Red White and Blue Double-woven Snowball Coverlet

The weaver and owner of this cotton and wool double-woven overshot coverlet, are unknown. It was made in the first quarter of the 19th century and features a pattern similar to the “Snowball” design, and a border with a small geometric pattern. It was woven in two sections. There is a self fringe on the lower edge and an applied tape fringe on two sides, and the top is finished with red twill tape. This type of coverlet and other simple household fabrics would have been woven on a multishaft loom.
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Object Name
coverlet, overshot double-woven
coverlet, double-woven
coverlet, overshot, double-woven
date made
19th century
Physical Description
geometric (overall production method/technique)
double weave (overall production method/technique)
wool (overall material)
cotton (overall material)
linen (overall material)
overall: 90 in x 89 in; 228.6 cm x 226.06 cm
fringe, bottom: 4 in; 10.16 cm
fringe, side: 3 in; 7.62 cm
place made
United States
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Domestic Furnishings
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Margaret L. Miller

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