Pine Tree and Irish Chain Double-woven Coverlet

Description
This double-woven wool coverlet has borders on three sides. The lower edge has a double border, while the two sides, have triple borders. In both cases the borders feature a variation of the "Pine Tree" motif. The lower edge has a cut self fringe, while the sides have an uncut self fringe. The center of the coverlet features a pattern similar to the "Irish Chain" pattern found in quilting. It is believed this coverlet was made in Pennsylvania in the mid-1840s. Coverlets such as this were highly valued possessions. They would have been mentioned in household inventories, and acquired for a young woman's dowry or hope chest.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
coverlet
coverlet, double-woven, geometric
coverlet, double-woven
coverlet, overshot, double-woven
date made
ca 1846
maker
unknown
Physical Description
double weave (overall production method/technique)
wool (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 79 1/2 in x 70 in; 201.93 cm x 177.8 cm
place woven
United States: Pennsylvania
ID Number
TE*T10097
catalog number
T10097.000
accession number
060464
subject
Domestic Furnishings
Textiles
Coverlets
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
Coverlets
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Mary F. Sargent

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