Centennial Coverlet

This Jacquard double-woven coverlet was made in the late 19th century around the time of the nation’s centennial (1876). It features an image of the U.S. Capitol framed by rings of flowers. Beyond the ring of flowers is a diamond design broken by a ring of 18 small flower medallions. The coverlet is made of cotton and wool yarns. It is hemmed at the top, while weft yarns form the side fringes. An applied fringe has been sewn to the lower edge. The maker is unknown. Throughout the 19th century, textiles were woven or printed with special designs celebrating historic events or people, including the 50th anniversary of American independence in 1826, the death of Lincoln, and the 100th birthday of Samuel Slater, the father of the American cotton industry.
Currently not on view
Object Name
coverlet, Jacquard double-woven
date made
late 19th century
Physical Description
cotton (overall material)
wool (overall material)
jacquard (overall production method/technique)
double weave (overall production method/technique)
overall: 81 1/2 in x 76 in; 207.01 cm x 193.04 cm
place made
United States
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Domestic Furnishings
U.S. Capitol Building
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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