Washington Beauty Coverlet

Description
The pattern used in coverlet is known as “Washington Beauty,” and can be found in Heirlooms from Old Looms , p.151, published in 1955. The coverlet has "Pine Tree" borders on three sides, and a self fringe at the lower edge. The overall design features “Snowballs.” The coverlet is made of cotton and wool, and was probably woven in the first half of the 19th century. The name of the weaver is unknown. The complex design found in this coverlet is made entirely with squares and rectangles. Coverlet weavers kept “drafts” of the various designs they used, and sometimes sold them to each other.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
coverlet
coverlet, double-woven, geometric
date made
1800-1850
maker
unknown
Physical Description
geometric (overall production method/technique)
double weave (overall production method/technique)
wool (overall material)
cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 102 in x 77 in; 259.08 cm x 195.58 cm
place made
United States
ID Number
TE*T15486
catalog number
T15486.000
accession number
294051
subject
Textiles
Domestic Furnishings
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. Antoinette Potter, In memory of Miss Kate Van Cleve

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