Centennial Coverlet

Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1875-1900
late 19th century
maker
unknown
place made
United States
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: 81 1/2 in x 76 in; 207.01 cm x 193.04 cm
ID Number
TE.T14561
catalog number
T14561.000
accession number
277986
subject
1876
U.S. Capitol Building
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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