Figured and Fancy; tied-Beiderwand; 1836; prob. Pennsylvania

An unidentified weaver wove this Figured and Fancy, red, white, and blue, tied-Beiderwand coverlet in 1836. The centerfield design is made up of “Double Iris” medallions with floral and scrollwork designs between. The three borders each depict the addorsed Distelfinken (thistle finches) flanked by fruit trees and the Germanic tree of life motif (Hom). There is self-fringe on three sides. The two lower corner blocks read, "Joseph/Devler/ E R/ A LE/1836." The coverlet measures 102 inches by 86 inches and has a center seam indicating that it was woven on a hand loom. More research is needed to determine who Joseph Devler was and where he may have lived. The style and design of the coverlet indicate that it was likely woven in Pennsylvania or by a German-American weaver. There is no indication that Devler was a weaver, and he was likely the customer. The key to understanding this coverlet is deciphering the “E R A LE” initials in the corner blocks. These are likely the weaver’s initials and an abbreviated location. More research is needed to confirm this.
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date made
Devler, Joseph
place made
United States: Pennsylvania
Physical Description
Figured and Fancy (overall production method/technique)
tied-Beiderwand (overall production method/technique)
wool (overall material)
cotton (overall material)
overall: 102 in x 86 in; 259.08 cm x 218.44 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Maris M. Proffitt, in memory of Mrs. Maris M. Proffitt
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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