Snowballs and Pine Tree Coverlet

Description
This blue and white cotton and wool coverlet features a variation of the Snowball pattern in the center, and a variation of the Pine Tree pattern along its borders. It is double-woven and believed to have been made in New York State in the first half of the 19th century. It was passed down through the family of the original owner to the donor, before being given to the Museum. The name of the weaver is unknown. Its condition is testimony to many years of use. Coverlets are damaged by sunlight, insects, and abrasion brought on by everyday use. They are frequently worn away at the top edge, by the owner pulling them up at night to stay warm.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
coverlet
coverlet, overshot
coverlet, overshot, double-woven
coverlet, double-woven, geometric
date made
1800-1830
early 19th century
1827
maker
unknown
Physical Description
double weave (overall production method/technique)
cotton (overall material)
wool (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 93 in x 72 in; 236.22 cm x 182.88 cm
place made
United States: New York
Associated Place
United States: Connecticut
ID Number
TE*T9571
catalog number
T09571.000
accession number
172485
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Domestic Furnishings
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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