meisenhelter. He died August 26, 1905. Andrew Seifert was born October 10, 1819. He married Annie Kimmel and died April 10, 1900. The brothers were in the weaving business together in Pennsylvania. This coverlet has no center seam.
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date made
H. & A. Seifert
Seifert, Henry
place woven
United States: Pennsylvania, Mechanicsburg
Associated Place
United States: Connecticut
Physical Description
jacquard (overall production method/technique)
single weave (overall production method/technique)
wool (overall material)
cotton (overall material)
overall: 93 1/2 in x 103 1/2 in; 237.49 cm x 262.89 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Mary B. C. Shuman
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Data Source
National Museum of American History